PetalAttractions store adds ice cream, espresso

Published on Thu, Jul 26, 2007 by Jack Kintner

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Petal Attractions store adds ice cream, espresso

By Jack Kintner

Bessie Barredo and her three daughters have moved their Petal Attractions store closer to the center of town and have changed its focus from flowers to flowers and coffee, ice cream, pastries and antiques.

“People say that when they come in the place they feel a kind of warm family atmosphere,” said Barredo, who opened up originally as Mailboxes Plus in 2004 on Second Street.

Indeed, the family extensively remodeled the inside of the vintage 1902 Horseshoe Building that had been a Curves exercise studio into a welcoming and fun kind of family place that takes advantage of the harbor view through the huge front windows and an outside serving area that faces a small park across Peace Portal Drive.

“In the winter when it gets dark early we have the harbor lights, so this is nice all year,” Barredo said.

She and her girls and a number of other people worked all night on July 3 to open in time for the downtown crowds on the fourth of July, and it worked.

“We were really busy all day,” said Adrianne Hanson, who along with Con Nolan and Gina Warne own and operate the business along with Barredo.

Specialties include gourmet espresso in all the regular flavors and versions, ice cream by the cone or dish and such things as “afogatto,” a combination of espresso and ice cream in a matching flavor served in a champagne glass with a champagne cookie.

“We also have tropical banana splits and something we call chocoholic, both our own inventions,” Barredo said.

Though they left the mailboxes behind when they sold that business earlier, the flower and gift shop remain, and they also sell a few of building owner Bill Becht’s antiques, many of them from Whatcom County with interesting local tie-ins.

The business is at 810 Peace Portal Drive at the corner of Martin Street. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call 332-2059.