New Bellingham sticker shop gets noticed with bold branding

Filed on 06. Jul, 2017 in Contents, Features

New Bellingham sticker shop gets noticed with bold branding

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal One of the major challenges of starting a new business is getting your name out there. A 3-foot tall, more than 30-foot long sign on the front of your business on a high-traffic road in Bellingham might do the trick. That’s what Carlos Olvera, 35, and Andrew Howard, [...]

From simple to ornate, tap handles vie for beer drinkers’ eyes

Filed on 30. Jun, 2017 in Contents, Features

From simple to ornate, tap handles vie for beer drinkers’ eyes

By Aaron Swaney For The Herald Business Journal Arlington’s Skookum Brewery uses a carved wooden bear claw. Bothell’s Decibel Brewing recycles old microphones. Everett’s Scuttlebutt features a mermaid, which to be fair, is far from beautiful. “The saying went if the mermaid started to look good then you’d had enough,” said Matt Stromberg, head brewer [...]

Bellingham comic book publisher branches into board games

Filed on 28. Jun, 2017 in Contents, Features

Bellingham comic book publisher branches into board games

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal If you read comics, some of your favorites may have been published right here in Bellingham. Space Goat Productions works with major companies like DC Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics to publish comic books, graphic novels and, now, board games. They’ve published comic book adaptations for major titles [...]

Bellingham builder makes tiny houses with homey touches

Filed on 19. Jun, 2017 in Contents, Features

Bellingham builder makes tiny houses with homey touches

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal One of the biggest trends in housing is actually very small. And a recent Bellingham transplant is hopping on. Shannon Black works out of a warehouse space in the Irongate neighborhood. His latest tiny house sits inside. From the outside, it almost looks finished, from the wood siding [...]

Top employers list indicates stable, recovering county economy

Filed on 12. Jun, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Once again, the hospital has taken first place. At least in terms of employment. The Western Washington University Center of Economic and Business Research has released its list of the top employers in Whatcom County for 2016. At the top are a mix of for-profit companies, government and [...]

Retail shakeup: Why some stores are going out of business, others are growing, and how malls can cope

Filed on 07. Jun, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Retail shakeup: Why some stores are going out of business, others are growing, and how malls can cope

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal If you walk into a mall today, you’ll likely see lots of change. That’s true at Bellis Fair Mall — depending on the day, you might see a large sign proudly proclaim that Dick’s Sporting Goods is now open, going-out-of business signs filling the windows at Rue 21, [...]

Bellingham soapmaker aims to appeal to video game, anime fans with Pac-Man, ‘Attack on Titan’ soaps

Filed on 22. May, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Bellingham soapmaker aims to appeal to video game, anime fans with Pac-Man, ‘Attack on Titan’ soaps

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal She found a way to put fun and nostalgia into washing up. Bellingham resident Chrystal Doucette makes soap with old video game themes, including Pac-Man shaped soap. She started her company Digital Soaps in 2009. “On a whim I just decided to make soaps shaped like electronics,” she [...]

Lynden Tupperware consultant sets company-wide record

Filed on 08. May, 2017 in Contents, Features

Lynden Tupperware consultant sets company-wide record

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal From leggings to essential oils to makeup to kitchenware — if you can name a home or lifestyle product, you can probably find someone selling it on Facebook. More and more people are signing up as salespeople for direct sales, also called multi-level marketing, companies. Direct sales companies [...]

Asking price for Lynden’s Bachman estate drops more than $1 million

Filed on 04. May, 2017 in Contents, Features

Asking price for Lynden’s Bachman estate drops more than $1 million

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal It’s time to take care of business. After almost a year on the market, the owners of Lynden’s famous Bachman estate are hoping a massive price drop will finally move the property. Last month the listing price for the sprawling 30-acre property went from $4.375 million down to [...]

Honeybees travel 1,000 miles to pollinate nation’s crops

Filed on 01. May, 2017 in Contents, Features

Honeybees travel 1,000 miles to pollinate nation’s crops

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal The warm days of spring bring a great migration of many animals, with flocks and herds walking, swimming or flying to their summertime haunts. The migration of one species, however, takes another form: the back of a semi-truck. Honeybees get loaded onto trucks and driven to pollinate crops [...]

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