Bellingham chocolate company featured on The Today Show

Filed on 20. Jun, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Bellingham chocolate company featured on The Today Show

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal What could be sweeter than chocolate? Chocolate that gives back to the communities in which it is grown. Bellingham’s Ari Lee-Newman and Paul Newman have been selling Bija Chocolates for more than two years, and they just got a big boost last month, when they were featured on [...]

Farmers invest in tech as labor tightens

Filed on 06. Jun, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Farmers invest in tech as labor tightens

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal The bright red, shiny robot would look more at home on a spaceship than a Ferndale cow barn. But the cows aren’t phased, in fact they line up for the chance to walk up to one of these cutting edge robotic machines and take their turn getting milked. [...]

Historic Bellingham brick building gets new life as event venue

Filed on 23. May, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Historic Bellingham brick building gets new life as event venue

By Emily Hamann It’s the oldest brick building in the state, and now it has a new life as a meeting place and event venue. In March, the Tremaine family purchased the Territorial Whatcom County Courthouse from the Whatcom County Historical Society, which has been working to restore the building for almost 15 years. Restoring [...]

Inside Whatcom County’s new effort toward economic development

Filed on 16. May, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Inside Whatcom County’s new effort toward economic development

By Emily Hamann For the first time in a long time, the governments and institutions in Whatcom County are working together toward building the economy of the whole region. In 2016, that collaboration resulted in the launch of the Choose Whatcom portal, aimed at drawing more businesses to the area. Now it’s going a step [...]

The fall and rise of oyster farming in Blaine’s Drayton Harbor

Filed on 09. May, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

The fall and rise of oyster farming in Blaine’s Drayton Harbor

By Emily Hamann On a sunny summer day, it’s not uncommon for a line to stretch out the door and down the street at Drayton Harbor Oyster Company’s tiny oyster bar in Blaine. The barbecue is set up on the sidewalk, full of grilled oysters. As more people have heard about this hole-in-the-wall oyster spot, [...]

After more than 100 years, historic Bellingham building is a hotel again

Filed on 02. May, 2018 in Contents, Features

After more than 100 years, historic Bellingham building is a hotel again

Have visitors traveling to Bellingham? They now have somewhere to stay right downtown. The Hamlet Hotel is on the second floor of 1202 Railroad Ave., in downtown Bellingham. It sits above Benchmark Document Solutions and Jimmy John’s. Fred and Colleen Schacht have owned the building since 2005. For more than 20 years, it has been [...]

Ferndale inventor brings turmeric-flavored liqueur to market

Filed on 18. Apr, 2018 in Contents, Features

Ferndale inventor brings turmeric-flavored liqueur to market

By Emily Hamann It’s the new trendy food, and it’s now available in a cocktail near you. Kuma is a turmeric liqueur invented by Chet Holstein, of Ferndale. It went on the market in October, and is now available at local Haggen stores, and bars from Whatcom County to Seattle. “We’ve established that there is [...]

Bellingham explodes with new bar, eatery, nightlife options

Filed on 04. Apr, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Bellingham explodes with new bar, eatery, nightlife options

By Emily Hamann Bellingham’s nightlife is coming alive again. Friday and Saturday nights see crowds of people eating dinner, seeing concerts, movies and getting a drink at one of the many breweries and bars. In the past six months, almost a dozen new bars and restaurants have opened or are in the process of opening [...]

Changing the way businesses train, treat middle management

Filed on 29. Mar, 2018 in Contents, Features

Changing the way businesses train, treat middle management

By Emily Hamann Businesses have been training managers all wrong. That’s the idea Mike Cook puts forward in his new book, “Thriving in the Middle: How the best managers create mutual success.” Cook, a longtime BBJ columnist, advocates that instead of sending middle managers off to specialized training, they should meet in small groups with [...]

Bellingham Cider Co. opens brewpub in downtown Bellingham

Filed on 21. Mar, 2018 in Contents, Features

Bellingham Cider Co. opens brewpub in downtown Bellingham

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Driving down Prospect Street in Bellingham, the actual building is hard to miss. But its new tenant might be a little hard to find. Bellingham Cider Company opened in February in the former Cascade Laundry Building, at 205 Prospect St. It’s the same building that was painted bright [...]

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