Here are some retail tipsheet tidbits from around Whatcom County:
▪ Just a reminder that Bellis Fair mall will be closed on Sunday, April 21, for Easter. While the mall is closed, there will be a spring carnival with rides in the parking lot near Red Robin for the weekend, according to the mall’s website. Carnival hours for Easter Sunday are noon to 10 p.m.
▪ Kismet Cafe opened for business on April 18 at the Lightcatcher Museum at 202 Grand Ave. According to its Facebook page, hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The cafe is operated by Brandon Wicklund, who ran The Real McCoy before it closed in 2017.
▪ A building permit application was submitted to put in a cafe at 4182 Cordata Parkway near the Cordata bus station and Whatcom Community College. According to a website, it will be called Oddities, selling coffee, baked goods, toys, games and household items.
▪ As Stemma Brewing Co. gets closer to opening at 2039 Moore St., it announced on Facebook that it is partnering with Mr. Frank’s “The Bus,” which will serve food near the brewery. While the menu is not yet announced, the food will showcase seasonings from Mr. Frank’s Spice Co. Mr. Frank’s spice is operated by Lisa Postl Campbell of Bellingham, daughter of Frank Postl. He first created the original seasoning in 1964, according to the company website. Both Stemma Brewing and Mr. Frank’s “The Bus” are aiming for a June opening, according to the Facebook post.