Craft cider tends to be below the radar compared to craft beer in Whatcom County, but a new facility is getting ready to change that perception.
Bellingham Cider Co. is in the final stages of permitting and is expected to open in February at 205 Prospect St., near the Whatcom Museum. It will initially start with three cider flavors made by the company and building on it from there, said Joshua Serface, who is opening the business with Bryce Hamilton. The facility has 20 taps, so it will have around 10 different ciders and 10 beers, Hamilton said.
It will also have a restaurant, with Dirul Shamsid-Deen as chef. The restaurant will serve dinners to start with plans to add a weekend brunch later. The space has plenty of reclaimed material, including wood. Pearson Construction did the remodeling with design work help from Zervas Group architects.
Part of the building will eventually be home to the Sylvia Center for the Arts, which will be a multiple venue center that includes theater, art gallery and classroom spaces.
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Bellingham Cider Co. is on the west side of the building, overlooking Maritime Heritage Park with sweeping views of the waterfront and Bellingham Bay.
Hamilton and Serface said the craft cider industry is growing and is ready to take off in this area. With apples the key ingredient, a brewer can have a lot of fun creating different flavors through fermentation. Serface said he typically creates a more dry flavor, but will also be creating other styles that are sweeter. The U.S. Association of Cider Makers is currently working on a project to create a standard language to describe the different flavors of cider, much like what the craft beer industry has done.
The company will use Washington state apples for its cider. Eventually some of the apples will come from Serface’s 33-acre orchard in northern Skagit County.
Both Hamilton and Serface believe Bellingham Cider Co. will be a place where cider and beer fans can hang out together. Although both are also home brewers, they didn’t want to get into brewing beer because they felt the local market already has plenty of outstanding options. Instead they will offer other locally made beers on tap.
The restaurant menu will be fairly simple with “thoughtfully sourced” ingredients, including local products, Shamsid-Deen said. With its long group tables mixed in with smaller ones, the plan is to make it a place for families as well as a date-night option. It will also be a hangout before and after performances at the Sylvia Center once it opens.
Work will begin later this year on outdoor seating, which should be ready this summer.
WARHAMMER SETS UP SHOP IN FAIRHAVEN
It’s a tabletop game that’s been entertaining science fantasy fans for more than 30 years – and now it has its own store in Fairhaven.
Warhammer Bellingham is scheduled to open at noon Saturday, Jan. 20 at 1200 10th St., Suite 105, in the Fairhaven Village Inn building. The store is dedicated to the Warhammer franchise, which involves using miniatures to navigate through a dark, futuristic universe.
The Warhammer stores offer a unique venue for the hobbyists to hang out, according to a news release. Each store offers a free model and painting lesson, as well as a chance to play an introductory game and talk about how it works with staff.
The store is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Details about the store and upcoming events can be found on its Facebook page.
ZAZEN SALON SPA UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
A longtime spa on the Bellingham waterfront has been acquired by a local couple.
Marvin and Lannea Riggs of Lynden took over the Zazen Salon Spa, which is at 11 Bellwether Way, Suite 102, on Jan. 1. The spa has a 20-person staff and offers a variety of services, including skin care, massages, nails, waxing, body treatments as well as bridal services.
Marvin Riggs is a RE/MAX broker and was previously the membership director at the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Lannea Riggs is a registered nurse who operated an adult family home.
For details, call 360-715-1050 or visit ZazenSalonSpa.com.
Comics Place in downtown Bellingham is having a customer appreciation day from 7-10 p.m. on Jan. 26. Along with a sale, it will have a photo booth, refreshments, a costume contest and door prices. Details about the store can be found on its Facebook page. ... B-Town Kitchen and Raw Bar announced on its Facebook page that it has added dim sum to its happy hour menu. Happy hour is offered daily from 3-6 p.m. at the restaurant, which is at the Four Points Sheraton hotel at 714 Lakeway Drive. ... Euro Tailor has moved from Fairhaven into a new space at 1031 N. State St., Suite 102. The business offers alteration and restyling services for men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. Galyna Phillips was trained in Europe and has more than 27 years experience in the clothing alteration business. For details, visit the store’s Facebook page or call 360-733-5420.