Auto parts store to close after 83 years

   An 83-year-old downtown business is closing its doors.
   Gale Pfueller, owner of Automotive Parts Service, at 1322 N. State St., said his family business is currently in the middle of a close-out sale and will likely close for good sometime in the next few weeks.
   Pfueller declined to say what prompted him to close the business or what his future plans for the location are.
   Reed Auto Machine, a separate business on the property, which does cylinder head work and head surfacing, will remain open, Pfueller said.
   Scott Reed, who’s leased space at the location from Pfueller for about 10 years, said he’s currently looking for a new place — preferably in Bellingham — to move his business.
   

Two Lynden firms eye
Bellingham presence

   Ludeman Capital Investments, a Lynden based investment firm specializing in financial portfolio management has plans to build new headquarters in the Barkley area.
   The new location, expected to break ground in March or April, will be a two-story, 6,900-square-foot building with a half basement.
   The company bought the land at 2115 Barkley Blvd. for about $460,000, and estimates the entire project, including the property purchase, cost about $1.8 million, said Jonathan Ludeman, an investment consultant with the company.
   Ludeman said the company, which has been in Whatcom County for 11 years, wants to expand its local presence, as most of its clients are currently from the Seattle area. The business also needs a new office, because it has outgrown its Lynden location, he said.
   In addition, said Ludeman, most of the company’s eight employees live in Bellingham, making it logical for the new office to be there as well.
   Ludeman said the business hopes to move from its Lynden location, at 1610 Grover St., Suite B-8, and be operating in Bellingham by the end of the year. Although no plans have been made to do so, Ludeman said the company could potentially add some employees soon after the move.
   Ludeman Capital Investments will occupy the ground floor of the building, Ludeman said, and a branch office for Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance will lease the top floor of the building.
   The initial plan, said SSK president Paul Kenner, is to relocate about five employees to the Bellingham location and, eventually, increase that number to about 15.
   The company is currently seeking several new employees.
   SSK, which opened in Lynden, at 501 Front St., in 1925, currently has around 35 employees and has maximized its current space, Kenner said.
   “We’ve found quite a bit of our new business and growth is in Bellingham so we’re trying to make it more convenient for our Bellingham customers,” he said.
   The Bellingham branch, Kenner said, will offer all lines of insurance.

Public market adds
new eatery

   A new eatery is coming to the Bellingham Public Market on Cornwall Avenue.
   Market manager Gary Holloway said Panini Grill & Deli should be opening sometime in the next few weeks in the center of the market, near the produce stand. The deli will be the market’s eighth tenant and joins Seven Loaves Pizzeria and Collections Gift Store as shops that have opened there in the last few months.
   Kim McJury, the veteran restaurateur who is opening the new business, said she plans to wait a few weeks before revealing more details about her business plans.

Launching Success
launching new locale

   Launching Success Learning Store is moving to a new location.
   The business, which started three years ago at 3030 Northwest Ave., is getting some help from a consultant in designing and organizing the new store, which will open this month at 133 Prince St., said co-owner Sandy Hiorns.
   Hiorns said retail expert Georgann Bender, of Chicago’s Bender and Kizer, will provide a plan to Launching Success owners to guide them through the process of setting up the new store, which sells educational materials for students, teachers and parents.
   “We understand that Bender and Kizer intend to use us as a case study in presentations to the National School and Equipment Supply Association,” said Launching Success co-owner Barbara Sanford.
   Launching Success owners Bob and Sandy Hiorns and Barbara and Bob Sanford will be the only employees at the store after the move. The Sanfords bought the new 5,500-square-foot-location, and have a rental agreement with the Hiorns. Sandy Hiorn said the entire space will not be used at first, and could eventually be partially rented out.
   An open house celebration is scheduled for March 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be prizes, music, and a chance to mingle with authors and workshop presenters. For more information call 527-2641.

Stewart Title opening
Southside branch

   A longtime title company is opening a second Bellingham location.
   According to president Elizabeth Grant, Stewart Title plans to open a branch escrow office in Fairhaven, on the second floor of the 12th Street Village building.
   The 1,200-square-foot-office, Grant said, should be operational by early April, Grant said.
   “Now’s a good time for us to be in Fairhaven because of all the activity in the area,” she said, “and this office will allow us to not only serve Fairhaven but the entire Southside.”
   The new office, Grant said, will initially house about five employees, including two closers and additional support staff.
   Stewart Title, which has Bellingham ties dating to 1990, currently employs about 30 employees at its Rimland Drive location.

