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This Year, Bayview Farm and Garden will be donating a percentage of their cut Christmas tree sales to Ryan’s House For Youth, a local charity to help homeless and at-risk youth.
Mystic Sea Charters of Anacortes will expand tours to Langley for the annual migration of gray whales in spring of 2013.
CLINTON — Voting is over. Pickles Deli is the people’s champ.
“I just love walking into the Uncommon Threads event on the first day,” said weaver Linda LaMay of Clinton. Uncommon Threads is the Whidbey Weavers Guild’s annual event that will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, at Greenbank Farm.
In an ironic twist, a Whidbey Island nonprofit group that helps provide affordable housing alternatives to island residents is in danger of closing its doors.
Built by the community for the community, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley celebrated the end of Stage Two. And it was only possible after raising more than $2.1 million to expand and renovate the building.
FREELAND — The last time Brittany Marks walked the Falcon sideline of Waterman Field, she still had her maiden name.
It may be a long shot, but the Whidbey Island Winery in Langley is up for Best Winery in the King 5 Best of Western Washington competition.
Ian Jefferds steps carefully from the skiff onto one of the mussel farm platforms his family has operated for 37 years. It’s a sunny, picture-postcard morning in August on Penn Cove, with Mount Baker shimmering in the distance and baby seals lazily reclining on platforms nearby. But Jefferds isn’t smiling. He’s worried.
Pickles Deli in Clinton is still leading the Best Sandwich Shop category in the King 5 Best of Western Washington competition.
Berries could once again be an abundant fixture at the Greenbank Farm.
Lincoln Computers in Clinton sponsored a one-day hard-drive smash event this week.
There are a lot of smiling faces at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders this week.
Whidbey Telecom has announced the winner of its 2012-2013 Directory Cover Art Competition. The new directory cover, to be published in November, will feature “Doorway to Heaven,” an original photograph by Rick Collar of Clinton.
It’s the end of the season for the Clinton Thursday Market but there’s one chance left to enjoy the fresh produce, local wares and community from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in Clinton Square, behind the Dairy Queen.
FREELAND — Crunchy, chewy crust and team-minded employees define Coach’s Pizzeria for owners Gary Nau and Dave Dillman.
Come July 5, between 4 and 7:30 p.m., the Clinton Thursday Market will take over the lawn behind the Dairy Queen, which will be filled with vendors selling last minute hostess gifts, beautiful keepsakes, cherished antiques, handmade jewelry, hair and nail supplies, gluten-free products, gourmet coffee and pastries, as well as fresh produce and eggs.
Inspiration struck April Ducharme as she waited in line for the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry. During her daily commute to the “mainland,” she thought up a plan to make her time in line work for her. And such was the birth of her business, Pond Hopper.
LANGLEY — Moonraker Books in Langley sails into its 40th year this weekend as owner Josh Hauser continues to navigate the waves of fortune.
Clinton businesses will take to the outdoors every Thursday this summer beginning July 5 and continuing through August.
Jennifer Ruthensteiner knew from a young age she wanted to be a healer. Her desire, coupled with an interest in nature and the healing properties found there, led her down a path that has brought her to Freeland, where she is the owner of the Reboot Center for Innovative Medicine.
FREELAND — Walk into Vino Amore wine shop and expect a warm hello from Koa.
Jack Ng, owner of the China City Restaurants, celebrates the 10th anniversary of his purchase of the property on Scott Road in Freeland.
From the warm wood floors to the soft, rich colors on the walls, and from the soothing music to the yoga hammocks suspended from the ceiling, it’s clear Sojourn Studios owner Jodi Strevel wants to create an atmosphere of contentment and relaxation as her clients move toward their fitness goals.
The days of Fido begging for a tasty snippet of bread are ending as small-scale bakers producing out of their homes will have to develop a plan to limit kitchen access of young children and pets.
Nichols Brothers Boat Builders has landed two more contracts for its popular line of tractor tugs.
A nonprofit group aimed at the promotion and preservation of Langley’s small town heritage won a giant victory this week when it secured the city’s pledge to participate in a state tax incentive program. Janet Ploof, president of the Historic Downtown Langley Main Street Association, said the move will essentially turbocharge the organization’s efforts by providing a stable source of funding.
South Whidbey Tilth Farmers’ Market is holding a vendor orientation at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 at Trinity Lutheran’s community building in the old chapel at 18341 Highway 525 in Freeland. Past and future farmers, artisans and concessionaires are welcome. Vendors will realize savings this season as there will be no space fee charged, but vendors will pay the usual 10 percent of sales commission up to $200 in gross sales each market day. Space assignments will be made at this meeting. Organizers say every effort will be made to give returning vendors with seniority their previous space. For those interested in a covered booth, a waiting list is being set up.
Langley’s Chocolate Flower Farm was recently featured in Food Network Magazine for its 8-acre chocolate-themed garden that was noted for its 6-foot-tall brown sunflowers and cocoa-scented blossoms.
Whidbey’s Topsoils of Freeland is the low bidder on a county contract to grind and haul woody debris picked up by county crews after storms and yard waste that’s dropped off at the solid waste complex in Coupeville.
The owners of Whidbey Island Distillery in Langley plan to open a tasting room at their business on Craw Road.
The Langley City Council unanimously approved a new lease agreement with the Langley Chamber of Commerce at the council’s last meeting for use of the city’s building on Anthes Avenue.
Financial experts from the Small Business Administration, Northwest Business Development Association and US Bank will host a discussion on business financing next month in Freeland.
Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics will host George Bowen as part of its Strategic Management Executive Strategy Speaker Series.
It all started at her kitchen table 22 years ago. Still, even after publishing her 14th book, “M’Liss Rae Hawley’s Precut Quilts,” this crafty Freeland businesswoman is humbled by the inspiration of family, friends, her beloved animals and the island that feeds her soul.
Island Girl Nails will have a client appreciation party from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the business in Clinton.
Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson will give an update on the current happenings in the county at the next Clinton Chamber of Commerce meeting.
The Langley Center for New Media and Fusionspark Media has announced the speakers at the second annual Content Marketing Retreat in Langley next month.
The Habitat Store in Freeland will officially open Friday, Dec. 16.
Vino Amore Wine Shop will host a holiday open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.
The Whidbey Island Almanac, published annually by the South Whidbey Record and the Whidbey News-Times, will be distributed early next year.
LANGLEY — There’s a new spot to satiate a sweet tooth on the South End — Whidbey Cupcakes. Whidbey Cupcakes opened the day before Thanksgiving, just before the holiday season began in earnest. It’s the place where “every day is a cupcake day.”
Shop in Langley during the holidays and you might win $1,000.
Sound Publishing announced Tuesday it will buy Olympic View Publishing Company.
The next meeting of the Second Wednesday Coffee Club with Edward Jones will be at Anchor Books and Coffee at 9 a.m. Nov. 9.
Sound Publishing, Inc. — the owner of the South Whidbey Record and the Whidbey News-Times — announced today that Black Press, Ltd. had reached an agreement to buy the Peninsula Daily News, Sequim This Week and its related web sites from by Horvitz Newspapers.
Lincoln Computers in Clinton is having a 16th anniversary celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Representatives from Puget Sound Energy will give money saving tips for business owners, including how to continue productivity when the power goes out, at the next Clinton Chamber of Commerce meeting.
FREELAND — There’s a new, old store in Freeland. And it’s big. Skagit Farmers Supply Country Store opened its new 18,000-square-foot location on Cameron Road on Monday.
The spotlight will shine on local businesses at the Island County Biz Expo, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Coupeville High School gym complex.