Could coal terminal be net negative for local economy?

Filed on 15. Jul, 2015 in Features, News

Could coal terminal be net negative for local economy?

The proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal would add hundreds of jobs to the county, but will it hurt some industries? And could it already be slowing the local economy and affecting real estate prices along the railway? A recent study on the proposed terminal raises those questions. The study, by the PFM Group of Philadelphia, focused [...]

Community Food Co-op Bakery open for business

Filed on 14. Jul, 2015 in Business Briefs, Features, New Business, News

Community Food Co-op Bakery open for business

The Community Food Co-op’s new bakery and cafe opened Monday, July 13. The addition gives customers a place to grab to-go items and frees up space for increased production at the downtown and Cordata Community Food Co-op locations. The Co-op Bakery, at 405 E. Holly St., across the street from the downtown co-op, is open [...]

Pedal Party NW: A ride on the inaugural pedal-powered brewery tour

Filed on 09. Jul, 2015 in Features, New Business

Pedal Party NW: A ride on the inaugural pedal-powered brewery tour

Tom and Amy Lawson were about to dive into the next chapter of their lives. After 40-year careers, Tom as a carpenter and Amy as a teacher, they bought an open-air, pedal-powered bus for double the price of most cars, and prepared it for tours of Bellingham’s breweries. Before their first paid tour on Thursday, [...]

Downtown Bellingham Partnership hatches a plan to fill vacancies

Filed on 05. Jul, 2015 in Features, New Business, News

Downtown Bellingham Partnership hatches a plan to fill vacancies

Imagine a downtown space that allows start-up retailers, dance and fitness instructors and other entrepreneurs to try their business ideas without the commitment and upfront cost of signing a lease. Now imagine that space moving from one vacant downtown storefront to the next, leaving behind new businesses with each move. That’s Nick Hartrich’s vision for [...]

Housing market is hot, but new apartments could change price-to-rent ratio

Filed on 01. Jul, 2015 in News

Housing market is hot, but new apartments could change price-to-rent ratio

The price and number of homes sold in Whatcom County climbed higher in May, outpacing numbers for last year and last month. At the same time, the amount of new listings on the market decreased. Those conditions have led to a seller’s market with declining inventory. Whatcom County’s housing market is down to 3.69 months [...]

Boeing to cut 747 production rate to 1 per month

Filed on 25. Jun, 2015 in Features, News

Boeing to cut 747 production rate to 1 per month

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald writer EVERETT — The Boeing Co. is cutting the number of 747s it rolls out of its Paine Field plant annually by one-third by next March. The company, which announced the production cut Wednesday, remains optimistic that it will still be making the jumbo airplane in the next decade. Industry analysts are [...]

Jobs report: More jobs, but growing workforce pushes jobless rate up

Filed on 23. Jun, 2015 in Contents, Market Indicators

Jobs report: More jobs, but growing workforce pushes jobless rate up

Whatcom County employers added jobs in May, but a growing workforce pushed the unemployment rate up slightly from April. Whatcom County’s estimated unemployment rate climbed to 5.8 percent last month, up from a corrected rate of 5.4 percent in April, according to the state Employment Security Department’s latest monthly employment report. The 5.8 unemployment rate [...]

How a Microsoft executive became the owner of a Marysville Harley shop

Filed on 22. Jun, 2015 in Features

How a Microsoft executive became the owner of a Marysville Harley shop

By Emily Hamann For The Everett Herald Business Journal So how do you go from a Microsoft executive to the owner of a Harley-Davidson dealership? Scott Smernis just laughs. “Everybody wants to know that,” Smernis said. He’s the owner and dealer principal of Sound Harley-Davidson in Marysville, a dealership that he built from the ground up. [...]

Deal in motion to allow All American Marine, Fairhaven Shipyard to expand

Filed on 18. Jun, 2015 in Features, News

Deal in motion to allow All American Marine, Fairhaven Shipyard to expand

The Port of Bellingham took steps this week toward facilitating the expansion of two Fairhaven marine businesses in a deal that would change 7.66 acres of Fairhaven industrial waterfront by July 2016. Under terms in a memorandum of understanding between the organizations, the Port plans to help All American Marine and Fairhaven Shipyard expand on [...]

Kona Bike Shop now open on State Street

Filed on 16. Jun, 2015 in Business Briefs, Contents, New Business

Kona Bike Shop now open on State Street

It’s part bike shop, part showroom and one of the only places in the world to find Ferndale-based Kona Bikes’ full line of bicycles. The Kona Bike Shop, at 1622 N. State St. opened on June 6 and has more than 100 bikes on display. The shop will have a grand opening on June 20-21 [...]

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