For many new local businesses, getting open in May (before Ski to Sea and the tourism season) is an important goal. Even so, I’ve been surprised by the number of businesses that have opened in recent weeks. I counted 23 businesses either opening or are getting ready to open in the past month. Here’s my list:
Open: Mann’s Music, Northwest Keyboards, Imperial Foot Spa (Meridian Plaza), MarketQ, Chocolate Necessities, V’s Barbershop, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Fireside Martini and Wine Bar, Pacific Paint & Decorating, O’Donnell’s Bellingham Flea Market, Earl’s Bike Shop, Alford’s Salon and Gallery, Power Fitness.
Getting ready to open: Tully’s (near Walmart, second location), Westside Pizza, Little Gallery, Maurices, Black Pearl (On Holly and Railroad, second location) Man Pies, Go Big Paintball, Fred Meyer gas station (on Lakeway), The Table (restaurant, near Mount Baker Theatre), Maine Coon Restaurant.
That’s quite the push in retail. Did I miss any?