Bellingham solar panel companies begin to unlock commercial market

Filed on 30. Jul, 2019 in Contents, News

Bellingham solar panel companies begin to unlock commercial market

Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee, visited Silfab Solar Inc. in Bellingham on July 17, 2019. During his speech, he highlighted the advancement of clean energy jobs in the state and the celebrated expansion of Silfab Solar. The governor’s visit comes just months after the Washington State Senate approved SB 5116, requiring all electric utilities to [...]

Shellfish growers are feeling climate change’s effects now

Filed on 26. Jun, 2019 in Contents, News

Shellfish growers are feeling climate change’s effects now

By Mathew Roland Shellfish farming in Washington is a multimillion-dollar industry with a history as deep as Puget Sound. However, recent decades of warming oceans and higher levels of ocean acidification continue to challenge shellfish farming practices. In and around Whatcom County there are several aquaculture farms, such as Lummi Shellfish Hatchery, Drayton HarborOyster Co., [...]

Tony’s Coffee still has that freshly roasted smell

Filed on 31. May, 2019 in Contents, News

Tony’s Coffee still has that freshly roasted smell

By Brooke Strickland The scent of freshly roasted coffee has been coming from Tony’s Coffee since 1971, when the business first opened its doors. The company is focused on high-quality organic and fair-trade coffee, and they roast all their beans in Bellingham. The original coffeehouse in Fairhaven on Harris Avenue is still going strong. People [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Years after legalization, banking for pot shops remains tricky

Filed on 05. Dec, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

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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