The story of the cursed Grand Central

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

Hotel was ill-fated from the start The Baker Hotel (formerly the Grand Central Hotel) sat on the southeast corner of Forest and East Holly streets, shortly after opening in July 1905. Today the Community Food Co-Op is located on the site. (Whatcom Museum of History & Art #2421) Jeff Jewell   No business venture in Bellingham history [...]

LESSONS LEARNED

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

How did running an organic-pizza joint in Fairhaven in the late ’60s prepare John Blethen to be successful with his cabinetmaking business 30 years later? Read on. BBJ Photo/MARK MALIJAN Dan Hiestand   To look back at the lessons John Blethen learned as a first-time business owner is to look back a few decades, to the late [...]

Organizing saves times, money, and stress

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

    My soon-to-be sister-in-law called me yesterday asking if I would help her unpack. She had just moved up from California to be with my brother and was trying to incorporate her stuff with his.    “I’m a neat freak,” she admitted. “I have to have things where I want them so I can find them.”   This is [...]

Birch Bay tower unveiled

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

Dan Hiestand   Birch Bay is growing — or perhaps more fittingly — going up, and now a development’s planners have a picture of what their version of vertical growth looks like.   Early last year, the county approved preliminary plans for aa 90-unit condominium development called Terrell Creek Villas on the Bay. The project would feature two townhouse-style [...]

Black Rock Cable

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

Subject: Bob Warshawer, president of Black Rock Cable, a locally owned company providing high-speed fiber-optic connectivity to areas in Northwest Washington.     What he said then: When the BBJ spoke to Warshawer in 2003, Warshawer said Black Rock Cable was well on its way to laying fiber-optic cable around Whatcom and Skagit Counties. At the time, [...]

North Samish Way hotel owners in a tough spot

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    Numbers don’t lie.   Of the city’s 25 hotels, the top six in number of 911 calls — and seven of the top eight — are all situated along one stretch of North Samish Way, according to statistics provided by the Bellingham Police Department.   Drugs, prostitution, theft — you name it, it is happening there. But the crimes [...]

City-center design standards adopted

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

First big test, the new Key Bank drive-through downtown, reveals a few early loopholes, however The new Key Bank drive-through downtown passed muster with the new city-center design review board, but not without misgivings about its small size. Heidi Schiller   After several years of research and development that involved the planning department and a committee of [...]

Oltman Insurance nearing 75 years in business

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Ed Chatterton   O.L. Oltman founded the insurance agency that still bears his name in 1932.    Its first office was on Holly Street in downtown Bellingham in a small space leased from Brown’s Beauty Supply Store. Through several moves and changes in ownership, the agency has continued to provide for the insurance needs of families, farms and [...]

Mail facility to move operations

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

   The Mail Room is getting a new address.   Farook Mohammed, who owns the business, said his company plans to relocate from its current address at 177 Telegraph Road to a new property at 702 Kentucky St. by mid-February.   “It’s a bigger space, and the rent (at the Telegraph location) had gone through the roof,” said Mohammed. “We [...]

Disciplining employees never easy

Filed on 31. Jan, 2007 in Contents

The keys: Remain calm. Be honest and straightforward, and be flexible as they respond. Pam Needham, center, owner of Alicia’s Bridal Shoppe and The Formal House Tuxedos, here with staffers Lacey Olleson (left) and Jessie Simpson, said effective communication and honesty are the keys to disciplining employees — but that it’s never fun.     It’s always [...]

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