The time to live life to the fullest is NOW

Filed on 31. Aug, 2005 in Contents

   Last week I attended a memorial service for Donna Varner. If you didn’t know her, you missed meeting an incredibly vivacious woman who loved life and brought her enthusiasm to everyone around her.    She started two businesses in Fairhaven, the Blue Horizon clothing store and 12th Street Shoes. I admired her business skill, her fashion [...]

FUEL FUROR

Filed on 31. Aug, 2005 in Contents

High gas prices putting a dent in your P&L? Here are a few tips to help you out at the pumps. Culligan�s Eric Clarke said the company has a software program that allows his drivers to plan the most fuel-efficient routes, saving time and money. DaveGallagher   A form of sticker shock is going through the local [...]

How about a few hot summer marketing ideas?

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

  With the temperatures rising and more people out and about, it’s time to look at a few quick and simple marketing ideas that could generate hot sales for your business.    Enjoy the summer!   Signature marketing program: Signatures. The small text files you set to appear at the bottom of each e-mail message you send out. Are [...]

Former classmates now atop county’s RV scene

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Howard Vande Kieft and Don Buys say less disposable income hurting local sales Room to spare: Wholesale Travel Sales owner Howard Vande Kieft inside a park model RV. The Lynden dealership usually has around 40 different RV models on site. J.J.Jensen   Not unlike many classmates, since graduating from high school Howard Vande Kieft and Don Buys [...]

How we give here, Pt. II

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   Last month, part one of this column’s summary of the recent Cornerstone Strategies report on charitable giving in Whatcom County focused on some key indicators comparing Whatcom County philanthropy to the rest of the state and the nation.    In this second and final look at the study, I want to take a look at some [...]

Summer: Students leave and take their revenue with them

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Many local retailers make up this shortfall with the seasonal boost to tourism; staffing problems can also be a hassle Dave Rasmusson, store manager at the Southside Food Pavilion, says it can be difficult finding employees when students leave in the summer. He also notices, not surprisingly, a sag in beer sales. J.J.Jensen   There’s no doubt, [...]

Horizon Bank protestorsalienating themselves from mainstream

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   The group of protestors who picketed Horizon Bank in July because it was backing the proposed Chuckanut Ridge development project only managed to do one thing: push itself further away from the mainstream support it needs.   Horizon Bank, one of the few local banks left in the area, did not deserve to be the epicenter of [...]

Hot fun in the summertime: the joy of the family vacation

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   Reading J.J. Jensen’s article this month about how local businesses often use the summertime boost in tourism to offset the losses accrued when the local colleges let out at the end of the spring got me thinking about tourism in general and summer vacations in particular.   If you’re like me, the family summer vacations of your [...]

Harper Marine

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Owner: Danny HarperAddress: 1022 W. 54th LanePhone: 305-5956Startup date: June 10Square footage: 3,000 for workshopInitial investment: less than $10,000 Danny Harper, a former marine technician at Hawley’s Boats and Olympic Boat Center, has started his own business, Harper Marine.    Ever since he was a teenager and expressed a desire to build his own 12-foot wooden [...]

Merchants tout Fairhaven’skid-friendly atmosphere

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Newcomer Academic Outfitters thrilled with amount of families strolling the streets; others say it wasn’t always this way Mary Gibb, owner of Academic Outfitters, recently moved her business from Cornwall Avenue to Fairhaven, and has been pleasantly surprised at the amount of families she sees making their way through the shops. DaveGallagher   When Mary Gibb began [...]

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