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Woods Coffee unveils new Bellingham roastery

Woods Coffee opening new roasting house and coffee bar

Director of coffee at Woods Coffee Shea Hagan talks about the new Woods Coffee roasting facility on Lakeway Drive in Bellingham, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The new facility will be open for public viewing starting Monday, March 28.
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Director of coffee at Woods Coffee Shea Hagan talks about the new Woods Coffee roasting facility on Lakeway Drive in Bellingham, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The new facility will be open for public viewing starting Monday, March 28.

Woods Coffee has created something new to enhance the coffee experience.

The Woods Coffee roastery is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Monday, March 28, inside its Lakeway cafe at 813 Lakeway Drive. In the roastery, customers can watch the process that features a new Loring Smart Roast. The roastery also will have a coffee brew bar to learn more about coffee and order specialty coffee drinks not offered at other Woods locations.

“It is for those who want to learn more about the coffee process,” said owner Wes Herman. He added that the drinks at the bar will be more about the coffee and less about the milk.

The roaster uses a closed-loop process that eliminates the need for an afterburner, which Herman said produces a cleaner, brighter cup of coffee. With no need for an afterburner, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced up to 80 percent compared to other roasters, he said. The facility also will have a cold brew system, producing the chilled coffee from large stainless steel tanks for the 17 Pacific Northwest cafes.

The company’s roasting operation was formerly in Lynden. The bigger space will double the capacity of its operations. Herman said they are not sure yet what to do with the Lynden space.

As for Woods Coffee’s expansion plans into Canada, Herman said they are taking more time to make sure they have the Tsawwassen location correctly staffed before opening. He’s expecting that cafe to open in June.

The roastery will be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. The existing Woods Coffee shop on Lakeway will continue to serve guests during its normal hours of 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Details about the company can be found at woodscoffee.com.

LONGTIME FABRIC STORE OWNER RETIRING

After nearly 19 years in business, Carol Stewart is retiring and closing Bellingham’s Fabric-Etc.

The store at 1663 Birchwood Ave. will be closed March 26-31 to prepare for the Friday, April 1, “No Foolin’ I’m Retiring Sale,” featuring 30 percent off everything plus many other markdowns. Stewart plans on closing the store at the end of May.

The store sells fabric and sewing products. It started in Barkley Village in 1997 before moving to Birchwood Avenue in 2000.

Stewart said in an email that as she approaches her 68th birthday, she wants to take some time to travel with her husband and enjoy her children and grandchildren.

“I will miss my staff/friends terribly and all of the crazy, creative adventures we’ve had the last nearly 19 years ... those last minute ‘how are we ever going to get this to come together’ times, as well as all of the laughter we’ve shared together in the fun times; and the tears we’ve shed during the hard times in our lives,” Stewart wrote on the company’s website.

Starting April 1, store hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

KONA ICE TRUCK ROLLS INTO BELLINGHAM

A new tropical-themed truck has arrived and will be serving up shaved ice and donating to local organizations.

The Kona Ice mobile truck is operated by DiAnna Kleindel and offers up to 500 flavor combinations, including pickle and tiger’s blood. The truck will have tropical calypso music and a tiki hut top. The truck is available for a variety of events, including festivals, corporate events, neighborhood socials, church gatherings and birthday parties. Kleindel is also hoping to establish regular weekday and weekend routes.

Kleindel is also continuing the franchise’s tradition of donating money each year to local school groups, teams and community organizations. Kleindel plans to donate a percentage of the proceeds at each event.

To learn more about Kona Ice of Bellingham and to book an event, contact Kleindel by email at dkleindel@kona-ice.com or call 360-815-0653. Events can also be booked through the company’s website kona-ice.com.

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