Get your kebob on at
new eatery

   It appears a new eatery will be going into the old Mallard Ice Cream location at 207 E. Holly St.
   Wanda Kazemzadeh has applied for a permit to perform approximately $45,000 in tenant improvements to the site for a new restaurant, according to a recent construction application submitted to the city.
   Kazemzadeh could not be reached for comment but, building owner Bob Hall confirmed plans for the new restaurant.
   A sign at the location indicates the new restaurant will be called Shahrazad House of Kebobs.

Anthony’s pulls into
The Marina

   The Marina Restaurant is under new ownership.
   John Arntsen, owner of the Marina, accepted an offer last month from Anthony’s Restaurants president Budd Gould. The amount of the deal was not disclosed, but was said by a source close to discussions as being around $1.2 million.
   The Marina was scheduled to be sold at a trustee’s auction at the Whatcom County Courthouse, because of more than $900,000 in past debt owed by Arntsen to Washington Mutual, but Gould and Arntsen said the deal was reached outside of the auction.
   Gould said his company, which operates 23 restaurants in the Pacific Northwest, is considering renaming the restaurant Anthony’s Woodfire Grill, a name similar to an eatery the company owns in Everett.
   Gould said he wants the new restaurant to complement the nearby Anthony’s location, which specializes in seafood. The new restaurant will serve beef and chops, as well as menu items from a wood-fired oven made by Bellingham’s WoodStone, Gould said.
   Gould said Anthony’s specializes in waterfront locations, and the 7,500-square-foot Marina space overlooking Bellingham Bay will only get better after an extensive renovation.
   “We’re going to make a significant investment in the facility,” said Gould.
   Gould said Arntsen will operate the restaurant for about 30 more days and then it will close for remodeling. Gould expects the restaurant to reopen again in June.
   Anthony’s Restaurants will negotiate with Marina Restaurant employees regarding work at the new restaurant, said Gould.
   Arntsen said he was happy with the conclusion of the deal. “Anthony’s made me an offer and I took it,” said Arntsen, who has been at the location on the waterfront for 18 years.
   Arntsen said that it was time for something new on the waterfront, and Anthony’s is looking to do good things with the building.
   “It’s a win-win-win situation for the community and for both parties involved,” said Arntsen.

High school golf,
track finals coming to
Whatcom County

   The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), at its executive board meeting last month, awarded some of its championship events to Whatcom County.
   In 2007, the Class 1A and 2A state high school track and field meets will be held at Civic Stadium, while state golf tournaments in all classifications will be played at nine courses in Whatcom and Skagit counties.
   Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism made the bids last December to bring the events to the region.
   Whatcom County hosted the state golf tournaments in 2000 and 2001. This is the first time that Bellingham will host the state high school track and field meet.
   Tourism bureau president John Cooper said the two events have much value for the region.
   “In addition to the economic impact of the tournaments, they are great opportunities for us to showcase our community, golf courses and athletic facilities.”
   Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism estimates that the events, slated for May 2007, will attract more than 4,350 athletes, coaches and staff. Based on past history, the bureau projects the economic impact will exceed $400,000.

Bank adding another
Bellingham branch

   Whidbey Island Bank is joining the Bakerview building boom.
   The bank plans to break ground on a new branch at 920 W. Bakerview Rd. in March, said executive vice president and chief operating officer Jack Wagner.
   The new two-story, 8,000-square-foot branch will be the bank’s fourth Bellingham location.
   “I think for us this really balances out Bellingham,” Wagner said. “With branches in Fairhaven, Hannegan and downtown, about the only portion of the town we didn’t cover was the northside. Being on West Bakerview is really an attractive site, because of its easy access to Ferndale, Lynden and north county, and the rapid residential growth in the area.”
   The new location, said Wagner, will likely be completed by the end of summer and house approximately 25 employees, most of whom will be relocated from existing branches.
   Wagner said the project will cost around $1.5 million. Burlington’s Fisher & Sons has been selected as the general contractor.

