Business

Community-driven: Whidbey Island Center for the Arts expands

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.

From classroom to clinic: Physical trainer returns to Whidbey roots

FREELAND — The last time Brittany Marks walked the Falcon sideline of Waterman Field, she still had her maiden name.

Whidbey Winery up for ‘best of’

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.

  • Oct 7th, 2012

Penn Cove Shellfish still recovering from May sinking of the Deep Sea

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.

  • Oct 5th, 2012

Pickles Deli leads King 5 voting

Pickles Deli in Clinton is still leading the Best Sandwich Shop category in the King 5 Best of Western Washington competition.

  • Oct 5th, 2012

Berries may return to Greenbank Farm

Berries could once again be an abundant fixture at the Greenbank Farm.

  • Sep 28th, 2012

Not as hard as they seem

Lincoln Computers in Clinton sponsored a one-day hard-drive smash event this week.

  • Sep 15th, 2012

Nichols Brothers shipyard lands another ferry contract

There are a lot of smiling faces at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders this week.

Whidbey Telecom directory receives new cover art

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.

  • Aug 28th, 2012

Clinton Market season ends with a flourish

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.

  • Aug 28th, 2012

Team spirit fills new Freeland hit Coach’s Pizzeria

FREELAND — Crunchy, chewy crust and team-minded employees define Coach’s Pizzeria for owners Gary Nau and Dave Dillman.

Brand-new Clinton market debuts Thursday afternoon

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.

  • Jun 29th, 2012

Freeland woman leaps into business

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.

Forty and still fabulous at Moonraker Books in Langley

LANGLEY — Moonraker Books in Langley sails into its 40th year this weekend as owner Josh Hauser continues to navigate the waves of fortune.

Clinton’s new outdoor market opens in July

Clinton businesses will take to the outdoors every Thursday this summer beginning July 5 and continuing through August.

  • Jun 1st, 2012

Rebooting medicine the alternative way

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 wine shop owners celebrate ten years

FREELAND — Walk into Vino Amore wine shop and expect a warm hello from Koa.

China City celebrates 10 years with free buffet Saturday

Jack Ng, owner of the China City Restaurants, celebrates the 10th anniversary of his purchase of the property on Scott Road in Freeland.

  • May 15th, 2012

Sojourn Studios: Begin your journey to fitness

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.

State cooks up new rules for small bakers

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 to build two tractor tugs

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders has landed two more contracts for its popular line of tractor tugs.

  • Apr 11th, 2012

Downtown Langley project boosted by big bucks

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.

Tilth organizes vendors for new market season

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.

  • Mar 6th, 2012

Langley’s Chocolate Flower Farm gets mention from Food Network

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.

  • Feb 21st, 2012

Freeland firm is low bidder on grinding contract

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.

  • Feb 15th, 2012

Whidbey Island Distillery plans tasting room

The owners of Whidbey Island Distillery in Langley plan to open a tasting room at their business on Craw Road.

  • Feb 11th, 2012

Langley chamber gets new lease agreement with city

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.

  • Feb 1st, 2012

Island County EDC sponsors business program

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.

  • Jan 28th, 2012

Whidbey Island Bank officer is speaker for strategy series

Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics will host George Bowen as part of its Strategic Management Executive Strategy Speaker Series.

  • Jan 24th, 2012

Local fabric designer and quilting author signs books Saturday in Langley

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.

Clinton business thanks clients with party

Island Girl Nails will have a client appreciation party from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the business in Clinton.

  • Jan 5th, 2012

County commissioner talks to Clinton chamber

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.

  • Dec 29th, 2011

Lineup announced for Content Marketing Retreat in Langley

The Langley Center for New Media and Fusionspark Media has announced the speakers at the second annual Content Marketing Retreat in Langley next month.

  • Dec 19th, 2011

Habitat Store to open this week in Freeland

The Habitat Store in Freeland will officially open Friday, Dec. 16.

  • Dec 14th, 2011

Holiday open house at Vino Amore Wine Shop today

Vino Amore Wine Shop will host a holiday open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

  • Dec 8th, 2011

Whidbey Island Almanac is in the works

The Whidbey Island Almanac, published annually by the South Whidbey Record and the Whidbey News-Times, will be distributed early next year.

  • Dec 5th, 2011

New Langley cupcake shop offers local names, ingredients

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.”

Lucky holiday shopper will win big bucks in Langley

Shop in Langley during the holidays and you might win $1,000.

  • Nov 2nd, 2011

Sound Publishing to buy Clallam County newspapers

Sound Publishing announced Tuesday it will buy Olympic View Publishing Company.

  • Nov 1st, 2011

Coffee Club meets in Clinton

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.

  • Nov 1st, 2011

Sound Publishing to grow with pending acquisition of Peninsula Daily News, Sequim This Week

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.

  • Oct 31st, 2011

Lincoln Computers holds anniversary celebration

Lincoln Computers in Clinton is having a 16th anniversary celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

  • Oct 31st, 2011

PSE shares power tips at chamber meeting

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.

  • Oct 25th, 2011

Skagit Farmers Supply opens new store in Freeland

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.

Island County Biz Expo coming

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.

  • Oct 5th, 2011

Clinton chamber talks about the future

What will Clinton be like in 2025? A large-scale visioning, planning and action process is underway for Clinton, and a community conversation about the island’s southern gateway will be hosted by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce next week.

  • Oct 1st, 2011

Bryan Nichols joins sales team at Vigor Shipyard

Bryan Nichols, formerly the sales and marketing manager for Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, is joining the sales team at Vigor Industrial, the company announced Wednesday.

  • Sep 15th, 2011

Edward Jones coffee club meets in Langley

The next meeting of Second Wednesday Coffee Club with Edward Jones of Clinton is 9 a.m. Sept. 14 in the backroom of the South Whidbey Commons Coffeehouse at 124 Second St. in Langley.

  • Sep 12th, 2011

Uniquely South Whidbey Trade Fair canceled

Organizers of the third annual Uniquely South Whidbey Trade Fair announced today that the event has been indefinitely postponed.

WorkSource plans job fair on Whidbey Island

WorkSource Whidbey is inviting employers to reserve a table at its next job fair.

  • Aug 31st, 2011