Sunday, November 9, 2008

New business attempts to capture essence of Whatcom County


Warren said they originally wanted to start a community cooperative for musicians and artists, but the plan evolved after the outdoor equipment retail store The Edge went out of business earlier this year in that same spot.

"We decided to embrace the idea of retail and integrate it with our artist plans," said Warren, adding that he and Warnberg were originally drawn to the area because of the skiing and snowboarding at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. "We wanted all the ingredients in this business that reflects what makes this area great."

Walking into the store, what will probably catch the attention of new customers is the huge mural on the west wall. The mural is of downtown Bellingham. On top of the Herald Building in the mural is a neon "Heaven" sign, replacing the "Herald" sign in the skyline.

"We wanted to use a Bellingham icon, and the 'Herald' sign is something you can see everywhere," Warren said. "We replaced it with 'Heaven' because that's the one word that explains how we feel about this area."

Once they're ready to go, they plan to have the store open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. They also plan to have the Web site up and running soon with information on upcoming events. For more information about the business, call (360) 392-8675.


Last week Ralf's Pretzel Bakery opened at the Depot Market Square, giving Ralf and Kacy Sigl a chance to offer their German-style bread and pretzels regularly seen at the Bellingham Farmers Market. It's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, as well as participating in the farmers market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Along with the pretzels and bread, the business offers sandwiches and Onyx coffee. This week the bakery plans to start its bicycle delivery service throughout Bellingham. For details, call 733-3066 or visit ... A tenant improvement permit has been issued by the city of Bellingham to convert a former deli shop into a restaurant called Sehome Diner.

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