HATCH: VACANCY TO VITALITY
Hatch is a program of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership that aims to find the right tenant for the right vacancy through community outreach and market analysis. Hatch has taken many forms in the past, including a business incubator, event center, and a place for creatives to work.
Now, Hatch has grown beyond one vacancy, but every vacancy downtown. We have put up Hatch signs all over downtown in vacancies, and wherever you see a sign that is an opportunity to tell us what type of business you want to see there.
Did you find one of our Hatch locations? Tell us below what type of business you would like to see downtown and where. We'll use this information and work with local property owners and managers to recruit more businesses the community wants to see.
** We ask that all information submitted is courteous and designed to be a part of the furthering of our downtown. Be a part of our city's positive growth.**
What new business do you want to see here?
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Where are the Hatchlings now?
Social Fabric, owned by Renee Sherrer, was launched in the Winter of 2015, taking over the very first Hatch location at 1302 Commercial St. Renee was a part the first soft launch event of Hatch on August 7, 2015, the Downtown Upcycle Throwdown. The event featured a number of community seamstresses and artists who utilized recyclable materials to create functional art. Today, Renee continues to feature various forms of art at Social Fabric, along with teaching various textile classes and selling boutique items.
Visit Social Fabric @ 1302 Commercial St or here!
Bellingham Folk School
The Bellingham Folk School was Hatch's first official Hatchling and teamed with Hatch in September of 2015. The Hatchling program was designed to act as a springboard for budding entrepreneurs. The Hatch space was used as a place for the small businesses to test their model, and to interact with the community. The Bellingham Folk School, coordinated by Cayley Schmid (Polecat, Bellingham Folk Festival) continued on with Hatch when the program moved to 221 Prospect St. In early 2016, Cayley and the Folk School launched in 1208 Cornwall Ave. The School hosts a multitude of performers and events along with dynamic classes for all ages.
Visit the Bellingham Folk School at 1208 Cornwall Ave or here!