Taking it one performance at a time

Filed on 31. Dec, 2006 in Contents

Upfront and personal with the funniest business in town Upfront staffers DK Reinemer, Rhonda Daniels and Tim Eisner goof around onstage. Heidi Schiller   A surprisingly full audience of hip-looking 20 and 30-somethings chatters to a hum before The Upfront Theater’s 9:30 p.m. performance on an icy Thursday during the holidays.   Backed by a pre-show soundtrack of musician [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. Dec, 2006 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building permits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. Accepted 1330 N. State St., $4,500,000 for new mixed-use building: 23 residential units and ground-floor retail. Owner: Peter C. Harrison-Jami O’Connor. Applicant: [...]

Some things I won’t miss about about the holidays

Filed on 31. Dec, 2006 in Contents

    Ah, chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Sugar-plum fairies. Angelic little faces opening presents to the "oohs" and "ahhs" of grandparents and family. Stockings hung by the chimney with care.Fruit cake (OK, maybe not fruit cake; who came up with the idea that fruit cake was a worthy gift, anyway?) …   What’s not to like?   As I [...]

KEEPING UP WITH PEOPLE

Filed on 31. Dec, 2006 in Contents

Motor Trucks moves Les Nelson to sales   Motor Trucks has appointed Les Nelson to the Truck Sales department. Les has worked for the company since 1999, and transferred from the parts department.   Les found his way from Kansas via the Navy, and has lived in worked in Whatcom County for the past 18 years.   Les brings 25 years [...]

George Finnegan, the funny pharmacist

Filed on 31. Dec, 2006 in Contents

Apothecary known for his devotion to Fairhaven all photos courtesy/whatcom museum of history and art Cheerleader for the South Side: George Finnegan, during a picnic at Fairhaven Park in the early 1920s, wearing his signature Wardner Hose Co. hat. Jeff Jewell   George E. Finnegan, the cigar-chomping, sharp-witted pharmacist, was considered the funniest man in Bellingham, though [...]

Lakeway Inn gets $1.5 million remodel

Filed on 31. Dec, 2006 in Contents

Dan Hiestand   If nicer accommodations help visitors feel good about a locale, then the city’s largest hotel is doing its part to help people enjoy the area.   The Lakeway Inn & Conference Center started a $1.5 million renovation in early January that will dramatically upgrade its 132 guest rooms — as well as some common areas and [...]

Mega Wal-Marts crush business diversity

Filed on 31. Dec, 2006 in Contents

    There’s an important term in biology known as "biodiversity." In short, what it means is that when more species inhabit a given area, the more successful, healthy, and balanced that ecosystem is. The same is true of the business ecosystem known as Bellingham.    Bellingham is an entrepreneurial city with an economy forged through the labors [...]

When is it time to let a customer go?

Filed on 31. Dec, 2006 in Contents

Problem clients can sometimes cause more trouble than they’re worth Yvonne Bianchi, owner of CCg Inc., said sometimes companies need to sever ties with clients that don’t match their customer profile, and use that time previously invested to go get bigger, better clients. Dan Hiestand   When Yvonne Bianchi, president of CCg Inc. in Bellingham, first started [...]

2007′s trends in travel and tourism

Filed on 31. Dec, 2006 in Contents

    In the many years I have been in this business, one thing remains constant: change. This industry has undergone major transitions in the past 15 years, and more changes are just around the corner. Examples include the rise of the Internet as a major travel planning tool, increased transportation options, a better educated (and more demanding) traveling [...]

New shopping center for Meridian Street

Filed on 31. Dec, 2006 in Contents

   Developers are planning to build a 48,000-square-foot retail center on the corner of East Stuart Road and Meridian Street, with United Furniture Warehouse as an anchor tenant.   The one-story building will include 147 parking spaces in front of and behind the development, said Susie Johnson, project manager for Douglas Landsem Architect AIA, who is designing the [...]

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