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Contents 50 Home & Remodel

Photos by Will Austin.

Spring is a time of rejuvenation. All around us, nature is trading in winter grays for brighter colors and more sunlight. As the world outside transforms, what better time to reimagine your space? In this month’s feature, we take a look inside some of our favorite homes, from kitchens to closets to laundry rooms, many of which highlight or mirror the unique natural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. In the second part of this month’s feature, we look at ways to expand your home’s existing footprint. Whether it’s building a studio, creating a nook, or transforming your outdoor space into something you can enjoy all year long, there are plenty of ways to make more with what you already have.

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Top Picks

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Local Events

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Out of Town

STYLE

SPECIAL ADVERTISING 78

TASTE 98

Photos: Top left by Julia Berkman. Bottom left by Anthony Pence De Leon. Top middle by Dean Davidson. Bottom middle by Lara Dunning. Top right by Cassie Elliott.

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Wonder Woman   Singing in Surgery 19

Book Notes Reviews & Events

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Spotlight Photographer Tommy Gibson

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Community Mount Baker Theatre

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Fashion Q & A Spring Trends

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Beauty Skincare for Your 30s, 40s, & 50s

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Necessities   Crossbody Bags

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Apps We Love

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Heard Around the Sound Whatcom Museum Bringing Access to Art New Penny Floor at Leader Block

HOME 44

Garden Designing a Garden for Pollinators

Review Evolve Chocolate + Cafe

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Recipe   Chia and Hemp Cereal 101 Dining Guide 103 Culinary Events 104 Five Faves Bakeries 106 Recipe Hanger Steak with Sorrel Chimichurri

Monthly Give-A-Way New Mexico Tamale Company 26

Pros to Know

108 Mixing Tin Irish Coffee

Community Advance Directives

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Savvy Shopper   Skagit Valley Slabhaus 48

Necessities Spring Kitchen Finds

FEATURES

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Wellbeing  Intent Hot Yoga Studio

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Home & Remodel

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Creating Spaces

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NOTES 8

Editor’s Letter

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Contributors

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Letters to the Editor

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Meet the Team

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Notes  What’s Online

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Notes  Editor’s Letter

Greetings from New Mexico

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F I’VE LEARNED ONE THING about being a writer,

it’s that you must be flexible. You must be willing to work in the early morning hours or late at night once everyone is asleep. You must be willing to turn down invitations, work through weekends, and put pen to paper even when the sun is shining on a pristine Washington morning. All of this is easy if you love the work enough, which is why the most difficult part of writing has never been the bending of my own schedule, but rather asking others to bend theirs. My friends and family have made many concessions for my writing over the years. They’ve honored my reclusive habits, dialed down their music, and comforted me through rejections and failures. Until recently, I’d never had an employer make these same sacrifices. Months before I became editor of Bellingham Alive, I applied for a writing residency in Taos, New Mexico. Any artist who’s applied to a residency knows the chances of being accepted are slim to none, which is why I was surprised to receive notification that I’d been accepted. When I found out, I was simultaneously thrilled and nervous. I’d just started working for Bellingham Alive and couldn’t imagine giving up such a great opportunity. I was so nervous to tell our publisher, Lisa Karlberg, that I put it off for weeks, hoping to eventually work up the courage. Finally, one day, I spilled the beans to our office manager, Jenn, who relayed the news to Lisa. I had spent weeks anticipating Lisa’s reaction—anger, frustration, annoyance— but when I saw her, the first thing she did was give me a big hug and say “Congratulations!” Then, we got to work creating a plan for me to stay. This is what I love about working for Bellingham Alive: It’s so much more than a job. Ken and Lisa — the K and L of K & L Media — care about their staff as people first and employees second. They care about our passions, dreams, and personal wellbeing. They want us to grow as people.

When you flip through the pages of the magazine, it’s easy to forget that everything you see has a human behind it, or rather a whole team of humans. Every story is the combined effort of photographers, writers, interns, editors, fact-checkers, sales associates, and graphic designers—in other words, people. Although I write this letter from Taos, New Mexico, where I’m hard at work on my second novel, my heart and mind are still in Bellingham, with all the people who make it home, including the incredible, talented, and kind staff of Bellingham Alive, all of whom have made it possible for me to be here. I want to extend my gratitude to them, and to you, our readers, for making this magazine such a beautiful labor of love. 

BECKY MANDELBAUM Editor In Chief

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Notes  Contributors

Cassie Elliott Cassie is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, nutrition blogger, and food photographer who believes that if you eat colorful food you are guaranteed it will be nutritious and definitely delicious. She is also the creator of Nutritious and Delicious Appetites by Design to help you feel your best so you can live your best. Her photos and writing can be found on Instagram @paleo_perspective and her website paleoperspective.com.  p. 100

Katie Smoucha

Spacious Suites Bus trips to appointments

Katie Smoucha is a Registered Nurse who works at Brookdale Fairhaven. She has worked in geriatrics and memory care for over ten years. She is a volunteer teacher for Peace Health’s “Your Voice, Your Choice” Advance Directive class. In her spare time, she loves to explore everything our beautiful region has to offer with her family.  p. 26

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Autumn Sorelle Sorelle is a long-time Seattleite and creator of the fashion and lifestyle blog, Autumn Sorelle. She is passionate about living mindfully, adventurously, and creatively. When she isn’t busy blogging or working at her full-time job, she enjoys traveling whenever she can, reading, shopping, exercising, and exploring the greater Seattle area. Above all, she strives to maintain balance in everything she does and encourages others to do the same. You can explore Sorelle’s blog at autumnsorelle.com and find her on social media @autumnsorelle.  p. 38

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Blake Vanfield Blake Vanfield is the marketing lead for Genuine Skagit Valley, a program to heighten consumer connection to the agriculture of the Skagit Valley. Her 12 years in the farm and food industry include running a cooking school and farm tour company, starting a farmers market, and consulting for food+farm establishments. Blake resides in Edison, WA, living dangerously close to Breadfarm. She can be found gardening, chasing her toddler, or dreaming of that ever-elusive siesta.  p. 106


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Letters to the Editor Notes

I received my Feb. issue today and have already read that cover to cover. I have lived in Bellingham for 84 years, and I didn’t even know some of these restaurants existed! I usually pass my issue along after reading it but this time I need four more to give away because I’m keeping mine! I absolutely love your publication.

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Bellingham Alive welcomes comments and feedback for our Letters to the Editor section. We’d love to hear what you have to say and are open to story ideas about the people, places, and happenings in the North Sound (Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan counties). Let us know what you like, and what you’d like to see in the magazine! Contact our editor at editor@bellinghamalive.com.

I have been following Bellingham Alive online and love the local insights and stories.  — Kate B., Bellingham

I appreciated your recent focus on mental health, and opening up more awareness in the community about options for treatment. One resource I would have loved to see you mention is NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a valuable resource with branches in both Whatcom & Skagit Counties. They offer classes to support families, Peer to Peer groups, and much more. Please include more information on NAMI in your next magazine. It’s an opportunity to learn more, and for families to get the support they need. (To learn more, visit namiwhatcom.org)  — Dorothy, Sedro-Woolley

A correction with our apologies: “Thank you for the wonderful article you did on Thousand Acre Cider House, we truly appreciate being showcased. There was a typo in the Cider University section that we are hoping you can make a correction on, it says Twin Sister’s Brewery and it should have been Twin Sisters Creamery. We did a cheese and cider pairing with owner and cheese maker Lindsay Slevin. Thank you so much for correcting this so that her local business is recognized for our collaborative event together.”   — Monica Smith, Thousand Acre Cider House

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Notes  Meet the Team

What is your role at the magazine and how long have you been with K & L Media? I’m a freelance writer, and I’ve been with K & L Media since late December.

What is your background? I’m a writer and educator living in Bellingham, Washington, writing about food, environment, and community in Whatcom County. I grew up on a small island in Maine, studied creative writing and English at Macalester College in the Twin Cities, and recently completed a Fulbright grant in India.

What is your favorite part of working for a regional lifestyle magazine? I love being able to hear and tell stories that I would never encounter otherwise. It’s been a really wonderful experience to be able to connect to my community in new and fascinating ways.

What are some of your hobbies?

Annika Sampson

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I love hiking in the mountains, biking, skipping stones by the sea, learning new languages, cooking meals with friends, and reading. 


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Wonder Woman

Kira Iaconetti

Life

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Life  Wonder Woman

Kira Iaconetti: Singing in Surgery BY JULIA BERKMAN

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IRA IACONETTI, 20, has

had a lot of performances in her life, but the most nerveracking wasn’t for an audience at Benaroya Hall or for her fellow community members in Lynden. Iaconetti’s scariest performance was for an audience of fewer than 10 people — all of them medical professionals there to remove her brain tumor. On an operating table with several inches of her brain exposed, Iaconetti sang to a room of doctors, nurses, and anesthesiologists. Their goal? For Iaconetti to come out of surgery able to sing. “I don’t like singing in front of small groups of people. Unless I’m on stage, I can’t do it,” Iaconetti says. She’s almost two years out from her awake craniotomy, and although the road to recovery has been filled with traffic, she’s pretty much back to being the bright, energetic person she was before the tumor. Iaconetti’s passion for music started early. She was only six years old when she began acting in musicals. “It just kind of stuck. I don’t have an ‘Ah’ moment where I was like, ‘Oh, this is what I want to do for my life.’ I just always loved it so much,” she says. The roles started getting bigger and better and Iaconetti continued with community theater into high school. It was then she started to notice something in her body was off-kilter. “I would start hearing a really highpitched ringing and my vision wouldn’t process in my head,” Iaconetti says. Her body started to go numb and her singing would falter and lose tone. “When I got my first big, big lead on stage, I didn’t want it to ever happen. That’d be really embarrassing.” The breaking point, she says, was when she started to experience an uncharacteristic amount of paranoia. She would be driving and feel absolutely convinced that she was about to crash her car. Walking down 18

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the street at night, she felt certain she was about to be kidnapped. Iaconetti told her mother, and after a visit to a regional neurologist they went to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Iaconetti was diagnosed with musicogenic epilepsy, a special kind of epilepsy triggered by listening to or performing music. She was facing the possibility that she could never sing in tune again. “It was a cruel, sick joke,” Iaconetti said in an interview with Seattle Children’s Hospital. Three weeks and one MRI later, Iaconetti underwent a craniotomy to extract a marble-sized tumor from her right temporal lobe, which controls auditory and visual processing. Dr. Jason Hauptman, a neurosurgeon on Iaconetti’s surgical team, didn’t want to risk causing damage to her brain that would render her unable to sing, so he came to her with a bold idea: to wake Iaconetti up during the surgery and have her sing. If her voice faltered or her speech slurred, they would know they were close to damaging her temporal lobe. “The day came and it was pretty daunting and pretty creepy. Everything was freaky. Everyone else was crying and scared and I was like, ‘Okay. Here we go,’” Iaconetti says. She was almost more nervous to sing in front of her medical team than she was to undergo brain surgery. “The most comforting part was that everyone that told me that they had gotten surgery before said, ‘You’re going to count down from a certain number, go to sleep, wake up, and you’ll be done. It’s all good,’” Iaconetti says. Iaconetti says she remembers almost everything from when they woke her up. “They told me I wasn’t going to remember it or be really aware, and I was, so it was cool,” she says. As soon as she woke up in the operating room, Dr. Hauptman told her, “Kira, your brain is beautiful!”

“Can you see it?” she asked. “I’m looking right at it,” Hauptman replied. While the medical team carefully carved away at her tumor, Iaconetti sang Weezer’s “Island in the Sun.” Eventually, everyone in the room was singing along. “The only time I ever felt any pain, they immediately took care of it when I said something. They were really careful about that,” Iaconetti says. The surgery was successful. Just 48 hours after her surgery, Iaconetti sat upright in her hospital bed and played “Island in the Sun” on her guitar, surrounded by friends and family. Recovery was a long, hard road. Iaconetti was bedridden and bored for more than two months. She says she wouldn’t have been able to do it without her support system — her family, church, and friends. “I got taken care of, which was really nice,” she says. Now, she’s able to function with almost no side effects. “They did scoop out like a tablespoon of my brain, so as much as I want to say I’m completely normal, my memory is not super great and I’m a little less coordinated, but it’s not a big enough deal that I’m worried about it,” Iaconetti says. Since the surgery, Iaconetti has been in the news and on television all over the world. She was flown out to “The Today Show” along with her parents and Dr. Hauptman, was featured in Teen Vogue, and has done several interviews with medical publications. Iaconetti also had the opportunity to co-write an original song with composer Mateo Messina and perform it for a fundraiser for the Seattle Children’s Hospital. She stood barefoot in front of a crowd of almost two thousand people and sang, “There’s so much ahead of me, my clock just slowly ticks.” Iaconetti doesn’t like being asked what her plans are for the future, she says she finds it overwhelming. At least for now, she’s auditioning for some short films and applying to work as an actor in Vancouver, B.C. “Just kind of... adventuring.” 


Book Notes Life

Book Reviews

Literary Events

BY MARY KINSER

E.R. DOCTOR ALEXIS MEETS HER BOYFRIEND, Austin,

The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian

while stitching up a bullet wound in his arm. Six months later, the couple is exploring Vietnam on a cycling tour. An experienced cyclist, Austin splits from the group to climb the Hai Van Pass. When he doesn’t return on time, Alexis fears the worst. It appears that Austin has vanished into thin air, leaving only some packets of energy gel behind. Unwinding the mystery reveals just how little Alexis knew about this man. Was Austin indeed making a pilgrimage to honor family history? Or was there a darker motive for the trip — and is Alexis herself now in danger? With a fascinating setting, well-developed characters, and tension that never lets up, this is a great pick for a spring break getaway. Be forewarned, though: Once this timely thriller gets going, you may want to cancel your plans.

by Emily St. John Mandel

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March 26, 6 p.m.

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The Glass Hotel

March 5, 7 p.m.

hotel glitters in the wilderness, marred by a cryptic bit of vandalism. Why don’t you swallow broken glass, the message reads. But who is it meant for? Perhaps for the hotel’s owner, financier Jonathan Alkaitis — but if so, Alkaitis is too captivated by his new trophy wife, Vincent Smith, to notice. When the Ponzi scheme headed by Alkaitis implodes, so does Vincent’s life and that of others who relied on the billionaire to remake their futures. Using Vincent as its center, the story moves forward and away, slowly layering in critical elements and characters. As she did with the award-winning “Station Eleven,” Emily St. John Mandel explores interconnectedness and the bonds of strangers. There are many worlds here, with consequences that must inevitably collide. Eerie, spellbinding, and beautifully written, this book club-worthy novel lives up to the hype.

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Indulge in a night of literary discussion accompanied by fine food and drink at Evolve Chocolate + Cafe in historic Fairhaven. For $60, you can savor a five-course dinner and cocktail pairings from a new local bartender. This month, attendees are invited to discuss Shobha Rao’s rousing novel, “Girls Burn Brighter.” Tickets are available for purchase through eventbrite.com

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Manresa Castle This reportedly haunted mansion was built in 1892 in Port Townsend, Washington by the first mayor of the small town, Charles Eisenbeis. Originally from Prussia, Eisenbeis styled the lavish 30-room dwelling after the castles he saw at home.

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Life  Spotlight

At 76, Still Learning the Art of Photography Tommy Gibson BY JULIA BERKMAN

“I

’VE DONE A LOT OF THINGS IN THIS LIFE, and photography is always the

one that’s given me the most pleasure,” says photographer Tommy Gibson. Retired from his role as a photography instructor at West Valley College in Saratoga, California and a past career as an industrial photographer, Gibson has returned to Whatcom County where he grew up and attended Nook sack Valley High School. His work can be found in Adventures Northwest magazine and Black & White magazine.

