New Bellingham sticker shop gets noticed with bold branding

Filed on 06. Jul, 2017 in Contents, Features

New Bellingham sticker shop gets noticed with bold branding

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal One of the major challenges of starting a new business is getting your name out there. A 3-foot tall, more than 30-foot long sign on the front of your business on a high-traffic road in Bellingham might do the trick. That’s what Carlos Olvera, 35, and Andrew Howard, [...]

From simple to ornate, tap handles vie for beer drinkers’ eyes

Filed on 30. Jun, 2017 in Contents, Features

From simple to ornate, tap handles vie for beer drinkers’ eyes

By Aaron Swaney For The Herald Business Journal Arlington’s Skookum Brewery uses a carved wooden bear claw. Bothell’s Decibel Brewing recycles old microphones. Everett’s Scuttlebutt features a mermaid, which to be fair, is far from beautiful. “The saying went if the mermaid started to look good then you’d had enough,” said Matt Stromberg, head brewer [...]

Bellingham builder makes tiny houses with homey touches

Filed on 19. Jun, 2017 in Contents, Features

Bellingham builder makes tiny houses with homey touches

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal One of the biggest trends in housing is actually very small. And a recent Bellingham transplant is hopping on. Shannon Black works out of a warehouse space in the Irongate neighborhood. His latest tiny house sits inside. From the outside, it almost looks finished, from the wood siding [...]

Retail shakeup: Why some stores are going out of business, others are growing, and how malls can cope

Filed on 07. Jun, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Retail shakeup: Why some stores are going out of business, others are growing, and how malls can cope

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal If you walk into a mall today, you’ll likely see lots of change. That’s true at Bellis Fair Mall — depending on the day, you might see a large sign proudly proclaim that Dick’s Sporting Goods is now open, going-out-of business signs filling the windows at Rue 21, [...]

Bellingham small business owner to go against major company in trademark dispute — again

Filed on 31. May, 2017 in Contents, News

Bellingham small business owner to go against major company in trademark dispute — again

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal After a long, exhausting legal dispute, which ended in a historic victory, a Bellingham business owner is gearing up to go back into battle. After three years, Christine Palmerton won her trademark dispute with clothing giant Nautica in 2015. Now Nautica is once again challenging her trademark, and [...]

Asking price for Lynden’s Bachman estate drops more than $1 million

Filed on 04. May, 2017 in Contents, Features

Asking price for Lynden’s Bachman estate drops more than $1 million

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal It’s time to take care of business. After almost a year on the market, the owners of Lynden’s famous Bachman estate are hoping a massive price drop will finally move the property. Last month the listing price for the sprawling 30-acre property went from $4.375 million down to [...]

Honeybees travel 1,000 miles to pollinate nation’s crops

Filed on 01. May, 2017 in Contents, Features

Honeybees travel 1,000 miles to pollinate nation’s crops

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal The warm days of spring bring a great migration of many animals, with flocks and herds walking, swimming or flying to their summertime haunts. The migration of one species, however, takes another form: the back of a semi-truck. Honeybees get loaded onto trucks and driven to pollinate crops [...]

How businesses in Lynden’s new Waples building are teaming up and changing downtown

Filed on 03. Apr, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

How businesses in Lynden’s new Waples building are teaming up and changing downtown

When you walk through the Waples Mercantile Building on Front Street in Lynden it’s not hard to see why the businesses work so closely together — they’re all connected. The lobby of The Inn at Lynden opens directly onto Village Books. In the middle of the day, when all the shops are open, customers can [...]

Foster care nonprofit takes over Bellingham indoor playground facility Perch & Play

Filed on 20. Mar, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Foster care nonprofit takes over Bellingham indoor playground facility Perch & Play

Businesses and nonprofits aren’t usually after the same thing. In Bellingham, however, one charity and one business are uniting under a common goal: to help out children and parents. Skookum Kids purchased the indoor playground Perch & Play in January. Skookum Kids is a nonprofit that helps foster kids and foster parents in Whatcom County. [...]

Meet the new owners of Village Books

Filed on 13. Mar, 2017 in Contents, Features

Meet the new owners of Village Books

There are three new bosses in charge of Fairhaven’s iconic bookstore. After 36 years of running Village Books and Paper Dreams, founders Chuck and Dee Robinson have retired. They sold the business to Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson and Sarah Hutton, three longtime-employees. They had already been helping run the day-to-day operations of the store, and [...]

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