China’s leader tours Boeing after big jetliner deal

Filed on 24. Sep, 2015 in Features, News

China’s leader tours Boeing after big jetliner deal

By Chris Winters Everett Herald Writer  EVERETT — Chinese President Xi Jinping toured the Boeing Co. factory at Paine Field on Wednesday, shortly after the company confirmed that it will sell 300 jetliners to Chinese airlines and leasing companies. Xi arrived on the factory floor just before noon and was greeted by Boeing Commercial Airplanes President [...]

Bellingham organization aims to mobilizing Washington’s food trucks

Filed on 20. Sep, 2015 in Features, News

Bellingham organization aims to mobilizing Washington’s food trucks

Washington’s growing food truck industry lacks a voice. State legislature considered a bill this year that would have created a license for mobile food vendors to sell beer and wine. Despite the popularity of all three industries across the state—beer, wine and food trucks—it didn’t pass. Lori Johnson, whose husband met with food truck owners [...]

1 out of 3 farms in Snohomish County run by women

Filed on 18. Sep, 2015 in Features, News

1 out of 3 farms in Snohomish County run by women

By Jennifer Sasseen Everett Herald Business Journal SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Brown grasses of winter cover much of the 7 ½-acre patch of land in Lake Stevens that is Cheryl Dillon’s Be Well Farm. Closer inspection reveals hidden wealth — a bright-green row of mustard greens and the darker, purple-green leaves of kale. There are sunchokes [...]

Haggen aims to keep 17 old stores plus “some” recently acquired ones

Filed on 16. Sep, 2015 in Features, News

Haggen aims to keep 17 old stores plus “some” recently acquired ones

Haggen may soon be back to where it started—a small Northwest grocery chain. The Bellingham-based grocer’s bankruptcy filings show it plans to keep 17 stores that it owned before buying 146 former Albertsons stores in January. Those stores will be  “augmented by some” recently acquired stores. Documents filed in a federal bankruptcy court in Delaware [...]

Planning ramps up for SeaFeast, Bellingham’s new waterfront festival

Filed on 14. Sep, 2015 in Features, News

Planning ramps up for SeaFeast, Bellingham’s new waterfront festival

Commercial fishing and seafood processing employ more people in Whatcom County than Western Washington University, more than breweries and more than bike shops. Bellingham is on the water, with a waterfront soon to be redeveloped. But Bellingham’s myriad events, for the most part, ignore the waterfront and the county’s maritime heritage. Deborah Granger is trying [...]

Baby boomers are preparing to sell their businesses

Filed on 07. Sep, 2015 in Features, News

Baby boomers are preparing to sell their businesses

Marty Maberry’s grandparents started Maberry Packing by planting a field of strawberries outside of Lynden in 1944. Now Maberry, 59, grows about 1,000 acres of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries and owns two processing and packing plants in Whatcom County. He’s the third generation in the family business and he doesn’t plan to be the last. [...]

Naked Clothing moving from downtown to Sedro-Woolley

Filed on 31. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, Contents, Features, News

Naked Clothing moving from downtown to Sedro-Woolley

Naked Clothing is moving out of it’s downtown location at 126 W. Holly St., between Lulu and Gary’s Mens and Womens Wear, on Oct. 1. The natural fiber clothing store will reopen on Oct. 31 in Sedro-Woolley, at 1912 Highway 20. The move will allow store owner Amy Kraus to work closer to home—she lives [...]

Scratch Distillery in Edmonds reflects owners’ love of spirits

Filed on 28. Aug, 2015 in Contents, Features, New Business

Scratch Distillery in Edmonds reflects owners’ love of spirits

By Megan Brown For the Everett Herald Business Journal Long before it was a trending topic on Facebook, Kimberley and Bryan Karrick appreciated the artistry of craft spirits. The Edmonds couple had been experimenting with home brewing for years before deciding to open Scratch Distillery, one of several businesses replacing the Waterfront Antique Mall on [...]

The Oyster Kings: Family built shellfish business “one shovelful at a time”

Filed on 25. Aug, 2015 in Features, News

The Oyster Kings: Family built shellfish business “one shovelful at a time”

By Patricia Guthrie For the Bellingham Business Journal Bill Taylor looks out at Samish Bay as the waterline creeps lower and lower on a dreary overcast April day. “When the tide goes out, what’s exposed, we own it,” he says peering out at a 5-acre chunk of muck. “It will go completely dry from the [...]

TV pitchman for Vern Fonk Insurance dies at 50

Filed on 23. Aug, 2015 in Features, News

TV pitchman for Vern Fonk Insurance dies at 50

By Jim Davis Everett Herald Business Journal editor The instantly recognizable television pitchman for Vern Fonk Insurance — who also served as the company’s president — died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. Rob Thielke, who lived in Snohomish, was 50. He is survived by his wife Cathy and five children as well as [...]

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