Two new gamer hangouts set to open in Bellingham

Filed on 10. Apr, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Two new gamer hangouts set to open in Bellingham

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Soon gamers will have not one, but two, places to eat, drink and play in Bellingham. Best Buds Gaming Lounge will be in Fairhaven, at 1121 Mackenzie Ave, and will focus on video games. Rook & Rogue, at 206 West Magnolia St., will focus on board games. It’s [...]

Proposed homeless shelter on Bellingham waterfront would displace marine trades businesses

Filed on 05. Apr, 2017 in Contents, News

Proposed homeless shelter on Bellingham waterfront would displace marine trades businesses

By BBJ Staff We do need a homeless shelter, just not there. That was the message of more than a dozen people who spoke at a Port of Bellingham commissioner’s meeting last month to object to the city’s plan to put a homeless shelter on what is currently a part of Bellingham’s working waterfront. On [...]

How businesses in Lynden’s new Waples building are teaming up and changing downtown

Filed on 03. Apr, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

How businesses in Lynden’s new Waples building are teaming up and changing downtown

When you walk through the Waples Mercantile Building on Front Street in Lynden it’s not hard to see why the businesses work so closely together — they’re all connected. The lobby of The Inn at Lynden opens directly onto Village Books. In the middle of the day, when all the shops are open, customers can [...]

Foster care nonprofit takes over Bellingham indoor playground facility Perch & Play

Filed on 20. Mar, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Foster care nonprofit takes over Bellingham indoor playground facility Perch & Play

Businesses and nonprofits aren’t usually after the same thing. In Bellingham, however, one charity and one business are uniting under a common goal: to help out children and parents. Skookum Kids purchased the indoor playground Perch & Play in January. Skookum Kids is a nonprofit that helps foster kids and foster parents in Whatcom County. [...]

Bellingham-based Washington tourism company launches app, offers new advertising options

Filed on 15. Mar, 2017 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal A Bellingham company is bringing more dollars to Washington, one tourist at a time. For six years, Scenic Washington State has printed travel guides and maps to help tourists site see in Washington. “Historically, it’s been a print-focused, advertising-supported product,” Tim Fry of Scenic Washington said. Now, it’s [...]

Port of Bellingham signs new timber export deal

Filed on 27. Feb, 2017 in Contents, News

By BBJ Staff The Bellingham Port Commission has authorized a new deal to once again get goods moving out of the Bellingham Shipping Terminal. The Port of Bellingham announced last month that it signed a harbor land lease with the company GrandCamp International for 5 acres of property near the shipping terminal. The company will [...]

Northwest business owners optimistic about economy, survey finds

Filed on 24. Feb, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

By BBJ Staff Small business owners across the Pacific Northwest feel optimistic about the economy, according to a new survey. More than half of small business owners in Washington and Oregon and Washington said that both the national and local economies are headed in the right direction. That’s up 14 points on the national economy [...]

Lummi Nation, dairy farmers team up for cleaner water

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

Lummi Nation, dairy farmers team up for cleaner water

By Emily Hamann After more than 15 months of negotiations, seven Whatcom County dairy farmers and the Lummi Nation have come together in a historic collaboration. The two groups will work to clean up the county’s waterways, and keep local shellfish beds open for harvesting. Since 2014, high levels of bacterial pollution in parts of [...]

Bellingham businesses adjust to state minimum wage increase

Filed on 08. Feb, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Bellingham businesses adjust to state minimum wage increase

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal As Washingtonians celebrated New Year’s Eve, some workers throughout the state were getting a pay raise at the stroke of midnight. Because of a voter-backed initiative, at the beginning of the 2017 the legal minimum wage rose more than $1.50 for every adult worker in the state. Almost [...]

Whatcom Community College to offer in-demand IT degree

Filed on 30. Jan, 2017 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Students can begin applying for Whatcom Community College’s first applied bachelor’s degree. It’s a degree in a growing field that employers are clamoring for. Classes for the new bachelor of applied science degree in IT networking will start in fall. The bachelor’s degree couples with WCC’s existing two-year [...]

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