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Contents 46 Find Your Perfect Palette
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46 Find Your Perfect Palette Color is the key to creating the look and feel of a room— but where do you start when building a color palette? Our advice is simple: Look to the pros. We asked a variety of local designers about their favorite color schemes in 2023, and now the results are in. We’re bringing you color schemes to suit almost any style, from PNW-inspired palettes to minimalistic modern, bold and bright, and even updated takes

87 Sip Bellingham Seltzer Company 89 Local Find Hela Provisions 90 Mixing Tin Juxt Taphouse 92 Wine Pick of the Month 93 8 Great Tastes AGENDA 96 Top Picks 97 Local Events 100 Out of Town SPECIAL ADVERTISING 43 31 Days of Giveaways 62 Pros To Know NOTES 4 Online Exclusive 6 Editor’s Letter 8 Contributors 11 Letters to the Editor 12 Meet a Staffer 104 Lasting Image 24 Since Time Immemorial Swil Kanim 26 Community Bellingham Story Hour 27 Indie Arts Spotlight 28 5 Faves Local Glassmakers STYLE 36 Local Find Fix-It Fair 38 Beauty Echo Harmony Tattoo 40 Necessities Basics Done Bright TASTE 78 Happy Hours 81 Local Find Persimmon Bistro 82 Chef’s Corner Infusion Cuisine 83 Dining Guide 86 Culinary Events AUGUST 2023 FEATURE
LIFE 18 Heard Around the Sound Book Shucker Downtown Sounds Samantha Ferraro Our Community Steps Up PNWaffle Festival Local Music to Love 20 Out and About Edenwild Boutique Inn 21 Book Notes Reviews and Events
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The Merits of Read-in-Yard Season

IN MY MIND, there are only two seasons: read-in-tub season and read-in-yard season. Read-intub season corresponds with winter, so on chilly evenings, you’ll find me in a bubble bath with my Kindle and a glass of red wine in hand. But as soon as the sun comes out and temperatures creep above 60, you can bet that I’m hauling that Kindle (plus a lawn chair) into the front yard.

Read-in-tub season has its own merits; I mean, who doesn’t love a good bubble bath? But let’s be honest: Read-in-yard season is far superior. It’s no secret that being outside does wonders for a person’s overall well being. Moreover, my yard comes to life in a pretty spectacular way during the summer months. Lavender comes into full bloom, the trees turn vivid green, and my sunshine-yellow house juxtaposes beautifully against the blue sky. The entire experience is a visual feast.

At some point, I realized that read-in-yard season isn’t just an excuse to sit outside. It’s an excuse to surround myself with vibrancy after a long, dormant winter. We all know about the importance of sunshine for overall sanity, but I believe color has a similar mood-boosting effect— and this effect is even more prominent after months of darkness and gray.

I first moved to Bellingham during the summer, blissfully unaware of the gloom yet to come. One of the first things that I noticed about the city was its distinct color scheme: azure skies and waters, abundant greenery, purples tones ranging from delicate lavender to rich blackberry, and pops of yellow flowers. Imagine my surprise when fall arrived. I felt as though the world had transformed overnight, my surroundings dulled to a muted palette of greens, browns, and misty grays. Yes, there’s something to be said for winter’s tranquility— but those summer colors are what really bring me to life.

My theory now is that, because our winters are so dreary, Western Washingtonians appreciate color more than most. I also have evidence for this theory: Sienna Dawn of Synapse Gallery (p. 22) says her vivid paintings are a visual antidote to PNW gloom. Gretchen Leggitt helps to create a sense of both positivity and place through her street art and the upcoming the Noisy Waters Mural Festival (p. 16). And Robin Daly, one of Bellingham’s undisputed authorities on color (p. 48), puts it best: Color doesn’t just create a look. More than anything, it creates a feeling.

Summer is coming to an end soon, but that doesn’t mean that you have to forego color– you could decorate the inside of your home with blues and yellows and enjoy that summertime brightness year-round. Fittingly, this month’s issue features a comprehensive guide to putting together color schemes on p. 46. Not into home decor? There’s still plenty to enjoy: In the rest of the magazine, you’ll get the scoop on everything

from community storytelling (p. 26) to local artisans (p. 34) and even my own go-to spot for happy hour (p. 78).

Last but not least, if you’re in need of a mood boost, I suggest taking advantage of read-in-yard season. Grab a blanket, take this magazine outside, and enjoy it while lounging on a lawn of your choosing (preferably one filled with flowers).


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Robin Daly

Robin Daly is an interior designer whose work appears throughout the PNW while happily based in downtown Bellingham. When she’s not busy with design, you’ll find her exploring interurban trails, brushing up on her oil-painting skills, and searching for the best French fries in town.  p. 48 | 60

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Kolby LaBree is owner/operator of Bellinghistory

Tours with the Good Time Girls, purveyors of guided walking tours and other historical edutainment in Bellingham since 2011. The Good Time Girls are available year-round for private tours and virtual events. See for current offerings!  p. 31

Eduardo Diego

Eduardo Diego grew up in Acapulco, Mexico and moved to San Francisco in 1992, where he learned from many chefs who specialized in different genres of cuisine. When Diego and his wife, Yesenia Pulido, opened Infusion Cuisine, they chose to highlight the beauty in the distinct cultures of their dishes. Rather than combining different recipes in typical “fusion” fashion, Diego strives for excellent execution of authentic dishes from Mexican, Asian, and Italian tradition.  p. 83

Emma Radosevich

As a child, Emma developed a love of literature by reading chapter books with her dad; she made sure he got every character’s voice just right. She still appreciates a great narrator. Emma is a Collection Development Librarian for Whatcom County Library System, where she gets to work with fellow book lovers. When she’s not working, she likes walking on Bellingham trails while listening to an audiobook or NPR podcast.  p. 31

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Jim, our core mission statement is to be a positive voice in our community with every issue. Thank you for reinforcing one of the very reasons we do this!

August 2023 11 Letters to the Publisher Notes

Estella Young

What is your role at the magazine?

I’m the senior graphic designer and I help make the magazine look pretty! I design layouts, collaborate with our wonderful editors, and make artistic decisions. I decide what photos to use, and how text flows.

What is your background?

I was born in Burlington, Vermont but have lived in Washington for almost 30 years. I love the PNW and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I worked for a local print shop here in town for a few years pre-COVID, then started working remote for United General, a community health resource center— both as a graphic designer.

As a designer, what’s your favorite kind of project to work on?

I love any chance to make illustrations or original graphic art. My favorite parts of the magazine to work on are the main features because I feel I have the most creative freedom.

Where can we find you outside of work?

When I’m not working, I can be found in my craft room sewing or making greeting cards, planning parties and cake sculpting, knitting, watercoloring, playing video games, working in the garden, or building something for the yard. I’m currently building a garden for my chickens. 

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It’s summer at the Garden Spot, which means blooming perennials, gorgeous pottery, and tropicals galore. Whether you are looking for design help, free gardening classes, or locally sourced, quality products and plants, this is your new favorite nursery!

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Noisy Waters Mural Festival

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Murals to Make Waves in Bellingham

Noisy Waters Mural Festival

FROM GRETCHEN LEGGITT’S colorful mountainscapes to Jason LaClair’s Coast Salish designs, street art has played a major role in defining Bellingham’s character. Now, residents can expect to see even more art around town thanks to Noisy Waters Mural Festival, a new annual event taking place Aug. 18–20 on the Bellingham waterfront.

“Public art is essential to define a sense of place,” says Leggitt, co-organizer of Noisy Waters. “We could have a monochromatic, faceless community— but public art allows us to create a unique sense of identity. And I think that it creates opportunities to communicate important messages.”

Noisy Waters aims to help do exactly this. Throughout the three-day festival, eight acclaimed muralists will compete by painting portable walls, and winners will receive a commission to create new large-scale murals. Moreover, the community at large is invited to come vote for their favorite artists and celebrate alongside them.

“We are going to have a weekend of live painting, workshops, public art, public engagement with the artists, music, DJs,” Leggitt says. “It’s just going to be a fun, creative party.”

The Importance of Placemaking

Noisy Waters is the brainchild of Leggitt and Nick Hartrich, both of whom are also co-founders of Paper Whale, a local arts incubator ( In addition to bringing creatives together for free monthly artist talks, Paper Whale promotes opportunities for the community to voice ideas about how to foster a sense of place on the Bellingham waterfront through art.

This goal of placemaking and arts engagement extends to Noisy Waters Mural Festival, whose name pays homage to the origin of the word Whatcom. Whatcom is derived from the Lhaq’temish word Xwot’qom, meaning “noisy waters,” and the festival “aims to make noise in Bellingham by hosting a confluence of vibrant muralists and musicians.”

“It’s so fun to work with people, to collaborate,” Leggitt says. “I learned how to spray paint from another muralist, learning tricks of the trade [and] technique. I think that getting a bunch of artists in one place, sharing this space, finding opportunities to provide amateur artists the ability to step up and have their voice heard … is really important. And it’s finally happening.”

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Leggitt says she’s been dreaming of hosting this kind of festival for years. Thanks to her work as both a muralist and arts educator, she understands the value of public art on a deeply personal level. Leggitt grew up near what became the RiNo Arts District of Denver, an industrial neighborhood that was revitalized by street art. When she painted her first mural in Downtown Bellingham, street art was sparse— but she saw the potential for a similar sort of impact.

This hunch, of course, was correct. Leggitt started receiving floods of positive feedback before that first mural was even finished, and she’s been transforming walls around Bellingham ever since.

“I understood at that point how important it is to create positivity and joy in a community,” she says. “Hopefully this mural festival has that same effect, really increasing the awareness of the clusters of impact that art can have on a community, and letting that just grow and grow.”

What to Expect

Leggitt describes Noisy Waters as a “friendly competition,” and eight artists were selected out of 130 applicants from around the world to participate in the inaugural festival. This final group was chosen by a panel including Leggitt, Hartrich, Amy Chaloupka (curator at the Whatcom Museum), Tammy Landis (curator of Paper Whale), and Free Borsey (artist of Lummi Nation). The panel made selections based on the merits of the artists’ portfolio, as well as their large-scale projects. Moreover, Leggitt says the committee is looking for artists who “have a unique story to tell.”

“We are actively seeking to include a diverse body of artists, including

BIPOC artists, to increase and promote a diverse language of public art in our streets,” she says.

Selected artists will then live-paint 8-by-8 walls throughout the three-day festival, and these walls will be auctioned off at the end of the event. The public is invited to vote for their favorite artists throughout the weekend, and the four winners will receive cash contracts to paint large-scale walls in Bellingham.

“This format gives the community of Bellingham the opportunity to have some engagement and ownership,” Leggitt says.

The grand-prize Artist Mural Commission Award winner will receive a $10,000 commission (Industrial Credit Union). The first-place winner of the People’s Choice awards will receive a $7,500 commission (Natural System Design), the second-place winner will receive a $5,000 commission (Chuckanut Builders), and the thirdplace winner will receive $500 in cash. The festival will also provide “free walls” so that up-and-coming artists who were not selected for the festival can gain experience.

Getting Involved

Live painting isn’t the only thing to look forward to about Noisy Waters: Attendees can also expect painting workshops, plenty of music, and even a kids’ wall. In other words, even if you’re not an artist, you’re still bound to have a good time.

“It’s just fun watching people create,” Leggitt says. “If somebody is down at the pump track or grabbing a beer at Trackside, this festival is going to be right next door to that. So just swing on by and see unique artists creating live art!”

And while this might be Noisy Waters’ first year in action, it certainly won’t be the last. 2024 will be even bigger, as Leggitt says they plan to select even more artists and activate more walls in future events. In the meantime, community members can support the festival through volunteering, donating, sponsoring a wall, or even hosting visiting artists in ADUs, hotels, or AirBnBs.

Attending, supporting, or volunteering with Noisy Waters is one opportunity to have a say in Bellingham’s evolving creative identity, but there are opportunities to get involved in the arts year-round. Leggitt recommends registering for Paper Whale events, showing up at First Friday art walks, and supporting the creative economy by purchasing from local artists and makers. After all, a thriving creative community is part of what gives a city its sense of place— but building (and sustaining) this community takes effort.

“I am excited to see Bellingham grow in the right direction— so providing affordable housing for people, supporting smart growth, really listening to the community members, and allowing creative voices to be heard,” Leggitt says. “I think that, so long as the community continues to have the opportunity [for] creative development and inspiration, we’re on the right track.” Bellingham,

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The Biggest Little Bookstore Opens in Edison

Book Shucker

Get Down with Downtown Sounds

DOWNTOWN SOUNDS IS back for the 19th year, once again turning the streets of Downtown Bellingham into a Wednesday night party you don’t want to miss.

What started as a small concert in the alley next to Wild Buffalo in 2004 has grown and grown according to Lindsey Payne Johnstone, the program director at Downtown Bellingham Partnership responsible for overseeing Downtown Sounds. Now, the event packs tons of fun into several city blocks with food vendors, games, a beer garden, and of course, live music for all to enjoy.


ROM ECLECTIC SHOPS to art galleries and farm-fresh food, the tiny enclave of Edison has plenty to offer. Now, visitors can add another item to a growing list of can’t-miss stops: Book Shucker, Edison’s “biggest little bookstore.”

Book Shucker opened its doors to the public on April 29 thanks to the efforts of Owner Michelle Gale. Gale has lived outside of Edison for three years, and as soon as the property became available, she jumped at the opportunity to open a shop of her own.

Book Shucker’s small size means that the selection is curated, and as such, customers shouldn’t expect to find specific titles. However, Gale herself has read many of the books in stock— and she doesn’t carry any titles that she wouldn’t personally recommend.

“I have a lot of books by women and people of color, and cookbooks

Local Music Groups to Love

that are a wide range of cooking from different regions,” Gale says. “A lot of queer authors. So yeah, I think including a diverse selection has been important to me.”

In addition to her work at Book Shucker, Gale is a freelance editor and co-owns her own small press, Raspberry Bow Press, with her husband Tim Hubner. The duo are even set to publish their own cookbooks in collaboration with Genuine Skagit Valley in spring 2024. Want to stay updated on all these happenings? Give Gale a follow on Instagram @bookshucker and @raspberrybowpress.

“I just feel like I’m an all-around book person,” Gale says. “I’m a lifelong reader, editor, bookseller, and now book publisher. I love focusing on regional authors, and just sharing people’s stories through books.”

5712 Gilkey Ave., Ste. N, Edison, COCOA LANEY

Pure Halcyon

This five-member band specializes in alternative rock, and its members are working their way through the hearts of the Bellingham music scene. Halcyon are experts at summoning feelings of nostalgia, not only with their name but the style of music, too. Give them a follow @purehalcyonband.

Closing out this summer’s music-filled evenings will be the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers cover band Petty or Not on Aug. 2, and the funky, jazzy sounds of Polyrhythmics on Aug. 9 with the rest of the lineup to be announced.

The beer garden is stocked with refreshing local brews to help you get your groove on from Boundary, Aslan, Kulshan, and more to be announced.

If you are hankering for a bite to eat, head over to Prospect Street to find food vendors for easy and delicious dinner options like Sammies Vegan and Bry’s Filipino Cuisine, or find a sweet treat at Hank & Bubby’s ice cream.

Need something to look forward to? Next year Downtown Sounds will be celebrating its 20th anniversary and there are plans in the works to make it bigger and better than ever before!

While she can’t reveal much about next year’s concert series, Payne Johnstone says additional blocks will be included in next year’s festivities.

For now, Downtown Sounds will take up three city blocks on Bay, Prospect, and Holly streets. For additional information on vendors, activities, and music, visit


Hockey Teeth

Ask anyone on the street for a local band recommendation, and you’ll most likely hear this group’s name. Known for their vibe that perfectly encapsulates Bellingham’s summer vibe, Hockey Teeth is simply a group of guys who a group of “silly guys” who love to share their art. Follow them on Instagram @hockeyteethband.

