Business

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                                Langley residents Jack and Suzanne Healy opened their store, Artisan Crafted, in September. It is located on First Street in Langley.

Home decor, accessories on show at new store on Langley’s First Street

For Jack and Suzanne Healy, owners of Artisan Crafted on First Street…

 

Furniture consignment store opens doors Friday

A different breed of consignment store with an English twist will open…

 

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                                Co-owner Kathy Parks stands aside one of the distillers that is processing whiskey.

New business represents a step toward making Whidbey a destination for spirits

After meandering through the long and arduous approval process with the Washington…

 

Island Nosh serves noodles from American, Italian and Asian cuisines such as this Thai noodle dish.

Island Nosh adds worldly edge to Clinton food scene

Off Highway 525 in downtown Clinton, eclectic smells from around the world ooze from…

Island Nosh serves noodles from American, Italian and Asian cuisines such as this Thai noodle dish.
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Variety of plants, landscapes on view at new nursery in Clinton

Facing extensive competition, nurseries on the South End have to bring something different to the ..

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Bayview barber keeps retro alive, one cut at a time

At a tiny storefront off Highway 525 in Bayview, a barber pole spins only three days a week.

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Island Headquarters owner Jeffrey Wood trims Clinton resident Gary Hansen’s beard from Wood’s small “man cave.”

Bayview barber keeps retro alive, one cut at a time

At a tiny storefront off Highway 525 in Bayview, a barber pole spins only three days a week. Inside the small shop stands a single barber chair tended to by a single hair stylist — owner Jeffrey Wood.

Island Headquarters owner Jeffrey Wood trims Clinton resident Gary Hansen’s beard from Wood’s small “man cave.”

Clinton distillery earns positive review

Clinton’s Cadée Distillery was recently awarded a rating of 89 points by Whisky Advocate, a national whisky magazine, for its Deceptivus Bourbon Whiskey. Deceptivus is matured as bourbon whiskey then double-barrel finished in the “unique maritime climate of Whidbey,” according to a news release.

  • Sep 30th, 2016
Blue Ewe Studios owner David Malony sits on his throne: the chair inside his control room. Malony’s studio is built inside a wooden cabin in the Freeland woods.

Freeland sound engineer masters the art of music

In a little cabin tucked away in the woods east of Holmes Harbor, rock stars are made. Crammed with equipment and wailing musicians, it’s from this hideaway recording studio that a man known for his “big ears” and uncanny ability to perfect raw tunes has been helping bands make their way to stardom for nearly 20 years.

Blue Ewe Studios owner David Malony sits on his throne: the chair inside his control room. Malony’s studio is built inside a wooden cabin in the Freeland woods.

South Island CrossFit announces new ownership, business vision

South Island CrossFit in Clinton has new owners. The business was purchased earlier this year from Manny Rios by Lara and Andres Ortiz. They are Clinton residents, and cross fit level one certified trainers. The deal was finalized Feb. 15, according to a Thursday press release. The Ortizes plan to expand services to support intergenerational exercise programs, and envision a family-focused fitness center.

  • May 10th, 2016
Earl Overstreet is presented the 2016 8(a) Graduate Award of the Year from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Left to right: Scott Harvey

SBA honors Greenbank man with top business award

Greenbank resident Earl Overstreet is the recipient of the 2016 8(a) Graduate Award of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Awarded to the highest achieving graduates of the Business Development Program, an assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses, Overstreet was chosen due to the overall successes of his business, Bellevue-based IT company General Microsystems Inc.

Earl Overstreet is presented the 2016 8(a) Graduate Award of the Year from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Left to right: Scott Harvey

South Whidbey now home to two recreational pot shops

South Whidbey’s second recreational marijuana retailer will open its doors to the public today. The store, named Island Herb, is located in Freeland at 5565 Vanbarr Place, Unit F. Doors open at 11 a.m. Island Herb is owned by a veteran of the South Whidbey marijuana business scene, Lucas Jushinski. He owns Island Alternative Medicine in Freeland, which was the first medical marijuana dispensary to open on Whidbey Island back in 2012. The old storefront previously used by Island Alternative Medicine is where Island Herb is located.

