Retail Tipsheet: Fairhaven jewelry store settles into new space

Spring is usually a time when many Whatcom County retailers decide to shake things up, whether it’s a remodel or a move. This year appears to be no exception.

One of those businesses making changes is Whimsey, which moved into the former Bead Bazaar space at 1001 Harris Ave. in Fairhaven. The 12-year-old jewelry store had resided at 1200 10th St. since its beginning, but owner Cami Grichel couldn’t resist moving into a space she considers great for traffic.

“It’s the best spot in Fairhaven,” she said.

Plenty of work was done in a short period to get the spot ready, she said, including changing the floors and walls. With the spot’s more open floor design, she’s utilizing the large windows on the west side to bring in more natural light.

The new space is also bigger, so she plans on bringing in more merchandise and adding product lines from more artists. Being in a higher-traffic area, she’s also hoping to extend business hours, getting open earlier and staying open later.

She made the decision to expand despite the recent weakening of the Canadian dollar, partly because local traffic has been strong. When the loonie first started weakening earlier this year, she noticed a drop in Canadian customers. Lately she’s noticed her regular Canadian customers returning; she speculates those Canadians are becoming used to the new currency level.

While the physical address has changed, Whimsey’s phone number (360-733-5568) and Facebook page remain the same.


Wear on Earth, a consigned clothing and yarn shop in Lynden, is moving into the former Blockbuster space at 8150 Guide Meridian. A moving sale at its current spot at 504 Front St. ends Saturday, March 28. It’s closed until reopening on the Guide on Monday, April 6.

At 6,400 square feet, the new space will be more than double the current location, owner Elva Eisel said. The store already carries a large selection of yarn needles but will add more yarn and consignment products.

The store will have a grand opening celebration the week of April 6, offering door prizes and sales. Store hours will be expanded at the new spot: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Eisel said she also plans on offering evening classes. Details about the store can be found at its website,


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