BelleWood Acres finds success through diversifying and distilling

Filed on 12. Oct, 2015 in Features, News

BelleWood Acres finds success through diversifying and distilling

By Patricia Guthrie For the Bellingham Business Journal Pruning, picking and packing nearly 32 acres of apples makes for long days and hard work for John and Dorie Belisle, a former Florida couple who decided to turn a chunk of fertile valley soil into an orchard near Lynden 20 years ago. They quickly learned that [...]

Going Big: What court documents reveal about Haggen’s fast failure

Filed on 08. Oct, 2015 in Features, News

Going Big: What court documents reveal about Haggen’s fast failure

On Nov. 4, 2014, two months after John Clougher became Haggen’s CEO, Haggen executives attended a meeting at Albertsons headquarters in Boise, Idaho. The meeting was vital for both companies. Clougher and the other Haggen executives were there to negotiate a $300 million-dollar deal to buy 146 stores from Albertsons and grow into a major [...]

Port of Bellingham Commissioner candidate Q&A: Briscoe and Jensen

Filed on 06. Oct, 2015 in Contents, Features, News

Port of Bellingham Commissioner candidate Q&A: Briscoe and Jensen

Two candidates are running for the open District 3 seat on the Port of Bellingham commission. The position, currently held by Jim Jorgenson, covers northwest Whatcom County— west of the Guide Meridian and north of downtown to the Canadian border. The winner of the Nov. 3 general election will start a four-year term next year. [...]

Businesses help furnish, decorate transitional home for homeless mothers

Filed on 05. Oct, 2015 in Contents, News, Nonprofit Notes

Businesses help furnish, decorate transitional home for homeless mothers

Businesses and organizations have stepped up to furnish and decorate rooms for homeless families trying to get back on their feet. The nonprofit Lydia Place is finishing a remodel of its transitional home, which houses up to eight single mothers and their children. A $230,040 grant from the City of Bellingham funded the remodel of the [...]

Film is Truth’s mission shifts as it becomes a nonprofit

Filed on 28. Sep, 2015 in Features, News

Film is Truth’s mission shifts as it becomes a nonprofit

Film is Truth 24 Times a Second, one of Bellingham’s two remaining video rental stores, isn’t in financial trouble. But last year its owners realized that without making a change, it would be eventually. Longtime employee Dee Dee Chapman worried less about losing her job and more about the possibility of Bellingham residents losing access [...]

Bison Bookbinding and Letterpress moves, expands retail hours

Filed on 27. Sep, 2015 in Features, New Business, News

Bison Bookbinding and Letterpress moves, expands retail hours

After more than a decade of cranking out cards, stationery and notebooks for a wholesale market, Bison Bookbinding and Letterpress is opening in a new location with more retail space in downtown Bellingham. The company is opening at 112 Grand Ave., the former home of Little Tiger Toys, on Oct. 2. Owners Carly James and [...]

Haggen plans to close 100 more stores and leave the Southwest

Filed on 24. Sep, 2015 in Contents, Features

Haggen plans to close 100 more stores and leave the Southwest

Haggen announced plans to close 100 more grocery stores—including all its Southwest stores—to focus on 37 stores and one standalone pharmacy in the Northwest. The closures are part of the company’s chapter 11 bankruptcy process. It’s the Bellingham grocer’s latest setback in a string of disappointments. The supermarket chain bought 146 former Albertsons stores in [...]

China’s leader tours Boeing after big jetliner deal

Filed on 24. Sep, 2015 in Features, News

China’s leader tours Boeing after big jetliner deal

By Chris Winters Everett Herald Writer  EVERETT — Chinese President Xi Jinping toured the Boeing Co. factory at Paine Field on Wednesday, shortly after the company confirmed that it will sell 300 jetliners to Chinese airlines and leasing companies. Xi arrived on the factory floor just before noon and was greeted by Boeing Commercial Airplanes President [...]

Bellingham organization aims to mobilizing Washington’s food trucks

Filed on 20. Sep, 2015 in Features, News

Bellingham organization aims to mobilizing Washington’s food trucks

Washington’s growing food truck industry lacks a voice. State legislature considered a bill this year that would have created a license for mobile food vendors to sell beer and wine. Despite the popularity of all three industries across the state—beer, wine and food trucks—it didn’t pass. Lori Johnson, whose husband met with food truck owners [...]

1 out of 3 farms in Snohomish County run by women

Filed on 18. Sep, 2015 in Features, News

1 out of 3 farms in Snohomish County run by women

By Jennifer Sasseen Everett Herald Business Journal SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Brown grasses of winter cover much of the 7 ½-acre patch of land in Lake Stevens that is Cheryl Dillon’s Be Well Farm. Closer inspection reveals hidden wealth — a bright-green row of mustard greens and the darker, purple-green leaves of kale. There are sunchokes [...]

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