Bellingham restaurateurs prepare to open cafe in challenging location

Filed on 09. Nov, 2015 in Features, New Business, News

Bellingham restaurateurs prepare to open cafe in challenging location

The Whatcom Museum’s Board of Directors has had a hard time keeping a tenant in the tiny cafe in the Lightcatcher Building at 250 Flora St., home to the Family Interactive Gallery. Three restaurants opened and closed inside the 600-square-foot space in the Arts District in the last six years. Despite the space’s history, the [...]

Opportunity Council Turns 50: Current and future director talk changes to the organization

Filed on 04. Nov, 2015 in Contents, Features

Opportunity Council Turns 50: Current and future director talk changes to the organization

The Opportunity Council will celebrate its 50th anniversary in November—that is, 50 years of providing housing assistance, free meals, education, training and other services to poor individuals and families. The organization started in 1965, after Lyndon Johnson’s Economic Recovery Act of 1964 created funding for similar organizations, called community action agencies, throughout the country. The [...]

Mi Shoes owner opens downtown clothing boutique

Filed on 03. Nov, 2015 in Features, News

Mi Shoes owner opens downtown clothing boutique

Heroine Boutique, a downtown women’s clothing store, opened this week and will have a grand opening celebration on Friday, Nov. 6. The store is at 1328 Commercial St., next to Jake’s Barber Shop. Michelle Bouma, owner of Mi Shoes, opened the store after having success with a mobile mini boutique called Belle on Wheels. Bouma sold [...]

Emily O’Connor named 2015 Professional Woman of the Year

Filed on 01. Nov, 2015 in Features, News, People On The Move

Emily O’Connor named 2015 Professional Woman of the Year

The Whatcom Women in Business named Lydia Place executive director Emily O’Connor its 2015 Professional Woman of the Year at an annual awards banquet in October. O’Connor started as executive director of the nonprofit Lydia Place in March 2012. The organization works to provide housing, support services, advocacy and education for low-income and homeless people. [...]

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 [...]

Boeing’s new Pegasus refueling tanker in flight-test phase

Filed on 20. Oct, 2015 in Features, News

Boeing’s new Pegasus refueling tanker in flight-test phase

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald Writer EVERETT — Boeing is moving through flight testing for its KC-46A Pegasus, a new aerial-refueling tanker ordered by the U.S. Air Force. Military pilots have joined Boeing pilots behind the controls of the program’s two test planes. The first, called EMD-1, is a non-military version known as a 767-2C. The [...]

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 [...]

BelleWood Acres finds success through diversifying and distilling

Filed on 12. Oct, 2015 in Features, News

BelleWood Acres finds success through diversifying and distilling

By Patricia Guthrie For the Bellingham Business Journal Pruning, picking and packing nearly 32 acres of apples makes for long days and hard work for John and Dorie Belisle, a former Florida couple who decided to turn a chunk of fertile valley soil into an orchard near Lynden 20 years ago. They quickly learned that [...]

Going Big: What court documents reveal about Haggen’s fast failure

Filed on 08. Oct, 2015 in Features, News

Going Big: What court documents reveal about Haggen’s fast failure

On Nov. 4, 2014, two months after John Clougher became Haggen’s CEO, Haggen executives attended a meeting at Albertsons headquarters in Boise, Idaho. The meeting was vital for both companies. Clougher and the other Haggen executives were there to negotiate a $300 million-dollar deal to buy 146 stores from Albertsons and grow into a major [...]

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. [...]

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