Business

Dream job:

Shop caters to four-legged friends

It’s every dog’s dream – to be the co-owner of a pet food and supply store.

  • Jun 25, 2008
Dream job:
Russell Sparkman

Two businesses honored with ‘Internet Oscars’

LANGLEY — Two multi-media company teams have won Webby Awards, the leading international honor for the Internet projects. Unusual, however, is that both of them celebrated in Langley.

Russell Sparkman

Houdini’s Billiards to open in Freeland

FREELAND — A new billiards hall will cue up on the South End next month. Houdini’s Billiards will open for business Jan. 2 in the business park in Freeland behind the new Windermere office, across the street from the Island Athletic Club.

  • Dec 22, 2007

Windermere’s Freeland office moves to newly constructed Craftsman-style facility

FREELAND — For almost a year, the new Windermere Real Estate building has been taking shape on the corner of Freeland Avenue and Highway 525. Now, it’s time for staff and real estate agents to move into their new digs.

  • Oct 13, 2007

New artists’ co-op moves into Cash Store

The new Gratitude Gallery on the first floor of the Bayview Cash Store is celebrating its grand opening today. A reception for the Gratitude Gallery artists will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Bayview Cash Store, located at 5603 Bayview Road.

  • Oct 13, 2007
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Joe’s Island Music re-opens under new ownership

LANGLEY — Twenty years ago Joe Patrick opened up a small shop in Langley. Ever since, Joe’s Island Music has become a Langley landmark for the musical masses. This Saturday the store will celebrate another watershed moment: its move to a new location on Anthes Street. And besides its new digs, the store also has a new owner.

  • Sep 15, 2007
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Gabi Schoening demonstrates her healing work on daughter Jasmine. Schoening and other businesses will celebrate her grand opening Sept. 15.

New healing arts center opens in Freeland

FREELAND — When Gabriele Schoening runs her hands over a client about 2 inches from the body — and her own body starts swaying with the energy, sometimes making a jerky movement — skeptics may wonder how such a treatment could make a difference.

  • Sep 8, 2007
Gabi Schoening demonstrates her healing work on daughter Jasmine. Schoening and other businesses will celebrate her grand opening Sept. 15.
Staff at WAIF is thrilled about the new store. Ampy Wilson

WAIF store opens its doors at new location

FREELAND — The Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation Thrift Store in Freeland is now open at its new location. Since Aug. 11, the crew of dedicated volunteers has been in their new and bigger digs at 1660 Roberta Ave. behind Whidbey Island Bank.

  • Aug 25, 2007
Staff at WAIF is thrilled about the new store. Ampy Wilson
Congressman Rick Larsen

Congressman Larsen talks shop with city’s small business owners

City officials say business in Langley is good as revenues rise LANGLEY — A number of Langley businesses got a surprise visit from Congressman Rick Larsen on Wednesday. Larsen, a new member of the House Small Business Committee, took a stroll in Langley’s central business district along with current Mayor Neil Colburn and future Mayor Paul Samuelson.

  • Aug 18, 2007
Congressman Rick Larsen
Collete Francel and Andrea Brown of Studio A Salon

Freeland salon gives its clients the star treatment

FREELAND — You don’t need to travel to Hollywood to get the royal star treatment. Studio A Salon in Freeland will color your hair, make you look famous and provide your free coffee beverage just the way you like it. It’s that type of service that has kept owner Andrea Brown and her team members very busy. And that is the way Brown likes it.

  • Aug 11, 2007
Collete Francel and Andrea Brown of Studio A Salon
Bruce Howard

Grieving father gives back to Nichols Brothers

FREELAND — Bruce Howard lost his only son, Ryan, to an automobile accident in March 2006. And in a show of what he felt his son would have wanted, the father donated a portion of the insurance proceeds — totalling nearly $11,000 — to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc. The money is to be used to fund the Ryan Howard Apprentice Tool Fund.

