BlackberryHouse has new owners

Published on Thu, Sep 22, 2005 by ara Nelson

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Blackberry House has new owners

By Tara Nelson

Baking bread and pastries has been a life-long dream for Aaron Tuski, 26, of Blaine, the new co-owner of the Blackberry House café.
It began for him in his parent’s kitchen just “throwing stuff together,” he said.

“A lot of it wasn’t real edible, but it was fun,” he said. “My mom put up with it.”

Now, Tuski has an opportunity to live that dream. He and his wife, Kelly, 24, purchased the restaurant last week and opened for business on Monday, September 19.

They sold out of Tuski’s made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls by 10:30 a.m. on their first day.

“I’m going to make twice as much for tomorrow,” he said.

Tuski, a 1998 graduate of Blaine high school, said customers can expect the same menu as before but with additions of made-from-scratch baked goods such as cinnamon rolls, scones, specialty desserts and wedding cakes.

Also, Tuski said former business hours will be extended to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, possibly capturing an underutilized niche – that is, the lack of late-night establishments in Blaine. Tuski said there is a decent amount of young adults in Blaine who have nowhere to go. His solution? Late-night coffee, desserts by the slice, and possible Survivor nights on Thursdays.

“When I was in high school, the only place to hang out was Denny’s,” he said. “Younger residents either stay home or go to Bellingham. We’re going to bring back Friday nights.”

Tuski earned his Associates of Arts degree in pastry baking and confections from Bellingham Technical College in 2002. He also attended Northwest Baptist College in British Columbia.

After college, Tuski baked breads and desserts for the Semiahmoo Resort. In 2003, he moved to Seattle where he met Kelly and worked for the Great Harvest Bread Company. At the time, Kelly was attending Gonzaga University in Eastern Washington, working on an Associate of Arts degree in sociology and playing varsity soccer. The two met during their summer vacation, playing church softball near Kelly’s hometown of Edmonds.

The following year, Tuski moved back to Blaine to save money for more college while working at Automated Mailing Services (AMS), but then decided to buy the Blackberry House instead. He is still employed by AMS.

The two were married in August of 2004 in Mount Vernon, shortly after Kelly’s graduation and both work as assistant soccer coaches at Blaine high school. Kelly is also a ministry coordinator at Blaine Christian Fellowship.

The Blackberry House is located at 321 H Street in Blaine and can be reached by calling 332-9556.