Maple Falls pot store opened Monday

Filed on 15. Sep, 2014 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

Green Stop became the first Whatcom County pot shop outside of Bellingham when it opened at noon on Monday, Sept. 15. The store, at 7466 Mount Baker Highway in Maple Falls had two different strains of marijuana – OG Kush, and White Widow, as well as edibles, according to the store’s twitter. Store owners couldn’t [...]

Rep. Larsen tours Goodwill’s growing job training program

Filed on 08. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News, Nonprofit Notes

Rep. Larsen tours Goodwill’s growing job training program

Carla Tye was living in a car with her husband and suffering from depression when she saw a sign at Goodwill for free job training programs. Now, Tye is enrolled in Goodwill’s customer service and job preparation programs. With the help of Lydia Place, a nonprofit that aims to end homelessness in Whatcom County, Tye [...]

Turner Photographics celebrates anniversary with open house

Filed on 05. Sep, 2014 in News, People On The Move

Turner Photographics celebrates anniversary with open house

Portrait photography studio Turner Photographics is opening its new studio to the public to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Owner and photographer Mark Turner specializes in portraits of families, pets, and high school seniors. This summer, Turner Photographics moved into its new studio at 4682 Wynn Road, a half-mile southeast of the Interstate 5 interchange with [...]

Launch and Build Your Business course offered by local educators

Filed on 04. Sep, 2014 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center, Whatcom Community College, and the NW Innovation Resource Center teamed up to offer a class called Launch and Build Your Business. The course will help entrepreneurs start a new business or grow an existing one, according to a press release. The classes, which begin Sept. 25 and run [...]

Wallace becomes Health Underwriters chapter president

Filed on 04. Sep, 2014 in Contents, News, People On The Move

Wallace becomes Health Underwriters chapter president

Keith Wallace, health care reform broker and principal of Rice Insurance, became the Northwest Washington Association of Health Underwriters’ newest board president this month. Wallace lives in Bellingham and has worked in the insurance industry for more than 24 years, according to a news release from the group. Before becoming chapter president, Wallace worked with [...]

Aerospace takes off: BTC will debut new programs this month

Filed on 03. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News

Aerospace takes off: BTC will debut new programs this month

Last November, as part of a deal to persuade Boeing to build its 777X airplane in Washington, the state Senate approved a bill to create 1,000 positions for students in aerospace programs at community and technical colleges. Bellingham Technical College received $860,000, enough for 77 new aerospace students. They got the grant last May after [...]

Kulshan Brewing Co. expanding to second location

Filed on 02. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News, People On The Move

Kulshan Brewing Co. expanding to second location

In the two and a half years since David Vitt opened Kulshan Brewing Co., he’s tripled the amount of beer brewed per year. Now, his brewery and taproom at 2238 James St. is at maximum capacity and more stores and restaurants around Puget Sound want Kulshan beer. “People are thirsty,” Vitt said. Kulshan Brewing Co. [...]

Bellingham foreclosure rate is down

Filed on 28. Aug, 2014 in Features, Market Indicators, News

Bellingham foreclosure rate is down

Foreclosures rates in the Bellingham area declined in June to 1.03 percent, according to new data from CoreLogic. That’s down 0.34 percentage points compared to June 2013, when the foreclosure rate was 1.37 percent. Foreclosure rates in Bellingham continued to stay below the national rate of 1.7 percent in June 2014. The mortgage delinquency rate [...]

65 skill demonstrations planned for Whatcom Skillshare Faire

Filed on 08. Aug, 2014 in Events, News

Want to learn some new skills? Presenters at the third annual Whatcom Skillshare Faire will demonstrate more than 65 skills, including aquaponic gardening, toolmaking, electric car conversion, raising rabbits, making buckskin, and small scale seed and grain processing. The event, put on by Transition Whatcom and co-sponsored by the Center for Local Self-Reliance, will be [...]

Listings up, closings down for Whatcom’s housing market

Filed on 05. Jun, 2014 in News

New listings of houses and condos for sale in Whatcom County rose in May, but local sale closings dropped by 6.81 percent compared to the same month in 2013, according to the latest report from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Housing prices, however, are rising locally. The average sale price for a house or condo [...]

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