New coffee place nearly ready to open in Bellingham

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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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,


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.

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, while updates on the restaurant can be found on the Camber Facebook page.


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