Your Perfect You--Lisa Crosier Skincare

Owner: Lisa Crosier

Why Bellingham? I moved to Bellingham in 1990 to go to Western Washington University and never left. It is a great place to have a small business. Our business was based on word of mouth and Bellingham is a great community to build a small business.

Favorite shop downtown? I love the antique stores downtown. I like to find interesting one-of-a-kind items. I also like to paint and redo old things to make them new again.

The DBP office is full of ladies, so it's no surprise we were excited when Lisa Crosier Skincare and Beauty Boutique opened up downtown this year. This new beauty spot is the ultimate one-stop shop for all skincare needs. "We specialize in clinical skincare and treatments including microdermabrasion, restorative, facials, and teen acne," said owner Lisa Crosier. "We love to talk skin and offer complimentary consultations."

They may be new to downtown, but Lisa has been in the skincare business for over two decades. "My salon was a studio out of my home when my kids were younger. Many think we are a new business but I have been around for a long time--23 years to be exact!" she said. With a desire to grow her business and clientele, Lisa moved from the outskirts of town to our commercial core. "I knew making the move to a bigger space was going to take a lot of time and energy so I kind of procrastinated and looked for a few years for the perfect space. We went from one treatment room and no break room to three treatment rooms and a break room!"

Besides skincare, waxing, and airbrush tanning, Lisa also sells bareMinerals makeup. The original shop in Bellingham to carry this line, she also has trained bareMinerals makeup artists on staff to answer questions, help you find the perfect shade, or even apply makeup for a special occasion.

Skin problems can be difficult for anyone to deal with, as it can seem overwhelming, frustrating, and even embarrassing. But the best part of Lisa's business is their genuine care for their customers to help everyone have their best skin. "There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone with their problem skin. Our passion is to help educate and teach. We will teach you new makeup techniques or ways to improve your skin with good home care," said Lisa. "We really believe that beauty begins on the inside and we can help everyone to look their best!"

Their business culture sums up their emphasis on the personal perfectly:

We appreciate every client who walks through our door--and we do our best to show it. We strive to give you reasons to come back, from making it easy to book your appointment and welcoming you with a friendly smile, to giving you the best esthetic services you've ever had. Our job is to make you look amazing and feel special--because to us, you are!

Visit Lisa Crosier Skincare and Beauty Boutique at 117 W Chestnut Street for all of your beauty needs!

Nurturing Well-being --3 Oms Yoga

Owner: Amy Robinson

Why Bellingham? "When I came here to [go to] Western, I chose it as sort of a default. But when I got here I thought, 'this where I belong.' I like that it's a small town but not too small. People are real, and generally not trying to impress one another. We just knew we wanted to live here and we were going to make this work."

Favorite shop downtown? Why? "I like Brandywine and Kombucha Town for lunch--they're local and small with healthy but tasty food, and I like the atmosphere."

As the morning sun floods in through the rustic stained glass windows of the studio, people trickle in with cheery smiles and Amy greets her students warmly. Her Intuitive Flow class that runs twice a week draws a diverse group of all ages and genders. It is her favorite class to teach because it is completely unique and different each time, adjusted according to addressing the needs of those who attend.

Over the course of seven years, 3 Oms Yoga is a place Amy has grown to love despite it starting as kind of a surprise to her. She began practicing at the YMCA 20 years ago during her time at Western. Akin to the process of meditation, it took time to warm up before making the dive into its challenges.

“It was uncomfortable at first, but I needed it,” she said.

After some time of growing her skills, she sought out training to become a teacher in 2002 in order to deepen her practice. As her following developed while renting space at various studios, the opportunity came for her to start her own business. Amy opened 3 Oms Yoga on Bay Street above the Upfront Theater. 

Though she comes from a family with business and communication degrees, Amy has learned the process of running her own studio simply by doing it. She previously worked in ecology for the National Marine Fisheries service before finding her passion in yoga. It is a business that has flourished because of the supportive community she works to continuously build around her practice.

“I paid attention to what people asked for, and [have] added teachers and classes based on those needs,” she said.

