Business Blog

Catching up on some Whatcom County biz tidbits

My apologies for not posting on the blog for a while, I’ve been out of the office.

Plenty of local business activity has happened while I was away, so here are a few tidbits to get you caught up:

Restaurant closings

-- La Patisserie at 3098 Northwest Ave. has closed. According to a sign on the door, a new cafe will be going into that spot soon. The restaurant was founded 29 years ago, with Joyce Cheng taking over in October 2011. Cheng opened a second restaurant near Trader Joe’s called La La Eatery, but closed it last year.

-- Milano’s announced on its Facebook page that it has closed. The restaurant, known for its pasta and seafood at 9990 Mount Baker Highway, was a popular spot to stop at for skiers and hikers coming down from the mountain. In the post, owner Dave Reera said he had been operating on a shoestring budget and the lousy snow season was a factor in slow sales. “We knew from the get go that if winter was truly horrible that the business wouldn’t survive. A gamble on the weather that didn’t turn out well,” said the Facebook post.

Building permit activity

-- At 714 Ohio St., in the former Wonder Bread space, a permit was submitted to renovated the building for a new Sherwin-Williams paint store.

-- At 1235 W. Bakerview Road, in the Bakerview Fred Meyer shopping center, an application was submitted to put in a new Port of Subs store.

-- At 4369 Meridian St., near Walmart, an application was submitted for a new commercial building.

-- At 1270 Barkley Blvd., an application was submitted for a new bank building with a drive-through window. It’ll be near the Lowe’s home improvement store.

-- At 4564 Meridian St., north of Walmart, an application was submitted to build an 8,208-square-foot building for marijuana production and processing.

-- At 115 W. Chestnut St., an application was submitted to put in a new art studio.

-- At Bellis Fair, a permit was submitted to remodel the storefront of the clothing store Hollister Co.