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New coffee place nearly ready to open in Bellingham

pdwyer@bhamherald.com

A new Bellingham cafe is aiming for a modern Northwest vibe.

Yin-Ho Lai is planning on opening Trove Coffee at 228 N. Samish Way at the end of September, right around the time Western Washington University students arrive for the start of school. The cafe is next door to Lai’s other business, Trove Cannabis and is near Boomer’s Drive-In.

Along with special blends of coffee from Maniac Coffee Roasting, the cafe will offer local beer and wine. Sandwiches and baked goods will come from Avenue Bread and Glacier’s Wake ‘N Bakery. Hours will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., although evening hours could change depending on how popular it is late in the day, Lai said. Free Wi-Fi will also be available.

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Philip A. Dwyer pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Lai, a Western graduate, also wants Trove Coffee to be as sustainable as possible, so the cafe will be offering biodegradable lids and cups.

The goal is to have high-quality coffee at a low price in a place where there is plenty of conversations about the culture of coffee, he said.

While sharing the same name and ownership, Trove Coffee and Trove Cannabis are separate — pot products will not be sold in the cafe.

Details about Trove can be found on its Facebook page or on its website, TroveCoffee.com.

CAMBER CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING, ADDS TO BREAKFAST MENU

After going through a soft opening earlier this summer, Camber had an official grand opening Aug. 26.

The restaurant at 221 Holly St. offers breakfast, lunch and dinner along with an extensive coffee menu. Camber roasts its own coffee in Bellingham but has a wide reach — its coffee can also be found in cafes across the United States.

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A look at one of the breakfast menu items at Camber, a restaurant which recently opened in downtown Bellingham. Caleb Young Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Camber recently expanded its breakfast menu, which includes buttermilk waffles and Spanish hash with poached egg, according to a news release from the company. It also carries pastries from Fairhaven’s Iron Rooster Bakery.

Lunch and dinner menus include sweet corn dumpling soup, local steamed clams, spaghetti carbonara and roast chicken.

Local beer is also on tap at the restaurant. That includes some coffee-beer combos.

Camber is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and opens an hour later on the weekend. The history of the company can be found on a post from Sprudge.com, while updates on the restaurant can be found on the Camber Facebook page.

OTHER TIDBITS

A new downtown clothing store called Quinn and Foster is in the works to replace the former Garys’ Mens and Womens Wear at 128 W. Holly St. in Bellingham. Details about the business can be found on its Facebook page. ... Borthwick Jewelry in Ferndale is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an open house and something quite valuable on display: A 5-carat cut diamond valued at $125,000. Visitors can see it from 2-6 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the store, 1730 LaBounty Drive. Details about the company can be found at BorthwickDiamondJewelry.com. ... Cory Bakker and Molly Fay, owners of Goods Nursery and Produce at 2620 Northwest Ave., will host a public neighborhood meeting to propose a new business going into that address. Bubba’s Taps would offer a rotating selection of local craft beer, cider and wine. Goods Nursery would remain on the property, Fay said. Bubba’s Taps also would be a stopping spot for food trucks in what the owners envision as a relaxed neighborhood gathering spot. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the nursery. ... As part of the Bottleshop Collective, Chuckanut Brewery has worked with Elizabeth Station and 10 other Washington bottleshops to produce a new beer called Old Fest. It is a lager that has a malty sweetness and firm bitterness, according to a news release from Chuckanut Brewery. The official tapping takes place Sept. 15 at Chuckanut Brewery locations and at Elizabeth Station. ... Jesse Cantu’s four Bellingham restaurants raised $7,000 over Labor Day weekend, money that will be used to support relief efforts in the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey. Cantu donated 10 percent of gross sales from that weekend, but said he also received several extra donations from customers. The participating restaurants were the three Jalapenos Mexican Restaurants and Luna’s Bistro.

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