Plenty of business activity continues to take place in Whatcom County. Here's a look at the latest:
The Olive Garden has submitted building permit applications to remodel its lobby, bar and dining areas at 4276 Meridian St.
Pure Bliss has submitted a building permit application to expand its Bellingham dessert restaurant next door into 1426 Cornwall Ave., which is home to Chocolate Necessities & Gelato. Chocolate Necessities submitted permits earlier this year to go into a space in the nearby Crown Plaza building.
DigtalSoaps, known for its geek novelty soaps, is closing on May 1. Owner Chrystal Doucette said in a news release that she plans on using the skills she's learned in product development and market for other companies.
The company is known for making a variety of gaming-themed shaped soaps, including consoles and game replicas. The company is having a closeout sale on its website cleangeeks.com.
State Street Thrift & Vintage at 1051 N. State St. in Bellingham announced on its Facebook page that it is closing at the end of April. The store has begun a variety of progressive sales for the rest of the month.
No doubt because it was a hit the last time around, Applebee's has brought back its Dollarita special for the month of April. For $1, customers over 21 can get a margarita in its restaurants throughout Washington.
Villa Italian Kitchen, which has a restaurant at Bellis Fair mall, announced that it has started an online ordering catering service. For a minimum order of $75, customers can have the food and utensils delivered to their workplace. Details can be found on its Villa Italian Kitchen Catering website.