A month of retail weed: high prices and low supply

Filed on 12. Aug, 2014 in Contents

A month of retail weed: high prices and low supply

Don Murphy, security guard at Top Shelf Cannabis, sees putting people at ease as part of his job. Some are nervous about entering the retail marijuana store at 3857 Hannegan Rd., in Bellingham. “You can’t come in here, you have more hair than me.” Murphy told a customer while checking his ID – buyers must [...]

WCC developing health care programs with $567,500 grant

Filed on 07. Aug, 2014 in Contents

WCC developing health care programs with $567,500 grant

Picture a patient talking to a doctor after being diagnosed with a serious illness. As the doctor discusses treatment plans, prescriptions, and prognosis, the patient’s mind is reeling. Often, the patient’s eyes glaze over and they don’t retain information about the illness or treatment plan. To combat this and other problems, the Affordable Care Act [...]

Woods Coffee sales soar thanks to in-house roasting

Filed on 05. Aug, 2014 in Contents

Woods Coffee sales soar thanks to in-house roasting

Standing beside a fire engine red, 7-foot-tall coffee roaster at Woods Coffee’s Lynden base, Shea Hagan describes coffee with terms like flavor profile, structure, acidity, and sweetness. He can taste a difference between regular and decaf coffee. He can even tell by taste which decaffeinating processes is used. As head roaster at Woods Coffee, having [...]

Community Food Co-op begins construction this month

Filed on 04. Aug, 2014 in Contents

Community Food Co-op begins construction this month

Work on phase one of the Bellingham Community Food Co-op’s three phase expansion project should begin in September, co-op outreach manager Adrienne Renz said. Last November, the co-op bought a nearly 10,000-square-foot building at 405 E. Holly St., across Holly Street from its current location. The new building, previous home to Better Than New clothing [...]

Governor Inslee talks energy with Community Energy Challenge

Filed on 31. Jul, 2014 in Contents

Governor Inslee talks energy with Community Energy Challenge

Governor Jay Inslee toured the Building Performance Center at 3406 Redwood Ave., in Bellingham, on Thursday as the fourth stop on his statewide climate tour. The Building Performance Center is home to a weather proofing, insulation, and energy efficiency training house, with models of walls, roofs, ducts, attics, and other parts of a house. Every [...]

Five trains a week carry Bakken oil through Whatcom

Filed on 27. Jul, 2014 in Contents

Five trains a week carry Bakken oil through Whatcom

By Jerry Cornfield The Everett Herald OLYMPIA — Trains each carrying at least 1 million gallons of Bakken crude oil are traveling through Snohomish County roughly 10 times a week, according to a report released June 25. The trains, operated by BNSF Railway, are transporting the North Dakota crude to refineries in Anacortes and Cherry Point, [...]

North Cascades Meat co-op to market local beef

Filed on 23. Jul, 2014 in Features

North Cascades Meat co-op to market local beef

By Jim Davis Herald Business Journal Editor Almost all of the meat consumed in Whatcom County is produced outside of the Puget Sound region and most of it comes from just a handful of companies. Now a cooperative representing farmers in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and Snohomish counties wants to do something about that. They’ve pulled [...]

Supplies hold, barely, at Bellingham Marijuana shops

Filed on 11. Jul, 2014 in Contents, Features

Supplies hold, barely, at Bellingham Marijuana shops

When Paul and Maria Grenwood walked into 2020 Solutions at 2018 Iron St., they got a menu and took a seat in a waiting area. Seconds later, a 2020 Solutions employee ushered them over to a counter where they could pick between several strains of marijuana. Budtenders, the pot store equivalent of a bartender, offered [...]

Making a chain a family business

Filed on 10. Jul, 2014 in Features

Making a chain a family business

By Quinn Russell Brown For The Bellingham Business Journal BELLINGHAM — With a smile on his face and a satchel over his shoulder, Robert Penney stepped inside Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt on Bakerview Road. He approached a family with two young children and introduced himself. “I’m the owner,” he said. “Would you like a balloon animal?” [...]

New hotels are underway, and more are coming to Bellingham

Filed on 02. Jun, 2014 in News

New hotels are underway, and more are coming to Bellingham

Several new hotel developments have begun operations in Bellingham over the past year, and even more are in the process of construction or set to start soon. All total, Bellingham stands to gain close to 450 new hotel rooms by the end of 2015. The largest new development is a Holiday Inn planned on about [...]

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