Bellingham’s soap queen: building a soap empire

Filed on 08. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features

Bellingham’s soap queen: building a soap empire

Editor’s note: The print version of this story incorrectly stated that Anne-Marie Faiola put $50,000, rather than $15,000, on a credit card to start her business. The online version has been corrected.  Anne-Marie Faiola quit her job as a corrections officer 16 years ago, put $15,000 on her credit card, and started her soap making [...]

Local produce market open on Guide Meridian

Filed on 07. Oct, 2014 in Contents, New Business, News

Local produce market open on Guide Meridian

A new market on Guide Meridian is selling local organic fruit and vegetables seven days a week. The Mt. Baker Farmers Market opened this week at 4905 Guide Meridian, just north of Kelly Road. The market has space for vendors, but it isn’t a standard farmers market. DJ Nagra, market owner, buys and resells produce [...]

Meet John Clougher, Haggen’s new CEO

Filed on 06. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features, News, People On The Move

Meet John Clougher, Haggen’s new CEO

Ten years ago, as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market, John Clougher developed an admiration for Haggen, the Bellingham-based grocery store chain. His job at Whole Foods required him to travel to stores throughout the Northwest. Every other week, he’d leave his wife and three young daughters in Bellevue to drive up the Interstate [...]

Vincent Stanley of Patagonia to close speaker series

Filed on 06. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features

Vincent Stanley of Patagonia to close speaker series

Vincent Stanley, vice president of marketing and “chief storyteller” at Patagonia, will speak at the final session of the Future of Business speaker series, sponsored by nonprofit Sustainable Connections, on Oct. 16. Stanley has been with Patagonia, the California-based outdoor clothing company, on and off since the company began in 1973. He spoke in Bellingham [...]

Foreclosure, delinquency rate decreased in July

Filed on 01. Oct, 2014 in Business Briefs, Contents, Market Indicators

Foreclosure, delinquency rate decreased in July

Bellingham-area foreclosure and mortgage delinquency rates decreased in July 2014 over both the previous month and the same period in July 2013, according to data released on Sept. 30 by CoreLogic. The Foreclosure rate in Bellingham in July was 1 percent, a 0.28 percent drop from the July 2013 foreclosure rate of 1.28 percent and [...]

Everett plant breeder brings variety to your garden, plate

Filed on 30. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News

Everett plant breeder brings variety to your garden, plate

By Debra Smith The [Everett] Herald  Business Journal Tom Wagner isn’t a businessman. Someone told him that once. It wasn’t meant as a compliment, but Wagner accepted the comment with pride. He sees himself as a plant engineer. A mad scientist. The Johnny Appleseed of tomatoes. Anything but a businessman. Perhaps that is why the [...]

Village Books owner on Amazon vs Hachette dispute

Filed on 25. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features

Village Books owner on Amazon vs Hachette dispute

In July, best-selling author James Patterson awarded Village Books with a $7,500 grant as part of his pledge to give $1 million to small booksellers. Patterson made the pledge after a dispute started between Amazon and his publisher, Hachette, one of the world’s largest publishing companies with authors including J.K. Rowling and Malcolm Gladwell. The [...]

Gender gap in aerospace workers persists

Filed on 22. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News

Gender gap in aerospace workers persists

By Jim Davis (Everett) Herald Business Journal editor The percentage of women working in the aerospace industry in Washington has remained stagnant for more than 20 years, according to a state labor market economist. Women account for one in four jobs in aerospace and that has changed little since the 1990s, said Anneliese Vance-Sherman, an [...]

Local pharmacist talks marijuana investment

Filed on 18. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, New Business

Local pharmacist talks marijuana investment

A 2012 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that 10.2 percent of Washington residents had used marijuana in the past month. Perhaps not since 1933, when prohibition ended in the United States, has a product with such a large existing market become legal to sell for the first time in [...]

Crystal Reef Aquatics: saltwater aquarium shop serves niche market

Filed on 16. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, New Business

Crystal Reef Aquatics: saltwater aquarium shop serves niche market

Aquariums and fish tanks are notoriously difficult to maintain. Julian Friedman, owner of Crystal Reef Aquatics, said technology is making it easier. Inside the front door of the warehouse-like space he shares with Northern Lights Gardening at 4159 Hannegan Road, tanks blooming with colorful coral and other invertebrates fills a shelf. The 8-gallon tanks rely [...]

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