Not Her First Rodeo

For some local grass-fed Angus beef, check out Addies Angus Ranch in Mount Vernon—a small, family business run by Nikki Lewis-LeSourd.

Midterm Elections are Coming Nov. 6

It’s midterm elections again, and Bellingham Alive is here to help with tools for registering, ballot drop-offs, and helpful websites. Vote by Nov. 6!


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Small Bites

Here’s a look at local restaurants and bars where you can get a small bite to eat. Check out what’s available and snacks you should try.


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Orcas Island Distillery

Here’s a look at the Orcas Island Distillery, which uses isalnd-grown fruits to make their spirits. Read owner Charles West’s story of how he got started.


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Valley Shine Distillery

Here’s an inside look into Mount Vernon’s Valley Shine Distillery, where prohibition, bootlegging, and Al Capone are a big part of its history.


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Bellewood Acres

Here’s an inside look at Lynden’s Bellewood Acres, where everything they make is grown on their farm. Read a list of their homemade spirits.


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The Madrona Bar and Grill

Take a quick inside look at The Madrona Bar and Grill on Orcas Island. We will also share recommendations of home bar essentials.


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A’Town Bistro

Take a quick inside look into the A’Town Bistro in Anacortes, plus learn about a few edible garnishes to make your drinks fun and festive.


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More Than ‘Mean’ Martinis

Here’s a quick inside look at Bellingham’s Fireside Martini and Wine Bar and a Q & A with Kuma Liqueur owner, Chet Holstein.


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Spirits

We’re taking a look at distilleries who use local ingredients in their craft cocktails. Also read a bio on Alexine Langdon, bar manager at Hundred North.


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Bartender Q & As

We did a Q & A with four local bartenders. Here’s what they had to say about their backgrounds, favorite drinks, joys and challenges.


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Audra Lawlor

Audra Lawlor uprooted her fast paced Manhattan Wall Street life to start a fruit preserves company called Girl Meets Dirt on Orcas Island as her Second Act.


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Doug Robertson

Doug Robertson spent his first act as an attorney; now his Second Act is working as an adjunct professor at Whatcom Community College.


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Russ Kendall

Russ Kendall started out as a documentary photojournalist. Now he is in his Second Act as the owner of Gusto Wood Fired Pizza.


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Susan Soltes

Susan Soltes started her second act at 50 years old. She tells her story of how she went from film production to organic blueberry farming.


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Five Faves

We are highlighting five of our favorite hikes to take during the fall season, from the North Cascades to the San Juan Islands.


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Homeless Youths Getting a Place of Their Own

Northwest Youth Services is providing a number of services to help homeless teens in Whatcom County, including housing and mental health services.


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Showcasing Jewels of Orcas Island

Material Wit on Orcas Island is run by Jessie Morrow. Her shop showcases four jewelry collections, clothes, household items, and art.


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A Daily Dose of Trendy Tacos in Bellingham

Goat Mountain Pizza owners opened a new restaurant last fall, this time a bar with tacos called Black Sheep. You can find them in downtown Bellingham.


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Chuckanut Bay Distillery is Making a Big Move

Award winning Chuckanut Bay Distillery is opening a new restaurant and event space located in the center of downtown Bellingham.


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Beach Drive Remodel

Take a look at the amazing transformation of this beach drive remodel on Camano Island. This article details the renovations made during this home remodel.


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The Summit Conqueror Tells All

Dave Mauro has conquered seven summits and shares his stories in his new book, “The Altitude Journals”. He will be speaking at REI stores across the US.


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A Younger Glow

Master esthetician Lisa Crosier shares her secrets on anti-aging and the two types of exfoliation to give you a younger glow.


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The Ultimate Mood Killer: Bicycle Seats

Loretta shares her insights on how bicycle seats can be a very successful form of birth control while being the designated cyclist during girls’ night out.


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Deception Distilling

In this web exclusive, you can take an inside look into the family-run business in Anacortes, Deception Distilling and get the recipe for Lavender and Lace.


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The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin showcases a cocktail called The Bullfighter, which can be found at The 202 in Downtown Bellingham.


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(Electric) Pedal Power

Bellingham Alive writer Melissa McCarthy tries riding an e-bike for the first time. Electric bikes are safer and better for the environment.


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Second Hand for New Moms and Kiddos

Flip and Little Bugs, owned by Elyse Brown, are two children and maternity consignment stores in Bellingham where moms can buy second hand clothes and toys.


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Shedding Light on the Value of Recreation

Todd Elsworth is the founder of Recreation Northwest, a nonprofit organization educating people on the economic and social benefits of recreation.


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Nonprofit Online College Sees Growth, Growing Pains

Western Governors University is a national nonprofit online college. WGU is designed for people with families and careers who need more flexibility.


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Swinomish Casino Scores

The Sports Bar & Grill at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge has upgraded their menu. Chef O’Neil is responsible for the new delicious additions.


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The Breakdown on Hair Removal

Beauty professional Cheryl Jason gives us the breakdown on three different types of hair removal: waxing, sugaring, and threading.


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Indoor Plants Blossom in Bellingham

Babygreens is a new indoor plant shop located in Downtown Bellingham. Owner Nick Meza is a WWU grad and opened the shop earlier this spring.


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