When classes grew too full at the Bay Street location, Amy decided it was time to upgrade. Last January, she began working to renovate the vast space on Cornwall Avenue next to Dragon River where they currently reside. Thanks to the services of Chuckanut Builders, Amy had her doors open for business by the end of May.

3 Oms incorporates classes for all ages and experience including: preschool, mom and baby, prenatal, seniors and power yoga (an intensive, fast-moving style accompanied by a higher room temperature to truly get the blood pumping).

With two studios, showers, a locker room, lounge area, and meditation room, 3 Oms has all the amenities and more. They also keep five massage therapists on site from Veritas Massage who lease space within the studio. Amy invites those of all levels of experience to come and dedicate time to nurturing both their mental and physical well being in a warm, hospitable environment.

“My business is a service business, and being in service to the community,” she said. “[It is about] meeting them where they are, and offering support.”

Amy strives to continually uphold a mission to build fellowship and connection through yoga, and welcomes all those who share the same values.

Visit 1319 Cornwall Avenue Suite 200 to join in on one of the many classes offered! 

Today's post was written by marketing intern Ashley Conradi.


Downtown Neighborhood Meeting Summary

Last week we had our quarterly Downtown Neighborhood Meeting. Hosted by The Leopold Crystal Ballroom, we had guest speakers from the Public Works Department as well as the Police Department give updates on projects, initiatives, and answer questions from the community. For those of you unable to attend, here is a summary of the meeting:


If you have been downtown recently, you have noticed the construction on Champion Street. This construction on the watermain will be completed this October. They are now currently working on Sunset Avenue, with bids out to work on Holly Street that will most likely begin in November and continue until March 2017. Holly Street will also get another improvement, with an overlay beginning in the first quarter of 2017 and to be completed before the summer. Additional improvements to Holly Street include ADA curb ramps, additional seating, and landscaping updates. State Street underwent improvements, with the parallel parking on the east side of the street converted to angled parking to allow for more spaces and for potential placemaking. The Commercial Street Parking Garage has seen many improvements. New paint, wayfinding signage, windows in the stairwells, improved bike parking, spots for electric vehicles, and a green wall are all new to the garage. The garage is in a central point of downtown, so next time you visit, make sure to park there and see all of the updates.


Officers now have cameras affixed to their uniforms in order to provide audio and video recordings as evidence. However, they must state that they are recording whoever they are communicating with, otherwise it is admissible. In light of the recent tragedy at the Cascade Mall in Skagit County, the BPD are soon meeting with Bellis Fair Mall to provide active shooter training to its security guard.  And finally, there are two new beat patrol officers that are downtown between 7am and 10am every morning to help alleviate any issues that arose over the night, and to take care of those issues before most businesses open. These officers were placed here due to public outcry for more police presence downtown, to both the City Council and Mayor Kelli Linville. These are not permanent positions, so if you want to have the funding for these positions continue, Officer Eric encouraged everyone to contact their City Council representative and Mayor Linville to urge them to continue redistributing funds to these positions.


The DBP is a Main Street organization, giving us access to countless resources to better serve the community. One great incentive is that business owners can donate to the DBP through the Main Street Tax Incentive Program. If you or your employer might be interested, we would love to speak to you about this program to make sure you're able to tax advantage of this valuable tax credit and direct your money to our programs and events that improve the economic vitality and quality of life in Bellingham. Please email or call us at 360.527.8710 for more information.


We have a lot of exciting events coming up for the holidays, so make sure to grab your calendars and plug them in:

  1. October Art Walk--October 7
  2. Trick-or-Treat--October 31
  3. November Art Walk--November 4
  4. Shop Small Saturday--November 26
  5. December Art Walk--December 3
  6. Holiday Tree Lighting--December 4
  7. Commercial Street Night Market--December 9
  8. Jingle Bell Run--December 10

As always, please contact us with any questions you have. Our next meeting will be in December, and we will make an announcement on our Facebook when a date and location are determined. 

