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Press Mentions

46 years and going strong!

June 27,2015 - Trekaroo/Carrie Yu

The C Shop is an institution in the small oceanside town of Birch Bay, Washington. The owners, Patricia and Patrick, started the store as a small candy shop and it has now grown into a candy shop, cafe, pizzeria and bakery. One with a serious eye for quality and attention to detail.

C is for Candy at the C Shop in Birch Bay, WA

July 1,2015 - Bellingham Insider/Lauren Kramer

It’s been 44 years since Patricia and Patrick Alesse first opened their C Shop in Birch Bay, and the candy, ice cream and pizza store remains a favorite summer destination among Birch Bay locals and visitors.

Time for a Sweet Summer

June 10,2015 - Cascadia Weekly/Lauren Kramer

If Birch Bay has a center, this is it: the bright yellow, cheerful structure on the corner of Alderson Road and Birch Bay Drive, its insides packed full of tasty treats and warm smiles. The C Shop is just a feel-good, happy place to hang out.

Summer Getaways, Birch Bay, Washington

May/June, 2015 - AAA Highroads/Nancy Mueller

Ask about The C Shop's antique candy-making equipment, watch how candy is made, and stick around for free samples.

Memories from Bellingham

May 1, 2015 - Kamloops This Week/Delta Optimisit/Vernon Morning Star/Travel Writers Tales/Hans Tammemagi

The next day, hungry from hiking and exploring, The C Shop in Birch Bay beckoned.

The C Shop makes the front page!

March 13, 2015 - Bellingham Herald/Dave Gallagher

Birch Bay’s The C Shop is back in business making chocolate bunnies. Employees have busily made more than 3,000 chocolate items in the past few weeks. Some will be sold at The C Shop at 4825 Alderson Road, while many will be sold at stores around Whatcom and Skagit counties.

The NL Photo of the Week

February 25, 2015

Patrick Alesse, Kelvin Barton and Andrew Weightman raise pints of Guinness to the Blarney Baloney Stone, which will reside in the Will’O Pub in Birch Bay through St. Patrick’s Day for those in need of some Irish luck.

Video: 32nd Annual Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge

January 14, 2015

A great video of the The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce sponsored annual event.

Be a Kid again at The C Shop

Bellingham Explorer 2014 - Silvia Reed

When an 8 year old drops his ice cream scoop on the ground, nothing better than to hear than “just go back to the store and get another scoop of ice cream, tell them Pat sent you”.

The Birch Bay Music Festival, helping animals in need

Bellingham Explorer 2014 - Silvia Reed

Gregarious business owner, Tammy Pearce is making a difference thru BBMF creating animal awareness in our community.

Vintage Charm, Family Tradition (page 87)

May-June 2010 - Profile

Founders of The C Shop Make Way for the Next Generation

Celebrating a sweet 50 years!

07.24.2013 - The Northern Light

"Patrick and Patricia Alesse celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary..."

Music takes center stage in Birch Bay this weekend

08.07.2013 - The Northern Light

"From small beginnings four years ago the Birch Bay Music Festival has doubled in size every year since, and local humane societies and animal charities have reaped the benefits."

Video: Patrick Scooping Ice Cream

08.06.2012 - Arianna Arnold

Arianna films Patrick while he scoops and pontificates.

Video: Birch Bay & The C Shop

04.07.2009 - Glenn Sanford

A great little video where Glen talks about Birch Bay and his visit to The C Shop. We really should pay him for the "commercial"!

The C Shop Named Member Of The Month For April

04.10.2012 - Birch Bay Buzz

"The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the C Shop has been named the Member of the Month. In announcing Aprils Member of the Month, John Gargett, President of the Chamber, said “You only have to visit the C Shop to understand their family's commitment to Birch Bay, from their homemade candy, to the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, to the warm welcome visitors always receive.“"

Bay Cafe and The C Shop Officially “Went to the Dogs (& Cats) on Saturday, August 6th

08.15.2011 - Birch Bay Buzz

"Birch Bay Music Festival -Presents Snipfest benefiting WeSnip. org was deemed a great success by everyone who atteneded! Although there were several other events in and around Whatcom County it was reported that by early afternoon there was a 45 minute line up to get in to Birch Bay!"

Holiday Hop at the Candy Shop

12.01.2010 - Ferndale Record

"The candy selections available this holiday season at The C Shop are almond butter toffee, chocolate fudge, Peanut Butter Yumms, which are peanut butter bars dipped in white candy, Divinity and Peanut Brittle, which The C Shop also distributes through a partnership with Haggen."

Things to Do with Kids in Semiahmoo and Birch Bay, Washington

11.09.2010 - Cascadia Kids

"Year-round, pick up chocolate, candy and other perfect sweets in the vintage-styled The C Shop."

With better weather, Whatcom retailers see increased tourism activity

07.21.2010 - Bellingham Herald

"At the C Shop café and candy store in Birch Bay, co-owner Pat Alesse said once the weather improved they started seeing more visitors, particularly from Seattle and British Columbia, taking advantage of time-share residential units near the water."

Birch Bay’s C Shop to stay in family

07.07.2010 - The Northern Light

"Some of Keith Alesse’s earliest memories involve the C Shop, the Birch bay landmark that has been in his family since he was three years old."

The C Shop to celebrate 39 years in business

06.22.2010 -

"The C Shop Café & Candy Shop owners, Patrick and Patricia Alesse, will celebrate 39 years in business this Saturday, June 26th."

Birch Bay, Blaine creating vision for the future

06.01.2008 - Northwest Business Monthly

“A lot of people have come out of the woodwork to help, it is a win-win situation for them,” she said. Patrick and Patricia Alesse, proprietors of the candy store The “C” Shop offered her the property across from their store at the intersection of Alderson Road and Peace Portal Drive to run the market."

Mounds of sand, munching sweets, and miniature golf in Birch Bay

06.15.2003 - The Western Front

"Patrick Alesse, co-owner of the C Shop, started the Birch Bay Sand Sculpture contest as an informal event 28 years ago."

Birch Bay beckons

03.08.2001 - The Seattle Times

"Another seasonal treat is a visit to The C Shop, a candy store and cafe housed in a yellow wooden building on the shorefront road that curves along the bay."