Bellingham foreclosure rate is down

Filed on 28. Aug, 2014 in Features, Market Indicators, News

Bellingham foreclosure rate is down

Foreclosures rates in the Bellingham area declined in June to 1.03 percent, according to new data from CoreLogic. That’s down 0.34 percentage points compared to June 2013, when the foreclosure rate was 1.37 percent. Foreclosure rates in Bellingham continued to stay below the national rate of 1.7 percent in June 2014. The mortgage delinquency rate [...]

Local magazine takes nuanced look at marijuana

Filed on 21. Aug, 2014 in Contents, Features

Local magazine takes nuanced look at marijuana

By Quinn Russell Brown For the Bellingham Business Journal Wes Abney sinks into a couch at his home office near Martha Lake in Snohomish County. On the floor nearby are zip-tied stacks of Northwest Leaf, the 100-page medical marijuana magazine he publishes each month. Framed covers of past issues hang on the wall behind him. [...]

North Cascades Meat co-op to market local beef

Filed on 23. Jul, 2014 in Features

North Cascades Meat co-op to market local beef

By Jim Davis Herald Business Journal Editor Almost all of the meat consumed in Whatcom County is produced outside of the Puget Sound region and most of it comes from just a handful of companies. Now a cooperative representing farmers in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and Snohomish counties wants to do something about that. They’ve pulled [...]

Supplies hold, barely, at Bellingham Marijuana shops

Filed on 11. Jul, 2014 in Contents, Features

Supplies hold, barely, at Bellingham Marijuana shops

When Paul and Maria Grenwood walked into 2020 Solutions at 2018 Iron St., they got a menu and took a seat in a waiting area. Seconds later, a 2020 Solutions employee ushered them over to a counter where they could pick between several strains of marijuana. Budtenders, the pot store equivalent of a bartender, offered [...]

Making a chain a family business

Filed on 10. Jul, 2014 in Features

Making a chain a family business

By Quinn Russell Brown For The Bellingham Business Journal BELLINGHAM — With a smile on his face and a satchel over his shoulder, Robert Penney stepped inside Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt on Bakerview Road. He approached a family with two young children and introduced himself. “I’m the owner,” he said. “Would you like a balloon animal?” [...]

Pot retailers scramble to open by Tuesday morning

Filed on 07. Jul, 2014 in Contents, Features

Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two Bellingham marijuana retailers scheduled to open Tuesday, was buzzing with activity on Monday. A contractor finished work on the bathroom he built over the previous four days. New employees learned the store’s inventory process and computer system. Future customers even came by to ask if they could camp outside [...]

Online streaming clouds future for movie rental stores

Filed on 03. Jun, 2014 in Features

Online streaming clouds future for movie rental stores

At noon on a recent Tuesday, Rob Olason, as usual, opened Trek Video, his movie rental shop in Bellingham’s Fairhaven District. But when one of the day’s first customers asked Olason to stand out front and pose for a photograph, it was clear that this Tuesday would be different than any of the other hundreds [...]

Entrepreneur of the Year: Brittany O’Brien, Spruce Stationery & Design

Filed on 07. May, 2014 in Features

Entrepreneur of the Year: Brittany O’Brien, Spruce Stationery & Design

Customers tell her that her shop is like “a Pinterest board come to life,” said Brittany O’Brien, owner of Spruce Stationery & Design in downtown Bellingham. Yet the focus of O’Brien’s business is a bit different than that of Pinterest, the popular social website where more than 70 million users upload posts of arts and [...]

Executive of the Year: Sue Sharpe, Chuckanut Health Foundation

Filed on 06. May, 2014 in Features

Executive of the Year: Sue Sharpe, Chuckanut Health Foundation

In six years leading the Chuckanut Health Foundation, Sue Sharpe said her role guiding the organization, which in its 30-year history has directed more than $15 million to agencies supporting community health and education, has been largely done behind the scenes. So when readers of The Bellingham Business Journal voted her the Executive of the [...]

Nonprofit of the Year: Lydia Place

Filed on 05. May, 2014 in Features

Nonprofit of the Year: Lydia Place

Homelessness often has roots in a number of societal ills, including substance abuse and domestic violence. But according to Emily O’Connor, the executive director of Lydia Place, securing safe housing for all is the first step toward permanent solutions. “Oftentimes, when someone has a roof over their head, they can start to work on all [...]

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