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Third 2020 Solutions cannabis store in Whatcom County opens

Whatcom County's third 2020 Solutions cannabis stores opened last month at 4770 Pacific Highway, just south of the I-5/Slater Road interchange.

Unlike the other two stores, the newest 2020 Solutions location is owned and operated by Chris McDoniel.

McDoniel wanted to have the same experience as the existing 2020 Solutions in his store. The third store will use the same formula as the previous stores.

Combined, the first two stores, located at 2018 Iron St., and 5655 Guide Meridian, just north of Bellingham, made more than $6.4 million in sales last year, making it no. 1 in the county. The new store is open Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information about the company, call 360-734-2020 or visit

Uptown Art moves to new location

Uptown Art studio announced in April that it moved to a new studio at 800 Harris Ave. #101 in Bellingham. The new Fairhaven location includes off-street parking for patrons which can be accessed through a driveway on the north side of Harris Avenue and Eighth Street.

Uptown Art provides hands-on art instruction and paint supplies. The venue is available for team building events, family reunions, birthday parties, bachelorette parties and fundraising events.

For more information, visit

Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club certified as haven for native wildlife

Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club has been recertified as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.


The certification ensures that energy and water conservation, wildlife and habitat management, waste management, outreach and education efforts ensure the property is a sanctuary for wildlife.

Semiahmoo is one of fewer than than 900 locations world-wide to receive this designation. It was first certified in 1993, and has been recertified every three years since.

For more information about Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa visit or call 360-318-2028.

New Bellingham Holiday Inn first to feature new design

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham is now open, just across the street from the Bellingham International Airport. It is the first Holiday Inn property featuring the brands new H4 design. The H4 guest room design is flexible, and adapts to the guests' needs, allowing them to make the space their own.

Guest rooms feature a welcome nook--which guests can use like they would an entryway or mud-room in their own home, a new room type--which includes a trundle bed which serves as a sofa during the day and can pull out into two twin beds at night, and a moveable desk and more than five dedicated points of power.

The 153-room Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham also features an indoor saline pool with a steam room, sauna and fitness center. The hotel also features the casual Northwater restaurant.

It is located at 4260 Mitchell Way. For more information, visit

Former site of rundown inn reopens as new Bellingham hotel

A 1950s inn has been extensively remodeled and has reopened as the Heliotrope Hotel. The 17-room hotel at 2419 opened for guests on May 15.

The site has been given a major facelift. Co-owner David Johnston, of Bellingham's Clearstory Investments, has been involved with the preservation and renovation of historic buildings in Washington over the last 20 years. He had been eyeing this, the former Lions Inn Motel property, for several years when he was approached by Peter and Aimee Frazier, local residents and vacation rental hosts. They acquired the property in August of 2016 and gained several other partners.

For reservations and more information, call 888-966-0801 or visit

Birch Bay ranked no. 1 in state for retirees

Birch Bay was ranked the best tax-friendly place in the state for retirees. Sudden Valley was also ranked high on the list, at no. 6.

The list was compiled by SmartAsset, a financial technology company. The study took into account property, income, fuel, sales and Social Security tax data. To see more details on the study results and methodology, visit

Bellingham's Gear Aid name innovator of the year

Gear Aid, a Bellingham outdoor equipment company, was awarded the Innovator of the Year in the 2017 Washington Manufacturing Awards by Seattle Business Magazine. The awards were determined by a panel of seven judges.

Gear Aid's prize was awarded based on its demonstrated commitment to innovation, leading-edge business practices and creating value for customers.

Gear Aid is a gear care and repair company for the outdoor, sporting goods and SCUBA industries. It offers more than 100 products, and is rooted in innovation and lean manufacturing.

Learn more about the company at

Bellingham tea shop fundraising to offer product line

Saku Tea, a tea shop which opened in Bellingham last year, is expanding, and looking to bring a product line to stores, coffee shops and restaurants.

Owners Kuros Zahedi and Sandra Loeffelmann run Saku Tea, located at 833 North State St., and serve tea beverages.

At the shop they've developed a line of six superfood lattes, two each featuring turmeric, beetroot and matcha.

Zahedi and Loeffelmann held a Kickstarter campaign to bring the latte blends to store shelves.

The latte blends are a powder, which customers can mix with a heated milk or milk alternative.

They hope to package and sell the blends for both retail and wholesale. The Kickstarter campaign ran until the end of May.
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