Growing Veterans helps returning soldiers get grounded again

Filed on 26. Jun, 2019 in Contents, News

Growing Veterans helps returning soldiers get grounded again

By Brooke Strickland for BBJ Growing Veterans in Lynden was founded in 2012 by Christopher Brown, a Purple Heart recipient and Marine veteran ofAfghanistan and Iraq, and Christina Wolf, who is a former mental health counselor who turned to farming. The duo recognized that farming was a great way to foster human connection and began [...]

Shellfish growers are feeling climate change’s effects now

Filed on 26. Jun, 2019 in Contents, News

Shellfish growers are feeling climate change’s effects now

By Mathew Roland Shellfish farming in Washington is a multimillion-dollar industry with a history as deep as Puget Sound. However, recent decades of warming oceans and higher levels of ocean acidification continue to challenge shellfish farming practices. In and around Whatcom County there are several aquaculture farms, such as Lummi Shellfish Hatchery, Drayton HarborOyster Co., [...]

A local farm adapts to market changes with new and old tech

Filed on 26. Jun, 2019 in Contents, News

A local farm adapts to market changes with new and old tech

By Mathew Roland Joe’s Gardens is a local, family-owned farm nestled just below the Sehome Arboretum at 3110 Taylor Ave. The farm has been evolving since it was established in the 1920s. Owned by brothers Nathan and Jason Weston, Joe’s Gardens has 5.5 acres of growing space and another 1.5 acres of greenhouses and market [...]

A downtown cafe works to normalize eco-friendly practices

Filed on 26. Jun, 2019 in Contents, News

A downtown cafe works to normalize eco-friendly practices

By Mathew Roland ANMLY Café has a business model geared toward sustainability and zero waste. Owned by Emile Diffley, 23, ANMLY is at 119 N. Commercial St., across from the Mount Baker Theatre, and opened in late January this year. The cafe has five employees and serves coffee with a rotating menu of nutrition-focused food, [...]

Port plans to build faster internet access for rural areas

Filed on 31. May, 2019 in Contents, News

Port plans to build faster internet access for rural areas

By Mathew Roland The Port of Bellingham has a plan to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas of Whatcom County, including a 113-mile, $6.8 million system of fiber optic cable to deliver affordable, high-speed internet to sparsely populated areas. Recently the port received $750,000 in grants from the county Economic Development Investment Program to fund [...]

New owner of solar panel plant doubles output and is hiring

Filed on 31. May, 2019 in Contents, News

New owner of solar panel plant doubles output and is hiring

By Katie Hayes A Bellingham solar panel manufacturing facility will continue to hire additional employees in coming months as its new Canadian owner, Silfab Solar, continues to grow. “We have been in active recruitment mode and currently employ 126 permanent employees with eight new being added this week and 10 additional temporary employees,” Silfab Solar [...]

Tony’s Coffee still has that freshly roasted smell

Filed on 31. May, 2019 in Contents, News

Tony’s Coffee still has that freshly roasted smell

By Brooke Strickland The scent of freshly roasted coffee has been coming from Tony’s Coffee since 1971, when the business first opened its doors. The company is focused on high-quality organic and fair-trade coffee, and they roast all their beans in Bellingham. The original coffeehouse in Fairhaven on Harris Avenue is still going strong. People [...]

Emergency Reporting looks to take on international clients

Filed on 31. May, 2019 in Contents, News

Emergency Reporting looks to take on international clients

By Brooke Strickland Founded in 2003, Bellingham-based Emergency Reporting offers cloud-based software for fire and emergency medical departments and agencies nationwide. Services include reporting tools and records management, and the company says it serves 6,500 agencies of all sizes, including 170 Department of Defense installations around the world. Under CEO David Nokes, the company has [...]

Independent Bellingham hotel joins Hilton program

Filed on 15. May, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

Independent Bellingham hotel joins Hilton program

By Emily Hamann A Bellingham hotel has a new look — and a new partnership that could attract travelers from around the world. This spring the Chrysalis Inn and Spa completed a remodel which included redecorating all its rooms and converting office space into more guest rooms. This was the first time since the hotel [...]

Old building finding new purpose as hotel, apartments

Filed on 08. May, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

Old building finding new purpose as hotel, apartments

By Emily Hamann After more than three decades, a historic Bellingham building will be restored to its original purpose. In April, owners of the Leopold Hotel building announced that it would again be used as a hotel, along with apartments. Renovations are currently underway to restore parts of the building’s original features, including tile floors, [...]

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