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Langley shop offers taste of finer, tipsier things

Kate Johnson opened The Tipsy Gourmet in Langley to fill a void in craft drinks and snacks.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
  • Apr 4, 2015 at 6:00AM

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.

 
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Island Girl Nails keeping its polish

  • Feb 14, 2015 at 2:00PM

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.

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

  • Jan 10, 2015 at 6:00PM

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.

Clinton bakers are sweetening up the holidays, one cookie at a time

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 9:02AM

Santa and his fleet of elven workers would be mighty proud of Gerry Betz and Larry Lowary, the masterminds behind the popular Tree-Top Baking. The baking duo, who only sell at the Bayview Farmers Market, treat the holidays like every other week during the market season.

Plumber turned chef cooks up new success with hot dog eatery

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 4:00PM

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.

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