Despite economy, Blaine businesses expand

Published on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 by Marisa Willis

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Though it appears the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, most would say we have yet to completely emerge from the economic crisis gloom.

These few Blaine and Birch Bay entrepreneurs have bravely thrown caution in the wind and decided to start their business endeavors in northern Whatcom County. Their specialties range from deli sandwiches to puppy pampering, and all provide unique services to their community.

Borderline Taxi and Courier Services

Mario Solórzano has started up a new taxi service for the greater Blaine area.
Borderline Taxi is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, or to book a taxi, call (360) 483-9353.

Borderline Taxi provides general taxi services for Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo.

Why Borderline Taxi? Borderline Taxi is different because businesses can call on Mario’s courier services to pick up and drop off important documents and packages.

Hidden Treasures thrift store

Owners Kurt and Deanna Cain, whose family was one of the first homesteaders in Blaine, also operate a one-source therapy staffing business and a heating, ventilation and air conditioning company.

Hidden Treasures is located at 8870 Blaine Rd., between Blaine Animal Hospital and Yorky’s Market and is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call (360) 588-2477.

Not only does Hidden Treasures sell gently used appliances, clothing, and household goods, but they can rid you of your slightly used items as well.

This buy, sell, consign business focuses on new and used house wear, but also carries and accepts clothing, outdoor equipment and antiques. Lamps, movies, skis, toilets, coffee mugs—you name it, and Hidden Treasures carries it.
The big deal: If you are like the majority of people and are looking to save money, consignment stores such as Hidden Treasures are a great way to keep you and your home fashionable while saving cash.

Lupita’s Upscale Puppy doggy daycare and spa

Since her move to the Northwest in 2004, Lupita Blackwelder has specialized in the caring and pampering of your small fury friend. Upscale Puppy has a new doggie playground on its 10-acre location to further cater to the needs of Birch Bay and Blaine dogs.

Upscale Puppy is located at 8365 Kickerville Rd.

To schedule a play date, spa day or boarding interview call 360/ 510-8889, or visit their website at

Upscale Puppy focuses on a no crate, no kennel policy. Their primary services include daily dog daycare, while clients are at work, and lengthy boarding accommodations, while clients are on vacation.
Lupita calls her business the “Ritz” of dog daycare and said she is already booked through the holidays for her boarding services.

Why Upscale Puppy? Lupita and her husband Ken, who builds all the Western themed dog décor in their backyard, have been dog owners and lovers their entire lives and welcome their clients’ dogs into their home. Lupita is pet First Aid and CPR certified, has a business license for Upscale Puppy and is also insured.

Rags to Stitches

Gabrielle Esquiro is putting the finishing touches on her new seamstress business and hopes to open by September 1. For more information, call 360/305-7758.

Rags to Stitches is located at 713 Third St. in Blaine and will be open from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

Gabrielle specializes in custom sewing, basic alterations and new garment creation. Rags to Stitches boasts a broad range of seamstress services, including sports uniforms, zipper and tent repair, prom dresses and much, much more.

Why you should check them out: Rags to Stitches is not your typical alteration business. Gabrielle can sew and repair anything from bulletproof vests—something she has actually done—to bridesmaid dresses.

She has 20 years of sewing under her belt, and operated the business from her home for several years. Gabrielle said her new storefront will provide Rags to Stitches more exposure and more convenience for her costumers.

Subway opens new store

Dale Schrader, owner of the Subway Sandwiches on Peace Portal Drive, has opened a new restaurant to meet the deli demands of Blaine residents. A grand opening, full of great deals and giveaways, is scheduled for sometime in September.

Subway is located at 1733 H Street, across the street from Cost Cutter. Both Subway restaurants are open everyday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 360/332-2270.

Besides the oh-so-popular “Five Dollar Footlong” menu, Subway offers flatbread sandwiches, soups and salads, pizza and even a breakfast menu.

Why you should check them out: Subway has always been known for their healthier fast food options and this location is no exception.

All sandwiches and salads offered here come in low-calorie and low-fat options, without compromising taste. Apples, low-fat milk, yogurt, baked chips and fresh par-baked bread are available everyday for light eaters.