An InTENtional List of Bellingham Businesses Giving Back

Dr. Michelle Hsu, Dr. Richard Tran, and Color Chiropractic’s staff at their community clinic raising money for Common Threads. (Photo: Color Chiropractic) Across the United States, small businesses have always been an integral part of their community’s economic and social well...
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Business Spotlight: Arcaro Boxing

Tricia Arcaro Turton, owner of Arcaro Boxing. Tricia Arcaro Turton is a former professional boxer, not-so-secret Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift fan, and owner of Arcaro Boxing in Seattle's Central District neighborhood. Tricia has a community-first attitude and describes Arcaro Boxing as a place where people can work on themselves, face the...
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Business Spotlight: L.E.M.S. Bookstore

Tylicia Messiah, co-founder of the L.E.M.S. Bookstore nonprofit. This is Tylicia Messiah, the driving force working to preserve Washington's only Black-owned bookstore focused on the African diaspora and co-founder of L.E.M.S. Bookstore in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood as it transitions into a nonprofit. Originally owned by Tylicia's...
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Adorned Abode: Unique, Eclectic, Thoughtfully Curated

Benita Smith, curator and owner at Adorned Abode in Tacoma, WA. The idea for Adorned Abode began with a rolling pin.  Not just your average rolling pin — one that was crafted in Poland and embossed with an intricate pattern that imprinted on dough when rolled out. It was specialty...
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Business Spotlight: McGirt Counseling Services

Ashley McGirt, owner of McGirt Counseling Services. (Photo: Ashley McGirt) This is Ashley McGirt, racial trauma therapist, author, international keynote speaker, and owner ofMcGirt Counseling Servicesin Seattle, WA. As a mental health professional, Ashley works with her clients to help...
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#BeIntentional: New Year’s Advice from Mental Health Professionals

As the new year begins, we often take time to reflect on the previous year, and 2020 was a year of tremendous turbulence. This past year ushered in many challenges and new circumstances that left people across the country feeling isolated, overwhelmed, and fatigued. According to the CDC, 40% of...
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Moments of Hope in 2020

In a year filled to the brim with uncertainty, heartbreak, and the associated ups and downs, we want to take a moment to focus on what helps so many of us get through a time like this: hope. We shared some of the moments that brought us hope throughout this challenging year, and now we’re pleased to be able to share some of the small...
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2020 Year End InTENtional List

Illustration by Alex McGuire This year has been an overwhelming, exhausting, paradoxical intersection of heartbreak and hope. Undoubtedly it has been the worst of times for so many small businesses. 2020 has provided a reminder of the fragility of the local shops, restaurants, cafes, and more at the heart of our communities. And while we can’t...
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KOBO Owner Celebrates 25 Years and Reflects on Community Resilience

“In the beginning, we never thought this was going to last 25 years,” Binko Chiong-Bisbee said, full of emotion. From left to right: John Bisbee, Binko Chiong-Bisbee, and their daughter Aya Bisbee Fighting back tears, Chiong-Bisbee recounted one of the early obstacles that she and her...
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