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Retail Tipsheet: Whatcom hunting store adds fishing supplies

Cody Gunter, left, fishing department manager Eli Michael and Kyle Gunter in the new fishing department at Dakota Creek Guns and Outfitting in Ferndale on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The store recently added about 1,000 square feet of fishing supplies.
Cody Gunter, left, fishing department manager Eli Michael and Kyle Gunter in the new fishing department at Dakota Creek Guns and Outfitting in Ferndale on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The store recently added about 1,000 square feet of fishing supplies. The Bellingham Herald

A Ferndale hunting gear store is branching out by adding a large fishing department.

Dakota Creek Guns and Outfitting added its fishing department in April, said owner Jeff Gunter. It has about 1,000 square feet of gear for fishing in the Pacific Northwest, but he said the key is having local fishing enthusiasts as employees talking about what works. Eli Michael and Mark Stockton handle the fishing department, spending time talking to customers about the area and providing customized setups depending on the type of fishing to be done.

“We specialize in helping families that have nowhere else to learn how to fish,” Stockton said.

Stockton said he’s optimistic about this fishing season, which is expected to soon have plenty of pink salmon in the Nooksack River, while the sockeye salmon season in the Skagit River got going Tuesday, June 16.

The store opened in March 2014 selling guns geared toward hunting and outdoor accessories. While sales have gone well in the first year of business, Gunter decided to expand into fishing to meet demand and because they had the space.

The store is at 5060 Pacific Highway, near Wilson’s Furniture. For details, visit the company’s Facebook page.

UPDATE ON THE BERRY HARVESTS

Several Whatcom County farms are posting notes on social media that the strawberry u-pick season is quickly wrapping up, with raspberries and blueberries next up for harvest. Strawberries still are available in local stores.

With the warm stretch of weather the raspberries are going to be ready early this year. Bjornstad Farms reported on its Facebook page that it was just about ready to open up u-pick for raspberries this weekend, so check it and other local farms’ Facebook pages and websites for updates.

It’s looking like it will be a big harvest this year for blueberries. The Washington Blueberry Commission is predicting the state harvest will be 110 million pounds this year, up 14 million pounds from 2014 and an 85 percent increase compared to 2010.

Whatcom County’s crop of 36 million pounds in 2014 represented more than one third of last year’s state total.

The blueberry commission expects u-pick farms across the state to be ready for blueberries by July 4, while u-pick farms in Eastern Washington are already open. Details can be found at superblues.net.

NEW SALON OPENING IN BELLINGHAM

A new hair salon called Lucy Be Hair is scheduled to open on Thursday, June 25, at 2336 James St. near Trader Joe’s.

The salon is operated by Jaymi Bivens, who most recently operated a hair studio in Birch Bay. She’s also worked as a salon director in Vancouver, B.C., and with Toni & Guy in Tucson, Ariz., according to a news release from Bivens.

Along with haircuts for men, women and children, Lucy Be Hair will offer hair coloring and highlights.

Once open, studio hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For details, call 360-306-3769 or visit lucybehair.com.

OTHER TIDBITS

The Star Club at 311 E. Holly St. is closing and will have its final day on Sunday, June 28. Co-owner Brock Blatter said they plan on having drink specials up until it closes, and will have a grand finale party on Saturday, June 27. Details, including hours for the final week, can be found on its Facebook page. ... The WFC stores in Lynden and Nooksack have submitted applications with the Washington State Liquor Control Board for a grocery license to sell beer and wine. Those stores are at 415 Depot Road and 104 Nooksack Ave. ... Kelly Norton of Bare Bones Bar B Q has decided to add a second shift at 4240 Meridian St. He now will be serving barbecue from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Reach Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com.

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