It happens to the best of us: that sugary craving takes a hold and wonâ€™t let us go until weâ€™ve found something rich, decadent and utterly delicious in which to sink our teeth. There are degrees of delicious, of course, so next time youâ€™re in the vise-like grip of a sweet obsession, check out these Bellingham establishments. Each offers treats that promise a heavenly, sugary high.
Sink your teeth into a slice of carrot cake and youâ€™ll know instantly what Pure Bliss is all about. The six-year-old destination dessert and cake shop at 1424 Cornwall Ave in Bellingham is all about buttery moments of blissful delight. If thereâ€™s any disappointment when you walk out, itâ€™s only at not being able to stay longer, or accommodate a greater number of cakes, cookies and dessert wedges in your stomach before you head home.
Andi Vann, the 35-year-old entrepreneur behind Pure Bliss, has loved baking since she was a child. â€śMy mom would whip stuff together in the kitchen and as I watched her freeness there, I discovered the kitchen was a safe place to experiment,â€ť she said. As she started experimenting, she learned really good cake is hard to find, and two, that with great (read: local, high quality) ingredients, patience and passion, she could create desserts that would lead folks scurrying back for more.
Chocolate coconut chunk. Almond joy. Salted caramel. Lemon bliss. These are just a sampling of the 22 cakes Vann has on display at any one time, and they are phenomenal. They compete for attention with nanaimo bars, peanut butter wedges, cupcakes, New York cheesecake, berry polenta muffins and gourmet cookies. With their perfect, thick, creamy layers of frosting theyâ€™re irresistible eye candy, the deal breaker to almost any diet.
Walk inside Pure Bliss and youâ€™re swooped off Cornwall Ave and into a transformative space. Pink, black and white decor set the tone for a sweet, feminine space that compels you to order a cup of your favorite brew, carefully select the cake that calls your name the loudest, and sit down for a long chat with someone you love.
Pure Bliss already offers drip coffee and a full bar, but recently added beer on tap to the drinks menu, â€śto open up the space to men a bit more,â€ť Vann said. Itâ€™s open noon-10pm Tuesday through Saturday and noon-6pm on Mondays. Learn more at www.pureblissdesserts.com or call (360) 739-1612.
Local old timers know LaFeenâ€™s all too well. The inconspicuous donut store on Electric Ave in Bellingham has been running a brisk business since 1986 and when you step inside youâ€™re transported straight back to that era. Formica tables, brown and orange color scheme â€“ itâ€™s 80s dĂ©cor through and through and thereâ€™s nothing fancy about this place. Still, fancy only goes so far. Itâ€™s the donuts folks come for, those sweet treasures coated with icing and decorated with sprinkles, as well as the bear paws, big foot and ice cream.
Bun Samuth bought the business from the LaFeen family back in 1996 and youâ€™ll find him baking donuts in the kitchen twice a day: in the early morning and evening. He has to: his donuts disappear that quickly â€“ and the storeâ€™s long hours â€“ 6am to 10:30pm â€“ cater to the steady stream of customers craving that sweet treat.
They have a lot to choose from as Samuthâ€™s selection includes 30 types of donuts and pastries in more than 100 combinations. The buttermilk crullers, blueberry fritters and donut holes are the first to go but also beckoning temptingly from the display case are apple fritters, maple bars, twists, fresh cinnamon rolls and muffins. Â If youâ€™ve never set foot in this long-time Bellingham institution, make it a destination next time your sugar craving kicks in! LaFeenâ€™s is at 1466 Electric Ave. and online at lafeens.com.