Business

Clinton distillery earns positive review

Clinton’s Cadée Distillery was recently awarded a rating of 89 points by Whisky Advocate, a national whisky magazine, for its Deceptivus Bourbon Whiskey. Deceptivus is matured as bourbon whiskey then double-barrel finished in the “unique maritime climate of Whidbey,” according to a news release.

  • Sep 30, 2016

Freeland sound engineer masters the art of music

In a little cabin tucked away in the woods east of Holmes Harbor, rock stars are made. Crammed with equipment and wailing musicians, it’s from this hideaway recording studio that a man known for his “big ears” and uncanny ability to perfect raw tunes has been helping bands make their way to stardom for nearly 20 years.

South Island CrossFit announces new ownership, business vision

South Island CrossFit in Clinton has new owners. The business was purchased earlier this year from Manny Rios by Lara and Andres Ortiz. They are Clinton residents, and cross fit level one certified trainers. The deal was finalized Feb. 15, according to a Thursday press release. The Ortizes plan to expand services to support intergenerational exercise programs, and envision a family-focused fitness center.

  • May 10, 2016

SBA honors Greenbank man with top business award

Greenbank resident Earl Overstreet is the recipient of the 2016 8(a) Graduate Award of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Awarded to the highest achieving graduates of the Business Development Program, an assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses, Overstreet was chosen due to the overall successes of his business, Bellevue-based IT company General Microsystems Inc.

South Whidbey now home to two recreational pot shops

South Whidbey’s second recreational marijuana retailer will open its doors to the public today. The store, named Island Herb, is located in Freeland at 5565 Vanbarr Place, Unit F. Doors open at 11 a.m. Island Herb is owned by a veteran of the South Whidbey marijuana business scene, Lucas Jushinski. He owns Island Alternative Medicine in Freeland, which was the first medical marijuana dispensary to open on Whidbey Island back in 2012. The old storefront previously used by Island Alternative Medicine is where Island Herb is located.

Whidbey artists’ to host reception at Greenbank Farm

A reception for Whidbey artists Buffy Cribbs and Bruce Morrow will take place next weekend at Greenbank Farm.

  • Mar 30, 2016

New famous Clinton cake shop owners promise same quality

JW Desserts, a South Whidbey bakery that achieved national fame, is no more, but in its place is something just as sweet.

Big dreams brew in a small space: Clinton salon hopes to capitalize on traffic, convenience

Alicia Clancy has a grand vision brewing in Clinton, and it only requires a small footprint.

Dietitian, personal chef sets up in Clinton

A registered, certified dietitian has come to Clinton.

  • Feb 17, 2016

Sweet Mona’s Chocolate Boutique celebrates first 10 years in Langley

There’s a sweet deal coming to Langley in honor of a chocolatier’s first 10 years in business.

  • Feb 17, 2016

Bayview’s Bella Salon goes ‘green’

Salon Bella in Bayview has plans for its waste to become more environmentally sustainable. In a news release, salon owners Talmadge Hickman and Chelsie Perkins announced they had partnered with Green Circle Salons, a company dedicated to turning salon waste into recyclable materials and renewable energy.

  • Feb 17, 2016

Tattoo artist plans for permanence in Greenbank

That little red building off the highway in Greenbank has a new tenant and, unlike some recent renters who seemed to last there only a matter of days, this one says he’s here to stay.

Family tree farm still growing 74 years later

Anyone looking for a last-minute Christmas tree need only head to Clinton.

Come for the doors, stay for the stores in Langley

Langley’s Deck the Doors contest is underway, with more than 40 storefront entries festively decorated for the holidays.

  • Dec 4, 2015

Building a better bike outfit—for women, by women on Whidbey Island

When Lisa McDermott and Mary Dettrich first began cycling, they were at a loss for finding a good fit.

Good Cheer stores open to families facing financial hardships

Children from families facing financial challenges have an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts from the Good Cheer Thrift Stores.

  • Nov 25, 2015

South Whidbey stores ready for small business boon

Gennie Martin knows she opened her store, It’s Raining Art & Supplies in Langley, at a challenging time — just after the summer and a couple of months before the winter holidays.

Business continues to bloom at Bayview Farm and Garden

Bayview Farm and Garden is getting a facelift. In order to address new needs, owner Maureen Murphy said a new building will be built to replace the gutter-connected greenhouses that were located in the center of the two—and-a-half-acre farm and garden center.

Langley Whale Center grand opening in new spot

Having successfully moved down the road, the Langley Whale Center will celebrate with a grand re-opening Saturday, Nov. 14.

  • Nov 6, 2015

Sweet Mona’s shop to host decorating class

Sweet Mona’s Chocolate Boutique, an award-winning sweets shop in Langley, will host two gingerbread and sugar cookie decorating classes next month.

  • Nov 6, 2015