CVB offers Whatcom visitors free gas

   With gas prices at all-time highs, the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism office has developed a gas card promotion to encourage summer trips to the region. By staying one or more nights Sunday through Thursday in a participating hotel or inn, visitors can receive a $25 Shell gas card by mail and a free money-saving coupon book on area attractions.
   “Recent surveys by the Travel Industry Association and others indicate that consumers will be looking for closer destinations for their summer travel,” stated John Cooper, president and CEO of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. “The gas cards and coupon books are two projects we have developed to help consumers have an affordable and fun summer vacation.”
   To redeem the offer, visitors may either make lodging reservations online at www.bellingham.org or call (888) 261-7795 between 8:30 – 5:30 daily. The gas card is good at Shell gasoline stations in Whatcom County or wherever Shell cards are accepted.

Fiberglass company sells assets and company name
   Bill and Connie Henderson have decided to sell their company, B & J Fiberglass, at 4905 Guide Meridian, after nearly 20 years of ownership. Connie Henderson said the couple decided to make the move primarily due to issues of time.
   “We have another business,” she said, referring to the couple’s fiberglass boat refurbishing and repair business in Alaska. “We don’t have enough time to do both businesses. B & J has a huge potential to grow.”
   Connie said the couple would act in an advisory role for the next few months as needed to help with the transition. Buyers Keith and Donna Olsen purchased the assets and name of the company — but not the property — for $320,000.
   B & J, which has been under the Henderson’s ownership since 1988, carries a full line of fishing and ski boats — as well as a selection of both new and pre-owned boats. It also offers a full line of fiberglass products and services, including boat repair.
   Keith Olsen, 41, has been working in the fiberglass industry the past eight years, and he said he’s excited to run the business.
   “It made sense to buy something that already had customers coming in,” he said. He said he wants to stay in the boat painting business, and perhaps build a larger facility on the site in the future.
   Jim Teshera, a 15-year veteran in the local fiberglass industry, will be his business partner, Keith Olsen said.

Guess what’s brewing on the corner of Railroad and Champion
   Caffe Adagio, a new Italian-inspired coffee shop, will open at 1435 Railroad Ave. — on the corner of Railroad Avenue and East Champion Street, north of Casa Que Pasa — in July.
   Co-owner Dianna Del Giorgio said she and her husband and partner, Luke Del Giorgio, recognize the space has had issues in the past with panhandlers but will ensure their coffee shop is clean and family-friendly. The couple will be remodeling the 1,800-square-foot space during the next month.
   Caffe Adagio, which means “leisurely coffee” in Italian, will serve coffee roasted by Seattle-based company Caffe D’Arte, and will also serve homemade soups and sandwiches.
   After having a child and wanting to spend more time together, the couple moved to Bellingham recently from Seattle to open the coffee shop. Neither has owned a business before, but Dianna is a certified barista through the Seattle Barista Academy, which requires a two-day course, three months of on-the-job training and a final exam. For more information, call 820-8844.

BBF launches initiative for G-P cleanup
   The Bellingham Bay Foundation filed a ballot initiative May 30 that would require the City of Bellingham to work for the highest standard of contamination cleanup at the Georgia-Pacific site.
   Although the Port of Bellingham owns the site, the city holds the final authority to issue master plan and shoreline permits for the area. The initiative would require the city to advocate and support cleanup plans that would permanently remove mercury and other contaminants from the Whatcom Waterway and would clean the former mill site to meet residential standards.
   The foundation wants the city to insist the site be cleaned to meet an unrestricted standard, a designation which they said would pave the way for mixed-use development in the new downtown area. An unrestricted cleanup standard would allow the new neighborhood to include residences, businesses, educational institutions and parks, all of which the foundation said are essential to a vibrant and prosperous downtown core.
   According to the foundation, the port has proposed cleaning the site to a less stringent industrial standard. Under state law, the industrial cleanup standard assumes continued industrial uses, they said.
   However, Carolyn Casey, corporate communications officer for the Port, said the Port has never proposed cleaning the site to an industrial standard. From the beginning, she said, the Port has proposed cleaning the site to a higher standard that would allow the full range of uses, including residential, parks, business, education and light industrial.
   The initiative will need approximately 3,650 signatures to qualify for the November general election ballot. The signature-gathering phase of the initiative will end before the state releases the Whatcom Waterway Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study, which is the first of many documents intended to guide waterfront cleanup decisions.

