Holiday Make.Sale coming soon!


Break open your piggy bank, the 5th annual Make.Sale is coming up! All the local handmade crafts including you could imagine will be on sale at Make.Shift during this holiday sale.

The vendors this year offer a large variety of different crafts from the re-claimed glass of Tumbler Mountain Glass Project to the unique designs of Localmotive Jewelry Creations. Other vendors include: Remedios The Beauty Clothing, Cat Sieh, Osteal jewelry, Sea Holly Beauty Company, Feral Felt, Cordial Waters, Rinyrinri polymer clay creations, Vil’s Herbarium and more!

The Black Drop Coffeehouse is sponsoring hot beverages for the event, offering coffee, hot tea and cider as well as hot winter cocktail options.

The sale will have a preview night on Friday, Dec. 4th during Art Walk at Make.Shift from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and continues Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join us to support Bellingham’s talented craftsmen and women that help make our community unique!

Location: Make.Shift Art Space || 306 Flora Street, Bellingham

Preview Sale: Art Walk Friday, December 4th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Make.Sale: Saturday, December 5th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Sea Holly Beauty Company


Localmotive Jewerly Creations


Cat Sieh


Tumbler Mountain Glass Project


Cordial Waters

Punk Rock Prom!


Buy your corsage and iron your tuxedo shirts because you’re formally invited to Make.Shift’s Punk Rock Prom on Saturday, November 21st at the Majestic on North Forest Street in Bellingham.

The benefit supports Make.Shift, Bellingham Girls Rock Camp, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County (DVSAS).

Whether you want to relive prom, never attended, or just need an excuse to dance, this community event is a great chance for people of all ages to celebrate.

Entertainment: Kid Karaoke with Zach Zinn, The Ceiling, Couch, The Cure cover band, Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, Prom King, and Girl Guts.

The beer garden is sponsored by Ninkasi Brewing, Aslan Brewery, and Kulshan Brewery. Beer garden for 21+ with ID.

Food vendors Simmering Tava and Cicchitti’s Pizza will be on-site for the event.

Other prom activities include a photo booth, punk hairstyles from Toni & Guy and live screen printing by Iron Street Printing.

Where: The Majestic at 1027 North Forest Street, Bellingham, 98225

Cost: $10 individual, $15 couple (any two people), FREE from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Support Make.Shift during Fairhaven Gives Back!


When you’re doing your holiday shopping this year, don’t just pay – pay it forward. That’s the message of Fairhaven Gives Back, an annual event hosted by the Historic Fairhaven Association.

ONE DAY ONLY! Thursday, November 12th

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Participating Fairhaven businesses (see list below)

For more information, visit:

Held two weeks before Thanksgiving–on Thursday, November 12th– Fairhaven Gives Back helps holiday shoppers support local businesses as well as their favorite local nonprofits with each purchase they make. Choose to support Make.Shift during this community fundraiser this holiday season!

It’s a brilliantly simple idea: When shoppers make a purchase at participating Fairhaven businesses or restaurants, 10 percent of the sale is donated to the nonprofit of the shopper’s choosing from a list of up to 12 Whatcom charities. Since the event was first launched in 2013, Fairhaven Gives Back has raised more than $3,500 for local nonprofits. Help make 2015 the best year yet.

Participating businesses (to date):

  • 1Paper Boat
  • 12th Street Shoes
  • Bay To Baker
  • Blue Horizon Clothing
  • Cedar Male Medical
  • Fairhaven Toy Garden
  • Fairhaven Village Inn
  • Fairy Godmother’s Unlimited
  • Fat Pie Pizza
  • Paper Dreams
  • Rocket Dounuts
  • Sirena Gelato
  • Southside Trends
  • The Chrysalis Inn
  • Three French Hens
  • Village Books

Make.Shift seeks new Volunteer Coordinator!

Make.Shift Art Space is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator! This position is crucial in organizing all of our lovely volunteers. This position also includes:
Training new volunteers
Scheduling volunteers for events
Recruiting new volunteers
Retaining our volunteer base

Other skills required include:
Good communication skills (written, verbal)
Experience managing others (volunteers preferred)
Positive attitude, support and commitment to Make.Shift’s mission

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Accepting applications until Friday, February 20th, 2015. Position start date: March 1st, 2015.

Compensation: Monthly stipend

Make.Shift Receives LPFM Radio License

Make.Shift is excited to announce that we recently received an FCC license to build a low-power FM community radio station in Bellingham.

We’re in the early feasibility and budgeting stages of this project, and are seeking community input in addition to monetary and equipment donations. Please join us for a public visioning meeting on Oct. 11 at the downtown Bellingham Co-Op Connections Building, 1220 N Forest St. There we’ll outline the next steps in moving forward with this new project, including projected budget, fundraising goals, and equipment needed. We will also be accepting tax-deductible monetary donations. We want to hear from residents on what you’d like to see in a new community radio station, talk about how to get involved, and brainstorm with others who love radio.

