Bellis Fair holiday retailer wins national company award

Last year’s holiday shopping season was particularly successful for two Bellingham entrepreneurs.

James and Amanda Hagarty, operators of the Go! Calendars, Games & Toys store at Bellis Fair Mall, had their store named as the company’s “Calendar Store of the Year.”

The Hagartys, who have run the seasonal store since 2011, received $2,500 for winning the award. The store’s recent season opened last September and will close by the end of this month.

Go! Calendars, based in Austin, Texas, operates more than 860 stores in the U.S., most of them open for just a few months around the holidays. Each location is run by an independent operator.

“James and Amanda did extremely well across all of our categories,” said Mike Hejny, the company’s executive vice president of merchandising and store operations, in a press release. “Their kiosk outperformed some of our larger stores because they had some great folks working for them and were able to provide outstanding sales and service to their customers.”

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