Supporting Local in Every Way--St. John Glass

Supporting Local in Every Way--St. John Glass

Opening in 1945, St. John Glass has only switched hands three times during its operation, with current owner Newt Bouma taking the reins in 2013 from previous owner John Faber. "I worked for John for over 10 years, working my way up through installers, salesmen, and finally management," said Newt. "John offered me the company when he retired in 2013 and with the support of my wife, I accepted. I am committed to maintaining the company's high standards and strong reputation for quality."

October Art Walk

The Allery - Fine Art

Bellingham's newest gallery invites you to join them on their opening day! Featuring dynamic work from Local and Regional Artists. Main Entrance in the alley. Works by Corey Urlacher , Kat Houseman, Cathy Toot, Michael Dustin, Randy Walker, Anita Aurora's Sigil, Dyana Fiediga, and works by Michelle Schutte, Steeb Russell and Logan McQuaig and possibly more!


Allied Arts of Whatcom County

Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s 2016 Gallery Series continues with Splendid Sunsets, inspired by all the warm colors of the sky, the show will feature the art of David Eisenhower, Heidi Wood, Pamela Heward, Jeanne McGee, and various metal artists from the Bellingham area. The opening reception will be held on October 7th at Allied Art Gallery.


Artifacts Wine Bar

We're partnering up with Evolve Truffles for a taste experience like no other. Join us for a special wine and truffle tasting, topped off with live music in the Courtyard.


Aslan Brewing Co.

Featuring the laser engraving of the Sunspot series by Jenna Goodman. When she was first introduced to the Laser Engraver she fell in love with the combo of hands-on styles, new technology, inspiration from the outdoors and the creative freedom it all brings.


The Atomic Kitten

The Atomic Kitten is a new Vintage Midcentury furniture home and accessories store. Check out some fantastic Midcentruy artwork as well as a few pieces by Art of Donna Mibus who designed The Atomic Kitten logo.


The Beauty Institute Schwarzkopf Professional

Rocktober: A Tribute to Rockstars. Students of The Beauty Institute-SKP take you on a musical journey with mannequin interpretations of their favorite rockstars, past and present.


Bellingham Folk School

Enjoy "Primitive Fiddles" by Vancouver artist, Linda Jane Schmid. Live fiddle tunes by Cayley Schmid of Polecat.


Bellingham Frameworks

Featuring painters Jay Steensma and Joseph Goldberg. Sculpture by Lynne Oulman.


Brandywine Kitchen

Featuring local artist Melissa Helzer.


The Bureau of Historical Investigation

"Women's Work" is an art installation featuring embroidered pieces by womxn artists, celebrating changing roles and role models as the first woman representing a major political party competes for our highest office. Fearless Sale! One night only sale of Gore & Lore Tour tickets. Buy one ticket for October 2016 at regular price and get a second one half off! Limit one discount per customer.


Casa Que Pasa

Local artists and community members join together to show their skeleton-themed artwork! Different materials, inspirations, and backgrounds make this one not to miss!


Center for Independence

Artisans – Nicola Noetic, Julia Martin, David Waugh, Mark Hanson. Featuring: Nicola Noetic doing Styrofoam sculptor demo. Special Guest Stars: Laurie and Dennis as "Raveis Kole" debuting their album, “Electric Blue Dandelion” which is #108 on the charts. Sponsored by: Center for Independence.


Community Food Co-op

It’s Co-op Month and in celebration, the Co-op is hosting a very special all-staff art show and musical performance by Checo Tohomaso! We are fortunate to have many talented artists at the Co-op, and look forward to sharing their lovely creations with you! Music: Based in Vancouver, B.C., we are pleased to host Checo Tohomaso who once toured as a backup musician with Marvin Gaye. Checo is certain to get toes a-tapping with a variety of hits from Motown, soul, R&B, and more. Food: Tasty tidbits and sips throughout the store including Coconut Bliss Tarts from the Co-op bakery.


Creative Openings

Owned and operated by Tom Anderson, master craftsman, Creative Openings produces top-quality hand-crafted wood products including doors, bike fenders, furniture and custom designs.


Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town

Featuring new acrylic and watercolor paintings by Kendra Castillo: “Picking up a paintbrush and starting the first strokes of a painting is like beginning an old conversation with a friend. There are so many conversations to be had and for me painting is a way to share my story as well as my clients. My medium may be different, but my intention is all the same. I want you to get to know me, and I want to get to know you.”