Q: Did you have any artistic inspirations when you first got into photography? A: In terms of people who inspired me, when I first got into photography it would be Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Ansel Adams. I admired their combination of subjects, sense of composition, and technical expertise. When I started out, I was inspired by portraiture, modern architecture, and photojournalism. Each required a different approach that helped me hone my understanding of photography.

Q: Do you have any artistic inspirations now? Who or what are they? A: Today, I’m really drawn to dramatic clouds and enjoy pulling abstracts from old structures and old vehicles. I also draw inspiration from any landscape scenes such as the Palouse and Death Valley, both of which I never get tired of photographing.

Q: How do you choose your subject matter?

Q: Some people believe that photography is a less intensive art form than, say, painting or sculpting. Do you agree or disagree? Why? A: I very much disagree. They each have their levels of intensity. Photographers don’t just see a scene and photograph it. There is learning to use 20

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A: I find images in almost anything. I choose my subject matter based on my ability to see images that most people overlook.


your tools, such as what lens will give me the look I want, which shutter speed or aperture should I use to give me the desired effect I’m looking for. And that’s just for starters. Once the photographer has captured the image, then there is bringing the vision to life in the wet or digital darkroom.

Q: What advice do you have for photographers who are just starting out? A: I would say to someone just starting out: First and foremost, learn your tools. It does you no good to have a great eye and have a great composition in mind and not know how to produce a good image. I would also say: Study what other painters, sculptors and photographers have been doing. In this age of digital photography, it is more difficult than it was when film ruled the medium. No matter which discipline of photography you choose, stick to your vision and be yourself.

Q: What can we expect from you next? A: I’m still learning, and I’m going to continue to go back to my roots of black and white photography and improve on my techniques. I feel there is still so much more for me to learn. When I think I have learned all there is to know about photography, [that] is the day I will stop photographing. 

First and foremost, learn your tools. It does you no good to have a great eye and have a great composition in mind and not know how to produce a good image. Tommy Gibson March 202021


Life  Community

Meet the Unflappable Mount Baker Theatre Custodian Who Battles Glitter, Squeaky Seats, and the Ravages of Time

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T IS THE SAME ISSUE MOST OF US HAVE WITH OUR GOOD CHINA: Using it and preserving it

seem at odds. On the edge of its ninetythird birthday, the glamorous Mount Baker Theatre (MBT) continues to serve up major stars and local students alike in its irreplaceable setting, thereby using its china while simultaneously preserving it. You might think this would trouble the man charged with maintaining the china cabinet, so to speak, but having 110,000 patrons and thousands of performers and stagehands use the venue each year thrills Glenn Curtright, the head custodian at MBT.

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MBT has always made Curtright happy. As a child, he would mow lawns and pull weeds until he had enough money to buy a ticket and a big tub of popcorn. “I have a lot of fond memories of this building as a pretty young kid. I would tell my mom, ‘I think it would be fun to work there,’” Curtright says. He cuts a wry smile when he adds to be careful what you wish for, but clearly he is pleased. “Now, it’s about watching the people come through the doors, normal everyday people, and then when they leave, they have these big smiles on their faces, and they are talking about

what a wonderful time they had. That makes all the hard work worthwhile.” Annually, there are more events at MBT than there are days in the year, so the need for efficient upkeep is constant. Curtright’s job might entail cleaning up glitter, setting and resetting chairs and tables, or fixing broken toilets. “Alton Brown had a rocket full of popcorn 20 feet high on the stage. He hit it with CO2 and blew popcorn everywhere,” Curtright says. That challenge started his practice of using a leaf blower to clean under the seats, perhaps something he imagined when he used to sneak into the balcony and

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throw popcorn over the edge as a child. Curtright is also responsible for maintaining an aging asset of the community. “Glenn is a custodian in the truest sense of the word,” says MBT Facilities and Operations Director Jim Zoehrer. “He is charged with custody of the building.” Mount Baker Theatre’s facility spans almost half a city block and is a patchwork of different phases of construction. “Learning the building means a lot,” says Curtright. “I love this building. I have a history with it, and I want to do the best of my ability to take care of it.” Curtright joined MBT in 2012 and has been maintaining the facility between major improvement projects, the last ending in 2008 and the next scheduled to begin this summer. “I’m looking forward to the roof being replaced and the outside of the building being sealed and fixed. The gutters are

very important, too, because we’ve had water intrusion for some time.” As it is, rain season means he is regularly on the roof patching leaks. “And the seats,” adds Curtright. Current upkeep of the almost 1,500 cast iron seats takes the help of a crew of squeak-seeking volunteers, plus a local welder who creates parts for which Glenn matches the paint. “Because we’re on the National Historic Registry, we need to keep the building as historically accurate as humanly possible.” Any day might find Curtright and his equally dedicated assistant Matthew Sweeney updating a historic light fixture with an LED socket, battling a minutes-to-curtain flood at the foot of the stage, or discovering a telegram from 1927 during a painting project. “You just never know, every day is something different,” Curtright says. “That’s what makes this fun.” 

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-C-C-E-S-S-I-B-I-L-I-T-Y, find out what it means to Whatcom Museum at their new program “Low Sensory Sundays,” for kids with sensory processing disorders. Designed for children 12 and under, this initiative aims to provide a safe, quiet space for children with an autism spectrum disorder in a private museum experience. “The museum is trying to create accessible programming that meets the needs of people that are not often served by museums,” says Christina Claassen, Whatcom Museum’s marketing and public relations manager. “We saw a niche that we could fill and we felt it was important to open up these programs to communities that need it.” While it began as a series of prototypes in 2019, positive feedback — and a lot of fundraising — made projects like Low Sensory Sundays a reality.

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This program is completely free and offers a wide variety of activities — including painting, dancing, and more. Trained staff will be on-site to facilitate exploratory time and provide help to children who need it. If the fun proves to be too much, a private room for cool-down time will be available, as well as sensory maps and noise-canceling headphones upon request. This initiative is offered on the last Sunday of oddnumbered months and is one of the many ways Whatcom Museum is increasing accessibility. In February, the museum hosted “Museum in Mind,” a two-part program for people with early-stage dementia and memory loss to engage with art alongside their care partners. This program will continue being held on the first Tuesday of even months until December 1. Whatcom Museum Family Interactive Gallery, 250 Flora St., 360.778.8974, whatcommuseum.org ANELYSE MORRIS

Isaac S, Bellingham A big porch, lots of plants inside and out, and windows. Also, a big ol’ kitchen.

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Wine Co. & Eatery in Ferndale, prepare for a shiny surprise. In January, the restaurant installed a coin floor made from more than 41,000 pennies. The idea started in 2012, when Chef Justin Oberg saw a coin floor in a temple in Asia. When the floor at Leader Block needed repairs, the idea fell into place — or rather was glued into place, one penny at a time. If you’re wondering how many pennies it takes to cover a floor, the answer is 278 per square foot. In addition to contributions from staff, Leader Block collected pennies from regular guests and friends. “We used them all and feel like they are now and forever part of Leader Block!” says Leader Block manager and wine director Amberleigh Brownson. Even after donations, the team had to go to 10 different banks to collect the remaining needed pennies. The five-person team quickly learned that installing more than 40,000 pennies is an exercise in patience, epoxy, and back strength. To pass the time, they chatted and played word games. With fumes from the epoxy, the conversation quickly turned silly. “We all know so much more about each other than we did before,” Brownson says. Excluding prep time, the back-bending project took the five workers 15 hours each. Toward the end, even standing up was painful. “We were sore with every inch of our bodies!” Brownson says. I think everyone would agree that the pain was worth it — the diversity of pennies creates a unique copper mosaic. Head to Leader Block to check it out for yourself. BECKY MANDELBAUM

Ray G, Bellingham My perfect dream home needs to balance space and warmth. Color scheme, furniture and lighting should give off a feeling of comfort and ease.

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opportunity to win a prize from local merchants. You can enter once per day on bellinghamalive.com. A winner will be chosen by random draw, and notified via email and/or phone. It’s our way of saying thank you for your support and for continuing to help encourage shopping and dining local. Below is this month’s Enter-To-Win prize.

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An Advance Directive Is a Gift of Love BY KATIE SMOUCHA

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admittedly somewhat less-than-festive solution: an advance directive. An advance directive is a legal document that names the person you want to make health care decisions for you in the event you can longer make them for yourself, provides information to your decision-maker, and describes the type of care you would or would not want. As a geriatric nurse, I’m surrounded by people who are in their last years, weeks, and minutes of life, many of whom are no longer able to make their own medical decisions. These decisions will have big consequences for how their last years, weeks, and minutes play out. However, they are often made by spouses, sons, and daughters who love the patient dearly but have never actually had a meaningful conversation about what the patient wants the end of their life to look like. This arrangement can leave family members agonizing over the decisions they blindly made, result in patients receiving care they wouldn’t have wanted, and leave people forced to live out a quality of life that falls short of their expectations. If you’re thinking this is irrelevant because you’re young and healthy, let me gently remind you that unforeseen accidents happen to young people. If you’re thinking you’ve got that one document somewhere you made with a lawyer 20 years ago, I can tell you that if you and your decision-maker don’t know what’s on it, where to find it, or haven’t talked about your wishes, it won’t do you any good in a crisis. If you’re thinking that your loved ones know you well enough to know what you want even though you’ve never actually talked about it, I can tell you the answers your loved ones give you may surprise you, and when faced with the stress of seeing you in the ICU, they may forget details if there isn’t a written account. If you think it’s enough for your family to know you wouldn’t want “to be a vegetable” or wouldn’t want “extraordinary measures,” I can tell you these ideas mean very different things to different people. If you’re thinking this sounds like a depressing conversation topic, you’re right. I cried a lot filling out my document and discussing it with my family, but the few uncomfortable hours you face in completing and discussing your document could save your family years of worrying and wondering if they made the right decision. The good news is that our community has an increasing amount of support to help you complete your advance directive. PeaceHealth offers “Your Voice, Your Choice” classes twice a month that review the basics of advance

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If you think it’s enough for your family to know you wouldn’t want “to be a vegetable” or wouldn’t want “extraordinary measures,” I can tell you these ideas mean very different things to different people. care planning. In these classes, you receive a document, stepby-step information on how to complete it, and a notary to finalize it, all for free. Northwest Regional Council also provides one-on-one sessions to walk individuals through completing the documents. An advance directive is a gift. It’s a gift for a husband watching his wife suffer through late-stage Alzheimer’s who must decide whether to treat her pneumonia, for the daughter wrestling with whether to try one more surgery to treat her mom’s heart disease, for the granddaughter deciding whether to put in a feeding tube, for all the family members I have seen suffer from not knowing what their loved ones would have wanted, and for all the patients who have told me they no longer have the quality of life they want. On the day your family is called upon to make difficult life-and-death decisions for you, I promise you an advance directive will be the greatest gift they never knew they needed. 

Resources ƒƒ In Bellingham, the PeaceHealth “Your Voice, Your Choice” classes take place the first Tuesday of every month from 4–6 p.m. and the first Thursday of every month from 6–8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center, near the hospital. 3333 Squalicum Pkwy., Bellingham, 360.752.5267 ƒƒ In Skagit, the PeaceHealth “Your Voice, Your Choice” classes take place on the third Wednesday of each month from 4–6 p.m. in the United General Hospital main cafeteria. 2000 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley, 360.752.5267 ƒƒ Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest is a Washington state initiative that aims to educate the public about advance directives. Their website, honoringchoicespnw.org, offers information as well as a link to their advance directive document.


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Live with Intent Bellingham’s Newest Hot Yoga Studio Welcomes Everyone BY ANNIKA SAMPSON

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instructor Autumn Baughn tells her class. “Take up more space with your breath, deep into your belly. Take up more space with your body.” The students move through sun salutations, their faces glowing with infrared heat and a healthy dose of bliss. I feel the warmth of the practice flood my body, the heat allowing for increased flexibility and providing a respite from the rainy evening outside. Baughn’s words were directed at the yogis, but they could easily apply to the space that Intent Hot Yoga has created in Bellingham. In a town that already has quite a few yoga studios, Intent has found a home in the Fountain District, fusing hot yoga with philosophy to create an experience that is holistic, nourishing, and accessible. Founder and teacher Tawni Lester opened Intent Hot Yoga with exactly that in mind. “I wanted to create a space that is accessible to anyone,” she tells me. “Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned in your practice, you can come here and get something out of it. It’s not just a workout. I hope that if someone is brand-new to yoga philosophy, this is where they can at least get little bits and pieces of it: breathwork, mindfulness, and maybe further self-study with the yoga tradition.” Lester came to yoga after a stint in the Seattle corporate world. “One day I woke up and realized I wasn’t living on my path, I was living the way I thought I was supposed to,” she says. She and her husband Blake sold their possessions, bought a Volkswagen van, and hit the road with their dog Walter. Their path took them to Baja, Mexico, where Lester received her yoga certification and began to turn her intentions into reality.

That reality took the shape of Intent Hot Yoga, where Lester, along with eight other teachers, offer an array of classes with something for everyone. Power Vinyasa is a dynamic and sweaty class driven by a killer soundtrack (Lester’s playlists are legendary around the studio, and for good reason!), while Intent Flow and Yin Yoga offer slower flows and deep holds. Lester’s intention is woven into every aspect of Intent, from the array of local products for sale to the inviting, modern lobby bedecked with plants and a neon sign reading Live with Intent. Lester’s greatest intention is that her space can be open and welcoming to all. “The accessibility part is really big. You don’t have to be a certain body type, a certain level of ‘yogi’ to be here. You can just step in and feel good and comfortable while still being challenged if you’ve been seasoned in the practice.” Intent Hot Yoga takes up a new, beautiful space in the Bellingham yoga community with truly something for everyone. 1415 Dupont St., Bellingham, intenthotyoga.com  March 202027


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collections of experiences and traumas grow too. When those towers of life experiences stack up, we are forced to balance more emotional memories - one block here and another there. The tower can become vulnerable to unexpected events, and in a single moment it can all come crashing down. Most of us have been in a fender bender or worse, and it’s hard to forget the emotional medley that came with it. What’s even more difficult, is rebuilding the tower of old traumas at the same time. We recently sat down with a dear client who was injured in a motor vehicle accident and consequently hospitalized at a behavioral health facility. On January 4th, 2018, Joanne was carefully balancing her own business and caring for her family 28

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of 7, when she was rear-ended and down came her tower. Along with Joanne in her vehicle, were two of her youngest children. While the family was deeply thankful their physical injuries weren’t life threatening, Joanne’s mental and emotional injuries were at a dire crossroads. At the suggestion of her physicians, Joanne made the heavy decision for her and her family to face it head on. Now, two years after her accident, Joanne reflects on the event and everything in between. She pondered the right word to explain how her life was affected by the accident and concluded ‘derailment’ was most accurate. Joanne noted how the accident unleashed a chain of events that broke ground on every level of her personal life both past and present. Joanne went on to talk about

how she initially viewed her accident as something she “should be able to deal with” and compared herself to others’ situations who “probably have it worse”. Somewhere along the healing journey, Joanne had an epiphany… asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Joanne states, ‘While you can’t ever be prepared for the unexpected, you can do the work to cope. If you keep at it, it will get easier as time goes on.’ As legal representatives for personal and work-related injuries, it would be conventional to assume client relationships to be “all business”, but injuries are personal. At Allen Law Firm, we actively navigate the line between advocate and listener. When you want the best for your clients, it is imperative to utilize these skills in order to direct their healing appropriately and with care. We often use the term MMI, or Maximum Medical Improvement as a goal to work towards. While it’s not likely to return to the exact version of yourself following an injury, we hope our clients will get to their best possible selves. Personal Injury Paralegal, Sheila Rowe comments, ‘When we have a client suffering from emotional distress related to the accident, first and foremost we recommend they accurately report their symptoms to their doctor who can direct their best course of care. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anxiety, anhedonia, feelings of uselessness, hopelessness and hypervigilance are common after an accident. Even if our client has had these symptoms or diagnoses in the past, a traumatic event can worsen or exacerbate them.’ When one is not able to process the emotional effects off trauma on their own, following an accident, finding a knowledgeable mental health provider can be key to successful recovery. We reached out to local Neuropsychologist, Dr. Kelly Crenshaw, to shed light on how the brain experiences a traumatic event. Dr. Crenshaw states that when brain space, or more specifically the amygdala, is filled with the acute currency of an


