Fairhaven business takes new approach to treating eating disorders

Filed on 22. Nov, 2015 in Features

Fairhaven business takes new approach to treating eating disorders

One spring day Deena Rathkamp approached Sarah Voth at Western Washington University’s Student Health Center, where Rathkamp worked as a counselor and Voth as a dietician. They both worked with students suffering from eating disorders. “Hey Sarah, I’ve been thinking…” Rathkamp said. Voth finished her sentence: “About opening a practice together?” They moved quickly and [...]

Could Chinese investment return to Whatcom County?

Filed on 17. Nov, 2015 in Features, News

Could Chinese investment return to Whatcom County?

In his office on Newmarket Street in the Barkley District, Patrick Starr entered search terms into an online real estate database and came up with a list of properties for sale for more than $4 million in King County. An untrained eye might not have noticed the prevalence of the number eight in the listings. [...]

Can Albertsons buy back stores from Haggen? FTC agreement casts doubt

Filed on 13. Nov, 2015 in Contents, Features

Can Albertsons buy back stores from Haggen? FTC agreement casts doubt

Albertsons outbid competitors on 33 closing Haggen stores in an auction this week at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. But an agreement between Albertsons and the Federal Trade Commission casts doubt on whether the grocery giant will be able to go through with the purchases. Albertsons or Safeway used to own every [...]

Busy professionals are earning MBAs through WWU’s Weekend MBA program

Filed on 12. Nov, 2015 in Features, News

Busy professionals are earning MBAs through WWU’s Weekend MBA program

By Jocelyn Robinson For The Bellingham Business Journal A master’s degree in business may seem like an odd education for a nurse, but for Amanda Crain it was a perfect fit. Crain, the director of nursing services at the Puget Sound Kidney Centers, is in her final quarter of earning an MBA from Western Washington [...]

Haggen explores sale of all remaining assets

Filed on 10. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, Features, News

Haggen explores sale of all remaining assets

This story was updated at 5:30 on Nov. 10. Haggen Food & Pharmacy took steps toward selling every last one of its stores, including profitable stores it has owned for decades. The Bellingham-based grocer has asked for court approval to allow an auction even of its “core stores” — the 37 successful Northwest stores around [...]

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 [...]

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