  • Aug 8, 2007
Bruce Howard
Dr. Teresa Bujacich and John Donald

Acupuncturists open shop at Bayview

A new health center in Bayview Center has opened its doors to a holistic approach to healing mind and body. Owned by the husband and wife team of Dr. Teresa Bujacich and John Donald, the Whidbey Center for Natural Health is located adjacent to Curves in the old bank building on Howard Road.

  • Aug 4, 2007
Dr. Teresa Bujacich and John Donald
Mike Foley is named the winner of the Hawaiian shirt contest during Frontier Building Supply's

Sanders race at record speeds in Freeland

FREELAND — The stakes were high. The winner of the Belt Sander Race at Frontier Building Supply in Freeland walked away $300 richer and with bragging rights beyond the island’s shores.

  • Jul 28, 2007
Mike Foley is named the winner of the Hawaiian shirt contest during Frontier Building Supply's
Freddy Perez who is an auto body technician at Dee and Wiesje Baskerville's auto body business

Collectors welcome classic car restoration shop

A new auto restoration business, Serious Auto Body, recently opened in Freeland. It’s the second auto body and collision repair business for owners Dee and Wiesje Baskerville. Serious Auto Body works on all makes or models for scratch, dent and general collision repair. The business also offers automotive cleaning and detailing services. A special focus of the new enterprise is full-body classic car restoration with high quality paint work.

  • Jul 21, 2007
Freddy Perez who is an auto body technician at Dee and Wiesje Baskerville's auto body business
Liz Van Dyke and Lee Boyd hang out with the company’s mascot

Whidbey shop makes its products here

LANGLEY — Only a few businesses on South Whidbey are manufacturing products on the island. The majority provide services or retail. But among the few is the North Star Trading Company.

  • Jul 7, 2007
Liz Van Dyke and Lee Boyd hang out with the company’s mascot
Amy Cyprian and Shawn Nordin enjoy their bigger

Color Box salon enjoys its new location

FREELAND — The Color Box is not a box anymore. The small hair salon that was located at Bayview Corner has moved into its new and bigger space in Freeland. Owner Shawn Nordin bought the building on Harbor Avenue last year and it has undergone major redesigns.

  • Jun 30, 2007
Amy Cyprian and Shawn Nordin enjoy their bigger
Maggie Korvin presents a lunch of Copper River salmon with a smoked portabello mushroom salad in a light balsamic dressing at her Langley home.  The caterer recently moved her business to Whidbey Island.

Renowned caterer moves to South End

Maggie Korvin is enthusiastic about life, her family, her friends, living on Whidbey and many other things. But she especially loves what she does for a living and for fun: creating marvelous cuisine and teaching others how to do it.

  • Jun 23, 2007
Maggie Korvin presents a lunch of Copper River salmon with a smoked portabello mushroom salad in a light balsamic dressing at her Langley home.  The caterer recently moved her business to Whidbey Island.
Island Fabrics Etc. owner Judy Martin serves customers in the shop when she is not busy buying fabric and accessories or teaching sewing classes.

Fabric store is a source of island creativity

FREELAND — There is a craze that has swept the country and it’s keeping people in stitches. Sewing has become fashionable again and is no longer associated with fuddy-duddy old ladies or the tortuous home-ec classes of long ago.

  • Jun 16, 2007
Island Fabrics Etc. owner Judy Martin serves customers in the shop when she is not busy buying fabric and accessories or teaching sewing classes.
Brian Plebanek and Gail Liston show one of the 1

Vino Amore has got the goods on wine

FREELAND — Unique and interesting wine doesn’t always have to be pricey. That’s the attitude taken by Gail Liston and Brian Plebanek, the owners of Freeland wine shop Vino Amore.

  • Jun 2, 2007
Brian Plebanek and Gail Liston show one of the 1
Work crews are landscaping the Rotary Park at the new visitor center in time for opening day May 18.

Volunteers needed for visitor center

Opening day of tourist kiosk is set for May 18 Just as the tourist season kicks into high gear, visitors can soon make a pit stop at the new visitor information center on Highway 525 and Langley Road. The opening date for the visitor information center is May 18.

  • May 12, 2007
Work crews are landscaping the Rotary Park at the new visitor center in time for opening day May 18.