Whidbey artists’ to host reception at Greenbank Farm

A reception for Whidbey artists Buffy Cribbs and Bruce Morrow will take place next weekend at Greenbank Farm.

  • Mar 30th, 2016
Cj & Y Decadent Desserts hopes to carry on the quality made famous by JW Desserts.

New famous Clinton cake shop owners promise same quality

JW Desserts, a South Whidbey bakery that achieved national fame, is no more, but in its place is something just as sweet.

Cj & Y Decadent Desserts hopes to carry on the quality made famous by JW Desserts.
Alicia Clancy tweezes customer Bridgit Howard's eyebrows during a recent visit to the one-chair salon in Clinton. The Freeland woman opened the business in a former espresso stand along the highway near the ferry terminal.

Big dreams brew in a small space: Clinton salon hopes to capitalize on traffic, convenience

Alicia Clancy has a grand vision brewing in Clinton, and it only requires a small footprint.

Alicia Clancy tweezes customer Bridgit Howard's eyebrows during a recent visit to the one-chair salon in Clinton. The Freeland woman opened the business in a former espresso stand along the highway near the ferry terminal.
Mona Newbauer

Sweet Mona’s Chocolate Boutique celebrates first 10 years in Langley

There’s a sweet deal coming to Langley in honor of a chocolatier’s first 10 years in business.

  • Feb 17th, 2016
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Bayview’s Bella Salon goes ‘green’

Salon Bella in Bayview has plans for its waste to become more environmentally sustainable. In a news release, salon owners Talmadge Hickman and Chelsie Perkins announced they had partnered with Green Circle Salons, a company dedicated to turning salon waste into recyclable materials and renewable energy.

  • Feb 17th, 2016

Dietitian, personal chef sets up in Clinton

A registered, certified dietitian has come to Clinton.

  • Feb 17th, 2016
Andrew Schultz

Tattoo artist plans for permanence in Greenbank

That little red building off the highway in Greenbank has a new tenant and, unlike some recent renters who seemed to last there only a matter of days, this one says he’s here to stay.

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Tony Shults

Family tree farm still growing 74 years later

Anyone looking for a last-minute Christmas tree need only head to Clinton.

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A snow and wine theme adorns Ott & Murphy in Langley.

Come for the doors, stay for the stores in Langley

Langley’s Deck the Doors contest is underway, with more than 40 storefront entries festively decorated for the holidays.

  • Dec 4th, 2015
A snow and wine theme adorns Ott & Murphy in Langley.
Mary Dettrich and Lisa McDermott

Building a better bike outfit—for women, by women on Whidbey Island

When Lisa McDermott and Mary Dettrich first began cycling, they were at a loss for finding a good fit.

Mary Dettrich and Lisa McDermott

Good Cheer stores open to families facing financial hardships

Children from families facing financial challenges have an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts from the Good Cheer Thrift Stores.

  • Nov 25th, 2015
Gennie Martin is gearing up for a busy shopping season in her new Langley store

South Whidbey stores ready for small business boon

Gennie Martin knows she opened her store, It’s Raining Art & Supplies in Langley, at a challenging time — just after the summer and a couple of months before the winter holidays.

Gennie Martin is gearing up for a busy shopping season in her new Langley store
Randy Landon

Business continues to bloom at Bayview Farm and Garden

Bayview Farm and Garden is getting a facelift. In order to address new needs, owner Maureen Murphy said a new building will be built to replace the gutter-connected greenhouses that were located in the center of the two—and-a-half-acre farm and garden center.

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Langley Whale Center grand opening in new spot

Having successfully moved down the road, the Langley Whale Center will celebrate with a grand re-opening Saturday, Nov. 14.

  • Nov 6th, 2015

Sweet Mona’s shop to host decorating class

Sweet Mona’s Chocolate Boutique, an award-winning sweets shop in Langley, will host two gingerbread and sugar cookie decorating classes next month.

  • Nov 6th, 2015
Colin Campbell has spent a year building his business

A Scotchman’s dream: Clinton man brings booze business to limelight

Colin Campbell knows how to make a splashy entrance.