18 Life Heard Around the Sound
Photo by Cocoa Laney

Simmer Your Way to Supper with Local Author’s New Cookbook

SAMANTHA FERRARO IS a vivacious home cook, food content creator, and cookbook author. She began her company, Little Ferraro Kitchen, as a food blog in 2011 to share Sephardic Jewish, Turkish, and Mediterranean recipes from her childhood. Her first book, “The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen” (2018), is an approachable cookbook that mirrors how Ferraro cooks every day.

“I love that book, because I always like getting people excited about recipes, ingredients, and trying something new, and I feel like that book does that,” Ferraro says. “It’s a really good introduction to Mediterranean cuisine.”

Her new book, “One-Pot Mediterranean,” came out in June and acts as somewhat of an extension to the first. It has over 70 recipes that combine rich Mediterranean flavors into one-pot dishes. Ferraro says that this second book employs a bit more cooking technique than her first, making it a wonderful tool for learning at home.

“It’s not a recipe book where you throw everything in and walk away,” she says. “When you’re cooking in one pot, there’s a lot of different elements. There’s proteins, greens, vegetables, spices, and not everything cooks at the exact same time … you really have to work in stages and layers.”

Most of the recipes in “One-Pot Mediterranean” are made in a Dutch oven, a piece of kitchen equipment that’s lauded alongside cast-iron skillets for their function and durability, but alternative tools like wide skillets and stock pots can also be used.

Find Ferraro’s books at Village Books, on Amazon, and at all major booksellers, and follow her on most social medias @ferrarokitchen to see her recipes in action! Bellingham, For more information, visit

Harbor Day

Harbor Day’s music consists of “super chill and funky mixes with a touch of romantic sappiness.” If you need to set the mood for a perfect date or just chill out with friends, this band comes highly recommended. Find more of them on Instagram

Our Community Steps Up

In Memory of Lucy Guerra

THE NORTH SOUND community is mourning the unexpected and devastating loss of Lucy Guerra, a 15-year-old Bellingham High School freshman struck by a train. Guerra was a “daughter, a granddaughter, a friend, a dancer, a tennis player, a pianist, a student— and most of all a light that shone brightly.”

In the wake of the tragedy, a GoFundMe in Lucy’s memory has raised more than $42,000 at the time of writing, with an ultimate goal of reaching $50,000. According to GoFundMe Organizer Aaron Booker, the money raised via the fundraiser will support an “appropriate and lasting memorial” that gives back to the community in her name. To learn more or donate, visit in-memory-of-lucy-guerra.

The PNW Has Spoken PNWaffle Festival

IT IS A known fact that waffles are better than pancakes— so well-known that Whatcom County has created a PNWaffle Festival on Aug. 26. For $10, attendees can try sweet and savory waffles of all kinds. All proceeds from the festival go to the Bellingham Food Bank.

Surrounded by the sweet smell of freshly made waffles, you can watch chefs get creative, but if you’re feeling a little competitive and believe you can make the best waffle, why not try it for yourself with their waffle bake-off competition?

Don’t worry, it’s not entirely dedicated to waffles. There is plenty to see and experience, like live music, pop-up art galleries, and other vendors. You won’t want to miss out on this waffle extravaganza. Bellingham,

Pantsuit Guy

This band is newer to the Downtown Bellingham music scene, but they’ve quickly progressed after having their first show in the Blue Room, Bellingham’s newest all-age music venue. Feel free to give them a follow on social media @pantsuitguy.

The Problem

The Problem’s sound ranges from jazz that you could imagine listening to in a bar to ‘80s pop and even ‘70s soul. We think this group puts on a fun show, but you can see for yourself on their Instagram @the_problem_band.

Courtesy of Samantha Ferraro
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Embracing the Low-Key Delights of Lopez Island

Edenwild Boutique Inn


ON LOPEZ ISLAND, passing cars salute each other with a one-finger wave, whether or not the drivers know each other. You might not find cell service, but you are likely to strike up conversations with strangers at the coffee shop or karaoke bar. Also, did we mention that you won’t see a single stoplight on the island? This kind of laid-back charm is what sets Lopez apart from neighboring San Juan islands and if you’re looking to unplug and unwind here for a while, we couldn’t imagine a better home base than the Edenwild Boutique Inn.

Located in the heart of Lopez Village, the Edenwild has been an island institution since 1989. Its exterior is akin to a historic New England inn, but on the inside, guests can expect spacious rooms and modern amenities (with the exception of TVs). Other perks include a locally-sourced breakfast delivered to your door each morning, plus on-site bike and kayak rentals.

The Edenwild was initially designed and built by Susan Aran and her husband Tom Skeritt, the latter of whom you might remember as an actor in legendary films including “Top Gun” and “Alien.” Today, however, the boutique inn is owned and operated by Anthony and Crystal Rovente, who discovered the island while looking for the perfect place to raise their children. The whole family works hard to help their guests have the quintessential Lopez experience— think hiking, biking, kayaking, and plenty of low-key evenings in front of the fire.

“Lopez is unique in that you have to physically disconnect from the rest of the world to get here,” Anthony says. “Everything moves at a much slower pace, which forces guests to relax and enjoy the moment.”

This slowness is exactly what characterized our trip to Lopez. A typical day might include a late breakfast of scones and cinnamon rolls from Barn Owl Bakery, a charming bakery/ grain farm known for its island-grown grains and organic ingredients. From there, we’d embark on an easy hike to sites like Iceberg Point, with its rugged cliffs and dramatic views of the Olympic Peninsula.

Next up would be a bite to eat from places like El Taco ‘Bout It, a beloved Mexican food truck, or Setsunai, a noodle shop serving up some of the best made-from-scratch ramen in the North Sound. Once refueled, we might embark on a kayak trip, or a bike ride, or— depending on our energy levels— perhaps just a visit to Odlin Park Beach to read a book. We’d finally settle in for a waterfront dinner around sunset, then finish the day at the Edenwild with s’mores around the fire or a nightcap on the deck.

Once our visit came to an end, we fully understood why Lopez has earned the nickname “Slowpez”— but that doesn’t mean the island isn’t growing and changing. Anthony says its population experienced a bump during the pandemic, when some part-time residents decided to settle on Lopez for good.

More residents means more community events, more businesses, and— as word-of-mouth continues to spread— more tourists, especially during the summer months. But even with this growth, Anthony says Lopez is still “Slowpez’’ at heart. Like we said, don’t expect to find a stoplight here— but do expect stunning scenery, farm-to-table food, and plenty of island hospitality.

“The natural beauty, friendly community, and quaint and charming surroundings are all still intact for guests to explore and enjoy,” Anthony says. “Lopez still feels like a place stuck in a simpler time, and that is our most endearing amenity.”

132 Lopez Rd., Lopez Island, 360.468.3238, 

20 Life Out & About

No Two Persons

Book Reviews

AT FIRST GLANCE, you might not understand the connection between the theme of this novel— the magic and power of story— and its title, “No Two Persons.” Inspired by the familiar adage “no two persons ever read the same book,” Bauermeister plays with structure to create a collection of linked stories that speaks directly to the heart of book lovers everywhere. The uniting thread is a fictional book called “Theo.” Though readers get only vague hints at the plot and themes of “Theo,” we follow the novel through its lifespan, from the writing process through publishing and then into the lives of nine of its readers. Notably, each person engages with the book in a different way. Bauermeister, a Northwest favorite, is at her best when it comes to creating relatable and complex people and emphasizing her theme: that stories call to us, imprinting our lives in ways we might never imagine.

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Birch Bay Activity Center

7511 Gemini St. Blaine


Acclaimed children’s book author Barbara DavisPyles will be reading her book “CliFF the Failed Troll,” a tale about a troll who struggles to fit into the “troll lifestyle,” and wants to be a pirate instead. The reading is followed by crafts and outdoor games for kids ages 3–10.

August 9 | 1–2:30 p.m.

Afternoon Book Chat

Village Books

1200 11th St. Bellingham


Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club

August 16, 1904 .

It seems natural that Ned and Mariel would end up together. After all, they were both raised in the Midwest by families with deep ties to the restaurant community. But the similarities end there. While Ned’s family helms the chain restaurant empire Jorby’s, Mariel grew up in Floyd and Betty’s Lakeside Supper Club on Bear Jaw Lake, where the prime rib platters are staggering and Betty’s signature “lemonade” is always flowing. Though Ned wants to build his future in the family business, Mariel’s heart is forever bound to the Lakeside, a bond that only deepens when the couple’s life is marred by unimaginable tragedy. Intertwining Mariel’s story with that of her mother and grandmother, Stradal pays homage to the culture and character of his setting without shying away from difficult topics. This new novel is a perfect choice for readers who love stories of food, family, and connection.

This month, Afternoon Book Chat will be discussing “The Sea Runners” by Ivan Doig. This is a survival story about four indentured servants who escape from a Russian Alaska work camp but face struggles as they make their way down the harsh seas of the Pacific Northwest coast in a stolen canoe.

August 27 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Teen Comics!

Central Library

210 Central Ave. Bellingham


Local art teacher and comic creator Alina Holmes will be presenting a workshop on how to draw things like facial expressions, body movements, and other useful tips for making your own comics. Registration opens Aug. 1 and will be available for those ages 12–16.

This Month in Bellinghistory

Local undertaker Ralph Gifford’s new private funeral streetcar made its first run.

Painted white and featuring a special alcove for the casket, it was called the only one of its kind west of Chicago.

August 17, 1933

The Bellingham newspapers reported “Draft Beer Flows, Foamy Beverage Can Now Be Legally Served.” In November 1932, voters had voted to repeal prohibition, and cities began amending their liquor laws in the months following.

August 19, 1888

Using a team of oxen, Will D. Jenkins and Lee Marcy towed the steamboat Geneva to Lake Whatcom to launch the first steamboat service on the lake.

August 21, 1923

A big boxing match took place at a local athletic club between a group of Idaho “battlers” versus a Bellingham “contingent of scrappers,” with a live orchestra providing music. Tickets were on sale at the Horseshoe.

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Creating an Inclusive Arts Culture in Bellingham

Synapse Gallery


Studios may seem unassuming from the outside looking in, but if you frequent First Friday art walks, you already know that the interior is home to a vibrant (and growing) arts community. This includes Synapse Gallery, a studio/ event space that’s quickly becoming a hub for Bellingham creatives.

Synapse is owned and operated by Jax Mildner (Fine Art Jax, and Sienna Dawn (, both of whom are painters. Mildner’s fluid abstractions often focus on themes of biomimicry, or repeating organic patterns that feel familiar. Her work is an abstract expression of the natural world. She’s been painting for seven years and opened Synapse with Dawn in April 2022. Now, they’re in the process of turning the gallery into an event space and are planning to host group art shows this summer.

Dawn is also a working artist as well as a graphic designer with Golden

Hour Design Studio. Unlike Mildner, Dawn makes mostly representational work, though her stylistic touch shines through in the form of expressive, gestural brushstrokes. Even her landscapes have a playfulness about them, with bright color palettes that serve as a visual antidote to dreary PNW weather.

Mildner and Dawn’s styles might sound opposed on paper, but in practice, they complement each other exceptionally well. Both women create art with a strong sense of flow, taking inspiration from the natural world as well as the ecology and landscape of the Pacific Northwest. But placing their work in the same space isn’t just an aesthetic decision; it also informs the artists’ creative processes.

“Having each other’s energy here is important. We critique each other’s paintings and help each other hang the gallery,” Mildner says. “Sometimes being alone in a studio can get lonely,

and so having somebody else to bounce ideas off … has been really grounding.”

In addition to working alongside each other, both women are eager to draw the wider Bellingham community into the gallery— both as viewers and active participants. Mildner says she initially felt on the outside of Bellingham’s art scene. With Synapse, however, she and Dawn both underline that art shouldn’t be exclusive.

“One of my favorite things about making art is not necessarily the process,” Dawn says. “It’s when it hangs on the wall, and somebody who has never seen it before is struck by it and looks to the person next to them, and starts that conversation. It’s like the conversation that’s instigated by the artwork is actually the purpose, because then it generates a new idea that wouldn’t otherwise come into the world.”

In other words, art spaces are important in and of themselves— but the real magic happens when the community engages with them. This is why Mildner and Dawn are active participants in art walks, and they also plan to bring in other featured artists’ work into the studio in the coming months. Synapse also holds regular meet-ups for femme-identifying folks and has hosted events ranging from concerts to the Paper Whale series (

Perhaps most excitingly, Synapse is even rentable for a reasonable fee on Peerspace. Renters are welcome to host all manner of happenings, whether it be a private book club, a birthday party, or even a solo show for an up-and-coming artist.

Thanks to these efforts, Dawn and Mildner have an active hand in making Bellingham’s post-COVID arts scene more accessible and inclusive. Mildner also notes that this culture is still growing— and we all can have an active hand in nurturing it.

“Everyone’s welcome,” Mildner says. “You don’t have to be a successful artist. You don’t have to be making money as an artist. No barriers, no payto-play; there’s no system here. I think that that’s the way we’re moving— and I’m going to be intentional, going forward, that we keep that energy alive.” 301 W. Holly St., Ste. M-5, Bellingham,,

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Since Time Immemorial Swil

SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL is a recurring series featuring community members whose families have been here since time immemorial. The ancestral knowledge carried by Lhaq’temish (Lummi), Nooksack, and other Coast Salish peoples is knowledge about how to live in our shared home in a good, life-sustaining way. We live in a time when we need to restore our relationship with Mother Earth and with one another. We are grateful for these stories, told in the words of each featured individual.

Swil Kanim is a Lummi tribal member. He performs widely as a violinist, motivational speaker, and storyteller. He is a United States Army veteran. He currently sits on the board of the Seattle Symphony, and works with the Kiwanis in programs that focus on the wellness of children.

How do you describe yourself?

I’m a violinist, but my music and my performances are really just a strategy for creating connection with people.

And how did you come to be where you are now?

Well, my music is a direct product of a well-supported public school music program. I would not be alive if it wasn’t for a public school music program. I believe that the traumas of being a foster kid would have eventually got me if I didn’t learn how to process my feelings in an effective way through music.

After school, I joined the army. While there, I realized that the traumas of my childhood were having an effect on my adult behavior. I went into therapy and became an advocate for behavioral and mental health. I realized the value of self expression and community, of finding a safe place to honor the feelings that we put aside in order to survive the traumas of our childhoods. And it’s been a wonderful life, a wonderful experience, expressing myself in a way that helps other people see their own stories and heal.

You’ve mentioned trauma and also being a foster kid.

I was taken from my Lummi home and put into a white home when I was about 5. There were difficulties when I was on the reservation, but I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was loved. A lot of the trauma from that time comes from the notion that I was rescued from my tribe.

It’s real that my foster parents provided food, clothing, and shelter. But my name was changed. I was denied my identity. They thought they were saving me from a culture of poverty and abuse, when actually government policy had created the intergenerational traumas and poverty they claimed to be saving me from.

The recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was one that was celebrated by a lot of tribes, because it strives to keep Native kids in their communities.

Yes, in the 1970s, up to 35% of Native American kids were snatched away from their tribes and fostered out, adopted out, or institutionalized.

I know that most parents who bring kids into their home by fostering or adopting simply want a family, they’re acting out of love, so I’ve been trying to understand why ICWA is so important. I’ve also been trying to understand the term “cultural genocide,” which I think means that a people is killed when everything that makes them a people is taken away.

When you bring up the fact that a huge number of Native kids were forcibly removed from their families and stripped of their language, culture, ancestral home grounds, and kinship bonds, are you talking about a policy that says it’s about an individual child’s welfare but actually has another agenda?

Yes, there have always been governmental forces that want to end tribal sovereignty. And it sounds harsh to say it, because I know good-hearted, kind people have a hard time believing that we are still a racist nation. But it’s the system that we were all born into.

I overcame the oppression that I internalized by embracing the love and the wisdom of my elders and ancestors. And recognizing that if I can show others how to overcome the internalized oppressions that we hold as a nation, then we can truly be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

What do you like to do for fun, or to restore yourself?

You know, it’s so funny. I am a Mariners fan, like big time. I love to go and scream at baseball games. That gives me great joy. I love baseball. I love high fiving the people around me when a great play happens.

