What’s behind the drop in traffic at the airport?

Filed on 04. May, 2015 in Contents, Features, News

What’s behind the drop in traffic at the airport?

Traffic at Bellingham International Airport dropped for the first time in more than a decade last year and could fall even further this summer. An airport consultant expects a 35 percent year-over-year decline in traffic this June. In 2012 and 2013, the Bellingham International Airport was one of the fastest growing airports in the country. [...]

Snohomish County train watch group counts increase in coal, decrease in oil

Filed on 30. Apr, 2015 in Features, News

Snohomish County train watch group counts increase in coal, decrease in oil

By Noah Haglund Everett Herald writer EVERETT — More coal, less oil. That’s what a group of volunteers saw last week when they kept a round-the-clock vigil on the railroad tracks running through Snohomish County. They counted 29 coal trains and 12 crude-oil trains. That compares to 24 coal trains and 16 crude-oil trains last year. [...]

Western Solar triples space in preparation for hiring

Filed on 29. Apr, 2015 in Features, News

Western Solar triples space in preparation for hiring

Local solar system installers Western Solar tripled its office and warehouse space in early April when it moved to a new location at 4041 Home Road, near Interstate 5 at Northwest Avenue. The new 6,000-square-foot facility has private offices for all office staff with room to grow, and showroom and conference spaces for hosting classes [...]

Future McMenamins resort takes shape at historic Bothell school site

Filed on 26. Apr, 2015 in Features, New Business

Future McMenamins resort takes shape at historic Bothell school site

By Jim Davis (Everett) Herald Business Journal  It takes a little bit of imagination, but you can begin to see the McMenamins in the old Anderson School in downtown Bothell. The Oregon-based company is renovating the historic junior high school into one of its quirky destination resorts with a mix of beer, art and history. [...]

Accounting for sustainability: businesses learn to measure more than profit

Filed on 21. Apr, 2015 in Contents, Features, News

Accounting for sustainability: businesses learn to measure more than profit

Boundary Bay Brewery has always worked toward supporting Whatcom County’s economy and doing less harm to the planet, owner Ed Bennett said. The brewery donates beer to help nonprofits raise money and gives employees time to volunteer for local causes and events. Boundary Bay’s beer garden is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a [...]

SBDC director talks changes to Bellingham business since 2009

Filed on 20. Apr, 2015 in Features, News

SBDC director talks changes to Bellingham business since 2009

C.J. Seitz, interim director of Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center, is a familiar face to many local businesses. Seitz worked as a business advisor at the center from 2005 until 2009. Since then, she has worked in administration in the private sector and served as a regional director of the state’s Employment Security [...]

Cosmos Bistro: Bellingham’s newest restaurant already has regulars

Filed on 16. Apr, 2015 in Features, New Business, News

Cosmos Bistro: Bellingham’s newest restaurant already has regulars

Cosmos Bistro is barely open, but it already has a following. That’s because Jamison Rogayan and Cinnamon Berg, the owners of the comfort food restaurant at 1151 N. State St., in the Herald Building, are familiar faces to some of their customers. Berg and Rogayan were in charge of Avenue Bread’s short-lived dinner effort called [...]

Will a tax bill kill the booming local e-cigarette industry?

Filed on 14. Apr, 2015 in Features, News

Will a tax bill kill the booming local e-cigarette industry?

Electronic cigarettes went from obscurity to a $2.5 billion industry in the U.S. in the last five years, and Mount Baker Vapor has followed a similar trajectory. The Bellingham company’s website went live in August 2011, hit 100 orders three months later, and reached 1,000 orders the next spring. Now, Mount Baker Vapor has more [...]

New downtown office part of multiphase project

Filed on 12. Apr, 2015 in Contents, Features, New Business, News

New downtown office part of multiphase project

The two-story brick building that went up over the winter at 310 E. Magnolia St., next to Schweinhaus Biergarten, is almost finished. Michael Schacht, founder of Schacht Law, plans to move his law office in once the building is completed in May, he said. Schacht owns the site and his master plan for it includes [...]

Whatcom County home prices rose 8.3 percent in first quarter

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

Whatcom County home prices rose 8.3 percent in first quarter

Falling inventory and rising prices in Whatcom County real estate could lead to a seller’s market, according to a report on the first quarter of 2015 by Lylene Johnson, a real estate agent with the Muljat Group. Johnson has tracked the local real estate market for years using data from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. [...]

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