IT company logs in to
new location

   HiCAST, a Lynden company specializing in computer services, media capturing and Web-site development, will be in a new location as of Feb. 1.
   Owners Christopher and Marian Clizbe said the new store, located in Lynden’s Delft Square, provides easier access for customers and more room for HiCAST’s service lab, where the company performs computer diagnostics, repairs and upgrades.
   Christopher Clizbe said HiCAST, previously located at 102 Grover St., will continue to offer on-site and remote services to local residents and businesses. The company now sells computers, hardware and software per customer request.
   The new store, at 444 Front St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 354-0100 or visit www.hicast.net.

Hotel to offer views of
the Skagit Valley

   The Skagit Valley Casino Resort recently broke ground on a second hotel in Bow.
   The new hotel, said casino spokeswoman Deb Bundy, will be located near the Chevron station at 18520 Bow Hill Road, on a bluff overlooking the Skagit Valley.
   The three-story structure will have approximately 35,000 square feet and 41 rooms. The casino is serving as general contractor for the project, which is scheduled to be completed in August. Bundy declined to disclose the cost of the project.
   The Skagit Valley Casino Resort, about 20 miles south of Bellingham, already operates a 103-unit hotel adjacent to its casino at 5984 N. Darrk Lane, just off Interstate 5 exit 236.
   “Because we have fairly high occupancy rates at the Skagit Valley Casino Resort, we needed additional rooms,” Bundy said.
   The new hotel, which will be about one-eighth of a mile from the casino, will have a shuttle service available for guests.
   The Skagit Valley Casino Resort is operated by the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe.

Build-A-Bear coming
to Bellis Fair

A kid-friendly business, Build-A-Bear Workshop, is coming to Bellis Fair this summer.
   The company, which was founded in St. Louis in 1997, and now has hundreds of franchises around the world, offers workshops where customers work with store associates during each step of the teddy bear-making process.
   At the store, customers typically choose from more than 30 varieties of stuffed animals and then decide on characteristics they’d like them to have, such as noises on a sound chip and different styles of clothing.
   The stuffed animals can cost from $10 to more than $25.
   The Bellis Fair Build-A-Bear location, according to the company’s Web site, will be the fourth in Washington and will open June 23. No information about the local franchise owner was available.
   For more information on Build-A-Bear, go to buildabear.com.

Walk-ins welcome at
new Fairhaven clinic

   A new family health clinic recently opened in Fairhaven.
   Village Family Health, located at 910 Harris Ave. Suite #102, offers a full range of family health and urgent-care services, said clinic manager Frances Gregory.
   The clinic is run by Gregory and her husband, Michael Gregory, an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), and has one additional nurse on staff. The clinic will soon look to expand, adding another (ARNP) to the staff.
   Gregory said her husband has been a health-care provider for 25 years and has training in family practice, emergency services, urgent care and intensive care.
   Gregory and her husband bought the 1,400-square-foot location on the interior courtyard of the Harris Square building. She said her husband wanted to run his own clinic after working at other practices for several years.
   Village Family Health is open Monday through Friday for appointments and walk-in care. For more information call 734-2131.

Home Depot parcel
fetches $21.7 million

   The Whatcom County Treasurer’s Office announced last month that the property at 420 Telegraph Rd., the site of Home Depot, has been sold.
   The parcel was purchased by Cole HD Bellingham WA, LLC from HD Bellingham Funding Co., Inc. for $21.7 million.
   A store manager at Home Depot said he was aware of the purchase but had not been informed of any changes to the business. Home Depot corporate officials did not respond to an interview request.
   The buyer, said the local store official, is located in Phoenix, Ariz. No other information was readily available.

Company’s growth
calls for expansion

   A surge in business has prompted Pavlosky Accounting Solutions to move to a larger office.
   In its move from downtown, the company has tripled its office space, relocating to 1740 Iowa St. in the Iowa Business Center. “The firm has grown even more quickly than my original business plan called for,” said company president Heather Pavlosky. “With five employees now, and more forecasted, we simply had to have more space,” she said.
   Pavlosky has been in the accounting business for 20 years, most recently as a partner in Bowman, Pavlosky & Associates. She started her own firm in June 2005.
   Pavlosky Accounting Solutions provides QuickBooks set-up and problem solving, and full-charge bookkeeping for a variety of situations. In addition, the firm specializes in assisting new businesses with proper accounting system set-up and managing bookkeeping.
   For more information call Pavlosky Accounting Solutions at 734-7845.

