DAVE GALLAGHER – THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
POSTED: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
Despite the sluggish economy, Bakerview Square continues to add tenants.
The retail center near Whatcom Community College and Bellis Fair has two businesses that have opened and two more nearly ready to open.
Miracle Ear and Urban Sol are the most recent businesses to open in the retail center.
Miracle Ear, which specializes in hearing aids and related services, was formerly in the Sears store at Bellis Fair before making the move. It’s operated by Monte Mahan and Heather Rainey.
Meanwhile, the former Beach N Brew tanning salon was taken over by Cortney and Josh Covert and is now doing business as Urban Sol. It will continue offering tanning services and they plan a grand opening celebration Saturday, Nov. 6, with discounts and prices.
The businesses nearly ready to open in the center are Bratz in Vogue and Hobbytown USA.
Bratz in Vogue is expected to open later this week and is owned by Ken and Bianca Newbatt. The store offers trendy clothes from newborns up to teenagers, with such brand names as DKNY and Diesel. Once open, store hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
A grand opening for Bratz in Vogue is set for Monday, Nov. 1. Details are at bratzinvogue.com.
Ken Newbatt said they were attracted to Bakerview because of the mix of tenants already there.
“We want to have a hip, trendy look to our store and this plaza has the kind of buildings to offer that,” he said.
Hobbytown USA is expected to open in its new space near Charter College in early November, much earlier than the original move date of April, according to the store’s Facebook page. The store is moving from its current spot at 4151 Meridian St., near the Meridian Cost Cutter, into the larger space. The store sells a variety of toys, including models and puzzles.