A new pop-up shopping experience has opened on South Whidbey, with products from familiar names.
Salt & Sea Provisions is a collaboration of the Langley businesses Prima Bistro, Saltwater Fish House & Oyster Bar and Seabiscuit Bakery, all owned by Jenn and Sieb Jurriaans.
Its opening aims to highlight goods from Seabiscuit Bakery, the newest of the three businesses, and give the bakery a recognizable storefront.
Salt & Sea Provisions makes use of the Saltwater Fish House & Oyster Bar space at 113 First St. during morning hours before the restaurant’s opening. Customers will find baguettes, croissants, pot pies, cookies and brownies, as well as bottled wine and beer, cocktail kits, pâté and chicken liver mousse, salad and clam chowder.
“So many people are looking to pop in and grab something and go back home,” Jenn Jurriaans said.
She said nothing is changing with Saltwater Fish House & Oyster Bar. The restaurant will maintain its normal hours.
The presence of a bakery helps fulfill a demand in the Langley downtown, she said.
“Just as I was constantly being told that we needed to open a seafood restaurant, the bakery is a hole that is very clear in town,” she said.
Salt & Sea Provisions opened Sept. 18. Its opening weekend saw lines of locals down the block, and some items sold out within an hour of opening.
“It was bonkers,” said Jurriaans.
The pop-up shop is intended as a temporary home for Seabiscuit Bakery’s products. The couple would like to find a permanent home for the bakery, she said.
Currently, the baked goods take over the bar area of Saltwater Fish House & Oyster Bar. Jurriaans said it is quite the transition to see.
She said head 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 magician in figuring out how to keep track of all these online orders and huge production for both restaurants and now this pop-up.”
Salt & Sea Provisions is open 9 a.m. to noon, Friday through Sunday.