It’s time to set up your endowment

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

    As someone who attends many local cultural events, I increasingly hear that there is much more going on in Whatcom County than ever.    This growth in opportunities is hardly confined to cultural events; there is just more of everything these days. Without going into detail on them all, let me suggest one area in which [...]

Time to start planning your gardens, folks!

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

    Ah, spring is here, at long last. After what seemed like six months of "35 and drizzly," the sun has arrived, the danger of frost has passed, and our gardens await.   Which, here at the BBJ, means one thing — it’s Victory Gardens time again.   If you’ve read this column anytime in the past year, you probably [...]

Saturday paid parking should not be forced on all of downtown

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

     The Parking Commission’s recent decision to mull metered parking on Saturdays downtown — Saturdays are now free — has been met with a mixed chorus of cheers and groans by downtown business owners.   The problem is complex. In a nutshell, as the number of downtown residents increases, so does the strain on nearby public parking. The [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building permits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. Pending4291 Meridian St., $180,000 for interior remodel of existing store. Owner: KIR Bellingham LP. Applicant: CB Bovenkamp Inc. 205 E. Magnolia St., [...]

TOWER POWER

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

Developers looking at corner of Maple and Cornwall for new 15-story high rise Heidi Schiller    Cornwall Place joined the ranks on March 28 of proposed downtown high-rises such as the Bay View and Morse towers after developers submitted a pre-application for the new 15-story project to the city.   Chris Bigos, of Zervas Group Architects, submitted the [...]

Travel agents reinventing their industry

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

Internet-based airline ticketing forcing agents to focus on their expertise, personal service LaDonna Smith, owner of Whatcom Travel, said she has had to switch her focus from airline reservations to more of a one-stop tour shop, where she can focus on her years of experiences on trips and personal service in order to keep clients. [...]

Capitalism making major inroads in China

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

    Larry, Moe and Curley were doing slapstick in black and white. Nothing too odd about the Three Stooges on Sunday morning TV, except that this was Beijing and they were dubbed in Chinese.    Sean Connery and The Untouchables were shooting mobsters on another station, while CNN gave the Asian version of world news in English [...]

Saturna reaching out to Muslim investors

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

Nick Kaiser and Monem Salam of Saturna Capital have turned the company’s Amana funds — an investment fund that adheres to strict Islamic investment doctrine — into the highest-rated such fund in the world, according to Chicago-based Failaka International. Heidi Schiller   According to Shariah — Islamic law derived from the Koran — observant Muslims should not [...]

HOPE FLOATS

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

Local couple’s eight-year voyage of sacrifice and hard work ends with the realization of a dream Christine and Jeff Smith, right, have neared the end of an eight-year effort to restore the David B, a former Alaskan cannery tender, and turn it into the focus of a new small-ship cruise company, Northwest Navigation. At left [...]

Artist’s Bloc Gallery

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

Owner: Bob ShermanAddress: 1304 Cornwall Ave.Phone: 739-2304Email: artistsbloc@yahoo.comStartup Date: April 4Square Footage: 500Initial Investment: $3,000 Bob Sherman’s Artist Bloc Gallery on Cornwall Avenue aims to give young local artists a place to exhibit their work and establish a following of prospective buyers.    Bob Sherman readily admits he is one of those Californians who moved to [...]

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