Let’s play ‘Name that business’

Filed on 30. Jun, 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 [...]

Auto camps dotted county lansdcape

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Advent of cheaper cars led to boom in auto-based traveling Checking in at the Cornwall Park Auto Camp in 1924. AlCurrierwhatcom historical society   As the decade of the 1920s began, the nation was experiencing a great wave of prosperity following the conclusion of World War I in 1918. One result of this prosperity was a dramatic [...]

The struggle for identity in a catch-phrase world

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

   One of the slipperiest problems I have had to solve with Blue Future Filters has been creating an identity both for the company and its products.    In essence, what we make are just combinations of pipe, valves, fittings, and big polyethylene tanks.    The value, of course, is in the exact combination, placement, and function of [...]

Museum exhibit driving tourists downtown

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

‘The Good, The Bad, and The Custom’ bringing in bike enthusiasts — and tourist dollars — from around the region Exhibition curator Patrick Dowling, left, and Whatcom Museum of History & Art director Tom Livesay have been planning the current motorcycle exhibit for two years. The popular exhibit, say local business owners, is generating additional [...]

Station Pub owner files final appeal

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

   Embattled Station Pub owner Nancy Parkhurst has filed exceptions with the Washington State Liquor Control Board over an administrative law judge’s recent ruling to cancel the tavern’s liquor license.   A Liquor Control Board spokesman said it will still be about two weeks before the board makes a final decision.    “There’s the possibility, although it would be [...]

Charly Myers planning Dupont Street mixed-use project

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

J.J.Jensen   It was only a matter of time, said local developer Charly Myers, before Bellingham’s building boom found its way into the Lettered Streets.   Now, Myers, owner of Myers General Inc., a builder of many neighborhood homes around town, could be among the first to develop in the area.   Myers General is currently in the process of purchasing [...]

Whatcom County

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Who is coming to Bellingham, and why?A look inside the numbers Real-estate agent Mike Parcher said he has mixed feelings about the red-hot real-estate market and rapid influx of new residents; while it is affording him a growing business, he worries it could also alter the quality of life that makes the area special. DaveGallagher   Throughout [...]

Rhetoric is just throwing fuel on the fire of city’s growth debate

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

  What is “Growth”?When I use the word “growth,” what comes to your mind?    Urban Sprawl?    Private Property Rights?    Degradation of our environment?    Living-wage Jobs?   Each of these reactions carries politically charged rhetoric, concepts or ideas which are meant to incite strong feelings in people.   Those strong feelings, however, generally aren’t directed toward positive ends, like solving the [...]

8 Interesting People

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

by the friends and colleagues that know them best    Bellingham has more than its fair share of interesting and unique businesspeople, each with their own personal, introspective, or even humorous stories to tell. Getting these stories out of them is the tough part – so instead of writing them ourselves, we decided to ask [...]

There are no easy answers to Chuckanut Ridge dilemma

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

    After the smoke clears and the situation involving the proposed Chuckanut Ridge development finally comes to some sort of a resolution, one thing will be clear: People just shouldn’t build or live next to a huge piece of privately owned property and expect that property to never be developed. That’s not real-world thinking.   That said, [...]

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