Business Bits

Published on Thu, Jul 10, 2003
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Business Bits

Igloo Beach Boutique: New clothes in Birch Bay
When visitors wander into Birch Bay�s new clothing store, Igloo Beach Boutique, they are asked to place a pin showing where they�re from on a map that hangs on the wall, already including pins from as far away as Germany and Nairobi. Pam Grover, the co-owner of Igloo Beach, said that even though many of the store�s customers are tourists, the goal is to be centered on local business and local customers. �We�ve got the tourists and the visitors, but we want to cater to the locals,� she said. �Birch Bay is wonderful,� Pam Grover said. �I think there should be more things here.�

Grover and her husband Nathan, who opened the shop at the end of May, said many of their clothes are made from natural fibers and are made in North America. There are various styles and shapes of clothes and accessories for men and women. The store is located at 7900 Birch Bay Drive and can be reached at 371-3740.

Blaine bed and breakfast holding art contest
Professional and amateur artists are invited to create paintings of Smuggler�s Inn, a Blaine bed and breakfast recently ranked the top in the county by Whatcom County Business Pulse. The inn opened earlier this spring and is seeking art in any medium that depicts the inn or a landscape painting featuring a view from it. Gift certificates from local retailers, art supply stores and the Smuggler�s Inn will be awarded to the top three artists. Entries will be displayed at the inn or local businesses for 90 days. The artists may offer the paintings for sale and receive 100 percent of the proceeds.

There is no entry fee and artists are encouraged to visit the inn or call for a photo to gain ideas for their works. Entries are due August 31 and can be sent to: Smuggler�s Inn, 9910 Canada View Drive, Blaine, WA 98230. For more information, call 332-1749.

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