With new CEO, Barkley Village prepares for more growth

Filed on 06. Mar, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

With new CEO, Barkley Village prepares for more growth

After several years of quiet, building at Barkley Village is kicking off again. The Barkley Company, which owns the majority of the land and buildings at the 250-acre urban village in Bellingham, plans on breaking ground on an apartment complex this summer, with several other projects to follow. “We’ve taken a break for a few [...]

Ferndale’s only craft brewery will honor city’s history, future

Filed on 13. Feb, 2019 in Contents, Features

Ferndale’s only craft brewery will honor city’s history, future

By Emily Hamann Soon, Ferndale beer lovers won’t have to drive to Bellingham anymore to drink at a neighborhood brewery. Fringe Brewing is set open early this year in downtown Ferndale. “I thought it would be fun to open up my own brewery,” Head Brewer Scott White said. He has been brewing for 10 years, [...]

A few good journeymen: Why skilled tradespeople are so hard to find

Filed on 06. Feb, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

A few good journeymen: Why skilled tradespeople are so hard to find

By Emily Hamann Anyone who has recently tried to retrofit a new restaurant or retail space, remodel a house, or even just hire a plumber has probably noticed there’s a lack of skilled tradespeople in Whatcom County. As unemployment recovered from the recession and the labor market got tighter, construction was one of the first [...]

Hard rocking cidery the third to open in Bellingham last year

Filed on 09. Jan, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

Hard rocking cidery the third to open in Bellingham last year

By Emily Hamann When you imagine the preferred drink of rockstars, cider probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Bellingham’s newest cider company could change that. Herb’s Cider opened its tasting room in Bellingham this fall and began production out of its own facility around the same time. Herb’s Cider is owned [...]

Is a public bank right for Washington? Treasurer says no

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

Is a public bank right for Washington? Treasurer says no

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Has the time come for a state bank? Not if Washington State Treasurer Duane Davidson has anything to say about it. The idea of publicly-run banks has been popular lately – the issue went before Los Angeles voters in November (they rejected it), and in Washington, state Senator [...]

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 [...]

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