Best of the Northwest 2021 Winners Announced

Click here to view the winners of the Best of the Northwest 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards!  

Pumpkin Carving Ideas to Inspire You This Halloween

October is here, which means Halloween is just around the corner– and perhaps it’s time for a trip to the pumpkin patch. No matter your age or skill level, carving pumpkins is a time-honored way to celebrate the spookiest season of the year.  

One Room Challenge: Outdated to Oasis

The spring 2021 “One Room Challenge” is a supportive and enthusiastic event held twice a year, with Better Homes & Gardens as the official media partner. It is not a competition; rather, it’s a celebration of creative and inspiring ideas.  

Style Q&A with Suzanne Smith of Betty Be Good Boutique

Lastly, shoppers can always expect affordable and adorable fashion, footwear, and accessories with everything in our collection still under $60.

Savor the San Juans Returns for Its 14th Year

It could be argued that the best way to experience a region is through its food, and there’s no shortage of local bounty in the San Juan Islands. You’re invited to indulge your senses at the 14th annual Savor the San Juans event, back in full force after going virtual in 2020.  

A Delicious Dream Seven Years in the Making

Sweet As Waffles officially opened to the public at Stemma Brewing Company in June of 2021. For the owners, Nate Brown and Graham Berkwitt, the grand opening was the culmination of a vision several years in the making. 

A Partnership With Nature

From soaps and lotions to aromatherapy and makeup, Karmela Botanica offers a little bit of everything. In fact, when it comes to skin care products, owner Karma Maclachlan says it’s easier to ask what they don’t make.  “We sell everything in our wheelhouse from luxury organic palm-free soaps to candles, incense, and toothpaste,” says Maclachlan.  Maclachlan started making skin care products in 2002 under the business name Mother Goose Botanicals. In 2006, the company changed its…

Pumped Bellingham Makes It Easy to Shop Sustainably

Leah Foster knows firsthand that cutting down on waste can be a daunting task. Working in the airline industry made her mindful of our society’s reliance on disposables, and after becoming a mother, she noticed that her own family was going through more of everything. Household necessities such as shampoo, dish soap, and baby products are traditionally sold in plastic. However, finding sustainable alternatives proved challenging.  

Italian, and Mexican, and Chinese, Oh My!

Having worked in the restaurant industry for years, Diego noticed that the three most popular types of cuisine were Italian, Chinese, and Mexican. All the dishes on Infusion Cuisine’s menu fit into one of these categories. 

Madrona Wear

Madrona Wear is a sustainable clothing company born from a passion for sewing and a love for the natural world. It was founded in August of last year by Ruby Spring and Weston Persons, and the couple makes all of their clothing to order using upcycled and recycled materials. 

Mixing Tin: Butterbeer

Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, this rich and boozy take on Hogsmeade’s brew of choice is a must-try for Halloween.

Leading the Return to Normalcy

But challenges often arise– especially for Randhawa, who is in a unique position to make key decisions. The COVID-19 pandemic completely changed the university’s operation, meaning that the past year has required innovation.

Maui Mule

The Maui Mule is a fun, tropical version of the Moscow Mule with a bright and slightly spicy taste thanks to our Ginger and Hawaiian Chili Shrub. The shrub’s flavor is enhanced by adding sparkling water and fresh lime juice, and the raw apple cider vinegar and ginger offer additional health benefits. 

A Creative Spark From Tiny Art

Picture an art gallery. What do you see? Perhaps a large building with pieces carefully and thoughtfully lined up on the walls, each work of art unique. Now picture that same gallery, but one thousand times smaller. 

Saving Rain for a Rainy Day

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are no strangers to rain. Whether or not you’re a fan of the frequent showers, have you ever stopped to think about where that rain ends up? 

Meet the Mushrooms: Fungus 101 with Evan Holmstrom

Have you ever wanted to learn more about mushrooms, or maybe you’d like to be more aware of the nature that surrounds you? Now is your chance to do just that. The North Cascades Institute (NCI) is putting on a workshop titled “Meet the Mushrooms” that allows participants to interact with and learn more about fungi.  

When in Downtown Bellingham, Do as the Italians Do

When considering how best to use an empty space in the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building, restaurateur Jonathan Cicotti took inspiration from the bars he visits with his family in Cento, Italy.

Q&A with author Erica Bauermeister

Read & Share aims to spread the love of reading while connecting the community through ideas, information, and a nonfiction book by a regional author. This year’s book is “House Lessons: Renovating a Life,” by four-time bestselling author Erica Bauermeister.