RMC completes Fairhaven projects

RMC Architects has completed two projects in the Fairhaven District — Taylor Dock Uplands Park and Tenth & Taylor Condominiums.
   Taylor Dock Uplands Park, located next to the Chrysalis Inn & Spa, consists of a gateway, restroom facility, and over-water pavilion on the boardwalk that connects the dock to Boulevard Park. RMC designed the park structures under the leadership of Paul Leuthold of Bellingham Parks & Recreation. J.A. Brennan Associates of Seattle provided the landscape architecture and Tiger Construction was also part of the team. The Bellingham Bay Rotary Club funded the gateway structure.
   Tenth & Taylor Condominiums consists of 12 luxury condominiums ranging from 2,000 to 2,200 square feet, which have already been sold.
   The project was designed with Pacific Crest Partners development company and Wellman & Zuck contractors.

Northern Economics selected to conduct a Deschutes analysis
   Bellingham’s Northern Economics Inc. is one of two firms selected to conduct a net social and economic benefits analysis of restoring the Deschutes River Estuary in Olympia, according to a press release.
   The goal of the feasibility study is to evaluate the possibility of restoring a naturally functioning estuary within the confines of an urban setting.
   Northern Economics Inc. will assess the most likely social and economic effects of restoring an estuary as compared to lake management.
   Northern Economics Inc. is a professional economic consulting firm with offices in Bellingham and Anchorage, Alaska.
   Competitors form alliance to strengthen real estate marketing
   Local companies Homestead Northwest, Trillium Corp. and Bank of the Pacific, as well as individuals such as Ken Imus, Mike Kent, Gary Nelson, and Bill Grant, have founded a marketing group called The Rising Tide.
   The group has been meeting since June to mount a joint marketing campaign that will help introduce growing numbers of Canadian buyers to the areas of Blaine, Semiahmoo and Birch Bay, according to a press release.
   “We’ve seen a noticeable increase in Canadian buyer activity and we realized that we could be most effective by combining our experience, resources and talents, knowing that if one of us succeeds, we all succeed,” said Marketing Chair Gina Weigum of Terrell Creek Landing.
   The group launched a Web site that is geared toward introducing Canadians to the region while helping to guide potential buyers of second homes and condominiums to new products. The site also demonstrates how Canadians can invest in, and own, property in Whatcom County.

City issues notice of pending moratorium on Cordata permits
   On Sept. 18, City Planning Director Tim Stewart issued a Notice of Pending Moratorium to property owners within the Cordata Business Park Planned Unit Development. The notice states that a moratorium on the issuance of building permits located within the Cordata PUD will likely be imposed very soon.
   The original land-use approval for Cordata was granted by Whatcom County prior to annexation by the city. It contained a condition that requires the developer, Trillium Corporation (or its successors in title), to reach an agreement with the city and the county on the construction and financing of several roads before 3.25 million square feet of development occurred. The specific condition can be found in its entirety in the Exhibit C to the Guide Meridian zoning table, Area 27, Section A.1(21) at www.cob.org/pcd/planning/Neighborhood-plan-zone.htm.
   “Staff believes that the threshold of 3.25 million square feet of construction will be reached with permits that are now in process,” Stewart said.
   The city will rescind the moratorium as soon as an agreement is reached regarding the road construction and financing.
   “Once the moratorium is in effect, building permits that add new floor area will no longer be issued, although permits that do not add floor area will continue to be issued,” he said.

Chiropractor opens on King Street
   Got kinks?
   Dr. Ryan Hummel recently purchased the Life Chiropractic Center in Bellingham, located at 1400 King St., Ste. 105.
   Hummel, a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, is trained in a broad range of chiropractic methods, including chiropractic biophysics, activator, diversified, Gonstead, Palmer, Thompson, sacro-occipital technique (SOT) and active-release technique (ART).
   The practice specializes in treating a variety of conditions, including neck pain, low-back pain, headaches and sciatic pain, Hummel said.
   “We focus on structural correction, not only to ease the pain temporarily but to prevent it from reoccurring,” he said. Hummel added that he shares the same chiropractic values as the clinic’s former owner, Dr. Zsolt Muller.
   For more information, call 734-5433 or visit http://lifechiropractic.chiroweb.com.

A health apparel store scrubs into Northwest Avenue
   Cecily Fosso-Tilley, owner of Classic Health Apparel, is moving her business to Northwest Avenue at the former site of Rawlings Music Company. In addition to the move, Fosso-Tilley recently bought the two-story, 4,448-square-foot building for $510,000.
   Classic Health Apparel, which started in Bellingham five years ago, specializes in providing customers with health apparel needs, such as scrubs, lab coats, shoes and other medical profession accessories. Fosso-Tilley said she plans to add a line of restaurant apparel, such as chef coats and hats, in the future. The business also does embroidery and alteration work, she said.
   The move to the new space, at 3106 Northwest Ave., will give her a lot more room, she said. The first floor will be used for the shop, while the second floor is being rented as an apartment.
   “This will double our show space,” she said. The business will continue to operate out of its old location at 809 W. Orchard Drive through mid-October, and will open up in the new space at the end of the month. A grand opening is planned for November, she said.
   For more information, call 647-7766.

