Fairhaven’s gentrification: A good thing?

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

Yes, say the majority of the area’s businesses. While some fondly remember its funky, run-down past, few would trade that past for today’s increasingly well-off local clientele. Jeff Wicklund, owner of Purple Smile Wines in the new Fairhaven Gardens building on Finnegan Street, said Fairhaven’s movement toward upscale shops and clients is a natural progression, [...]

Aluminum welders in short supply, say boatbuilders

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

KennyBrown   The Northwest is becoming a boat-building haven, where buyers are increasingly turning to aluminum as the must-have hull material. To fill orders, local companies must wade into the labor pool looking for skilled laborers, namely aluminum welders, people that have been tough to find.    Local colleges are on the verge of providing programs to contribute [...]

Business Births

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

Import 12 Owner: Shelly Mears Address: 2711 Meridian St. Phone: 752-3233 Startup date: Dec. 29 Square footage: 2,700 Initial investment: $60,000 Shelly Mears’ love of other cultures and far-flung places has manifested itself in her new store, Imports 12, on Meridian Street. Since her childhood, growing up in white, middle-class America, Shelly Mears has always [...]

Inside Fairhaven Highlands

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

Bob Tull, spokesman for the development team working on the project, talked with the BBJ about goals, plans, and progress The Fairhaven Highlands project (see arrow) continues to be a magnet for controversy on the Southside. J.J.Jensen    Fairhaven Highlands.   To some, it’s seen as the destruction of dwindling green space within city limits. To others, it’s [...]

Make use of slow times to upgrade your business

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

   I had a mentor once who taught me a great deal about the slow times.    His family had immigrated to Canada a couple of generations ago from Scotland and gradually ended up in the Pacific Northwest.    He had struggled through a retail appliance business that ultimately failed and ended up starting from the ground up [...]

James Street experiencing ‘retail renaissance’

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KennyBrown   In the past year James Street has seen a renewed interest by smaller retail businesses. Retail in the area has, however, gone through cycles of prosperity before, only returning to end in vacancies. As a growing community, does Bellingham now have the population to supply a retail district on James Street?    An important force in [...]

Check your domain name’s expiration date

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

Letting the registration lapse on your domain name can have disastrous consequences, and be tough to correct Aaron Booker, president of Hardlines, a local Web hosting company, said expiration of domain names is a frequent problem that is easy to avoid — but not as easy to correct. KennyBrown   With identity theft on the rise, it [...]

Business world a lot different than I imagined

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

   When I moved back to this area about a year ago, I was a little nervous.   First, I was moving up here from Seattle to be with m’lady, and the thought of cohabitation was a little scary.   Even more terrifying to me, however, was the realization that I would be covering business news.   In my previous reporting experience, [...]

Auto parts store to close after 83 years

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

   An 83-year-old downtown business is closing its doors.   Gale Pfueller, owner of Automotive Parts Service, at 1322 N. State St., said his family business is currently in the middle of a close-out sale and will likely close for good sometime in the next few weeks.   Pfueller declined to say what prompted him to close the business or [...]

Location isn’t ALWAYS everything

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 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 [...]

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