Is there a teaching, a story, or a quote that you hang onto?

Do your best, pray it’s blessed, and let the great spirit of love take care of the rest.

Hy’shqe. Thank you.

Julie Trimingham is grateful to make her home on traditional Lhaq’temish territory, and to work for the Sacred Lands Conservancy (, an Indigenous-led 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the life, culture, and sanctity of the Salish Sea. 

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Oh. No? Thank You?

Bellingham Story Hour

IN DECEMBER 2022, Kamarie Chapman and Krissa Woiwod started Bellingham Story Hour at the New Prospect Theatre, a monthly event consisting of two workshops and a true story share. But Bellingham Story Hour is about much more than just sharing stories: It’s about creating a space for our community to come together, deconstructing and dismantling our ideas about performance, and making theater more accessible.

The idea started with The Moth, a podcast dedicated to storytelling, something Chapman would tune into during the COVID quarantine. Woiwod joined because she was ready to help people produce shows and knew her

experience could be helpful for folks learning how to tell stories.

Together they created the workshops where they focus on the three Ds: discovery, development, and delivery. The workshops help folks to realize performances don’t have to be a traumatic thing. They create a space where it’s safe to fail and to struggle through while not worrying about it.

The stories themselves are meant to be smaller. A snail appears on much of their promotional material and represents small, slow steps. Snails are often overlooked but still an important part of the ecosystem, just as small stories still hold value.

“I didn’t want to help a bunch of privileged white people become the

heroes of their own stories,” Woiwod says. “We don’t all have the privilege of world adventure or big adventures, but we still have stories to share.” The goal is to show people that everyone has a story, and we can all find commonalities and share in each other’s joy, burdens, and shame.

Chapman and Woiwod have known each other for over 20 years and both have long histories in theater and production.

“We wouldn’t say we’re ‘besties’ but we have grown together in education, motherhood, and exiting the level of performance that we both used to be involved in,” Chapman says.

With Bellingham Story Hour, they have realized there is a different

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way to do theater— one that’s more accessible, easier on the folks involved, and creates community connection. It’s still an ongoing process but they are committed to learning, holding themselves accountable, and continuing to put these ideas into practice. Eventually they would like to pass off artistic direction to new folks. Neither of them believes that one person should lead a space and be the sole voice of that community.

On that note, Kaitlin Losansky has recently joined Bellingham Story Hour to help with marketing and other business aspects. Losansky is an artist who is also a management major currently finishing her degree. So many organizations in the arts don’t have these business resources, yet there is still a necessary intersection between these two, and this is the kind of work Losansky wants to do. They also feel strongly about choosing better ways to collaborate and helping to dismantle oppressive systems in these fields.

Each month the community helps Bellingham Story Hour select a theme

Indie Arts Spotlight

Micaela Lieseke

If you go to this young creator’s Instagram @iguanalypse, you can trace the evolution of her artistic body of work back several years. Micaela Lieseke uses watercolor, acrylic paint, a bunch of glitter, and other mediums to create vibrant, arresting pieces of radical art that often stare right back at you.

Brandon Larson

Stylish (and Subtle) Pet Decor

Larson Woodworks is run single handedly by handy-dandy craftsman Brandon Larson. Since 2006, Larson has been crafting frames, furniture, barrel planters, and unique projects– projects like the total overhaul of the 1954 Shasta trailer now used by GIRLnDOG. Visit his website,, to see examples of his work.

for the stories. Some past themes include “Oh. No? Thank you?,” “It felt like a good idea at the time,” and “I’m fine now.”

Bellingham Story Hour holds workshops on the first and third Tuesdays of every month and the story share is on the fourth Tuesday at New Prospect Theatre. You can find them on Instagram @ bhamstoryhour and sign-ups/tickets can be found on their website. Bellingham, 

Peter Ali

This musician travels the North Sound performing Native American flute and educating others on how to craft and play them. If you’re lucky enough to see him on stage (he performs everywhere from Seattle up to Lopez Island and beyond), you’ll be treated to a selection of various wooden flutes and each of their unique voices.

Scott Milo Gallery at the Framemaker

Each month, this Anacortes gallery opens a new show representing regional Washington artists. Aug. 4–26 will be the eighth Little Gems small works exhibit, a juried show featuring 70 pieces from the membership of Plein Air Washington Artists. Head to for information on the opening reception!

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“We don’t all have the privilege of world adventure or big adventures, but we still have stories to share.”
Krissa Woiwod, co-creator of Bellingham Story Hour

Local Glassmakers


Marle Knowles is a Bellingham-based stained glass artist (and avid skier) who began playing with the craft as a COVID hobby, then founded Moodles to fund her art! Knowles creates colorful panels, nature-inspired glass illustrations, and custom pieces with care. Bellingham,


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Crosby Glass Studio

On a larger scale, Erin Crosby at Crosby Glass Studio will take on your big restoration and design projects with clear or stained glass. He fixes and creates lamps, cabinets, doors, windows, and more. Bellingham, 360.527.1812,


Gossamer Glass Studio

Brian Kerkvliet has been creating glass artwork since 1977. He creates vessels, decor, and artworks via various techniques, but always with “a joy for life and technical expertise.” He runs Gossamer Glass Studio at Inspiration Farm, where you can see his work and take a class!

619 E. Laurel Rd, Bellingham, 360.319.2029, gossamerglass. com


JLS Glass Studio

Married couple Lori and Joel Soderberg make fused glass pieces that are masterfully set, melted, and warped with extremely vibrant colors. Their work is shown in galleries all over the PNW, including at Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes! Edmonds, mjlsglass. com


Whimsy Art Glass Studio

Locals may be familiar with Jenny Reich and her business

Whimsy Art Glass Studio, a favorite for finding gifts and taking classes! Reich’s pieces are often sweetly inspired by flowers, butterflies, and her own dreams. 2911 Main St., Custer, 360.510.3256, facebook. com/whimsyartglassstudio

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Navigate the Backto-School Transition with Ease

RETURNING TO SCHOOL is a natural transition in the year. Along with the changing season, students are moving to the next grade or on to college and other post-high school training. Parents face changes too, beyond growing shoe sizes, they see their kids spreading their wings and growing into themselves. PeaceHealth offers the following back-to-school notes for a safe start to the new school year, wherever you may be in the journey.

Protect Your Kids’ Health

Schedule children’s annual wellness exams, in addition to any sports physicals. An annual wellness exam gives your child’s doctor a chance to check your child’s overall health, look for any emerging problems, answer questions and offer advice about staying healthy. Kids should also have regular hearing tests, vision exams and dental checkups.

Make sure vaccinations are current. Vaccination can help your school, neighborhood and wider community avoid outbreaks of illnesses like measles, whooping cough and bacterial meningitis.

Return to a Routine

Most children thrive on predictability. They find comfort in what’s familiar because they’re still getting to know the world and their place in it. Re-establish sleep and wake routines to help with the transition from summer timelines.

You can ease any fears of returning to school by talking to your child about returning to the classroom and visiting the school or meeting the teacher ahead of time. Talk with your child’s teacher or other caregiver about the concerns

or worries your child may have. Elicit their support of your child. Help your child identify how they will get help if they need someone to talk to while at school.

Stay Safe

Be sure to talk to young children about pedestrian safety before they go back to school. Cross only at intersections and crosswalks. Do not run or cross between parked cars and never run onto a street after a ball, pet or any other reason.

Cellphone use, whether texting, talking, or using apps, is dangerously distracting for anyone who should be keeping their eyes on the road: drivers, bikers and pedestrians.

Talk with teen drivers about safe driving. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Limit the number of teens in a car. More people results in more distractions.

Once school starts, check frequently that your child is not carrying more than 15 percent of his or her body weight in their backpack. To calculate the maximum weight recommendation, multiply your child’s weight by .15. The backpack should not weigh more than this number.

Off to College

Set your kids up for success at school by making sure they have their necessary vaccines, books, etc. Items like a small first aid kit, box of basic tools, starter set of cleaning supplies, etc. in a kit will help ensure they’re prepared.

It’s important to start setting long-term boundaries and regular check-in times. Staying connected can make the feeling of an “empty nest” less worrisome.

Many parents do not fully understand how much time and care they have devoted to their child until the house is a little quieter. Even if you’ll still have other kids at home, participating in healthy hobbies can help you feel fulfilled. Talking with or spending time with others whose kids are also going to college can be beneficial. 

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Bold and Without Shame

Brazen Shop + Studio

The Shop

Located in Downtown Bellingham, Brazen Shop + Studio is a women-led shop whose space showcases works done by multiple local artists and small businesses across the U.S. The word “brazen” encapsulates this shop by definition: It means to be bold and without shame.

“Our first location was located in an alley. … We were opening a store with just two gals taking a leap of faith and trying something new,” says Allison Potts, one half of the founding duo behind Brazen.

The owners were in the old store location for five years before closing.

“We moved to our new location after the business (they were our neighbor) occupying it decided to close her store,” says Potts. “It was about ¼ the size of our current space.”

The Atmosphere

The new storefront has so much room that they even have a stage for live music. The walls are adorned with banners that say “Stay Weird” and other nifty pieces of artwork from local vendors.

It is possible to spend an entire day in this store as they have jewelry, candles, ceramics, and many more items to gift or happily keep for yourself. The options are endless— don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Key People

Potts and Co-Owner Karen Blanquart began by selling their creations at local stores, pop-up events, and farmer’s markets. However, they longed to have a space to display their own art and art made by their friends.

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“Instead of doing pop-ups … we wanted a permanent space to have our stuff out all the time and not pack it up,” says Potts. “We came across our old location, and everything just fell together.”

Starting in 2018, they began with just five vendors, including themselves. Now, they have expanded to include over 100 different artists. Being a woman-owned shop has been a plus for the business, as they also sell a lot of pieces by women artists.

What You’ll Find

The owners love to stay true to their roots and often host pop-up events that feature different artists— so much so they installed a permanent pop-up with Genny’s Costume Closet, a local shop specializing in vintage clothing and costume rentals for all of Whatcom County. Genny’s Costume Closet is so diverse that Potts got her wedding dress there.

“It’s not just vintage clothing; a lot of it is dressier costumes,” says Potts. “Halloween was really fun getting ideas for costumes from her closet.”

Though Brazen is currently not accepting new vendors, you can still send an email introducing yourself and your art. Make sure to include links to your social media pages and pictures of your work!

“It’s nice to have a place where our community and other artists are represented,” says Potts. “We love the community and all of our vendors.”


While Potts and Blanquart have no specific favorites, they enjoy the store’s diverse lineup of accessories.

“We really enjoy selling jewelry from the wide selection we have,” says Potts. “Most of it is from local makers.” 1319 Cornwall Ave., Ste. 101, Bellingham,, @ brazenshopandstudio 

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New Life for Old Clothes

Fix-it Fair

AFEW YEARS AGO I threw out my all-time favorite “nice” shirt. It was just a cotton shirt from Uniqlo (clearly I don’t dress up much). After years of wear it had finally pilled beyond repair and stitches were pulling from the hem. I think I actually threw the shirt in the garbage. The thought never even crossed my mind that there was another place it could go. It was too worn out to donate to a thrift store, and I did not yet know about the miracle of Ridwell.

Fast-forward a couple of years and now I know that not only can I mend my own clothes, but they usually hold more sentimental value post-mend. So where does one learn to do something like this? I was lucky enough to have a

sister who became interested in darning and sashiko-style mending, and she showed me the light.

It seems like there’s a world of people out there who have broken or worn items and another world of people who have the know-how to fix things. Wouldn’t it be great if their worlds could collide? Even if only for a single day? Maybe items you love could get fixed, maybe you could make someone’s day by salvaging their favorite dress shirt.

As a local small business owner, I have met a ton of people over the last two years. So many of these people are incredibly talented and many of them have at least one common goal: erase the fast fashion and disposable mindset we seem to have adopted and make better use of the things we have. Do you know how hard it is to find the perfect pair of jeans? Or a favorite kitchen knife? Or a bike that seems to match your personality to a T? We don’t want to get rid of these things because of a hole or a dull blade. We want to fix them and keep right on using them.

If preserving some of your favorite belongings appeals to you, I want to help. We are getting some of our talented local community members and business owners together for a day of fixing things. Maybe they can teach us a few tips so we could fix items ourselves in the future. Come for knife sharpening, jewelry repair, clothing mending and more. Bring one to two items in need of repair. Please limit items to small repairs or be prepared to wait or be referred to another local resource. All services will be offered free or by donation. We will have lots of great information about local businesses and community organizations that will help you with repairs in the future or places to learn more and expand your own skill set.

The Fix-It Fair will be held on Aug. 2 from 12-3 p.m. at Ohio Street Work Studios. If you are interested in donating your time to help with repairs, or if you have any questions, please reach out to me at pumpedbham@ 112 Ohio St., Ste. 117, Bellingham, 

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Tattoos to Help You Heal

Echo Harmony Tattoo

SCAR TREATMENT IS often the final step in a long journey towards healing, both physically and emotionally. For those looking to rewrite the stories on their skin, lasers and surgery might be the well-known treatment routes— but they’re far from the only options. Just ask Echo Rowles of Echo Harmony Tattoo.

Medical tattoos use flesh-colored pigments to address a variety of skin irregularities, from camouflaging stretch marks and scars to creating a realistic look after a mastectomy. Rowles is one of the only medical tattooists in Bellingham, and she’s careful to note that working with scars is much different— and much more technical— than tattooing healthy tissue. Luckily, Rowles has more than 25 years of surgical experience under her belt.

“I started working in the operating room in 1998,” Rowles says. “I started off as a surgical technologist, and then in 2011, I became a surgical first assistant, which is a role in surgery that manipulates, cuts and sutures together body tissues of all kinds, under the supervision of the surgeon. … In doing that, I really understood how to work with human tissue. And I think that’s really helped me transition to what I’m doing now.”

This career also gave Rowles an up-close look at the cosmetic ramifications of certain surgeries, namely mastectomies for breast cancer survivors. She began seeing patients come in after tattoo treatments and was “completely blown away” by how realistic the results were.

“That always stuck with me,” Rowles says. “But I’d always been such a scientific, analytically minded person, and what I was doing was very technical. I never really assumed that [medical tattooing] was something I could do.”

Rowles challenged this mentality when pandemic layoffs threw her surgical career into uncertainty. She first took courses on cosmetic tattooing for lips and eyebrows, then a six-month mentorship program with a world-renowned medical tattoo artist, Stacie-Rae Weir. Weir taught her that, beyond cosmetic procedures, tattoos could be used for everything from scars to stretch marks and even realistic areola reconstruction following breast cancer.

“I was like, ‘This is what I’m meant to do,’” Rowles says. “It’s like marrying my surgical, medical world with this newfound love for this art form.”

Though Rowles continues to offer cosmetic tattoos, many of her clients seek her out for more specialized treatments. One client came in with severe sunburn scars that were unresponsive to traditional laser treatments. These scars caused the client significant emotional distress, but after just

one tattoo session, he began to see improvements— so much so that he was brought to tears.

Additionally, many of Rowles’ clients are breast cancer patients seeking to feel a sense of normalcy in their bodies once again. She even offers temporary areola tattoos designed by Weir for those who want to “try on” the look of a real tattoo before fully committing.

“Doing areolas for breast cancer patients is huge,” Rowles says. “Those women just have gone through so much, and it feels like the icing on the cake, or the end of that chapter.”

Rowles also treats burns, skin grafts, and self-harm scars, the latter of which is meaningful for folks who don’t want a physical reminder of previous mental health struggles. She can even disguise the scars of patients who have undergone gender-affirming surgeries. Going forward, Rowles hopes to pivot her business towards more medical tattoos— because, while she continues to offer cosmetic tattooing, she’s most passionate about tattoos that make a difference.

