Incomes can’t keep pace with rapidly rising housing costs

Filed on 20. Mar, 2019 in Contents, News

Incomes can’t keep pace with rapidly rising housing costs

By Emily Hamann What was once a middle-class milestone is becoming less and less achievable in Bellingham. The ability to buy a home is now out of reach for many, as prices have skyrocketed, and wages have not. “If you look at average income versus average home prices, there are probably a lot of people [...]

Is this the year the housing market cools down?

Filed on 13. Mar, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

By Emily Hamann Is 2019 finally the year that Whatcom County’s housing market cools down? After years of seller’s market, with low inventory and ever-higher prices, there are some signs that market might start to balance out in the coming year. The end of last year held a clue. Prices in the fourth quarter of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Allegiant announces new flight between Bellingham and Anchorage

Filed on 16. Jan, 2019 in Contents, News

Allegiant Airlines will be adding new non-stop service between Bellingham International Airport and Anchorage, Alaska this spring, the airline announced today. The year-round service to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. One-way fares are beginning as low as $59. “The working waterfront and many of our local businesses have strong [...]

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 [...]

New family and medical leave policy to affect workers, businesses statewide

Filed on 17. Dec, 2018 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann Workers all across the state will return to work in the new year for a slightly smaller paycheck. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, a new statewide paid family and medical leave insurance policy will begin, and impact nearly every worker in the state. The program is separate from Initiative 1433, which was passed [...]

Yoga studio set to open in Granary Building in February

Filed on 13. Dec, 2018 in Contents, News

Yoga studio set to open in Granary Building in February

By Emily Hamann A new yoga studio set to open in the new year will mark a major milestone in Bellingham’s waterfront redevelopment project. Claire Stetina plans to open Bellingham Yoga Collective in the Granary Building in February. If all goes according to plan, it will be the first business to open in the building, [...]

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 [...]

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