Changes coming to two Bellingham dessert shops

Filed on 05. Jul, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

Two downtown Bellingham dessert shops are making changes this summer. For more than seven years, Pure Bliss Desserts has been operating out its small space at 1424 Cornwall Ave. Over the years it has grown out of the space. Staff have resorted to staggering shifts so cake decorators have enough room, a press release explained. [...]

WWU completes sale of historic Armory building

Filed on 04. Jul, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

Curt O’Connor and Pete Dawson have complete their purchase of the Armory building from the Western Washington University Foundation. The $1.5 million sale includes 1.3 acres of property, including the historic 60,000-square-foot Armory building. “Our objective is to preserve this iconic structure and ideally repurpose it in a way that will provide public benefit,” O’Connor [...]

Majority stake in Bellingham Cold Storage to sell to Seattle corporation

Filed on 02. Jul, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

The Seattle-based Joshua Green Corporation has agreed to purchase a majority stake in Bellingham Cold Storage, according to an announcement released May 29. Bellingham Cold Storage has been owned by the Talbot family since it started on the Bellingham waterfront in 1946. After the sale, The Joshua Green Corporation will own a majority stake in [...]

Bellingham Technical College to offer construction certificate amid worker shortage

Filed on 27. Jun, 2018 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann Bellingham Technical College and the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County have teamed up to try to do something about the shortage of workers in the skilled trades. This summer the college will teach a certificate course for anyone interested in joining the construction industry. “We’re finding that hard here in Whatcom [...]

Bellingham chocolate company featured on The Today Show

Filed on 20. Jun, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Bellingham chocolate company featured on The Today Show

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal What could be sweeter than chocolate? Chocolate that gives back to the communities in which it is grown. Bellingham’s Ari Lee-Newman and Paul Newman have been selling Bija Chocolates for more than two years, and they just got a big boost last month, when they were featured on [...]

Nominations now open for annual young professional awards

Filed on 11. Jun, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

Nominations now open for annual young professional awards

Is there a young person at your office who’s doing amazing things? Now is the time to give them a little credit. The Bellingham Business Journal, Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and Whatcom Young Professionals have teamed up for the third time to honor the next generation of leaders in our community. The third annual [...]

Farmers invest in tech as labor tightens

Filed on 06. Jun, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Farmers invest in tech as labor tightens

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal The bright red, shiny robot would look more at home on a spaceship than a Ferndale cow barn. But the cows aren’t phased, in fact they line up for the chance to walk up to one of these cutting edge robotic machines and take their turn getting milked. [...]

New list reveals biggest employers in Whatcom County

Filed on 30. May, 2018 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann Once again, the hospital came in first. Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research has released its list of the top employers in Whatcom County for 2017. At the top of the list, not much has changed since last year. St. Joseph Hospital tops the list at 3028 total employees, [...]

Historic Bellingham brick building gets new life as event venue

Filed on 23. May, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Historic Bellingham brick building gets new life as event venue

By Emily Hamann It’s the oldest brick building in the state, and now it has a new life as a meeting place and event venue. In March, the Tremaine family purchased the Territorial Whatcom County Courthouse from the Whatcom County Historical Society, which has been working to restore the building for almost 15 years. Restoring [...]

Inside Whatcom County’s new effort toward economic development

Filed on 16. May, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Inside Whatcom County’s new effort toward economic development

By Emily Hamann For the first time in a long time, the governments and institutions in Whatcom County are working together toward building the economy of the whole region. In 2016, that collaboration resulted in the launch of the Choose Whatcom portal, aimed at drawing more businesses to the area. Now it’s going a step [...]

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