When we have a client suffering from emotional distress related to the accident, first and foremost we recommend they accurately report their symptoms to their doctor who can direct their best course of care... Even if our client has had these symptoms or diagnoses in the past, a traumatic event can worsen or exacerbate them. Personal Injury Paralegal, Sheila Rowe unexpected event, the ability to cope with the rest of the tower gets put on hold. Dr. Crenshaw states ‘When this happens, emotional memories of past events are triggered and can essentially be re-experienced.’ The amygdala is the part of our brains that is linked directly to our emotional memories. The primal, “keep you alive” kind of memories. If you burn your tongue on the hot soup, the amygdala might tell you to make sure it’s cooled enough the next time. But how do we cope with events we cannot control? Dr. Crenshaw agrees it would be ideal if she had a magic wand, but that’s not the reality. What you can do, is to prepare your emotional tool kit with techniques and practices that will help you deal with the uncertainty of life. Your tool kit can include anything from enacting self-care or breathing properly, to active therapies, such as EMDR. EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a highly researched tool to help people with chronic treatmentresistant trauma. An EMDR trained therapist can walk you through a previous event or trauma while directing your eye movement in a specific way. Dr. Crenshaw comments, ‘The overall goal is to restructure neural networks associated with the traumatic event in a way that allows the brain to process

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the event differently. While the amygdala’s response to sudden events aid us through everyday life in the moment, EMDR can help your brain re-narrate the story of your trauma in a way that helps you move forward.’ Dr. Crenshaw is a firm believer that utilizing supportive therapies is not a form of weakness, but rather a form of power. Joanne’s approach to healing heavily involved her own self education, in conjunction with her mental health therapies. She listened to podcasts, read books, and journaled. In addition to professional mental health care, there are many self-help tools one can access when ample insurance isn’t available to them. Joanne reminded us that mental health care can be within grasp for everyone. At the end of the day, we may still be working towards our maximum medical improvement. Joanne will tell you the work is never finished, some days you’ll survive and some days you’ll thrive. We can, however, be comforted in knowing that there are the tools and advocates out there to fortify our towers once more.  *For more information regarding your work or personal injury claim, contact Allen Law Firm at 360-714-1900 *For inquiries regarding potential therapies, you may contact Kelly Crenshaw, PSY.D, Cascade Neuropsychology at 360-588-2500

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THE GOTHARD SISTERS MARCH 7, 7:30 P.M.

It’s a modern take on an ancient Roman story. Joyce DiDonato portrays a young, power-hungry empress named Agrippina in this tale about a world in which Rome never fell. In a performance teeming with politics, sex, and scandal —  watch all the drama unfold in the most satisfying way possible. San Juan Community Theatre, 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.3210, sjctheatre.org

CAT VIDEO FEST 2020

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN

MARCH 1, 14, & 15, TIMES VARY

MARCH 4, 7:30 P.M.

A whole film fest dedicated to totally paw-some cat videos? Yes, it’s totally fur real. Not only can you see these hilarious, adorable, four-legged internet personalities on the big screen, but 10 percent of proceeds go to the Whatcom Feline Alliance — it’s a purrfect opportunity. Pickford Film

See gospel music’s most decorated artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, up close and personal on his solo tour. Inspired by the bluegrass and folk songs his father played for him as a child, Chapman’s latest tour promises to be his most intimate and spiritual yet. Mount Baker

Center, 1318 Bay St., Bellingham, 360.738.0735, pickfordfilmcenter.org

Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com

LADIES OF LAUGHTER: AMERICA’S FUNNIEST FEMALES MARCH 7, 7:30 P.M.

From “America’s Got Talent” to Comedy Central, these hilarious comedians have a reputation for delivering high-octane comedy. This performance features three comedians: Julia Scotti, Jocelyn Chia, and Karen Rontowski. With sets about paranormal investigations, cross-cultural observations, and so much more, there’s something for everyone to laugh about. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com

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GRIEVES AND THE HOLDUP: THE CHEERS TOUR MARCH 11, 8 P.M. The Shakedown holds a double header: Grieves, a Seattle rapper on his first tour since August, and The Holdup, a reggae-hip-pop group from California celebrating the anniversary of their first album in four years. There are VIP packages available, but the general assembly tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. The Shakedown. 1212 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.778.1067, shakedownbellingham.com

Fans of Celtic, classical, and old Americana music alike will find something to suit their tastes in the discography of The Gothard Sisters. Hailing from Edmonds, WA, the trio will play songs off their new album, “Midnight Sun,” which reached #6 on the Billboard World Music charts. San Juan Community Theatre, 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.3210, sjctheatre.org

BELLINGHAM FUSION FESTIVAL 2020 MARCH 20–22, TIMES VARY Get ready to dance the night away at this second annual festivity. Muse fills this weekend with mesmerizing music, helpful workshops, and loads of dancing. Whether you want to tango, waltz, breakdance, or just move at all — this is the event for you. Muse Bellingham, 1411 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, musebellingham@gmail.com, bellinghamfusionfestival.com

CHUCKANUT 50K MARCH 21, 7 A.M. This multi-mile run has been benefitting community organization for nearly 30 years — this year it’s the Girls on the Run Club. The course stretches through miles of beautiful trails and scenery, and they’re looking for volunteers. Help cheer on runners at different points throughout the race and participate in this long-awaited event. Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Dr. N., Bellingham, chuckanut50krace.com

Photos: Left by Antoni Bofill. Right courtesy of The Gothard Sisters.

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RICK SPRINGFIELD MARCH 6, 8 P.M.

WWU STATE ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL

Wish that you had Jessie’s Girl? So does Rick Springfield. From his breakout single “Speak to the Sky” to recent album “The Snake King,” Springfield’s been making memorable music since the 70s. Hear some of his classics and his newest single “Irreplaceable” at this sure-to-be memorable concert. Tulalip Resort & Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip, 888.272.1111, tulalipresortcasino.com

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAYS? MARCH 7 & 8, 8 P.M.

Get ready to laugh, play, and maybe even participate at this hilarious improv show. Featuring famous comedians Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Joel Murray, and Jeff B. Davis, this act is based on the award-winning TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Get tickets for a night filled with humor and unpredictability. Swinomish Casino & Lodge, 12885 Casino Dr., Anacortes, 888.288.8883, swinomishcasinoandlodge.com

BURTON CUMMINGS MARCH 13 & 14, 8 P.M.

Guess Who — it’s Burton Cummings! Best known for his time as keyboardist and lead singer of Canadian rock band The Guess Who, this musician is bringing his own way to rock and unforgettable hits to Skagit. Come see this legend perform singles like “Stand Tall” and “You Saved My Soul” in person. The Skagit Casino & Resort, 5984 N. Darrk Ln., Bow, 877.275.2448, theskagit.com

ORLEANS + FIREFALL MARCH 27, 8 P.M. Iconic pop meets legendary rock in this performance. While they differ in origin and members, these two groups have both been bringing the beats since the 70s and are still going strong. Enjoy familiar tracks from Orleans like “Dance with Me” and “Still the One,” and the soothing hits of Firefall like “You are the Woman” and “Just Remember I Love You.” Tulalip Resort & Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip, 888.272.1111, tulalipresortcasino.com

MARCH 13–14, TIMES VARY

This annual performance combines the orchestral talents of young musicians and symphony members across the state. Middle school participants perform Friday, high school participants perform on Saturday. This meeting of the musical minds offers a look at up-and-coming local talents. Western Washington University Performing Arts Center, 516 High St., Bellingham, 360.650.3130, cfpa.wwu.edu

BETWEEN WORLDS: HARMONY FROM DISCORD MARCH 15, 3 P.M. Tying together lost threads of history, this multi-part tribute from Bellingham Symphony Orchestra features works from four composers affected by the Holocaust: two who managed to escape from Europe and two who were not as fortunate. Before the concert, find out more about these brave composers by attending the pre-lecture at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $49. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com

This will be Baker’s first tour since his father passed away in October of last year. Wild Buffalo House of Music, 208 W. Holly St., Bellingham, 360.746.8733, wildbuffalo.net

SUMMER CANNIBALS MARCH 8, 8 P.M. Portland band Summer Cannibals’ latest album is one of rebirth. After ending a relationship, Jessica Boudreaux chose to scrap the whole album they had created together — almost a year of work — in favor of getting a fresh start. “Can’t Tell Me No” is the band’s first selfengineered, self-produced album, and you can hear the freedom they felt while they were making it. The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.778.1067, shakedownbellingham.com

RED NOT CHILI PEPPERS MARCH 13, 9 P.M.

Fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will enjoy this tribute to the band’s threedecade discography. The Red NOT Chili Peppers have toured in countless cities in the U.S., bringing the original band’s iconic funk rock sound all across the country. Wild Buffalo House of Music, 208 W. Holly St., Bellingham, 360.746.8733, wildbuffalo.net

FERDINAND AND THE BULL: STORYTELLING WITH THE SYMPHONY MARCH 23, 10 A.M.

SPAFFORD, YAK ATTACK MARCH 24, 8 P.M.

With bright, expansive sounds and boisterous narration, this show from Bellingham Symphony Orchestra will introduce children from pre-K to fifth grade to the power of storytelling in music. This fun-filled event is presented by Mount Baker Theatre’s Wade Bennett King Education Series. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com

Spafford’s inventive, impromptu soundscape comes to The Shakedown. The jam band is known for their long, on-the-spot riffing and improvisation that showcases just how well the four members work in harmony. Together with Yak Attack, this show is sure to shake State Street. The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.778.1067, shakedownbellingham.com

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THE MET LIVE IN HD: DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER MARCH 14, 9:55 A.M.

THE MUSIC OF CREAM MARCH 1, 8 P.M.

Musician Kofi Baker’s latest project brings the music of Cream back to life with a powerful trio — Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm on bass and Will Johns, Eric Clapton’s nephew, on guitar. Baker, son of legendary U.K. drummer Ginger Baker, has toured across the U.S. and Europe.

Follow the tale of a cursed sea captain called The Flying Dutchman, who’s been doomed to sail the ocean for eternity, haunted by loneliness and despair. Will the love of a sea captain’s daughter redeem him, or will he be lost among the seas forever? Lincoln Theatre, 712 S 1st St, Mount Vernon, 360.336.8955, lincolntheatre.org

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS ALLERGIES, SENSITIVITIES, AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM MARCH 2, 6:30 P.M.

Allergies to something in your diet or environment can cause a variety of surprising symptoms. Join Dr. Grobe at the Downtown Community Food Co-op to find out how your allergies might be affecting your sleep, mind, and skin and what you can do to feel better. Downtown Co-op Healthy Connections Classroom, 405 E. Holly St., Ste. 103, Bellingham, 360.734.8158, communityfood.coop

PADDEN MUDFEST MARCH 8, 8:30 A.M.

THE SMELL OF THE KILL MARCH 20–22, 26–29, TIMES VARY

Happily ever after takes a dark turn in this thrillingly twisted new comedy. Three women, three unhappy marriages, and one life-or-death decision. When Nicky, Debra, and Molly’s husbands accidentally lock themselves in a meat locker, their fates rest in their wives’ hands. How will these love stories gone awry end? Bellingham Theatre Guild, 600 H St., Bellingham, 360.733.1811, bellinghamtheatre.com

THE MUSIC MAN MARCH 20–29, TIMES VARY

Enjoy one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals in one of Mount Vernon’s oldest theaters. When notorious swindler Howard Hill rolls into town with a con that involves the whole community, he expects to get rich quick and get out. But when things start to go more right than wrong, it’s Hill who feels a little out of his element. Tickets start at $15. Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon, 360.336.8955, lincolntheatre.org

THE LITTLE MERMAID MARCH 21 & 22, TIMES VARY

Become part of Ariel’s world and enter the classic underwater fantasyscape

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along with the cast of the Northwest Ballet Theater. Kids and adults alike will be transfixed by glimmering sets, graceful choreography, special effects, and classical songs. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com

INTO THE WOODS AUDITIONS MARCH 29 & 30, 7 P.M.

Not all happily-ever-afters are what they seem. Throw your hat in the ring and sing your heart out to become a member of Bellingham Theatre Guild’s latest production, the classic Broadway musical from James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. There are more than a dozen roles for people of all ages and genders, with show dates set for June. Bellingham Theatre Guild, 600 H St., Bellingham, 360.733.1811, bellinghamtheatre.com

SMALL ISLAND MARCH 31, 7 P.M. The stage adaptation of this awardwinning novel is coming to your local screen. Follow the stories of three hopeful individuals during WWII in a journey that expands from Jamaica to the U.K. Lifelong dreams, longing, and heartbreak abound in this literary whirlwind brought to life. San Juan Community Theatre, 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.3210, sjctheatre.org

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RUNNIN O’ THE GREEN MARCH 14, 10 A.M.

This annual event invites people of all ages to trek from Boundary Bay all the way down to Fairhaven and then back along the Interurban Trail. Participants can walk or run in a 5K or 8K. There are numerous divisions to race in, and winners receive an engraved trophy. Tickets are $30 or $35 on the day of the race; kids 12 and under, $5. Boundary Bay Bistro Garden, 1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, 360.778.7000, cob.org

2020 HONEYWAGON RUNS MARCH 28, TIMES VARY

Whether you’re looking to go for the gold in a half-marathon, pound the pavement in the 4-mile, or get your kids out of the house for a fun run, this annual collection of races has something for everyone. Dash or jog through country roads, with beautiful views. Either way, these runs will take your breath away. Nooksack Valley Middle School, 404 W. Columbia St., Nooksack, 360.398.1773, gbrc.net

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The rough and unpredictable terrain surrounding Lake Padden provides a unique challenge for those interested in training for ultra-marathons. Wear your toughest sneakers and get ready to get a little dirty on either a 5K or 10K course that will take you past the scenic waterfront of Lake Padden and up into the muddy, hilly woods surrounding it. The 5K race is $15 to participate, and the 10K is $20. You can register on race day for an additional $5. Lake Padden, 4882


CANCER PREVENTION AND ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS MARCH 31, 6:30 P.M.

If you’re looking to reduce your chance of getting cancer, check out this workshop. Learn more about environmental carcinogens and what lifestyle habits may put you at risk. Jim Ehmke goes over all of this and more, including therapeutic strategies surrounding diet, chemo, and radiation. Cordata Co-op Local Roots Room, 315 Westerly Rd., Bellingham, 360.734.8158, communityfood.coop

SPECIAL EVENTS WHATCOM HOME AND GARDEN SHOW MARCH 6–8, TIMES VARY It’s that time of year again! Head to Lynden for the largest home show north of Seattle. This event offers more than 200 home and garden vendors, beer and wine tastings, workshops, and door prizes. Find the perfect addition to your home, and learn techniques on how to DIY like the best of them. NW Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St., Lynden, biawc.com

STUNT DOG EXPERIENCE MARCH 14, 2 P.M., 7 P.M.

