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A Bellingham photo gallery opening, Ferndale store closure among the biz tidbits

Here’s a few business things happening around Whatcom County:

•  Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County will be closing its Ferndale retail outlet in March.

The Bellingham store, which opened at 1825 Cornwall Ave. in June 2014, will continue to operate as usual, according to a news release from the organization. Habitat for Humanity’s board of directors evaluated the idea of keeping both places open before deciding to close the Ferndale store.

“The Board of Directors concluded that consolidating operations and reducing overhead would produce more value and provide greater resources to support the core mission of Habitat for Humanity; the building and renovating of affordable homes,” said John Moon, Habitat’s executive director in the news release.

Donations of home furnishings, appliances and construction materials can still be made at the Ferndale location through Saturday, Feb. 28.

For further information, visit or call 360-715-9170.

•  Commercial photographer and web designer Peter James has expanded to create a photography gallery. It will feature James’ work of Northwest Washington landscape photography.

A grand opening event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. The ribbon-cutting will have food, drinks and music, according to a news release from James.

The studio and gallery is at 314 E. Holly St. For details, visit

•  Ferndale-based Barron Heating has added weatherization and electrical divisions to the company.

“After subcontracting more than a million dollars in electrical and weatherization work over the past year, it became clear that consumers appreciate one point of contact. We felt as long as we could offer the same or improved solutions and a more attractive price, it made sense to pass those savings along to the consumer,” said Chris Baisch, general manager for the company in a news release.

Details about the company can be found at