Dakota Gallery

Northwest Pastel Society Members Exhibit.


Downtown Visitors Center

Featuring Go Figure exhibit at our gallery, catch a smaller version of it at the Downtown Visitor's Center. Featuring work by Joetta Egan, Jenny Chatterton and Rafa Mithuna.


Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery

"Artist’s Choice 2016" closing reception: the collaborative show between artist and framer showing the creative talents of regional artists and the frame design talents of the FCF staff.



Quinn Dimitroff, fiber artist, will be showing her newest wall hangings crafted from all natural fibers including merino wool and driftwood. Quinn enjoys the feel and smell of these natural fibers and encorporates the muted tones and textures of the Pacific Northwest into her works.


Goat Mountain Pizza

Our featured artist for the October Art Walk is one of Goat Mountain Pizza's employees, Jared Wartman. Jared has a very colorful abstract style and uses acrylic paint.


The Leopold

Photo realistic work as well as representational abstract art. This week the Leopold hosts two artists.


The Lucky Monkey

Our annual Day of the Dead is here again! Local art will be predominantly featured along with some Mexican and Peruvian art and craft! It is a very entertaining show celebrating Mexico's cultural heritage Dia de Los Muertos!


Make.Shift Art Space

Makeshift Gallery presents "Love Loves to Love," showcasing the paintings of Malissa Perry, a woman with Down Syndrome and autism, and her caregiver, artist Christen Mattix. Malissa’s jewel-like abstractions are paired with Christen’s bold portraits of Malissa, evoking Malissa's radiant spirit. The project brings together adults with intellectual disabilities, caregivers, and the Bellingham community in radical celebration. Overturning stereotypical ideas of ability and disability, artist and model, the exhibit reveals a democratic approach to art practice.



New Work By Karie Jane.


Pickford Art Studios

Come upstairs, take a break, and make your own art gallery exhibit at our drawing party. We have crayons, paper and tape for you to cover the walls with your spontaneous artistic vision.


The Racket Bar Pinball & Lounge

Corey Urlacher constructs assemblage sculptures from bones, Halloween decor, plastic components, and religious statuary. The works reflect an interest in antiquity, the occult, and medical pathology.



Hold The Mayo: recent works by Jim Blanchard.  


A Sacred Passing

Fundraiser for A Sacred Passing: Death Midwifery Service will be hosting Honoring Our Dead: A Tribute to Day of the Dead and an Irish Wake. Art, music, wine and cheer.


Sculpture Northwest Gallery

Sculpture Northwest Gallery is delighted to welcome The Sculptors' Society of British Columbia to Bellingham. In the exhibition titled Clay, Wood, Stone and Beyond, eleven artists with differing art practices, united through sculpture, will present their work.   Feast your eyes on a wide range of contemporary sculpture from the bizarre to the exquisite, from the classical to interactive automata, in bronze, stone, ceramic, welded steel and other mixed media.


Shanti Center for Healing Arts

Come see our new Wellness Center featuring Holistic Skin Care, Massage, Midwifery, Structural Integration, Energy Work, Art by in-house practitioners, mini self care workshops, Labyrinth walk and more! Live music performed by Kelly Holmes and Gentri Watson.


Social Fabric

Monster Doll Mashup! What happens when you mix ceramics and fabric to make a Monster Doll. Come and see what kind of monsterish fun we've had at Baker Creek Ceramics and Social Fabric. Mwahahaahaaaaa.


Third Planet

Horses, owls and hauntingly unique art in acrylic and mixed-medium, Genora brings her own style mixed with art lessons as she explores her 2nd year as a Brush Dancer.


Wandering Oaks Fine Arts Gallery and Art Studio

Presenting art by local artists, from fused glass made in the studio to cast bronze sculptures to pottery. Stop by and see what's new this month.


Western City Center

Western City Center welcomes our local alums and community members to stop by our office during the Downtown Bellingham Art Walk. Check out our space, enjoy some goodies and beverages and enjoy the art on display from Western students, alumni and community members. Featuring calligrapher Kathy Pak and students. 


