Bellingham attorney discusses marijuana business law

Filed on 16. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features

Bellingham attorney discusses marijuana business law

Bellingham attorney Heather Wolf didn’t plan to get into marijuana law. She practices land use and zoning law, and last year clients started asking her about where they could open retail marijuana stores. Wolf, who has been an attorney since 1997, got involved with Whatcom County’s adoption of zoning laws on behalf on her clients, [...]

N.C. company opens downtown office, breaks ground on $30M project

Filed on 14. Oct, 2014 in Contents, New Business

N.C. company opens downtown office, breaks ground on $30M project

A North Carolina company with the slogan “fully loaded college living,” is already leasing apartments for Fall 2015 in Bellingham. The Grove, a national housing company that markets toward college students, opened a downtown office at 1305 Cornwall Ave., and broke ground on 216-unit apartment complex south of Fred Meyer in early October. The project [...]

Bellingham residential contractors finding ample work

Filed on 13. Oct, 2014 in Contents

Bellingham residential contractors finding ample work

Residential contractors are saying they have more work than they’ve had in years, said Brian Evans, executive officer of the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. “Residential remodel is quite strong,” Evans said. “Homeowner confidence is up. People are back to believing that their house is a good place to invest money.” David Brogan, President [...]

WTA test-drives an electric bus

Filed on 13. Oct, 2014 in Contents, News

WTA test-drives an electric bus

Whatcom Transit Authority took an all-electric bus for a test drive on Friday, Oct. 10, and gave passengers free rides between downtown and Fairhaven. WTA borrowed the bus from BYD Motors, a china-based electric auto maker. The bus was built in the United States. BYD Motors representatives are touring the state and have let several [...]

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 [...]

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