Don’t sit at home chasing your tail, come see these professional pooches put on a show. Watch these hard-working doggos jump, spin, and fly through obstacles as their owners guide them through a performance. It’s fun for kids and adults alike, so prepare yourself for a tail-waggin’ good time. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com

NATIVE PLANT SALE & EXPO This event is for all the green thumbs and plant lovers out there. Celebrate the protection and cultivation of local flora by purchasing and planting some of your own! The Whatcom Conservation District hosts this annual sale to integrate low-cost native seedlings into the community, thereby beautifying properties and raising awareness at the same time. Roe Studio at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd., Bellingham, 360.526.2381, whatcomcd.org

This illustration challenge welcomes talents of all ages. The objective is to read “To the Bright Edge of the World” by Eowyn Ivey and create an art piece inspired by the book. All are encouraged to submit, regardless of experience level, by March 3. Submitted works will be hung in the gallery on a first-come-firsthung basis, so don’t miss your chance to get your art out there. Allied Arts of Whatcom County, 1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, 360.676.8548, alliedarts.org

Two talents and multiple mediums combine at this upcoming art exhibit. Kathleen Skeels offers unique, memorable sculptures and intricate drawings that bring animals to life. Thomas Wood majestically portrays nature in paintings of trees, stars, dinosaurs, and more. Come see these talented artists’ work up close. i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Ct.,

If you’re looking for a cheep activity to do this month, soar on over to Blaine for this 18th annual birding festivity. Hear from expert wildlife speakers, enjoy live presentations, photography workshops, boat cruises, activities for kids, and most importantly — experience the birdiful view over the waters of Drayton Harbor, Birch Bay, and Semiahmoo Bay.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane — it’s a giant storytelling shadow made by professional dancers. Catapult is a spellbinding performance that doubles as an optical illusion, comedy, dance, and more. Grab your family and watch this captivating show where everything is not what it seems and the unexpected is expected. Mount

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Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com

PUGET SOUND PUPPETRY FESTIVAL 2020 MARCH 7, 12–8 P.M. If you’ve got no strings, come check out this annual puppet show and meet-andgreet. It’s World Puppetry Day, so don’t miss your chance to see local puppeteers Jeghetto, Shaver Marionettes, the Zoo Pack, Jawbone Puppet Theatre, and Vox Fabuli put on a show and discuss their craft. Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., Seattle, 206.322.1151, pugetpuppetfest.com

IRISH FESTIVAL MARCH 14–15, TIMES VARY

THOMAS WOOD & KATHLEEN SKEELS EXHIBIT MARCH 6–29

CATAPULT MARCH 18, 7 P.M.

Whatcom Community Education, 237 W. Kellogg Rd., Bellingham, 360.383.3200, whatcom.edu

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WHATCOM READS CHALLENGE EXHIBIT MARCH 6–28

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Head down to Seattle with a group from Whatcom Community College to see the new Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. See the museum’s recent acquisition, learn more about O’Keeffe, and immerse yourself in the Seattle art community. The tour fee includes transportation to and from Seattle with Bellair Charters.

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MUSEUM ROAD TRIP: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MARCH 21, 9 A.M.

MARCH 28, 9 A.M.–2 P.M.

Did you know Galway, Ireland is one of Seattle’s sister cities? This year, celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with Seattle’s Irish Heritage Club. Learn more about Irish culture while enjoying traditional music, films, and exhibits. Attendees can also dabble in step-dancing, genealogy workshops, lectures, and so much more. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, 206.684.7200, seattlecenter.com

VANCOUVER, B.C. CALIFORNIA WINE FAIR MARCH 31, 7–9:30 P.M.

If the winter weather left you California dreamin’, get some of the state’s liquid sunshine at this benefit. This walk-around tasting offers more than 350 of the best wines from Napa Valley to Santa Clara Valley, Humboldt County and more. Ticket and silent auction proceeds go toward new play development programs and youth and education initiatives for the Arts Club. Vancouver Convention Centre E.,1055 Canada Pl., Vancouver, B.C., 604.687.1644, artsclub.com

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Spring Trends Fashion Q & A with Seattle-based blogger Autumn Sorelle What are some staple wardrobe items to look for when considering the change from winter to spring? As the temperatures start to get a bit warmer when we transition from winter to spring, layering items are everything. Maybe pair a thin turtleneck under a blazer instead of the thick sweater and coat combo you wore throughout winter. I also think midi-length dresses and skirts are great staples for this time of year…they look great worn over tall boots with the sweater or light coat of your choice on top. And finally — find a good pair of casual sneakers that can be dressed up or down. I’m really liking white ones right now to wear with cropped pants or a dress.

What’s a good color palette for this transitional period? Neutral colors have been a huge hit this winter (white, believe it or not, as well as cream, gray, brown, etc.), and these will carry over into spring very well since they’re lighter colors. I’ve also seen a ton of pastels (pale blue, lavender) and even bright neon shades in the spring collections that I’ve looked at. 38

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Here in Washington umbrellas are taboo — any good way to stay dry? Best raincoats? We all know Patagonia is amazing! I also have a warm raincoat from Baro Drywear that I love. And, surprisingly enough, I’ve found great lightweight raincoats from retailers like Zara. However, I recommend shopping small if possible and checking your local boutiques first to see if they have what you need!

What are some big trends for this season this year? Like I mentioned before, I feel like we will be seeing a lot of pastels and neon in spring 2020. That said, you can never go wrong with neutrals either. I also think that work-style suits, trench coats, cargo-style pants, colored leather, and fun prints will make an appearance.

What’s the best way to keep your feet dry: socks, boots, any other tricks? I am loving tall leather boots right now! I have a cream pair that I’m super excited to wear throughout the spring. Some of my favorite shoe brands are Dolce Vita, Dr. Martens, Jeffrey Campbell, and Vagabond. 

Neutral colors have been a huge hit this winter, and these will carry over into spring very well since they’re lighter colors. Learn more about Autumn Sorelle on page 10.


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Skincare for Your 30s, 40s, and 50s BY DR. TIANNA TSITSIS

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Thirties Believe it or not, once you hit your 30s, your skin has already begun to succumb to the aging process. While you might not notice many changes taking place when you look in the mirror, deep down your body is losing its ability to produce important elements like collagen that keep you looking young and healthy. That’s why this decade might be the most vital period to get a handle on caring for your skin. It can also be the most challenging time to keep up with the demands of proper skincare. Juggling a career, family, and a social life, people in their 30s often skip or don’t properly perform the most important step in skincare: cleansing. Thoroughly cleansing your skin in the morning and removing makeup and cleansing before bed is vital to your skin’s health. Proper exfoliation and moisturizing practices can help too. Men and women in their 30s can do their skin a big favor by applying a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen when going outside, even when it’s cloudy. Aside from a decrease in collagen production, sun damage is responsible for the majority of aging skin issues and is an often-forgotten aspect of skin care, since the signs of UV damage don’t appear right away.

Forties Forty might be the new 30, but despite how young you feel, your skin is in need of even more attention during this decade. The collagen loss that started in your 30s has accelerated and you now have significantly less of it than when you were 20. This is usually the time when your skin is drier, duller, and wrinkles and fine lines start to appear.

During your 40s, your skin doesn’t regenerate as quickly and it’s slower to shed dead and damaged cells. Those cells can build up, leading to dull or muted skin, which is why you’ll want to continue to exfoliate. Exfoliating more frequently can keep those dried-out, dead cells at bay, allowing your skin to glow and look healthier. This is also the perfect time to add a hydrating serum. Your skin doesn’t retain moisture in your 40s like it did earlier in life, and that can leave your skin feeling dry and lifeless. You can replenish and lock in moisture by incorporating a quality serum into your regimen. Then there’s that all-important collagen. Giving your skin a much-needed boost of collagen production can go a long way in holding off the signs of aging. Be sure to add at least one collagen-enhancing serum to bolster your skin’s natural network.

Fifties If you’re a woman in your 50s, it’s time to consider the effects menopause is having on your skin. Lower estrogen levels mean a drop in natural skin protection, as your body doesn’t maintain ample hydration or produce new collagen the way it used to. To keep moisture levels up, apply a moisturizer that’s rich in essential lipids twice a day. Women with light skin tones might also notice the appearance of brown spots along the hairline, chest, and the tops of the hands. Of course, powerful sunscreen is the best way to keep your skin spot-free, but you can also banish these blemishes with a skin-brightening complex to lighten the spots and even out your skin’s pigment. Be sure to have any suspicious growths checked out by a professional. Like the rest of your face, the skin under your chin is also thinning out and being pulled down by gravity. While you don’t necessarily need a specific formulation to battle neck dryness, wrinkles, and laxity, you do need to apply an effective moisturizing cream every day.  March 202039


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Bed (gardeners.com). Its long-lasting cedar planks slide into aluminum corners to create a hexagonal bed. Get creative while increasing the garden’s size by adding additional sections to create a honeycomb or other interesting designs. Once you’ve marked the outline of your raised bed, cut the grass short and cover with newspaper. Set your raised bed in place and fill with a quality planting mix. Mulch four to six inches surrounding the bed for ease of mowing and to eliminate the need to hand trim.

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Preparing Your Garden Create your garden by converting a few square feet of lawn, garden bed, or front yard into a pollinator-friendly garden. You may want to start by switching out part of an existing garden or container to more pollinator-friendly flowers. First, outline the bed with a hose or rope. Then remove the sod, add compost as needed to improve drainage, and you’ll be ready to plant. You can also simplify and dress up your efforts by using an easy-to-assemble raised garden kit like the Pollinator Garden 44

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Maintaining Your Garden To keep your garden healthy, make sure to mulch the soil with leaves annually. It suppresses weeds, conserves moisture, improves the soil, and provides homes for many beneficial insects. Allow healthy plants and grasses to stand for winter. These provide homes for many beneficial insects which in turn create food for birds. Wait as long as possible to clean up your garden in spring. If needed, pile clippings out of the way to allow beneficial insects to escape these winter homes once temperatures warm. Then shred and compost the plant debris in summer. As your gardens flourish, you will want to create more pollinator-friendly spaces. Your efforts will be rewarded with beautiful flowers, increased harvest, and the added color and motion these visitors provide. 

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Designing a Beautiful Garden for Pollinators

Once your bed is prepared, you’re ready to plant. Include single daisy-like black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, and asters that allow visiting insects to rest and warm when sipping on nectar or dining on pollen. Add a few tubular flowers for butterflies and hummingbirds. They both like bright colors and can be seen visiting salvias, penstemon, and nasturtiums. And don’t forget the bees that are attracted to bright white, yellow, blue, and ultraviolet colors. You’ll find them visiting these and other blossoms like catmint, sweet alyssum, and perennial geranium. Include spring, summer, and fall bloomers to keep pollinators visiting and well-fed throughout the seasons. Include early spring perennials and bulbs to attract visitors in early spring as they search for much-needed food. Add fall flowers to help prepare them for winter or migration to their winter homes. In milder climates, add some pollinatorfriendly flowers to support and attract pollinators wintering in their backyard. Plant flowers in groups for greater design impact and to reduce the energy pollinators expend when gathering nectar and pollen from one flower to the next, but be sure to provide plants with enough space to reach their mature size. Temporarily fill in voids with annuals like salvia, single zinnias, and nicotiana that also attract pollinators. Don’t let all the plant and design possibilities overwhelm you into inaction. Gardener’s Supply Company has plans for designing gardens to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds plus tips on keeping them safe in your garden.


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Spectacular PNW indoor/outdoor living is an entertainers dream come true. This 3175 open concept living features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, main floor master and a chef kitchen with plenty of room to move. Upstairs features second master or bonus room. Large windows brings the outdoors in, while double french doors invite you onto a 1000+ sq. ft. lighted, 3 tiered patio with built in hot tub and 9’ bbq island featuring Lynx grill with searing station and side burner. This home is a must see!

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THE SHOP In the heart of Skagit Valley, surrounded by pasturelands with glimpses of Roozengaarde’s famed tulip fields, you’ll find Skagit Valley Slabhaus. What began as a passion project in 2009 became much more, as owners Tony and Shanna Hawes turned their love of discarded old growth trees into a mecca for reclaimed Pacific Northwest wood. The primary mission? To give old wood new life, rather than seeing it go to waste. Whether you are a contractor outfitting a home or a homeowner looking for that dazzling conversation piece, make Slabhaus your first destination. For those farther south, Slabhaus also plans to set up a satellite location near Olympia this spring.

THE ATMOSPHERE As you would expect, the large shop boasts slabs of wood in various sizes and shapes. Some wait to have their luster brought to life, while others are finished and resplendent. Outside you’ll find more wood and milling equipment. The plan is to create a retail space that showcases the splendor and versatility of these forgotten beauties. During the tulip festival in April, Slabhaus often partners with local artists to create a showroom of their space.

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KEY PEOPLE Over the years, Tony and Shanna Hawes have honed their extensive network of places to source from and find unused old-growth wood. When you contact the shop, the person you’ll most likely talk to first is Brandin Sears. With more than 30 years of experience working for Duluth Timber Company, his knowledge about reclaimed wood will help you find that perfect piece and figure out details for a customized project. If you know where you’d like to use it, bring the dimensions and photos of the space.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND Slabhaus focuses on old-growth and regional Pacific Northwest woods such as fir, cedar, maple, spruce, and black walnut. They offer slabs, beams, and reclaimed timbers ($150 and up) and can mill rescued logs up to 62 inches wide and 49 feet long. Many logs have a story to tell, like a pencil cedar that grew into a curve-shaped or a western red cedar buried 30 feet under the ground. Even 100-year-old cuts can find a happy ending, like a local spruce tree felled in 1926 in Fidalgo Bay that is now a table at Terramar Brewing in Edison. Wood is offered in the raw, or flattened, sanded, and ready for its next life. If you’re looking for a custom project, Slabhaus designs those too. When needed, they also offer connections to local artists.

FAVORITES While Shanna likes the beautiful patterns in black walnut and maple, Tony loves it all. “There is something very rewarding about having a really old piece of wood on the mill,” Tony says. “I love watching the grains and colors revealed. It’s like seeing a piece of art for the first time.” 11573 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon, 360.424.7522, skagitslabs.com  March 202047


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n Spring, we take a cue from nature to recharge, and nothing fuels human inspiration and spirit like the vast outdoors.

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also reminded that nature doesn’t promise comfort, and sometimes the most awe-inspiring elements are best experienced from the other side of double-paned glass. So how do we create spaces where we can take a walk through the house and experience the transformative feeling of a stroll in the woods? The following pages include a virtual tour around several houses designed with a ARCHITECT DESIGNS NORTHWEST ARCHITECTS PHOTOGRAPHER LUCAS HENNING

decidedly Pacific Northwest value system: they all find a way to incorporate nature. The effect? Enjoy these spaces where immersion in the landscape is accessible from a cozy seat.

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nnovative construction processes push the boundaries of what is possible at Method Homes.

Sustainable, prefabricated designs and work from local, master-level craftsmen combine to create stunning custom homes all across the country. This living space pulls the greatness of the outdoors into a room that feels limitless.

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ANYTIME. The Beauty of Efficiency JWRDesign.com 360.354.0333 104 Front Street, Lynden WA

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magine cooking to the sound of a lapping tide, which is sometimes just 15 feet away from this stunning

open-air-optional kitchen on Chuckanut Bay. The 40-foot sliding wall can provide either access or protection, while maintaining a sweeping view.

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abinetry and counter space ultimately dictate the livability of any kitchen, and this kitchen

excels in use of both. The design team at Legacy Kitchen and Bath work with location and budget — but also lifestyle — to

guide custom projects. Tailored remodels or original designs also include thought to lighting, appliances, and even plumbing to create the perfect space.

