Business

New owners of Greenbank Store host grand opening

The new owners and staff of the Greenbank Store will host a grand opening from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

  • Dec 7th, 2009

Retirement is topic at coffee talk

Clinton financial advisor Don Rowan will guide investors through an “End-of-Year Check List” that can help individuals become better prepared for retirement at the next Edward Jones Coffee Club.

  • Dec 7th, 2009

WAIF thrift store has record month

WAIF Freeland Thrift Shop registered its highest monthly sales in the past 10 years during October, store manager Mary Dickman said.

  • Dec 7th, 2009

‘Conversations for Success’ is Tuesday

“Conversations for Success,” the next Whidbey Women in Business gathering, will feature four guest speakers.

  • Dec 7th, 2009

S. Whidbey Tilth may drop midweek market

South Whidbey Tilth will resume its Saturday farmers markets despite a less-than-successful summer season.

Fair-trade store to close its doors

La Vida Verde, a Freeland business specializing in imported free-trade furniture and other items, is going out of business after 19 years.

  • Nov 12th, 2009

SBA hosts small business seminar

Representatives of the federal Small Business Administration will speak this week in Freeland about the agency’s programs. The seminar, sponsored by the Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Whidbey Island Bank, 5590 Harbor Ave.

  • Nov 9th, 2009

The Inn at Langley receives top honors from travel magazine

Condé Nast Traveler magazine has named The Inn at Langley one of the best hotels in the world.

  • Nov 2nd, 2009

Oh, Bella joins the shops at Mutiny Bay Antique Mall

Paula Williams will bring Oh, Bella, her massive antique furniture store, to the Mutiny Bay Antique Mall in Freeland.

  • Oct 29th, 2009

Freeland chamber sponsors scary-tree contest

The third annual Halloween Terror Tree decorating contest for area businesses is under way, sponsored by the Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce.

  • Oct 29th, 2009

Langley chamber helps make this Halloween safe

The Langley Chamber of Commerce is helping parents and trick-or-treaters navigate downtown Langley this Halloween.

  • Oct 29th, 2009

Jazz jam sessions coming to Maurlee’s in Langley

Maurlee’s Take-Out & Catering is starting a jazz musicians’ jam session on Thursday nights, Maureen Cooke announced this week. The first jam session is 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 and 10 to 12 people are expected to sit in.

  • Oct 30th, 2009

Couple creates a unique business in Langley

Think about all of the imaginative dreams you had as a child…

PSE will host open house in Freeland

Puget Sound Energy will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the company’s South Whidbey Customer Service Office in Freeland this week.

  • Oct 26th, 2009

Historic Freeland bowling alley is on the way out

Demolition has begun on the old Freeland Lanes, for 50 years South Whidbey’s only bowling alley.

Greenbank landmark will get a new owner

The historic Greenbank Store changes hands Thursday, but it won’t be changing families. Tom and Mary Coupe, who have owned and operated the store for 45 years, are selling it to their niece, Kate Buzard of Clinton.

Local builder is in home tour

JADE Craftsman Builders of Freeland will take part in the fifth annual Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association’s 2009 Tour of Homes this weekend.

  • Sep 12th, 2009

M’Liss Rae Hawley becomes Hancock partner

M’Liss Rae Hawley of Freeland, an internationally known sewing expert, is the newest creative partner of Hancock Fabrics, Inc.

  • Aug 27th, 2009

Learn about solar power at workshop in Langley

A free solar workshop presented by Power Trip Energy Corp. of Port Townsend will be held at Living Green Natural Food and Apothecary in Langley on Saturday, Sept. 12.

  • Aug 25th, 2009

Labor Day flea market seeks vendors for sale

Organizers of the fifth annual Labor Day Weekend Flea Market in Freeland are looking for vendors who want to participate in the sale.

  • Aug 25th, 2009

Freeland chamber hosts Las Vegas-themed dinner

The Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce will host a Las Vegas-night dinner along with a silent auction on Sunday, Aug. 30 at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club following the chamber’s annual tournament.

  • Aug 25th, 2009

Karlson/Gray Gallery to close in September

Karlson/Gray Gallery in downtown Langley will close after the September show of “The 2nd Annual Art of Printmaking Show,” owner Wendy Sundquist announced Sunday.

  • Aug 25th, 2009

Clinton woman gets an early start in tanning business

Most 20-year-olds today just hope they can find a job. Kelsea Tipping found a business.

Quarterly sales tax revenue jumps up in Langley

Taxable retail sales in Langley went up in the first three months of the year by about the same amount as the rest of the state’s went down, according to figures released last week by the state Department of Revenue.

UPDATE |Rockhoppers in Clinton goes up for sale

The recession has claimed another victim: Rockhoppers is up for sale.

Wine-tasting shop in the works

A cooperative venture by three local wineries is set to open later this summer in Bayview.

