Heading into the peak tourism season, returning visitors will notice many differences to Fairhaven.
The shopping district has several new tenants with more arriving in the coming weeks. One just getting going is Something Found, a vintage store that focuses on household items and jewelry at 1216 Harris Ave in the Sycamore Square building. The store is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Owners Helene Fellows and Jamie Schwindt opened the storefront after trying their hand at antique malls. They also plan on hosting local artisan products, including lotions from Pure Beauty Bar and home decor items from True Red Betty. Fellows said they’ve already found it to be a great experience.
“We’re really happy to be getting open in Fairhaven. The other businesses and residents have been incredibly welcoming,” Fellows said.
Some restaurant activity also is popping up in the shopping district. Aloha Poke is going into 1102 Harris Ave. — near Three French Hens — and the owners hope to have it open sometime this summer. The restaurant will go with the Poke (pronounced po-kay) Hawaiian-style of serving raw seafood, particularly ahi. The restaurant also will serve local fish over brown rice for lunch and dinner, said co-owner David Jacobsen. Co-owner Mark Ushijima has a similar business in Hawaii, Jacobsen said.
Zane Burger (in the former Win’s Drive in spot on 1315 12th St. continues to be remodeled. It has a menu on its website that includes burgers, hot dogs and milk shakes. Owner Jim Swift said the remodeling is taking longer than he first expected and that a soft opening will take place sometime after July 4.
“We want to do this right so people can really enjoy it when we get open,” he said.
The Mount Bakery at 1217 Harris Ave. is also finishing up its expansion project into the former Trek Video space. Owner Vince Lalonde said he is aiming for completing the project around mid-July. The original Fairhaven bakery space is still open for orders and limited seating but may temporarily close during the final stretch of the project. The expansion will triple the size of that spot and will allow them to have a full-service sit-down restaurant much like the downtown location at 308 W. Champion St.
The remodeling process has gone well overall, although Lalonde jokingly said they’ve had the occasional “rolling croissant blackout” and had to rely more on the downtown bakery to keep things on track. Updates on the expansion can be found on Mount Bakery’s Facebook page.
Because of the uncertainty on when the project will be finished, Mount Bakery’s annual Tour de France extravaganza will be held only at the downtown café. The downtown café will be open at 5 a.m. July 2-24 so cycling enthusiasts can watch the event live and participate in prize drawings. Replays of the stages also will be shown later in the morning.
Also recently opening in Fairhaven was the Village Green Pet Supply store, which focuses on dog and cat food and products. Outbound and Down, an outdoor recreation and shoe store, opened last month at 1306 11th St. Hours at the store are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, according to its Facebook page.
Old World Deli, 1228 N. State St., is celebrating its ninth anniversary with $5 sandwiches from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 13. The discount is a thank you to customers and business partners, including Breadfarm, which is donating the bread for the day. ... It was a record-breaking year for Dine Out for Maple Alley, held May 3. The Opportunity Council raised more than $30,000 from the event, which gets contributions from participating restaurants and individual donations. This was the 16th year for the fundraiser. ... Last week Aslan Brewing Co. added a new fermenter and other equipment to expand its production, according to its Facebook page. Aslan is now capable of producing 7,500 barrels of beer a year; last year the brewery produced 2,500 barrels, according to the post.