By Isaac Bonnell
As the Bellwether Gate building nears completion, two new tenants have signed leases for ground floor spaces: AlyBlue Boutique and Kookaburra Coffee House.
For the owners, Lynda and James Fell, opening these businesses has been a journey through the stages of grief.
Nearly a year has passed since their daughter, Alyssa (Aly) Fell, was killed in a tragic car accident in Burlington while coming home from watching a swim meet in Federal Way.
“When the accident happened, it just totally shattered life as we knew it,” Lynda said. “It will be a year on Aug. 5, but to us it’s still yesterday. Focusing on these businesses is what gets us out of bad feelings. I feel like this little shop is what she left behind to keep me going.”
It was Aly who first convinced her mom to open the Little Green Formal Shop in Ferndale, where Lynda sold new and consigned dresses and Aly sold her handcrafted jewelry. After Aly’s death, Lynda began making soaps as her own form of therapy and began selling them in the store. The products sold so well that she created an entire line of products called AlyBlue Gourmet Skincare.
The Little Green Formal Shop has since outgrown its space, so Lynda decided to move it to a 1,200-square-foot space in Bellwether Gate and change the name to AlyBlue Boutique.
“We are a destination business and this is an easier location to meet every one’s needs,” Lynda said, adding that she has customers from Everett to Vancouver, B.C.
The store will still sell prom and wedding dresses, but will also carry more gifts such as hand-painted wine glasses and AlyBlue skin care products, she said.
As for Kookaburra Coffee House, which will be right next door, that was her husband’s idea. As a superintendent on the project with Ebenal General Construction, he had his eye on a 1,000-square-foot space for a coffee shop, Lynda said.
The shop will offer coffee from Hammerhead Coffee Roasters and the couple have applied for a liquor license to sell wines from Australia, where James was born and raised.