Scratch Distillery in Edmonds reflects owners’ love of spirits

Filed on 28. Aug, 2015 in Contents, Features, New Business

Scratch Distillery in Edmonds reflects owners’ love of spirits

By Megan Brown For the Everett Herald Business Journal Long before it was a trending topic on Facebook, Kimberley and Bryan Karrick appreciated the artistry of craft spirits. The Edmonds couple had been experimenting with home brewing for years before deciding to open Scratch Distillery, one of several businesses replacing the Waterfront Antique Mall on [...]

The Oyster Kings: Family built shellfish business “one shovelful at a time”

Filed on 25. Aug, 2015 in Features, News

The Oyster Kings: Family built shellfish business “one shovelful at a time”

By Patricia Guthrie For the Bellingham Business Journal Bill Taylor looks out at Samish Bay as the waterline creeps lower and lower on a dreary overcast April day. “When the tide goes out, what’s exposed, we own it,” he says peering out at a 5-acre chunk of muck. “It will go completely dry from the [...]

TV pitchman for Vern Fonk Insurance dies at 50

Filed on 23. Aug, 2015 in Features, News

TV pitchman for Vern Fonk Insurance dies at 50

By Jim Davis Everett Herald Business Journal editor The instantly recognizable television pitchman for Vern Fonk Insurance — who also served as the company’s president — died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. Rob Thielke, who lived in Snohomish, was 50. He is survived by his wife Cathy and five children as well as [...]

ÖVN traces pizza’s roots to offer yet another style of pie in Fairhaven

Filed on 20. Aug, 2015 in Features, New Business, News

ÖVN traces pizza’s roots to offer yet another style of pie in Fairhaven

Chicago-style deep dish pizza, thin cracker-crust pizza, pizza on flatbread priced by weight, pizza from a food truck—these are just a few of the ways Bellingham restaurants interpret the Italian creation. Matt Brawner is betting there’s space for yet another style of pizza in Bellingham. He opened ÖVN Wood Fired Pizza in Fairhaven, within blocks of [...]

Coal company buys ownership in export terminal, advocates pile on support

Filed on 19. Aug, 2015 in Features, News

Coal company buys ownership in export terminal, advocates pile on support

After announcing a new financial partner in the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point, project applicant SSA Marine hosted a group of export terminal proponents to tour the site on Tuesday. Cloud Peak Energy, a Wyoming-based mining company with three surface mines on public land in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming, [...]

Peoples Bank opening flagship financial center in Everett

Filed on 18. Aug, 2015 in Contents, Features

Peoples Bank opening flagship financial center in Everett

By Jim Davis Herald Business Journal editor EVERETT — Bellingham-based Peoples Bank plans to open a flagship financial center in downtown Everett by next summer, saying there’s a need in Snohomish County for their brand of community-minded banking. Construction is expected to begin this month on a $3.4 million renovation of an existing building at [...]

Sustainable Connections program shrinks waste streams and expenses

Filed on 13. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, Features, Nonprofit Notes

Sustainable Connections program shrinks waste streams and expenses

Sustainable Connections is expanding its waste reduction program for businesses and hoping to help 50 businesses cut their waste in half. Since starting its Toward Zero Waste program five years ago, the nonprofit has helped more than 350 businesses reduce waste by increasing their recycling and composting. A $30,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation will allow [...]

Legal roller coaster continues for marijuana businesses: new law set to shake up industry

Filed on 11. Aug, 2015 in Contents, Features

Legal roller coaster continues for marijuana businesses: new law set to shake up industry

Business has been steady at Cascade Herb Company in Bellingham since it opened last August. According to data from the recently renamed Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, taxable sales have grown each month at the shop and Justin West, store owner, said the number of younger customers has increased—a sign that the legal market [...]

Dig it: WWU Carver Gym renovation underway; will employ 200

Filed on 06. Aug, 2015 in Features, News

Dig it: WWU Carver Gym renovation underway; will employ 200

As chair of the largest and fastest growing academic department at Western Washington University, LeaAnn Martin had to deal with some facilities challenges. The Physical Education, Health and Recreation department that she led from 2004 to 2008 is housed in the Carver Academic Facility, which was built in 1936 and is the building that is [...]

Lack of pot growing space could make $1.2 mil purchase pay off for B.C. company

Filed on 04. Aug, 2015 in Features, New Business

Lack of pot growing space could make $1.2 mil purchase pay off for B.C. company

Want to invest in legal marijuana in Washington state? Better be a resident. A three-month residency requirement in Washington state for all involved in marijuana businesses, including investors, has frustrated some business owners and potential financiers. That requirement makes cross-state and cross-border business and investment almost impossible, but there’s at least one way that out-of-state [...]

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