TV pitchman for Vern Fonk Insurance dies at 50

Filed on 23. Aug, 2015 in Features, News

TV pitchman for Vern Fonk Insurance dies at 50

By Jim Davis Everett Herald Business Journal editor The instantly recognizable television pitchman for Vern Fonk Insurance — who also served as the company’s president — died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. Rob Thielke, who lived in Snohomish, was 50. He is survived by his wife Cathy and five children as well as [...]

ÖVN traces pizza’s roots to offer yet another style of pie in Fairhaven

Filed on 20. Aug, 2015 in Features, New Business, News

ÖVN traces pizza’s roots to offer yet another style of pie in Fairhaven

Chicago-style deep dish pizza, thin cracker-crust pizza, pizza on flatbread priced by weight, pizza from a food truck—these are just a few of the ways Bellingham restaurants interpret the Italian creation. Matt Brawner is betting there’s space for yet another style of pizza in Bellingham. He opened ÖVN Wood Fired Pizza in Fairhaven, within blocks of [...]

State unemployment rate remains at 5.3 percent

Filed on 19. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Washington experienced some job growth in July, but the unemployment rate stayed at 5.3 percent—the same rate as June 2015 and the same as the national unemployment rate, according to estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of unemployed—those who currently do not have a job but have actively looked for work [...]

Coal company buys ownership in export terminal, advocates pile on support

Filed on 19. Aug, 2015 in Features, News

Coal company buys ownership in export terminal, advocates pile on support

After announcing a new financial partner in the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point, project applicant SSA Marine hosted a group of export terminal proponents to tour the site on Tuesday. Cloud Peak Energy, a Wyoming-based mining company with three surface mines on public land in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming, [...]

Business briefs, 8/18/15

Filed on 18. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Gypsies and Ginger Snaps, a bakery and gift shop at 111 W. Holly St., is closed. A Facebook message from the business said it is moving to 2 Prospect St. The Downtown Community Food Co-op, at 1220 N. Forest St., received a building permit from the City of Bellingham for a renovation. The renovation includes [...]

Haggen closing 27 stores in first round of closures | updated

Filed on 14. Aug, 2015 in News

Haggen’s huge expansion earlier this year may have been too much. The Bellingham-based grocer announced Friday that it will close or sell 27 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington in the next 60 days. The closures are the first round of a “right-sizing” process that will include additional closures and sales, said Haggen [...]

Ben Kinney added two real estate software companies to his portfolio

Filed on 13. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, New Business, News

Bellingham’s Ben Kinney completed an acquisition of Kwkly, a mobile real estate app that connects buyers with agents, on July 31, 2015. The deal is Kinney’s second acquisition from Zillow Group, one of the largest online real estate information companies. In June he bought ActiveRain, a social networking and training platform for the real estate [...]

Microsoft announces increased parental leave the day after Netflix announced year-long leave policy

Filed on 10. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

by Allison DeAngelis Bellevue Reporter  Following in the steps of Netflix, Microsoft announced on Wednesday, Aug. 5 that they will be increasing their paid paternal leave options, effective Nov. 1. “As we ask our employees to bring their ‘A’ game to work every day to achieve our mission, we believe it’s our responsibility to create an [...]

Whatcom housing prices increase, but data points to overpricing for homes on market

Filed on 06. Aug, 2015 in News

The number and price of homes sold in Whatcom County in July rose compared to the same month in 2014, according to the latest report from the Northwest Multiple Listings Service. But the price of homes listed grew more than twice as fast as the price of homes that actually sold, which suggests that sellers [...]

Dig it: WWU Carver Gym renovation underway; will employ 200

Filed on 06. Aug, 2015 in Features, News

Dig it: WWU Carver Gym renovation underway; will employ 200

As chair of the largest and fastest growing academic department at Western Washington University, LeaAnn Martin had to deal with some facilities challenges. The Physical Education, Health and Recreation department that she led from 2004 to 2008 is housed in the Carver Academic Facility, which was built in 1936 and is the building that is [...]

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