Survey finds confidence on the rise

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Index soars to highest point ever as economy grows Developer Ken Hertz, here in front of his Blossom Commons commercial building on the corner of Kellogg Road and Meridian Street, said while he has some concerns about growth issues, he expects the economy to continue to grow locally. DaveGallagher   Optimism continues to reign supreme among local [...]

The changing face of Whatcom County

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Who is coming to Bellingham, and why?A look inside the numbers Q&A: BILL HAGERTasked with riding herd on the disparate groups involved in the G-P site efforts, Hager knows he’s in for a wild ride Charly Myers planning Dupont Street mixed-use project GOING VERTICALLocal builders having to get creative to build luxury homes on increasingly [...]

Inside the BBJ: Looking back, looking ahead

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

   After an eight-year run on page 2, I’ve moved my column back here to C15 and renamed it “The Last Word.”   I know, I know. Riveting.This is actually just one move in a coordinated series of ongoing changes we’re going to be making here at the paper.    We’re in the midst of a pretty major front-page [...]

Let’s play ‘Name that business’

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

That’s a great idea, what should we call it?   It starts with a great idea, which leads to defining the business, and then to the inevitable question “What should we call it?” This is the age-old problem that all new businesses encounter.The business struggles to find a name that isn’t already taken by one of [...]

Group looking to sell northside parcel

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

by J.J. JensenMore growth and development could be on the way in the north end of town.William T. Follis Jr., a partner at Wm. T. Follis Realtors and president of the Bakerview Land Company, said this week that the land company wants to sell 121 acres of land north of West Bakerview Road, between Northwest [...]

Youngstock’s owner ready to pass the reigns to son

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

After 33 years at the helm of Youngstock’s Country Farms Nursery and Produce, seeing it grow from a simple roadside stand, John Chartier is finally ready to hand off the business to his son Johnny, left. by J.J. Jensen    After 33 years of working sunrise-to-sunset days as the owner of Youngstock’s Country Farms Nursery and [...]

Working with the government: Easy come … Easy go

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Easy come, easy go.   That expression just doesn’t quite provide solace when you lose a large contract.   But, when a small company is dealing with the U.S. government, and said government is purchasing equipment from said small company for use in the middle of a very hot war – well, anything can happen. But there [...]

Some quick tips for running with the Big Boys

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

A Fairhaven merchant was at a gathering of friends recently, when the talk turned to shopping and parking in Fairhaven.  To his dismay, his friends had given up going down there because they said, “it’s so busy no one can find parking anymore.”   These are the same people who gladly go to the mall or [...]

Blue Water, Green Buildings

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Group aims to show that the differing sides of the Lake Whatcom watershed building moratorium can both get what they want – new homes without causing environmental impacts on the city’s water supply. Bob Ross, owner of Ross Architecture, believes low-impact building techniques could not only convince people that some development can take place in [...]

Former Ocean Kayak owner floating new project

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Tim Niemier’s new venture, Wild Designs, will focus on small craft, such as kayaks, canoes, and drift boats Wild Designs owner Tim Niemier, former owner of Ocean Kayak, holds a prototype for a new kayak design. by Dave Gallagher   Tim Niemier is having some trouble getting rid of the boating bug.   Niemier, who started Ocean [...]

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