Retail Tipsheet: Bellingham’s Sunset Square has a new restaurant

A new restaurant is off to a good start in a Bellingham retail center that has changed dramatically in the past year.

The Grill recently opened in Sunset Square, offering a variety of lunch and dinner items with a Chicago/Midwest flair. The menu includes gyros, Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago-style hot dogs and Polish sausages.

Eleni Kyriazis, who owns the restaurant with her husband Chris, said they are aiming for a fast-casual style. Both have experience in the restaurant industry and were once partners in Cascade Pizza at 2431 Meridian St.

“I was raised in the restaurant business my whole life and my husband being born and raised in Chicago were all the elements that cultivated our concept for The Grill,” Eleni Kyriazis said.

In the first few weeks of being open, Kyriazis said they’ve seen a wide variety of customers from the area. She’s been especially pleased with their location choice of Sunset Square, saying the retail center seems to have a new energy to it, especially among other tenants.

“It’s gone very well. We’ve only been hearing positive comments so far about being here,” she said.

In the past year Sunset Square has had a variety of changes, including the opening of Safeway, a major remodel of the exterior portions of the center and new tenants that include a Comcast store, T-Mobile and the Safeway gas station. Round Table Pizza is also starting a major remodel to put in a pub area as well as add burgers to its menu.

The Grill is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Details can be found on The Grill’s Facebook page.


Bellingham’s ACME Farms + Kitchen recently expanded the area it delivers local produce and artisan goods.

The company recently launched its weekly service in the Portland, Ore., metro area and already has delivery in place in Seattle and Whatcom County, according to a news release from the company. In Portland, ACME Farms + Kitchen worked with more than a dozen nearby farmers and artisans in order to have product to deliver in that area. The company focuses on delivering local, seasonal foods to customers’ homes.

Started in 2011 by Joy Rubey and Cara Piscitello, the company now has 23 employees. Details can be found at


Workers at The C Shop in Birch Bay have been busy since January creating chocolate bunnies for Easter, and this year they have two new designs.

The bunnies are available at the store, which is at 4825 Alderson Road. The store is open 2 to 7 p.m. March 12-13, then open again 2-7 p.m. every day March 18-26.

Of the new bunnies, one is ready for a day at the beach and in the water; the other has set sail aboard the C Spree with his spring chick first mate. The two new bunnies will become regulars at the store and be sold during the summer months, said Saara Kuure, a manager at The C Shop.

The C Shop is hosting some events Saturday, March 26, the day before Easter. That’s when the store will have its annual egg hunt from 4 to 6 p.m. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides and an Easter basket raffle. For details on the store, visit

Employees at The C Shop, a candy store in Birch Bay, Wash., show how they make chocolate bunnies for the Easter season.


Wandering Oaks Fine Arts and Glass Studio is going into 126 W. Holly St., in the former Naked Clothing space. According to its Facebook page, the studio is aiming for a Friday, April 1, grand opening. ... The Bakerview Fred Meyer store has submitted a building permit application to put in an online ordering department. ... The Pierside Kitchen at Blaine’s Semiahmoo Resort, Golf & Spa has revamped its menu under new chef Bruno Feldeisen. According to a news release, the new menu highlights the seafood history of the area by including items like oysters from Drayton Harbor Oysters and Taylor Shellfish Farms. The restaurant is also partnering with Growing Veterans, a local nonprofit where military veterans grow food. For details on the restaurant and its new menu, visit Semiahmoo’s website. ... A building permit application was submitted to build Park View Apartments, a four-story, 88-unit facility in the Cordata neighborhood at 425 W. Stuart Road.