Pedal Party NW: A ride on the inaugural pedal-powered brewery tour

Filed on 09. Jul, 2015 in Features, New Business

Pedal Party NW: A ride on the inaugural pedal-powered brewery tour

Tom and Amy Lawson were about to dive into the next chapter of their lives. After 40-year careers, Tom as a carpenter and Amy as a teacher, they bought an open-air, pedal-powered bus for double the price of most cars, and prepared it for tours of Bellingham’s breweries. Before their first paid tour on Thursday, [...]

Downtown Bellingham Partnership hatches a plan to fill vacancies

Filed on 05. Jul, 2015 in Features, New Business, News

Downtown Bellingham Partnership hatches a plan to fill vacancies

Imagine a downtown space that allows start-up retailers, dance and fitness instructors and other entrepreneurs to try their business ideas without the commitment and upfront cost of signing a lease. Now imagine that space moving from one vacant downtown storefront to the next, leaving behind new businesses with each move. That’s Nick Hartrich’s vision for [...]

Boeing to cut 747 production rate to 1 per month

Filed on 25. Jun, 2015 in Features, News

Boeing to cut 747 production rate to 1 per month

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald writer EVERETT — The Boeing Co. is cutting the number of 747s it rolls out of its Paine Field plant annually by one-third by next March. The company, which announced the production cut Wednesday, remains optimistic that it will still be making the jumbo airplane in the next decade. Industry analysts are [...]

How a Microsoft executive became the owner of a Marysville Harley shop

Filed on 22. Jun, 2015 in Features

How a Microsoft executive became the owner of a Marysville Harley shop

By Emily Hamann For The Everett Herald Business Journal So how do you go from a Microsoft executive to the owner of a Harley-Davidson dealership? Scott Smernis just laughs. “Everybody wants to know that,” Smernis said. He’s the owner and dealer principal of Sound Harley-Davidson in Marysville, a dealership that he built from the ground up. [...]

Deal in motion to allow All American Marine, Fairhaven Shipyard to expand

Filed on 18. Jun, 2015 in Features, News

Deal in motion to allow All American Marine, Fairhaven Shipyard to expand

The Port of Bellingham took steps this week toward facilitating the expansion of two Fairhaven marine businesses in a deal that would change 7.66 acres of Fairhaven industrial waterfront by July 2016. Under terms in a memorandum of understanding between the organizations, the Port plans to help All American Marine and Fairhaven Shipyard expand on [...]

Economic recovery? Not at local food banks

Filed on 16. Jun, 2015 in Features, Market Indicators, News

Economic recovery? Not at local food banks

Vikki Warner probably waited too long to get help. When she finally got in line at the Bellingham Food Bank, her savings were gone, her cupboards were empty and her bills were past due. That was in April 2015, nearly six years after the recession officially ended, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. [...]

WWU President Bruce Shepard to retire in 2016

Filed on 11. Jun, 2015 in Features, News, People On The Move

WWU President Bruce Shepard to retire in 2016

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard will retire next year, after leading the university since 2008. He’ll leave at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, giving the university Board of Trustees time to conduct a national search for a new president. “Serving Western has been a richly rewarding privilege and so this has not [...]

Newest WWU grads finding more jobs, but more stipend positions

Filed on 09. Jun, 2015 in Features, News

Newest WWU grads finding more jobs, but more stipend positions

When Kelsey Rowlson graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in communications, she thought her job search might take a while. Instead, she lined up a job as the event and program coordinator at the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce in July 2014, a month after graduation. “I have friends who looked for similar jobs [...]

Infill toolkit projects provide one vision for future growth

Filed on 07. Jun, 2015 in Features, News

Infill toolkit projects provide one vision for future growth

To Carrie Veldman, project manager at local development company The RJ Group, her nearly finished Peabody Townhomes are an ideal urban infill project. Urban infill is city planning lingo for development in areas that are already built up. The three townhouses a block off Meridian Street on the 2400 block of Peabody Street are on [...]

Outdoor recreation contributes $705 million to Whatcom economy

Filed on 03. Jun, 2015 in Features, News

Outdoor recreation contributes $705 million to Whatcom economy

With boating, skiing and everything in between, there’s no shortage of ways to play outside in Whatcom County. But does the water, woods and other recreation land generate money? A new study concluded that, yes, outdoor recreation does bring significant money into Whatcom County. Recreation Northwest, a Bellingham nonprofit, commissioned Tacoma-based Earth Economics to do [...]

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