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 [...]

Report: Bellingham seen as a construction “hot spot”

Filed on 01. Jun, 2014 in News

Report: Bellingham seen as a construction “hot spot”

With a number of new building projects in the pipeline, Bellingham was recently placed on a list of U.S. cities where construction activity is expected to grow rapidly over the next 12 to 18 months. Bellingham is among 20 cities nationwide designated as “hot spots” of future building activity, according to Reed Construction Data, a [...]

Jobs Report: County unemployment estimated at 5.8 percent

Filed on 21. May, 2014 in News

Jobs Report: County unemployment estimated at 5.8 percent

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate was initially estimated at 5.8 percent in April, the first time since 2008 the county’s jobless level has dipped below 6 percent, according to the latest report from the Washington State Employment Security Department. The 5.8 percent initial estimate is down from a 6.8 percent estimate from the same month last [...]

City Council asked to consider compromise on PeaceHealth tax issue

Filed on 20. May, 2014 in News

City Council asked to consider compromise on PeaceHealth tax issue

PeaceHealth directors, employees and supporters are urging the Bellingham City Council to consider a compromise to a proposed ordinance that would repeal an exemption of local business and occupation taxes for nonprofit health care providers affiliated with religion. The repeal could cost PeaceHealth’s St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham up to $1.2 million in new [...]

Entrepreneur of the Year: Brittany O’Brien, Spruce Stationery & Design

Filed on 07. May, 2014 in Features

Entrepreneur of the Year: Brittany O’Brien, Spruce Stationery & Design

Customers tell her that her shop is like “a Pinterest board come to life,” said Brittany O’Brien, owner of Spruce Stationery & Design in downtown Bellingham. Yet the focus of O’Brien’s business is a bit different than that of Pinterest, the popular social website where more than 70 million users upload posts of arts and [...]

Executive of the Year: Sue Sharpe, Chuckanut Health Foundation

Filed on 06. May, 2014 in Features

Executive of the Year: Sue Sharpe, Chuckanut Health Foundation

In six years leading the Chuckanut Health Foundation, Sue Sharpe said her role guiding the organization, which in its 30-year history has directed more than $15 million to agencies supporting community health and education, has been largely done behind the scenes. So when readers of The Bellingham Business Journal voted her the Executive of the [...]

Nonprofit of the Year: Lydia Place

Filed on 05. May, 2014 in Features

Nonprofit of the Year: Lydia Place

Homelessness often has roots in a number of societal ills, including substance abuse and domestic violence. But according to Emily O’Connor, the executive director of Lydia Place, securing safe housing for all is the first step toward permanent solutions. “Oftentimes, when someone has a roof over their head, they can start to work on all [...]

Business of the Year: Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

Filed on 04. May, 2014 in Features

Business of the Year: Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

There’s a specific ritual to tasting olive oil, and Ross Driscoll is eager to show customers the proper method. Driscoll, who owns Drizzle Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room with his wife, Dana, starts by pouring a small amount of oil into a plastic cup. He then circles the palm of his hand over the [...]

Hammerhead Coffee Roasters moving to Sunnyland Neighborhood

Filed on 25. Apr, 2014 in Features

Hammerhead Coffee Roasters moving to Sunnyland Neighborhood

Scott Hartwich leans in close to “Homer,” his coffee roaster, listening for telltale pops and snaps from the raw green coffee beans inside, which will indicate the current roast is nearing completion. Hartwich co-owns and operates Hammerhead Coffee Roasters with his wife, Mary Burwell. As Hartwich handles roasting, Burwell keeps an eye on the company’s [...]

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