Housewares store to move into former Fairhaven Pharmacy

A new store is going to fill the space that once housed a Bellingham icon, the Fairhaven Pharmacy.

Scott Ward and Cameron Vail are moving their home goods store Current and Furbish from Seattle to Bellingham.

“Fairhaven is like the little enclave we’ve been looking for,” Ward said.

They had often talked about relocating to Bellingham, and when the Fairhaven Pharmacy closed in October of last year, they decided to make their move.

“We knew it was an iconic location,” Ward said.

They have been learning more about the history of the Fairhaven Pharmacy, which was in business for 126 years. It had been at its location at 1115 Harris St. in Fairhaven since 1929. It’s a tradition spanning multiple generations that on Halloween, kids could go to the pharmacy to get their pictures taken for free.

Ward said they are looking into continuing that tradition.

“It’s not just about having a store there but being an integral part of what’s happening,” Ward said. “It really is about being an integral part of the community.

Ward and Vail operated Current and Furbish in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle since 2013. Ward served as the president of the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m kind of the community half of the business,” he said. “I like to know what’s going on.”

The storefront is being remodeled now, and Ward and Vail are aiming to have their store open by mid-July.

Current and Furbish sells home furnishings, gifts, housewares, handcrafted goods, art and refurbished furniture. Ward is also an artist and sells his art at the store.

“[Current and Furbish] is very colorful,” he said. “We like that it’s colorful and a little whimsical.”


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