“A lot of people want their brows done, so that still is a big part of my business. But my absolute focus is on the medical side, and it’s pretty incredible the results that you’re able to get from these procedures,” Rowles says. “My soul is really fueled by helping people.” 119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 950-D, Bellingham,

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1. Darning Loom | $49-$56

Northwest Yarns & Mercantile 206 W Magnolia St, Bellingham, 360.738.0167

2. Life Boost Bag | $195 Peak Hydration IV Therapy & Wellness Lounge 1216 Bay St, Bellingham 360.526.2125

3. Ducks In Spotty Boots, wooden ducks by The Original Wooden Duck Company | $32

Hamann’s Gallery & Gift Barkley Village, 360.733.8898

4. Cat Grooming & Spa | Book Online Feline Purfection 115 W. Chestnut St, Bellingham

5. Back to School Basics | $4.50 and up

Bella Rose Boutique 1134 10th Street, Bellingham 360.746.8163,

6. Tropic Thunder | $12 Fireside Martini and Wine Bar 416 W Bakerview Rd, Bellingham 360.738.1000

7. Amberleigh 2021 Shiraz | $25 GLM Wine Co. 1678 Boblett Street, Blaine, WA 98230 360.332.2097

8. ‘Bloom’, Hand-Crocheted Sun Hat | $72.50

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Find Your Perfect PALETTE

Whether you’re aiming for understated chic or all-out maximalism, color is the spice that brings a room to life. Pops of brightness can transform a space from meh to memorable— but if you want to keep things feeling cohesive, a little intentionality in your color palette goes a long way.

We asked interior designers across the North Sound about some of their favorite color schemes for 2023, and the results run the gamut from trendy to timeless. No matter your personal style, you just might find the perfect palette to inspire your next home decor project.


TO LEARN MORE about color palettes in relation to home decor, we spoke to Bellingham’s veritable expert: Robin Daly of Robin Daly Color & Design. She got her professional start with her family’s home decor and paint business, meaning that design is truly in Daly’s DNA. Moreover, she worked on projects in more than 5,000 different homes during this career era alone. Daly also holds the former job title of “Paint Princess,” having played a major role in developing a full-spectrum, artisan paint lineup for C2 Paint. Finally, she moved to Bellingham and opened up her own interior design business in 2019.

Daly sees design work as akin to storytelling, as her goal is to create spaces that “reflect back to the client” and express who they are. Everyone has access to resources like HGTV and Pinterest, but designers like Daly are able to help clients sort through information overload and make choices that best correspond to their vision and lifestyle. Moreover, because of her experience with customer service, Daly’s professional approach entails collaboration at every step of the way.

“It's a very intimate relationship,” Daly says. “You want working with your designer to be something exciting, where you're working to create something new, or solve a problem. It’s the designer’s job to bring you those solutions— and most of the clients that I work with want to come along on the journey.”

As Daly says, design is like telling a story, and that story is ultimately about you. So, things like treasured artwork and heirloom objects are essential for building your narrative— but the challenge lies in getting these elements to look cohesive together (or, as Daly, puts it, “getting them to talk to each other”). One method for creating this cohesion is to group similar objects, either by color palette or overall vibe, to create “mini-stories” in different areas of your home.

Daly says that, for example, “The bathroom might have a … specific vibe, and [that vibe] might be ‘handcrafted’. So you might have a linen Turkish bath towel instead of a fluffy towel. And you might have a hanging piece of macrame because it's handcrafted. The theme, or the vibe, or the story lives in that contained space.”

Layer Colors

Just like ingredients in a recipe, colors take on different feelings depending on what they’re paired with. For example, a green velvet sofa becomes neutral if paired with an area rug featuring bolder gold, navy, and reds. If that same sofa were paired with subdued grays or browns, the resulting atmosphere would be totally different.

Daly sometimes even recommends that clients introduce more than one neutral to their room’s color palette for added richness.

“Sometimes, I encourage people to have two neutrals, a cool neutral and a warm neutral,” Daly says. “So let's say you have gray floors; bring in sand so that you have cool and warm. And then you can then add colors to that, and it creates a more sophisticated palette.”

Seek Out Commonalities

It might seem counterintuitive, but the first step to deciding on a color palette doesn’t actually involve decision making. Rather, Daly advises clients to browse home decor inspo on Pinterest or Houzz, create a designated folder, and throw in every photo that catches their eye.

“Don't analyze it, don't go back to it— wait a week or two and then go look at it again. You're going to see some throughlines,” Daly says. “You're going to find, ‘Oh, you know, I keep looking at rooms that have walnut wood,’ or ‘I keep looking at rooms that have moss green.’”

Create Mini-Stories

Picture this: You’ve collected artwork from all over the world, and this collection is highly important to you. Unfortunately, some of these pieces clash— or they simply don’t fit with your home’s overall atmosphere. You want your decor to look intentional, but you’re also (rightfully) unwilling to compromise on sentimental items. What’s the solution?

Photo by Snowberry Lane Photography

Choose According to Mood

“Color is something that we all respond to,” Daly says. “It affects us physically, as well as with our cones and rods in our eyes. And so a lot of times people will come into a space and they'll be like, ‘Ah, this feels great,’ rather than, ‘This looks great.’ You're creating a feeling.”

Different colors can even be used to create different emotions; for example, green is considered a healing color, whereas blues are considered to be restful. Daly cites yellowgreen draperies that she chose for a predominately blue room. The addition of warmer colors created excitement to the space, whereas bluish-green accents would have felt too subdued.

Light with Intention

Sticking with a color palette might introduce cohesion, but it won’t make the atmosphere of your room feel fully complete. Rather, the key to creating an inviting space is to accent it. Daly says that pillows and window treatments will add additional interest and luxury.

Moreover, the devil is truly in the details when it comes to lighting accents. Rather than relying on harsh overhead lamps, Daly likes to introduce warm, directed pools of light according to function.

“We might find a lamp that's very directed, where light comes over our shoulder so we can read a book but it keeps the atmosphere going on,” Daly says. “Think about a reading lamp in bed. You don't want to bother your partner so much, but you just want the light for your side of the bed, right?”

As for the bulbs themselves? Buyers beware: Daylight bulbs might seem like the right choice by name alone. However, they result in a bluish cast that can feel sterile rather than inviting.

Test Your Paints

We couldn’t talk about color palettes without talking about paint— and yes, there is a right (and wrong) way to choose colors. Firstly, Daly recommends selecting paints at the end of your design process. Paint colors can be customized, whereas options for fabrics and other decor elements are more limited. (Who knows— your fabrics and furniture might even provide the inspiration for your paint color!)

Secondly, our eyes can’t properly translate a 4-by-2-inch paint chip to an 8-by-12-foot wall. Daly thus recommends that her clients paint a life-sized version on their wall before making a final decision.

“What happens is, your eye is reading the relationship of the tiny paint chip to the big wall,” Daly says. “So you can't really see that color accurately. You're not seeing it in a lifesize example. This is what I advise clients: Four feet wide, four feet tall. Two coats.”



Still not sure where to start? Daly’s website offers a free worksheet to help you further narrow down your home’s ideal vibe. To learn more or book a consultation, visit


ART TEACHERS EVERYWHERE say the same thing: You have to know the rules before you can bend them. Tried and true methods provide groundwork that you can use as a launching pad to explore new and interesting things! To learn where we should start with color (and then where to go from there), we reached out to BreAnne Green, owner of beloved home store Greenhouse in Downtown Bellingham.

Green’s qualifications go beyond theoretical knowledge–Greenhouse also offers home staging and design, and has staged over 400 homes in the past three years. Green herself has personally designed and furnished more than 23 homes on HGTV’s series, “Unsellable Houses.”

“Creating 23 unique color palettes and designs expanded my horizons beyond what I had previously done with curating looks in the store or in individual homes,” says Green. “What I have learned over the years is that no matter what the current trends are, color is absolutely necessary in every room to bring balance and harmony to the space.”

Rule of Three

Green’s number one, nail-it-down, always-keep-this-inmind rule is to establish a kind of “food pyramid” of colors.

“You have a base color that is dominant, a secondary tone that sets the feel, and then finally a third color that connects both the base and secondary tone and is more of a small pop of color,” she says.

Your base is going to be the biggest or heaviest part of the room, like the walls or the sofa. Your secondary color should be complementary and highly present throughout the space. Your third color should be used on details, like baseboards and decor, to tie everything together.

On the other hand, Green also gave us some examples on how to break free of common color ruts in interior design.

Too Hot, Too Cold

“One of the reasons why gray, white, and black gained so much in popularity in the last few years is because we were coming out of a phase for years where only warm tones were used,” says Green. Instead of going to all cool or all warm tones, strike a balance!

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Avoid Oppressive Color Consolidation

“Stay away from using the same color sofa and accent chairs. Having more than one piece of furniture in the same [color] fabric or leather is too heavy for the room. Instead… add in your secondary color with your accent chairs, then add your third pop of color with your rug or accent tables.”

Moderate your Modern

“On season 2, episode 2 of ‘Unsellable Houses,’ I challenged myself to come up with a new look for the incredibly popular and overdone ‘modern farmhouse,’” Green says. “While [the Modern Farmhouse design] has so many appeals, ultimately the black and white color palette is too cold and doesn’t lean into any of the warmth that the PNW has to offer.”

She recommends spicing these types of design schemes up with a warm wood, or pops of yellow, blue, and green.


WHEN DESIGNING INTERIORS, color can be an excellent starting point. Color is aspirational! It tells everyone the energy you want to set in a room. But equally important to the mood of a space is the feel. Texture holds visual, physical, and logistical influence over any design. Take a white or extremely pale color palette; generally it will set a calm, clean, and spacious vibe. But a futuristic and mod room can be white, with smooth transparent glass, shiny molded fixtures, and be cool to the eye and touch, while a farmhouse chic room can be white, with rough painted pale wood, rustic linen drapes, and invoke a homely, warm welcome.

To elaborate on making these texture decisions while designing, we spoke with Sandra Hurtley, a designer whose attention to detail makes her exceptional at crafting layered texture in her spaces. Learn more about Hurtley and see her work at


big role in the look and feel of a space. Texture determines whether it’s cozy or formal, organic or modern. A space can feel completely flat until you start to add pillows or an area rug with texture. Layering texture is what gives depth and interest. It’s a balance and extremely important.

What are your favorite types of texture in design? And how do you put them to use?

Hi there! Please introduce yourselves to our Bellingham Alive readers.

My name is Sandra Hurtley and I am the owner of Positive Space Inc. I graduated from Heritage School of Interior Design in 2008 and started Positive Space in 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia. I have been back in Whatcom County now for six years. I have lived in many beautiful places, but Whatcom County is where I grew up and I’m so happy to be back. I live at the beach and love our quality of life here in the “upper left.”

So, if you could ballpark a value on it, how important is texture to successful interior design, and why? Often, the best designs look “effortless.” In reality all good design follows a formula using the elements and principles of design. Texture is one of the seven elements and plays a very

I love texture on walls— think seagrass wallpaper or a Venetian plaster fireplace. Also, light fixtures with a lot of texture always make a big statement and become a focal point. Fabrics are a great and easy way to incorporate texture through draperies, furniture, and accessories. I love choosing fabrics!

Any tips for using complementary or contrasting textures?

Have an idea of the overall feel you are trying to create and think about how all of the elements of the room will work together. Good design has layers. Try not to overdo it, texture is visual as well as tactile.

Any other parting thoughts about using texture in interior design?

Texture is one of the elements that people respond to the most. If a fabric is soft velvet or a tile is smooth marble, it is irresistible to touch. Consider the style of space you are trying to create and always consider where the texture will come from.

Photo Courtesy of Sandra Hurtley Photo by Snowberry Lane Photography


THE IDEA OF “bringing the outside in” is popular here in the North Sound, and for good reason— our immediate environment affects us more than it would in a major metropolitan area.

Even Daly agrees: “It's a more visceral reaction because the sky is bigger, it's bluer. The water, the trees, the trail systems … so many of us can get out to nature so much easier. It's more in the DNA up here than being in a big city.”

If you’re building a PNW-inspired color palette, your initial choices might be obvious: blues, greens, and browns. Yes, these colors are obviously stunning— but they’re not your only choices. Here are some of our ideas for incorporating every shade of the North Sound into your own decor.



• Barnaby Sofa Greenhouse Home, $2,168

Lisa Staton of Lisa

Interior Design is a Bellingham-based designer who specializes in spaces that are “classic, warm, cleanly edited, and highly liveable.” Her work has been featured everywhere from Martha Stewart to Luxe Magazine.

As autumn approaches, Staton says that greens are back on trend, and they can be used as a “grounding deep neutral.” Staton’s recent project, a historic Victorian home, juxtaposes white ceilings, rich woods, and gold accents against deep forest greens for a timeless yet sophisticated atmosphere. We used Staton's palette as inspiration when curating items from local businesses (prices and availability subject to change). Bellingham,

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Staton Photo by Aaron Leitz
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Photo by Aaron Leitz


Tanna Edler approaches her work with a simple philosophy: “live easy.” With her full-service design firm, TANNA BY DESIGN, she takes on projects both in Washington State and nationwide. Moreover, she’s the only Washington State-based designer to win the coveted IDS Designer of the Year award.

When it comes to colors, Edler says she’s currently obsessed with “comfy velvets in the colors of the desert, copper accents, and bronzed patina,” i.e. earthy neutrals grounded through layers of texture. This timeless, cozy combo puts a new spin on the well-worn farmhouse aesthetic. Western Washington,


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Judd and Black, $3,600

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• Sidra Counter Stool Greenhouse Home, $448

• CareByMe Charlot Throw Garden Room, $416


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Photo Credit Photo by Nic Aston Photo by Nic Aston


As a design consultant with Samuel’s Furniture, Nia Sayers loves pairing soft colors like blues and pinks with dramatic accents. For example, a subtle blush chair will really pop when paired with dark and grounded paints.

“I'm using Midnight Stroll from Clark & Kensington on all my interior trim: doors, baseboard, window casings,” says Sayers. “It sounds bold but it acts more like a crisp border. It does the same thing for your room that eyeliner does for your face. To tone it down, … add a hint of blush with Benjamin Moore's Proposal with a balance of neutrals and black accents.” Ferndale,


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Greenhouse Home, $39

• Jaipur Yasmin Collection Rug

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Samuel’s Furniture, $3,295

• Rupa Palasamudram

Horsehair Raku Bottle

Good Earth Pottery, $250

• Hinkley LED Chandelier

Chuckanut Lighting, $1,099

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Photo Credit Photo courtesy of Patty Koskovich


Patty Koskovich has been involved in residential interior design since 1991, and runs Koskovich Design Group out of Anacortes. As a seasoned designer, she knows timelessness is key, but is thrilled that the current trend embraces color.

“Living near Puget Sound, I always think of coastal blues. Mixing blues from palest hue to darkest is classic,” she says. “I prefer to paint the room in a neutral color such as a creamy white, sand, or soft gray, then infuse color.”

Koskovich suggests using rich navies (her favorite is Sherwin Williams Naval 6244) for kitchen cabinets and islands, ikat patterned fabric upholstery in different blue hues, and white and blue draperies to complete the color scheme. Anacortes,


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Bella Rose Boutique, $10

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Wisteria Rug

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• Summer House Blue Stripes


Greenhouse Home, $44

• Stoneware Measuring Cup

Petals & Blooms, $20

• Carol Yoon and Emiko

Olason Mug

Good Earth Pottery, $60

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Photo courtesy of Patty Koskovich


As for her own palette, Daly also takes inspiration from the PNW palette— but rather than opting for more obvious colors, she springs for the subtle pinks and yellows paired with dusky blues and purples.

“Not all PNW color palettes need to include green and blue (though I love that, too),” she says. “This palette is more about the glorious sunlight and shadows that appear at sunrise and sunset.” Bellingham,


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Garden Spot Nursery, prices vary

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• Malaga Candle Holder

Garden Room, $45

*depending on fabric choice

Photo courtesy of Phillip Jeffries
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The Pros

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Three-time gold winner for Best Builder, Highline Construction consistently ranks at the top for quality customer care and expert level design, building, and excavation services. Founded in 2011 and locally owned and operated, Highline offers not just dependable building services, but also boasts an impressive in-house design team. Having an interior designer, a project designer, and a licensed architect on staff is part of what makes Highline so special. Clients choose Highline for their end-to-end service, knowing Highline’s design and production teams work together seamlessly to deliver on their clients’ unique dreams. Known most for large-scale remodels, they now offer excavation services with the same commitment to quality. Their team comes with more than 20 years of experience in stormwater management, grading and yard expansion, gravel driveways, and more. In addition to providing exceptional customer care and craftsmanship, Highline is community-minded and donates to numerous local nonprofit organizations each year.

