City planning director talks rental registration

Filed on 03. Feb, 2015 in Features, News

City planning director talks rental registration

  Bellingham City Council approved a rental registration and inspection program in December 2014. Details about how the program will work will likely come before City Council at a Feb. 9 work session. The council has discussed starting a rental registration program as a way to deal with rental properties that don’t meet basic health [...]

Canadian dollar plummets after months of losing value

Filed on 02. Feb, 2015 in Features, Market Indicators, News

Canadian dollar plummets after months of losing value

The Canadian dollar lost five cents in value compared to the U.S. dollar in one day last month. It dropped on Jan. 21 after the Bank of Canada lowered its benchmark overnight interest rate from 1 percent to 0.75 percent. The benchmark rate determines bank lending rates, and lowering it is one tool central banks [...]

Super Bowl boosts some Bellingham businesses

Filed on 30. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

Super Bowl boosts some Bellingham businesses

Businesses across Washington state are celebrating the Seahawks and the Super Bowl in a variety of ways — from flying Seahawks flags to offering 12 percent discounts in honor of the 12th man. Bill Cassels, Bellingham Fred Meyer store director, said the store’s sales before the Super Bowl rival Thanksgiving and other holidays. According to a [...]

Vintage trailer company unveils mobile Airstream bar

Filed on 29. Jan, 2015 in Contents, Features

Vintage trailer company unveils mobile Airstream bar

Angi Soulier wasn’t a fan of vintage trailers before she bought one to rent out as a way to diversify her income. That was in 2013. Now she calls herself a trailer ninja. Soulier and her husband Jim restore and sell vintage trailers, in addition to offering trailer rentals. They run their business, called Old [...]

What’s Ahead: Business trends to watch for in 2015

Filed on 27. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

What’s Ahead: Business trends to watch for in 2015

With a waterfront development agreement looming, changes coming to the grocery industry, and more breweries preparing to open by summer, 2015 should be another busy year for business news in Bellingham and Whatcom County. The following items are just a few of the things that could make headlines in the year ahead. Beer pouring in [...]

Erin Baker looks to the future after 20 years in business

Filed on 21. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

Erin Baker looks to the future after 20 years in business

In the last 20 years, Erin Baker has gone from pedaling deliveries of her breakfast cookies to local coffee shops on a blue Schwinn bicycle to managing 38 employees at her bakery, office and retail store in Bellingham. Her company, Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods, is celebrating its 20th year in business on Wednesday, Jan. [...]

Everett-built carbon fiber wings key to Boeing’s future

Filed on 21. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

Everett-built carbon fiber wings key to Boeing’s future

By Debra Vaughn (Everett) Herald Business Journal Take a drive down Highway 526 and look north toward the cranes and trucks and workers building the future of not only Boeing but an entire region. Contractors are creating a new 1.3 million-square-foot factory where Boeing workers will eventually fabricate airplane wings for a new family of [...]

Black Drop Coffee House brings another owner on board

Filed on 15. Jan, 2015 in Contents, Features, People On The Move

Black Drop Coffee House brings another owner on board

Ryan Siu, a veteran barista at the Black Drop Coffee House, recently became a co-owner of the shop. Siu joins Stephanie Oppelaar, who has owned the shop since December 2009. “We’re finding our stride as an ownership team,” Oppelaar said. “Ryan has that passion for specialty coffee. It’s really nice to hear what he thinks [...]

Custom ski company gives new life to salvaged old-growth wood

Filed on 12. Jan, 2015 in Features, New Business

Custom ski company gives new life to salvaged old-growth wood

The ancient trees that used to cover the Pacific Northwest barely exist outside protected wilderness areas. The tight-grained lumber the behemoths produced, however, still stands on old buildings throughout the region. When a job as a carpenter and construction worker in Squamish, B.C., gave Alex Turner a chance to harvest old-growth timber from renovation projects, [...]

Man with the key: Locksmith honored after 42-year career

Filed on 07. Jan, 2015 in Contents, Features, People On The Move

Man with the key: Locksmith honored after 42-year career

Dean Christensen, a Bellingham locksmith who is retiring after 42 years on the job, says no two of his 10,000 or so work days were alike. His morning work order could have him drilling into a safe, looking into a lock with a scope and cutting a key with a file, running a skeleton key [...]

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