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The 21st Celebrate America is just around the corner and organizers are looking for community support to help throw Freeland's biggest annual event. Bouncy toys for kids have been reserved, the barge is set, food vendors are ready to serve but fireworks are only partially paid for. Financial support is still needed to cover the $35,000 event budget, organizers announced in a recent news release.
Two Langley merchants are looking for the public's help in securing a $100,000 grant. David and Kimberly Tiller, owners of Whidbey Island Natural, are competing in Chase Bank's Mission Main Street contest. The business must receive 250 online votes before June 19 to be considered for the grant.
Matthew Swett and his work as the architect and owner of Taproot Architects will be featured in a national publication.
Whidbey General Hospital’s new CEO Geri Forbes demonstrated a new brand of leadership this past weekend when she attended a community event at Fort Nugent Park.
The South Whidbey Record has hired JoAnn Baker as its new marketing consultant.
A slice of the Big Apple will be in Langley next weekend when Half Moon Yoga hosts a pop-up shop featuring the spring collection of Haven Collective, a New York City-based yoga clothing company.
Langley has a new workout center, the only one in town, thanks to Whidbey Island Time Fitness.
Three autonomous businesses have teamed up to open a technology support center in Freeland.
Langley has a new business leader. The Langley Chamber of Commerce announced the hire of Michaleen McGarry as the new executive director.
Kate Johnson considers herself a novice, a neophyte when it comes to fine wines, craft beer and cider, cheese and cured meats. Perhaps in the context of standing next to a career charcuterie expert or a Master Sommelier, she is indeed a neophyte. For the majority of her customers at The Tipsy Gourmet, she’s a wealth of information and insight into flavor and taste.
Three women are being primped and pampered in the cozy space of Island Girl Nails in Clinton. Each one is tended to by a licensed manicurist, and each woman heaps on praise for the women, who are celebrating 10 years in operation this month. Their customers each represent the clientele that has sustained and grown the nail salon since its inception in a small space across the highway back in 2005.
Lacey Thompson and Clinton residents Chris Vulk and Brittany Keylon share a dream to own a business which will provide accessible, versatile whole food to South Whidbey. They hope to provide convenient, delicious meals to residents stepping off the ferry or attending an arts festival or farmers market.
The handshake is the first indication that this is no ordinary hot dog vendor. Dean Parmenter’s hands have a rough feel, the byproduct of 37 years as a plumber. But the physical demands of plumbing caused Parmenter to rethink his future and reinvent himself.
Kelly Cameron puts in 12-hour days in his woodworking shop, a cavernous space in Clinton off Cultus Bay Road. The long labor is worth it for the British Columbia native and co-owner of Turnco Wood Goods, which has seen rapid growth in the past 12 months operating on South Whidbey. He estimated that 70 percent of the business’ earnings come from the wood goods side of the business that also makes architectural pieces, such as parts for lamps or cabinets and even replicated wood columns and balusters for a clock tower in Heppner, Ore.
Children gather around Santa Claus at Langley Park during the Lighting of Langley ceremony Saturday, Nov. 29. Snow from the night before made the Langley Chamber of Commerce event an uncharacteristically winter wonderland in the Village by the Sea. The event kicked off the holiday shopping season in Langley, which includes a raffle for purchasing items in the city and a parade.
When Iliana Lopez met her husband, Graham Gori, it was love at first bite. Gori was working for the New York Times and Associated Press as a foreign correspondent in Mexico City when he bumped into Lopez, an art restorer. In Mexico, explained Lopez, it was unusual for a man to do the cooking; and Gori was especially adept at the craft.
Sheila White has joined Windermere Real Estate in Freeland as a new broker.
Jack Ng started in the restaurant business as a dishwasher. Today, he’s the owner of China City’s two Whidbey Island locations in Freeland and Oak Harbor, and opened an off-island location in Mill Creek in July.
The Poppybank Gallery, a gallery specializing exclusively in photographic art, is hosting a photography contest with the theme of “The Pacific Northwest.” Photographers are encouraged to submit their photos via the gallery’s Facebook page, where the contest link can be found. A direct link to the entry form is http://bit.ly/pnwpbg.
Longevity Home Care is a new home nursing company on South Whidbey Island. The company specializes in helping people stay at home, and offers a variety of services, from personal hygiene care, toileting and transfers to housekeeping, transportation, medication management, respite care and sitter services, according to a recent news release.