A new pop-up shopping experience has opened up on South Whidbey, featuring products by familiar names.
Salt & Sea Provisions is a collaboration of the companies of Langley Prima Bistro, Saltwater Fish House & Oyster Bar and Seabiscuit Bakery, all owned by Jenn and Sieb Jurriaans.
Its opening aims to showcase the products of Seabiscuit Bakery, the newest of the three companies, and give the bakery a recognizable showcase.
Salt & Sea Provisions uses the Saltwater Fish House & Oyster Bar area at 113 First St. during the morning hours before the restaurant opens. Customers will find baguettes, croissants, pâtés, cookies and brownies, as well as bottled wine and beer, cocktail kits, poultry liver pâté and mousse, salad and clam chowder. .
“So many people are looking to come in and take something and go home,” Jenn Jurriaans said.
She said nothing changes with Saltwater Fish House & Oyster Bar. The restaurant will keep its usual hours.
The presence of a bakery helps meet a demand in downtown Langley, she said.
“Just as I was constantly told that we need to open a seafood restaurant, the bakery is a very clear hole in town,” she said.
Salt & Sea Provisions opened on September 18th. Its opening weekend saw lines of locals, and some items sold out within an hour of opening.
“It was crazy,” Jurriaans said.
The pop-up store is designed as a temporary home for Seabiscuit Bakery products. The couple would like to find a permanent home for the bakery, she said.
Currently, baked goods occupy the bar at Saltwater Fish House & Oyster Bar. Jurriaans said it’s quite the transition to see.
She said pastry chef Allyss Taylor and five other bakers who work in a small building behind Saltwater are the unsung heroes of the operation.
Taylor, Jurriaans said, “is a wizard on how to keep track of all this online orders and this huge production for both restaurants and now this pop-up.”
Salt & Sea Provisions is open 9 a.m. to noon, Friday to Sunday.