Low Power FM stations (LPFM) are community-based, non-commercial radio stations that operate at 100 watts or less and reach a radius of 3 to 7 miles. With the help of radio advocacy group Common Frequency, Make.Shift applied for an LPFM license in 2013, during what may have been the last application window ever for LPFM stations across the nation. We received our licence earlier this year.

Please join us on Sat. Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Co-Op Community Connections Building to learn more.

Heck Yeah, 2013

Talk about a banner year. We are so proud of our hardworking volunteers, our amazing tenants, and our community, whose incredible support we couldn’t live without.

In 2013, Make.Shift: Won Best Bellingham Gallery for the second year in a row; Raised $20k to make major fire safety improvements; Installed a killer honor system soda fridge; Installed heating in the basement for the first time EVER; Sold more art than ever before; Welcomed The Documentary Center and Guitar Doctor as new tenants; and so much more.


Fire Code Fundraiser Success!

We set our fundraising goal at $20k, and thanks to all of YOU Make.Shift has reached and surpassed our target!

A huge thank you to all of our awesome friends and neighbors who helped make these past months of fire code updates such a success. We have completed work on one new fire exit, and the second is well underway… which means we hope to see you back in the Make.Shift basement for all-ages live music as early as January!

Stay tuned for further updates.


Nightmare on Railroad Ave.: A Haunted House

Empty your bladder and put on your game face — Make.Shift is taking over the Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden for two nights of terror! 

Be prepared for a full-blown haunted house full of live actors, chilling detail, and unbelievable scares. This event is ALL AGES, but be warned that this may be too scary for little ones. MUAHAHA.

7-11 p.m. Wed. Oct. 30
7-11 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 31

Boundary Bay beer available for purchase for those 21+.

Forgot a costume or wanna jazz yours up? Let our makeup artists paint your face while you wait in line!

Fire Code: Your Questions Answered

Make.Shift stopped hosting live shows at our all-ages, drug-free basement venue back in late April, after a routine inspection by the Bellingham Fire Department. Understandably, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about what this means for shows, for safety, and for Make.Shift’s future as a whole. We hope the following information will help answer those questions.

In Transition:

Make.Shift is in a transitional period after five years of operation (two in our current downtown location). Our building was recently purchased by new owners, and all of the tenants in our building including Make.Shift are being asked to sign new leases, which include rent adjustments. The timing of this coincided with a routine visit from the fire department, which found that the basement was not up to current basement fire code, and needed additional emergency exiting. We are working closely with our new landlord, the fire department and the city to get our facility in compliance.

Why Exiting is Necessary:

It’s important to note that Make.Shift’s basement currently has two functional exits, and our safety record is exemplary. We take the safety of our tenants and patrons very seriously, and we’re eager to get Make.Shift up to the highest standard of safety. The Bellingham Fire Department notes that additional emergency exiting is necessary for any use that could occur in the basement, not just Make.Shift operations, or live music. If we were to move out of this space, these upgrades would still need to be made in order for the space to be leased for any business, and any type of use. To build this new exit, our property manager Daylight Properties will re-cut the original basement exit opening, which was since filled with concrete. This change to the building will affect a ground-floor building tenant by eliminating some square footage from their space. Since this historic opening is the only viable option for an exit, and since the exit must be installed for any basement tenant and any use, Daylight is working with all tenants to impact their spaces as little as possible.

At What Cost?

As you can imagine, the cost to implement these adjustments is high and will result in an increase to our rent. There are also other likely building improvements that Make.Shift will be responsible for. We will know what these are once the city signs off on the necessary changes to the building. This increase in expenditures was unexpected at this time, so we’re currently conducting a fundraiser to help us get over this hump as we work to find new and innovative ways to sustainably offset this cost increase. We’re proud of our financial track record and are confident we will be able to continue to operate. (If you are interested in our financial details, click here.)

Make.Shift has enjoyed becoming a part of downtown’s art district. We are proud to house more than 20 local bands and 10 local artists at any given time, many of whom have grown here and gone on to open their own studios and businesses. In the last two years we’ve hosted nearly 30 art exhibitions in our award-winning gallery, featuring the art of innovative local and regional artists. In the last year alone we’ve held more than 50 all-ages, drug- and alcohol-free concerts, and we’re proud to participate in local events like Art Walk, Bellingham Rock Camp, Girls Rock Camp, Yellingham, What’s Up! Magazine’s 15th Anniversary, The Make.Shift Block Party, the Holiday Make.Sale, and more.

Looking Toward the Future:

We look forward to offering even more music and art and continuing to be a safe and positive place for people of all ages. We appreciate the incredible support we’ve received from this community, and can’t wait to create new and exciting programming for 2014. If you have any questions please contact us at If you’d like to support Make.Shift as we go through this transitional period, please consider donating here.

We love our patrons, and all the cool things that happen at Make.Shift! We want to hear from you about your favorite moment, show or artwork. Please send your experience (long or short!) to: