A slab of meat to go... Bellingham butcher shop will soon have drive-through window


A Bellingham butcher shop will soon have a convenience that’s popular for coffee shops and fast food joints: a drive-through window.

Carne Butcher Shop is moving into a former coffee shop at the corner of Broadway and Elm Street, near Elizabeth Park. Owners Shaun Almassy and Chad Johnson hope to be in the new space sometime in August. The last day of operation at its current spot on 902 N. State St. is July 29.

Almassy said he’s not sure how the drive-through window will be received by Carne’s customers, but thinks it is a convenient alternative. They want it to be used by customers who have straightforward orders that don’t require custom work.

“I have two kids and hate getting them out of car seats while running errands, so I would be the first to use it,” Almassy said. “But I’m hoping for a good split of people using that and coming in.”

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The new space is a little bit bigger, so it will give the owners a chance to offer something that’s often requested by customers – local seafood. Carne will continue to offer meat products from the Pacific Northwest, with no added hormones or antibiotics.

Almassy and Johnson are also pondering the idea of serving lunch items, but they still need to work with the health department to see if it would work in that space.

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The new location offers other advantages, including a dedicated parking area and much better visibility.

Updates on the move can be found on the company’s Facebook page.


Jim Stanton and his son, Mike, have opened a no-spray blueberry farm for people who want to do some u-picking.

Nooksack Blueberries is at 102 S. Pass Road in Nooksack. Two varieties of blueberries are now available – other varieties should be available September. The fields are currently no-spray with plans to eventually be an organic farm.

Jim Stanton has a background in sales. He recently moved to the area and wanted to get back working a blueberry farm, something he did for 11 years in the 1960s and 1970s.

The farm is open every day during the summer from morning into the evening. For details, visit the farm’s Facebook page.


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