Spring is an ideal time for Whatcom County retailers to open for the first time, and plenty have done so in 2015.
Opening in the spring means hitting the ground running for sales. The first three months of the year are generally the slowest for sales, but spring is busier, and a good starting point before the tourism season is in full swing, followed by back-to-school sales and then holiday shopping. That pattern is reflected in taxable retail business, where sales in the second half of the year are significantly higher than in the first six months.
Here’s a look at some of the retailers that opened this spring, and some businesses opening later this year:
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: DSW (also known as Designer Shoe Warehouse), Crazy Bob’s Pizza, North State St. Market, Cosmos Bistro, The Union Coffee House (second location), Mozza, Go Grill, Drayton Harbor Oyster Co., My Garden Nursery, Good to Go Pies (second location), Pok Pok Pok Asian Bistro, Miles Woodworking, and Home2 Suites Hilton Hotel.
: Avenue Bread, Village Books, Drizzle and Paper Dreams (all opening in Lynden’s Waples Mercantile Building in November), Grocery Outlet in Ferndale (scheduled to open this summer), Wander Brewing (scheduled to open this summer), and Orca Inn (late May).