Business

Dave Dillman and Gary Nau

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.

Dave Dillman and Gary Nau
The new Clinton Thursday Market marks a “Red Letter Day” for Clinton. Libby McCauley

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 29, 2012
The new Clinton Thursday Market marks a “Red Letter Day” for Clinton. Libby McCauley
April Ducharme is the owner of Pond Hopper

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.

April Ducharme is the owner of Pond Hopper
Josh Hauser stands in front of the children’s book section at Moonraker Books in Langley. Hauser started the bookstore 40 years ago this month with her husband Glenn Hauser

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.

Josh Hauser stands in front of the children’s book section at Moonraker Books in Langley. Hauser started the bookstore 40 years ago this month with her husband Glenn Hauser

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 1, 2012
Dr. Jennifer Ruthensteiner shares a hug with patient Glenda Cantrell of Coupeville in the lobby of the Reboot Center in Freeland.

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.

Dr. Jennifer Ruthensteiner shares a hug with patient Glenda Cantrell of Coupeville in the lobby of the Reboot Center in Freeland.
Brian Plebanek and Gail Liston

Freeland wine shop owners celebrate ten years

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

Brian Plebanek and Gail Liston

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 15, 2012
Sojourn Suspension classes are aerial yoga workouts

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.

Sojourn Suspension classes are aerial yoga workouts
Shirlee Read’s pie booth at the Bayview Farmers Market is always popular. Although new rules affecting home kitchens take effect next year

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.

Shirlee Read’s pie booth at the Bayview Farmers Market is always popular. Although new rules affecting home kitchens take effect next year

Nichols to build two tractor tugs

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

  • Apr 10, 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 6, 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 21, 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 15, 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 11, 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 1, 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 28, 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 24, 2012
M’Liss Rae Hawley’s “My Pets Quilt” is reflective of the fabric designer and author's love of animals.

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.

M’Liss Rae Hawley’s “My Pets Quilt” is reflective of the fabric designer and author's love of animals.