New businesses, faces springing up in Birch Bay
Blue Fish restaurant has new co-owner, menu
The late-night sushi and dinner restaurant on Birch Bay drive has seen its ups and downs over the years, but new co-owner and kitchen manager Grant Cho said he wants to change that.
“There’s been a lot of changes here and I’m really trying to make it a place the community can be proud of,” he said.
To start, Cho said he has made several menu upgrades including new salads made with spring mix rather than iceberg lettuce and new dinner items including a sirloin beef stew made with Guiness stout ($4.95/bowl) and an Ahi tuna salad Nicoise ($11.95).
Their new lunch menu includes a lobster and prawn po’ boy sandwich ($9.95), 1/2-pound Angus beef burgers and a salmon melt ($7.95) with wild-caught Alaskan white King salmon, water chestnuts, and cheddar cheese on a toasted English muffin.
The Blue Fish restaurant is open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. and is located at 7829 Birch Bay Drive in Birch Bay. They can be reached by calling 371-4051.
Birch Bay residents Susan and Patric Bush opened Birch Bay Haircare and 101 Gallery in the Terrell Creek Landing earlier this June, offering art, barber cuts, styles, coloring, and foils, as well as manicures, pedicures and waxing.
Bush, a long-time beautician from Magalia, California, and her husband Patric, a civil engineer for a Chico, California-based engineering firm, are the first tenants in the recently completed mixed-use residential and commercial building on the corner of Birch Bay Drive and Alderson Road.
the couple stumbled across Birch Bay on their way to open
a similar business near their summer home in Port Hardy,
British Columbia, a remote village on the northern end
of Vancouver Island, but were turned away at the border when
they discussed their plans.
“We were turned around and were stuck here, but then again, it’s not a bad place to be stuck,” she said.
The couple has hired local hairstylists Chrissy Nichols, formerly of Bayside Beauty in Blaine, Janara Pocus, formerly of New Edge Hair Design in Blaine, and Deb Freeman, formerly of Michael’s in Bellingham. Bush said some may also remember her from Beth the Barber in Blaine where she worked for several months while waiting for her business license.
Bush, also an acrylic abstractionist artist, has decorated the 1,000-square foot corner space with her vibrantly colored works. She said she would like to open her space to other local fine artists at no cost to showcase Birch Bay’s diverse talent.
Patric, however, said he wanted to emphasize their barber services to attract more male clients.
“We’re hoping to get more men to come in,” he said. “It’s not just a beauty salon, it’s a hair care business.”
Birch Bay Haircare is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and by appointment by calling 371-5160.
Birch Bay resident Mary Lang opened Bath House Beach Accessories last week, selling kites beach wear and other accessories for a day in the sun. They are located next to the C Shop in Birch Bay.
The Bay Café, formerly known as Birch Bay Coffeehouse, has new owners and an expanded menu.
Birch Bay residents Dave Bucknell and Tammy Pearce took over the ownership of the recently remodeled café on June 1.
“We’re trying to create a friendly atmosphere and hope we can kind of turn this place into the Cheers of Birch Bay,” she said.
New menu items include wraps, Hebrew National hot dogs, certified Angus beef burgers, salads and breakfast sandwiches and grilled pannini sandwiches. Also check out the selection of retro candy including candy cigarettes, Lemonheads and Boston Baked Beans.
Bay Cafe is open daily and year-round from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. They can be reached by calling 360/371-5409.
Residents and visitors to Birch Bay can now rent or repair their bicycles at the new Pedal Power bike shop near the C Shop.
Birch Bay resident Joe Hansen, is the former owner of the Lynden Cyclery, and is offering bicycle rentals throughout the summer months and repairs year-long.
Pedal Power’s summer hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Winter hours are by appointment only.
Birch Bay Waterslides now open daily
Birch Bay Waterslides began their summer season June 23 with operational hours from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
2007 rates are $15.25 for children 6 years and older, $10.25 for children 3,4 and 5 years old, and free for children 2 years and younger with a paying adult.
The Birch Bay Waterslides are
located at 4874 Birch Bay-Lynden Road in Birch Bay. They
can be reached by calling 360/371-7500
For more information, visit www.birchbaywaterslides.net.
Century 21 Bay Properties hires new agent
Century 21 Bay Properties recently hired Theresa Reavis to its firm as a sales associate.
Manager Carl Dufton said Reavis will specialize in residential property sales in the area.
Century 21 Bay Properties is located at 8045 Birch Bay Drive.