Port of Bellingham Commissioner candidate Q&A: Briscoe and Jensen

Filed on 06. Oct, 2015 in Contents, Features, News

Port of Bellingham Commissioner candidate Q&A: Briscoe and Jensen

Two candidates are running for the open District 3 seat on the Port of Bellingham commission. The position, currently held by Jim Jorgenson, covers northwest Whatcom County— west of the Guide Meridian and north of downtown to the Canadian border. The winner of the Nov. 3 general election will start a four-year term next year. [...]

Film is Truth’s mission shifts as it becomes a nonprofit

Filed on 28. Sep, 2015 in Features, News

Film is Truth’s mission shifts as it becomes a nonprofit

Film is Truth 24 Times a Second, one of Bellingham’s two remaining video rental stores, isn’t in financial trouble. But last year its owners realized that without making a change, it would be eventually. Longtime employee Dee Dee Chapman worried less about losing her job and more about the possibility of Bellingham residents losing access [...]

Bison Bookbinding and Letterpress moves, expands retail hours

Filed on 27. Sep, 2015 in Features, New Business, News

Bison Bookbinding and Letterpress moves, expands retail hours

After more than a decade of cranking out cards, stationery and notebooks for a wholesale market, Bison Bookbinding and Letterpress is opening in a new location with more retail space in downtown Bellingham. The company is opening at 112 Grand Ave., the former home of Little Tiger Toys, on Oct. 2. Owners Carly James and [...]

Haggen plans to close 100 more stores and leave the Southwest

Filed on 24. Sep, 2015 in Contents, Features

Haggen plans to close 100 more stores and leave the Southwest

Haggen announced plans to close 100 more grocery stores—including all its Southwest stores—to focus on 37 stores and one standalone pharmacy in the Northwest. The closures are part of the company’s chapter 11 bankruptcy process. It’s the Bellingham grocer’s latest setback in a string of disappointments. The supermarket chain bought 146 former Albertsons stores in [...]

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. [...]

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