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Building permits, May 15-19

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 1154 Raymond St., $10,000 for Like-for-Like window replacement. Historical owner: Bruce E & Eleanor J Rowe. Contractor: Kota Construction. Permit no.: BLD2017-0457. May 15. 1400 12th St., $40,000 for [...]

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Bellingham tea shop fundraising to offer product line

Saku Tea, a tea shop which opened in Bellingham last year, is expanding, and looking to bring a product line to stores, coffee shops and restaurants. Owners Kuros Zahedi and Sandra Loeffelmann run Saku Tea, located at 833 North State St., and serve tea beverages. At the shop they’ve developed a line of six superfood [...]

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Bellingham’s Gear Aid named innovator of the year

Gear Aid, a Bellingham outdoor equipment company, was awarded the Innovator of the Year in the 2017 Washington Manufacturing Awards by Seattle Business Magazine. The awards were determined by a panel of seven judges. Gear Aid’s prize was awarded based on its demonstrated commitment to innovation, leading-edge business practices and creating value for customers. Gear [...]

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Birch Bay ranked no. 1 in state for retirees

Birch Bay was ranked the best tax-friendly place in the state for retirees. Sudden Valley was also ranked high on the list, at no. 6. The list was compiled by SmartAsset, a financial technology company. The study took into account property, income, fuel, sales and Social Security tax data. To see more details on the [...]

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Honeybees travel 1,000 miles to pollinate nation’s crops

Honeybees travel 1,000 miles to pollinate nation’s crops

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal The warm days of spring bring a great migration of many animals, with flocks and herds walking, swimming or flying to their summertime haunts. The migration of one species, however, takes another form: the back of a semi-truck. Honeybees get loaded onto trucks and driven to pollinate crops [...]

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How businesses in Lynden’s new Waples building are teaming up and changing downtown

How businesses in Lynden’s new Waples building are teaming up and changing downtown

When you walk through the Waples Mercantile Building on Front Street in Lynden it’s not hard to see why the businesses work so closely together — they’re all connected. The lobby of The Inn at Lynden opens directly onto Village Books. In the middle of the day, when all the shops are open, customers can [...]

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Foster care nonprofit takes over Bellingham indoor playground facility Perch & Play

Foster care nonprofit takes over Bellingham indoor playground facility Perch & Play

Businesses and nonprofits aren’t usually after the same thing. In Bellingham, however, one charity and one business are uniting under a common goal: to help out children and parents. Skookum Kids purchased the indoor playground Perch & Play in January. Skookum Kids is a nonprofit that helps foster kids and foster parents in Whatcom County. [...]

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Meet the new owners of Village Books

Meet the new owners of Village Books

There are three new bosses in charge of Fairhaven’s iconic bookstore. After 36 years of running Village Books and Paper Dreams, founders Chuck and Dee Robinson have retired. They sold the business to Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson and Sarah Hutton, three longtime-employees. They had already been helping run the day-to-day operations of the store, and [...]

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Custom fabrication company finds the keys to success

Custom fabrication company finds the keys to success

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal You’ve probably seen their work all around town and you didn’t even realize it. Architectural Elements is a custom fabrication company that builds projects that sit at the confluence of art and hardware. “For high-end home and commercial construction projects we’re the ones that build the building jewelry,” [...]

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