Retail Tipsheet: A Stones Throw from opening

Stones Throw Brewing Co. is getting into shipping containers, but the beer itself is all about celebrating the local life.

Owners Tony Luciano and Jack Pflueger have been busy getting their Fairhaven brewery ready, and a crucial step was made Friday, April 17, when four empty shipping containers were installed with the help of a 90-ton crane. The shipping containers will be home to the brewery’s equipment, which also arrived.

It’s a crucial step toward getting the next Bellingham brewery open at 1009 Larrabee Ave. Luciano said using repurposed shipping containers to house equipment is unique, so it will make permitting a little more tricky. That means they don’t have an opening date yet, but the plan is to start brewing around the end of May and to be open to the public sometime this summer.

The brewery plans to have a taproom for about 20 people and a couple of beer gardens. Going with the tagline “closest pint to adventure,” the owners want to reflect that in the facility. The taproom will have a variety of decor showing all of the adventures within a metaphorical stones’ throw of the brewery, including sailing, skiing and biking.

Luciano and Pflueger are Western Washington University alumni who moved back to Bellingham to make beer and to enjoy outdoor activities this area offers, according to a company news release. Details about the brewery can be found at, with updates on its Facebook page.


A new convenience store has opened at 902 N. State St., Suite 103, near New York Pizza Bar & Grill.

Owner Nisha Chopra opened North State St. Market on Monday, April 20. The store currently offers a variety of traditional convenience-store items, including milk, soda, candy, cigarettes and lottery tickets. The store has applied for a state liquor license to sell beer and wine, and is awaiting approval.

Chopra said she opened the store because it is near the university and a residential neighborhood that doesn’t have many convenience store options nearby. It is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.


DSW, also known as Designer Shoe Warehouse, will have its ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 30, for its new Bellingham store at Bellis Fair mall. The store is taking about 12,000 square feet of retail space near Buffalo Wild Wings and Chipotle. Once open, it will have the same store hours as the mall. Manager Brandon Norby said the store will be giving away DSW Shoelover tote bags at the opening while supplies last, as well as discount certificates while they last. ... Crazy Bob’s Pizza and Wings is now open at the Cordata Place shopping center at 4151 Meridian St. The eatery moved from a gas station on Meridian Street to its new location. ... BelleWood Acres will start offering breakfast at its revamped Country Cafe at 6140 Guide Meridian on Friday, May 1. Along with adding breakfast, the cafe will have full table service. New hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. ... A building permit was submitted to put in a restaurant called Place Sociale at 1504 Iowa St., inside the Fitness Evolution gym.

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