DESIGNER JACQUELINE SCOTT, AKBD LEGACY KITCHEN AND BATH PHOTOGRAPHER JIM W. SMITH

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loor-to-ceiling windows soak this master bath in a view befitting its luxurious

tub. Glass, steel, natural wood, and stone elements are all locally sourced and aid in the effortless transition between the outdoors and inside.

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irrors, chandelier lighting, and natural wood provide a rich but lightweight touch

to this custom walk-in closet. Use of interior lights and reflective spaces create an expansive feel.

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a strategic entrance. In this laundry room, wet, play-soaked clothes can go directly from a fun activity outside into the washing machine without touching any clean clothes on the folding station.

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custom-built night tables and a sliding barn door.

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weeping views deserve a dramatic entry point. Rotating on a pivot box

in the floor and the top jamb rather than traditional hinges, pivot doors add a fresh, modern feel and work well for large entryways.

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When it comes to servicing and repairing your garage doors and openers, no one does it better than Overhead Door. No matter what brand or model... from simple tune-ups and repairs to full replacement and upgrades...trust the experts at Overhead Door to get the job done right – right away. 202 Ohio St., Bellingham, WA | (360) 734-5960 | ohdbellingham.com


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Spectacular PNW indoor/outdoor living at its finest. Enjoy the privacy of your own backyard oasis that leaves you feeling like your vacationing year round. An entertainers dream, this 3175 open concept living features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, den, main floor master and a chef kitchen with plenty of room to navigate. Upstairs features a second master or bonus room. Large windows brings the outdoors in, while double french doors invite you onto a 1000+ sq. ft. lighted, 3 tiered patio with built in hot tub and 9’ bbq island. This home is a must see!

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n these pages, we explore a few ways to expand your home’s footprint. Whether it’s utilizing a patio to extend living or dining

space, discovering new opportunities for unused areas up and within, reimaginging the garage,

or building a studio space or guest house, there

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are plenty of creative options. Whether you’re considering adding on or transforming within, enjoy these inspiring solutions.

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KREIDER CONSTRUCTION Extend your living room with a sunlit but covered patio space, including cozy furnishings and features.

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BELLINGHAM BAY BUILDERS

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Using different levels creates distinct spaces, and the bench seating around the fire pit makes an instant gathering spot for two or 20.

C.B. PREMIER CONSTRUCTION This South Hill patio extends dining and living areas into the outdoors, with a fire for chilly days or nights.

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KREIDER CONSTRUCTION

BELLINGHAM BAY BUILDERS There is nothing as magical as being in a secret, tiny world right in the middle of the house. Keeping toys under — instead of on — the stairs is an added bonus

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KREIDER CONSTRUCTION

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Who will make better use of this bonus space, you, or your car? The only part of this game room and lounge that reminds us it was a garage is the door — now a gorgeous openair feature.

PIONEER FLEXSPACE These premium, heated storage condominiums in Ferndale can be used as a second garage or an extra place to spread out your stuff and relax. Once you own it, it is yours to customize.

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If you frequently host guests, giving them the freedom of privacy in a small, complete living space can make the visit especially enjoyable and stressfree. Designs Northwest Architects specializes in creating designs that thrive in the context of their surroundings.

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OLSON KUNDIG This unique cabin folds up into a neat little package while waiting for its moment to unfold onto a big, expansive view. This kind of inspiring retreat might make you give your visitors the main house while you also take a vacation —  across the lawn.

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Pros To Know We are pleased to share with you these select building professionals who can assist on your projects, whether you’re planning a small update or a major home construction project. Start your project on a firm foundation.

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By The Numbers Aqui Esta Tile & Stone | 93 Bank of the Pacific | 80 Barron Heating AC Electrical & Plumbing | 86 The Color Pot | 83 DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen | 80 Highline Construction | 82 Homeport Interiors | 81 I’ve Got a Guy Tree Service | 94 Jennifer Ryan Design | 88 Joe Treat State Farm Agency | 87 The Kenoyers — Windermere Real Estate | 90 Legacy Kitchen & Bath | 90 Mt. Baker Overhead Garage Doors Inc. | 84 My Garden Nursery | 85 North Sound Services | 86 Northwest Fine Furnishings | 87 Options Cabinetry | 81 Pioneer Flexspace | 92 Russell’s Window Coverings | 94 Seal Team One | 88 Spectrum Plumbing and Heating | 89 Tony’s Handyman Services | 84 Topside Roofing & Siding | 91 Van’s Plumbing & Electric, Inc. | 83 Western Solar | 93 Windsor Plywood | 89 March 202079


PROS TO KNOW \ BANK

BANK OF THE PACIFIC Whether you are shopping for a Home loan or a Business loan, the lending professionals at Bank of the Pacific are here to help you find the best loan to fit your needs. Not only do you receive fast and accurate response to your borrowing needs, but you can also count on us to be there after the loan has closed. This is the advantage of having a relationship with a local, full service bank offering a full array of personal and business related services. Just ask how you could benefit from Cash Back Rewards Checking or save money on your businesses Treasury Management and Merchant services. Stop by, give us a call or go online and let’s get the ball rolling on your next loan! You can apply for both Home and Business loans online at: www.BankofthePacific.com Personal service and professional insight that bring value beyond the transaction.

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Lynden - Bellingham Hannegan - Anacortes 360.734.0544 BankofthePacific.com

PROS TO KNOW \ BATH

DREAMMAKER BATH AND KITCHEN DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen is an award-winning fullservice remodeling company with a unique Design/Build process. All our projects reflect the careful design and planning that creates unique, pleasurable living spaces, and our approach manages your entire remodeling project from design through construction. Our dynamic team of trained and experienced professionals will ensure your project runs seamlessly, cost effectively, and delivers what you envision. Not only do we specialize in kitchen and bathrooms, but we are a Certified Aging-in-Place (CAPS) contractor, providing a safe place for people with special needs through knowledgeable planning in the field of universal design. When you schedule a consultation with one of our designers, we’ll discuss your project requirements in detail. Once your individual requirements for the space are identified (function of the room(s), layout, must-haves, your wish list and approximate budget), our designers will show you the latest products to enhance your remodeling project.

3311 Northwest Ave. Bellingham 360.738.8525 dreammaker-nw.com

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CABINETRY / PROS TO KNOW

HOMEPORT INTERIORS OPTIONS CABINETRY 4071 Hannegan Rd., Ste. K Bellingham, WA 98226 Homeport: 360.392.8754 Options: 360.746.8759 homeportinteriors.com optionsci.com

You’ll find everything you need at Bellingham’s one-stop Interior Design Center — Homeport Interiors and Options Cabinetry. Homeport Interiors and Options Cabinetry is a locally owned and operated interior design firm & cabinetry showroom, showcasing hand selected materials, furnishings and décor that will make your space truly exceptional. Our in-house design team offers a combined experience of over 65 years to assist you in Interior Design, Kitchen and Bath Design, and Space Planning to create a highly utilized livable space. Here at Homeport Interiors and Options Cabinetry we know just how difficult it can be to shop around at various locations, which is why we offer exclusive selections that meet our client’s individualized needs and provide a full-service experience at one shop. We carry everything you’ll need, in one design center with designers on staff to help turn your dreams into reality.

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Our cabinetry division, Options Cabinetry, is focused on creating beautiful, functional cabinetry for every lifestyle and budget. We provide original custom designs that allow our clients to set themselves apart. We offer a unique collection of custom to semi-custom cabinetry lines for your individual needs. Our focus will be on you and “Putting the life back into the heart of your home.” Whether your project is small or large, your home or business, custom design and the full-service experience is our specialty. Let our team help you get started today! KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN INTERIOR DESIGN SPACE PLANNING FURNITURE DESIGN CABINETS CARPET FURNITURE KNOBS & PULLS HARDWOOD TILE LUXURY VINYL PLANK LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS AND MORE March 202081


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HIGHLINE CONSTRUCTION 1420 Meador Ave., K105, Bellingham, WA 360.746.5455 highlinewa.com

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Are you looking to build or remodel your dream home? If so, Highline Construction is here to help. We utilize clear systems and process to ensure that every detail of our projects is planned before we start construction. This time and energy invested before the project starts, helps the project move forward in a predictable fashion with very few surprises. We also have an in-house interior showroom and by taking advantage of our showroom, our team makes the preconstruction process easy and fun. We offer a collection of interior design materials including cabinets, floors, tile and much more. We feature products from great companies with excellent warranties including in-stock options that ensure the

materials that go into your home are the materials you fall in love with. We are a general contractor whose personal mission is to enrich the lives of our employees, our clients and our community. By focusing on our employees, we have attracted and built a dynamic team of individuals that share the same core values. For our clients, we strive to deliver on what we promise by fostering a culture of continual improvement and exceeding customer expectations. We also take great pride in giving back to our community. Each month we highlight a local non-profit and donate our time and resources. If you are looking for a committed team that cares deeply about the community and everyone we work with, then give us a call.

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ELECTRICIAN / PROS TO KNOW

VAN’S PLUMBING & ELECTRIC, INC. Van’s Plumbing & Electric, Inc. is a Lynden, Washington based company providing high-quality plumbing, electrical, and HVAC services to customers in Whatcom and Skagit counties, and throughout the northwest. Van’s Plumbing & Electric has been in business for over 90 years, providing exceptional service and products to customers. Our move, in 2014, to our new location on 19th Street, has offered many benefits to our customers, including a new, large showroom. We are available to meet your needs from new construction, remodeling, and emergency repairs. At Van’s, everyone is ready and willing to help you. No matter the size of the project. • Great Customer Service • High Quality Work • Trained and Certified Technicians • Licensed, Insured and Bonded • Locally Owned Company • Customer Satisfaction & Safety is Our Top Priority

307 19th Street Lynden, WA 98264 Phone: 360-354-2171 360-354-VANS

FLOORING / PROS TO KNOW

THE COLOR POT Your new flooring is HERE! At the Color Pot, we want to help you find the perfect new floor. We have years of experience and we are ready to share our knowledge with you. We carry a variety of floor covering options from the popular Luxury Vinyl Plank to porcelain and ceramic tiles and classics like sheet vinyl, cozy carpet options, and more! Along with a huge show room full of samples, we also have materials in stock at our store! Our designers will work with you to create a space that expresses your taste and fits your lifestyle. Along with all of our flooring options, we also carry window coverings, countertop options, and a great selection of mosaic tile. We’ve been your locally owned and operated choice for over 60 years, and we are proud to continue to offer quality flooring at fair & honest pricing for many years to come. Set up an appointment today or stop in anytime! Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM- 5:30PM, Saturday: 10AM – 4PM

1210 N. State St. Bellingham 360.734.4020 thecolorpot.com

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PROS TO KNOW \ GARAGE DOORS

MT. BAKER OVERHEAD GARAGE DOORS INC. We are a family-owned and operated company that has been serving the garage door industry since 1979! As a Master Authorized Dealer of Clopay® garage doors and an Authorized LiftMaster® Dealer, we are a convenient one-stop-shop for all of your garage door needs. Whether you’re building your dream house or it’s time to replace your existing, we have many design options to give your home a brand new look. We provide installation and repair service from the Canadian border to North of Seattle. Our service technicians have more than 30 years of combined experience and are committed to solving your garage door problems quickly and efficiently.

Mt. Baker Overhead Garage Doors Inc. Chad & Charley Anderson Skagit County: 360.724.3261 Whatcom County: 360.671.5582 Toll Free: 800.468.5330 mtbakerdoorsinc.com

PROS TO KNOW \ HANDYMAN

TONY’S HANDYMAN SERVICES Tony’s Handyman Services is ready to contribute in the local area by improving the value of your property with our services. We are a team that believes in hard workmanship, diligence, responsibility, and integrity when working with our clients. We are a staff that consists of professional architects, designers, gardeners, and contractors who will bring highquality finishes to your projects. We have 18 years of experience working with premium materials, machines, and tools to bring helpful, efficient, and quick solutions to the table for all of our clients. For any home and remodel needs, we do it all! From interior and exterior painting, carpentry, roofing, flooring, kitchen and bath remodeling, gutter cleaning, landscaping, and more. Tony’s Handyman Services is a company that is licensed and insured to provide you with long lasting and outstanding remodeling services.

2284 Yew Street Rd, Bellingham, WA, 98229 360.224.2257 tonys-handy@hotmail.com

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GARDEN SUPPLY / PROS TO KNOW

MY GARDEN NURSERY 929 East Bakerview Rd Bellingham 360.366.8406 mygardennursery.com

My Garden Nursery, the colorful and fun garden center on East Bakerview road is Marching into Spring with FREE seminars and consultations.

Creating a Backyard Sanctuary Saturday March 7, 11am, FREE seminar

Jim Ulrich from Knox cellars Mason Bees will share his years of experience in creating backyard habitats that birds and bees love.

FREE mini Garden Consultations Saturday March 14, RSVP to pick your time slot

Choose an area of YOUR garden you want to update or renovate. Bring your pictures or drawings. Antoni will talk over your options based on your garden dreams and help choose plants that will flourish in your environment.

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FREE mini Garden Consultations Sunday March 15, RSVP to pick your time slot

Choose an area of YOUR garden you want to update or renovate. Bring your pictures or drawings. Antoni will talk over your options based on your garden dreams and help choose plants that will flourish in your environment. Visit My Garden Nursery for all your indoor and outdoor plant needs. The My Garden team is committed to helping Bellingham and the surrounding areas have happy and healthy gardens and gardeners!! Customers of My Garden say “I sometimes just go to see all the beautiful sights, smell the flowers and play with Mr. Dilly Pickles, the famous My Garden cat. PLUS Ciscoe Morris, garden guru extraordinaire is coming in June! March 202085


PROS TO KNOW \ HEATING & A/C

BARRON HEATING AC ELECTRICAL & PLUMBING For nearly 50 years, HVAC has been the heart of Barron. But today, we do so much more. From heating and cooling services to electrical, solar, plumbing, fireplaces and hot tubs, our team is dedicated to finding the most effective ways to increase energy efficiency, optimize comfort, and improve indoor air quality in your home or business. That’s why Barron is Northwest Washington’s largest and most respected team of Home Performance Experts. At our Firelight by Barron showrooms, located in Ferndale, Burlington, and Marysville, you’ll discover fullline, working furnace displays and a wide selection of spas and accessories. Our showrooms also feature the area’s largest display of beautiful stoves and fireplaces. As your Home and Building Performance Experts since 1972, 150 employees serve both residential and commercial customers in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Snohomish counties. Barron Heating, AC, Electrical & Plumbing stands by Our Mission: Improving Lives™.

5100 Pacific Hwy, Ferndale 360.676.1131 barronheating.com

PROS TO KNOW \ HOME IMPROVEMENT

NORTH SOUND SERVICES As a premier company specializing in home improvement, we provide customer service second to none. Whether you have a bathroom remodel, kitchen remodel or a deck in need of repair, replace or even building a new one. Roofing is our focus, however, it is nearly 60% of what we do. As a home improvement company, we would like to assure you we’re capable of any job, small or large! We offer a variety of construction services and financing options are available, along with a full consultation to explain any and all available options to meet your service demands. Our goal is to help you come to an informed decision in any which way we can! We appreciate your business at North Sound Services.

120 W. Smith Road, Bellingham Office hours: Monday thru Friday 9 - 4:30 360.389.5628 northsoundservices.com info@northsoundsservices.com

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HOUSE FURNISHINGS / PROS TO KNOW

NORTHWEST FINE FURNISHINGS For more than 43 years, Northwest Fine Furnishings has been dedicated to helping its customers turn their house into a home. Let our expertise and large selection of furniture from trusted brands like Intercon, Lyndon Furniture, Stylus, Whittier, Oakcraft, and Sunny Design, along with our extensive selection of lighting companies, give you the ability to create the look you have always envisioned for your home. From oak and cherry, to maple and pine, we have a wide variety of finishes for all your wood furniture needs and our wide selection of sofas, both contemporary and traditional, offer over 400 fabric options for you to choose from. Add a touch of class and sophistication to your home with our wide selection for all rooms — bedroom, living room, dining, office, and more! Visit our impressive showroom today and let’s find the right choices for you!

