Michael’s Books is closing after more than 30 years

Filed on 11. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

After 32 years of selling books downtown, Michael Elmer will close his book store at the end of the year. Michael’s Books, at 109 Grand Avenue, has a huge collection that includes rare and out-of-print books. Elmer announced on the shop’s Facebook page that his wife got a job in Vancouver, Washington, and they plan [...]

McNett outdoor gear company bought by Canadian competitor

Filed on 09. Oct, 2015 in News

McNett Corporation, an outdoor gear manufacturer based in Bellingham, was purchased by one of its biggest competitors, the company announced today. Coghlan’s LTD of Winnipeg, Manitoba, bought 100 percent of McNett from its founders and owners, Nancy and Duane McNett. The companies’ wouldn’t disclose the deal’s financial terms. The acquisition won’t immediately change anything for [...]

Sleep Country changes name and retires jingle

Filed on 08. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Sleep Country changes name and retires jingle

By Jim Davis Everett Herald Business Journal editor If you’ve spent any time in the Northwest, you’ve probably had this jingle stuck in your head: “Sleep Country U-S-A! Why buy a mattress anywhere else?” Well, the jingle is being retired. Sleep Country USA, which bills itself as the Northwest’s largest mattress retailer, is changing its [...]

Going Big: What court documents reveal about Haggen’s fast failure

Filed on 08. Oct, 2015 in Features, News

Going Big: What court documents reveal about Haggen’s fast failure

On Nov. 4, 2014, two months after John Clougher became Haggen’s CEO, Haggen executives attended a meeting at Albertsons headquarters in Boise, Idaho. The meeting was vital for both companies. Clougher and the other Haggen executives were there to negotiate a $300 million-dollar deal to buy 146 stores from Albertsons and grow into a major [...]

Kulshan Services expands and moves to new office

Filed on 06. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Bellingham-based Kulshan Services added to its team and relocated to 1015 Girard St., a building recently purchased and remodeled by local developer John Blethen. The environmental consulting firm is hosting an open house at its new office from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, with light beverages and refreshments. Kulshan Services helps clients [...]

Port of Bellingham Commissioner candidate Q&A: Briscoe and Jensen

Filed on 06. Oct, 2015 in Contents, Features, News

Port of Bellingham Commissioner candidate Q&A: Briscoe and Jensen

Two candidates are running for the open District 3 seat on the Port of Bellingham commission. The position, currently held by Jim Jorgenson, covers northwest Whatcom County— west of the Guide Meridian and north of downtown to the Canadian border. The winner of the Nov. 3 general election will start a four-year term next year. [...]

Haggen has agreements to sell 36 Southwest stores

Filed on 05. Oct, 2015 in News

Haggen announced Monday that it has signed purchase agreements for 36 of its stores in the Southwest. Gelson’s Market, a high-end regional supermarket chain, signed a purchase agreement for eight Haggen stores in California. Smart & Final, a warehouse-house style food and supply chain agreed to buy 27 stores in California and one in Nevada, [...]

Businesses help furnish, decorate transitional home for homeless mothers

Filed on 05. Oct, 2015 in Contents, News, Nonprofit Notes

Businesses help furnish, decorate transitional home for homeless mothers

Businesses and organizations have stepped up to furnish and decorate rooms for homeless families trying to get back on their feet. The nonprofit Lydia Place is finishing a remodel of its transitional home, which houses up to eight single mothers and their children. A $230,040 grant from the City of Bellingham funded the remodel of the [...]

Film is Truth’s mission shifts as it becomes a nonprofit

Filed on 28. Sep, 2015 in Features, News

Film is Truth’s mission shifts as it becomes a nonprofit

Film is Truth 24 Times a Second, one of Bellingham’s two remaining video rental stores, isn’t in financial trouble. But last year its owners realized that without making a change, it would be eventually. Longtime employee Dee Dee Chapman worried less about losing her job and more about the possibility of Bellingham residents losing access [...]

Oxford Suites hosting ribbon cutting on Sept. 29

Filed on 27. Sep, 2015 in Events, New Business, News

Oxford Suites hosting ribbon cutting on Sept. 29

The Oxford Suites Bellingham is holding a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The hotel, at 4051 Meridian St. next to Bellis Fair Mall, had its first guest on Aug. 14. The grand opening event will go from 4-7 p.m. with appetizers, beverages, a drawing and hotel tours. “We are looking [...]

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