Squires snags
Fairhaven salon spot

   Amy Electra Squires has opened a new salon in Fairhaven, after operating one in the Bellingham Towers for several years.
   Her new venture, Studio 910, named after the salon’s address at 910 Harris Avenue, will have four chairs, including a spa and pedicure chair. The 670 square foot space, purchased by Squires, will also have an area for retail.
   Squires, a 14-year cosmetologist, is planning an open house at 4 p.m., March 15, featuring salon tours, a raffle and appetizers.
   Squires said she is interested in adding more employees in the near future, as her new location is more visible and will likely draw more clientele. She is looking for three stylists and a manicurist.

No snap, crackle, pop
from new chiropractor

   Don’t expect any spine-crunching sounds coming out of Peter Eartheart’s new chiropractic office in Fairhaven, he said — he doesn’t do that sort of thing.
   At Eartheart’s new practice, Eartheart Health Center, he will use a chiropractic technique called Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (BEST), which takes a non-force approach to solving pain. The BEST practice uses gentle contact on pressure points to properly coordinate the functions of the body.
   Eartheart, who opened last month at 1200 Harris Ave. #203, will be holding weekly introductory lectures and workshops so people can learn more about his techniques and their health.
   Eartheart, a graduate of Western States Chiropractic College, has been a licensed chiropractor since 1984 and has been practicing the BEST technique since 1991.
   For more information contact 752-BEST or go to earthearthealth.com.

King Frog owner
looking to leap from
the business

   A local business owner is hoping someone is willing to jump at an opportunity on State Street.
   Dick Nolan, who founded King Frog 1 Hour Photo in 1985, said he’s currently looking to sell the business and focus on other endeavors.
   “I lost my wife three years ago and that took the heart out of me,” he said. “Since then, I haven’t felt like I can continue on at that spot.”
   The new owner, Nolan said, would take over all of the business’s existing accounts, equipment, inventory and five-person staff.
   The asking price for the business, he said, is $79,900. Equipment would be approximately $20,000. Nolan, who plans to continue working as a real estate agent at Fairhaven Realty, said he’d help train the buyer. For more information, contact Nolan at 676-8990 ext. 3325.

Allegiant Air doubles
down on Vegas flights

   Low-cost airline Allegiant Air, LLC, announced last month that beginning April 5, the company will add flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
   The additions will make travel from Bellingham to Las Vegas, available six days a week.
   “We are very pleased with the performance of the Bellingham market,” said Maurice J. Gallagher, the airline’s president and CEO. “The addition of two more weekly flights will help customers in Bellingham get to the fun and excitement of Las Vegas with service nearly every day of the week. We are confident this new schedule will have great appeal.”, he said.
   The six-day-a-week schedule will depart Bellingham International Airport at 7:50 p.m., arriving in Las Vegas at 10:20 p.m. Flights leaving Las Vegas will depart at 4:30 p.m., arriving in Bellingham at 7:10 p.m.

Birch Bay Square
projects shaping up

   The facelift for Birch Bay Square is well under way.
   Construction crews last month have cut out a large portion of the main structure, creating a stand-alone location for the future Scott’s MarketFresh site, and an entry to the shopping center from Portal Way.
   The market, said Brian Finnegan, leasing agent for the 130,000-square-foot-center, is still on schedule to be completed by late spring.
   In other developments, he said, he’s received letters of intent recently from several local, regional and national retailers and restaurants that would like to open locations at the site.
   Because leases have not been finalized, Finnegan declined to name the new tenants. He did, however, say that a local frame shop may be announcing an opening there soon.
   Elsewhere on the property, said David Moody of Fairhaven Realty, the marketing agent for pad sites, Windermere has bought a site and a bank has signed a letter of intent to do so as well.
   Windermere officials could not be immediately reached for comment and Moody declined to name the bank at this time.
   In addition to the bank and real estate office, said Moody, he’s also in negotiations with a motel.

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