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Building Permits, July 2-6

Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center. Applied 1710 Dakin St., $15,000 for structural roof repairs – Boyes. Historical owner: Norman G. Boyes. Contractor: Whatcom Falls Builders LLC. Permit no.: BLD2018-0638. July 2. 5050 Grand Ave., $350,000 [...]

Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

Ben Kinney Companies donate $400K to Lydia Place

The Ben Kinney Companies announced on May 23 that they will donate $400,000 to Lydia Place, a Bellingham-based nonprofit. Lydia Place is making strides to disrupt the cycle of homelessness in Whatcom County by providing housing and services to promote independence for families and individuals living in the community. Ben Kinney, founder of the Ben [...]

Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

Hotel Bellingham names new sale manager

Kayle Hudson has been appointed sales manager at Hotel Bellingham. Formerly the Hampton Inn, the hotel recently came under the management of Providence Hospitality Partners. Hudson will handle group lodging arrangements. She has eight years of customer service experience and a degree in accounting from Whatcom Community College. Hotel Bellingham is a 132-room hotel located [...]

Business Briefs, Contents

Chuckanut Brewery wins six medals at Washington Beer Awards

Chuckanut Brewery won six medals at the WA Beer Awards, it was announced last month. In total, 181 breweries entered almost 1,300 beers over 74 categories. Chuckanut’s Marzen Lager and Vienna Lager each won gold medals, Chuckanut Pilsner won a silver and Chuckanut Mexican Style Lager, Doppelbock and Dunkel Lager all won bronze. Last year, [...]

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Sustainable growth wins out for green energy manufacturer

Sustainable growth wins out for green energy manufacturer

By Emily Hamann The future of solar energy is sunny. And a Bellingham company is perfectly poised to reap the benefits. It’s been a big couple of years for Itek Energy. After years of steady growth, the solar panel manufacturer moved into a bigger, state of the art factory near downtown Bellingham last fall. It’s [...]

Contents, Features, News

Bellingham chocolate company featured on The Today Show

Bellingham chocolate company featured on The Today Show

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal What could be sweeter than chocolate? Chocolate that gives back to the communities in which it is grown. Bellingham’s Ari Lee-Newman and Paul Newman have been selling Bija Chocolates for more than two years, and they just got a big boost last month, when they were featured on [...]

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Farmers invest in tech as labor tightens

Farmers invest in tech as labor tightens

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal The bright red, shiny robot would look more at home on a spaceship than a Ferndale cow barn. But the cows aren’t phased, in fact they line up for the chance to walk up to one of these cutting edge robotic machines and take their turn getting milked. [...]

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Historic Bellingham brick building gets new life as event venue

Historic Bellingham brick building gets new life as event venue

By Emily Hamann It’s the oldest brick building in the state, and now it has a new life as a meeting place and event venue. In March, the Tremaine family purchased the Territorial Whatcom County Courthouse from the Whatcom County Historical Society, which has been working to restore the building for almost 15 years. Restoring [...]

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The fall and rise of oyster farming in Blaine’s Drayton Harbor

The fall and rise of oyster farming in Blaine’s Drayton Harbor

By Emily Hamann On a sunny summer day, it’s not uncommon for a line to stretch out the door and down the street at Drayton Harbor Oyster Company’s tiny oyster bar in Blaine. The barbecue is set up on the sidewalk, full of grilled oysters. As more people have heard about this hole-in-the-wall oyster spot, [...]

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