Third quarter housing sales hit 10-year high; Canadian dollar affecting market for second homes

Filed on 26. Oct, 2015 in Features, News

Third quarter housing sales hit 10-year high; Canadian dollar affecting market for second homes

More Whatcom County homes sold in the third quarter of 2015 than in any other third quarter in more than 10 years, according to a new report by Lylene Johnson of the Muljat Group. Johnson compiles and analyzes data from the Northwest Multiple Listings Service quarterly. Countywide, 917 homes sold from July to September—12 percent [...]

Fairhaven Pharmacy closed, new tenant coming in 2016

Filed on 25. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

The Fairhaven Pharmacy closed on Oct. 20, after 126 years in business. Owner Rob Johansen is retiring after running the business for 45 years. He tried to sell the pharmacy, but the increasing cost of drugs and dealing with the companies that process prescription requests has made the business less viable over the years, he [...]

New women’s clothing boutique open in the Herald Building

Filed on 23. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, Events, News

New women’s clothing boutique open in the Herald Building

Rhiannon Troutman realized a long-term goal last week when she opened Fringe Boutique, a women’s clothing store at 1147 N. State St., in the Herald Building. Troutman will host an opening party at the shop from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. The 1,300-square-foot store has a “fashion-forward” focus with products geared toward [...]

Earth Day founder to speak at sustainable building conference

Filed on 21. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, Events

Dennis Hayes, national coordinator for the first Earth Day in 1970, will speak in Bellingham at Sustainable Connections’ annual Sustainable Design and Development Conference next month. The conference goes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 4 and 5 in Bellingham Technical College’s Settlemyer Hall. The annual conference brings together sustainable planning, design and construction [...]

County unemployment rate down to 5.4 percent

Filed on 20. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, Data, Market Indicators, News

County unemployment rate down to 5.4 percent

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.7 percent in August to to 5.4 percent in September, according to the newest monthly report from the state Employment Security Department. Most of the new jobs were in construction, according to the report. Whatcom County had a 5.4 percent unemployment rate this April but the rate rose throughout [...]

Port of Bellingham selects new aviation director

Filed on 19. Oct, 2015 in People On The Move

Port of Bellingham selects new aviation director

The Port of Bellingham announced today that it hired Sunil Harman to be the Bellingham airport’s new director. Harman starts Nov. 2, replacing former director Dan Zenk, who left in June for a job in the aviations operations division with Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Harman has more than 30 years of experience developing and managing airports [...]

Prepare for holiday customer surge with free workshop by national retail expert

Filed on 19. Oct, 2015 in Contents, Events

Retail business expert Robert Spector will present at a free customer service workshop from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Pickford Film Center in downtown Bellingham. Through his consulting firm, Robert Spector Inc., Spector has worked on customer service with businesses large and small, including J.D. Power and Associates, The Edward [...]

Though legal, marijuana is still forbidden for most workers

Filed on 15. Oct, 2015 in Features, News

Though legal, marijuana is still forbidden for most workers

Before she crashed the company car, Cyd Maurer, 25, was climbing a ladder of television news jobs. She got her first gig as a reporter at KMTR-TV in Eugene, Oregon, in 2012 while still a senior at the University of Oregon. The station promoted her within five months. When the station sold and its new [...]

Michael’s Books is closing after more than 30 years

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

After 32 years of selling books downtown, Michael Elmer will close his book store at the end of the year. Michael’s Books, at 109 Grand Avenue, has a huge collection that includes rare and out-of-print books. Elmer announced on the shop’s Facebook page that his wife got a job in Vancouver, Washington, and they plan [...]

McNett outdoor gear company bought by Canadian competitor

Filed on 09. Oct, 2015 in News

McNett Corporation, an outdoor gear manufacturer based in Bellingham, was purchased by one of its biggest competitors, the company announced today. Coghlan’s LTD of Winnipeg, Manitoba, bought 100 percent of McNett from its founders and owners, Nancy and Duane McNett. The companies’ wouldn’t disclose the deal’s financial terms. The acquisition won’t immediately change anything for [...]

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