Assessing the problems facing local tourism

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

    Things are shaping up for a busy summer in the tourism industry. It’s hard to imagine that things can be tough during the peak of the season, but one thing is certain in the tourism industry: shift happens.   Few people would question that travel can be volatile. Tourism professionals know that their industry is exposed to political, [...]

De-coding Buffett-Gates and the other ‘heavy hitters’

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

    The philanthropic story of the year and maybe even forever is Warren Buffett’s gift of over $30 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, thereby doubling over time the assets of the largest foundation in the world. When the second-wealthiest man in America gives away about 85% of his wealth to the foundation run [...]

Towers will reduce sprawl, promote healthy downtown

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

    Change.   It’s a word that, for some people, elicits shouts of glee and wonderment at the expectations of what is on the horizon. New. Better. Improved.   For others, the exact opposite is true: no change, no how, under no circumstances. This is the way we like it, and darnit, we want to keep it this way.   The problem [...]

New life for Lincoln Street site

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

Plans for the 950 Lincoln St. project include three buildings and an interior motor court accessible by driving underneath Building One. The mixed-use project will include 55 residential condo units and 3,560 square feet of commercial space.     After surveying the Bellingham scene, Canadian developer Jim Laing set his sights on the underdeveloped Lincoln Street/Lakeway Drive [...]

Private investigators: Half the glamor, twice the tedium

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

Local ‘P-Is’ say the job is interesting and rewarding — but a world away from its pop-culture image Southern California native Joe Dozal is one of 29 licensed private investigators in Whatcom County. His work focuses mainly on conducting interviews for local defense lawyers to aid in their cases. Heidi Schiller   No, being a private investigator [...]

A world of difference

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

Doing business internationally can net opportunities abroad — and help to shape yourbusiness philosophy Troy Muljat, an associate broker, developer, and appraiser in Bellingham, traveled to Indonesia with a Christian nonprofit group to help aid the poor this past spring. He is pictured there with some Indonesian children. Muljat said such trips change his outlook [...]

Mr. Handyman

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

Owners: Steve and Ellen HawleyAddress: 180 E. Bakerview Rd.Phone: 671-8900E-mail: steve.hawley@mrhandyman.comStartup date: June 12Square Footage: 300 Steve Hawley’s new business, which he opened with his wife Ellen, aims to put a dent in the "honey-do" list of the typical Bellingham homeowner.     Steve Hawley described his new business — a franchise called Mr. Handyman — as [...]

The kings and queens of ‘painless extraction’

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

Pullin’ teeth in Bellingham’s early days was no picnic Bellingham’s Painless Parker staff poses at the Commercial Street entrance to the upstairs dental parlor, c. 1918. Julia Scarseth stands at the center, wearing an assistant’s cap. Jeff Jewel   Most people would find the idea of “painless dentistry” to be an oxymoron, yet Bellingham’s first dentists promised [...]

As conditions change, do you change as well?

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

    One fine spring afternoon a few years ago, a couple of guys in nice suits came into our office in California.    They represented a lobby group that was in town to “help” us fend off all the unnecessary environmental regulations that would “hurt” our business.    I listened carefully to their presentation, and then when they [...]

WHAT IF?

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

Revisiting the downtown mallProject would have changed the face of the downtown and likely rendered Bellis Fair a moot point — but at what cost? A proposed downtown mall, as seen in this rendering, would have altered the face of present-day Bellingham. A California-based development company proposed to build a two-story, enclosed mall with three [...]

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