After a year of dizzying changes, Andi Vann and the Pure Bliss Desserts team are now enjoying the fruits of their labor. Or, in their case, cakes.
In April, the staff completed renovations on their Cornwall Avenue storefront that doubled seating, expanded drink and dessert menus, and provided ample room to view and enjoy their daily made goodies. The process has been years in the making. After looking for buildings downtown for a year, they had the chance to purchase the entire building—and combine their shop with the space that was formerly Chocolate Necessities—in 2018.
After buying the new space, the renovations were done in three separate phases so they could stay in business as construction continued. First, the secondary space was remodeled and rebuilt. Then, the team moved to the completed shop next door and kept working as the original space was remodeled. The last step merged the two areas by sealing floors, removing a connecting wall, and putting finishing touches on decor.
Vann wants customers to feel the same ambiance as the original shop but with more room to relax and dine.
“I always enjoyed the feeling of the existing atmosphere and believed we could execute that same aesthetic but make it cheerier, brighter, and more light-filled.” Vann says. “I think we nailed it.” She’s especially fond of the high ceilings and pendant lights.
Expanded menu and polished design aside, her favorite part has been hearing positive reactions from customers.
“To be a part of a community that recognizes these changes and verbalizes them, and to enhance Bellingham in that way, has been an honor for us.”
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