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Whatcom County business announcements

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — The following business announcements were recently received by Whatcom News.


Officials with Bellingham-based Upfront Theatre have announced they have reopened at the Sylvia Center for the Arts at 207 Prospect Street in Bellingham.

In addition to a new location, the Upfront is now a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, organized and founded by its members in 2020 after the former owner, comedian Ryan Stiles, made the decision to close the business.

Current Interim Executive Director Samantha Jolly is a familiar face to Upfront fans as she has been a performer with the Upfront since 2017. “The Upfront is extremely important to me,” Jolly said in a press release. Like Jolly, others have all stepped up fill the board to run the new nonprofit, perform at shows and lead improv classes.

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The Upfront Theatre shows will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. The early shows are family-friendly and the later shows may contain adult humor. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time on the website.


Kristi of Mystic Heart will be providing a gong bath meditation event Friday, May 20th, at 1319 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham. Participants will enjoy being bathed in the sounds and vibrations of gongs and crystal singing bowls for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

Doors open at 6:15pm. Participants are requested to bring a yoga mat, blanket and pillow for comfort. Chairs are available on request. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time on the website.


North Coast Credit Union‘s membership surpassed 20,000 during 2021 as it continues steady membership growth. According to its recently released annual report, North Coast Credit Union had 20,027 members on December 31, 2021. This is an increase of 7.7% over the year prior.

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Also as of December 31, 2021, total assets had risen 17.7% in 2021 to nearly $380 million and $77 million in loans had been funded.

North Coast Credit Union President and CEO Marilyn Brink is quoted in a press release as saying, “We strive to make financial self-sufficiency achievable and communities stronger by looking for opportunities to say ‘Yes’ to members and future members.”

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Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Washington state.

During a recent annual meeting, Jair Furnas and Randall Watts were re-elected to North Coast’s board of directors and Kailin James was re-elected to the Supervisory Committee.


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