Mission buysEmerald Bay site

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

J.J.Jensen   Emerald Bay Events, which announced plans last month for an 80,000-square-foot conference and reception center in Ferndale, may be looking to build their new headquarters as soon as possible.    Last month, neighboring Lighthouse Mission Ministries purchased Emerald Bay’s 10,000-square-foot building at 1013 Holly St. for $750,000.    Lighthouse Mission executive director Ronald Buchinski said officials already [...]

Clubs scramble to fill niche left by 3B

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

Purchase of building by the Bellingham Housing Authority for conversion into apartments meant the end for nightclub Joel Myrene, a former booker at the 3B who’s now booking shows at Chiribin’s, said local venues are scrambling to fill the void left by the closing of the 3B on New Year’s Eve. J.J.Jensen   New Year’s may have [...]

Location isn’t ALWAYS everything

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

These business owners show that improvisation, clever placement, and thinking outside the box can work just as well as a primo Main Street spot    Location, location, location.   As the old saying goes, finding the proper spot to open a business is essential for success. However, not everyone can have choice digs in a trendy part of [...]

2005 BUSINESS ALMANAC

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

and Year in Review 2005′s Top 10 business stories Bellingham makes the national news Busy year for the Port 2005′s first-year survivors 2005 Movers & Shakers The year in real estate and construction Hello and Goodbye High rises topped year’s biggest storiesFrom skyscrapers to high fliers like Western Air, there was no shortage of interesting [...]

Cigar makers: The sweet smell of success

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

Local hand-rollers fed boom-era saloons; machine-made cigarseventually took over In 1949, Ed Clark shows the old-school method of making a cigar inside his shop on Ellis St., considered the "cigar industry’s last stand" in Bellingham. JeffJewellwhatcom historical society   This past November, Washington voters outlawed smoking in public places by passing Initiative 901. It’s difficult now to [...]

Temporary fixes are never the best solution

Filed on 31. Dec, 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 [...]

Mastering the Art of the Schmooze

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

Local experts say Bellingham is rife with networking possibilities — here are some tips to make the most of them The Chamber of Commerce’s Pat Rowe says Bellingham is a great place to network — but that the average business person works far less on this type of business-building than they should. KennyBrown   The art of [...]

Births

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

Belle MirageOwners: Brent and Linda ReedAddress: 155 W. Kellogg Rd.Phone: 650-1500Web site: bellemirage.comStartup date: Mid NovemberSquare footage: 2,000Initial investment: $100,000 Brent and Linda Reed, two recently married WWU grads, have taken the plunge into retail and opened Belle Mirage, an imported-furniture store on W. Kellogg Road.    Don’t be fooled by their ages, say 26-year-olds Linda [...]

Legislation could crimp cross-border business

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

KennyBrown   A Canadian presence has always been a part of the Whatcom County economy, and easy access over the northern border has allowed for economic exchange. The implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), which could require a passport to cross the border, may, however, take the “easy access” out of the economic equation.     [...]

Financial problems resurface at eatery

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

    It appears the Marina Restaurant hasn’t escaped its financial problems.    A recent legal notice announced LPSL Corporate Services, Inc. will hold a trustee’s sale at 11 a.m., Jan. 27, at the Whatcom County Courthouse, in which the leasehold interest in the restaurant will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder.    According to [...]

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