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Edaleen Dairy aiming for Oct. 6 opening of Blaine store

Blaine will soon have another sweet option in its downtown core.

Edaleen Dairy is putting the finishing touches on its 3,200-square-foot store at 458 Peace Portal Drive. The store is tentatively scheduled to open Monday, Oct. 6, but that depends on the weather as the contractor, Eagle Construction, finishes up outdoor tasks like parking lot striping. Once open, hours will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday.

The store will be similar in focus to its East Lynden store, offering dairy products including ice cream, milk, cheese and butter. It is expected to be a draw for Canadians, who pay significantly more for those products north of the border, but the company also wants to be an integral part of the Blaine community, said Mitch Moorlag, general manager of Edaleen.

Part of that reaching out to Blaine residents is having the evening hours. Moorlag said the store can be a place for families to drop by after dinner for dessert. It will have both indoor and outdoor seating, 16 flavors of hard-dipped ice cream and two soft-serve ice cream machines serving four flavors.

While they realize ice cream sales take a dip in the fall and winter months, they’ve found through sales at the other stores that it is still a popular option in cold weather.

“It’s one of those good comfort foods,” Moorlag said. “It makes for a great and inexpensive night out for the family.”

Updates on the store’s opening can be found on the company’s Facebook page or by calling Edaleen’s office at 360-354-5342.

BELLINGHAM RESTAURANT PROPERTY FOR SALE

I’ve had a few readers asking about the Osaka Japanese Restaurant at 3207 Northwest Ave.

It closed earlier this month, and the property is up for sale. The property sale is being handled by Kim and Joe Kwon at John L. Scott. The online listing at johnlscott.com mentions that owner is selling because of a planned retirement.

The listed price for the one-acre lot is $287,000. The price recently dropped by $70,000 for a quick sale. Kim Kwon said the property is a turn-key situation for someone interested in re-opening it as a restaurant.

The restaurant, which focused on sushi, has been in the neighborhood since 2002.

OTHER TIDBITS

-- A building permit was submitted to expand the convenience store at the Chevron gas station on 310 Lakeway Drive. The permit proposes expanding the building by 874 square feet to increase the cooler area as well as adding a fresh food deli section.

-- Representatives from the Green Eileen Seattle store will be at Ragfinery on Saturday, Oct. 11, to sell gently used garments from the Eileen Fisher clothing line. More than 500 designer garments will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. at 1421 N Forest St. For details, visit greeneileen.org or ragfinery.com.

-- The Local and StrEAT Food are teaming up to offer a special brunch to raise money for the Washington State Multiple Sclerosis Society. The event starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at The Local on 1427 Railroad Ave. A special anti-inflammatory menu that focuses on vegan, gluten free and Omega 3 options will be served. This type of diet may help ease the symptons of MS, said StrEAT Food owner James Pitzer.

-- A new state liquor license application was filed for the Beach Store Café at 2200 N. Nugent Road on Lummi Island. The new applicants are Tess Winds-Johnson, Jason Brubaker, Craig Miller and Ines Pitti Miller.

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