Retail Tipsheet: Bellingham juice bar set for early December opening

Through her work at Sustainable Connections, Sara Southerland frequently talks about the value locally owned businesses have on a community. Now she has the opportunity to see it in action with her own company.

Southerland has partnered with Kara Marklin to start the Electric Beet Juice Co. in the Bellingham Public Market at 1530 Cornwall Ave. They plan to have a soft opening on Wednesday, Dec. 3, with a grand opening scheduled for Monday, Dec. 8.

The owners were able to get to this point through a successful crowd-funding campaign through Small Knot. The community support was great, Southerland said, providing them some assurance that this is the kind of business people want.

As the Food & Farming Manager at Sustainable Connection, Southerland has worked closely with farmers, restaurants and grocery stores to support local food being grown and consumed in Northwest Washington, which could prove valuable at Electric Beet Juice.

“We will focus on what’s local first, then build our menu around that,” she said.

Along with juices and smoothies, the company will have a variety of breakfast and lunch items, including sandwiches, spring rolls, chocolate pancakes and salads. They will also have plenty of gluten free options.

Most of all, though, Southerland wants the business to have a positive impact on the community.

“The positive change a small business makes in a community is what’s most inspiring to me,” she said.

Once open, hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and closed Sunday. Updates about the business can be found on the company’s Facebook page.


The Bellingham Public Market is also finish up some remodeling, having expanded into the area formerly home to Tube Time.

Construction began last spring for the market to move into the vacant 11,000-square-space. Market owner Stephen Trinkaus said they are in the home stretch on the project, and plan on having a grand opening celebration Jan. 10-11.

Along with expanding Terra grocery store, adding Electric Beet Juice Co. and Ambo Ethiopian Cuisine, the market has added a video store rental area. The market still needs to add freezers and finish its meat department. The market is full in terms of tenants, so Trinkaus said the next step after the expansion is getting food trucks in the parking lot area.


Brad Caughell and his daughter, Monica Pense and son-in-law Joel Pense recently took over Papa Sweets, the candy store at 1102 Harris Ave. in Fairhaven.

Caughell said they’ve been expanding inventory, adding Edaleen ice cream and treats from Chocolate Necessities. The company is also bring in a variety of stocking stuffers for the holidays, he said.

Store hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Saturday, which is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For details, call 360-778-3368.


A new salon and spa recently opened in Bellingham. Shannon Morris operates Forget Me Not Salon and Spa at 112 Ohio St., near Bellingham High School. Morris is licensed in both massage therapy and cosmetology and also has a variety of retail products, including shampoos. Appointments are recommended, call 360-393-0298 or visit

Permits were submitted for the fourth building at the Maple Street apartments, near the Bellingham’s Depot Market Square. The new building will have 60 residential units on top of an already constructed parking garage.

A building permit application was submitted to put Discount Tire into the former Hollywood Video space at 750 Lakeway Drive, in the Fred Meyer shopping center. Earlier this year Fred Meyer announced plans to expand its Lakeway gas station, adding six additional fueling islands. That would involve demolishing the structure that currently is home to Discount Tire. Fred Meyer spokeswoman Melinda Merrill said at the time they didn’t plan on starting construction until the summer or fall of 2015.