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A Community Cornerstone | ROAM Coffee + Beer

Jutting out at an acute angle on the corner of Broadway and Elm Street, where Bellingham’s Columbia, Lettered Streets, and Cornwall Park neighborhoods meet, is a charming, pitch-roofed black and white building. It’s an oasis in both the geographic and figurative senses: ROAM Coffee…

Radicchio Caesar Salad | Leah Brooks from “Genuine Skagit Cooking,” Published by Raspberry Bow Press

Leah Brooks is a cooking enthusiast, cookbook author, and former director of a children’s cooking school in San Francisco. By making cooking fun, approachable, and healthy, Leah is changing the way kids (and adults!) see food by weaving seasonal ingredients into flavorful, memorable meals. Leah…

Staff Picks: Summer Salads

Invited to a picnic or potluck and unsure what to make? Our team put together some of our top picks for crunchy, refreshing, and shareable salads that’ll win over any group of friends! Thai Chicken Salad  JENN MIRANDA, OFFICE MANAGER  Jenn loves showing off her cooking chops with this show-stopping main course salad! It…

Inspiring Creativity | Elisabeth’s Cottage by the Sea

As you approach the Freeland Keystone Building at the corner of Commercial Avenue and Seventh Street in downtown Anacortes, there are signs for all kinds of attractions: Shabby French Market, Elisabeth’s Cottage, Bead Store, Jewelry, Antiques, Vintage, and Furniture. All of these are part of Elisabeth’s Cottage by the Sea, an…

A Riverside Retreat With Contemporary Comforts

This A-frame perched on the bank of the Skagit River seamlessly merges vintage aesthetics with contemporary comforts, thanks to a renovation completed in 2023 that has breathed new life into the late 1970s-era full-time residence. The biggest transformations were realized by expanding the house by six feet to enlarge the kitchen, entryway, main floor bathroom, and laundry areas, while also improving the upstairs…

A Family-Friendly Cabin With Grown-Up Style

This stunning 1,680-SQUARE FOOT, three bedroom, two-bathroom vacation home was built in 2023 for a Snohomish County family to be able to enjoy all year round. Located in the Mount Baker Rim community in Glacier, the cabin provides access to a…

A Local Legacy | Skin Rhythm Spa

If you were to take a look at the Skin Rhythm Spa website, you’d see there are beautiful products to…

So You Wanna Make a T-Shirt | A Visit to Liet Unlimited

Did you know that T-shirts are an American invention? And the printed T-shirt doubly so? Or that the first known example of using a printed T-shirt as an outer garment is in The Wizard of Oz? Or that the term ‘T-shirt’ comes from the novel “This Side of Paradise,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald? Screen-printed T-shirts are embedded in American culture to the extent that everyone owns at least one and many of us…

Style and Comfort | Skagit River Boutique

The Shop  This upscale women’s clothing boutique has been in its current location in downtown La Conner for nearly 20 years, after its origins just across the street in the 1990s. Janet and Ron Foster started their business after years in the retail industry (Ron at the Bon Marche…

Since Time Immemorial

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…

Sampling the Signature City | 36 Hours in Kirkland, WA

Passing signs for Kirkland on the freeway, you’ve no doubt joked about how good the Costco must be there—but the city is so much more than that (and honestly, the Costco is nothing special; you want Issaquah for that).  Given its location just across Lake…

Hiatus Campers

Life partners Erin and Tyler founded Hiatus Campers in 2018 based on their love of adventure. The native Washingtonian UW alums met at the campus climbing gym. Tyler, an Industrial Design graduate, had always loved working with his hands. He spent years commercial fishing in Alaska, which also allowed him to develop his fabrication background through use of specialized equipment. After graduation, Tyler and Erin built their first hard-sided pop-up camper and traveled across North America, living out of it full time. They received a lot of interest on the road. After returning to Washington, they decided to pursue building campers full-time and started Hiatus out of a barn in Issaquah, which they converted into a tailored shop. Entrepreneurial Erin led the charge on developing the business and marketing their name online. There was a major hole in the market for a lightweight product that could withstand the PNW weather. Erin and Tyler give a big thank you to all of their wonderful customers and everyone who helped along the way to bring Hiatus to life!

After 1.5 years of R&D and building prototypes, they finally landed on the Hiatus model and received a patent on their design. The first few rigs hit the road just months before the pandemic started. Due to major supply chain issues and limited marketing opportunities, the pandemic nearly ended the company. Fortunately, the outdoor industry was thriving and the young company was able to stay afloat through sacrifices
and perseverance. Hiatus was one of the first US companies to make a pop-top on a canopy style camper and the only one to offer a fully hard-sided option.

In 2022 the company moved to Bellingham and set up shop on Marine Drive. They were drawn in by the marine industry, large outdoor community, and friendly people. After investing in CNC equipment, they expanded their production capacity to meet increased demand. In addition, Hiatus recently adopted a 4 day work week so that their hardworking employees can pursue their adventures too!

Hiatus is driven to help folks further their connection with the outdoors by creating a product that can push the boundaries of adventure, without sacrificing comfort. They always look for ways to improve their product, while maintaining high quality. By delivering a product that can take you anywhere, Hiatus strives to support folks in developing their respect and appreciation for the great outdoors.

Hiatus’ unique pop-top is fully hard-sided, insulated, waterproof, and windproof. In less than 15 seconds you can pop up your tiny home anywhere. The mechanism unfolds in one motion, via external struts, making the process super easy. Not only will you be protected from the elements, you’ll get a restful night of sleep, even on the side of the road. They build for any standard pickup bed and any bed length. The base weighs between 450-550lbs depending on truck size. With numerous upgradable features, such as awnings, windows, and electronics, campers are highly customizable. As a small business, they really enjoy the relationships they build and take pride in their ability to
tackle custom projects that most mass producers won’t. Hiatus believes travel isn’t a one size fits all solution and they love helping bring someone’s dream rig to life!