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Data, Public Records

Building Permits, Feb. 4-8

Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center. Applied 4772 Spring Brook St., $220,163 for new 1664 sf sfr w/ 279 att garage – Larrabee. Historical owner: Larrabee Springs Inc. Contractor: AJW Builders LLC. Permit no.: BLD2019-0114. Feb. [...]

Data, Public Records

Liquor and marijuana licenses, Feb. 1-14

Records include license activity in Whatcom County. They are obtained from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, online at www.liq.wa.gov. Applied The Islander Store, Bradley R. OMalley, Debra OMalley, applied for added/change of class/ in lieu of a grocery store – beer/wine, direct shipment receiver-in WA only, spirits retailer license at 2106 South Nugent [...]

Business Briefs, New Business

New gallery opens in downtown Bellingham

Local artist Jax Mildner has opened a new studio and gallery in downtown Bellingham. The Reverie is located at 301 West Holly St., Suite M-5. Over email, Mildner expressed plans to use the gallery to bring art and community together by holding fundraisers, art openings for underrepresented artists and making the space available for private [...]

Business Briefs, New Business

Home decor store planned for former Kmart space

Home decor chain At Home applied for a tenant improvement building permit at 1001 East Sunset Drive, Bellingham, the former Kmart space. In an email, the company confirmed it is putting a new retail store there, and expects to be open this fall. The Plano, Texas-based company has more than a hundred locations across the [...]

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A few good journeymen: Why skilled tradespeople are so hard to find

A few good journeymen: Why skilled tradespeople are so hard to find

By Emily Hamann Anyone who has recently tried to retrofit a new restaurant or retail space, remodel a house, or even just hire a plumber has probably noticed there’s a lack of skilled tradespeople in Whatcom County. As unemployment recovered from the recession and the labor market got tighter, construction was one of the first [...]

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Hard rocking cidery the third to open in Bellingham last year

Hard rocking cidery the third to open in Bellingham last year

By Emily Hamann When you imagine the preferred drink of rockstars, cider probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Bellingham’s newest cider company could change that. Herb’s Cider opened its tasting room in Bellingham this fall and began production out of its own facility around the same time. Herb’s Cider is owned [...]

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Years after legalization, banking for pot shops remains tricky

Years after legalization, banking for pot shops remains tricky

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Want to buy cannabis with a credit card? It’s possible, if you’re willing to pay. A few weeks ago cannabis retailer 2020 Solutions rolled out a new pilot program in a few of its stores, which will allow customers to pay with credit and debit cards. The program [...]

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Dealership installs message center — but not for advertising

Dealership installs message center — but not for advertising

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal It’s hard to miss Dewey Griffin Subaru’s latest community project. In October, the Bellingham dealership had digital sign installed in its parking lot that stand 10 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Its overall height is 35 feet. That makes it the largest sign of its kind in [...]

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‘A second renaissance of retail’: How some downtown Bellingham stores are thriving in the age of the internet

‘A second renaissance of retail’: How some downtown Bellingham stores are thriving in the age of the internet

It has been a tough couple of years for many big box retailers. Last month Sears and Mattress Firm became just the latest in a series of major companies to file for bankruptcy and close stores. While it may be bad news for chain stores, things are looking up for small, local retailers. That’s especially [...]

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