Beer drinkers do their part for Washington’s economy
Here’s a roundup of local retail tipsheet tidbits around Whatcom County:
▪ A new brewery is coming to Bellingham that plans to offer a bit of European flair as a Sunnyland neighborhood hangout.
Ben Howe and Karolina Lobrow are building Other Wonders Beer, which will serve as a brewery and cafe. It’ll be a small, neighborhood operation serving rustic lagers and farmhouse ales as well as veggie-inspired street food, Lobrow said.
The brewery is going into a new building in the 2100 block of Humboldt Street, next to Kramer Knives and near Homeskillet. The building also will be home to Seattle’s Stewart Wurtz Furniture, Lobrow said. The brewery will have an upper level that has a view of Mount Baker.
The plan is to have the brewery/cafe ready by next spring. Howe said he wants to focus on the light, dry German lagers he came to enjoy while in Europe.
With a small production facility, they envision the brewery as a low-key setting and also want to be a part of Bellingham’s art community.
“I see it as a cozy tavern with plants, a lot of light and funky couches,” Lobrow said in a phone interview.
Lobrow, who went to Western Washington University and then volunteered for the Peace Corps, brought Howe to this area. They decided this was the place to start their business. Bellingham has become well-known for its breweries, and it’s a place that encourages creativity when it comes to brewing beer, she said.
▪ For fans of the ABC television show “Shark Tank,” the May 12 season finale will feature a company that has a store in Bellingham. Fat Shack, which has restaurants in Colorado and Texas, also has one in Bakerview Square. The show is scheduled to run at 10 p.m.
▪ Betty Be Good has moved its Bellingham store to Lynden. The women’s clothing store is now in the Fairway Center at 1758 Front St. The company’s first store, which opened in October 2013, remains at Birch Bay Square.
The boutique gives 2% of its sales to support the rehabilitation of sex-trafficking survivors. The store itself offers a variety of styles all priced under $60 retail, according to a news release. Details can be found at the company’s website.
▪ A Bellingham building permit application was submitted to build a 47-unit apartment building at 1301 Telegraph Road, near the Irongate business park.
▪ The Makeworth Market on the corner of North State and East Chestnut streets had a soft opening on Friday, May 10. Some local businesses are selling retail goods in that space. The stationary store Spruce announced on Facebook that it has closed its Cornwall Avenue spot to move into the market, which also has a cafe and a taproom.