Inside Bellingham’s housing shortage

Filed on 02. May, 2016 in Contents, News

Inside Bellingham’s housing shortage

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Whether you’re renting or looking to buy, it’s getting tougher to find a place to live in Bellingham. Inventory is tight, which is pushing prices up and making it difficult for even qualified buyers and renters to land a home. Bellingham renters face one of the toughest markets in [...]

Look inside one of the most expensive houses in Whatcom County

Filed on 27. Apr, 2016 in Contents, Features

Look inside one of the most expensive houses in Whatcom County

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Woodwork is everywhere on this 6-bedroom house that sits on the shore of Lake Whatcom. Last year, it sold for $2.1 million. That makes it the most expensive house sold in Whatcom County in 2015, of the listings that were recorded by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The house is [...]

Bellingham fish farm design co. gets step up from U.S. trade program

Filed on 11. Apr, 2016 in Contents, News

Bellingham fish farm design co. gets step up from U.S. trade program

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Where are the fish of the future going to be raised? Almost 30 years ago, Henning Gatz made a bet: farmed fishing was heading indoors. Now, it looks like that gamble is paying off. Gatz is the president of Aquacare Environment Inc., a Bellingham company that builds closed [...]

Board votes Randhawa as new Western Washington University president

Filed on 06. Apr, 2016 in Contents, News

Board votes Randhawa as new Western Washington University president

The Western Washington University Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved the selection of Sabah U. Randhawa as Western’s next president. Randhawa is expected to take over for president Bruce Shepard, who is retiring June 30. The appointment is subject to a final agreement on a contract. “I am deeply honored for this opportunity to [...]

The deal to sell Haggen

Filed on 04. Apr, 2016 in Contents, News

The deal to sell Haggen

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal When Haggen sought permission to sell off the last of its stores in November, the future of the brand was put into question. Now it looks like shoppers — those in Whatcom County, at least — will get some answers about what will happen with the grocery store chain that [...]

BelleWood Acres owners to retire

Filed on 30. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

BelleWood Acres owners to retire

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal After 20 years of growing apples, Dorie and John Belisle, owners of BelleWood Acres, are thinking about retirement. “It’s time, we’re old,” Dorie Belisle said. A real estate listing for the nearly 62-acre orchard, distillery, retail space, cafe and event space went online on Friday. The asking price [...]

Legal threat prompts Bellingham laundromat name change

Filed on 16. Mar, 2016 in Contents, Features, News

Legal threat prompts Bellingham laundromat name change

By Jim Davis For The Bellingham Business Journal BELLINGHAM — Q Laundry in the Sunnyland neighborhood is changing its name and branding after getting into a trademark dispute with a national laundry manufacturer. The laundromat at 810 Alabama St. will be known as Brio Laundry. Owner Colleen Unema said she started the business in 2013 [...]

Albertsons to keep Haggen name on some stores

Filed on 15. Mar, 2016 in News

Albertsons to keep Haggen name on some stores

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal It looks like things will be almost the same. Almost. Albertsons laid out on Monday what will happen if its purchase of 29 Haggen Food & Pharmacy’s stores is approved. Fifteen of the stores will remain under the Haggen brand. The other 14 stores across Washington and Oregon [...]

Haggen reaches deal to sell remaining stores to Albertsons

Filed on 11. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

Haggen reaches deal to sell remaining stores to Albertsons

By Jim Davis The Herald Business Journal Haggen Food & Pharmacy announced Friday evening that it had accepted Albertsons’ bid to acquire 29 core stores in Washington and Oregon including five in Whatcom County. The Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons would pay $106 million for the stores, according to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The agreement [...]

Bellingham cartoonist makes a living in a dying art

Filed on 07. Mar, 2016 in Contents

Bellingham cartoonist makes a living in a dying art

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Despite the success he’s found in it, drawing cartoons and illustrating was not George Jartos’ first choice. “I was doing sculpture,” he said. “But I knew I could never make a living at it.” Before he went into semi-retirement, Jartos was a prolific cartoonist and illustrator. His work [...]

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