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New car dealership revving up in Bellingham

MB Motors building under construction on Ohio Street in Bellingham, Sept. 19. 2017.
MB Motors building under construction on Ohio Street in Bellingham, Sept. 19. 2017. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

An auto dealership focused on high-end, pre-owned cars is getting close to opening in Bellingham.

Construction of the sales office for MB Motors at 700 Ohio St. is expected to finish up in the next month or so with the dealership opening sometime in November. The dealership will have around 40 cars on the lot, said Massad Boulos, its owner/general manager. The company also has a location in Ferndale at 3310 Slater Road. After the Bellingham dealership opens, the Ferndale location will focus more on trade-ins and trucks, Boulos said.

The plan at the Bellingham location is to have a variety of different car models, including Lexus, BMW and Porsche. It will also offer services that include detailing, tinting and some repair work.

With the cars being pre-owned, the company’s goal is to be upfront about what they are offering, said George Boulos, Massad’s brother. He noted that the car listings on its website have a link to the Carfax report. The listed price is also not inflated for negotiation purposes, and they will talk about anything that might need to be done with a vehicle before selling it.

“We also care about making sure we know what our clients want before making the sale,” George Boulos said.

Along with its website, the company can be found on a variety of social media, including Facebook. For details, call 888-696-0325.

CLOTHING COMPANY MOVES TO BLAINE, WILL ALSO OPEN CAFE

Rawganique, a chemical-free organic clothing company, recently moved its distribution center to Blaine and has plans to open a retail store and cafe in the downtown district.

The company moved from Point Roberts to 270 C St. in Blaine because it outgrew the old location, said Qeanu Wallner, founder and CEO of Rawganique. At the end of the month Rawganique will begin work to put in its flagship store and raw organic juice bar at 429 Peace Portal Drive, which is right off the Interstate 5 exit heading and near the Blaine Harbor. Wallner hopes to have the store and cafe ready around the end of the year.

Wallner and Quo Yong Fu started the company 20 years ago in Denman Island, B.C. in response to readers of their blog asking where they could buy organic clothing. That has resulted in a line of hemp, linen and cotton products that are organic, chemical free, never made in a sweatshop and never tested on animals, Wallner said.

The company has focused on online sales, and will continue to use that as a main strategy after it opens its retail store. According to its website, the company offers a variety of other products along with clothing, including hats and ropes.

With the move, Wallner said they plan to have about 12 full-time jobs within its first year of operations and then continue to increase from that level.

“While we’re not pursuing fast growth per se, we do feel great interest for our natural fiber products, from both chemically sensitive and ecologically mindful customers,” Waller said.

OTHER TIDBITS

Z Rustic has closed its store at 1228 Bay St. in Bellingham. According to a note posted on the door, the home furniture/decor products that were in the store are now available at Re-Feather Your Nest in Mount Vernon. ... The Mt. Baker Mouth Hole is now open at 7471 Mount Baker Hwy. in Maple Falls. According to its Facebook page, menu items include the Bigfoot Burger, a chicken club sandwich, soups and salads. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday – it’s closed on Monday. ... Deloitte’s annual retail holiday sales forecast is predicting a healthy increase across the U.S. this year, with sales rising between 4 and 4.5 percent. It is also predicting a 18-21 percent annual increase in online sales. ... As of Sept. 19, the Light Up Fairhaven campaign had raised nearly $10,900 toward its $25,000 goal. The Historic Fairhaven Association is raising money to establish a fund that pays for the holiday season lights it traditionally puts up around the retail district. ... DeWaard & Bode recently donated $15,000 to Blue Skies for Children, with $10,000 coming from its recent chairity golf tournament. The money will go toward the organizations Little Wishes programs, which provides enrichment activities for more than 1,200 children.

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