Colin Campbell has spent a year building his business
7th Degree Black Belt Senior Master Ken Church instructs students at Armstrong’s Taekwondo on self-defense and gun-defense.

Armstrong’s Taekwondo’s one-year anniversary brings special guests

Armstrong’s Taekwondo in Clinton celebrated its one-year anniversary with a pair of high-esteemed guests from the martial arts world, seventh-degree black belt Senior Master Ken Church and fifth-degree black belt Patricia Church from San Diego.

  • Aug 12th, 2015
7th Degree Black Belt Senior Master Ken Church instructs students at Armstrong’s Taekwondo on self-defense and gun-defense.
Barry and Lilly van Gerbig opened Fair Trade Outfitters in early July

New Langley shop with fair trade mindset opens

Lilly and Barry van Gerbig are taking a stand and an admittedly exciting and nerve-wracking risk by opening their store, Fair Trade Outfitters.

Barry and Lilly van Gerbig opened Fair Trade Outfitters in early July
Past award-winners adorn the shelves at Whidbey Island Winery.

Whidbey Island Winery earns several top-mark medals at Seattle Wine Awards

Langley’s Whidbey Island Winery won multiple double gold, gold and silver medals in this year’s prestigious Seattle Wine Awards.

  • Jul 28th, 2015
Past award-winners adorn the shelves at Whidbey Island Winery.
Vincent and Tyla Nattress opened Orchard Kitchen as a multi-faceted “foodhub” in Bayview this month. It serves as a cooking classroom

Bayview farm transforms into restaurant, classroom, event center

Tyla and Vincent Nattress found and built the home business of their dreams. Orchard Kitchen, a farmhouse/restaurant/classroom/event center/catering business in Bayview, opened this month after years of planning and nearly a decade of dreaming by the husband and wife business duo.

Vincent and Tyla Nattress opened Orchard Kitchen as a multi-faceted “foodhub” in Bayview this month. It serves as a cooking classroom
Spectators watch the fireworks show at Celebrate America

July 3rd Fireworks in Freeland needs financial support

The 21st Celebrate America is just around the corner and organizers are looking for community support to help throw Freeland's biggest annual event. Bouncy toys for kids have been reserved, the barge is set, food vendors are ready to serve but fireworks are only partially paid for. Financial support is still needed to cover the $35,000 event budget, organizers announced in a recent news release.

  • Jun 17th, 2015
Spectators watch the fireworks show at Celebrate America

Votes sought to help Langley biz with grant contest

Two Langley merchants are looking for the public's help in securing a $100,000 grant. David and Kimberly Tiller, owners of Whidbey Island Natural, are competing in Chase Bank's Mission Main Street contest. The business must receive 250 online votes before June 19 to be considered for the grant.

  • Jun 15th, 2015

Bayview-planted Taproot architect gets magazine spotlight

Matthew Swett and his work as the architect and owner of Taproot Architects will be featured in a national publication.

  • May 29th, 2015
Geri Forbes

Whidbey General’s new CEO hits ground running

Whidbey General Hospital’s new CEO Geri Forbes demonstrated a new brand of leadership this past weekend when she attended a community event at Fort Nugent Park.

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JoAnn Baker

South Whidbey Record welcomes new marketing consultant

The South Whidbey Record has hired JoAnn Baker as its new marketing consultant.

JoAnn Baker

Pop-up yoga clothing company visits Langley

A slice of the Big Apple will be in Langley next weekend when Half Moon Yoga hosts a pop-up shop featuring the spring collection of Haven Collective, a New York City-based yoga clothing company.

  • May 8th, 2015

Langley gym opens

Langley has a new workout center, the only one in town, thanks to Whidbey Island Time Fitness.

  • May 1st, 2015

Tech center opens in Freeland

Three autonomous businesses have teamed up to open a technology support center in Freeland.

  • May 1st, 2015

New director takes reins of Langley Chamber of Commerce

Langley has a new business leader. The Langley Chamber of Commerce announced the hire of Michaleen McGarry as the new executive director.

  • Apr 21st, 2015
Kate Johnson opened The Tipsy Gourmet in Langley to fill a void in craft drinks and snacks.

