Local wine shops generating plenty of buzz

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

Niche becoming more popular, and retail is responding BBJ Photo/VINCENT AIOSA Everett native Jeff Wicklund visited Bellingham several years ago and noticed the absence of a well-stocked wine-shop in the area. He moved to the area shortly thereafter and opened Purple Smile Wines. Heidi Schiller   Jeff Wicklund can sniff out a town ripe with wine potential [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 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 for review 2600-02 St. Paul St., $266,680 for new two-family dwelling. Owner: Wesley D. Martinsen. 30 Bellis Fair Pkwy., $270,000 for [...]

Keep your head down, Gordo!

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

   Gordon Terpstra is a gentle soul. This isn’t surprising, given his calling: He is a local pastor, and overseeing a flock suits him.Gordon, who I know because I’ve played basketball with him at lunchtime for many years, is also a Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserves, which he serves in as a chaplain, as he [...]

Diverse skillset required

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

Owning and running your own small business — whether it’s a piercing studio or a dive shop — requires a flexible mind that can adapt to many different jobs BBJ Photo/MARK MALIJAN Davis Campbell, owner of Steel Expressions Studio, said that owning a small business takes discipline and a willingness to learn a host of [...]

Sick? Stay home; your clients will thank you

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

Working while you are ill can be bad for your business’s good health BBJ Photo/MARK MALIJAN Toni Simler, owner of U & Me Dance Inc., said staffers at her business who ‘tough it out’ and come to work with a cold or the flu only make it worse for the rest of the staff. Sick [...]

Rough Trade:

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Samish Way hotels a magnet for 911 calls BBJ photo/MARK MALIJAN Delfina Delgado, 17, lives in a room at the Villa Inn with her father and her 6-month-old son, Nathaniel. Delgado said life as a resident in these hotels — they lived previously at the Cascade Inn next door — can be stressful because of [...]

2007 Readers Choice Award Winners

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

Once again, the BBJ’s avid readers responded to the call for excellence in incredible numbers. Your ability to vote online provided a substantial increase in our number of ballots — way to make your votes count, folks, and kudos to BBJ cyber-whiz Sean Echelbarger for making it possible! On to the winners … 2006 Business [...]

KEEPING UP WITH PEOPLE

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

Tom Hovde creates graphics for Seattle Aquarium   Bellingham graphic designer Tom Hovde of Tom Hovde Graphics In Marketing designed a 30-foot-by-30-foot graphic board for the Seattle Aquarium – Pier 59 Foundation Replacement project. This descriptive poster contributed to Seattle Structural PS, Inc. in being honored with the prestigious ACEC Gold award in the Structural Systems category [...]

Is media exposure right for your company?

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

Does ‘flying under the radar’ benefit you more than good publicity? BBJ Photo/MARK MALIJAN Tim Cathersal, creative services director with ioCreative in Ferndale, said flying under the publicity radar is a good thing for his company. While many companies benefit from public exposure — and, in turn, increased customer traffic — companies such as Cathersal’s [...]

Eric Cole, business matchmaker

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

Eric Cole is a joint-venture broker; his job is to bring together two separate parties so they can do business. He is paid for his connections and knowledge of who would be a good fit with whom. Heidi Schiller   Eric Cole calls himself a joint-venture broker, or more casually, a business matchmaker, and his job is [...]

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