Keller Williams Realty expands
   Keller Williams Realty in Bellingham recently added 5,000 square feet to its operations after acquiring space previously used by the Washington state Department of Motor Vehicles. The realty company, at 3800 Byron Ave. in the Lincoln Professional Center, started moving into the additional space in early May.
   “We’re very excited to have all our agents under one roof,” said Marsha Lockhart, a broker and partial owner of the company. “We’re looking forward to another season.”
   Lockhart said the company, which has been at the professional center since November 2002, increased its office space to 9,460 square feet.

The Lone Wolf howls its last
   Stephen Stimson, owner of the historic building at 107, 109 and 111 Prospect Street, has closed his antique store, The Lone Wolf, there. Stimson said he wants to lease the 14-by-50-foot front space to a local craftsperson or furniture maker as a display area, and will use the back part of the space as a living area for himself.
   Stimson is renovating the building, located next door to the Whatcom Museum, and hopes to complete the rehabilitation in a year.

Computer service and data recovery shop to open two branches
   Data Doctors Computer Services will open two new shops in Bellingham — one at Sehome Village and one at Barkley Village, said franchise owner Mark Knittel. Data Doctors has stores throughout the U.S., and Bellingham seemed like a good option for two more, Knittel said.
   “Bellingham is a great market opportunity,” he said. “It’s got a great demographic in terms of customer base.” Data Doctors specializes in computer service and repair, data recovery and home and business networking, among other things.
   He said the Sehome location opened May 30, and the Barkley facility should be operational by June 19. After that, he hopes to start three more branches in the next 18 months throughout the Pacific Northwest, he said. Knittel, 51, has been working with high tech companies for many years — including 20 years with IBM.
   He also plans to offer free seminars for local businesses and individuals within the next couple of months on computer-related issues, he said. For more information, call 527-8679.

Downtown chiropractor to work out the kinks at new location
   The Adich Clinic, a chiropractic clinic currently located on Ellis Street, has purchased land on Barkley Boulevard for a new 5,000-square-foot building.
   Dave Adich, the clinic’s owner, chiropractor and acupuncturist, said his business has outgrown its 1,600-square-foot space at 1470 Ellis St. In addition to himself and 10 massage therapists, Adich said he hopes to add another chiropractor in the fall as well as offer expanded rehabilitation services at the clinic’s new location.
   Adich said he will apply for a building permit for the land, located at 2065 Barkley Blvd. — behind the Barkley Medical Center — this fall, and hopes to complete the project in a year and a half. Adich said he hasn’t decided whether to keep his Ellis Street location after the new clinic opens.

Local software company is shedding light on Cornwall Avenue
   LumenIQ is moving to 1204 Cornwall Ave., the former Academic Outfitters location, at the end of June.
   Audra Waller, executive assistant and quality system manager at LumenIQ, said the software company needed to downsize from its current location at 725 N. State St.

Piano store moves operations
   Rawlings Music Company, Inc. recently packed up its pianos and slid down a few doors to a different address. The company, which has been at 3106 Northwest Ave. for the past few years, will be moving to 3030 Northwest Ave.
   Company president Ken Rawling said the move made sense because the store needed more room.
   “The space was right,” he said.
   “The rent was right.” The 3106 location had about 1,100 square feet of “usable” room, while the new store would have about 2,400.
   “There was not enough space (in the old location),” he said. The company has been in Bellingham since 1997, and has been in three different locations — not including the new store, which opened June 1. The store offers piano lessons and piano refurbishing and tuning. It also sells pianos, organs, digital pianos and rents and sells band instruments.
   For more information, call (360) 647-9435, or visit the store online at www.rawlingsmusic.com.

Redesign coming for Cascade Laundry site
   Bob Goodwin is under contract to purchase the Cascade Laundry Service building at 205 Prospect St., and said he hopes the sale will close in August.
   Goodwin, a former executive producer of The X-Files television show and a Bellingham resident, also owns an apartment building on the corner of Flora and Commercial Streets.
   Goodwin said he is putting together a redevelopment package for the building, but did not want to disclose the plans until the purchase is final.

Northwest Medical Weight Management moves to King Street
   A weight-management clinic recently got a new home.
   Dr. Anthony Burden, M.D., owner of Northwest Medical Weight Management, moved his business operations from 1704 Iowa St. to 1345 King St. on June 1. The clinic offers individualized treatment for weight loss, as well as counseling services and medically supervised nutrition advice.
   He said the business would be incorporated into Northstar Medical Specialists at the King Street location.

Local developer to build Sunset Terrace
   Local developer Sundance Zenjestorf will build 35 condo units at 2001 E. Sunset Drive. He hopes to complete the condos by April 2007, and will sell them for approximately $120,000 to $190,000.
   The project, called Sunset Terrace, will feature studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom condo units. For more information, call (360) 920-4600.

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