Whatcom Land Trust

Lorna’s paintings are inspired by old structures: abandoned buildings, weathered boats and rusting trucks. To Lorna’s artistic eye, the fading wood, peeling paint and broken windows provide each image with a personality and a history. Join us at Whatcom Land Trust to see how Lorna brings vivid images of farm animals to life on the canvas. 6-8pm.


Empire State of Cuisine--Hundred North

Empire State of Cuisine--Hundred North

Tim describes Hundred North as modern Northwest cuisine, but does not limit himself to a certain type of fare. He aspires to bring big-city level dining to a community that thrives on being the best of both worlds. Drawing his vision from restaurants in the West Village of New York, where there are smaller dining rooms, great staff and exceptional wine menus, Tim has designed his restaurant to emulate the same principles. 

Gathering Their Own Magic: Dark Tower Games

Gathering Their Own Magic: Dark Tower Games

On a quiet Monday afternoon at the shop, there doesn’t seem to be much happening at Dark Tower Games. Employees shuffle around adjusting, cleaning and replacing products. But come evening time, the shop is buzzing with action. While Dark Tower carries a vast retail inventory, their distinctiveness lies in the mass of events they hold on a weekly basis for tabletop gaming fanatics. 

Vendor Spotlight: Forget Me Not Salon and Spa

Forget Me Not Salon and Spa

Owner: Shannon Morris

Why Bellingham? "I grew up in Alaska and went to college and massage school in Oregon. I came up and visited Bellingham during that time. I have always been drawn to this area. I like smaller communities. Friends from the cities tell me I need to live where there are more people to have a profitable business, but I think smaller communities are better at caring and supporting one another. There is opportunity for growth and for my trades in Bellingham because of its creative, artsy side and advanced education possibilities, especially with cosmetology. AND I am an avid hiker and camper, and an extremely novice mountain bike rider who still loves to ride."

Favorite shop downtown? "Now that is a hard one. But if I had to choose just one, I would say it is a triple tie between Pure Bliss, Terra Organica, and the Farmer's Market. I could go on and on..."

The wait for the next Commercial Street Night Market is almost over. This Friday, from 6-10pm on Commercial Street, you'll be able to enjoy a plethora of dining and retail businesses that you'll only be able to see vend at our Night Market. One of those unique businesses is Forget Me Not Salon and Spa. This is the first event they have ever done, and owner Shannon Morris can't wait to be part of it. "I have heard how fun and lively the Night Market is from folks who have come into Forget Me Not and I am just excited to see it and be a part of it."

Moving here from Colorado, Shannon opened Forget Me Not in October 2014. A massage therapist for over fourteen years, Shannon wanted to expand the scope of her business to be all aspects of cosmetology, and not just massage therapy. "At first I was going to be a nail tech, but I found a passion for all cosmetology had to offer and all I could offer with a cosmetology license," said Shannon. Forget Me Not offers services for nails, hair, and waxing, along with massages.

Shannon's inspiration for being self-employed and owning her own business comes from her parents. After being let go from two corporate jobs, her dad decided to start his own business, with her mom focusing on the billing and filing aspect of the business. "Some people equate self-employment or having your own business with instability and risk. I see it as the opposite and more reliable," said Shannon. Another inspiration for Shannon? Simply loving what she does and helping people. "My inspiration comes from my clients who walk through the door and take time to relax, heal, and rejuvenate as they live their lives."

Be sure to visit Forget Me Not's booth at Night Market, and make your next hair/nail/self-care appointment at their location at 112 Ohio Street. 

Vendor Spotlight: Wander

Owners: Cara Sorenson and Sara Hill

Why Bellingham? "Why NOT Bellingham!! It's our hometown and our favorite place to be (Sara grew up here and I moved here in 1996 for college)."

Favorite shop downtown? "Sara and I both love Sojourn for clothes and Ormolulu for eye candy!!! Amazing vintage goodness."

