Downtown Bellingham has been a busy place this summer for the merchants who work there, with several new businesses opening their doors.
Business openings on Cornwall Avenue include APSE, which offers ethically made art, apparel and jewelry, and The Chipper Bird, offering local artist and products that include body care, housewares, women’s clothing and accessories. The Chipper Bird is also starting up macrame classes.
Other recent openings include Brazen Shop and Studio, which also offers local handmade goods, jewelry, art and body products; and The Wild Oat, a cafe that focuses on vegan and organic dishes.
Further down Cornwall, Pure Bliss Desserts is also undergoing a major remodel and expansion.
Adrianne Beard, who operates The Chipper Bird, said she’s very excited about what’s happening around her.
“This was the heart of downtown, and it’s great to see it coming back,” said Beard.
Karen Blanquart, co-owner of Brazen, agreed, adding that they’ve noticed more pedestrian traffic in the area. Brazen’s space can be tough to spot, with the storefront on the alley side, but they’ve been getting help from others, including shop-to-shop referrals
“Downtown Bellingham programs such as Downtown Bellingham Art Walk, the wine walk and the evening Commercial Street Night Markets have also helped people discover us in the alley,” Blanquart said.
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