Making a chain a family business

Filed on 10. Jul, 2014 in Features

Making a chain a family business

By Quinn Russell Brown For The Bellingham Business Journal BELLINGHAM — With a smile on his face and a satchel over his shoulder, Robert Penney stepped inside Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt on Bakerview Road. He approached a family with two young children and introduced himself. “I’m the owner,” he said. “Would you like a balloon animal?” [...]

Pot retailers scramble to open by Tuesday morning

Filed on 07. Jul, 2014 in Contents, Features

Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two Bellingham marijuana retailers scheduled to open Tuesday, was buzzing with activity on Monday. A contractor finished work on the bathroom he built over the previous four days. New employees learned the store’s inventory process and computer system. Future customers even came by to ask if they could camp outside [...]

Online streaming clouds future for movie rental stores

Filed on 03. Jun, 2014 in Features

Online streaming clouds future for movie rental stores

At noon on a recent Tuesday, Rob Olason, as usual, opened Trek Video, his movie rental shop in Bellingham’s Fairhaven District. But when one of the day’s first customers asked Olason to stand out front and pose for a photograph, it was clear that this Tuesday would be different than any of the other hundreds [...]

Entrepreneur of the Year: Brittany O’Brien, Spruce Stationery & Design

Filed on 07. May, 2014 in Features

Entrepreneur of the Year: Brittany O’Brien, Spruce Stationery & Design

Customers tell her that her shop is like “a Pinterest board come to life,” said Brittany O’Brien, owner of Spruce Stationery & Design in downtown Bellingham. Yet the focus of O’Brien’s business is a bit different than that of Pinterest, the popular social website where more than 70 million users upload posts of arts and [...]

Executive of the Year: Sue Sharpe, Chuckanut Health Foundation

Filed on 06. May, 2014 in Features

Executive of the Year: Sue Sharpe, Chuckanut Health Foundation

In six years leading the Chuckanut Health Foundation, Sue Sharpe said her role guiding the organization, which in its 30-year history has directed more than $15 million to agencies supporting community health and education, has been largely done behind the scenes. So when readers of The Bellingham Business Journal voted her the Executive of the [...]

Nonprofit of the Year: Lydia Place

Filed on 05. May, 2014 in Features

Nonprofit of the Year: Lydia Place

Homelessness often has roots in a number of societal ills, including substance abuse and domestic violence. But according to Emily O’Connor, the executive director of Lydia Place, securing safe housing for all is the first step toward permanent solutions. “Oftentimes, when someone has a roof over their head, they can start to work on all [...]

Business of the Year: Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

Filed on 04. May, 2014 in Features

Business of the Year: Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

There’s a specific ritual to tasting olive oil, and Ross Driscoll is eager to show customers the proper method. Driscoll, who owns Drizzle Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room with his wife, Dana, starts by pouring a small amount of oil into a plastic cup. He then circles the palm of his hand over the [...]

The 2014 Readers’ Choice Award winners

Filed on 04. May, 2014 in Features

Winners determined by readers’ votes.  Business of the year Winner Drizzle Olive Oli and Vinegar Tasting Room 360-392-8838, 1208 11th St. drizzletastingroom.com  First runner-up Vinostrology Wine Lounge & Merchant 360-656-6817, 120 W. Holly St. vinostrology.com  Second runner-up Launching Success Learning Store 360-527-2641, 133 Prince Ave. launchingsuccess.com    Nonprofit of the year Winner Lydia Place 360-671-7663, [...]

Hammerhead Coffee Roasters moving to Sunnyland Neighborhood

Filed on 25. Apr, 2014 in Features

Hammerhead Coffee Roasters moving to Sunnyland Neighborhood

Scott Hartwich leans in close to “Homer,” his coffee roaster, listening for telltale pops and snaps from the raw green coffee beans inside, which will indicate the current roast is nearing completion. Hartwich co-owns and operates Hammerhead Coffee Roasters with his wife, Mary Burwell. As Hartwich handles roasting, Burwell keeps an eye on the company’s [...]

With new breweries opening, make room for more beer

Filed on 07. Apr, 2014 in Features

With new breweries opening, make room for more beer

What began as a conversation among friends over beers in a downtown tavern is about to turn into a new microbrewery on the corner of Forest and Magnolia streets. Several blocks away, a husband and wife are almost ready to open their beer-producing facility after developing a business plan while on an overseas backpacking expedition. [...]

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