Mukilteo phone company designs a better way to communicate

Filed on 02. Aug, 2017 in Contents, Features

Mukilteo phone company designs a better way to communicate

By Jim Davis The Herald Business Journal MUKILTEO — Steve Hill discovered his company’s phones were used in the White House after President George W. Bush left office. The owner of Teo Technologies was contacted by the George W. Bush Library and Museum. The Dallas, Texas, library was building a replica Oval Office and wanted [...]

Blaine brewery is focused on the farm

Filed on 17. Jul, 2017 in Contents, Features

Blaine brewery is focused on the farm

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal It doesn’t look like a typical brewery. In an open field, wheat sways in the breeze, while vines climb trellises up toward the blue sky and eagles and hawks circle the adjacent field near the power lines. But this is where Atwood Ales are made. It is located [...]

The changing face, and business, of death: Meet the people working and building companies in the funeral industry

Filed on 10. Jul, 2017 in Contents, Features

The changing face, and business, of death: Meet the people working and building companies in the funeral industry

Everyone will have to deal with it. No one wants to talk about it. Some people make their careers, build businesses and spend their professional lives dealing with death. When a person dies it’s a tragedy for that person’s loved ones. It’s also big money. In 2012 in the U.S, cemeteries, crematories and funeral homes [...]

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 [...]

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