Bellingham Kmart to close after Sears bankruptcy

Filed on 15. Oct, 2018 in Contents, News

Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Monday. Sears Holdings operates both Sears and Kmart stores, and announced plans to close 142 stores. The Bellingham Kmart, located at 1001 East Sunset Drive, is reportedly among those stores. Liquidation sales are to begin immediately, and stores are set to close before the end of the [...]

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 [...]

Canadian company invests in Bellingham solar panel manufacturer Itek

Filed on 28. Sep, 2018 in Contents, News

Canadian company invests in Bellingham solar panel manufacturer Itek

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal A Canadian company is making a major investment in a Bellingham solar panel manufacturer. Silfab Solar, the largest solar panel manufacturer in North America, announced a $40-million investment into Itek Energy. Under the deal, Silfab will begin manufacturing panels out of Itek’s 48,000 square-foot factory in downtown Bellingham. [...]

Whatcom Community College to build on-campus housing

Filed on 12. Sep, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Whatcom Community College to build on-campus housing

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Students attending Whatcom Community College may soon have an easier time finding a place to live. The school is planning on building new on-campus housing that is slated to open in two years. The school went through the permitting process this summer. It’s scheduled to break ground in [...]

Winners of annual Top 7 Under 40 prize announced

Filed on 10. Sep, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

They are the future of business in Bellingham. The winners of the 2018 Top 7 Under 40 Award have been decided. This summer, community members sent in their nominations. A panel of judges, comprised of business and community leaders — including representatives from The Bellingham Business Journal, Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Whatcom [...]

BTC bringing new beauty school to Bellingham students

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

BTC bringing new beauty school to Bellingham students

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Students wanting to study cosmetology will once again have an option in Bellingham. Starting in fall quarter Bellingham Technical College will be starting its cosmetology program. It will accept 20 new students each term, and the full degree is designed to take about five terms to complete, including [...]

First self-service taproom in the state opens in Ferndale

Filed on 22. Aug, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

First self-service taproom in the state opens in Ferndale

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal There’s a new way to serve beer in Washington. And it all started in Ferndale. Chay Tan and Tomas Aminnie opened Downtime Taps at the end of June. It’s the first self-serve taproom in the state, and it’s drawing people from beyond Whatcom County’s borders to try it [...]

Allegiant announces new flight from Bellingham to Tucson

Filed on 21. Aug, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

Allegiant announces new flight from Bellingham to Tucson

By BBJ Staff Allegiant Airlines is launching a new nonstop flight from Bellingham International Airport to Tucson International Airport in Arizona, according to an announcement released by the Port of Bellingham today. The year-round service will begin Nov. 15, with one-way fares as low as $69. The new service will operate Thursdays and Sundays on [...]

WECU unveils new logo, first rebrand in 82-year history

Filed on 15. Aug, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

WECU unveils new logo, first rebrand in 82-year history

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal An iconic Whatcom County institution is getting a facelift. On July 23 Whatcom Educational Credit Union revealed its new brand. The new look is a complete overhaul of WECU’s identity, from signs on branch locations, the look of ATMs, the logo, and member debit and credit cards. “We [...]

Building a roof over the heads of those who don’t have one

Filed on 08. Aug, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Building a roof over the heads of those who don’t have one

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Bellingham construction crews have built roofs on many apartment buildings. But the one going onto downtown’s newest housing project at 1022 N. State St. is a little bit different. Many of the people who will be living there will be sleeping under a roof for the first time [...]

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