New cafe in Birch Bay offering more than lattes and pastries


By Grace McCarthy

Birch Bay residents who want to walk along the berm with a blueberry scone and latte in hand are in luck.

Rooted by the Bay, the community’s new cafe, has been offering everything from coffee, breakfast pastries and local crafts since the second week of January. The cafe is located at 7826 Birch Bay Drive in the Worldmark building.

Currently, the cafe sells Up Custer Creek wooden tumblers and earrings, pottery from Ferndale’s Lyons Pottery and decorated cookies from Lynden’s @RoyalandDoughCookieCo, among other local products.

Owner Joy Silva said she wanted to open her first cafe after moving to Whatcom County last year. Silva said her former job as a grocery store manager for the U.S. Air Force and in the restaurant industry prepared her to open her first business.

“I wanted a little local place where people could find something to walk along the berm,” she said. “It’s so beautiful here. I also wanted a retail space to showcase local handmade products. »

Silva said it was important to her to open a showcase for artists who depend on farmers’ markets for part of the year to sell their wares.

Cafe hours are currently 8am-2pm Thursday-Monday. Silva said she hoped to expand the hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, but needed to find more employees first. She is planning a grand opening for the end of March.


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