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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.

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For more than 49 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 and giftware from trusted brands like Cal Lighting, Stylus, Whittier, Oakcraft, and Sunny Designs, 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 of your wood furniture needs and our wide selection, 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!

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Heat pumps. You have likely heard of them, and there is good reason! What are they, how do they work, and should you upgrade to one?

A heat pump is a highly efficient system that both heats and cools your home, working in tandem with your gas or electric furnace and existing duct work, so you always have perfectly controlled air being supplied to your home. Unlike traditional HVAC systems, heat pumps work by transferring heat, rather than generating it, resulting in significant energy savings and lower utility bills. Beyond the energy savings and cooling power, for some homeowners’, heat pumps entitle you to local rebates and/or tax credits.

Very similar to an air conditioning unit, but with select internal differences— For homes with ductwork, an outdoor unit, (condenser coil) is placed against the home and is connected to an indoor box

(evaporator coil). In homes that don’t have ducting, the same technology is used but is referred to as a “Ductless Heat Pump or Mini Split.” Truly a solution for every home!

As a homeowner in the beautiful pacific northwest, you know that the regions weather can be unpredictable. From cold winters to hot summers, finding the perfect heating and cooling solution for your home can be a challenge. Upgrading to a heat pump is the one option that stands out among the rest.

Call us today to schedule a free in-home estimate. We are happy to answer questions on how Heat Pumps integrate with your home, what you can expect, and get you set up with an in-depth assessment to best fit your budget and comfort needs.

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You’ll find everything you need at Bellingham’s one-stop interior design center Homeport Interiors and Options Cabinetry. Locally owned and operated with our in-house design team offering Interior Design, Kitchen and Bath Design, and Space Planning.

Options Cabinetry is focused on creating beautiful and functional cabinetry for every lifestyle, budget, and dream while providing original custom designs that allow our clients to set themselves apart. Let our designers at and Options Cabinetry help you get started today. No project is ever too big or too small; too long or too short. Whether it’s your home or business, custom design is our specialty, and we can’t wait to help your dream become a reality.





You’ll find everything you need at Bellingham’s onestop interior design center Homeport Interiors and Options Cabinetry. Locally owned and operated with our in-house design team offering Interior Design, Kitchen and Bath Design, Furniture & Décor, and Space Planning. HomePort Interiors is focused on creating unique designs while reflecting our client’s personality and lifestyle, by capturing their design dreams and making them a reality. We have a wide selection of choices from eco-friendly carpets, distinctive wood flooring, luxury vinyl and European tile that meet your personalized needs. Our broad selection of custom furnishings allows you to create a beautiful space. Let our designers help you get started today. No project is ever too big or too small; too long or too short. Whether it’s your home or business, custom design is our specialty, and we can’t wait to help your dream become a reality.


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Northstar Stone & Landscape Supply has been a leading provider of Hardscape and Masonry supplies in Whatcom County for 22 years.

Northstar maintains a large inventory of Natural Stone, Retaining Wall Block, Pavers, Stone Veneer and Pond Supplies along with various gravels, soils and bark. We offer a large and diverse variety of products to fulfill your landscape and building needs. “In addition, our showroom is filled with beautiful Amethyst, Fossils, Specialty Stones & Gems.

Northstar Stone & Landscape Supply is a destination shop for locals as well as our out-of-town visitors. Our friendly knowledgeable staff are here year-round 7 days a week to assist you with your home, professional and commercial projects. Delivery is also available if needed. We welcome you to stop by and see where your imagination leads you.

4840 Pacific Hwy Bellingham, Wa. 98226



Audio Video Excellence (AVX) is your premiere provider of integrated Home Theater and Entertainment systems. We have been working on smart home automation and home theater installation since 1984.

We are the professionals who will guide you through the design and implementation of your system, tailored to your specific needs and budget whether it be for home, office, or your boat. We are leaders in commercial installations, including corporate boardrooms, restaurants, bars, casinos, and government facilities. We’re dedicated to total customer satisfaction, quality of work and superior attention to detail.

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Having relocated to Arizona after spending most of my adult life in the Bellingham area, I know firsthand how important the move is and how challenging it can be to find your next home or second home, and more importantly community.

There are many beautiful places to choose from in Arizona. For your next phase of life consider amenities, elevation, ease to freeway and airport access and overall lifestyle you want to live.

Do you want to live in a 55+ community or do you prefer more land and a larger home? Do you want a golf community and a bit higher elevation, or do you prefer being in the middle of all the hustle and bustle, close to restaurants, the arts and shopping? All these are questions we will explore. As I get to know you and your wants and needs, my experience in real estate investing and residential design will help me guide you to find that perfect place to call home.

Call me, let’s chat. I would be honored to help.


Security Lynx is local to Bellingham, and is Washington’s exclusive dealer and installer for the strongest residential and commercial door and window security screens on the market.

Security and safety are a major concern for everyone in today’s uncertain world.

We provide Northwest homes and business owners the piece of mind that comes from knowing the common points of entry in your home or business will hold up to the most brazen attempts to break in.

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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.

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Call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss the beautiful options available for your home.

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Sound Cedar Lumber was founded in 1980 in Downtown Conway and moved to it’s current location on Cedardale Road in Mount Vernon about 20 years ago. In 2018, after working at Sound Cedar Lumber for 12 years, Robert Desmarais and his wife Kris bought the business and have evolved it into the success it is today.

Their 8,000 sq ft showroom and 14,000 sq ft warehouse holds a myriad of materials including their specialty, Western Red Cedar, as well as Doug Fir, Japanese Cedar, Pressure Treated Hemlock-Fir, and more. Customers can find everything they need to finish their projects at Sound Cedar, which is why they also carry top brands like Deckorators Composite Decking, Big Green Egg, Cutek Stains, Simpson StrongTie fasteners and accents, and Camo fasteners.

Sound Cedar offers both local and worldwide delivery at competitive prices and finds pride in making sure their customers receive only the best.

2600 Cedardale Road, Mt. Vernon, 98273 360.424.4548

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Hot Nights and Happy Hours

Spotlight on The Orion

When it opened in 2017, The Orion joined a boom in Downtown Bellingham’s nightlife scene and has since established itself firmly as a staple stop on many locals’ bar crawls.

HAPPY HOUR” IS a magical two-word phrase with the power to tempt even the most curmudgeonly friends out for a cheap bite or brew. These periods of time give us a reason to celebrate any given day, and spare our wallets from the full cost of living it up! So naturally, since we love our readers (that’s you) and want them to have a great time, we’ve collected some info on awesome happy hours around the Sound for you to check out.

If mixed drinks are your top prerogative, there are plenty of great deals to take into account. Matthew’s Honest Cocktails in Bellingham is known for their cool atmosphere, fun ingredients, and well-executed cocktails. You can enjoy their drinks at $2 off daily from 4-6 p.m.

Also in Bellingham, L&L Libations rewards all-nighters with a happy hour that’s 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close (either 11 p.m. or midnight). You can get $2 off all house cocktails, which is an extensive and unique list, not to mention $1 off their craveable crunchwrap.

The Orion is on Holly Street, close to other night time hotspots. The interior is hand-painted by Owner Jonny McIntyre with astrological imagery, and black lights add cosmic intrigue. Board games, 25 cent rounds of pool, and a casual menu of bar snacks and hot dogs contribute to the comfy atmosphere, allowing this laid-back cocktail lounge to be “not a dive bar, not a club, but a nice happy in-between,” according to Bartender Kay Petersen.

But the thing that makes it the perfect place to start an evening is their happy hour! From 5-7 p.m. every day, pints of Rainier are $2, house wine and microbrews are only $4, and you can get any of their house craft cocktails for just $5– a $2-3 discount depending on your pick.

Their cocktails are space-themed, featuring an array of spirits, mixers, and out-of-this-world fun. We tried the Cassiopeia, a sweetly refreshing drink made with peach vodka, muddled citrus, lemonade, and soda, garnished with an irresistible gummy peach ring. It was an absolute treat, and it’s no wonder Petersen says it’s highly requested! If you haven’t visited yet, make The Orion your launch pad for your next night out.

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The Orion Cassiopeia

Many a happy hour is spent gathered around a table, sipping brews or a great glass of wine! The Porterhouse Pub in Mount Vernon is a local favorite that recently had as many as 17 beers on tap, two ciders, and a small selection of wines. Monday-Friday you can take your pick of them for 20% off between 3-6 p.m.

In Fairhaven is Archer Ale House, which offers a daily happy hour from 3-5 p.m. It includes $1 off many of its spirits, drafts, house cocktails, and wine. They also offer what one might consider a coveted bar specialty– the shot and beer combo. During happy hour, you can get $2.50 cans of Old German, and you can add a well shot for a total of just $7!

For a vast wine selection, it’s hard to beat Leader Block Trattoria & Bar in Ferndale. During their happy hour from 4-6 p.m. you can try glasses ranging from $4-$8, including New Zealand Sav Blancs, Californian Chardonnay, Italian Sangiovese, and many more. Temple Bar in Downtown Bellingham offers the unbeatable deal of an entire bottle of wine and a small cheese plate for $20 during their happy hour from 4-7 p.m.

Spotlight on Banter

From the skylights that bathe the inside in sunlight to the potted plants that crawl up the white brick walls, everything at Banter Hospitality in Bellingham feels like a breath of fresh air. That includes their happy hour menu.

Banter’s happy hour runs from 4-6 p.m. and features an $8 cocktail of the day, which, when I went, was a dangerously tasty Gin and Fizz that could have easily passed as a bubbly, freshly squeezed lemonade.

The refreshing cocktail is made with gin, lemon juice, soda water, Creme de Violette, and lavender simple, and is topped with aquafaba foam and a lemon twist. Running down the side of the glass is a visually stunning coat of purple lavender sugar that gives a little kick of floral flavor to the citrusy deliciousness within the glass.

On the food side of the happy hour menu are a number of different food options for everyone from meat eaters to vegans. I landed on the vegetarian Potato Dumplings for $10. This rich dish comes with potato-stuffed dumplings slathered in a butter-mushroom sauce that adds another level of meltin-your-mouth creaminess. The dumplings are topped with lemon, pepper, and a hefty sprinkle of cilantro and dill, which add additional great flavor to the soft dumplings.

If you are in the mood for something a little less decadent, try a $5 pint of beer and some sweet potato fries for $6. 

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A Taste of Japan in Downtown Bellingham

Ramen + Bowl

TUCKED INTO A cozy downtown storefront, red paper lanterns line the windows to greet customers at the recently opened Ramen & Bowl. The small space utilizes a mix of single and shared seating, echoing the ramen shops of Japan that inspired it. Likewise, the menu is streamlined, offering tempting variations on two staple dishes: ramen and donburi (Japanese rice bowls).

This latest culinary venture by Paul Han and his team joins eight other venues that they currently operate in Washington, including Japanese comfort food restaurant Fremont Bowl. The team started their career in the restaurant industry in 1994 in Tokyo, and have been serving the greater Seattle area since 2001.

Han moved into the local food scene in 2019 when his team took over operation of the Bellingham landmark Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse in historic Fairhaven. Since then, Han and his team have wanted to share their favorite Japanese dishes with their new customers.

“[By opening Ramen & Bowl] we hope to familiarize our customers with more Japanese cuisine,” Han says.

When we visited there on a chilly March evening, the tables were filled with lively conversations shared over warm bowls. The walls were decorated with bright, stylized posters highlighting different aspects of Japanese culture and a neon sign featuring a cute cat eating noodles glowed in the corner.

The most common ramen options were shio (clear salt-based broth) and shoyu (soy flavored broth), but we were served their most popular dish: a speciality Tonkotsu Ramen ($14.95, +$1.50 for spicy and +$2 for super spicy) which features a rich pork bone broth. Along with the traditional noodles, the tonkotsu ramen includes tender chashu (Japanese braised pork belly) and beni shoga (pickled ginger) along with the standard menma (seasoned bamboo shoots), moyashi (bean sprouts), scallions, sesame seeds, ajitamago (marinated soft-boiled egg), and naruto (fish cake).

Our broth was made spicy, which added a sinus-clearing kick that helped flush the late winter cold out of our systems. A side of delightfully tart yuzu citrus paste added a tangy sweetness to

the heat and balanced out the delicate flavors nicely.

In addition to the main entrees, Ramen & Bowl also offers a selection of vegetable and meat side dishes that are commonly found in Japanese barrestaurants and street stalls such as gyoza (fried pork dumplings), takoyaki (grilled octopus balls; a popular street food from Osaka), and karaage (marinated Japanese style fried boneless chicken).

“Our goal is to have authentic and delicious Japanese food be accessible to people who may have never had the opportunity to try it before,” Han states. “With Bellingham being filled with many young and open-minded people, we could broaden people’s palettes.”

Our empty bowls and full stomachs couldn’t agree more.

Ramen & Bowl is open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is closed on Tuesday. Reservations are not needed, and delivery and pickup is also available. 105 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham, 360.647.3530, 

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Meals to Nourish the Body and Soul

Persimmon Bistro

THE NEXT TIME you’re cruising along Chuckanut Drive, we recommend making the time to visit Bow Sanctuary. This idyllic site offers everything from movement classes to meditation, saunas, workshops, and— as of this summer— farm-to-table food at Persimmon Bistro.

Persimmon is the result of a collaboration between the folks at Bow Sanctuary and Fairhaven’s Evolve Chocolate + Cafe, a.k.a. the 3MCs (three married couples). Two years ago, Sanctuary Co-Founders Brian Rusk, Beth Rusk, Brittany Kemp, and Jonny Kemp purchased the property and expanded its Japanese-inspired gardens to include a holistic approach to wellness.

Once opened, visitors could initially enjoy movement classes such as yoga and qigong, one-on-one body treatments including massage, and open gardens during Sunday at the Sanctuary events. There was nowhere on-site to have a meal at the time— but Persimmon was in the works.

“We always joked [how much] we loved Evolve … so much, if only we could just find somebody like Evolve!” Jonny says. “And so we ended up talking to Shannon and Christy in a more consulting type of role … and they started thinking about it and were like, ‘Well, what if we helped you do food on-site?’”

As it happened, Evolve Owners Christy and Shannon Fox were already looking to expand their operations.

“We wanted the ability to offer our current customers and the future fans the opportunity to enjoy a more robust savory menu while being a part of something bigger than ourselves,” says Christy.

Persimmon’s menu was engineered by Christy with local farmers, producers, and fisherfolk in mind. Shannon takes on creative and admin roles of the business, and the other five partners take on creative and admin roles. In addition to sourcing locally, Christy makes sure that every available ingredient is incorporated wisely, has multiple uses, and is never wasted.

“If we don’t sell out of our daily soup, then that gets packaged and goes into our to-go pantry, while other ingredients get chopped up and reused in specials,” Jonny says. “It’s amazing to see what Chef Christy does in terms of sustainability and using everything to its fullest potential.”

The result is a menu that’s packed with fresh produce, housemade ferments, and farm-to-table ingredients. Examples include onsite microgreen aquaponics courtesy of FarmWild (Brian’s other endeavor), FarmWild poultry and produce, house-made persimmon vinaigrette, chutney, and many more seasonal offerings.

In terms of beverages, Jonny says that the tea selection is what sets Persimmon’s menu apart. The bistro offers both espresso drinks and a wide variety of Asian, English, and herbal teas.

“We encourage people to take the time to get a pot of loose leaf, get your tray and cup, sit by the koi pond, and sip your tea,” Jonny says.

