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Makeworth Market

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What: MakeWorth Market

Where: 1201 N. State St.

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WHEN: 7am-9pm Mon.-Fri., 8am-9pm Sat.-Sun.

Info: http://www.makeworthmarket.com

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Bellingham can’t seem to get enough of its ambient coffee shops, and Makeworth Market on State and Chestnut streets is evidence these venues remain the city’s most popular place to hang out with friends, bury yourself in a book, or plough through some work on your laptop in a social environment.

The two-level, 4,700-square-foot space opened May 11 and is light, bright and airy with lots of room between tables so nobody feels cramped or crowded.

We settled in with a honey lavender latte ($5), a delicious specialty beverage that can be made hot or cold. Sourcing its coffee from Counter Culture in North Carolina, Makeworth’s tea and coffee menu is fairly standard with the usual mix of mocha, espresso, americano and cappuccino.

Toast is the restaurant’s food specialty, and it’s available sweet or savory. I ordered the burrata toast with pesto, tomatoes and goat cheese, an artisan sandwich that arrived on a thick, crunchy peasant bread and presented an awesome mix of flavors. It’s the kind of sandwich you could never successfully pull together at home.

A total of five varieties of gourmet toast range from $6 for a half-order up to $13. If you have a sweet tooth you’ll love the almond butter and banana toast or the cream cheese and slow-roasted strawberry jam. The red and white wheat bread is by Sophie Williams of Raven Breads, while the scones and cakes—a rotating selection that included brown butter cake with slow roasted strawberries, malted chocolate caramel cake, and vegan chocolate tea cake on the day we visited—are by Sarah Woods of Gathered Confections.

The menu is set to expand in future months and the culinary team is working on grab-and-go breakfast foods and an expansion of the salad menu.

Co-owner Corey Silversmith knew from the age of 14 that he wanted to own a coffee shop someday, but embarked on a career in business and project management before circling back to this certainty and opening the doors at Makeworth.

“It felt like the right time to go after something deeply in my heart for a long time,” he says. “I met my wife in a coffee shop so I really appreciate the extent to which cafes bring people together to gather, socialize and connect. Our goal at Makeworth was to have a large space that allowed a lot of different people to come together and feel immediately at home.”

It’s fair to say that Makeworth’s customers tend to stay a long time—and Silversmith is just fine with that. Nobody is jostling them out the door to make tables available to other customers.

“We love that people come in with their laptops to work and spend a long time because we want this to be a home away from home,” he says. “One of my business partners is a film producer and spends the majority of his life working in cafes, so it was important to us that we make our customers feel welcome for as long as they want to stay.”

The “market” part of Makeworth is its retail items, a mixed bag of jeans, pottery by Addie Yake of June Pottery, skin products by Herb Essentials and Herbivore, and handbags by Bradley Mountain.

That’s a trend Silversmith noted at other coffee shops in San Diego, and wanted to bring to the Northwest. “This is a fusion of the style and aesthetics we were seeing in Southern California, and though we’re starting small, we’ll continue to curate our collection and add items that are both usable and good quality.”

Makeworth is open weekdays 7am-9pm and weekends from 8am, but hours will expand in the fall. If you’ve not stopped by yet, be sure to pay it a visit. There’s a good chance once you walk through the door, you won’t want to leave.

Makeworth photo by Beau Gaughran/Courtesy Bellingham Tourism

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