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Visitors have a new place to stay in downtown Bellingham

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Fred and Colleen Schacht have opened the new Hamlet Hotel above the Benchmark store on Railroad Avenue. The building was originally built in 1906 as the Cottage Bar and Cottage Hotel upstairs.
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Fred and Colleen Schacht have opened the new Hamlet Hotel above the Benchmark store on Railroad Avenue. The building was originally built in 1906 as the Cottage Bar and Cottage Hotel upstairs.

Downtown Bellingham has a new option for someone looking for a place to stay.

Hamlet Hotel will soon start accepting reservations for its four furnished rooms through a link on its website to an Airbnb posting. Hamlet is on the second floor at 1202 Railroad Ave., above Benchmark Document Solutions and across from La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza on Chestnut Street.

The rooms are about 500 square feet and each include a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and a sitting area. It has a variety of nice touches, including old-growth wood floors and red brick walls. With the windows closed, rooms are insulated in a way that keeps the downtown noises outside. It is not officially a hotel, but it is a place for people to stay and really enjoy downtown, said Fred Schacht, who operates the Hamlet with his wife, Colleen.

With the help of construction and architectural design work from Franklin Corp. and Zervas, they spent nine months remodeling the building, converting the second floor that was used as storage space into the Hamlet.

The reason behind the Hamlet is to provide a place for people to visit and stay in the downtown core.

“We are excited about sharing downtown Bellingham,” Fred Schacht said. “There are so many unique businesses here and business owners who are really invested in this area.”

In a way, the Hamlet is a return to the building’s original use. According to research Fred Schacht did, the building was originally the Cottage Hotel, with rooms upstairs and a bar on the first floor. In the following years, the building has been home to a variety of businesses.

The Schachts are currently finalizing pricing for the rooms. For details about the rooms, visit bellinghamhamlet.com.

A look inside Smoking Crow on Tuesday, Jan. 9, in Bellingham. The recreational pot shop is having a grand opening on Jan. 20 with vendors and live music.

NEW POT SHOP OPENS NORTH OF BELLINGHAM

A new marijuana store that wants to focus on education has opened in north Bellingham.

Smoking Crow recently opened at 4264 Pacific Highway and is having a grand opening on Jan. 20 with vendors and live music.

Along with cannabis, the store has edibles, concentrates and other accessories. They also will provide plenty of answers for customers coming in with questions, said store manager Kayla Hall. The company also has posted a “Cannabis 101” page on its website, smokingcrow.com. Hall said that during the soft opening, their clients tend to be in the 28-60 age range, with many older customers coming in wanting more information.

Retail marijuana has been back in news lately after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Justice Department guidelines under President Obama that led to state-sanctioned markets. Hall said she’s confident that the jobs in the industry are not in jeopardy because of support from state government.

“I’ve talked with growers, who feel the same with way,” Hall said.

Smoking Crow is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

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