He was once a state player of the year. Now he wants to teach your kid basketball

Kyle Impero found basketball to be an amazing experience for him, one that helped pave the way toward a college education. He wants to help younger players get the same kind of opportunity.

Impero, who was a basketball standout at Nooksack Valley High School before playing at Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University, will soon be opening KI Hoops, a basketball training business. The finishing touches of the basketball gym and weight room are being completed now and training programs are expected to start later this month.

The facility will be focused on helping boys and girls improve their basketball skills. Along with training programs, Impero plans to organize basketball camps as well as individual workouts.

The facility is in the Irongate Business Park at 1971 Midway Lane in Bellingham. He’s using a warehouse that his grandfather, Mike Impero, owns.

Kyle Impero said he learned there was a need for this kind of facility after checking with people involved in the local basketball scene.

“Being here (in the Irongate Business Park), I think it will be easier for kids all around the county,” Kyle Impero said.

With high school and other programs wrapping up the basketball season, Kyle Impero said now is a good time to get started with a soft opening before ramping-up for summer camps.

“Summer is when we’ll have something going on every day of the week,” Impero said.

Impero said the focus will be helping players improve on specific skills, with the goal of helping them reach the next level. That could mean eventually reaching the college level.

“The college experience was awesome for me and I want to show them that something like that is possible,” Impero said.

For details about the business, visit KyleImperoHoops.com.


For people who have a hankering to try out something a little different to eat, Fairhaven is be the place to go this week.

Partnering with the Historic Fairhaven Association, 19 eateries are participating in Food Fest March 5-11. Each of the participating restaurants will offer a weekly special in addition to the regular menu. Examples include a rosemary garlic marinaded rack of lamb at the Black Cat for dinner and a smoked mozzarella chicken Parmesan panini for lunch at Mambo Italiano.

Diners can also participate in a passport program, making them eligible to enter a drawing for a $100 gift card.

For details, visit Historic Fairhaven’s Facebook page.


Brazen Shop + Studio opened March 2 in downtown Bellingham, offering a variety of locally made goods.

The shop is at 1319 Cornwall Ave., in the backside of the building that’s home to 3 Oms and Dragon River. The entrance to the store is in the alley.

The store offers a variety of products, including jewelry, art and skincare items. Examples of local businesses supplying products include Karen Blanquart Art, Bird in Hand Design, MW Soapworks, Sea Witch Botanicals and Winterbee Project.

The shop was created by Allison Potts and Karen Blanquart, both artists who met while working as vendors in the former business called The Bureau.

The store is open every day except Sundays and Mondays. Details about the business can be found on its Facebook page.


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