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, [...]

Semiahmoo Resort under new management

Filed on 01. Jun, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine is now being managed by a new company. The Seattle-based company Columbia Hospitality announced in press release that on May 1 it acquired management agreements and other assets from Coastal Hotels, also based in Seattle. The management agreements involved include four Whatcom County properties, Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa, Semiahmoo Golf [...]

Bellingham small business owner to go against major company in trademark dispute — again

Filed on 31. May, 2017 in Contents, News

Bellingham small business owner to go against major company in trademark dispute — again

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal After a long, exhausting legal dispute, which ended in a historic victory, a Bellingham business owner is gearing up to go back into battle. After three years, Christine Palmerton won her trademark dispute with clothing giant Nautica in 2015. Now Nautica is once again challenging her trademark, and [...]

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 [...]

Alaska Airlines to serve Everett’s Paine Field airport in 2018

Filed on 17. May, 2017 in Contents, News

Alaska Airlines to serve Everett’s Paine Field airport in 2018

By Noah Haglund The Everett Daily Herald EVERETT — Alaska Airlines plans to offer the first regular commercial flights from Paine Field starting next year. The carrier made the announcement Wednesday morning. Subject to government approval, Alaska expects to start service in the fall of 2018. “As our region continues to grow at a record [...]

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. [...]

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