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Whatcom County business announcements

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — The following announcements were received by Whatcom News for publication. Send your business’ announcements to news@whatcom-news.com.


Fifth annual Whatcom Housing Week, October 18 – 22

Whatcom Housing Week 2021 will provide a handful of virtual online conference events that offer insight, education, and solutions focused on local housing needs. These events are free and open to housing enthusiasts and the broader community alike. 

Highlights of Housing Week include: 

  • A look into different types of housing that diverge from the traditional single-family home. Participants can learn All About ADUs with the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County, explore the importance of limited equity housing cooperatives with Kulshan Community Land Trust, or learn about the value of denser housing as it relates to climate change with the City of Bellingham. 
  • Conversations about affordable housing. Is affordable housing feasible? What are the connections between homelessness, stability, and affordable housing? 
  • Celebrate the continual efforts of local individuals and organizations that provide housing solutions for their communities. This end of Housing Week celebration will feature Zack Giffin of Tiny House Nation as the keynote speaker of the event where he will discuss the importance of legalizing tiny homes in Whatcom County and across the US. 

Cost: FREE 
Register at: https://whatcomhousingalliance.org/projects/whatcom-housing-week/

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Soul Sisters Unique Boutique opens in Bakerview Square

Soul Sisters Unique Boutique held a grand opening event October 2nd as they opened their doors at 436 W Bakerview Road, Suite 109. This distinctive boutique is stocked with “truly-unique and naturally chic and affordable collection of women’s apparel, accessories and gift items.”

Owner Kim Hoover-Green was the floor manager at Betty Lou’s Downtown Emporium for 8 years until the store’s recent closure.

The boutique is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.


DeWaard & Bode celebrates 75th anniversary with $50,000 donation

Locally owned appliance and mattress retailer DeWaard & Bode is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month by supporting three three food banks in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

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DeWaard & Bode will match donations made in October up to $50,000. The proceeds will be split among Bellingham Food Bank, Helping Hands Food Bank of Skagit County and Lynden-based Project Hope.

Donations may be made at either of DeWaard & Bode’s two Bellingham stores – the main showroom at 3944 Meridian St. or the outlet store at 4175 Hannegan Road – or its Burlington showroom at 1611 S. Burlington Blvd. Donations for all three food banks also may be made online at https://www.dewaardandbode.com/anniversary-sale.

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Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance’s 10th-annual Turkey Drive

Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance’s 10th-annual Turkey Drive is being held through November 15th and seeks to help Whatcom County families this holiday season. SSK Insurance is matching contributions of $20 for each turkey that a person or business wishes to donate, up to the first 100 turkeys. Donors will receive recognition on SSK Insurance’s Facebook page and office windows.

The turkeys will be distributed to families in need by Bellingham Food Bank and Lynden-based Project Hope Food Bank.

Contributions may be made via checks payable to SSK Insurance and mailed to P.O. Box 551, Lynden, WA 98264. Checks and cash may also be dropped off at the office at 501 Front St., Lynden, between 8am and 5pm on weekdays. Online donations may be made at https://www.gofundme.com/10th-annual-ssk-turkey-drive. For more information, please call (360) 354-4488.

300 turkeys were given to local families through these food banks as a result of last year’s Turkey Drive.


Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair – November 6th

Hope Restored will hold an arts and crafts fair on Saturday, November 6th from 9am to 4pm at Hillcrest Church in Fairhaven, located at 1400 Larrabee Avenue. The event will host over 50 local vendors selling their crafts and creations.

Proceeds will go to support Hope Restored, a ministry focused on aiding foster and adoptive families.


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