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Organic clothing store, cafe opens in Blaine

A sunset view of the new organic clothing store and cafe Rawganique in Blaine, taken earlier this month. The store and cafe is on Peace Portal Drive and will have a grand opening celebration on Sept. 28.
A sunset view of the new organic clothing store and cafe Rawganique in Blaine, taken earlier this month. The store and cafe is on Peace Portal Drive and will have a grand opening celebration on Sept. 28. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

An online retailer that caters to chemically sensitive as well as ecologically conscious people has opened a brick-and-mortar store in Whatcom County.

Rawganique also is adding a cafe and bakery that offers organic and vegan items.

The new store at 429 Peace Portal Drive is considered a lifestyle store for anyone looking for chemical-free, ethical products, said co-founder Qeanu Wallner.

He wants to give customers organic options for food and clothing, as well as household goods like towels and bedding.

During Rawganique’s soft opening, he said, new customers have been curious about the texture of the clothing, made from organic cotton, hemp or linen.

“We want to show people what you can make with natural fibers and traditional skills and open them up to the whole raw and organic lifestyle,” Wallner said.

The cafe and bakery have a growing menu list of organic and vegan items. Cafe items include smoothies, sandwiches and soups. Wallner plans to also offer organic beer and wine.

Rawganique interior
Online retailer Rawganique has opened a store in Blaine that specializes in clothing and household goods made from organic cotton, hemp or linen. Rawganique Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

In looking for a place to open this store, Wallner was struck by the beauty and ambiance of Blaine.

“Nothing beats the beauty of looking out at the harbor,” Wallner said. “We are so happy to be here. The city and people are so welcoming.”

The grand opening celebration will happen at 2 p.m. on Sept. 28. Details about the store and cafe can be found on its Facebook page.

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Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz
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