Whatcom Business Newsletter


Moving Bellingham offices to Federal Building could cost $3M in upgrades

By next summer some city offices could move into the historic Federal Building, if the first floor gets upwards of $3 million in repairs in coming...

The  Federal Building in downtown Bellingham, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. The city-owned building is 100 years old.

Housing report ranks Whatcom County low in man-made environmental hazards

Whatcom County has the seventh-lowest score in the nation when it comes to man-made environmental hazards, according to a newly released report.

Downtown Bellingham parking garage could get $4M in needed repairs

The downtown parking garage known as the Parkade is due for more than $4 million in renovations next year, according to city officials.

A vehicle enters the Parkade in front of a mural from Bellingham artist Lanny Little. The downtown location has parking on five floors plus a mezzanine for nearly 500 spaces total.

Concerned about drug activity, Bellingham looks to condemn Aloha Motel

A Samish Way motel that has long been a hub for illegal activity may soon rent its last room as the city looks to condemn the building as a blight...

The front of the Aloha Motel on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 located at 315 N. Samish Way in Bellingham. The city of Bellingham is pursuing condemning the blighted property. "The Aloha has had many crime and drug issues, as have several hotels in the area," Police Chief Cliff Cook said. "We will continue to prioritize resources into the area until the environment changes."

Bellingham will look at parking ticket updates next month

It could be a few weeks before the city decides whether to double some parking fines and extend street parking hours.

Parking meters in downtown Bellingham.

Whatcom’s unemployment rate bumps up to 5.4 percent

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate went up slightly in August, according to a new report.

Bellingham’s The Metta Center moves into bigger space

A center that focuses on wellness has moved into a bigger facility.

New jewelry store opens in the downtown Bellingham

Jamie Pyshny has opened J&J Jewelry Co. in the Bay Street Village building in downtown Bellingham, offering a variety of rings, necklaces and earrings...

Jamie Pyshny holds a pair of earrings she made in her new shop J&J Jewelry Co., 301 W. Holly St. in downtown Bellingham on Wednesday, Sept. 17.