Super Bowl boosts some Bellingham businesses

Filed on 30. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

Super Bowl boosts some Bellingham businesses

Businesses across Washington state are celebrating the Seahawks and the Super Bowl in a variety of ways — from flying Seahawks flags to offering 12 percent discounts in honor of the 12th man. Bill Cassels, Bellingham Fred Meyer store director, said the store’s sales before the Super Bowl rival Thanksgiving and other holidays. According to a [...]

Vintage trailer company unveils mobile Airstream bar

Filed on 29. Jan, 2015 in Contents, Features

Vintage trailer company unveils mobile Airstream bar

Angi Soulier wasn’t a fan of vintage trailers before she bought one to rent out as a way to diversify her income. That was in 2013. Now she calls herself a trailer ninja. Soulier and her husband Jim restore and sell vintage trailers, in addition to offering trailer rentals. They run their business, called Old [...]

What’s Ahead: Business trends to watch for in 2015

Filed on 27. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

What’s Ahead: Business trends to watch for in 2015

With a waterfront development agreement looming, changes coming to the grocery industry, and more breweries preparing to open by summer, 2015 should be another busy year for business news in Bellingham and Whatcom County. The following items are just a few of the things that could make headlines in the year ahead. Beer pouring in [...]

Erin Baker looks to the future after 20 years in business

Filed on 21. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

Erin Baker looks to the future after 20 years in business

In the last 20 years, Erin Baker has gone from pedaling deliveries of her breakfast cookies to local coffee shops on a blue Schwinn bicycle to managing 38 employees at her bakery, office and retail store in Bellingham. Her company, Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods, is celebrating its 20th year in business on Wednesday, Jan. [...]

Everett-built carbon fiber wings key to Boeing’s future

Filed on 21. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

Everett-built carbon fiber wings key to Boeing’s future

By Debra Vaughn (Everett) Herald Business Journal Take a drive down Highway 526 and look north toward the cranes and trucks and workers building the future of not only Boeing but an entire region. Contractors are creating a new 1.3 million-square-foot factory where Boeing workers will eventually fabricate airplane wings for a new family of [...]

Black Drop Coffee House brings another owner on board

Filed on 15. Jan, 2015 in Contents, Features, People On The Move

Black Drop Coffee House brings another owner on board

Ryan Siu, a veteran barista at the Black Drop Coffee House, recently became a co-owner of the shop. Siu joins Stephanie Oppelaar, who has owned the shop since December 2009. “We’re finding our stride as an ownership team,” Oppelaar said. “Ryan has that passion for specialty coffee. It’s really nice to hear what he thinks [...]

Custom ski company gives new life to salvaged old-growth wood

Filed on 12. Jan, 2015 in Features, New Business

Custom ski company gives new life to salvaged old-growth wood

The ancient trees that used to cover the Pacific Northwest barely exist outside protected wilderness areas. The tight-grained lumber the behemoths produced, however, still stands on old buildings throughout the region. When a job as a carpenter and construction worker in Squamish, B.C., gave Alex Turner a chance to harvest old-growth timber from renovation projects, [...]

Man with the key: Locksmith honored after 42-year career

Filed on 07. Jan, 2015 in Contents, Features, People On The Move

Man with the key: Locksmith honored after 42-year career

Dean Christensen, a Bellingham locksmith who is retiring after 42 years on the job, says no two of his 10,000 or so work days were alike. His morning work order could have him drilling into a safe, looking into a lock with a scope and cutting a key with a file, running a skeleton key [...]

With hotel capacity doubling, who is going to fill the rooms?

Filed on 05. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

With hotel capacity doubling, who is going to fill the rooms?

A dramatic change is underway in Bellingham’s hotel market. Demand for hotel rooms in Bellingham has grown steadily during the last 15 years. But the number of available hotel rooms didn’t change until late 2013, when Marriot SpringHill Suites and La Quinta opened near the airport. With three more hotels scheduled to be completed in [...]

New tap house Hops ‘N Headz opens with 30 beers

Filed on 04. Jan, 2015 in Contents, New Business

New tap house Hops ‘N Headz opens with 30 beers

Days after opening Hops ‘N Headz to the public, general manager Steve Kim knew there would be plenty of demand. “The neighborhood just didn’t have anything like this,” he said. “We’ve already hit full capacity.” The all-ages tap house, restaurant and head shop at 3207 Northwest Ave., had a soft opening the last week of [...]

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