What are you thankful for?

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

   December signifies the holiday season, the end of most businesses’ fiscal year and a chance to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and successes. One of my constant themes to business owners and managers is to take time to acknowledge the little victories and successes in business.   Too often we wait for the big home run [...]

Online-gaming craze creating new digital micro-economies

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

   Escape.Who doesn’t long for it now and then?   Our jobs can put us into a pressure cooker we can’t get out of. Our kids, God bless ‘em, can leave our self-control in tatters at the end of a long day. Escaping from these real-world pressures is a common theme for most folks; some people play sports [...]

Double-dipping

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

They own the restaurant. They do the cooking. Taking on both jobs makes for a long day; just when the dinner rush is over, it‘s time to hit the paperwork. Here’s how they do it. Sam Chang, owner of New Peking, grew up cooking in Korea, learning from his parents and in school. Chang said [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building pemrits have been issued in the past month: 4175 Meridian St., $75,000 for tenant improvements: interior renovations and expansion of existing restaurant at Park Bowl. Owner: Keyes Family LLC. Contractor: M P Costello Design & Construction LLC. 1 Bellis Fair Pkwy 100, [...]

Temporary fixes are never the best solution

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

   When treating chickenpox, the cure doesn’t come in the form of a Band-Aid. Similarly, one common mistake in branding is focusing on one or more specific marketing pieces rather than re-evaluating the brand itself, much like covering up each of those red, itchy bumps with a Band-Aid instead of receiving a vaccine.    In branding your [...]

Board members: Get cozy with the ‘f word’

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

   In his “The Last Word” column last month, the BBJ’s intrepid editor and publisher pretty much preempted my predictable year-end column about giving at this time of the year.    To spare you from reading the same thing again, let me just underscore his eloquent plea for local businesses to act on their best intentions and [...]

The sweet sounds of success

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

Fairhaven guitarmaker Dake Traphagen’s classical instruments have a worldwide following, incredibly positive word-of-mouth reputation, and hefty price tags. While these are all well and good, they aren’t what keeps the fire burning for the craftsman, whose real focus remains the unending quest to build the perfect guitar. Guitarmaker Dake Traphagen builds each of his guitars [...]

Blaine biotech firm has designs on huge new facility

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

J.J.Jensen   A small Blaine company has big plans for the biopharmaceutical industry.   Garry Montgomery, chairman and CEO of Diversified Bio-Medics Inc., located at 264 H Street, has announced his company would like to build a 75,000- to 80,000-square-foot biomanufacturing facility somewhere on the West Coast. Construction would likely cost around $45 million.   In June, Montgomery sent out requests [...]

City’s efforts to boost attorney privilege send the wrong message

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

   When the voters of Washington state approved the Public Disclosure Act more than 30 years ago, they sent a clear message to local and state governments: You work for us, and we need to be able to know what you are doing.   The PDA set in stone what voters expect from their governments—an open and transparent [...]

Vie

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

Owner: Carol BeecherAddress: 1200 Old FairhavenParkwayPhone: 733-9143Startup date: Nov. 14Square footage: 1,200Initial investment: $150,000 Carol Beecher, former general manager of the Hotel Bellwether and Inn at Semiahmoo, has left the hospitality industry to focus on retail at her new high-end boutique, Vie on Old Fairhaven Parkway. Beecher said she saw a niche for upscale clothing [...]

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