Langley shop offers taste of finer, tipsier things

Kate Johnson considers herself a novice, a neophyte when it comes to fine wines, craft beer and cider, cheese and cured meats. Perhaps in the context of standing next to a career charcuterie expert or a Master Sommelier, she is indeed a neophyte. For the majority of her customers at The Tipsy Gourmet, she’s a wealth of information and insight into flavor and taste.

Kate Johnson opened The Tipsy Gourmet in Langley to fill a void in craft drinks and snacks.
Vicki Thompson rubs a customer’s feet at Island Girl Nails on Tuesday. After owning the business for 10 years

Island Girl Nails keeping its polish

Three women are being primped and pampered in the cozy space of Island Girl Nails in Clinton. Each one is tended to by a licensed manicurist, and each woman heaps on praise for the women, who are celebrating 10 years in operation this month. Their customers each represent the clientele that has sustained and grown the nail salon since its inception in a small space across the highway back in 2005.

Vicki Thompson rubs a customer’s feet at Island Girl Nails on Tuesday. After owning the business for 10 years
Lacey Thompson and Chris Vulk prepare breakfast at Prima Bistro. The two are planning to open a Farm-to-Truck food truck along with Brittany Keylon.

South Whidbey trio takes farm-to-table movement on the road

Lacey Thompson and Clinton residents Chris Vulk and Brittany Keylon share a dream to own a business which will provide accessible, versatile whole food to South Whidbey. They hope to provide convenient, delicious meals to residents stepping off the ferry or attending an arts festival or farmers market.

Lacey Thompson and Chris Vulk prepare breakfast at Prima Bistro. The two are planning to open a Farm-to-Truck food truck along with Brittany Keylon.
Dean Parmenter

Plumber turned chef cooks up new success with hot dog eatery

The handshake is the first indication that this is no ordinary hot dog vendor. Dean Parmenter’s hands have a rough feel, the byproduct of 37 years as a plumber. But the physical demands of plumbing caused Parmenter to rethink his future and reinvent himself.

Dean Parmenter
Kelly Cameron

Clinton’s Turnco Wood Goods takes shape as international company

Kelly Cameron puts in 12-hour days in his woodworking shop, a cavernous space in Clinton off Cultus Bay Road. The long labor is worth it for the British Columbia native and co-owner of Turnco Wood Goods, which has seen rapid growth in the past 12 months operating on South Whidbey. He estimated that 70 percent of the business’ earnings come from the wood goods side of the business that also makes architectural pieces, such as parts for lamps or cabinets and even replicated wood columns and balusters for a clock tower in Heppner, Ore.

Kelly Cameron
Children gather around Santa Claus at Langley Park during the Lighting of Langley ceremony Saturday

Merriment had at Lighting of Langley

Children gather around Santa Claus at Langley Park during the Lighting of Langley ceremony Saturday, Nov. 29. Snow from the night before made the Langley Chamber of Commerce event an uncharacteristically winter wonderland in the Village by the Sea. The event kicked off the holiday shopping season in Langley, which includes a raffle for purchasing items in the city and a parade.

  • Dec 6th, 2014
Children gather around Santa Claus at Langley Park during the Lighting of Langley ceremony Saturday
Graham Gori holds a red pepper

Couple brings authentic Latin cuisine to Langley

When Iliana Lopez met her husband, Graham Gori, it was love at first bite. Gori was working for the New York Times and Associated Press as a foreign correspondent in Mexico City when he bumped into Lopez, an art restorer. In Mexico, explained Lopez, it was unusual for a man to do the cooking; and Gori was especially adept at the craft.

Graham Gori holds a red pepper

Windermere welcomes new broker to South Whidbey

Sheila White has joined Windermere Real Estate in Freeland as a new broker.

  • Oct 24th, 2014
A China City chef works in the kitchen. Restaurant owner Jack Ng just opened a third store in the Mill Creek area.

China City owner expands island business with Mill Creek location

Jack Ng started in the restaurant business as a dishwasher. Today, he’s the owner of China City’s two Whidbey Island locations in Freeland and Oak Harbor, and opened an off-island location in Mill Creek in July.

A China City chef works in the kitchen. Restaurant owner Jack Ng just opened a third store in the Mill Creek area.