Updated: Haggen to buy 146 West Coast stores

Filed on 19. Dec, 2014 in Contents

Updated: Haggen to buy 146 West Coast stores

If the Federal Trade Commission says it’s OK, Haggen will acquire 146 former Safeway and Albertsons stores throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. The Bellingham-based grocery chain would go from having 18 stores to 164. The deal doesn’t include any locations in Whatcom County, and the Safeway opening next year in Sunset Square won’t [...]

Bellingham trampoline facility opens Monday

Filed on 18. Dec, 2014 in Contents, New Business

Bellingham trampoline facility opens Monday

By Monday, Dec. 22, a Bellingham warehouse will be nearly covered in trampolines, foam, and padding. That’s the planned opening date for Trampoline Zone, an 18,000-square-foot trampoline facility at 4201 Meridian St., behind the Pro Golf Discount store. Owner Rajiv Malhan said the facility will have about 75 trampolines total. Trampolines are partitioned into several [...]

A sock store’s evolution: ModSock brand socks sold in 80 stores

Filed on 16. Dec, 2014 in Contents, Features

A sock store’s evolution: ModSock brand socks sold in 80 stores

The display windows at ModSock, downtown Bellingham’s sock store at 1500 Cornwall Ave., stick out 10 feet from the store’s front door, creating a glass hallway that in September was covered in a rainbow made with 325 pairs of colorful socks. Like the business, the display is constantly evolving. The day after Halloween, as store [...]

Handmade lingerie designer goes from Etsy to a Fairhaven boutique

Filed on 15. Dec, 2014 in Contents, Features, New Business

Handmade lingerie designer goes from Etsy to a Fairhaven boutique

By Jeanne Klobnak-Ball For the Bellingham Business Journal What began in 2007 as perhaps the first handmade lingerie shop on Etsy grew into a brick and mortar design studio and retail boutique last September. Located in Fairhaven’s turn-of-the-century Sycamore Square building, Sandmaiden loungewear reveals owner and designer Amanda Boyd’s talent for creating distinctive feminine attire [...]

Make.Shift is tuning a community radio station and training a new executive director

Filed on 09. Dec, 2014 in Contents, Features, News, Nonprofit Notes

Make.Shift is tuning a community radio station and training a new executive director

By Elana Pidgeon For the Bellingham Business Journal In the basement of a building on Flora Street, a band sets up on a low stage as people file down the stairs and into the dimly lit space. The singer taps the mic. Some of the crowd moves closer to the front; others hang back on [...]

Bellingham ranks nationally for beer

Filed on 08. Dec, 2014 in Contents

Bellingham ranks nationally for beer

Livability.com ranked Bellingham number eight in its 2014 list of the “Best Beer Cities” in the U.S. In the last 30 years, the number of breweries in the U.S. grew from 100 to more than 2,800. According to livability.com’s list, beer not only generates tourism, but food and beer culture often go together to help cities attract [...]

Groups move into new philanthropy center in the Washington Federal building

Filed on 08. Dec, 2014 in Contents, Features, Nonprofit Notes

Groups move into new philanthropy center in the Washington Federal building

Three nonprofit philanthropic organizations moved into a shared home on the second story of the Washington Federal Building, at 1500 Cornwall Ave., in late November. A remodel at the space, which is now called the Whatcom Philanthropy Center, started in summer and should finish up in December. The organizations — Whatcom Community Foundation, Chuckanut Health [...]

NFL players bought gym in Ferndale called Locker Room

Filed on 03. Dec, 2014 in Features, New Business, News

NFL players bought gym in Ferndale called Locker Room

Two professional football players from Whatcom County opened a gym in Ferndale. Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker and Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter Michael Koenen, along with Wes Herman, owner of The Woods Coffee bought Thrive Community Fitness, next to Haggen at 1859 Main St. in Ferndale. They changed the name to the Locker Room, and [...]

Blaine, WA 98230: B.C.’s shipping address for online shopping

Filed on 01. Dec, 2014 in Contents, Features

Blaine, WA 98230: B.C.’s shipping address for online shopping

Shops that you’d expect to see in a seaside town line Peace Portal Drive in downtown Blaine — restaurants with outdoor seating facing Drayton Harbor, an ice cream parlor, and consignment and antique shops. Mixed in are an increasing number of storefronts of a different type — package receiving businesses. The greater Vancouver metro area, [...]

Itek Energy opening new facility in Minnesota

Filed on 25. Nov, 2014 in Features, News

Itek Energy opening new facility in Minnesota

After three years of rapid growth in Bellingham, solar panel manufacturer Itek Energy is planning a new facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Itek Energy started in September 2011 with a handful of employees. They produced 2.1 megawatts of solar capacity in 2012. Now, the company has 74 employees, and they expect to produce 12.2 megawatts of [...]

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