Openings and closures: Fountain Bistro inundated with offers

Within 24 hours after announcing that she was selling The Fountain Bistro, at 1910 Broadway Street, owner Jill Holmes had 10 offers.

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, she’s going to sort through them and hopefully select someone to take over the business. She plans to lease the space as it is, and she’s not selling a single item in the restaurant — not the portrait of Colonel Sanders that hangs over the former KFC, or even a single spoon, she said.

She was also inundated with customers after the announcement on Dec. 8. Thursday, Dec. 11 was the busiest day yet at The Fountain Bistro. The restaurant’s last day of operation was Dec. 13.

Holmes is hopeful that if she finds the right person to buy the business — she’s looking for a local restauranteur — it could reopen in January and retain some of the current staff.

Holmes said business at the restaurant was good since she opened it in 2009, and closing the restaurant was a personal decision. After taking a break, she will focus on several other projects, including her real estate appraisal business.

“It exceeded a lot of my expectations,” Holmes said. “This was my first restaurant venture, and it takes a lot of your time and a lot of your life.”

Black Cat to reopen late December

The Black Cat in Fairhaven will reopen in late December after a remodel, according to the restaurant’s voicemail. Previously, the new owners had hoped to open by mid-December, according to The Black Cat’s Facebook page.

Zender Thurston law firm changes name

After 100 years of being in business, Bellingham law firm Zender Thurston P.S. is changing its name to Carmichael Clark P.S.

Carmichael Clark has nine attorneys who serve clients in Whatcom County and throughout Northwest Washington, according to a press release.

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Forget Me Not Salon and Spa

In the wake of Polished Petite Spa closing in November, Forget Me Not Salon and Spa opened at 112 Ohio St., across from Bellingham High School. Owner Shannon Morris is licensed in massage therapy and cosmetology. Her services include haircuts, manicures and pedicures, and therapeutic massage including pregnancy massage.

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