The best and worst of times

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   Philanthropically speaking, we are back to the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times it was the worst of times….” We have come back from the dip in charitable giving resulting from the market downturn after 9/11. The 15th annual report on charitable giving of the Chronicle [...]

How will your business give back this year?

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   “Philanthropy” is an easy word to toss around at your business.   It feels good just to discuss it — almost like you’ve already done something to help the community, even when you haven’t.    Too often, a business’s philanthropic efforts get stuck in the “talking” stage and never reach the “actualization” stage, when things actually start getting [...]

Finn’s Phunk & Junque

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Owner: Leslie JacksonAddress: 929 State St.Phone: 738-7092Startup date: Oct. 1Square footage: 660Initial investment: $1,000 Leslie Jackson’s new store of eclectric knickknacks, Finn’s Phunk & Junque, opened on State Street on Oct. 1. With her is Finnegan, the store’s namesake.    Leslie Jackson, 41, is truly happy these days.   For years, she said, whether it was working in [...]

Same problem, different block

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   Loitering. Drunkenness. Verbal abuse of employees. Discarded drug paraphernalia. Daily morning vomit cleanup.   Sound familiar? Yes, Railroad Avenue has once again migrated to the front of our group worry list as the place you least want to operate a business, because of the myriad of problems listed above.   The difference here is that the problem has migrated [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building pemrits have been issued in the past month: 340 W. Bakerview Rd., $1,034,000 for tenant improvements, including modernization of existing facilities, office relocations, new restrooms, and provisions for future commercial kitchen for employee café for T-Mobile. Owner: Western Mortgage Development. Contractor: Ticon [...]

Dancing around the pitfalls of product development

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   Remembering a scrawled doodle on a notebook page in 1994, I realize how huge the process of product development really is.    Looking objectively at our slow- sand filter systems as they are now, the observer is likely to comment on how simple they seem. I’m here to tell you that an enormous amount of design, [...]

VOICES IN THE WIND

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Bill Follis made it out of a burning bomber to return home, start a family, and live a full life. Many of his friends did not. Port seeking waterfront input from all sectorsPort Communications Manager Carolyn Casey updates BBJ readers on the latest goings-on at the Port of Bellingham and any new news regarding the [...]

Westhaver: “This IS my retirement”

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Pacific Trim owner Russ Westhaver’s lifelong loves of hockey and hard work show no signs of ebbing, even though he’s 82 Pacific Trim owner Russ Westhaver’s lifelong love of hockey continues, both in his continuing affection for his hometown Detroit Redwings team and with often getting out on the ice himself for “skate and puck [...]

Emerald Bay completes $500k renovation of former Breakwater space

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Emerald Bay Events employees Anna Schiessl and Micah LaNasa show off the renovated Sapphire Cove venue. J.J.Jensen   A major remodel of Sapphire Cove, Emerald Bay Events’ waterfront venue for receptions, banquets and galas, was completed last week, just in time for the busy holiday party season.   The $500,000 makeover of the facility at 2625 S. Harbor Loop [...]

First American heading to the waterfront; opens up prime downtown spot

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

J.J.Jensen   Nearly 30 new employees are heading for the waterfront, as First American Title Insurance Company has signed a five-year lease with the port for space in the Bellwether Building.   First American has been located downtown for at least 20 years at 215 N. Commercial St., but had been looking for a new location that could help [...]

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