There is a new, all-ages event venue in the heart of downtown Bellingham! The Blue Room, located at the corner of Holly Street and Railroad Avenue above KPop Chicken & Beer, opened on March 4 and is set to feature local bands, artists, comedians, and more.  

 Co-founders Ben Hodson, Martijn Wall, and Nick Hastings acquired the beautiful two-story space, which has panoramic views of downtown and Bellingham Bay, with the intention that it would provide an inclusive venue for creatives in Bellingham to show their craft and build a following.  

 “We essentially just wanted to start a company to really bring the art scene back after this pandemic and give artists an opportunity to grow and connect in a collaborative environment,” says Hodson. 

 The Blue Room will have live shows every Friday and Saturday night. For now, the venue won’t be selling alcohol, with hopes that this will ensure more people feel welcome at their events. However, being above Kpop Chicken & Beer, the venue has arranged to sell their guests food from downstairs in a program they have jokingly dubbed “Stair Dash.” 

 The venue will also be open during the day and will showcase kids’ craft tables, art galleries, fashion shows, and workshops. The goal is to provide the Bellingham community with a catch-all venue for any event that could bring people together. 

 “We really hope that this is going to help propel that creative economy in our city,” says Hodson. 

 For ticket and event info, visit The Blue Room’s website. 202 E. Holly St. Ste. 301, Bellingham, 360.742.2381,