Businesses open in Birch Bay this summer

Published on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 by Steve Guntli

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Birch Bay Pizza is up and running at Birch Bay Waterslides. The new restaurant opened Memorial Day weekend, taking over a space previously occupied by Little Caesars Pizza.

Iain Buchanan, the Waterslides’ general manager, said the business has been benefiting from the summer foot traffic the waterpark attracts.

“It was a little bit of a slow start until we got our feelers out there,” he said. “But now that we’re getting more guests out to the waterpark, it’s really boosted up.”

The restaurant is currently only serving pizza, but Buchanan hopes to expand the menu once the fledgling business gets some experience under its belt.

“We’re going to do pizza first, do pizza right and then we can start adding items,” he said.

Buchanan hopes to eventually add sandwiches, wings and desserts to the menu. The biggest challenge he anticipates will be maintaining the restaurant’s business in the off-season. 

“We’re still waiting to see if the community will support a year-round business in that area,” Buchanan said. “I think it will, but it really depends on when we get our customer base established.” 

He is considering adding a delivery option during the off-season.

The restaurant employs 10 people, with three or four people manning the small kitchen at a time. Birch Bay Pizza is open every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call Iain Buchanan at 360/392-8698 or visit

Sonya’s Furniture, owned by Sonya Mozes, has relocated from its Ferndale location to Birch Bay.

After local resident Mozes lost her lease on the 15,000-square-foot Ferndale location, she packed up shop and reopened her business in a much smaller, 2,200-square-foot space at 4819 Alderson Road in Blaine. She has adjusted her business model to accommodate the smaller location, focusing more on custom orders and upholstery.

Running the small establishment with one other employee on hand, Mozes said she is excited about the possibilities. She said her new location, which has only been open for about three weeks, serves a valuable purpose in the community. 

“Birch Bay and Blaine don’t really have anything like this,” Mozes said. “So for the locals here, they don’t have to travel to Ferndale or Bellingham [for furniture]. We’re right in their backyard.”

Her new storefront showcases a selection of liquidation pieces from major retailers, as well as solid and reclaimed-wood furniture – a good option for eco-minded customers, Mozes said. 

Sonya’s Furniture is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Mozes is planning to reduce her store hours in the fall, but will continue to operate after hours on an appointment-only basis. She is also planning to offer in-home furniture consultations. For more information, call 360/778-1369.

Birch Bay Teriyaki Cafe is under new ownership.

Hee Young Kim and her husband stepped in as owners of the establishment, located at 8036 Birch Bay Drive, in early May. The Kims previously owned and operated a restaurant in Federal Way for 25 years. 

The Kims manage the restaurant themselves, along with a staff of about five people, she said. The restaurant serves Chinese, Japanese and American food, and offers a selection of ice cream.

Kim said she is happy with the business so far but is hoping things will pick up over the summer. She also anticipates more business when the state approves a liquor license, which she hopes will happen within the next week.

The restaurant will be open on the weekend of July 20–21 to take advantage of Birch Bay’s Discovery Days festival, and will stay open on weekends starting this summer.

Birch Bay Teriyaki is currently open Monday through Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 360/371-7499.