Retail Tipsheet: Burrito King opens in Viking Plaza near WWU

A new Bellingham business is bringing the popularity of food truck items into a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Ruben De La Garza and Maria Carmen Govea recently opened Burrito King at 505 32nd St., in the Viking Plaza retail center near the Sehome Village shopping center. The restaurant has a food-truck-style format in that many of the ingredients are prepared ahead of time to provide quick service, De La Garza said. Prices for most menu items such as burritos and tacos are under $8.

Located near Western Washington University, Burrito King is geared toward college students. The owners have experience with that crowd since it is currently on Vendor’s Row on campus, a spot it has occupied for four years. Burrito King is also planning to partner with Viking Food to offer delivery service.

While only open a few weeks so far, business has started off well, with a steady stream of customers dropping in for a quick bite, De La Garza said.

“You have to enjoy what you are doing in order to succeed in life, and I really love doing this,” he said.

Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit


The Woods Coffee is getting ready to open its first Skagit County cafe.

The new Woods Coffee shop will be at 1626 Freeway Drive in Mount Vernon, near the West College Way exit off Interstate 5. It is scheduled to open sometime in December, according to a news release from the company.

This will be the company’s 15th coffee shop, with the rest in Whatcom County. Owner Wes Herman said he has been looking forward to expanding into Skagit County for a long time and that going through the process in Mount Vernon has been a great experience.


Northwest Tarp & Canvas recently moved into 703 W. Holly St. where it manufactures and sells it products.

It was an at-home business for six years before moving into the 3,200-square-foot space earlier this month, said owner Jim Watt. The store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1.

While the company does plenty of tarp and canvas production for the boating community, Watt said it does a variety of work in other industries, making custom tarps and canvases. The company has five employees; Watt is hoping to add another five in the coming year.

The company also stocks a line of kayak hardware and other marine-related products.

For details about the company, call 360-656-6550.


The women’s clothing store Seasons Fashions recently opened a store at Bakerview Square, offering a variety of clothing and accessories for each season.

The store, owned by Nathan and Pam Grover, also offers jewelry from local designers Annie Kenoyer and Sonia Hurt. The store also offers monthly drawings, after-hour shopping parties and email promotions.

Store hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. For details, visit the store’s Facebook page.


Things appear to moving along on the Taco Bell project at Sunset Square, at least from a paperwork standpoint. Building and sign permits were approved by the city for construction of the restaurant in the southeast parking lot area (near Safeway).

Tandoori Bites has submitted a permit to expand into a vacant space at 505 32nd St., in the Viking Plaza.

The major remodel of The Black Cat in Fairhaven is ongoing, according to its Facebook page. No reopening date announced yet.

A Bellingham permit was submitted to build 12,000-square-foot dry cast building at 4116 Bakerview Spur.

The former Valero gas station at the Viking Plaza has switched to Chevron.

Purple Smile Wines in Fairhaven has a sign that says it is closed until further notice. In an email to customers earlier this month, the company plans on being open 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday for a few weeks to pass out pre-orders and sell the rest of its inventory.

Mozza, a restaurant going into Bakerview Square, has a “coming soon” sign that says it will be offering pizza, pasta and wings.

A building permit application was submitted for 4151 Meridian St., in the strip mall where Burlington recently opened, for a new Crazy Bob’s Pizza restaurant.

The Bellingham Ace Hardware store is bringing back its Hardware Science Day. On Saturday, Oct. 25, the store at 356 36th St. will have free experiments for children at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. The experiments include making a “Franken-pickle Circuit” and a “Halloween Flashlight.” For details, call 360-933-4686.

Uptown Art at 23 Bellwether Way has created a “Canvas Cantina” within the business, offering beer and wine. The company is also working on a food menu; owner Robert Mishkin said they are leaning toward sandwiches and snacks but are looking forward to getting suggestions from customers.

A state liquor license application was submitted to put in a craft distillery at 1600 Kentucky St. The proposed business is called Cascadia Distilling and the applicants are Daniel Greenberg, David Draper, Trevor Petersen and Anthony Ponce De Leon.

A liquor license application also was submitted for a specialty shop at 423 Tyee Drive in Point Roberts. The proposed name is Vick Homes and the applicants are Janet and Samuel Vick.