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Woods Coffee Refreshes Its Signage

Woods Coffee and Signs Plus teamed up to refresh the coffee company’s brand image and signage at a dozen locations, from Birch Bay to Bellevue, with another new site about to come online at Hotel 116 in Bellevue.

The first re-image appeared at the Lakeway-Bellingham site. Designers from both companies developed the plan to update the classic Woods Coffee logo, as well as signage, with state-of-the art components and a new drive-through experience.

The rebrand includes hand-crafted neon elements, cutting-edge LEDs, sleek wayfinding signs, redesigned drive-through menus, clearance bars and trash valets.

A spokesperson said both companies “are enthusiastic about continuing to support fellow Whatcom County businesses in their efforts to grow and expand.”


PeaceHealth Medical Group has announced six new providers in its Bellingham-area clinics.

Julie Cheek, MD, joined the pediatric team at the Cordata clinic at 4545 Cordata Parkway. Dr. Cheek earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Florida and completed a pediatric residency at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL, where she also was a chief resident. Prior to joining PHMG, she served as a pediatrician at Unity Care NW in Bellingham. She has 24 years of experience providing primary care to underserved children. Dr. Cheek said, “My greatest joy is forming a relationship with a child and the child’s parent/caregiver and working in partnership with families to help raise their children to be healthy, resilient and productive young adults.”

William Anderson, MD, is serving patients at the Asthma and Allergy Clinic, located at PHMG’s clinic at 4545 Cordata Parkway. Dr. Anderson earned his medical degree from Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, OR. Prior to joining PHMG, Dr. Anderson was in private practice as an allergy-immunology specialist at the Asthma & Allergy Center of Whatcom County. He has an interest in evaluating and treating adults and children with a wide variety of allergic/immunologic disorders, including recurrent upper and/or lower respiratory tract disorders, as well as evaluating and providing guidance for allergic reactions caused by food, insect stings and medications.

Garrett Jeffery, DO, is serving patients at the Family Medicine Clinic at 4545 Cordata Parkway. Dr. Jeffery earned his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. Dr. Jeffery comes to PeaceHealth after practicing Family Medicine with Inpatient and Obstetrics in Puyallup. He provides a full scope of care for patients of all ages, including pediatrics, chronic disease management, acute care and preventive services. Dr. Jeffery has an interest in diabetes management and addiction medicine. “I strive to provide the best, evidence-based care to my patients and thereby reduce adverse outcomes as well as excessive medical costs,” he said.

Robert Lessard, PA-C, is a new member of the Internal Medicine team. Robert holds a Bachelor of Medicine-Physician Assistant degree from the University of Florida. Prior to joining PHMG, Robert worked at Skagit Regional Clinics in Mount Vernon. His diverse medical background includes work as a cardiac cauterization technician at hospitals in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is interested in sports medicine and routine musculoskeletal injury management, as well as general routing cardiology care. “I like getting to know my patients and helping to educate them about their acute an chronic health issue,” Robert said.

Lynette Polinder, CNM, ARNP, joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology team. Lynnette earner her degree in Nursing Midwifery at the Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY. She previously served patients as a certified nurse-midwife in the childbirth unit at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph, MI. Early in her career, Lynette served as a registered nurse at a government primary healthcare clinic in northern Thailand, where she also helped to organize mobile-clinic visits to remote villages. “It’s a privilege to be with women throughout their journey into motherhood,” Lynnette said.

Lori Burton, NP, joined the cardiology team at the Cardiology Clinic at 2979 Squalicum Parkway. Lori earned a master of Science in Nursing at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Prior to joining Cardiology as a nurse practitioner, Lori worked for many years at the PeaceHealth Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic as a registered nurse. Her goal as a nurse practitioner is to provide compassionate, high-quality care. “I practice to help patients understand and cope with the complexities of their health concerns, treatment options and next steps,” she said.

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, WA, is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center provides quality care for northwest Washington with its full-service 253-bed hospital and PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics in Bellingham. Key services in Bellingham include comprehensive cardiology, oncology orthopedic and rehabilitation services and a joint-venture outpatient imaging service. Also see peace health.org.


David Archer has been named general manager of B-Town Kitchen & Raw Bar in Bellingham. He has more than 20 years of management experience in the Whatcom County hospitality industry.

The restaurant, which opened May 5, is located inside Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center at 714 Lakeway Drive. B-Town is one of the only raw-bar destinations in the area featuring oysters, clams, crabs and other seasonal selections.

John Burns, general manager of Four Points Bellingham, said, “David’s knowledge of the best local producers of seafood, meat, produce, beer and more will greatly benefit our customers.”

Archer, a long-time Blaine resident and graduate of Blaine High School, said, “B-Town’s design and creative culinary concept has resulted in a unique dining destination that is second to none.” Also see www.fourpointsbellingham.com

Alivia Jelinski is the new director of facility rentals and business development at the Northwest Washington Fair & Events Center in Lynden. She is a life-long Whatcom County resident with eight years of experience in the hospitality industry.

Jelinski will assist the hundreds of clients who rent the diverse facilities at the Center. These include the 6,000-square-foot Mount Baker Rotary Building, the 46,000-square-foot Henry Jansen Ag Center, the 18,000-square-foot Haggen Expo Building the the Equine Event Center, including the heated Washington Tractor Arena.

Center GM Jim Baron said Alivia’s customer-service and communication skills are ideal for this position.” She is active in the community, serving on the board of the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and social chair of Whatcom Young Professionals.  She was named Ambassador of the Year in 2016 by the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce. Also see www.nwwafair.com

The Muljat Group has announced two additions to its real-estate-broker team.Chris Schwitter, a Whatcom County native with a strong technology background, and Solveig Johnson, who comes with an ASP Home Staging certification.

Schwitter, a graduate of Squalicum High School and Bellingham Technical College, has extensive knowledge of Bellingham’s neighborhoods and Whatcom County’s communities that he feels will help him meet the needs of clients. “With a degree in computer networking, I can use technology to effectively market properties online, where most buyers are now searching,” Schwitter said.

Johnson already has closed 140 home sales in fewer than four years in the business and will use her ASP certification to prepare properties so they gain maximum return for the sellers. “I’ve also been involved in three successful house ‘flips,’ so I’ve gained practical knowledge about the costs and added value of making various improvements to a property,” Johnson said. Before entering the Whatcom County real-estate market, she was an outside sales consultant to high-end salons for seven years.

The Muljat Group, located at 510 Lakeway Drive, has the highest volume of sales per agent in Whatcom County. Also see www.muljatgroup.com.

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