There’s something special about our little corner of the country. If you’re from here, you get it. Put another way, “local understands local.” Since we were founded in Bellingham in 1936, we’ve always preferred to work and support small local businesses. We’d like to introduce you to a handful of the local entrepreneurs we worked with to bring our Title Sponsorship of April Brews Day to life.

Brinn - a local graphic designer, holding some of her graphics up

Graphic Designer Brinn Hovde

Instagram: @brinnhovde

Brinn is the super talented Bellingham graphic designer we enlisted to help us create some artwork that highlights the community we all love! Look for her amazing work to be on display at events all summer long starting with April Brews Day. Brinn started her career working for Nike in Beaverton, Oregon in the golf department and she is now a graphic designer for Super Feet in Ferndale.

The owners of stickers for days posing for a photo holding WECU

Stickers for Days

Instagram: @stickersfordaysllc

Carlos Olvera and Andrew Howard are the owners of Stickers for Days in Bellingham on James Street. We worked with them to print four different stickers including our “Local” sticker which uses art work created by graphic designer Brinn Hovde to spell out the word “Local”. The local elements in the sticker are the Mt. Baker Theatre column, a crab, orca whale, sail boat, and beer.

An employee from Iron Street Printing posing for a photo in his shop

Iron Street Printing

Instagram: @ironstreetprinting

Started by John Bunn in 2010, Iron Street Printing does screen printing for everything from t-shirts to hats, bags and patches. John and his talented team guys do amazing work in the basement of a building in downtown Bellingham. They are the ones responsible for printing the WECU trucker hats and another special item we’ll be giving to lucky attendees of April Brews Day.

A Chazzam employee posing for a photo


Instagram: @chazzzam

We’re bringing April Brews Day its best stage ever and to decorate the stage, we needed some banners that wind could pass through. That’s where brothers Chas and Sam Malich and longtime friend Jerry Spraggins came in. They are the co-owners of Chazzzam, a print shop which was started in Bellingham in 2012. It now is located in an industrial area in Ferndale near Walton Beverage. Chazzzam does signs and vehicle wraps among other things.

An employee from Gruff poses with beer in hand and a Gruff Brewing Co. cap.

Gruff Brewing

Instagram: @gruffbrewing

We approached Gruff Brewing about making a WECU Brew to have available to taste at April Brews Day. We were absolutely stoked when they agreed. The collaboration beer is a pale ale made with peaches from eastern Washington. Gruff is owned by Chris Bierman, Eric Wight, and Jameson Longman — all native Bellinghamsters.


Other Local Partners WECU worked with

Stockton’s Paint

Applied Digital Imaging

Groove Merchant