Itek Energy opening new facility in Minnesota

Filed on 25. Nov, 2014 in Features, News

Itek Energy opening new facility in Minnesota

After three years of rapid growth in Bellingham, solar panel manufacturer Itek Energy is planning a new facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Itek Energy started in September 2011 with a handful of employees. They produced 2.1 megawatts of solar capacity in 2012. Now, the company has 74 employees, and they expect to produce 12.2 megawatts of [...]

Bellingham’s oldest running store aims to be more than a store

Filed on 20. Nov, 2014 in Contents

Bellingham’s oldest running store aims to be more than a store

At 40 years old, Steve Roguski had been a lot of things. He had delivered pizza, been a cartographer, taught middle school geography, and worked on the navigation systems of F-15 jets in the Air Force. He liked those jobs, but he hadn’t found what he was supposed to do with his life, he said. [...]

Banks still shying away from marijuana businesses

Filed on 17. Nov, 2014 in Contents, News

Banks still shying away from marijuana businesses

By Jim Davis The (Everett) Herald Business Journal Editor LAKE STEVENS — Reed Evans called several banks looking to open an account for Cannablyss, his family’s recreational marijuana business and the only pot retail store in Lake Stevens. He had no luck. He got his name on a waiting list at Salal Credit Union in [...]

Public Market expands with new vendors, detailed food labeling system

Filed on 13. Nov, 2014 in Contents, Features

Public Market expands with new vendors, detailed food labeling system

The Bellingham Public Market’s expansion project should be finished in November. The expansion makes the market 25,000 square feet, about three times its former size. The market, at 1530 Cornwall Ave., took out a wall and began expanding into the space next to it, formerly Tube Time, earlier this year. The Public Market is home [...]

Fairhaven, Downtown team up to market to Canadians

Filed on 12. Nov, 2014 in Features, News

Fairhaven, Downtown team up to market to Canadians

Canadians may know how to find Costco and Trader Joe’s, but do they know about downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven? To draw more Canadians into other parts of Bellingham, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership and the Historic Fairhaven Association teamed up earlier this year to market toward people in lower British Columbia. The two organizations are buying [...]

Blaine winery gets distribution in five counties

Filed on 11. Nov, 2014 in Contents, News

Blaine winery gets distribution in five counties

Dakota Creek Winery’s wine will soon be available in wine shops, grocery stores and restaurants in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, Island and Snohomish Counties. The family-owned winery in Blaine signed a distribution deal with Walton Beverage, a Ferndale-based pepsi distributor. Walton Beverage began distributing craft beer about six months ago, and two months ago they began [...]

2020 LED designs lighting for an emerging boutique market

Filed on 10. Nov, 2014 in Contents, Features

2020 LED designs lighting for an emerging boutique market

A $40,000 Mercedes-Benz coup sits on the showroom floor at Wilson Motors in Bellingham. White light glints off a curve in the hood. Twenty-five feet up, newly installed LED lights shine on the cluster of new Mercedes, Toyotas and Scions on the floor. Wilson Motors got the LEDs in August. “It’s a distinctly different light,” [...]

Downtown frame shop to reopen after winning makeover contest

Filed on 07. Nov, 2014 in Contents

Downtown frame shop to reopen after winning makeover contest

After more than 40 years in business downtown, Fourth Corner Frames is preparing to reopen following a month-long renovation. The custom art framing store is having a reopening reception with refreshments and raffle prizes from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 13, at the store at 311 W. Holly St. Owner Sheri Wright won the [...]

New Port of Everett director is a former Bellingham city employee

Filed on 06. Nov, 2014 in Features, News, People On The Move

New Port of Everett director is a former Bellingham city employee

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald Writer EVERETT — He hasn’t worked for a shipping line. He didn’t come from the export industry, moving goods to foreign markets through seaports. But Les Reardanz believes he is the right person right now to lead the Port of Everett. He takes over the port’s top job next month, [...]

“The Grove” complex near Lakeway Fred Meyer may not happen

Filed on 05. Nov, 2014 in Contents, News

“The Grove” complex near Lakeway Fred Meyer may not happen

The North Carolina firm that broke ground on a 216-unit apartment complex in Bellingham last month may not finish. After applying for permits for a 10-building project with an estimated value of more than $30 million, Campus Crest Construction announced in a press release on Nov. 4 that it will be “discontinuing all construction and [...]

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