Speaking of tea, Bow Sanctuary even features an authentic teahouse. It’s currently used for private Thai massages in the summer, but Jonny dreams of offering tea ceremonies in the future. The 3MCs also plan to install a full kitchen with dinner service, speaker series, and food events.

Above all, though, the team hopes for the space to be a “community hub” where folks can do whatever brings them joy — whether that’s moving their bodies at a yoga class, easing their tensions in a massage, or nourishing their body and soul with farm-to-table food.

“There’s something to be said about taking time and giving yourself even a half- or quarter-day to be mindful, relax, and practice self-care,’” Jonny says. “Make it down here, try the food; it’s really good. Maybe go to a movement class. If that’s not your thing, just sit somewhere, read, listen to the koi pond, and chill.”

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Seared Sea Scallops with Snap Pea Risotto and Infused Olive Oil

Chef Eduardo Diego of Infusion Cuisine

FOR NEARLY A decade, Infusion Cuisine has brought deliciously classic dishes from Asian, Italian, and Mexican cuisine to Lynden. It’s a family-run restaurant with high-end experience behind it, which shines through in Chef Eduardo Diego’s dedication to finely crafting authentic recipes from each region. The menu is full of approachable dishes, so diners can order confidently and always leave satisfied. If you’re not sure where to bring the family, Infusion Cuisine’s recently expanded dining room has seats for everybody, and flavors for every taste!

Meet the Chef

Diego grew up in Acapulco, Mexico. He recalls watching his father and uncles, who were chefs themselves, sharpening their knives and working the kitchen. They inspired a lifelong curiosity and gravitation towards the profession in Diego. He moved to San Diego in 1992, working in hospitality and then in kitchens, eventually learning from many chefs who specialized in different genres of cuisine. After years of firsthand experience in fine dining and five-star resorts, Diego loved the diversity and range of the different cuisines he’d trained in.

When Diego and his wife, Yesenia Pulido, opened Infusion Cuisine, they chose to highlight the beauty in the distinct cultures of their dishes. Rather than combining different recipes in typical “fusion” fashion, Diego strives for excellent execution of authentic dishes from Mexican, Asian, and Italian tradition. For example, you can find Carne Asada ($25), Thai-style Panang Curry ($23), and Chicken Florentine ($24) on the menu regularly.

The recipe Diego shared with us proves that fine foods don’t have to be overly complicated and can use simple ingredients. Find more accessible inspiration like this by visiting Infusion Cuisine yourself! 


For the Infused Oil:

1 cup pea vines (reserve a few to garnish the plate)

½ cup peas

¼ cup chopped spinach (optional for color)

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

For the Risotto and Scallops

24 jumbo sea scallops

2 cups Arborio rice

2 tablespoons white onion, chopped

4 sprigs thyme

1 ½ cups white wine (Chablis recommended)

3 cups chicken broth

¹/³ cup parmesan cheese


For the Infused Oil:

• Using a blender, puree peas and vines. Use spinach for color if desired.

• Add oil slowly and ensure everything is fully macerated. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then strain through a fine mesh to separate infused oil from the pureed peas.

For the Risotto:

Saute the onions with the infused oil until translucent, but reserve a small amount of oil for garnish later.

• Add Arborio rice and continue to saute until golden.

• Add white wine, stirring until all the wine is absorbed.

• Add chicken broth one cup at a time, stirring until the risotto has your desired consistency.

• Remove from heat and stir in the parmesan cheese.

• Add the pureed peas and thyme last (the later you add them, the fresher their color and flavor will be in the final dish!).

For the Scallops:

In a pan over high heat, sear the scallops with minimal oil for about two minutes on each side.

Plate the dish by putting a drop or two of infused oil on the plate where you plan to set each scallop. Place the scallops on the oil.

• Scoop the risotto with two large spoons and mold into “footballs” before placing on the plate.

• Garnish with additional whole peas and any extra oil to preference.

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quality. Avenue Bread also offers some of the freshest, tastiest breakfast sandwiches around.



902 N. State St., Bellingham


If you’ve never had Ethiopian food before, get ready you’re in for a treat. Ambo has something to offer meat eaters and vegans alike, and it’s the best kind of comfort food: Hearty, healthy, and warming on a soul-deep level.


1144 10th St., Bellingham


(or brunch, depending on your wake-up time), lunch, and dinner. The food is best described as “new American comfort.”

CARNAL American, Barbecue

1234 North State St., Bellingham


Carnal offers hyper-local ingredients that highlight the bounty of the season, with an emphasis on slow-cooked meat entrees. The menu will always feature a chicken, fish, and veggie option, as well as their signature short rib. The covered eating area is perfect for a romantic dinner.



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833 N. State St., Bellingham


11th Hour Tea & Coffee Bar has an extensive menu of drinks around $3–5, with a variety of teas, golden milks, tea lattes, superfood lattes, and a full line of espresso items. The intimate space is cozy and encourages conversation between friends and strangers alike. The energy, menu, and location attract everyone from college students and families to health-minded folks.


1313 Railroad Ave., Bellingham

1135 11th St., Bellingham

2301 James St., Bellingham

444 Front St., Lynden


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

Cold press juices make up the bulk of the menu at Big Love Juice. However, these aren’t your average juices. Big Love Juice uses a hydraulic press, rather than the traditional high-heat methods that eliminate much of the vitamins and nutrients found in fruits and vegetables. Customers looking for something a little heartier can also pick from a multitude of smoothies, soups, salads, bowls, and loaded toasts.


4192 Meridian St., Bellingham


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.

CAFE VELO Coffeehouse, Deli

120 Prospect St., Bellingham


Cafe Velo is a European-inspired cafe with a twist in addition to serving fresh espresso, the cafe also doubles as a bike shop. With plenty of outdoor seating and bike racks customers can bask in the fresh air while enjoying a beverage or sandwich named after one of the owner’s favorite climbs from bicycle racing. This is more than just a place to quickly grab a bite; it’s a place to build community.

CAMBER COFFEE Coffeehouse, American

221 W. Holly St., Bellingham


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

10459 Mount Baker Hwy., Glacier 360.599.2511,

After a long day skiing or snowboarding from Mount Baker Ski Area’s eight chairlifts, Chair 9 is tailor-made for those seeking a place to grab a bite before heading back down the highway. The building is spacious, with two stories of seating and a colorful variety of snowboards decorating the wall. Their pizza is crafted on house-made artisan dough and cooked classically in a wood stone oven. The restaurant’s relaxed atmosphere and delicious menu make it a destination to try on your next trip to the slopes.


1211 11th St., Bellingham 360.676.1011,

The “dirt” on Dirty Dan Harris? In a word: excellent. The steakhouse provides a warm atmosphere, friendly waitstaff, quaint historic surroundings, and superb food. Perhaps the best reflection on the restaurant is the friendly waitstaff. Most have worked here for years and it shows in their enthusiasm for your dining experience. Make sure to leave room for dessert, because the selections are dangerously good.


1102 Harris Ave., Bellingham


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.

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Brazilian, Fusion

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Frequent visitors of Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven district are sure to have noticed the bright red landmark known as the “Fairhaven Village Bus.” You can find delicious Brazilian barbecue treats such as tacos, soups, tamales, and bakery goods.


5645 Guide Meridian, Bellingham 360.398.2462,

Three years after Hilltop Restaurant opened, the small cafe turned into a classic diner open 14 hours a day, seven days a week, with delicious takes on all the classic diner eats. It’s the type of place where you’ll hear Ariana Grande’s music softly playing in the background while a waitress in a white apron asks if she can top off your still half-full coffee.


119 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.656.5223,

JUXT’s unique 28-tap draft system allows for a rotating selection of locally sourced beer, wine, cider, cold brew, and cocktails. Because cocktails are mixed and ready on-request, JUXT can deliver something unfound in other bars: cocktail flights. The food menu is also large and varied, with options to satisfy any palate or hunger level. True to the bar’s spirit, it juxtaposes fine dining items with pub-friendly comfort foods like nachos, burgers, and poutine.


133 E. Holly St., Bellingham


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 an omnivore and if you are craving eggs benedict, Little Cheerful is definitely for you. Side note: Cash only.

THE LOFT Northwest, American & Seafood

1801 Roeder Ave., Bellingham


In a world of freeze-dried and processed prepackaged foods, The Loft strives to be an exception. From the fresh, locally caught salmon and halibut, to the cage-free organic eggs, they believe the ingredients make the dish. Their dressings, sauces, and seasoning are all from

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421 Front St., Lynden


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.



1210 11th St., Bellingham


Formerly in Glacier, the Milano’s in downtown Fairhaven is your destination for fine Italian dining and seafood. Wine lovers will feel especially at home, as Milano’s boasts the largest wine list in Whatcom County. Despite being a high-end restaurant, it’s also informal. You don’t have to dress up, and everyone is welcome.


1650 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham


Pita bread is pita bread, right? Not at Mykonos. If you order a starter of hummus, prepare your tastebuds for slices of heaven. If you consider yourself a connoisseur of Greek cuisine, you won’t be disappointed. Mykonos offers excellent value for the price Pheidippides would be proud.


4151 Meridian St., Ste. 106, Bellingham, 360.389.8841,

From flavor-packed handmade food to a warm and welcoming atmosphere, it’s no wonder this Southwest-inspired eatery landed on Yelp’s “Top 100 Places to Eat in 2020” list. 95% of the restaurant’s menu is vegan and 100% of items are gluten-free and lard-free.


206 N. Samish Way, Bellingham, 360.714.9995

2200 Rimland Dr., Bellingham, 360.738.9995

1224 Harris Ave., Bellingham, 360.676.9995

Ask any college student: On Rice is the place to go in Bellingham. With its affordable lunch

PNWaffle Boutique

1230 Cornwall Ave Bellingham WA 98226

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Culinary Events

KISS Seafood in the City

August 4, 6-7 p.m.

You’ve probably heard of the “K.I.S.S. method”– Bellingham SeaFest has too. That’s why they created the KISS (Keep It Simple Seafood) cooking demonstrations! Seafood in the City is a special summer series where they bring their demos into the heart of downtown Bellingham. On August’s first Friday, join in to see a local chef make simple work of a delicious fresh caught meal.

Greenhouse Home

1235 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham

Wines of Whatcom 2023

August 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wines of Whatcom is a grassrootsorganized event that brings local wineries together for an evening of wine tasting and inter-communal support! This will only be Wines of Whatcom’s fourth year, but their events are known for their festivity, with live music, nibbles, and proceeds going to local charities.

Bellewood Farms & Distillery

6140 Guide Meridian Rd., Bellingham

Seaside BBQ & Live Music on the Lawn

August 19, 4-7 p.m.

Semiahmoo Resort brings local breweries, live music, fun family activities, and delicious food together for this BBQ dinner by the sea! Your ticket includes dinner, drinks, and dessert, plus entertainment by Ron Garheart Band. This August date is the last in the summer series of these events, so don’t miss out!

Semiahmoo Resort

9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine

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.


1148 10th St., Bellingham


The clean lines and urban upscale atmosphere of this pizza restaurant promise some very good food and they deliver on that promise. They also serve crispy salads and excellent cocktails. Dining here is the perfect way to spend an elegant lunch or intimate dinner.


1211 N. State St., Bellingham


Step off busy State Street after your late night festivities for an inexpensive and satisfying fill of plump dumplings. Stuffed with either meat or potatoes, these dumplings are piping hot and sprinkled with cumin, paprika, and cilantro. Because they pair so well with tasty libations, Pel’meni manages to consistently have a line out the door as soon as the sun goes down. Smother them with vinegar, sour cream, and hot sauce for the full effect.


929 E. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham,

Longtime customers of My Garden Nursery are in for some exciting and delicious news: Your next visit to the nursery can include flowers, fruit trees, flamingos, and food. The menu features a selection of soups, sandwiches made from Avenue Bread bread, salads, and “flaminis,” a.k.a. paninis. You can also find coffee from Bellingham Coffee Roasters and select desserts.

SCOTTY BROWNS American Cuisine

3101 Newmarket St., Bellingham


Scotty Browns offers an edgy, energetic ambiance, a varied menu of mainstream and upscale creations, and excellent drink options for all ages. Outdoor dining is a popular option during warmer weather. Some items on the menu, like appetizers, change seasonally, so you know you’ll never get bored. Casual to upscale dining options range from hamburgers, rice bowls, and pastas to higher-end seafood and steaks. Just flying through? Grab a bite at their second location inside Bellingham International Airport.


3720 Meridian St., Bellingham


Conveniently located right on Meridian, SloPitch serves up a great burger and fries. With excellent happy hour specials in a casual, sports atmosphere, Slo-Pitch is a great place to watch the game or take a midday break.


Steak, Seafood 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 360.383.0777,

This award-winning restaurant offers elegant dining and an intimate atmosphere. Primegrade 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.

STORIA CUCINA Italian, Pizza

109 Grand Ave., Ste. 102, Bellingham, 360.734.1929,

Storia Cucina offers a simple, no-fuss menu meant to reduce decision-fatigue and prioritize quality over quantity. All pasta is made in-house on an imported Italian pasta extruder, and ingredients are as local as possible. The restaurant itself is bright, cheerful, and tastefully decorated, certain to lift your spirits even on a drizzly autumn night.

UNDERGROUND BURGER American 8114 Guide Meridian Rd., Lynden

If you’re craving a classic burger experience, Underground Burger offers delicious, affordable burgers made from locally raised, certified Angus beef. The restaurant began as a virtual kitchen based out of Jake’s BBQ, but quickly expanded into a permanent spot where you can order dine-in or to-go. Round out your meal with waffle fries and a chocolate shake.


6903 Bourne St., Glacier 360.599.1658,

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.

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A Bubbly Beverage for an Outdoor Lifestyle Bellingham Seltzer Company

IT’S NO SECRET that when summer finally arrives in the Pacific Northwest, Bellingham locals hit the outdoors. It’s what we do. Whether it’s going for evening rides at Galbraith Mountain or paddleboarding in Bellingham Bay, getting active outside is a pillar of Bellingham culture. And what better way to enjoy fun in the sun than with a refreshing beverage in hand?

In addition to the outdoors, Bellingham also loves a good beer, but it should be no surprise that something like an IPA with 7% alcohol can sit pretty heavy in the stomach while you are biking down a mountain. Last year, Bellingham Cider Company found a solution for a more recreationfriendly alcoholic beverage with their more recent endeavor: Bellingham Seltzer Company.

The idea for getting into the hard seltzer game came after Bellingham Cider Company signed with Sound Beverage Distributors, Inc. in early 2021. Sound Beverage came to them with the idea of starting a local, natural seltzer business according to Bryce Hamilton, co-owner of Bellingham Cider Company and Bellingham Seltzer Company. Breweries around town had dabbled in hard seltzers but an untapped market remained. “They wanted to see a packaged product that could go in the grocery store,” says Hamilton.

Bellingham Seltzer Company’s seltzers aren’t like other seltzers you might see in the store. Hamilton says that because

Bellingham Cider Company is considered a winery by their liquor manufacturing license, they have to make their seltzers differently than breweries or distilleries might.

“To make seltzer we can’t use cane sugar, or grain, or anything like the breweries can,” Hamilton says.

Instead, Bellingham Seltzer Company’s seltzer starts off with an apple wine base that is around 12% to 16% alcohol which gets diluted down with water to about 4.5% alcohol. Then, the flavors come in. Real fruit juice is used to create the black cherry, pink lemonade, and mango seltzer flavors.

The sleek, bright cans tell you this is a refreshing, summery beverage, and it only gets better once you crack one open. The different juices used in the seltzer give each flavor its own color. Apparently, bubbles, a little fruit juice, and some apple wine go a long way. The diluted apple wine brings in a subtle cider flavor just enough to give a light sweetness that isn’t overpowering, making it easy to drink. Pink lemonade might be my favorite, giving the fresh, crisp deliciousness you get with a normal lemonade, with the drinkability of a seltzer that says you should probably have another.

Bellingham Seltzer Company keeps its roots in cider but brings the light simplicity of a seltzer, achieving exactly what they hoped out of their new products: a seltzer that makes you want to get out and do something. Bellingham, 

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418 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.899.4001,

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 everchanging 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.


