The Finnish laundry king of Bellingham

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Charles Erholm reached Sehome in 1889 and opened a hand laundry in a rented basement Mr. Clean Clothes: Charles Erholm, proprietor of Pacific Steam Laundry, in the early 1920s. JeffJewellwhatcom historical society   The son of a sea captain, Charles Erholm was born in 1868, in Finland, and grew up listening to his father’s exciting stories of [...]

Looking ahead at 2006

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   2005 was certainly a challenging year for philanthropy, but then they all are. We had three major catastrophic events – two abroad and one in our own South – that touched people and resulted in some major outpouring of gifts to help hundreds of thousands of people in distress. People of all ages responded warmly, [...]

Morrie’s: ‘A place to let your hair down’

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Barbershop’s owner to erect mixed-use building on current site Jess Bass, foreground, and his father, Morrie Bass, make quick work of a pair of regulars on a typical afternoon at Morrie’s Barbershop on Cornwall. Morrie will soon tear down the current space to make room for a mixed-use building at the site; the pair will [...]

Chamber, County Council dustup hurts both sides

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   When the Whatcom County Council voted in January to cut $29,000 of funding for the Bellingham/Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Ski to Sea ad campaign because the council didn’t like the chamber’s newfound political involvement, it opened a can of worms that has done harm to both sides of the argument.   Both the chamber [...]

Railroad Redux: The stakeout, part II

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New businesses seem to be having positive impact on thedowntown area; the same set of problems still persists, however KennyBrown and J.J.Jensen    One year ago, staffers at The Bellingham Business Journal spent a night monitoring activities on Railroad Avenue — long a haven for homeless people, street toughs, delinquents, drug dealers and users, prostitutes and [...]

CITY WITHIN A CITY

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A day in the life of Bellis Fair mall James Street experiencing ‘retail renaissance’ Toys ‘R’ Us closure may ease redevelopmentHaving the parcel’s three large anchors all vacant may make a deal for the site easier to reach; interest picking up for site Aluminum welders in short supply, say boatbuilders Morrie’s: ‘A place to let [...]

Sniglets, tidbits, and miscellaneous data

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   Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays. Seeing your kids shred warapping on thier way into their gifts, eyes lit up with fierce glee and expectation, is priceless.   But I’m glad they’re over. December and January are rough months at the BBJ. In addition to trying to put out the paper, we also have deadline [...]

Frank James set to ride into Bellingham

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Boutique’s owners say they see potential in new Gateway Building Jen Westover, above, and her partner, Ty McBride, owners of Paris Texas, will soon open their second store in the new Gateway Building on the corner of Railroad and Holly, the former Bellingham Inn. The new upscale boutique will be called Frank James, named after [...]

Top properties & building permits

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Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building pemrits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. New applications2980 Squalicum Pkwy. 201, $35,000 for tenant improvements at Lab Corp. USA. Owner: Bellingham BSC LLC. Applicant: The Franklin Corporation. 4280 [...]

City buys Gaasland property

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$3.3-million purchase tied into future cleanup of adjacent city dump site. Peter Gaasland’s sale to the city of his Central Waterfront property opens up the site for cleanup and possible redevelopment in the years ahead. The site is adjacent to a former city dump. J.J.Jensen   The City of Bellingham’s recent purchase of Peter Gaasland’s Colony Wharf [...]

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