Businesses in the foothills hit hard by lack of snow

Filed on 26. Feb, 2015 in Features, News

Businesses in the foothills hit hard by lack of snow

On a typical winter morning, a line of skiers and snowboarders file into Wake ‘N Bakery in Glacier for a caffeine fix or breakfast burrito before driving the hairpin turns on Highway 542 to the Mount Baker Ski Area. But there’s no morning rush this winter at the coffee shop and bakery, owners Court and [...]

Proposed commercial flights at Everett airport met with opposition

Filed on 22. Feb, 2015 in Features, News

Proposed commercial flights at Everett airport met with opposition

By Noah Haglund (Everett) Herald writer EVERETT — People who oppose commercial passenger flights at Paine Field turned out in force Tuesday at the Snohomish County Council’s first public discussion of a lease proposal that could make their fear a reality. If approved by county leaders, an option to lease would give New York-based Propeller Airports three years to design a [...]

Cargo ships wait out West Coast port slowdown in Bellingham Bay

Filed on 17. Feb, 2015 in Business Briefs

Cargo ships wait out West Coast port slowdown in Bellingham Bay

Several cargo ships bound for large West Coast ports waited out a port labor dispute by anchoring in Bellingham Bay over the weekend. After nine months of contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, all 29 West Coast ports closed to incoming traffic on Friday, Feb. 13. They [...]

Love and Business: Couples in business share tips for success

Filed on 12. Feb, 2015 in Features

Love and Business: Couples in business share tips for success

Evolve Truffles, complex and balanced, like a relationship Love is in the air at the shared kitchen on State Street where Shannon and Christy Fox, co-owners of Evolve Truffles, make small batches of chocolate truffles. Orders ramped up before Valentine’s Day, and Shannon and Christy were busy preparing orders of their Valentine’s truffles and shipping [...]

Haggen’s big takeover begins

Filed on 12. Feb, 2015 in Features, News

Haggen’s big takeover begins

Haggen’s acquisition of 146 former Safeway and Albertsons supermarkets began at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, when the grocery chain took ownership of Albertsons in Monroe, Washington. The Bellingham-based grocery chain acquired the store as part of a $9.2 billion merger between Albertsons and Safeway. The Federal Trade Commission required Albertsons and Safeway to [...]

Ski shops grow to fill hole left by Sportsman Chalet closing

Filed on 09. Feb, 2015 in Features, News

Ski shops grow to fill hole left by Sportsman Chalet closing

In a back room at Backcountry Essentials, ski technician John Dorman feeds a ski through the humming wheels of the shop’s Wintersteiger Micro 90 – a ski tuning machine the size of a small hot tub. The ski’s smooth black base comes out with a hint of texture, like a fingertip’s ridges. The textured base [...]

Marijuana taxes net $22.5 million in 6 months

Filed on 04. Feb, 2015 in Features

Marijuana taxes net $22.5 million in 6 months

By Amy Watkins For The (Everett) Herald Business Journal  LAKE STEVENS — Reed Evans and his family members make frequent trips to the Washington State Liquor Control Board office in Olympia. That’s because they, like others who have recreational marijuana businesses, owe a monthly excise tax of 25 percent on all marijuana sales. Evans and his [...]

City planning director talks rental registration

Filed on 03. Feb, 2015 in Features, News

City planning director talks rental registration

  Bellingham City Council approved a rental registration and inspection program in December 2014. Details about how the program will work will likely come before City Council at a Feb. 9 work session. The council has discussed starting a rental registration program as a way to deal with rental properties that don’t meet basic health [...]

Canadian dollar plummets after months of losing value

Filed on 02. Feb, 2015 in Features, Market Indicators, News

Canadian dollar plummets after months of losing value

The Canadian dollar lost five cents in value compared to the U.S. dollar in one day last month. It dropped on Jan. 21 after the Bank of Canada lowered its benchmark overnight interest rate from 1 percent to 0.75 percent. The benchmark rate determines bank lending rates, and lowering it is one tool central banks [...]

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 [...]

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