The Comics Place on the move to bigger downtown space

Manager Jeff Figley puts up posters in the new location of The Comic Place in the old Bellingham National Bank building on East Holly Street on Friday, July 29, 2016. Plans are to have the store open by Sept. 1 or sooner.
Manager Jeff Figley puts up posters in the new location of The Comic Place in the old Bellingham National Bank building on East Holly Street on Friday, July 29, 2016. Plans are to have the store open by Sept. 1 or sooner.

The Comics Place is on the move, and that means plenty of new options for its customers.

The comics and game store is in the process of moving to 105 E. Holly St., near the Horseshoe Café. Owner Django Bohren said the store will be in the new space by Sept. 1, but he’s hoping to get in even sooner. The store is currently a couple blocks away at 221 W. Holly St.

At 2,400 square feet, the new space will be significantly bigger, Bohren said. Bohren plans to add inventory as well as bring in pinball machines. The upstairs area will be home to the store’s game room.

“The game room upstairs is beautiful and looks out on Holly Street,” Bohren said.

While still known for its comics, the store continues to build its board game selection, something that has grown in popularity across the U.S., experiencing double-digit sales growth in recent years.

For details on The Comics Place, visit its Facebook page.


Seattle-based MOD Pizza is making preparations to be in Bellingham this fall.

The fast casual restaurant is aiming for an early November opening at 2925 Newmarket St. in Barkley Village near Starbucks. The restaurant will be hiring about 30 employees and will be giving all pizza sale proceeds on opening day to a yet-to-be-determined local nonprofit, said Charlotte Wayte, marketing manager for the company.

MOD’s style of pizza is cooking it in an 800-degree oven in less than three minutes, and salads are individually hand-tossed for each customer, according to the company. The eatery also has hand-spun milkshakes.

The company also shares random acts of MODness, doing kind things each day – whether it is giving away an occasional free pizza or providing a helping hand.

The restaurant chain started in 2008 and has grown quickly, with the company expected to hit 200 stores by the end of the year. Details about the company can be found on its website.


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