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 [...]

He cooks, he serves … he sings

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by J.J. Jensen    Jimmy Nguyen, owner and chef of downtown’s House of Orient, has a full plate.    For example, there are the grueling 12-hour work days, constant desire to keep his customers happy and the current hassles of moving his business to a new location.    And, if that’s not hectic enough, there are also the pressures of being [...]

North Cordata could be added to city’s UGA soon

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by J.J. Jensen Two words in recent months have been motivation for residents to, among other things, shout down the mayor, form community groups and consider lawsuits – Fairhaven Highlands.As evident by emotional public meetings, letters to newspaper editors and messages to city officials, many in the community oppose the proposed 85-acre, 739-home development, located [...]

Requiring soccer moms to have passports doesn’t make any of us safer

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    Whether you agree with the changes or not, there is no argument about their existence. This nation has changed tremendously since September 11, 2001.One of the most recent examples of this change hits Whatcom County especially hard, and manifested itself in the terrorism bill passed in December 2004. That example is the requirement by January [...]

A potpourri of springtime marketing ideas

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    Wow, hasn’t the weather been great?It seems like Bellingham comes alive again after the long winter’s hibernation. We get outdoors. Plant our victory gardens, wash our cars and live on the soccer fields on Saturdays.    Even the rain starts to feel warm.    While it is easy to get distracted from the challenges of running your business, now [...]

Planning a new direction?

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

New port Planning and Development Director Sylvia Goodwin has quite a list of upcoming jobs – chief among them leading the charge on the G-P site redevelopment by Dave GallagherIn the first week at her new job with the Port of Bellingham, Sylvia Goodwin had the enthusiasm of a bookworm who had discovered a new [...]

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