919 Riverside Dr., Mount Vernon 360.424.8455 www.nwff.com

INSURANCE / PROS TO KNOW

JOE TREAT STATE FARM AGENCY The Joe Treat State Farm Agency understands that life can be tough, but it is our responsibility to help you make smart decisions when it comes to your insurance and financial service needs. Our business philosophy is to help you feel safe, have an understanding of your insurance coverages, and feel respected in our office. My team and I help people personalize insurance plans that properly protect their autos and homes as well as ensure they are taking advantage of all the discounts available. I also assist individuals in creating personalized life insurance policies that meet their needs. We truly are a one-stop shop when it comes to insurance for your auto, motorcycle, home, condo, renters, boat, small business, and life insurance needs.

Joe Treat State Farm Agency Bellingham 360.733.0870 joetreatagency.com

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PROS TO KNOW \ INTERIOR DESIGN

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Jennifer Ryan Design is a Bellingham-based full-service interior design and remodeling company, bringing style and charactor to your favorite spaces. Jennifer is a multitalented authority on all things beautiful, fashionable and functional. With her uncanny ability to combine unexpected patterns, colors and textures, your home will reflect your distinct personality. From concept and design to production, Jennifer Ryan Design projects run smoothly and professionally, with a high level of collaboration between clients, and subcontractors. She is committed to exceeding clients’ expectations while respecting their budgets. Whether it be a kitchen bathroom, or your entire home, Jennifer will realize your vision in ways you never imagined. Her hands-on approach assures that all elements are seamlessly executed, and your wishes and goals are met. See for yourself why clients and design professionals alike rave about Jennifer’s impeccable eye for great design, attention to detail and easy work style.

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SEAL TEAM ONE NORTHWEST, serving Whatcom and Skagit Counties since 2015. Seal Team One Northwest cleans and permanently seals materials, such as natural stone, ceramic/porcelain tile, grout, and concrete. Our penetrating sealer makes the treated surface both water and oil repellant. We also offer re-grouting and re-caulking services, as well as natural stone restoration and repair. Professionals in the stone industry recommend that homeowners seal their own stone countertops every six to 12 months, due to the porous nature of the stone. Additionally, much of today’s porcelain tile is very porous, not to mention grout which is one of the most porous substances on earth. Our sealer offers a more lasting solution. Porous, hard-to-clean surfaces become easy to clean! The advantages sealing provides are the following: stain prevention, a more sanitary surface, and ease of cleaning. Call us for a free estimate. Protect your investment. Seal it forever!

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LUMBER SUPPLY / PROS TO KNOW

WINDSOR PLYWOOD When plywood is in the name, it’s easy to assume that Windsor sells plywood. Well they do, and a lot of it for that matter, but you’ll find so much more than plywood when you walk through their doors. In fact, Windsor Plywood has been in Bellingham for over 50 years and in that time, they have evolved in to one of the Pacific Northwest’s premium building materials suppliers. Whether you are a professional builder or a true weekend warrior, Windsor will have the expert advice and quality finishing products you expect and deserve. You will find some of the latest trends like live edge lumber and shiplap as well traditional building materials from decking and fencing to lumber and mouldings, as well as the largest selection of domestic and exotic hardwoods in the area. Windsor also has the area’s longest running door shop where they pre-hang interior and exterior doors to your exact needs and offer custom milling and cutting of their products as well as prefinishing in their spray facility.

1208 Iowa St. Bellingham 360.676.1025 windsorplywood.com

PLUMBING / PROS TO KNOW

SPECTRUM PLUMBING AND HEATING Spectrum Plumbing began a little over 8 years ago with one van and a dream - Our intention of bringing quality, craftsmanship, and new ideas to the world of plumbing. To say plumbing is our passion is an understatement. We are a small family run company owned by Ben and Nikki Fuller and located here in Bellingham but provide service to all surrounding areas. We offer residential services, from unclogging a toilet to plumbing new homes, exciting green built, sustainable ideas, commercial services ranging from small tenant improvements to massive waste water treatment plants and restaurants, and not to mention a growing service department. It has been an honor to serve our community and to be trusted with your homes and businesses allowing us to grow and to be able to support all of the families that work with us.

753 E Smith Rd, Bellingham 360.739.9207 spectrumpandh.com

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PROS TO KNOW \ REAL ESTATE

THE KENOYERS WINDERMERE REAL ESTATE As life-long residents and three generations selling real estate, the Kenoyer family is devoted to the community. Chet, Gina & Jess have learned how effective teamwork establishes exceptional results. Going the extra mile in both advertising and service distinguish the Kenoyers from the rest. They have earned the trust of thousands of buyers and sellers in Whatcom County. They understand their client’s needs, maximize the value of their dollar, and develop property specific strategies to achieve the very best results. The Kenoyers focus on all price ranges of the market; however, by selling twice as many homes over $800,000 than their next closest competitor they’ve earned the reputation, “Leaders in Luxury”. Their depth of knowledge and devotion to Whatcom County are why so many buyers and sellers continue to choose the Kenoyers to represent them. A great exchange of keys is what they strive for. Call today — they would be honored to negotiate your next real estate transaction!

515 W Bakerview Rd 360.676.9229, kenoyers.com Instagram: @thekenoyers Facebook: facebook.com/kenoyers

PROS TO KNOW \ KITCHEN DESIGN

LEGACY KITCHEN & BATH With a primary focus on the whole home, Legacy Design Group, Inc. president and CEO Jacqueline Scott, has dedicated over 20 years in the industry in various capacities. Currently the lead designer for Legacy Kitchen & Bath, Jacqueline focuses on whole home space planning including universal design, aging in place applications for home living as well as designing kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms and every room in the home. Jacquie is a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the leading trade association for the kitchen & bath industry, and is certified with both a CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) and AKBD (Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer) designations. Both ensure that professional competencies have been met in the industry. Locally she is a member of the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County and the recipient of the Remodeling Excellence Award.

1610 Grover Street, B-8 Lynden, WA 98264 Cell: 360.927.4436 Office: 360.354.1985 legacykitchen-bath.com

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TOPSIDE ROOFING & SIDING 161 E. Horton Road Bellingham, WA 360.752.2220 topsideroofing.com

For over 30 years Topside Roofing & Siding has provided and installed Quality Products from the most well-known home improvement brands in the Industry. We are Whatcom County’s only factory-certified GAF Master Elite roofing contractor. Our workmanship and warranties are unmatched. Homeowners throughout the area have grown to know us and depend on us and our “Commitment to Quality.” We are proud to offer our services in all of Whatcom, Skagit, and Island County, including Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale, Blaine, Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon and more. Your home is your largest investment. Your roof protects everything, your possessions, your family.

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So when the need to replace, repair, or just a little maintenance, choose a contractor you can count on for knowledge, diversity and experience. Topside Roofing & Siding managers and crews are factory trained and certified. We will inspect your roof and provide options based on your needs. We repair and replace all types of residential roofing systems. RESIDENTIAL ROOFING AND COMMERCIAL ROOFING • COMPOSITE SHINGLES (GAF, MALARKEY) • TPO (GAF) • METAL (TAYLOR METALS) • SIDING • HARDI PLANK • WINDOWS • PLY GEM • DECKS • DEC TEC

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PIONEER FLEXSPACE 6407 Portal Way Ferndale, WA 98248 pioneerflexspace.com 360.603.8314 sales@pioneerflexspace.com

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I am pleased to present our third phase of the ultimate Mancaves/People caves. My name is Doug Scoggins and I am the owner/builder of Pioneer Flexspace and Pioneer Post Frame. After 23 years of building 100+ buildings, this is our crown jewel. It’s all in the details. This third phase is loaded with upgrades based largely on the feedback of the 100 buyers in the last two phases. Owners of large boats and motor coaches will enjoy the luxury of 54’ wide aisles with 14’ wide overhead doors. The tarmacs between buildings are nearly flat with one continuous trench drain. Every unit is fully sprinkled allowing uses like light/ hobby fabrication, permitted uses go way beyond just personal storage. Every unit has a 720 square-foot timber frame loft, bathroom with a shower, lots of outlets and all the communications, it truly is a flexible space. Why settle for passive storage when you can have a getaway to

hang out, enjoy your favorite hobbies or just kicking back. It’s like adding 2228 ft.² to your house. We’ve equipped every unit with LED lighting, natural gas heat and insulation values higher than residential construction, it’s essentially “green”. We ground the top off the concrete floors and saturated the slab with a densifier, hardening the top and making it highly stain resistant, then we buffed them for a durable shine. We’ve used the best insulated overhead doors, quiet electric operators and included 2 remotes. There are 108 units in the completed park but they’re going fast. Please check out our website, send me an inquiry and I would love to give you a personal tour to answer any questions. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Doug SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION


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WESTERN SOLAR Voted Best Clean Energy Company in the Northwest since the category was established, Western Solar is proud to be based right here in Bellingham. Our tight-knit team strives to design the most cost-effective and high-tech energy-saving solutions for our customers. Western Solar specializes in ductless heat pumps, generators, battery systems (Tesla Powerwall), and residential/commercial solar installations. Western Solar was established in 2002 and we continue to live and operate out of Whatcom County. We strongly believe that our community is most vibrant and strong when united and work every day to be a responsible and dynamic member of the Whatcom County community. Western Solar is a leader in the Washington State clean energy industry by being deeply involved in policy development, offering competitive wages and benefits, hosting educational seminars on solar and energy efficiency, and donating solar to local nonprofits through our Western Solar Initiative.

Western Solar 4041 Home Rd Ste A Bellingham, WA 360.746.0859 westernsolarinc.com

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AQUI ESTA TILE & STONE Founded in 1990 by Larry and Nena O’Connell, Aqui Esta Tile & Stone has earned a reputation for personalized customer service, quality, competitive pricing, and being a dependable business that you can trust with all your tile project needs. With an upbeat and talented Design staff, we create a unique and exciting tile shopping experience, second to none. We will assist with design ideas and explore new trends to help you create the perfect space. Our Premier Bellingham Boutique offers constant inspiration: refined product selection, innovative lifestyle vignettes and thoughtful service. Come visit us as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary as your local tile business.

Serving Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan Island Counties

2124 Grant Street Bellingham 360.734.7374 aquiestatile.com aquiestatile@msn.com

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I’VE GOT A GUY TREE SERVICE Looking for a tree care professional? I’ve Got a Guy Tree Service is a locally owned and operated business since 2017. From the beginning we have been working to build a positive relationship with our community by providing professional, honest, and reliable services. We proudly serve Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, and Island Counties. We provide 24/7 emergency services, full tree removals, wind sailing, stump grinding, crown reduction, logging, hedging, and pruning/thinning. Free estimates are provided upon request. We’re licensed, bonded, and insured. With over 25 years of combined experience our team is skilled with any dangerous situation. Call us for a free estimate today, and follow us on Facebook to keep up with all the latest from I’ve Got A Guy Tree Service.

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RUSSELL’S WINDOW COVERINGS Locally owned and operated for more than 25 years Russell’s Window Coverings has been bringing you a huge range of options, styles, and designs for your home or office. Russell’s brings to you a vast selection of window treatments perfect for just about any window imaginable. From our classic horizontal blinds to our timeless plantation shutters and motorized shades, we’re sure to have a look and design that meets your specific needs. Specializing in Hunter Douglas products, which are well known for quality and customization options, we offer a variety of products and outstanding service, ensuring you get the personalized look that suits your lifestyle, décor and budget. Call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss the beautiful options available for your home.

873 Hinotes Ct. A2, Lynden, WA 360.656.6579 or 360.961.4918 RussellsWindowCoverings@gmail.com

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Local Focused Chef Christy & Shannon Fox use local ingredients and art to make Evolve Chocolate + Cafe truly unique. BY LINDSEY MAJOR

delicious smells to the third floor, you’ll find Evolve Chocolate + Cafe. The counter is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. If you’re looking for a yummy snack while you read, simply place your order at the counter and grab a seat in the dining area, overlooking the Fairhaven Village Green. Or, if you’re in the mood for something a little more formal, Evolve offers full-service meals on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dinner and Sunday mornings for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owners Chef Christy Fox and wife Shannon are long-time food lovers. Chef Christy has over 30 years of experience in the kitchen, and her concoctions show it. For breakfast — or an anytime sweet treat — try the warm, delicious scone filled with blackberries from Barbie’s Berries in Ferndale and sweet cheese, topped with a cardamom lime glaze. Or, for another sweet bakery option, try the coffee cake made with Bow Hill blueberries and a hint of ginger. If you’re looking for a nice warm bowl of comfort food on a gray Fairhaven day, order the polenta bowl. Creamy polenta is made with squash crema and apple-chili gastrique, topped with goat cheese and saltroasted beets. It’s a new, fresh take on a traditional warm classic. If you’re stopping in for brunch and desire something sweet, you have to get the hot biscuit banana sandwich. The warm, homemade biscuit is cut in half and filled with a house-made chocolate hazelnut spread, fresh sliced bananas, and whipped cream. Whether you order it served up on a Sunday morning or counter-side any other

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day, it’s an absolutely delicious fruity, chocolatey dream. People-watching from the windows isn’t complete without a warm mug of something yummy. Chef Christy meshed a Golden Milk Latte with a London Fog, creating the tasty Golden Fog. She combines the turmeric and coconut milk aspects from the latte with Earl Gray tea and honey. Because there’s no milk in this mug, it’s a dairyfree delight. The restaurant is carefully crafted with local touches throughout. All dishware is created by Blue Water Pottery. The wall of living herbs was created by local artist Barrett Lizza, as well as some other art pieces. Julia “Joules” Martin uses only nontraditional objects — like chopsticks, meat forks, and hairpins — to create her beautiful paintings that can be seen on the walls. The ceiling is donned with noise control panels made from the cork of the former Senate Smoke Shop covered with coffee bags from Bellingham Coffee Roasters. Evolve, and the Foxes, are dedicated to supporting local businesses and artists, creating an incredible sense of Bellingham community. 1200 11th St., Bellingham, evolvechocolatecafe.com 

Chef Christy has over 30 years of experience in the kitchen, and her concoctions show it.

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Gluten, a Real Gut-Buster BY CASSIE ELLIOTT

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Find information like this and delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes at paleoperspective.com.

CHIA SEED AND HEMP HEART CEREAL Serving size: 1

INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 1/2 tablespoons hemp hearts 1/2 cup hot water 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon almond butter 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey Fruit for garnish: Saute sliced bananas in 2 teaspoons of coconut oil until lightly browned.

INSTRUCTIONS • Combine the chia seeds, hemp hearts, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl. • Add hot water and maple syrup or honey if desired. • Stir. • Let the mixture stand for 2 to 3 minutes. • Add almond butter and/or top with fruit. • Enjoy! 

