New family and medical leave policy to affect workers, businesses statewide

Filed on 17. Dec, 2018 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann Workers all across the state will return to work in the new year for a slightly smaller paycheck. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, a new statewide paid family and medical leave insurance policy will begin, and impact nearly every worker in the state. The program is separate from Initiative 1433, which was passed [...]

Yoga studio set to open in Granary Building in February

Filed on 13. Dec, 2018 in Contents, News

Yoga studio set to open in Granary Building in February

By Emily Hamann A new yoga studio set to open in the new year will mark a major milestone in Bellingham’s waterfront redevelopment project. Claire Stetina plans to open Bellingham Yoga Collective in the Granary Building in February. If all goes according to plan, it will be the first business to open in the building, [...]

Years after legalization, banking for pot shops remains tricky

Filed on 05. Dec, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Years after legalization, banking for pot shops remains tricky

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Want to buy cannabis with a credit card? It’s possible, if you’re willing to pay. A few weeks ago cannabis retailer 2020 Solutions rolled out a new pilot program in a few of its stores, which will allow customers to pay with credit and debit cards. The program [...]

Building downtown stronger, one business at a time

Filed on 28. Nov, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Building downtown stronger, one business at a time

By Emily Hamann You don’t have to walk far in downtown Bellingham to see a “coming soon” sign in a storefront window. A major project, the renovation of Cornwall Avenue’s former JC Penney building, was just announced in September. The proposed project would transform the long-vacant department store into a mixed-use building, bringing more residential [...]

From manure into clean water: Deming dairy tests new filtration tech

Filed on 14. Nov, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

From manure into clean water: Deming dairy tests new filtration tech

By Emily Hamann A Whatcom County dairy is testing out a new technology that has the potential to make farms cleaner, greener and more efficient. Coldstream Farms, a 3,500-cow dairy in Deming, will be the first dairy farm in the state to install filtration technology that turns cow manure into clean water. The system was [...]

‘A second renaissance of retail’: How some downtown Bellingham stores are thriving in the age of the internet

Filed on 09. Nov, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

‘A second renaissance of retail’: How some downtown Bellingham stores are thriving in the age of the internet

It has been a tough couple of years for many big box retailers. Last month Sears and Mattress Firm became just the latest in a series of major companies to file for bankruptcy and close stores. While it may be bad news for chain stores, things are looking up for small, local retailers. That’s especially [...]

Bellingham Port enters new shipping service contract

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

The Port of Bellingham has entered into a new service contract with Ports America, which could mean international cargo vessels arriving at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal on a regular basis, according to a Port press release. “This is a major turning point for the Bellingham Shipping Terminal,” Port Commission President Ken Bell said. “As the [...]

Young professional award winner announced

Filed on 25. Oct, 2018 in Contents, News

Young professional award winner announced

A Ferndale gym owner took the top prize at an event honoring young professionals earlier this month. Eleanor Margulies, founder of Flex Movement Lab, was named the ultimate winner at the Top 7 Under 40 Awards at an event held at the Lightcatcher Museum on Oct. 12. The event was sponsored by First Federal and [...]

Bellingham Kmart to close after Sears bankruptcy

Filed on 15. Oct, 2018 in Contents, News

Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Monday. Sears Holdings operates both Sears and Kmart stores, and announced plans to close 142 stores. The Bellingham Kmart, located at 1001 East Sunset Drive, is reportedly among those stores. Liquidation sales are to begin immediately, and stores are set to close before the end of the [...]

Lummi tribal college pioneers first degree of its kind in US

Filed on 10. Oct, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

By Emily Hamann One local college has a business and government degree program so popular, it’s drawing students from all around the state, and even the country. And this unique degree is being offered at the only college of its kind in the Northwest, located right here in Whatcom County. Five years ago, Northwest Indian [...]

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