Neighborhood pet supply store off to a good start in Fairhaven

Customer Beth Zacher gives her dogs Esa, left, and Divot treats while store owner Sally Noble looks on at the new Village Green Pet Supply store in Fairhaven on Thursday, June 2, 2016. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day but Tuesday.
Customer Beth Zacher gives her dogs Esa, left, and Divot treats while store owner Sally Noble looks on at the new Village Green Pet Supply store in Fairhaven on Thursday, June 2, 2016. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day but Tuesday.

Sally Noble enjoys small, independent neighborhood pet supply stores, so she decided to create one for Fairhaven.

Noble recently opened Village Green Pet Supply at 1200 10th St., in the Fairhaven Village Inn building. The store offers dog and cat supplies, much of it being high-quality food and toys made from recycled material, she said. The store also has collars, leashes and grooming products.

Noble moved to the area from Portland, Ore., where she enjoyed visiting the neighborhood pet store. Given the business space is near the South Bay Trail, which is popular for walkers, she figured it would be a good spot to have a store. Neighbors may appreciate the store’s fleet of red wagons, which people can borrow to take products home if they live nearby.

Along with the locals, she’s been getting a fair amount of tourists coming through the store, including many from Canada despite the weaker Canadian dollar. It’s given her the impression that Canadians enjoy visiting places like Fairhaven, no matter what the loonie is doing.

In addition to selling products, Noble plans on being involved in the community. Working with Green Paws LLC, Noble plans to have dog training workshops at the store. She also will be involved in the upcoming Dog Days of Summer event on Aug. 21 at Lake Padden, benefiting the Whatcom Humane Society. Previously, Noble was a sustainability coordinator at Portland’s parks and recreation department, and she plans to be involved in sustainability locally.

Noble said she’s also been amazed by the welcome she’s received from Fairhaven merchants, including flowers and cake.

“I feel very lucky to be in Fairhaven,” Noble said.

For further details about the business, visit its Facebook page or email Noble at


Cosmetic retailer Sephora is on track for a Friday, June 17, opening inside the JC Penney store at Bellis Fair.

The store is planning a 10 a.m. opening that day, with the first 100 customers receiving gift cards with mystery values up to $100. Sephora is also giving away 650 gift bags stuffed with samples, according to a company news release.

The 2,300-square-foot Sephora store will have around 50 brands of cosmetics to choose from. With the opening at Bellis Fair, the company now has 571 stores inside JC Penney locations.


Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro has reclaimed the title of being the largest brewpub in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

A brewpub, as defined by the association, is a brewery restaurant with at least 25 percent of its beer sales at the facility. Boundary Bay produced 6,147 barrels (one barrel equals about 31 gallons) last year, putting it ahead of more than 1,400 brewpubs in the U.S.

Boundary Bay was named the largest brewpub in 2007-09 and has remained among the largest in recent years.


Real Deals on Home Decor is in the final weeks of its closing business sale. The store’s last day at 4073 Hannegan Road is Saturday, June 18, according to its Facebook page. Discounts are up to 50 percent. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. ... A building permit was submitted to put a restaurant called The Rickshaw Express into 1313 N. State St. According to its Facebook page, the plan is to revamp its menu by introducing some new Asian food dishes as it transitions from a food truck to a brick-and-mortar eatery. ... The Quiznos sandwich shop at 2925 Newmarket St. in Barkley Village closed over Memorial Day weekend. Last month Mod Pizza submitted a building permit application to go into that spot. ... Bellingham Baby Co. announced on its Facebook page that it is closing its Barkley Village store at 2925 Newmarket St. on Wednesday, June 15. The Lynden store at 444 Front St. will remain open and is in the process of adding more product, according to the post. Co-owner Shelly Allen said they will keep the same name because of the successful branding and online work that’s been put in for the past 10 years. ... Dori Eppstein was recently hired as executive director of ReUse Works, which oversees the operations of two job training businesses, Ragfinery and Appliance Depot. Eppstein is replacing founding executive director Duane Jager, who is retiring later this month. A welcoming reception for Eppstein will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Ragfinery, which is at 1421 N. Forest St. The Shirlee Bird Cafe in Fairhaven has expanded its hours and its menu. New hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekend. New items on the menu include more salads and bakery products, said owner Shirlee Jones. The cafe is at 1200 Harris Ave., in the Sycamore Square building. Details about the cafe can be found on its Facebook page.