Independent Bellingham hotel joins Hilton program

Filed on 15. May, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

Independent Bellingham hotel joins Hilton program

By Emily Hamann A Bellingham hotel has a new look — and a new partnership that could attract travelers from around the world. This spring the Chrysalis Inn and Spa completed a remodel which included redecorating all its rooms and converting office space into more guest rooms. This was the first time since the hotel [...]

Old building finding new purpose as hotel, apartments

Filed on 08. May, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

Old building finding new purpose as hotel, apartments

By Emily Hamann After more than three decades, a historic Bellingham building will be restored to its original purpose. In April, owners of the Leopold Hotel building announced that it would again be used as a hotel, along with apartments. Renovations are currently underway to restore parts of the building’s original features, including tile floors, [...]

Eating in: delivery food could become major part of restaurant revenue

Filed on 01. May, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal If you want hot food delivered to your door, you now have options beyond calling out for pizza. Over the past few years, a number of services have sprung up across the country that pick up food from a variety of restaurants and deliver it to the customer. [...]

Eateries rush to adapt to increased costs, changing customer

Filed on 08. Apr, 2019 in Contents, Features

Eateries rush to adapt to increased costs, changing customer

By Emily Hamann One of Bellingham’s newest restaurants is also a bit of a blast from the past. Last month Kim Fox celebrated the grand opening of Grant’s Burgers in Bellingham. Grant’s is an old-fashioned burger shop with a seating area and a walk-up window. Everything, from the sliced tomatoes to the hand-scooped milkshakes, is [...]

Is this the year the housing market cools down?

Filed on 13. Mar, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

By Emily Hamann Is 2019 finally the year that Whatcom County’s housing market cools down? After years of seller’s market, with low inventory and ever-higher prices, there are some signs that market might start to balance out in the coming year. The end of last year held a clue. Prices in the fourth quarter of [...]

With new CEO, Barkley Village prepares for more growth

Filed on 06. Mar, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

With new CEO, Barkley Village prepares for more growth

After several years of quiet, building at Barkley Village is kicking off again. The Barkley Company, which owns the majority of the land and buildings at the 250-acre urban village in Bellingham, plans on breaking ground on an apartment complex this summer, with several other projects to follow. “We’ve taken a break for a few [...]

Ferndale’s only craft brewery will honor city’s history, future

Filed on 13. Feb, 2019 in Contents, Features

Ferndale’s only craft brewery will honor city’s history, future

By Emily Hamann Soon, Ferndale beer lovers won’t have to drive to Bellingham anymore to drink at a neighborhood brewery. Fringe Brewing is set open early this year in downtown Ferndale. “I thought it would be fun to open up my own brewery,” Head Brewer Scott White said. He has been brewing for 10 years, [...]

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

Filed on 06. Feb, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

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 [...]

Hard rocking cidery the third to open in Bellingham last year

Filed on 09. Jan, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

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 [...]

Is a public bank right for Washington? Treasurer says no

Filed on 20. Dec, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Is a public bank right for Washington? Treasurer says no

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Has the time come for a state bank? Not if Washington State Treasurer Duane Davidson has anything to say about it. The idea of publicly-run banks has been popular lately – the issue went before Los Angeles voters in November (they rejected it), and in Washington, state Senator [...]

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