At the Commercial Street Night Market, you'll find unique, individual, and carefully curated vendors that you won't see anywhere else. One of those vendors is Wander, a vintage furniture business run by two fierce women, Cara and Sara, with a passion for vintage. Wander is a quickly growing business, starting just last year over drinks at Temple Bar. "It's bee a wild ride," said co-owner Cara. "We went to Farm Chicks [nationally-recognized antique show in Spokane] last year and both independently started thinking about selling vintage goods. One night at Temple Bar we realized we were on the same page and began to make a plan."

It took only two months for this idea over drinks to become a reality and for Wander to be accepted into their first show. Since vintage markets are juried, this was a major honor and inspiration to keep at it. And then, just two months later, they were accepted into Farm Chicks as a vendor. "Since then we have been invited to around two dozen markets. It's been fast and furious and we are so pleased with the recognition we have been receiving in the vintage community."

Besides selling their goods, Wander will be soon launching a rental side of their business. Have a wedding or a party you're throwing, and you want a bit of vintage flair? You'll be able to rent unique, one-of-a-kind pieces to have at your event and give all of your guests Pinterest envy. The "Girls of Wander" can even help you style your event, offering their services to help you have your dream become reality.

"Our inspiration is to be creative!" said Cara. "To take items that have a story and a history and breath new life into them. To showcase them in a new and modern way." Feeling a sense of place is so important, especially in one's home environment, and it's a breathe of fresh air to have a business dedicated to helping their clients see the beauty in their surroundings and how to mold it to themselves. "Mixing things together in ways you wouldn't expect to create a unique feeling or vibe. [We love] helping people to express themselves through their surroundings."

Launching at this Friday's Night Market is their new t-shirt line, which is sure to be as stylish and unique as their furniture pieces. Make sure to visit their website and visit their booth between 6 and 10pm on Commercial Street. 




Vendor Spotlight: Jessica Mucha Art

Jessica Mucha Art

Why Bellingham? I attended high school in Bellingham and left here when I was 18 to move to Europe to pursue a childhood dream where I established a new home in Poland and France for 9 years. I moved back to Bellingham when I was 27 to see my family and reassess my life. I was planning on moving back to France when I met the man of my dreams in Bellingham and I’ve been in here for 6 years now and I’ve been on a mission to make Bellingham the best place in the world to live in. Bellingham has a lot of amazing and talented people and I know that with collaborative effort we can transform Bellingham to a vibrant and thriving city. I designed a poster touting how cool Bellingham is which will be available at my booth during the Night Market.

Favorite shop downtown? Penny Lane Antique Mall. The young lady who owns Penny Lane is a dear friend of mine. She has inspired me through my teenage years and I really admire her courage for designing a life according to her. Not only is the owner awesome but her store has fun vintage treasures. 

Our Commercial Street Night Market is known for having vendors you won't see anywhere else. The September edition of this popular event continues that tradition, with unique vendors, entertainment, and dining for you to enjoy. One of those you'll be able to peruse through and be enchanted by is Jessica Mucha Art

Jessica first got involved with the DBP by attending our monthly Morning JAM lectures, and she recently launched her popular Bellingham poster that hangs in the window of our office. While Jessica may seem new to the Bellingham art scene, she's actually been an artist for years. "Showing my art work freaks me out," said Jessica. "I’ve been a closet artist for decades and was heart-broken when I mysteriously lost my best works from art school back in France in 2009. After losing my favorite pieces I swore off making art for a few years but I couldn’t shake it off." 

But like a true artist, Jessica decided to come back to her art. "At the beginning of 2016 I made a pledge to myself to challenge myself to do the very things that scare me," she said. "I believe that we are all put on this earth for a reason, and that each and every one of us has a special gift to share with the world." Even though Jessica is scared to share her work with the world, she has been true to her word and started showing her art this year online via Instagram and now at Night Market. "I really enjoy the vibe of the Night Markets I've attended. I believe that the Night Market will be a fun and an interesting way to show my work."

"I have a hashtag I've been using on Instagram, it's #liveyourtrueessence," said Jessica. "I want to bring out my true essence in everyone I meet and what better way to do that than living mine." 

Jessica and her art will be at this Friday's Commercial Street Night Market, starting at 6pm and going until 10pm.