12529 Christianson Rd., Anacortes 360.399.1614,

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.


517 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.5566,

Catrina Tacos & Tequila is known for their take on Street Tacos with a multitude of meat fillings to choose from, double tortillas, cilantro, and onions but that’s certainly not the only mouthwatering option. With plenty of drinks to sample, there’s always another reason to visit again.

CHUCKANUT MANOR Pacific Northwest

3056 Chuckanut Dr., Bow 360.766.6191,

Tucked along Samish Bay, Chuckanut Manor has been serving flavorful Pacific Northwest fare for more than 50 years. Open for lunch and dinner, including a daily happy hour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the restaurant is known for its mouthwatering seafood dishes, burgers, steaks, stellar service, and breathtaking views of Samish Bay. The dining room and bar are expansive and feature white tablecloths, nautical decor, and rows of windows that show off the magnificent views. In the summer, guests may also dine on the outdoor patio. While the tablecloths might allude to fancy attire, the vibe is casual and everyone is welcome just as they are.


102 S. 10th St., Mount Vernon, 360.840.1938 214 Maple Ave., La Conner, 360.466.0267

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

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A One-Stop Shop for Specialty Treats Hela Provisions

DO YOU WANT to make a charcuterie board that will surprise the pickiest visitors but need help finding great items? The search is over. Hela Provisions, pronounced Hehl-ah, is located in Bellingham, right next door to Bellingham High School.

Sourcing items from tinned fish and wine to specialty handcrafted gift baskets, this store has it all. The idea came from the mind of Anna Marie Adams, a long-time restaurateur and previous co-owner of Old World Deli, a local sandwich shop and specialty store.

“I went from doing a version of [Old World Deli] but much smaller over in Barkley to only doing gift baskets, then I found this space and was like, ‘Well, it has the space for a store, events, kitchen’ … the opportunities are endless,” Adams says.

The store name comes from Adams’ love of mythology and reflects the embodiment of life, death, strength, leadership, and resilience.

“I was … playing around with names and looking at Norwegian mythology [after discovering her father’s ancestry], and Lady Hel is the goddess of the living and the dead.”

Though Lady Hel cannot be seen on the logo, Adams shared that her siblings are represented, including the wolf imagery, which signifies bravery and loyalty, and the snakes, which represent transformation and rejuvenation.

Adams feels that, in this part of her life, that is precisely what she is experiencing: life after death. After leaving behind Old World Deli, Adams took her love and wisdom of imported treats and started a business of her own amid the pandemic.

“It was kind of a whirlwind; I got in here in late October … I had to do all the photos for the website and enter all of the information,” says Adams. “It was kind of nuts because I was trying to get open by December, which I did do, but, then it was like— what am I doing in this space?”

While Hela Provisions is a specialty store, Adams came across a generous multi-use space where she plans to collaborate with other local businesses like artists, craft makers, and sewers. Until then, Adams loves to host wine events and workshops in the area.

“Now I’m just focused on growing events. I want to be able to rent out that space [the warehouse] also if people want to have an event there. It’s standing room; it’s not a sit-down type situation,” says Adams.

Adams has big plans for the space Hela Provisions is currently in. With so much room, Adams is focused on hosting and opening up a commercial kitchen where people can pre-order online a couple of days a week to start, similar to catering.

Speaking of good food, Adams constructed a sandwich that won a second-place spot in the Sustainable Connections’ first-ever Sandwich Showdown. What was on this sandwich? Bellingham Bagelry bialy for bread, Antica Valle d’Ofanto smoked tomato paste and chèvre spread, Asaro Farms Castelvetrano olive muffaletta, avocado, Applegate Farms organic chicken, Fra’ Mani Nostrano salami, heirloom tomato and romaine, seasoned with San Juan Island Sea Salt’s pepper and salt.

Remember this specialty shop the next time you host an event or even a tinned-fish date night. Customers can also get updates about events on Hela Provision’s Instagram and Facebook @helaprovisions. 2000 Franklin St., Bellingham, 360.746.5678, 

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counterintuitive, but sometimes the best way to beat the heat is to fight fire with fire. The next time the temperatures start to climb, get yourself to JUXT Taphouse in Downtown Bellingham and order our favorite summertime libation: the (aptly-named) Hot Thoughts. Don’t get us wrong, this concoction isn’t overwhelmingly spicy— but it does pack enough of a punch to distract from the scorching weather outside.

Mezcal, Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, and smoked chili bitters provide the perfect amount of heat and smoke, but these savory flavors are complemented by a tropical sweetness from mango juice, lime, and pineapple simple. In addition to being

JUXT Taphouse Hot Thoughts

Ingredients: Mezcal, rum, Boat Farms Mango Juice, lime, orange curacao, Ancho Reyes, pineapple simple syrup, smoked chili bitters, optional Tajin rim Price: $13

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.


906 Commercial Ave., Anacortes


Dad’s Diner A-Go-Go in Anacortes is the epitome of creative flavors and fun presentation. Add in the superior customer service in a comfortable, casual atmosphere, and it’s no wonder so many locals eat here weekly. The space is decorated with framed photos of dads, most of whom are local an appreciation of their loyal fan base. Every edible item is a labor of love, just how Dad would make it at home.


100 N. Burlington Blvd., Burlington, 360.746.3183,

Offerings at The Fairhaven are diverse enough to please every palate, and the flavors of each ingredient are carefully considered. Rotating specials and seasonal dishes make each visit unique and exciting.

FORTUNE MANDARIN Chinese, Mandarin

1617 Freeway Dr., Mount Vernon 360.428.1819,

Tea warmed over a candle, delicious drinks with a slight exotic twist, tender and flavorful meat, and vegetables cooked to perfection are expected at this peaceful bar and restaurant with Chinese decor. The owner and staff remember regular patrons, creating a sense of community alongside mouth-watering food.

flavorful, the Hot Thoughts is also undeniably boozy— it incorporates not just mezcal but orange curacao and a healthy dose of rum.

And while the Hot Thoughts is my personal favorite cocktail at JUXT, it’s certainly not the only drink worth sampling. Margarita lovers won’t want to miss the Time Forgot ($11), and for those who enjoy floral flavors, the fragrant Flora Borealis ($11) is also well worth sampling. Having a hard time picking just one? All of JUXT’s cocktails are on tap, and for $22, you can find your own favorite by ordering a flight of four.

2119 W. Holly St., Bellingham, 360.656.5223,


2001 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.293.6911,

Some of the very best Greek food in our area comes from this versatile and excellent menu, with plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and glutenfree options. They serve both authentic food, such as classic gyro plates and spanakopita, while also mixing in American and seafood options, such as pork ribs and fish and chips.


116 1st St., La Conner, 360.466.4261,

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.

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205 E. Washington St., La Conner


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.


2578 Chuckanut Dr., Bow


The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is perched among towering conifers above the oyster beds. Housed in a structure dating from the 1920s that has survived many incarnations, the restaurant owes its reputation to its remote, quintessentially Pacific Northwest setting. But people don’t dine at The Oyster Bar for its location alone. While oysters are the signature offering, The Oyster Bar offers a variety of other fine-dining choices and is known for its extensive wine cellar.

RAILROAD PUB & PIZZA Pizza, American

122 S. Spruce St., Burlington


Railroad Pub & Pizza in downtown Burlington has all the charm of a rustic pub with quality food and drinks. The menu boasts several artisan pizza options on a 24-hour aged malted dough crust, as well as soups, salads, and sandwiches. The bar offers a multitude of taps for craft beer and ciders. The wide garagestyle windows open in the summer, and the central fireplace heats the space in the winter. It’s a great place to watch a game, drink a beer, and eat some pizza.



416 1st St., Mount Vernon


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.


1830 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington


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.

SALT & VINE French

913 6th St., Anacortes


An international cheese, wine, and charcuterie shop, Salt & Vine offers the best of both worlds. It’s a boutique artisan grocery where you can sit down and enjoy the offerings, and then, if something tickles your fancy, you can take it home to enjoy later. While some choose to grab-n-go, others decide to stay a while. The cozy, intimate environment works great for a date night or happy hour with friends.


13724 LaConner Whitney Rd., Mount Vernon 360.466.4411,

Craving home-cooked food but don’t want to make it yourself? Skagit Valley’s Farmhouse may be what you’re looking for. When first entering the building, you walk past a mouthwatering pie showcase and through a gift shop that has the perfect items for Ma and Pa. The decor is reminiscent of country living. Even though their breakfasts are famous, try their lunch and dinner menus as well when you eat here, you’re home.



12885 Casino Dr., Anacortes, 888.288.8883,

Located along the waterfront of Anacortes, this is not your run-of-the-mill sports bar. While you can go the more classic bar-food route, this restaurant offers Italian, barbeque, seafood, Southern, among many other cuisine styles. Find the latest lines, watch the race, or grab a beer and grub as you watch every play, pass, and score.


2222 Riverside Dr., Ste. 850, Mount Vernon 360.424.0824

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 sitdown 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.

and foraged ingredients of Skagit Valley. The brewery taproom is all ages and dogfriendly. The distillery’s “Speakeasy” is 21+ and highlights Terramar’s spirits in creative cocktails. Patio dining surrounded by views of Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains.

THE UNION TAVERN LOCAL 902 American 902 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.873.8245,

Patrons can get the perfect-size dish in a flavor profile to satisfy any craving. With plenty of beers on rotation, there’s the basics plus a surprise or two. Cocktails are another highlight you won’t find Red Bull vodkas or overly sweetened Mai Tais here. The staff uses fresh juice, quality spirits, and housemade sours and grenadine. Staffers are encouraged to create their own cocktails, and the tastiest concoctions get a place on the menu.

VAGABOND STATION Southern 2120 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.421.4227,

Vagabond Station is known for its mostly Southern-style menu with a few curveballs. Dig into a prime rib sandwich, a meatlover’s dream that is difficult to find in this day of well-done meat. Try a bowl of Vagabond Chili, the Santa Fe cornbread, or a wiscuit biscuit dough cooked in a waffle maker. Of course, there’s crispy fried chicken and waffles, and their signature sandwich, the Yard Bird: chicken, cheddar cheese, and gravy piled onto a fresh, fluffy biscuit.



2072 Captain Whidbey Inn Rd., Coupeville 360.678.4097,

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.


65 Nichols St., Friday Harbor, 360.298.8130,


Craft Brewery and Pizza 5712 Gilkey Ave., Edison, 360.399.6222

Producing thoughtfully crafted, small-batch beer, cider, spirits, and pizza from farmed

Located in a renovated 1920s home, this local San Juan Island staple is known for their innovative menu selections. You can enjoy lunch, or even an extended breakfast, daily in spring and summer. They are famous for their brunch, but you might try stopping by later in the evening for their dinner menu a special treat.

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2019 Nannu Pinot Noir

Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon $50

Tresori Vineyards has been producing wine from the steep slopes on the southwest end of Chehalem Ridge in Willamette Valley since their first harvest in 2007. Tresori (tres meaning three, ori meaning gold) is a homage to the proprietor’s triplets, now 19 years old, and to the three components that supported their dream of making wine a reality: friends, family, and faith. This is visible in this wine’s name, Nannu, which means “grandfather.”

You can call the very welcoming and knowledgeable tasting room manager Dave for a tasting by appointment; he lives five minutes away and is always ready to share the vineyard’s award-winning Pinot Noirs, Viognier, and Rosé (503.550.2027). They offer three different tiers in their wine club and wines can be purchased online at

Tasting notes: Nose of cherry cola, apple blossoms, gentle gardenias, fresh dill, and potpourri are followed by blackberries, Dr. Pepper, pink peppercorn, and candied ginger finishing with allspice and caraway seed.

Pairing suggestions: Snap peas, citrus vinaigrette, Mediterranean couscous, slow-roasted turkey, mustardcrusted lamb, or dark chocolate. 


107 Doe Bay Rd., Olga


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. This iconic cafe has stuck to its mission of providing world-class seafood and vegetarian dishes.


130 West St., Friday Harbor


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.


400 First St., Langley, 360.221.3033,

If beauty were a taste, this would be it. As a guest, you’re taken on a mouth-watering culinary journey through a multi-course tasting menu. Not only is the meal a delight for the taste buds, but there are also surprises at each turn, whether it’s the presentation or the accoutrements. Each guest is served as if they are the only one in the dining room. The menu is prix fixe, with an additional charge for wine pairing. Dinner here is more than just a meal; it’s an experience. $ $ $ $


325 Prune Alley, Eastsound, 360.376.3984


Amberleigh Brownson has been a local sommelier and international wine judge in Whatcom county for eight years. She is a four-time award winner from Wine Spectator for her wine program and wine pairing dinners, and has become an opinion leader in the Washington wine world, particularly in Whatcom County. 

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.

201 1/2 First St., Langley


A quintessential South Whidbey dining experience in the heart of Langley, Prima Bistro marries gourmet French cuisine and classic Northwest ingredients. The selection of red and white wines offers options for connoisseurs of every stripe, along with a full bar. For fabulous food, elegant ambience, and world-class views, be sure to visit Prima on your next visit to Whidbey Island.

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85 Front St., Friday Harbor


Items on the menu at Salty Fox are quick to whip up, but still healthy and satisfying. It’s an ideal stop for ferry riders on a time schedule, along with the locals who stop 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.



410 A St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.2017,

At San Juan Island Brewing Company all the brews are named after San Juan-inspired concepts, and if you can’t decide what brew to try, order a sampler. If they weren’t in the business of brewing, San Juan Island Brewery would be in the business of pizza. Order one of their wood stone pizzas and you won’t be disappointed. The thin crust is crispy on the bottom, but still soft and chewy.


TAVERN Seafood

8 NW Front St., Coupeville, 360.678.4222,

Overlooking the scenic Penn Cove in the center of old Coupeville, Toby’s Tavern offers diners a dive bar ambience with a delicious menu of seafood favorites. Steamed and soaked in a scrumptious mix of simple seasonings, wine, and juices, Toby’s robust offering of mussels makes for a memorable visit.


165 West St., Friday Harbor 360.378.1934,

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.


Do you have a favorite dish at a local restaurant? or maybe your go-to drink you want us to highlight? Give us a shout, we love to hear from you!


Duck into the new brick-and-mortar location of Sweet As Waffles and explore their fun menu! We loved the I Should Call Her, a pastrami and swiss sandwich with all the fixings (coleslaw, red onion, pickle, and more) served on crispy, fluffy waffles.

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Seafood lovers won’t want to skip the Brandy Cream Mussels from Milano’s Italian Restaurant. The brandy cream broth is undeniably indulgent, but its heaviness is offset by a sprinkling of fresh herbs and even fresher Taylor Shellfish mussels.

For good food and great brews, head to Aslan Brewing and feast your eyes on their Spicy Katsu Sandwich. This plate of abundance can come with fried chicken or fried tofu and topped with a spicy aioli, pickles, and a heaping of coleslaw.

If you love garlic as much as we do, the Golden Garlic from Wanida Thai is a musttry. This stir-fried dish includes cabbage, broccoli, carrots, and your choice of protein, but the sticky black pepper garlic sauce is the real star of the show.


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Carnal is one of our go-tos for special occasion meals, as their quality and creativity never disappoints. The SlowCooked Bone-In Beef Short Rib is melt-in-your-mouth good on its own, but a black truffle confit only adds to its decadence.

Looking for a cozy coffee shop to get work done in? Lettered Streets Coffee is the perfect spot. Enjoy the Golden Milk as a steamer or add a shot of espresso to make it a sweet and savory latte.

The Veggie Burger at the new Structures Brewing on Holly Street will make even meat lovers want to go vegetarian. The spicy, fried black bean burger, leafy kale, and chipotle mayo go excellently with any Structures beer and a sunny afternoon.

Enjoy a night cap at Galloway’s Cocktail Bar with their decadent Cacao Espresso Martini. This drink is perfect for coffee-holics with a chocolate craving. Made with vanilla infused vodka, who needs desert when you can have this?

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August 2 & 9, 5:30-9 p.m.

