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Fairhaven Community to Welcome Sweet New Cafe ​

Fairhaven Community to Welcome Sweet New Cafe

By Chrys Doucette

A new cafe featuring sweets and savory treats is opening this summer at Village Books and Paper Dreams in Bellingham. 

Evolve Chocolate will open on the mezzanine of Village Books, according to a recent press release. 

Owners Christy Fox and Shannon Fox plan to craft their award-winning truffles, sipping chocolates, cocktails, and regionally focused savory cuisine. 

“When we heard Shannon and Christy’s plans for the space and read their proposed menu, it confirmed that they are absolutely the right fit,” stated Village Books co-owner Kelly Evert. “They are designing an experience that will encourage community, celebrate local food, and create memories.” 


Christy Fox and Shannon Fox Evolve Chocolate
Christy Fox and Shannon Fox of Evolve Chocolate + Cafe

Supporting Community with Village Books

Chef Christy Fox has worked in fine dining restaurants for nearly 30 years. The duo’s chocolates have been sold at festivals along the west coast, and at farmers markets and wineries in Washington State. 

They were searching for a permanent location when Village Books found them, according to the press release.

“The Village Books team approached us to see if we were interested in the space,” Shannon Fox stated. “Humbled by their inquiry, we knew immediately that it was Evolve’s new home.”

Special events planned at the location include author and book-themed dinners, champagne soirees, and tea drinking. 

“Being housed inside Village Books is like being given a big hug with mutual value structure and belief in community,” stated Christy Fox. 

Christy Fox and Shannon Fox plan to source ingredients at the Bellingham Farmers Market and sell their treats at the Saturday market. 

The duo will open a sidewalk cafe near the Village Green during the Wednesday Fairhaven Market and the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema on Saturdays. 


About Chrys Doucette

Chrys Doucette is a Bellingham resident and a former daily newspaper reporter for The Columbia Basin Herald in Moses Lake, WA. She owned and operated local soap manufacturer DigitalSoaps for 9 years, with her licensed anime soaps being sold on shelves in Hot Topic and Box Lunch stores at malls across the U.S. Now, Doucette runs SEO by Chrys, building websites and improving search optimization for small businesses and organizations. 

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