Barkley Village snares new tenants; John L Scott to expand

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    Countrywide Home Loans will in May open a Bellingham office on the second floor of the Arch Talbot Building at 2200 Rimland Drive. Countrywide will occupy nearly 2,800 square feet in the former Washington Mutual Commercial Banking office and start with five employees, according to Matt Hammatt of the Barkley Company.     Countrywide’s mortgage banking business ranks [...]

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 [...]

Why do people give?

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    One thing is fairly certain, regardless of our particular situation in life: we will be barraged by requests from a wide variety of charitable organizations. The requests have multiplied both in number and type, and nearly all of them are legitimate requests from well-run organizations doing important work for public benefit.Why motivates us to give [...]

Local government has vital role to play

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    Local government has a critical role to play in a community’s economic development future.    Elected officials and community policy makers are needed to maintain a process that creates high-wage employment and sustains a strong local economy. This process begins with a dynamic, business-friendly environment and a desirable quality of life. These are the elements that attract [...]

Many of WWU’s waterfront ideas have merit

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    Shortly after the Port of Bellingham concluded the purchase of the G-P waterfront site, officials invited Western Washington University to come up with a list of potential ideas on how it might utilize parts of the area. After months of research and analysis, various departments and groups at WWU have produced a list of possible [...]

National retailers finding more to like in Bellingham

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by Dave Gallagher Growing up in Bellingham in the 1980s, one of Erin Sundean’s first jobs was working at McDonald’s. At the time, there weren’t many other options.“I think there was a Wendy’s on Lakeway, but I can’t think of too many other ones in town,” said Sundean, a commercial real estate agent and owner [...]

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