Pole-dancing studio opens in town
   Kristi Moseley recently opened Sensual Soul Pole Dancing & Striptease Studio at 1714 Samish Way.
   The studio, she said, “is designed for women who want to try something new and explore their sensuality while experiencing a fun and exhilarating workout.” Classes include a “sensual warm-up,” “sexy floor moves,” “pole tricks” and dance routines.
   Moseley, a certified personal trainer, opened the studio after training to be an instructor at workshops across the United States and Canada. Sensual Soul offers five levels of classes.
   “(The classes) allow women to gain confidence, empower themselves and celebrate their bodies in a private and supportive environment,” she said.
   Moseley also offers “teaser classes” that are a sample of a Level 1 Class.
   For more information visit www.sensualsoulstudio.com, or call 746-0047.

Holly Street antique shop gets new owners
   Everybody’s Antique and Consignment at 310 W. Holly St. has new owners.
   Roxie and Gene Huffman recently bought the business and plan to continue selling antiques and consignment furniture there, but will increase marketing efforts and bring in more furniture, Roxie said. She also hopes to sell more baked goods at the shop’s espresso counter.
   Roxie, who moved to Bellingham four months ago from Seattle to marry Gene, owned an adult family home in Seattle for the past several years.
   For more information call 733-5800.

Store starts spoiling kids on Yew Street
   Spoiled Rotten, a children’s clothing store, has moved from Fairhaven to Yew Street.
   Owner Michelle Toctocan said she liked the location at 1200 Old Fairhaven Pkwy., Ste. 103 — in the 12th Street Village — but that it was too far away from her home and her other store, Little Bugs, a children’s consignment store.
   She moved Spoiled Rotten at the end of September to 2408 Yew St., next door to Little Bugs, which is located at 2400 Yew St., and will change Spoiled Rotten’s name to Little Bugs Boutique.
   “I needed to move it closer so I can see what’s going on with it,” said Toctocan, who also has four children of her own she wants to be closer to.
   Both businesses are doing well, she said. Little Bugs has been open for five years and she now manages five employees for the store after starting with two. She said the store has more than 3,000 regular consigners/customers.
   Spoiled Rotten has been open for a year and will continue to sell new clothes.
   For more information call Little Bugs at 756-0507 or Little Bugs Boutique at 527-8400.

Music store moves to State Street
   Tweeks Music Supply and Repair recently moved to 1703 N. State St. from 1221 Harris Ave. in Fairhaven, said shop co-owner Brian Anderson. Anderson, 22, who owns the shop with Joel Day, 25, said the move was made for financial reasons.
   The new venue, which at 1,250 square feet is about 1,000 square feet less than the Fairhaven location, will actually be a better fit for his company, Anderson said.
   “We feel like the new location will be a better place to do repairs,” he said. He also added that the business — which opened in March — plans to hold more events and more lessons. Currently, the store specializes in offering drumming lessons, but Anderson said he also plans to offer guitar and bass lessons in the near future.
   For more information, visit www.tweeks.org, or call 733-5542.

Pressure washers find open niche
   A-1 Pressure Washing, a business specializing in cleaning restaurant hoods, recently opened in Bellingham.
   Owners Carole and David Smith moved here in May from Arizona and said since they started pressure washing restaurant hoods, business has boomed.
   “There’s no competition here. Business has been nonstop,” Carole said. “Every day has been better and better.”
   The couple has hired two part-time employees, but Carole said they will likely become full time soon.

New auto shop focuses on Land Rovers
   Cavallino Autoworks Ltd.’s owner, Jeffrey Stiner, plans to open a new business specializing in Land Rovers, called Bradford Rovers, this month.
   Cavallino Autoworks Ltd. has specialized in British and Italian car service and repair for the past four years, but Bradford Rovers, which will be located in the same 5,000-square-foot space at 444 W. Horton Rd., will focus specifically on Land Rovers, he said.
   Working on Ferraris brought a lot of business from outside of Bellingham, and Stiner said the new business’s Land Rover emphasis would cater more to local customers.
   Stiner also began servicing German cars six months ago with another business at the Horton Road location, called German Technik, he said.
   Bradford Rovers will also sell certified, pre-owned Land Rovers beginning in about a month, he said.

Canadian company storms the county
   Stormtech recently opened a retail location in the COPAC complex at the Grandview Industrial Park, located off I-5, exit 266. The company originated in Canada 25 years ago and sells outerwear, called “technical outerwear,” according to a press release. Manager John Kelemen said the store’s top sellers are men’s and women’s rain jackets and waterproof fleeces.

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