Woods Coffee to open first Canadian location in Tsawwassen next year

Filed on 11. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Woods Coffee to open first Canadian location in Tsawwassen next year

Many Whatcom County retailers market to Canadians, but Woods Coffee is taking it to another level. The Lynden-based chain’s first Canadian shop is under construction in Tsawwassen, just north of Point Roberts, Washington. The store, which will be the company’s 18th, should open in the first quarter of next year in the Tsawwassen Springs Golf [...]

Haggen explores sale of all remaining assets

Filed on 10. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, Features, News

Haggen explores sale of all remaining assets

This story was updated at 5:30 on Nov. 10. Haggen Food & Pharmacy took steps toward selling every last one of its stores, including profitable stores it has owned for decades. The Bellingham-based grocer has asked for court approval to allow an auction even of its “core stores” — the 37 successful Northwest stores around [...]

Bellingham restaurateurs prepare to open cafe in challenging location

Filed on 09. Nov, 2015 in Features, New Business, News

Bellingham restaurateurs prepare to open cafe in challenging location

The Whatcom Museum’s Board of Directors has had a hard time keeping a tenant in the tiny cafe in the Lightcatcher Building at 250 Flora St., home to the Family Interactive Gallery. Three restaurants opened and closed inside the 600-square-foot space in the Arts District in the last six years. Despite the space’s history, the [...]

First Federal to open Bellingham branch on Monday, Nov. 9

Filed on 05. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

First Federal to open Bellingham branch on Monday, Nov. 9

Bellingham’s newest bank will open Monday, Nov. 9, adding another acronym to the local banking lexicon. First Federal’s branch at 1270 Barkley Boulevard has an ITM—an interactive teller machine. Bank customers will be able to talk to a First Federal representative at a call center in Port Angeles through the ITM’s video screen. The branch [...]

Opportunity Council Turns 50: Current and future director talk changes to the organization

Filed on 04. Nov, 2015 in Contents, Features

Opportunity Council Turns 50: Current and future director talk changes to the organization

The Opportunity Council will celebrate its 50th anniversary in November—that is, 50 years of providing housing assistance, free meals, education, training and other services to poor individuals and families. The organization started in 1965, after Lyndon Johnson’s Economic Recovery Act of 1964 created funding for similar organizations, called community action agencies, throughout the country. The [...]

Alcoa idling smelting operations at Ferndale plant, affecting 100s of workers

Filed on 02. Nov, 2015 in Contents

Alcoa idling smelting operations at Ferndale plant, affecting 100s of workers

Alcoa announced today that it will suspend aluminum smelting operations at its Intalco Works facility west of Ferndale at Cherry Point. The cuts are an attempt to stay competitive in the face of lower aluminum prices. The price of aluminum has fallen to six-year lows, partly because of increased production in China, according to a [...]

Emily O’Connor named 2015 Professional Woman of the Year

Filed on 01. Nov, 2015 in Features, News, People On The Move

Emily O’Connor named 2015 Professional Woman of the Year

The Whatcom Women in Business named Lydia Place executive director Emily O’Connor its 2015 Professional Woman of the Year at an annual awards banquet in October. O’Connor started as executive director of the nonprofit Lydia Place in March 2012. The organization works to provide housing, support services, advocacy and education for low-income and homeless people. [...]

NW Innovation Resource Council is starting a marketing arm

Filed on 01. Nov, 2015 in Events, News

As director of the Northwest Innovation Resource Council, Diane Kamionka helps inventors turn their idea into a reality. That can mean connecting budding inventors with industry-specific mentors, finding funding, or providing access to educational opportunities and other services that help inventors build their ideas and start businesses. But time after time, Kamionka has seen inventors [...]

Two lawsuits filed against Bellingham seafood company

Filed on 29. Oct, 2015 in News

Three Skagit County clam diggers filed a wage theft lawsuit against Bellingham-based Trans Ocean Seafoods in Skagit County Superior Court on Thursday, Oct. 22.  The lawsuit is the second filed against the company this fall. The lawsuit alleges that over a period of three years, Trans Ocean Seafoods failed to pay the three employees minimum [...]

Border traffic update: September traffic down 27 percent

Filed on 28. Oct, 2015 in Data, Market Indicators, News

Border traffic update: September traffic down 27 percent

In September, 982,249 passengers crossed southbound into Whatcom County, according to data from Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute. That’s a 27.38 percent decrease from September 2014, when 1,352,286 people crossed southbound into Whatcom County. So far, border traffic numbers in every month this year have lagged behind 2014′s numbers. The drop in visitors [...]

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