Getting past the gatekeeper

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by Dave GallagherIn the business world, the gatekeeper is usually looked upon with disdain by salespeople.The gatekeeper’s job is to make sure only certain calls go through to the boss. For those who are making a cold sales call to that company, they are definitely not on the list of people who can get an [...]

Alaska Building a downtown fixture for more than 60 years

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by Al Currier     For sixty years, 1909-1969, the busy downtown Bellingham intersection of Holly and State streets was home to the curved-fronted, three-story Alaska Building. Home to numerous businesses and professional offices during its lifetime, the classic brick was part of a surge in construction resulting from the 1903 consolidation of Whatcom and Fairhaven to [...]

Multi-use buildings becoming the rule, not the exception

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by Dave Gallagher    Jeff McClure thought change for the better would happen, but not this quickly.    McClure, who has an office in the Marketplace Building on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Holly Street, said he was surprised at how different the atmosphere is on that oft-maligned corner since the new Starbucks went in last month.    ”I’m amazed [...]

Canadians going ga-ga for the Loonie

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by J.J. Jensen While it’s not the flood of “Beautiful British Columbia” license plates seen 15 years ago, a trip through local parking lots lately at least identifies more visitors from the Great White North than in recent years.So what’s the noticeable increase all a-boot?Local business leaders point primarily to the strength of the Canadian [...]

Barkley Village snares new tenants; John L Scott to expand

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    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

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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

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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

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    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

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    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?

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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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