Aluminum welders in short supply, say boatbuilders

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

KennyBrown   The Northwest is becoming a boat-building haven, where buyers are increasingly turning to aluminum as the must-have hull material. To fill orders, local companies must wade into the labor pool looking for skilled laborers, namely aluminum welders, people that have been tough to find.    Local colleges are on the verge of providing programs to contribute [...]

Toys ‘R’ Us closure may ease redevelopment

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

Having the parcel’s three large anchors all vacant may make a deal for the site easier to reach; interest picking up for site   KennyBrown   In the parking lot between 200 and 300 E. Bellis Fair Pkwy., weeds burst through the cracked asphalt, rusty light standards reach into the gray sky, and mangled parking lot signs [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building pemrits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. New applications2980 Squalicum Pkwy. 201, $35,000 for tenant improvements at Lab Corp. USA. Owner: Bellingham BSC LLC. Applicant: The Franklin Corporation. 4280 [...]

Sniglets, tidbits, and miscellaneous data

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

   Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays. Seeing your kids shred warapping on thier way into their gifts, eyes lit up with fierce glee and expectation, is priceless.   But I’m glad they’re over. December and January are rough months at the BBJ. In addition to trying to put out the paper, we also have deadline [...]

Railroad Redux: The stakeout, part II

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New businesses seem to be having positive impact on thedowntown area; the same set of problems still persists, however KennyBrown and J.J.Jensen    One year ago, staffers at The Bellingham Business Journal spent a night monitoring activities on Railroad Avenue — long a haven for homeless people, street toughs, delinquents, drug dealers and users, prostitutes and [...]

Morrie’s: ‘A place to let your hair down’

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Barbershop’s owner to erect mixed-use building on current site Jess Bass, foreground, and his father, Morrie Bass, make quick work of a pair of regulars on a typical afternoon at Morrie’s Barbershop on Cornwall. Morrie will soon tear down the current space to make room for a mixed-use building at the site; the pair will [...]

The Finnish laundry king of Bellingham

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Charles Erholm reached Sehome in 1889 and opened a hand laundry in a rented basement Mr. Clean Clothes: Charles Erholm, proprietor of Pacific Steam Laundry, in the early 1920s. JeffJewellwhatcom historical society   The son of a sea captain, Charles Erholm was born in 1868, in Finland, and grew up listening to his father’s exciting stories of [...]

Location isn’t ALWAYS everything

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These business owners show that improvisation, clever placement, and thinking outside the box can work just as well as a primo Main Street spot    Location, location, location.   As the old saying goes, finding the proper spot to open a business is essential for success. However, not everyone can have choice digs in a trendy part of [...]

Business world a lot different than I imagined

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

   When I moved back to this area about a year ago, I was a little nervous.   First, I was moving up here from Seattle to be with m’lady, and the thought of cohabitation was a little scary.   Even more terrifying to me, however, was the realization that I would be covering business news.   In my previous reporting experience, [...]

James Street experiencing ‘retail renaissance’

Filed on 31. Jan, 2006 in Contents

KennyBrown   In the past year James Street has seen a renewed interest by smaller retail businesses. Retail in the area has, however, gone through cycles of prosperity before, only returning to end in vacancies. As a growing community, does Bellingham now have the population to supply a retail district on James Street?    An important force in [...]

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