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AVE YOU THOUGHT, “If I don’t eat wheat, I won’t get all the vitamins and minerals I need?” Be assured: yes, you will. The trick: Eat other whole, unprocessed foods that provide more of the nutrients found in wheat — and less of the antinutrients. Wait, antinutrients? Antinutrients are compounds present in foods like grains, nuts, and seeds that deter them from being eaten in nature and allow them to continue to propagate. The most common ones in your daily diet are lectins and phytates, which are found in grains and legumes. Antinutrients interfere with the absorption of vitamins and minerals and disrupt the digestive enzymes in your gut — which is why you get gassy, feel bloated, or experience constipation after eating foods like sandwiches, pasta, or chili. Grains, like wheat, barley, rye, semolina, spelt, and farro, contain the protein gluten. An antinutrient and enzyme inhibitor, gluten is one of the most difficult proteins to digest and can lead to leaky gut syndrome or other autoimmune diseases. It’s also worthwhile to mention: Because grains have to be heavily processed to make them palatable, most of the nutrients are lost. That’s why breads, cereals, and pasta are fortified. The bottom line: To get enough of your daily vitamins and minerals — and properly absorb them — grains containing gluten are not required. Instead, find other foods that will provide you more of the nutrients you need, such as this recipe for Chia Seed and Hemp Heart Cereal. Your gut will thank you.


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DINING KEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to $9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10–19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20–29 . . . . . . . $30 or greater . . . . . . . . . . . . . Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dinner . . . . . . . . . .Family-Friendly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Takeout . . . . . . . . Outdoor Seating   . . . . . . . . . . Reservations   . . . . . . . . . . . Happy Hour . . . . . . . . . . . New Review Menu items and prices are subject to change, so check before you go. See all our restaurant reviews on our Eat and Drink tab at BellinghamAlive.com  * Review provided by restaurant.

THE BIRCH DOOR CAFE American 4192 Meridian St., Bellingham 360.306.8598, birchdoorcafe.com The Birch Door Cafe does not fall short on charm, variety, or serving size. Brunch enthusiasts will be delighted by the three pages of breakfast options. Dishes include traditional pancake breakfast platters, French-style baked omelets, egg scrambles and Benedicts, and plenty more. Listen for the ringing of the kitchen bell every time one of these massive breakfasts is served.   BLACK SHEEP Mexican 215 W. Holly St., Ste. 101, Bellingham 360.526.2109, blacksheepbellingham.com Co-owners Charlie Pasquier and Chas Kubis opened Black Sheep with the same approach they took to Goat Mountain Pizza years earlier, with a devotion to scratch-made, fresh ingredients. With homemade tortillas, fresh garnishes, and slow-braised meats, each taco tastes and looks like a small masterpiece just waiting to be demolished.   CAMBER COFFEE Coffeehouse, American 221 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.656.5343, cambercoffee.com

WHATCOM AVENUE BREAD & DELI Deli 1313 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 1135 11th St., Bellingham 2301 James St., Bellingham 444 Front St., Lynden 360.715.3354, avenuebread.com With several convenient locations in Bellingham and a location in Lynden, Avenue Bread is a favorite lunch spot for many. Fresh ingredients make these sandwiches unusually good — the bread is made by their bakers, and the vegetables and meat are all of the highest quality. Avenue Bread also offers some of the freshest, tastiest breakfast sandwiches around.   BANTAM 46 American, Southern 1327 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.788.4507, bantambellingham.com A bantam is a type of small chicken. At Bellingham’s newest southern-inspired chicken rotisserie, you get what the name promises. The Buttermilk Fried Chicken has breading that’s thick, crispy, and — somehow — not greasy at all. While the downstairs is family-friendly, the upstairs is reserved for those 21 and older.  

Camber is more than just a coffee shop. Customers can order at the counter for a quicker bite, or enjoy table service for the restaurant experience. Throughout the day, customers will find a full menu for breakfast (or brunch, depending on your wake-up time), lunch, and dinner. The food is best described as “new American comfort.”   COSMOS BISTRO American Bistro, Comfort

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1151 N. State St., Bellingham 360.255.0244, bellinghamcosmosbistro.com The comfort food at Cosmos is always made in-house from scratch at their historic Herald Building location. With award-winning service, plates brimming with creativity for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, Cosmos Bistro offers something for everyone.   THE FILLING STATION American 1138 Finnegan Way, Bellingham 360.715.1839 716 Alabama St., Bellingham 360.746.2079, fillingstationnw.com The 1950s vibe resonates within the walls of this all-American burger joint. From the antique gas pump to the car memorabilia lining the restaurant, The Filling Station is Fairhaven’s newest go-to spot to satisfy your hunger. With names like Chevy Pickup,

Mustang, and Thunderbird, the menu provides different burger selections along with appetizers like Dip Sticks (deep-fried zucchini strips), Hot Rod (footlong hot dog), or the Junkyard (classic, onion, and tire fries).   GRAHAM’S RESTAURANT American 9989 Mount Baker Hwy., Glacier 360.599.9883 Graham’s Restaurant is the classic, rustic stop for a good burger and brew in Glacier, especially for hungry travelers. Built in 1904, the building represents a long-gone era in the Mount Baker wilderness. Connected to an oldtimey grocery store, the cabin-like restaurant is made complete by black-and-white photos of the cast from the 1935 film “Call of the Wild,” starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young, warming their hands over the little stove oven which still sits there today.   FAIRHAVEN POKE Hawaiian 1102 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.922.7494, fairhavenpoke.com You’ll be taking a personal trip to the islands when you bite into Fairhaven Poke’s poke bowl concoction. The iconic raw fish, doused in a unique blend of sauces, along with a variety of other topping options are piled onto a bed of homemade sushi rice or salad. Customers then garnish their bowls with additional condiments such as furikake, a Japanese nori seasoning.   LITTLE CHEERFUL American 133 E. Holly St., Bellingham 360.738.8824 Little Cheerful is a bustling breakfast spot, ideal for customers looking to enjoy a mouthwatering meal over conversation or a newspaper. The cafe has maintained its popularity through the growth of breakfast cafes in the area. Their menu includes something for everyone, whether you are gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or omnivore — and if you are craving eggs benedict, Little Cheerful is definitely for you. Side note: Cash only.   LYNDEN DUTCH BAKERY American 421 Front St., Lynden 360.354.3911, lyndendutchbakery.com Guests of Lynden Dutch Bakery will have a hard time picking just one sweet treat. Options include pies, donuts, fritters, cakes, and seemingly countless more. The wide variety of scones are some of the shop’s most popular items, along with a savory selection for those missing their sweet tooth. Fruit pies use berries grown just a few miles from the shop, and the owners sell many of their pastries to local businesses for wholesale.  

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Taste  Dining Guide MAGDALENA’S CREPERIE European 1200 10th St., Ste. 103, Bellingham 360.483.8569, magdalenascreperie.com Paris, London, New York, Vancouver, and Bellingham all have them: little shops where the aromas of sweet and savory crêpes, custom sandwiches, and hot soup du jour fill the air. With an astounding selection of crêpes, it’ll take more than one trip to decide which is better, sweet or savory. But at this eatery, it is criminal to pass up the sweet little numbers filled with velvety smooth vanilla-flavored cream cheese, white chocolate, and your choice of fresh fruit. A crêpe option for every crêpe craving.   MUTO RAMEN & SUSHI Japanese, Sushi 105 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham, 360.647.3530 Muto Ramen does not disappoint for those looking for both atmosphere and flavor at a reasonable price. From udon noodles and yakitori to long lists of different ramen, sushi rolls, sashimi, and nigiri, guests can look forward to many visits of exploring the wide selection of Japanese dishes.  

NICKI’S BAR AND GRILL/NICKI’S BELLA MARINA American, Seafood 2615 S. Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham 360.332.2505, nickisbellamarina.com Harborside visitors can grab a bite at Nicki’s Bar and Grill or rent out the floor above, Nicki’s Bella Marina, for private events with spectacular views of Bellingham Bay. Once you’ve had a chance to check out the water, take your first glance at the large menu. The burgers are big, juicy (there are even Wet-Naps on the table), and flavorful.  

ON RICE THAI CUISINE Thai 206 N. Samish Way, Bellingham, 360.714.9995 2200 Rimland Dr., Bellingham, 360.738.9995 1224 Harris Ave., Bellingham, 360.676.9995 onricethai.com Ask any college student: On Rice is the place to go in Bellingham. With its affordable lunch specials and three locations around town, it’s easy to enjoy one of On Rice’s flavorful Thai dishes. All dishes are available with chicken, pork, beef, seafood, or tofu and can be made as spicy as you want them to be.
  

NORTHWATER Regional NW 4260 Mitchell Way, Bellingham 360.398.6191, northh2o.com From breakfast to late night dinner, northwater’s 185-seat restaurant features a diverse menu of Pacific Northwest dishes made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. The restaurant’s waitstaff is personable and enthusiastic — eager to answer our questions about ingredient sources and what desserts they’d recommend.  

SALTINE New American 114 Prospect St., Bellingham 360.392.8051, saltinebellingham.com The short and sweet menu is described by owners as “new American comfort.” Comfort classics are woven in with nods to international flavors and technique. Saltine also offers a long list of European and American wines along with craft cocktails and local beer on tap.   SKYLARK’S HIDDEN CAFE Eclectic 1308 11th St., Bellingham 360.715.3642, skylarkshiddencafe.com Skylark’s Hidden Cafe in Fairhaven is worth seeking out. From decadent breakfast items and house specialties to hearty dinner entrees, the menu at Skylark’s is varied and every bite delicious. Come for the food and stay for the jazz on select evenings.   THE STEAK HOUSE AT SILVER REEF Steak, Seafood

4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 360.383.0777, silverreefcasino.com This award-winning restaurant offers elegant dining and an intimate atmosphere. Prime-grade steaks are broiled at 1,800 degrees to lock in the natural juices and finished with a special steak butter. They also have an extensive wine list. This dining experience rivals any of the big-town steakhouses in quality and service without the big-city price tag.  

SWIM CLUB WET BAR American, Bar

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“To drink is to swim, and this is the club we do it in.” This wet bar on the edge of Fairhaven boasts a rotating food and drink menu, along with seasonal pop-ups. The owners wanted to evoke the carefree, fun nature of a pool party, with decor and drinks that boost the vacation vibes. Even in a February snow storm, Swim Club still feels like a tropical getaway.  

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  WAKE ‘N BAKERY American 6903 Bourne St., Glacier 360.599.1658, getsconed.com Wake ‘N Bakery is a staple rest stop along Mount Baker Highway. If you’re in need of a sweet treat and hot coffee to bring the feeling back to your numb fingers, this will fit the bill. Whether you’re traveling to or from the mountain, watch for its signs as you pass through Glacier — the cafe is about a block off the highway.  

Jump into spring with a lesson in cooking hearty meals straight from the Caribbean that will tickle your palate. Instructor Sarah Chan will teach you how to make a trio of hearty, delicious soups! Admission is $45. Downtown Co-op Connections Building 405 E. Holly St., Bellingham

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SKAGIT A’TOWN BISTRO Regional NW 418 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.899.4001, atownbistro.com A’Town Bistro’s careful sourcing of ingredients, creative approach to food and drinks, and comfortable atmosphere are why it’s about to become your new go-to restaurant. Pair your meal with something off the ever-changing cocktail menu. Bitters, shrubs, and syrup are made in-house and the creative cocktails are composed by staff or sourced from a collection of vintage bartending books.  – 

BASTION BREWING COMPANY American 12529 Christianson Rd., Anacortes 360.399.1614, bastionbrewery.com On the Bastion Brewing Company menu you’ll find classic salads, an array of interesting burgers, and crispy chicken wings drenched in your choice of sauce. Food arrives impressively quick, and even more impressive is the quality of the food.   BOB’S CHOWDER BAR & BBQ SALMON Seafood, American

3320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.299.8000, bobschowderbarandbbqsalmon.com Treasured for its fresh and local seafood, Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon has long been a favorite dining destination in Anacortes. The restaurant specializes in all-things seafood, from fried calamari to oyster burgers and grilled wild prawns. Pair your meal with a huckleberry or sarsaparilla soda, wine by the glass, hard cider, bottled beer, or a featured beer on tap.   COA MEXICAN EATERY Mexican 102 S. 10th St., Mount Vernon, 360.840.1938 214 Maple Ave., La Conner, 360.466.0267 coaeatery.com One bite of a taco or one sip of a margarita and you’re hooked. This eatery offers frequent customer appreciation days, offering 50 percent off food if you pay in cash. Deals and good food — what more could you want? Even on a different night, with the choice of fajitas, burritos, chimichangas, or flan, you won’t be disappointed.  

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Learn how to whip up tasty treats with your little ones in the great outdoors at this cooking class taught by Annalee Dunn of the Tiny Onion Cooking School. Youngsters will learn about taste and nutrition and craft a menu with nut-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free options. Admission is $45 and includes one child and one adult. Bloedel Donovan Park 2214 Electric Ave., Bellingham

Chewing the Fat with Stephanie Ellis and Djuna Harper March 9, 6:30 p.m.

Learn the ins and outs of cooking with fat with instructors Stephanie Ellis and Djuna Harper. Ellis and Harper will explore when to use certain types of fats, from olive oil to avocado, and participants will learn how to make their own mayonnaise, salad dressing, and chicken stew. Plus, you get to enjoy the gluten-free meal afterwards! Admission is $35. Downtown Co-op Connections Building 405 E. Holly St., Bellingham

Woodstock Farm Tour & Cooking Session March 21, 12 p.m.

Soak up the spring sunshine with a tour of Woodstock Farm — and enjoy some home cooked food while you’re at it! The Good Time Girls, who lead “Bellinghistory” tours, will guide you around the local farm and drop you off at a cooking lesson with Annalee Dunn of the Tiny Onion Cooking School. Admission is $45. Woodstock Farm 1200 Chuckanut Dr., Bellingham March 2020103


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Pure Bliss Desserts While Pure Bliss may be well-known for their cakes, their assortment of other baked goods does not disappoint. Try their shortbread cookies — iced or not — which are sometimes decorated for upcoming holidays. You can also find treats like lemon wedges, coconut macaroons, muffins, and more. 1424 Cornwall

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Saltadena Bakery & Cake Shop Saltadena is locally famous for their tiny to-go cakes, adorably dubbed “Lil Scrappies”. You can also get cakes by the slice or full cakes. Got a wedding coming up? Saltadena is happy to consult. 111 W. Holly St., Bellingham, 360.393.3111, saltadena.com

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Antler Baking Co. This little bakery adjacent to Woods Coffee in the Flatiron Building might seem unassuming, but their menu packs a punch. Try unique cake flavors like The Elvis (chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas) or Lady Grey — a chocolate cake with Earl Grey frosting and caramel sauce. 10 Prospect St., Bellingham, 360.584.6839, antlerbakingcompany.com

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Nickis Bar and Grill on the waterfront in Bellingham serving award winning, hand dipped, tempura style fish & chips. Build your own burger featuring our handcrafted USDA chuck patties and fresh baked buns. 2016

In addition to traditional cakes, at Kay Cake Designs you can find other delicious treats. Pair a cup of coffee with a moon pie, cake pop, or a cookie while strolling downtown Bellingham.

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Taste Recipe

Hanger Steak with Sorrel Chimichurri and Red Potato Smashers BY BLAKE VANFIELD

growers and producers are making up your meal? This recipe counts three farmers, one rancher, and one brewer. With over 80 commercial crops grown in the rich, alluvial soils of the valley, take your pick throughout the entire year. To complement the chimichurri, we paired this meal with a Honey Tripled Triple Ferments, a blonde ale from Garden Path Fermentation in Burlington.

Hanger Steak In March, grilling outside in the Pacific Northwest may not be top on anyone’s list. However, pan-searing is a fantastic option. • Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add a small amount of oil, enough to lubricate the pan but not cause splatter. • Place the meat in the pan. Sear until slightly caramelized and the meat has created a seal, allowing it to release from the pan. Do the same on the other side. Repeat. Cook until desired doneness and/or internal temperature is reached. • Rest 10–15 minutes. Remove the inedible membrane running down the center of the cut prior to slicing.

