Westhaver: “This IS my retirement”

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Pacific Trim owner Russ Westhaver’s lifelong loves of hockey and hard work show no signs of ebbing, even though he’s 82 Pacific Trim owner Russ Westhaver’s lifelong love of hockey continues, both in his continuing affection for his hometown Detroit Redwings team and with often getting out on the ice himself for “skate and puck [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building pemrits have been issued in the past month: 340 W. Bakerview Rd., $1,034,000 for tenant improvements, including modernization of existing facilities, office relocations, new restrooms, and provisions for future commercial kitchen for employee café for T-Mobile. Owner: Western Mortgage Development. Contractor: Ticon [...]

How will your business give back this year?

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   “Philanthropy” is an easy word to toss around at your business.   It feels good just to discuss it — almost like you’ve already done something to help the community, even when you haven’t.    Too often, a business’s philanthropic efforts get stuck in the “talking” stage and never reach the “actualization” stage, when things actually start getting [...]

Incorporation decision looms for Sudden Valley

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Roger Bull is a Sudden Valley board member and chair of the Sudden Valley City Committee, the group spearheading the area’s move to possible incorporation. Bull said he believes an incorporated Sudden Valley would bring in about $2.5 million a year in revenue, with an estimated expenditures budget of about $2 million. KennyBrown   For years, Sudden [...]

Two great groups that work great together?

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The WAG and The BBF both aim to be watchdogs of the Port/G-P project, but where do their paths diverge? The BBJ convened a roundtable discussion on Nov. 3 to bring together members of the WAG and the BBF to discuss the common goals and potential differences between the two organizations. J.J.Jensen   When it comes to [...]

Port seeking waterfront input from all sectors

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CarolynCasey   It is no secret — business people don’t like to attend government meetings unless they have a specific item on the agenda. Even then, they might not actually like being at the meeting. Many business people are just too busy running their businesses. Others say they’ve had negative experiences from being the only business voice [...]

Old Town Cafe: The little eatery with the big heart

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Annual Thanksgiving feast for the local needy is just one example of this restaurant’s commitment to community Diane Brainard bought the Old Town Café in 1995. While she described her early years as ‘running a café on a shoestring,’ a loyal following has allowed her to add needed items and keep a welcomed consistency to [...]

Life in the fast-food lane

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The "Home of the 5-cent hamburger"closed in 1942 Matthew Luby behind the counter at Luby’s “5-cent Hamburgers,” 1224 State St., in the Windsor Hotel building. AlCurrierwhatcom historical society   Montana’s mining economy was in steep decline in 1929, leading Vern Luby, a young messenger for Western Union in Missoula, to eagerly accept a job offer with the [...]

Smaller gyms aiming for niche clientele

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

David Adamson’s Fitness Together franchise on Bellwether Way, built around an instructor/client model, has proved so successful he plans on opening two more locations in Bellingham soon. J.J.Jensen   Some things are in decline at gyms these days, like medicine balls and vibrator belts, the old motorized machines that shook the midsection.   Something else members of larger gyms [...]

Using TV and radio to your advantage

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   This past election, I’ve learned first-hand the challenges of marketing by committee. The candidate wanted to do television ads, and everyone in the group offered a different visualization of what they should be like. At one point, there were six completely different commercials offered up, and the producer was ready to walk away from the [...]

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