Haggen’s big takeover begins

Filed on 12. Feb, 2015 in Features, News

Haggen’s big takeover begins

Haggen’s acquisition of 146 former Safeway and Albertsons supermarkets began at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, when the grocery chain took ownership of Albertsons in Monroe, Washington. The Bellingham-based grocery chain acquired the store as part of a $9.2 billion merger between Albertsons and Safeway. The Federal Trade Commission required Albertsons and Safeway to [...]

Ski shops grow to fill hole left by Sportsman Chalet closing

Filed on 09. Feb, 2015 in Features, News

Ski shops grow to fill hole left by Sportsman Chalet closing

In a back room at Backcountry Essentials, ski technician John Dorman feeds a ski through the humming wheels of the shop’s Wintersteiger Micro 90 – a ski tuning machine the size of a small hot tub. The ski’s smooth black base comes out with a hint of texture, like a fingertip’s ridges. The textured base [...]

Marijuana taxes net $22.5 million in 6 months

Filed on 04. Feb, 2015 in Features

Marijuana taxes net $22.5 million in 6 months

By Amy Watkins For The (Everett) Herald Business Journal  LAKE STEVENS — Reed Evans and his family members make frequent trips to the Washington State Liquor Control Board office in Olympia. That’s because they, like others who have recreational marijuana businesses, owe a monthly excise tax of 25 percent on all marijuana sales. Evans and his [...]

City planning director talks rental registration

Filed on 03. Feb, 2015 in Features, News

City planning director talks rental registration

  Bellingham City Council approved a rental registration and inspection program in December 2014. Details about how the program will work will likely come before City Council at a Feb. 9 work session. The council has discussed starting a rental registration program as a way to deal with rental properties that don’t meet basic health [...]

Canadian dollar plummets after months of losing value

Filed on 02. Feb, 2015 in Features, Market Indicators, News

Canadian dollar plummets after months of losing value

The Canadian dollar lost five cents in value compared to the U.S. dollar in one day last month. It dropped on Jan. 21 after the Bank of Canada lowered its benchmark overnight interest rate from 1 percent to 0.75 percent. The benchmark rate determines bank lending rates, and lowering it is one tool central banks [...]

Super Bowl boosts some Bellingham businesses

Filed on 30. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

Super Bowl boosts some Bellingham businesses

Businesses across Washington state are celebrating the Seahawks and the Super Bowl in a variety of ways — from flying Seahawks flags to offering 12 percent discounts in honor of the 12th man. Bill Cassels, Bellingham Fred Meyer store director, said the store’s sales before the Super Bowl rival Thanksgiving and other holidays. According to a [...]

Vintage trailer company unveils mobile Airstream bar

Filed on 29. Jan, 2015 in Contents, Features

Vintage trailer company unveils mobile Airstream bar

Angi Soulier wasn’t a fan of vintage trailers before she bought one to rent out as a way to diversify her income. That was in 2013. Now she calls herself a trailer ninja. Soulier and her husband Jim restore and sell vintage trailers, in addition to offering trailer rentals. They run their business, called Old [...]

Lynnwood business offers tips on crime prevention

Filed on 28. Jan, 2015 in Features

When real estate agent Beverly Carter went missing on Sept. 25, it sparked a viral social media campaign to find her. Sadly, Carter’s body was found in a shallow grave north of Little Rock, Arkansas, four days later, making her the latest real estate agent to be murdered in the U.S. Carter’s case was not [...]

What’s Ahead: Business trends to watch for in 2015

Filed on 27. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

What’s Ahead: Business trends to watch for in 2015

With a waterfront development agreement looming, changes coming to the grocery industry, and more breweries preparing to open by summer, 2015 should be another busy year for business news in Bellingham and Whatcom County. The following items are just a few of the things that could make headlines in the year ahead. Beer pouring in [...]

Erin Baker looks to the future after 20 years in business

Filed on 21. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

Erin Baker looks to the future after 20 years in business

In the last 20 years, Erin Baker has gone from pedaling deliveries of her breakfast cookies to local coffee shops on a blue Schwinn bicycle to managing 38 employees at her bakery, office and retail store in Bellingham. Her company, Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods, is celebrating its 20th year in business on Wednesday, Jan. [...]

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