Downtown Bellingham will continue their Downtown Sounds concert series with two dates in August. These evenings out on the town will feature the bands Petty or Not on Aug. 2 and Polyrhythmics on Aug. 9. There will also be various local food truck vendors and a beer, wine, and cider garden for those 21 and over. Downtown Bellingham, 360.527.8710,

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August 19, 5-8 p.m.

The annual event combining fashion and philanthropy is back for its 11th year! As always the event will benefit Lydia Place, and this time the theme is Riviera Chic. Attendees are in for a night filled with entertainment, cocktails and nibbles, a runway show, shopping galore at the Handbag Bazaar, and an exclusive live handbag auction! Fisherman’s Pavilion at Zuanich Point Park, 2599 S. Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham, 360.671.7663,


This is a two-day, all-out, everythingmaritime festival in Blaine! All weekend, the Blaine Harbor Boating Center hosts a street fair with arts, crafts, and food vendors, the Prestigious George Raft Race, games, a pirate costume contest, and more! Only on Saturday, Pirate Daze takes over the Blaine Marine Park Playground with swashbuckling fun and a water balloon fight that’s to die for. Blaine, 360.332.4544,


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No summer is complete without a county fair. This annual event is known for its local entertainment, carnival, lots of animals, and usually has crafts, a car show, and a kid’s zone! It’s a massive event that has been known to attract thousands, so make sure you plan your visit ahead of time. Skagit County Fairgrounds, 1410 Virginia St., Mount Vernon, 360.416.1350,


August 10-19

The Northwest Washington Fair is more than just a great time! It’s actually a nonprofit dedicated to educating about and appreciating our historic and modern agriculture. Visiting supports their community-building mission, but you’ll also enjoy a carnival with rides and games, a live rodeo, a demolition derby, and big-name entertainers! Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St., Lynden, 360.354.4111,


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August 10, 7 p.m.

Fans will know that Blondie has spent the last few decades touring and releasing new albums, their most recent coming out in 2017. This August, you can enjoy their new songs, nostalgic hits like “Heart of Glass” and “Call Me,” and the fresh air at the Tulalip resort’s outdoor amphitheater. Tulalip Amphitheatre, 10400 34th Ave. N.E., Tulalip, 888.272.1111,


August 18, 7 p.m.

Iconic rap and R&B artists Ashanti and Ja Rule topped the charts in the early 2000s with collab hits like “Always On Time” and “Happy”. Now, the duo are bringing back their unstoppable star power for a summer tour! Get back into the feel-good party groove with this throwback concert. Tulalip Amphitheatre, 10400 34th Ave. N.E., Tulalip, 888.272.1111,



August 5, 7-8 p.m.

Join the Whatcom County Library System in celebrating hot nights and swinging music. The Jerry Steinhilber Trio performs medleys of jazz pieces you may know as well as some original pieces written by them. This event is free but be sure to reserve your tickets! Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St., Ferndale, 360.384.3647,


August 11, 7:30-9 p.m.

Vibrant, delightful, and some might say “plucky”– this summer chamber music program aims to get you into the swing of strings. The small ensemble will play compositions by Boccherini and Mendelssohn. Concertmaster Dawn Posey and Music Director Yaniv Attar join in as players! Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden, 360.354.3600,




August 27, 5:30 p.m.

Seattle Opera soprano Ibidunni Ojikutu and Bellingham-based pianist Rebecca Mañalac present their new program, “Wisdom.” This recital of art song and American operatic works celebrate women in history (like the wives of Henry VIII and Harriet Tubman), and are all composed by women. This will be the first performance of this program, so don’t miss out! Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon, 360.336.8955,


August 31, 6 p.m.

The Seattle based group EntreMundos Big Band kicks off the Orcas Island Jazz Festival. The band mixes their Brazilian roots of samba and bossa nova with funk and jazz. This is the first concert of the jazz festival with more concerts to come in the three days following. The Village Green, 203 N. Beach Road, Eastsound,



August 1, 7 p.m.

With six Grammy nominations and countless accolades from voices like Rolling Stone, NPR, and the Country Music Association, Ashley McBryde has rocketed to the top of the country music world in recent years. Country lovers will adore her classic sound with modern polish when she plays at Mount Baker Theatre this summer. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.734.6080,


August 4, 9 p.m.

The Oakland based hip-hop group Souls of Mischief are coming to The Wild Buffalo on their “93 ‘Til Infinity” 30th anniversary tour. The album “93 ‘Til Infinity” reached 17th on Billboard’s top R&B/Hip-Hop albums and continues to be listened to by hip-hop lovers everywhere. The show will be available to those 21+. Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. Bellingham, 360.746.8733,


August 7, 8 p.m.

A creative soul hailing from the Ozarks and rural Arkansas, Nick Shoulders creates counter-mainstream country music infused with clever and rebellious spirit. This show is part of his playing with his band, The Okay Crawdad, and the opener for the evening is Mama’s Broke, a folk duo with “crunchy instrumentals and haunting harmonies.” Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. Bellingham, 360.746.8733,


August 10, 8 p.m.

Canadian brass band Apollo Suns headlines this night of horns at The Blue Room. The nine-piece collective brings influences from jazz, rock and psychedelic music to their sound with the goal of getting you dancing! They are supported by Bellingham based pop-funk brass band Analog Brass. The Blue Room, 202 E. Holly St., Ste. 301-401, 360.742.2381,

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August 19, 9 p.m.

A Beats Antique concert is a visio-audio performance packed with costumes, dance, and instrumentals from around the world, mixed into modern dance music. This show is for fans of thumping bass, bellydance, Burning Man, and bonfires. In the intimate Wild Buffalo venue, this show is sure to seem larger than life. Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. Bellingham, 360.746.8733,


August 26, 7:30 p.m.

Since their 2008 debut, the Shook Twins (Katelyn and Laurie Shook) have enchanted audiences across the country with their whimsical, ghostly sound. Their music is versatile, swinging between folk-rock, Americana, and “weird late-night band.” Whichever of these you might prefer, if you enjoy catchy songs and big musical compositions, come see them this August! San Juan Community Theatre, 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.3210,


August 30, 8 p.m.

Good, old-fashioned fun combines in new ways for a unique performance: masterfully shredded rock’n’roll and nostalgic video games. A Bit Brigade show consists of a full rock outfit covering entire NES game soundtracks while their gamer speedruns the games live on stage! You’ll be torn between the nail-biting suspense on screen and dancing to the tasty jams from the band. The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.778.1067,



August 5, 3-6 p.m.

As the last session of the Upfront Theatre’s Summer Workshop Series, this advanced class introduces students to discover-style improv. Brian Grote and Seth Thomson will help you embrace slow-burn scene building and quiet moments in your performance. For something less advanced, check out the drop-in improv classes on the first Saturday of every month! The Upfront Theatre, 203 Prospect St., Bellingham, 360.200.8697,


August 18, 6-8 p.m.

French Toast Theatre of Gig Harbor performs the notorious “Midsummer Night’s Dream” after a six week acting program! Join the cast and crew at Bellingham’s Maritime Heritage Park Amphitheatre on Aug. 18 to show support to local actors and to celebrate their hard work and dedication throughout the acting program. Maritime Heritage Park Amphitheatre, 500 W. Holly St., Bellingham, 360.241.5329,



August 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

This annual Ferndale event is dedicated to the senior community of Whatcom County. This fair consists of 50 resources dedicated to housing, education, recreation, and health, plus games and BBQ! Bring your family and friends

to not only learn but have a relaxing day in the park this summer. Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Nielsen Ave., Ferndale, 360.733.4030,


August 6, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Do you enjoy being in nature but don’t know about plant life? Try this. Attendees will be able to explore wild plants at the Bell Creek Nature School with survival guide, Ryan Johnson. Learn about multiple plant species as well as collecting them to make wild tea and build a fire with the new knowledge you’ll possess. Bell Creek Nature School, 5656 Mosquito Lake Rd., Deming, 480.603.7108,


August 8, 5:45-9 p.m.

Naturalists Jazmen Yoder and Ryan Johnson to learn about the different structures of fungi and mushrooms. For $50 attendees can review examples of the edible mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest and demonstrate which ones can be used to build a fire as well as gather more education about them. Perfect for your next hike!

Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Dr. N., Bellingham, 480.603.7108,


August 19, 9 a.m.

Join the folks of Friday Harbor for this annual tradition that’s almost 50 years strong! This is a fun run or walk for people of all ages. You’ll start on Spring Street and run through town, enjoying the community spirit and the sights of San Juan island. The price of your run

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August 20, 8:30 a.m.

The Bellingham Off-Road Triathlon is back! This triathlon consists of an 800 meter swim, a 9K mountain bike loop, and a 4.1K trail run– altogether, nothing short of a challenge. The race takes place all around (and in) Lake Padden, and you can compete solo or in a relay team. Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham, 360.339.4788,



August 3, 5 p.m.

This concert series will have you on your feet and grooving! Located on Hotel Bellwether’s Waterfront Terrace, visitors can rock along to Midlife Crisis & the Alimony Horns. For $15 attendees can enjoy the music from bands but, in case you feel your stomach rumbling, for $35 you can add on delicious BBQ with this experience. Hotel Bellwether Waterfront Terrace, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, 360.392.3100,


August 4–6

For 60+ years, this vibrant festival has connected artists and enriched the community with creative spirit. The Anacortes Arts Festival will feature hundreds of artisan booths, working studios for artists to demonstrate their crafts, fine art exhibitions, and a discovery area for kids. Visit the beer and wine gardens or food trucks to stay refreshed and jam out to live music. Downtown Anacortes, Commercial Ave., Anacortes, 360.293.6211,


August 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Come on down to the 37th Annual Youth Arts Festival for an afternoon of children’s entertainment, arts and crafts, and more. Keep those kiddos busy with this free festival for the whole family. There will be concessions available for purchase, or you can bring your own lunch and make it a picnic! Hillcrest Park, 1717 S. 13th St., Mount Vernon, 360.336.6215,

Fresh Perspectives

Cordata Gallery is proud to announce Fresh Perspectives, a juried exhibition of the members of the Women Painters of Washington.

Public Opening: August 5, 3-5pm

Exhibition: August 5 - October 21, 2023 Tues-Sat, 11-4pm and by appointment

465 W. Stuart Rd. Bellingham, WA | @cordatagallery |

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August 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Kids Fest’s purpose is to connect services and opportunities to kids and families! To that extent, it’s a totally free day of family fun. Browse booths of Whatcom County organizations and take part in all sorts of kids’ activities, including mini golf, bounce houses, martial arts, crafts, robotics, and much more! Civic Stadium, 1355 Civic Field Way, Bellingham, 360.778.7000,


August 5, 12, 19, & 26, 6-11 p.m. Each Saturday evening in August, get out and enjoy the summer nights with your friends, family, and community. Head to the Fairhaven Village Green for live entertainment followed by a different movie each week. The chance to snack on popcorn and watch a movie under the stars? Who could resist! Fairhaven Village Green, 1106 Harris Ave., Bellingham, 360.366.8246,


August 12, 2-7 p.m.

It’s the 21st annual BrewFest, and this time they’ve moved to Edgewater Park! With more room than ever to party and groove, get ready for dozens of local brewers, live music, games, tye-dye with Tri-Dee Arts, and the coronation of BrewFest Queen II from White Branches. With all this and more, this is a 21st birthday to remember. Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millet Rd., Mount Vernon, 360.419.7129,


August 12, 7-8:30 p.m.

San Juan Island’s Madrone Cellars & Cider are keeping the laughs flowing with comedy shows all summer! The winery and cidery has an array of beverages and snacks to tide you over during an evening of laughs. Make sure to get there early before seats fill up! Madrone Tasting Room, 40 First St., Friday Harbor, 970.319.2821,


August 16-19

The San Juan County Fair is a long running community event that welcomes thousands of visitors per year. The fair tends to have a small-town “arts festival feel,” and loves to highlight and celebrate local culture! Stop by and check out the events, rides, food, and crafts from around the San Juan Islands. San Juan County Fairgrounds, 846 Argyle Ave., Friday Harbor, 360.378.8420,



August 17, 6-9 p.m.

The Commercial Street Block Parties are another great way the Bellingham community celebrates summer. Local businesses on Commercial street plan these parties together, and set up music, food, small-business shopping, and lots of fun activities! At this party with a Nerd Night theme, play some pinball, get lost in some flow arts, and say hi to local business owners! 1300 Block of Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.527.8710,

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Whatcom Home & Garden Show

THIS SPRING, THE Whatcom County Home & Garden Show returned bigger and better than ever after a two year hiatus! Over the April 28-30 weekend, this festival of all things house and home welcomed folks in to mingle with over 100 vendors, industry pros able to consult on any possible project. This year it was held at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center in Lynden, allowing for a beer garden, food trucks-a-plenty, fun activities like line dancing and cooking demos, interactive kids zones, and a Gnome Scavenger Hunt. If you’re looking forward to home projects any time soon, make plans to attend the Whatcom County Home & Garden Show next year! 



August 17, 7-10 p.m.

Semiahmoo Resort hosts their fourth winemaker dinner of the summer, this time featuring wine pairings from Abeja located in Walla Walla. Sit down and prepare yourself for a luxurious, thoughtfully crafted five course meal featuring food from local producers paired with delicious wine from Abeja. Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine, 855.917.3767,


August 19, 12-9:30 p.m.

The Salish Center for Sustainable Fishing Methods holds this festival annually to bring attention to reefnet fishing, a.k.a. reef netting, and to celebrate the bounty of Lummi Island’s land and waters. Enjoy food, a beer garden, an artisan market, live music, and boat rides to the reefnet gears, where you can learn about this historical and responsible salmon fishing practice. Salish Center, 4036 Legoe Bay Rd., Lummi Island, 360.220.0013,


August 19, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join Skagit Guided Adventures for this special San Juan Islands birding cruise from Anacortes to Smith and James Islands! It’s a most wonderful time of year for seeing tufted puffins, but cruisers can also spot orcas, otters, and other birds, and enjoy a beach picnic lunch and short hikes on James Island. Skyline Marina, 2011 Skyline Way, Anacortes, 360.474.7479,



August 3-27

August’s exhibit at Smith & Vallee Gallery features two artists, Carly Brock and Jan Hoy. Brock is a Skagit Valley raised artist who uses her landscape paintings to explore the attachments we have to locations throughout our lives. Hoy is a sculpturist intent on engaging their viewers with their abstract forms. Smith & Vallee, 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison, 360.766.6230,


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Margaret Davidson has spent the last three decades exploring how drawing can translate and bridge the gap between reality and illusion. This intense, personal, and direct artform is no longer relegated to a

preparatory phase before other work begins. Davidson herself curated this exhibit of her own works and those from the museum’s permanent collection. Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S. First St., La Conner, 360.466.4446,


August 25-27

The Wave is a full weekend event celebrating the local arts scene in Blaine! Everything kicks off with the opening night Gala at the Blaine Boating Center, a ticketed event where you can see a juried art show, meet the artists, and participate in a silent auction. Over the next two days, take a self-guided tour of local artists’ studios! Blaine,



August 4-6

Head down to Seattle for all the annual Seafair festivities and make sure you don’t miss the Boeing Seafair Airshow. Featuring everything from talented civilian pilots to the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, prepare to have your socks blown off by three days packed with incredible stunts. Lake Washington, Seattle, 206.728.0123,


August 12-13

For great live music in August, take a trip down to Seattle for the Day In Day Out music festival. Big names like Bon Iver and BADBADNOTGOOD will be playing sets outdoors right under the Space Needle at Fisher Pavilion. The event will have food trucks, beer gardens and great sounds from a number of artists. Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle,



August 5-6

Up in B.C., just a little over an hour drive north of Bellingham, Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival presents this celebration of Caribbean culture. With live music like Reggae, Soca, Steel drums, Cuban salsa, and more, as well as authentic Caribbean food, this weekend fest is fun for everyone! Albion Fairgrounds, 23448 Jim Robson Way, Maple Ridge, 604.467.5535,

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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 Then sit back and enjoy the view.

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