Toddle Inn specializes in childcare through the ages

After 20 years, and despite the economy, Jil Helland and Ursula Shoudy are still up to their kneecaps in higgledy-piggledy little customers. They own Toddle Inn, an early-learning and daycare facility in Clinton for children ages 4 weeks to 5 years old.

Goosefoot announces name for new grocery at Bayview Center

Get ready for The Goose Community Grocer.

Glass blowers, soap company may take over Langley fire hall

Glass blowers and soap makers appear to have the inside track for the city’s vacant fire station on Second Street.

Seven years of pinots, pomerols and personalities

Vino Amore Wine Shop at Freeland Center celebrates seven years in business this week, and its owners are looking forward to many more fruitful years to come.

An alternative for families of the dead

Death, in a sense, is a denouement. It follows the climax of life. In it, a person plays out the final act of one’s existence before his or her exit out of this world.

Eddy’s mixes optimism with a business model for a global world

When the world gets chaotic, stay positive and remain creative.

Geri Mittleider to lead Maple Ridge

Geri Mittleider has been appointed the executive director at Maple Ridge Assisted Living Community in Freeland.

  • Apr 29th, 2009

Mexican restaurant is a true family affair

The Carreons of Freeland have turned the concept of kin into a business plan that’s off to a rousing start at Ken’s Korner. “We like to make our customers feel at home, like a family,” said Hilda Carreon, matriarch of a clan that has just opened La Casita, a new restaurant featuring Mexican cuisine.

Living Green owner closes shop

Juli An Panfilio has been moved by the spirits again, and this time she’s hitting the road.

Chamber holds members meeting

The Langley Chamber of Commerce has its monthly members meeting scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23 at Living Green on Second Street in Langley.

  • Apr 22nd, 2009

Bayview Cash Store thriving on fifth anniversary

It seems like only yesterday. But it’s been five years since the renovation and rededication of the historic Bayview Cash Store at Bayview Corner.

Living Green is a place you can just let it be

Juli An Panfilio considers herself to be a merchant for the Self. “People who come in here get to take off their facade and be real,” she said. “They’re able to just be. That’s what makes this place really great.” Panfilio, 48, is owner of Living Green Natural Food & Apothecary, an oasis of “nourishment” in a vintage building with a big white “Langley” painted on the wall at Second Street and De Bruyn Avenue, surrounded by storage lockers and a couple of metal sculptures at the top of the hill out of downtown.

Freeland chamber adopts new look

The Freeland Chamber of Commerce has a new name and a new look. Board members have changed the name to the Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce, to draw in interest from outlying areas such as Greenbank and Bayview, said Linda Bloom, chamber spokeswoman.

  • Mar 12th, 2009

Bellingham firm gets shop bid award

Island County commissioners approved a bid award to Ebenal General, Inc. for the expansion of the Bayview Road Shop equipment storage building on Monday.

  • Feb 25th, 2009

Ownership to change for Visser Funeral Home in Langley

After more than 40 years in the funeral business, the past 13 in Langley, Brent and Marge Trimble are retiring to Utah.

  • Feb 25th, 2009

Nichols Brothers launches another passenger ferry

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland has pumped out another vessel. The second of four twin-hulled passenger ferries being built for the San Francisco Bay Area’s Water Emergency Transit Authority is undergoing sea trials at the Langley marina.

  • Feb 25th, 2009

Mary Lukinich retires from Skagit Farmers Supply

Mary Lukinich of Greenbank has retired after 20 years with Skagit Farmers Supply in Freeland.

  • Feb 25th, 2009

New advertising rep joins the South Whidbey Record

Allison Tapert has joined the South Whidbey Record as an advertising sales representative.

  • Feb 25th, 2009

Casey’s Crafts enjoys anomalous growth amid recession

With most businesses on the island feeling the pinch of the economy, one business may be pinching itself for its good fortune. Casey’s Crafts in Bayview is expanding while others are downsizing. Recently, national business reports have shown the craft industry to be one of the least affected by the economic downturn, with most crafts stores reporting an increase in business compared to sales from last year.

Workshop will help business owners improve their vision

Alina Frank uses “emotional acupuncture” to solve problems. All kinds of problems.

Islander receives national credentials

Robin Hertlein, owner of Hertlein Grant Writing in Coupeville, has received a national credential awarded by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, an affiliate of the American Association of Grant Professionals.

  • Feb 11th, 2009

Owners renew lease for Clover Patch Cafe in Bayview

Neil Colburn and Candace Culver, the owner-operators of the Clover Patch Café, have signed a new 10-year lease for the 25-year-old restaurant.

Couple puts on the dog to make ends meet

For John and Ann Kirkham of Clinton, life is a moveable feast on a bun. “There’s nothing like a plain, old-fashioned, standard good dog,” John Kirkham said.

PSE sale moves another step forward

The $7.4 billion sale of Puget Sound Energy to a consortium of private investors remains on track, a company official said Monday. Despite some initial public opposition to the proposal, no objections were filed during the window provided following approval of the deal two weeks ago by a state agency.