New restaurant planned near Sunset Square

Filed on 15. Feb, 2019 in Business Briefs, New Business

A new bar and restaurant called Crossroads is planned for the former Black Forest Steak House space near Sunset Square. Don and Peggy Gustafson applied for a new liquor license at 1263 Barkley Blvd, Suite 103, Bellingham. Peggy Gustafson said the restaurant will serve American food and include a full bar and entertainment on the [...]

Smart business conference coming to Ferndale

Filed on 14. Feb, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents, Events

A summit helping purpose-driven businesses succeed is coming to Bellingham next month. Sustainable Connections has partnered with the Community Food Co-op for the 2019 Smart Business Summit, which will be held on March 28 at the Ferndale Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St., Ferndale. The summit will give attendees the chance to learn how [...]

Outdoor recreation expo coming to Bellingham

Filed on 14. Feb, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents, Events

More than 70 exhibitors are expected at the Recreation Northwest Expo this month in Bellingham. The expo, which will be held at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven at 355 Harris Ave., Bellingham on Feb. 23 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibitors will includes those in the gear and equipment, outdoor retailer, guide, outfitters and coaches, [...]

Ferndale’s only craft brewery will honor city’s history, future

Filed on 13. Feb, 2019 in Contents, Features

Ferndale’s only craft brewery will honor city’s history, future

By Emily Hamann Soon, Ferndale beer lovers won’t have to drive to Bellingham anymore to drink at a neighborhood brewery. Fringe Brewing is set open early this year in downtown Ferndale. “I thought it would be fun to open up my own brewery,” Head Brewer Scott White said. He has been brewing for 10 years, [...]

New owners acquire Whatcom County cleaning service

Filed on 13. Feb, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents

Merry Maids of Whatcom County has new owners. Ansa and Johan Steenkamp recently acquired the cleaning service. Ansa and Johan Steenkamp moved to the Pacific Northwest eight years ago, after emigrating from South Africa. Merry Maids of Whatcom County has 13 professionally trained, bonded and insured employees. Merry Maids offers regular home cleanings on a [...]

New CEO promoted at Bellingham’s Barkley Company

Filed on 12. Feb, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

Barkley Company has announced that Michael Bayless has been promoted to CEO. Bayless will be responsible for the daily operation of the company, working with the management team and public and private community partners in the development of Barkley Village. Former CEO Stowe Talbot will remain as president and owner. Previously, Bayless served as CFO [...]

Whatcom Community College receives grant for cybersecurity students

Filed on 12. Feb, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents

A new grant will help Whatcom Community College students studying cybersecurity. The CyberCorps Scholarship of Service grant is awarded by the National Science Foundation and covers tuition costs and an annual stipend for five students to complete an associate’s degree in computer information systems or cybersecurity. Recipients will receive full tuition and academic fees for [...]

First Federal hires new marketing director

Filed on 07. Feb, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

First Federal has announced the hiring of Karen Lewis as marketing director. Previously, Lewis served as senior marketing manager, retail lending, at BMO Harris Bank. Her other career experience includes military service with the Canadian Forces Army Reserve, international experience in Asia, and North American financial services experience across a variety of marketing groups. Lewis [...]

New broker joins RE/Max Whatcom County

Filed on 07. Feb, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

Joseph Bonanno has joined RE/MAX Whatcom County as a broker. Previously, Bonanno spent four years in the U.S. Coast Guard. New to real estate, Bonanno is focussing on residential real estate. Bonanno can be reached at 831-241-3497 and josephbonanno@nwhomes.net.

A few good journeymen: Why skilled tradespeople are so hard to find

Filed on 06. Feb, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

A few good journeymen: Why skilled tradespeople are so hard to find

By Emily Hamann Anyone who has recently tried to retrofit a new restaurant or retail space, remodel a house, or even just hire a plumber has probably noticed there’s a lack of skilled tradespeople in Whatcom County. As unemployment recovered from the recession and the labor market got tighter, construction was one of the first [...]

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