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Retail Tipsheet: Pizza in a flash at new Fairhaven eatery

Line cook Doug Jambor takes out a pizza Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Övn Wood Fire Pizza, which just opened at 1148 10th St., near the South Bay Trail in Fairhaven.
Line cook Doug Jambor takes out a pizza Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Övn Wood Fire Pizza, which just opened at 1148 10th St., near the South Bay Trail in Fairhaven. The Bellingham Herald

Fairhaven has a new pizza place, providing a different style to the popular dish.

Övn Wood Fired Pizza opened on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 1148 10th St., near the Village Green. It was started by Matt Brawner, who has worked as a corporate chef and is also a graduate of Western Washington University.

What’s different about this pizza compared to other places is how it is cooked. The pizza is placed in an 850-degree oven for a little over two minutes. Brawner said this flash-cook style makes it crispy on the outside. He learned about this method while traveling abroad and got hooked on the idea.

Along with the pizza, Brawner said Övn will have a variety of local beers on tap and be a place to hang out or get a quick bite. The restaurant will do to-go orders.

Brawner added that he is a bit of a geek when it comes to creating pizza dough, so he’s hoping customers will respond well to the different types of crust.

He also plans on having the restaurant open later to catch the evening crowd. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Further details can be found on the company’s Facebook page.

NEW ARCADE COMING TO BARKLEY

Reset Games is about to become more than a video game store.

Next door at 1255 Barkley Blvd. work is underway to put in Reset Games: Arcade Edition. The arcade will have around a dozen old-school pinball machines and 25 to 30 video arcade machines, said Reset Games owner Matt Artim. The arcade also will offer snacks and beer. The cost to play the games also will be old-school, with most of the arcade games costing 25 cents and 50 cents for pinball.

Artim recently opened a successful arcade bar in Edmonds next to his retail shop Another Castle, so when a space in the Barkley retail center (near Lowe’s home improvement) became available, he decided to create a similar situation in Bellingham. He added that it will be an all-ages arcade and can host parties for medium-size groups.

The extra space will give the company a chance to add a full-service repair shop for video game consoles and cartridge games.

Artim said they are aiming for a mid-September grand opening for the Bellingham arcade. For updates and details, visit Reset Games’ Facebook page.

REPAIR CAFE COMING TO BELLINGHAM

Local residents soon will have a place to go and get something repaired by volunteers for free.

The Repair Cafe is going into The Foundry Makerspace building at 1515 N. Forest St. People can bring in broken household items and a volunteer will fix it free, according to a news release. It will also have complimentary tea, coffee and pastries for folks as they watch their item get repaired and connect with others. The cafe will rely on donations and sponsors to pay the overhead costs.

“Over 50 percent of consumer items can be repaired with relatively little effort, reducing waste, greenhouse gas emissions and preserving resources,” said founder Kurt Prassé in the news release.

The cafe is planning to have a grand opening 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6, featuring live music and children’s activities. The Repair Cafe is also looking for volunteers. Details and sign-up information can be found at bellinghamrepaircafe.net.

OTHER TIDBITS

Naked Clothing is moving out of Bellingham and joining forces with its sister business, a recreational marijuana store called Smuggler Brothers Marijuana Mercantile in Sedro-Woolley. Owners Amy and Jeff Kraus will also debut a new cafe in Sedro-Woolley called Munchies. All three businesses will be at 1912 Highway 20. Naked Clothing’s last day at 126 W. Holly St. is Thursday, Oct. 1, and the store will have sales as it nears the final day in business. Naked Clothing will reopen in Sedro-Woolley on Oct. 31. Details can be found at nakedclothing.com or smugglerbrothers.com. ... My Garden Nursery in Bellingham is hosting its Penny For Your Thoughts’ Alzheimer’s Auction Evening 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. The event will have silent and live auctions as well as a dinner. Prizes will also be awarded to the person who donates the most change. Details can be found at mygardennursery.com. ... After being closed a couple weeks to revamp its menu, Luna's Bistro reopened on Monday, Aug. 17, at 3004 Cinema Place. The restaurant switched its menu to offer smaller plate offerings, including shrimp cakes and ravioli.

Reach Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BhamHeraldBiz and on Facebook at BellinghamHeraldBusiness.

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