For Liesa Scott, retirement means starting a new career running a restaurant.
At the end of November Scott opened Gretchen’s Delight at 1901 Front St. in Lynden. The menu has plenty of German meals, but Scott has mixed in a variety of dishes that originated in other countries, including Hungary and Austria. Nearly everything is made from scratch. Dishes include an Austrian apple strudel, eintopf (German for one pot, which is a stew) and German pancakes. In the summer months she will be adding several salads to the menu.
Scott, 68, has had a varied career that includes being in the medical field, writing books and working at a newspaper. When she retired, she quickly found herself a little bored and decided to do something she loved: cooking. While she has been busy getting the business going, she’s found herself getting to know many people in the community.
“There are so many interesting, nice people here,” she said about Lynden. They’ve also been welcoming; one woman dropped by with tablecloths she had made; another dropped off old drawings of Berlin.
With a strong medical background, she said she’s obsessive about the cleanliness of the kitchen as well as what ingredients she considers for her recipes.
The name of the business is in honor of her mother, who grew the food for the family while Scott’s father was involved in helping rebuild Berlin after World War II. Scott lived in East and West Germany before moving to the U.S.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. She is happy to open the restaurant early for special group breakfasts if they call ahead. Details about the business can be found on its Facebook page or by calling 360-354-1354.
NEW OWNER AT BELLINGHAM MUSIC
A longtime music store is under new ownership.
Rob and Stephanie Peterka bought Bellingham Music and the Bellingham Academy of Music at 232 E. Champion St., said Dick Zagelow, a broker at Moore and Co. who handled the sale, in a news release. The Peterkas purchased the businesses from Ron Rondello, who started the music store in 1983 as Harris Music with David Feingold, who is now a music professor at Western Washington University.
The public can expect Bellingham Music to continue supporting community events, including school events, according to the news release. The Peterkas plan to carry more wind, children’s and electric instruments while increasing private lessons at the academy.
Rob Peterka has played the saxophone and clarinet for more than 30 years and currently hosts “Jammin’ at Jansen” in the Jansen Art Center in Lynden.
For further details, visit bellingham-music.com or call 360-676-8742.
PLENTY OF REMODELING AT BELLIS FAIR
A flurry of retail activity is taking place at Bellis Fair:
JC Penney is doing a remodel that will include putting in a Sephora store. The cosmetics store should be ready around June, said Rene Morris, general manager at Bellis Fair. ... The clothing store Buckle is doing a full remodel, while the restaurant Boston Pizza has submitted permits for a remodel. AT&T is moving into a new space after construction is completed.
Sheri Robertson, owner of Foxxy Browns Consignment in Lynden, announced in a blog post plans to open a women’s clothing store called Unique Boutique at 145 S. 19th St. The boutique will have new and high-end women’s consignment clothing. A grand opening event is slated for June. ... To encourage visitors to check out Bellingham, Four Points by Sheraton Hotel has begun allowing registered guests to borrow bicycles, made available by Kona Bike Shop. The hotel, which is at 714 Lakeway Drive, also will provide maps showing favorite local routes and streets with designated bike lanes. ... Found Leather Goods at 1000 Harris Ave. in Fairhaven will have an Open Studio noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 24 during Dirty Dan Days.