New Bellingham sticker shop gets noticed with bold branding

Filed on 06. Jul, 2017 in Contents, Features

New Bellingham sticker shop gets noticed with bold branding

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal One of the major challenges of starting a new business is getting your name out there. A 3-foot tall, more than 30-foot long sign on the front of your business on a high-traffic road in Bellingham might do the trick. That’s what Carlos Olvera, 35, and Andrew Howard, [...]

From simple to ornate, tap handles vie for beer drinkers’ eyes

Filed on 30. Jun, 2017 in Contents, Features

From simple to ornate, tap handles vie for beer drinkers’ eyes

By Aaron Swaney For The Herald Business Journal Arlington’s Skookum Brewery uses a carved wooden bear claw. Bothell’s Decibel Brewing recycles old microphones. Everett’s Scuttlebutt features a mermaid, which to be fair, is far from beautiful. “The saying went if the mermaid started to look good then you’d had enough,” said Matt Stromberg, head brewer [...]

Bellingham comic book publisher branches into board games

Filed on 28. Jun, 2017 in Contents, Features

Bellingham comic book publisher branches into board games

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal If you read comics, some of your favorites may have been published right here in Bellingham. Space Goat Productions works with major companies like DC Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics to publish comic books, graphic novels and, now, board games. They’ve published comic book adaptations for major titles [...]

Building permits, June 12-16

Filed on 23. Jun, 2017 in Data, Public Records

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 924 North Garden St., $87,000 to remove existing roof membrane, install new single ply membrane. Contractor: RoofCorp. Permit no.: BLD2017-0575. June 12. 2326 James St., $21,380 for new 60 [...]

Liquor and marijuana licenses, June 10-22

Filed on 23. Jun, 2017 in Data, Public Records

Records include license activity in Whatcom County. They are obtained from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, online at www.liq.wa.gov. Applied Good Burger, Good Burger LLC, David B. Trott, Kristen L. Trott, Matthew David, Miriam S. Trott applied for a new spirits/br/wn/rest service bar, kegs to do, catering license at 2054 Main St., Ferndale. [...]

VSH CPAs celebrates 20th anniversary

Filed on 22. Jun, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

VSH Certified Public Accountants celebrated its 20 anniversary in spring of this year. VSH was founded in April of 1997 by Kathy Varner. In 1998, Bob Systma joined the firm as a partner, then Kathy Herndon joined in 2001. At the time, VSH was known as Varner Sytsma Herndon. As the firm grew, Chris Sullivan [...]

Local auto body shop earns new certification and recognition

Filed on 22. Jun, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Bellingham’s 1st Class Auto Body has been officially certified by Assured Performance, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facility necessary to repair the participating vehicles. The shop is now an recognized by Assured Performance, FCA, GM, Nissan and Hyundai. To become certified, the shop passed the rigorous certification [...]

Melvin Brewing opens in Bellingham

Filed on 22. Jun, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Melvin Brewing opened its first brewpub earlier this month in Bellingham. It opened on June 3 at 2416 Meridian St. Melvin Brewing was founded in 2009 by Jeremy Tofte and Kirk McHale in Jackson, Wyoming. Their beers have won gold medals at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, Alpha King awards in 2012 and 2013 [...]

Looking for leadership in all the wrong places

Filed on 20. Jun, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Looking for leadership in all the wrong places

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal When I am talking with business owners about their primary concerns, without question the No. 1 issue they raise is the challenge of finding good people. The term “good people” has more than one meaning. Sometimes it means “people who will work for what I want to [...]

Village Books hires new marketing director

Filed on 20. Jun, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

Mary Vermillion has joined Village Books and Paper Dreams as marketing director. In her new role, she will work directly with owners Kelly Evert, Sarah Hutton and Paul Hanson to develop strategies to connect the stores with the community. Vermillion has lived and worked in Whatcom County for 27 years. Her experience includes marketing writing [...]

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