Q4 shows increase in price and number of homes sold

Filed on 06. Jan, 2015 in Data, News

Whatcom County’s real estate market ended 2014 on a high note. Home sales and prices in were strong in the beginning of the year, lagged in the middle, and finished strong, according to a report by Lylene Johnson, managing broker with the Muljat Group, based on data from the Northwest Multiple Listings Service. The number [...]

With hotel capacity doubling, who is going to fill the rooms?

Filed on 05. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

With hotel capacity doubling, who is going to fill the rooms?

A dramatic change is underway in Bellingham’s hotel market. Demand for hotel rooms in Bellingham has grown steadily during the last 15 years. But the number of available hotel rooms didn’t change until late 2013, when Marriot SpringHill Suites and La Quinta opened near the airport. With three more hotels scheduled to be completed in [...]

Terra Organic reopening celebration Jan. 10 and 11.

Filed on 05. Jan, 2015 in Events, News

Terra Organic reopening celebration Jan. 10 and 11.

Terra Organic & Natural Foods, inside the Public Market at 1530 Cornwall Ave., is having a store expansion grand opening celebration on Saturday, Jan. 10 and Sunday, Jan. 11. The store, formerly Terra Organica, is three times bigger than it used to be at 15,000 square feet, and offers more variety of items. Stephen Trinkhaus, [...]

Kulshan Brewing Co. expanding to second location | #2 Most Viewed

Filed on 01. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

Kulshan Brewing Co. expanding to second location | #2 Most Viewed

To finish the year, BBJToday.com is featuring its top 10 most-viewed articles from 2014. This article was originally published on Sept. 2, 2014.  By Oliver Lazenby Bellingham Business Journal 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 [...]

State minimum wage rises to $9.47 for 2015

Filed on 01. Jan, 2015 in News

Washington state’s minimum wage went up 15 cents on Jan. 1, 2015. It is now, $9.47 per hour, up from $9.32 last year. Washington state’s minimum wage is the highest in the country. Oregon’s is the second highest at $9.25, followed by Connecticut and Vermont at $9.15. The minimum wage applies to workers in all [...]

Hammill appointed to vacant city council seat

Filed on 18. Dec, 2014 in News, People On The Move

The Bellingham City Council appointed Daniel Hammill to the vacant third-ward council seat on Wednesday, Dec. 17. He replaces Cathy Lehman, who announced in August that she would resign at the end of this year to take a voter education and outreach job in Seattle with the Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. She [...]

Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs offered through WWU

Filed on 15. Dec, 2014 in Events, News

Several organizations teamed up to offer a program for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to start of grow a small business. Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Whatcom Community College, and the NW Innovation Resource Center (NWIRC) put together a course called “Build your business: a bootcamp for entrepreneurs,” that starts in February. Students [...]

Make.Shift is tuning a community radio station and training a new executive director

Filed on 09. Dec, 2014 in Contents, Features, News, Nonprofit Notes

Make.Shift is tuning a community radio station and training a new executive director

By Elana Pidgeon For the Bellingham Business Journal In the basement of a building on Flora Street, a band sets up on a low stage as people file down the stairs and into the dimly lit space. The singer taps the mic. Some of the crowd moves closer to the front; others hang back on [...]

NFL players bought gym in Ferndale called Locker Room

Filed on 03. Dec, 2014 in Features, New Business, News

NFL players bought gym in Ferndale called Locker Room

Two professional football players from Whatcom County opened a gym in Ferndale. Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker and Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter Michael Koenen, along with Wes Herman, owner of The Woods Coffee bought Thrive Community Fitness, next to Haggen at 1859 Main St. in Ferndale. They changed the name to the Locker Room, and [...]

Free downtown holiday parking Dec. 8 to 25

Filed on 02. Dec, 2014 in Contents, News

To encourage downtown shopping during the holidays, the city of Bellingham is continuing its annual Holiday Parking Program. Parking will be free at metered spaces downtown after 1 p.m. from Monday Dec. 8 until Thursday, Dec. 25. “The city wants to support easy access to downtown businesses for shopping and eating during this holiday season,” said [...]

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