Years after legalization, banking for pot shops remains tricky

Filed on 05. Dec, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Years after legalization, banking for pot shops remains tricky

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Want to buy cannabis with a credit card? It’s possible, if you’re willing to pay. A few weeks ago cannabis retailer 2020 Solutions rolled out a new pilot program in a few of its stores, which will allow customers to pay with credit and debit cards. The program [...]

Building downtown stronger, one business at a time

Filed on 28. Nov, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Building downtown stronger, one business at a time

By Emily Hamann You don’t have to walk far in downtown Bellingham to see a “coming soon” sign in a storefront window. A major project, the renovation of Cornwall Avenue’s former JC Penney building, was just announced in September. The proposed project would transform the long-vacant department store into a mixed-use building, bringing more residential [...]

Dealership installs message center — but not for advertising

Filed on 21. Nov, 2018 in Contents, Features

Dealership installs message center — but not for advertising

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal It’s hard to miss Dewey Griffin Subaru’s latest community project. In October, the Bellingham dealership had digital sign installed in its parking lot that stand 10 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Its overall height is 35 feet. That makes it the largest sign of its kind in [...]

From manure into clean water: Deming dairy tests new filtration tech

Filed on 14. Nov, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

From manure into clean water: Deming dairy tests new filtration tech

By Emily Hamann A Whatcom County dairy is testing out a new technology that has the potential to make farms cleaner, greener and more efficient. Coldstream Farms, a 3,500-cow dairy in Deming, will be the first dairy farm in the state to install filtration technology that turns cow manure into clean water. The system was [...]

‘A second renaissance of retail’: How some downtown Bellingham stores are thriving in the age of the internet

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

‘A second renaissance of retail’: How some downtown Bellingham stores are thriving in the age of the internet

It has been a tough couple of years for many big box retailers. Last month Sears and Mattress Firm became just the latest in a series of major companies to file for bankruptcy and close stores. While it may be bad news for chain stores, things are looking up for small, local retailers. That’s especially [...]

Lummi tribal college pioneers first degree of its kind in US

Filed on 10. Oct, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

By Emily Hamann One local college has a business and government degree program so popular, it’s drawing students from all around the state, and even the country. And this unique degree is being offered at the only college of its kind in the Northwest, located right here in Whatcom County. Five years ago, Northwest Indian [...]

A passion for food and farming

Filed on 04. Oct, 2018 in Contents, Features

A passion for food and farming

Sara Southerland grew up in Fort Worth, Texas — a place that’s quite different from the Pacific Northwest. “Most of my friends and people I knew in Texas had never seen a mountain, or really been in the woods,” she said. But as a kid, Southerland, now 33, would go with her family on backpacking [...]

Meet the next generation of business leaders

Filed on 04. Oct, 2018 in Contents, Features

Meet the next generation of business leaders

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal They represent the future of business in Whatcom County — bright, ambitious and dedicated to building something greater, not just for themselves, but for everyone around them. The 2018 winners of the Top 7 Under 40 Awards come from different industries and different walks of life. Some have [...]

An eye toward the future

Filed on 04. Oct, 2018 in Contents, Features

An eye toward the future

Six years ago, you might not have thought that Ryan Greigg would soon become one of the top real estate brokers in the county. “I was a traveling and performing DJ and musician,” he said. Starting in his hometown of Sonoma, California, he and some friends founded a crew of DJs, and they booked and [...]

Always moving forward

Filed on 04. Oct, 2018 in Contents, Features

Always moving forward

Eleanor Margulies has always been on the move. “I’ve alway been a semi-athlete,” the 32-year-old said. Whether it’s hiking, running, golfing, snowboarding or surfing, Margulies has tried it and loved it. Now she’s helping others be more active, as well. This summer she opened Flex Movement Lab in Ferndale. “I think it provides the platform [...]

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