Chimichurri Ingredients

Makes 1 cup

1 cup packed French sorrel leaves 1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves 106 BellinghamAlive.com

3–4 garlic cloves 1 small shallot ½ teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon Piment d’ Soleil (Slanted Sun Farm) or crushed red pepper flakes ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar ½ cup olive oil • Briefly pulse the garlic and shallots in the food processor. Add the fresh herbs, salt, and spices. Pulse. • Drizzle the olive oil and vinegar into the mix. Can be served immediately. Stores up to two weeks.

Red Potato Smashers Ingredients

Serves 4

2 pounds red potatoes ½ cup olive oil Salt to taste • Preheat oven to 400°F. • If potatoes are large, slice in half. Boil for 30 minutes until just tender, not falling apart. • Pour half of the olive oil in a 9" × 13” baking dish. Place the potatoes in the dish. Smash with a potato masher. Sprinkle with salt and the remaining oil. • Roast until crispy and golden brown, 35–40 minutes. 

Photo by Blake Vanfield.

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TRY OUR HAPPY HOUR!

CONWAY PUB & EATERY American 18611 Main St., Conway 360.445.4733 Don’t let tiny Conway fool you — this pub packs big flavor. Though the town is unincorporated, business is never slow in this watering hole. Farmers often come here after a hard day’s work, as well as bikers making a pit stop on a scenic weekend ride. Brimming with beer and Americana spirit, Conway Pub & Eatery is a Skagit Valley icon.

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RESTAURANT + DISTILLERY + ALL AGES! ENCORE* Epicurean Dining 5984 North Darrk Ln., Bow 360.724.0124, theskagit.com/encore Located within The Skagit Casino Resort, the newly remodeled and re-energized Encore restaurant strives itself in creating everything in house from scratch by utilizing fresh and natural ingredients from locally sourced products. Inside the room, featured photographs of personalities from the music industry, recognizing The Skagit Casino Resort’s long history with entertainment; a platform that differentiates them from local competition. Take an epicurean dining adventure and discover one of the best restaurants in the region.   NELL THORN Seafood 116 1st St., La Conner, 360.466.4261, nellthorn.com Nell Thorn is seafood-heavy, so trying one of their seafood dishes is a must. Their daily specials take into account the freshest catches, but you’ll also typically find a seafood pasta, filet-topped salad, and oysters on the menu.   THE OYSTER & THISTLE RESTAURANT & PUB Seafood, Steak 205 E. Washington St., La Conner 360.766.6179, theoysterandthistle.com The Oyster & Thistle Restaurant and Pub takes the time to prepare food with care. Their pastas are handmade and hand-cranked using semolina flour and an egg-rich dough. You’ll also find plenty of fresh, expertly shucked oysters and perfectly seared sea scallops.   RISTRETTO COFFEE LOUNGE & WINE BAR American

416 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.0951, ristrettocoffeelounge.com Ristretto doesn’t have a kitchen, but the baristas know their way around a panini press. You can also order breakfast all day, fresh salads, hearty bagels, or one of the baked goods brought in three times a week from nearby bakeries.  

A meAl fit for your dream kitchen Haggen is pleased to feature fresh, wild caught fish from Erik the Red Seafood. Their decades of experience in the fishing industry paired with state-of-the-art processing means we can offer this excellent quality fresh cod from Iceland. Try it today!

PRONOUNCED MO-KEH-KAH

Brazilian Moqueca Fish Soup

This traditional meal is easy to adapt into something that’s all yours. Add shrimp for variety, or a few more vegetables for extra nutrition, or even some cooked plantain for a hint of sweetness. 2 lbs fresh firm white fish 1 tsp paprika like cod 2 tomatoes, chopped Salt and pepper to taste 2 cups vegetable stock 2 Tbsp canola oil 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk 1 small yellow onion, 1 lime, juiced and zested chopped Green onions, for garnish 1 red bell pepper, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped Rinse fish in cold water. Pat dry. Cut fish into large pieces, season with salt and pepper. Set aside. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil to medium heat. Sauté the onion and pepper until softened. Add the garlic, paprika and tomatoes. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Place the fish on top of the vegetables. Add the vegetable stock, coconut milk, lime juice and zest. Cover and cook for about 10-15 minutes on medium low, until fish is fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with green onion.

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March 2020107


SAKURA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Japanese

Southside Bar Irish Coffee Ingredients: Fidalgo Bay coffee, Tullamoore Dew Irish Whiskey, house whipped cream, nutmeg, $10

1830 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington 360.588.4281, sakuraburlington.com Professional Teppanyaki chefs take you on a journey of delicious and interactive dining at Burlington’s Sakura Japanese Steakhouse. Using the freshest ingredients and perfect seasonings, they stir-fry your meal right before your eyes, creating a fabulous feast. Choose from steak and chicken to salmon and shrimp; each meal is served with soup, salad, rice, and vegetables. If it’s sushi you crave, they also offer a full sushi bar.   SEEDS BISTRO AND BAR American 623 Morris St., La Conner 360.466.3280, seedsbistro.com From soups to sandwiches, salads (or “weeds” as they call them), and bigger entree options, Seeds Bistro and Bar has something for everyone. Try an order of shucked oysters or one of the seasonal pasta dishes made with fresh pasta.   SHAMBALA BAKERY & BISTRO American 614 S. 1st Ave., Mount Vernon 360.588.6600, shambalabakery.com Crack open Shambala Bakery and Bistro’s menu to find all-day breakfast options and an array of sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and lighter fare items such as quiche and soup. Their daily specials take advantage of what’s in season.   TAQUERIA LA BAMBA Mexican 2222 Riverside Dr., Ste. 850, Mount Vernon 360.424.0824

Southside Bar, 1323 11th St., Bellingham ANELYSE MORRIS

SAN JUAN CAPTAIN WHIDBEY INN American 2072 Captain Whidbey Inn Rd., Coupeville 360.678.4097, captainwhidbey.com The entire menu features down-to-earth items that are reasonably priced, locally sourced, and well-balanced. While the inn does serve as a special-occasion spot, folks dressed in shorts and a T-shirt are also welcomed. Built in 1907, Captain Whidbey Inn is a historical gem.  

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ELEBRATE ST. PADDY’S DAY with this delicious take on a classic beverage. At first sip, the hot French press coffee swirls with the decadent homemade cream to warm you from the inside out. It’s almost like drinking a melted hot fudge sundae. Then, the pleasant sting of whiskey sneaks in, moving in perfect harmony with the coffee to bring a sweet symphony of flavors to life. Both the drink and the location are perfect escapes from cold weather. Huddled in the heart of historic Fairhaven, the bar teems with local character and charm, from the old-timey photographs to the intimate leather booths. It’s the perfect atmosphere for a quiet night out with a special someone, also featuring a small outdoor seating area for when the weather is nice. So, grab a seat, grab an Irish coffee, and let this drink lift your spirits.

Off the road and inside a small plaza sits a little gem — a family-run, low-key Mexican restaurant. Taqueria La Bamba offers authentic taco truck food in a sit-down restaurant. The salsas are spicy, full of flavor, and made in-house. If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food at a low price, eat here and you won’t be disappointed.


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DOE BAY CAFÉ American 107 Doe Bay Rd., Olga 360.376.8059, doebay.com

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Whether you’re heading toward the San Juan Islands or don’t mind taking a trip for an unbelievable meal, be sure to make reservations at the ever-popular Doe Bay Café. Owners Joe and Maureen Brotherton have stuck to their mission of providing world-class seafood and vegetarian dishes.  

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FRIDAY HARBOR HOUSE Regional NW 130 West St., Friday Harbor 360.378.8455, fridayharborhouse.com It’s hard to beat the view of the ferry landing, marina, and San Juan Channel from Friday Harbor House — the hotel and restaurant provide a sweeping panorama of water and sky. In addition to the delicious food menu, Friday Harbor House is one of the few island restaurants to offer a full bar at brunch every day of the week.  

The following selections have made it past our taste bud test and into our top eight this issue. Step out and give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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ISLAND SKILLET Homestyle 325 Prune Alley, Eastsound, 360.376.3984 Beloved by loyal patrons for its large portions and casual, customizable meals, Island Skillet is a must-stop for anyone visiting Orcas Island. A rustic metal rooster outside the entrance sets the tone. Start the day with a skillet breakfast complete with a bottomless cup of coffee. Sandwiches rule the lunch menu, and you can choose from a lengthy list of sides and customizations for most items, so you can totally have it your way.

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  SALTY FOX COFFEE American 85 Front St., Friday Harbor 360.622.2486, saltyfoxcoffee.com When owner Andrea Hampton put together her coffee shop’s food menu, she worked hard to create items that were easy to make, but still healthy and satisfying. She wanted to be able to serve ferry riders on a time schedule, along with locals who come in for breakfast or lunch. Guests can take anything to go, including sealed wine and beer, much of which is locally made on the island.

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  VINNY’S RISTORANTE Seafood 165 West St., Friday Harbor 360.378.1934, vinnysfridayharbor.com Ciao! Vinny’s welcomes diners to their Friday Harbor Ristorante, mirroring the feel of this warm Italian restaurant. Dishes change monthly and reflect the desire to serve simple, gourmet Pacific Northwest seafood and modern comfort Italian. As well as a good selection of pastas, Vinny’s has seafood and meat entrees, many of them traditional favorites. The cocktail list includes the classics, along with some fun offerings.  

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The Finn pizza at La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza is one of my all-time favorite Bellingham slices. It’s a delicious treat after wandering the farmers market or grabbing a drink downtown. With shrimp, artichoke hearts, and pesto in place of marinara sauce, this pie is uniquely delicious. Skagit River Brewery offers up so much more than great beer. This beloved Mount Vernon establishment makes mean burgers and sandwiches, including the Hopback Chicken sandwich. Breaded or baked chicken comes on soft focaccia with all the fixings. Dragon River in downtown Bellingham specializes in family-style Sichuan and Northeastern Chinese cuisine. Diners would be remiss not to add a plate of the Honey Glazed Pork to their meal. Thinly sliced pork is glazed in honey sauce for a crispy and sweet experience. The next time you’re at Train Wreck Bar & Grill in Burlington, try the Cashew Chicken Salad. Asian slaw, mandarin oranges, chicken, and a generous portion of cashews combine for a refreshing salad that’s simultaneously light and hearty.

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What may seem like a simple corn tortilla with filling is so much more at Bellingham’s Morazan Salvadorian Restaurant. Their Chicken and Cheese Pupusas are a heavenly experience sure to please your stomach. A truly authentic experience, the pupusas are made to order every time you come in. The Woolley Market in SedroWoolley has an incredible deli, offering tons of delicious sandwiches. The Market Cuban is by far my favorite. Served on Avenue French bread, it’s packed with house-roasted pork, Swiss cheese, mustard, ham, and crunchy pickles. If you’re craving sushi, make a beeline to Fujisan Sushi in downtown Fairhaven. Although every roll looks too beautiful to eat, the Rainbow Roll is especially appealing and is also easy to share. Start it off with a bowl of miso soup for a fresh, satisfying meal. There’s no better book browsing companion than a hot beverage. Evolve Chocolate + Cafe in Village Books offers a variety of options, including a Chocolate Latte. Made with 85% dark chocolate, it’s like drinking a brownie with a bold kick of espresso. THE EDITORIAL TEAM

March 2020109


Taste Sip

Terramar Brewing Takes Locally Sourced to a Tasty New Level

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ERRAMAR BREWING, which opened in Edison this past summer, is the area’s newest brewery, pizzeria, and soon-to-be distillery. Owners Chris and Jen Barker bring plenty of brewing and hospitality experience to the table — Chris attended Skagit Valley College’s Cardinal Craft Brewing Academy — and are deeply committed to supporting local farmers and food artisans. That’s why, whenever possible, Terramar uses locally sourced grains, vegetables, fruit, and even some yeast. “The Skagit Valley has some of the richest agricultural resources in the world,” Chris says, “and one of the few places you can still source phenomenal produce, meat, cheese, and grains within a 10-mile radius.” Even the name Terramar, with ‘terra’ meaning from the land and ‘mar’ meaning from the sea, is an homage to the abundance of Skagit Valley, which makes fantastic beer and food a reality. Situated along the curve of the Edison Slough, the location’s past tenants include Samish Meat Packers, 110 BellinghamAlive.com

Duluth Timber Company, and Bee Works Farm. Now a 15-barrel brewery, the property is a mix of various buildings, some of which provide scenic vistas of farmlands and island-dotted Bellingham Bay. The brewery is proudly kid and dog-friendly, and open every day except Tuesday. With the best the valley has to offer within reach, the Barkers purchase grains for their beer from Skagit Valley Malting, flour for their scratch-made pizza dough from Cairnspring Mills, and are looking forward to adding on Skagit-grown hops. The narrow focus allows imagination to thrive. “We are a creative bunch and we like to do different things,” Chris says. “We never know when a local vendor is going to stop by and inspire a new take on a beer, cider, or pizza.” One such example is quince, which turned into a refreshing yet slightly tart Berliner Weisse. Another is foraged mushrooms, which inspired a savory appetizer made with pickled chanterelles atop Gothberg Farms

chevre and Breadfarm crostini. With access to nearby growers like Cedardale Orchards and Bow Hill Blueberries, flavorful fruit becomes artisan ciders (the Bow Hillmian Rhap-Cider is a must-try!). Even the cocktails have a unique local and seasonal edge — one of this winter’s offerings included garden sorrel and bourbon infused with hazelnuts and figs foraged from Samish Island. Seasonal ingredients keep the drink menu fresh, and since everything is small-batch, once the last drop is poured, it’s gone. Take-out pizza also benefits from local fixings. Traditional pies like the Margherita are topped with Blanchard Mountain Farm tomatoes and basil and Ferndale Farmstead fresh mozzarella. The Clamdango features garden-fresh kale, Knutzen Farms potatoes, and Samish Bay clams. Whether you come to drink a pint or dine, the flavors are sure to show off what makes this slice of Washington State so delicious. 5712 Gilkey Ave., Edison, 360.399.6222, terramarcraft.com 

Photo by Lara Dunning.

BY LARA DUNNING


The Scene  Notes

Photo by Juliette Machado.

Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth’s “Be Our Guest!” Fundraiser and Student Performer Showcase

Over 100 attendees showed their support for BAAY’s children’s arts programs at a festive evening event Saturday, February 1 at the Sylvia Center for the Arts. BAAY’s executive director Ian Bivins called the event “a wonderful success,” raising $6,300 to directly support BAAY’s programming and arts accessibility initiatives. WECU Community Impact Representative, Virginia Gustke, was on hand to celebrate BAAY’s participation in the WECU Education First Grant Program and helped with the raffle drawing. Student performers shared their process and passion in a showcase performance. BAAY’s mission is to enrich the lives of children through the exploration of arts, and three core programs — Preschool, EduArts, and Theatre — serve approximately 1,400 children ages 3–17 annually. AMY ANDERSON GUERRA

March 2020111


Notes  Lasting Image

This time every year the snow geese arrive in the farmland of Whatcom county. The sight and sound of these geese is a beautiful thing to behold.

Photo by Jeff Barclay.

JEFF BARCLAY, FERNDALE

North Sound photographers, we want to see what you’ve got. We’re looking for locally generated photographs for our Lasting Image feature. We’re seeking local nature photographs — ones that freeze a moment, tell a story, evoke an emotion. We’ll run your photo, along with your name, where you’re from, where the photo was shot, and a short 40-word write-up about the photo (inspiration for it, how you got it, meaning behind it, etc.). The photo must be high resolution (300 dpi) with no watermarks. Send to dean@bellinghamalive.com. Then sit back and enjoy the view.

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