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THE MIXING TIN | REVIVAL LOUNGE

On a chilly winter night, what better way to spend the evening getting cozy than with a drink? Revival Lounge serves up a Lion’s Tail that is the perfect concoction of…

A Midcentury (but Still Modern) Revival in Edgemoor | reachDESIGN llc

The early ’60S house in the Edgemoor Neighborhood had been the client’s family home—it was built for his father’s aunt and her sister, and later the client’s parents had moved in and raised their children there. Now the client was moving back in, along with his wife, and they were ready for a remodel.  “They wanted this house to reflect their lifestyle,” says Architect Ric Peterson, of reachDESIGN llc. “It’s…

White Miso and Sake Salmon Cakes: Chef Leon Scott of Northwater

Meet the Chef  With a background in a variety of cuisines under his belt, as well as experience with hotel banquets, Banquet Executive Chef and Manager Leon Scott was drawn to Northwater’s culinary program and has now been with the restaurant since August of 2023. He’s already made quite the impression on local businesses by catering several different events through Northwater, including Bellingham Alive’s own Best of the Northwest celebration. Scott…

Truly, One of the Happiest Places on Earth: Happiest Tees on Earth

  Photographs by Ellie Coberly The Shop Along Metcalf Street, through the heart of downtown Sedro-Woolley, sits a bright white shop. A twinkling glow from within invites passersby to take a peek inside. Those who do will be met with Disney-inspired decor, clothing, accessories and encouraging quotes as far as the eye can see. Erica Howard-Cox and her husband James opened the Happiest Tees…

The Beauty of Ordered Chaos: Kathy Bastow

Photograph by Kristen Boehm Art has always been a part of Kathy Bastow’s life. No matter where she is or what she’s doing, she’s always managed to…

Restaurants that Go Above and Beyond

I think we can all agree that going out for coffee or food is already a treat, especially in these times of ever-increasing inflation. But sometimes, we need a little something extra—whether that’s a small freebie, a creative presentation, or even just a kind word. That’s why we’ve polled everyone we know to get the inside scoop on the places that go beyond “service with a smile” to really make their customers’ days. Special Occasion When you’re celebrating…

A Home with History, Artistry, and Secret Details | Roeder Home

Nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood of central Bellingham, surrounded by early-20th century craftsman homes with inviting porches and manicured lawns, is a surprisingly stately house. The Roeder Home, built by Victor Roeder at a cost of $20,000 (that’s nearly $650,000 by 2023 standards) and finished in 1910, is a three-story Arts and Crafts structure with bracketed gothic accents….

Since Time Immemorial | Cyaltsa April Finkbonner

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, 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…

Offering Brightness and Joy in Dark Times | Soul*drift’s Valentine’s Love Cabaret at Amendment 21

February can be a hard month. All the joy and brightness of the holiday season has passed, and the excitement of the new year is starting to wane (as is your dedication to resolutions, if you’re like most people). Sure, there’s a heart-filled holiday in there, but not everyone wants to spend too much money…

Coffee, Donuts, and Vibes: Maple.Bar

The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into Maple. Bar, in Bellingham’s Cordata neighborhood, is the color palette. It’s decidedly groovy, with muted taupes and browns swirling…

Gene Juarez Gives Bellingham a New Look: Q&A with Gene Juarez Salons and Spas

Katie Trent and Sarah Rorvig are, respectively, the CEO and Salon Director of Gene Juarez Salons and Spas. The company strives to provide expert treatments, superior products, and a sustainable approach to the beauty industry. In August 2023 they opened a new branch in Bellingham, and they’re excited to join the city’s business network and support local events to help the community thrive. What services are offered at Gene Juarez Salons…

Keenans at the Pier: Bananagram

Ingredients: Novo Fogo Silver Cachaca, creme de banane, fresh lime, pineapple Price: $13 In the deep winter months, everyone reaches for warming spices and roasty flavors for their food and drink alike. But after all those holiday meals and hot cocoas, you might start feeling a little over it. If you’re thoroughly done with cinnamon for the season, we’ve got a refreshing drink recommendation for you. The Bananagram is a cold cocktail served at Keenan’s at the Pier, and it’s…