Bellingham’s soap queen: building a soap empire

Filed on 08. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features

Bellingham’s soap queen: building a soap empire

Editor’s note: The print version of this story incorrectly stated that Anne-Marie Faiola put $50,000, rather than $15,000, on a credit card to start her business. The online version has been corrected.  Anne-Marie Faiola quit her job as a corrections officer 16 years ago, put $15,000 on her credit card, and started her soap making [...]

Meet John Clougher, Haggen’s new CEO

Filed on 06. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features, News, People On The Move

Meet John Clougher, Haggen’s new CEO

Ten years ago, as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market, John Clougher developed an admiration for Haggen, the Bellingham-based grocery store chain. His job at Whole Foods required him to travel to stores throughout the Northwest. Every other week, he’d leave his wife and three young daughters in Bellevue to drive up the Interstate [...]

Vincent Stanley of Patagonia to close speaker series

Filed on 06. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features

Vincent Stanley of Patagonia to close speaker series

Vincent Stanley, vice president of marketing and “chief storyteller” at Patagonia, will speak at the final session of the Future of Business speaker series, sponsored by nonprofit Sustainable Connections, on Oct. 16. Stanley has been with Patagonia, the California-based outdoor clothing company, on and off since the company began in 1973. He spoke in Bellingham [...]

Everett plant breeder brings variety to your garden, plate

Filed on 30. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News

Everett plant breeder brings variety to your garden, plate

By Debra Smith The [Everett] Herald  Business Journal Tom Wagner isn’t a businessman. Someone told him that once. It wasn’t meant as a compliment, but Wagner accepted the comment with pride. He sees himself as a plant engineer. A mad scientist. The Johnny Appleseed of tomatoes. Anything but a businessman. Perhaps that is why the [...]

Village Books owner on Amazon vs Hachette dispute

Filed on 25. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features

Village Books owner on Amazon vs Hachette dispute

In July, best-selling author James Patterson awarded Village Books with a $7,500 grant as part of his pledge to give $1 million to small booksellers. Patterson made the pledge after a dispute started between Amazon and his publisher, Hachette, one of the world’s largest publishing companies with authors including J.K. Rowling and Malcolm Gladwell. The [...]

Gender gap in aerospace workers persists

Filed on 22. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News

Gender gap in aerospace workers persists

By Jim Davis (Everett) Herald Business Journal editor The percentage of women working in the aerospace industry in Washington has remained stagnant for more than 20 years, according to a state labor market economist. Women account for one in four jobs in aerospace and that has changed little since the 1990s, said Anneliese Vance-Sherman, an [...]

Local pharmacist talks marijuana investment

Filed on 18. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, New Business

Local pharmacist talks marijuana investment

A 2012 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that 10.2 percent of Washington residents had used marijuana in the past month. Perhaps not since 1933, when prohibition ended in the United States, has a product with such a large existing market become legal to sell for the first time in [...]

Crystal Reef Aquatics: saltwater aquarium shop serves niche market

Filed on 16. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, New Business

Crystal Reef Aquatics: saltwater aquarium shop serves niche market

Aquariums and fish tanks are notoriously difficult to maintain. Julian Friedman, owner of Crystal Reef Aquatics, said technology is making it easier. Inside the front door of the warehouse-like space he shares with Northern Lights Gardening at 4159 Hannegan Road, tanks blooming with colorful coral and other invertebrates fills a shelf. The 8-gallon tanks rely [...]

New State ferries leader will be agency’s first woman

Filed on 15. Sep, 2014 in Features, People On The Move

New State ferries leader will be agency’s first woman

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer OLYMPIA – Two months ago, Pierce Transit Chief Executive Officer Lynne Griffith announced she was retiring. Then Griffith heard from state Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson and others asking her to hold off and to apply to manage Washington State Ferries. She did, and Wednesday Peterson announced the hiring of Griffith as an [...]

Janicki Logging: operation accommodates trail users

Filed on 10. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features

Janicki Logging: operation accommodates trail users

The jaws of a multi-ton harvester, operated by Paul Rogge, close around the base of a Douglas fir. It takes Rogge 10 seconds to sever the tree from the ground, de-limb it while feeding the trunk through the harvester’s head, and stack it on a pile of other fir, cedar, and alder logs. The multi [...]

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