He helped pioneer beer in Bellingham

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

He helped pioneer beer in Bellingham

When David Vitt started Kulshan Brewing Company in 2012, Bellingham was not the craft beer destination it is today. “Beer in Bellingham, it wasn’t mature at all,” He said. “There was lots of potential there.” At the time, there were just two other breweries: Boundary Bay and Chuckanut. Vitt remembers talking to a friend about [...]

Using the power of flowers for good

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

Using the power of flowers for good

Once when Natalie Ransom was a child, she escaped her grandmother’s watch and ran out of the house. Eventually, her family found her, in a neighbor’s yard, picking flowers. “As long as I can remember I have been incredibly drawn to flowers,” she said. “The colors. The symmetry. The smell.” Ask anyone when they last [...]

Using books to bring people together

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

Using books to bring people together

Brian Hulsey has loved books his entire life. “I don’t have a single memory of not knowing how to read,” he said. “It was ingrained in me early on.” As a little kid, he would walk into his local public library and leave with stacks and stacks of books. “Literacy and reading were huge foundations [...]

She saw a need; she filled it

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

She saw a need; she filled it

Allyson Farrar’s day starts at 4:15 a.m. Before she gets to the office, she’s already made four stops at businesses around Bellingham. Depending on the day, she might head down to Bellevue for a full work day, followed by night classes. “I do a lot of driving,” she said. “I put like 25,000 miles a [...]

Born to lead

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

Born to lead

Courtney Rambo has always been a leader. “Thinking back to elementary school, middle school and high school, always being involved in (Associated Student Body),” she said. “I just think I have a lot of energy.” Rambo grew up in North Bend, where, coincidentally, she attended high school with other Top 7 Under 40 winner, Allyson [...]

A passion for helping local foster kids

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

A passion for helping local foster kids

It’s been a big year for Skookum Kids, and its founder Ray Deck III. In the past several months, the nonprofit has launched a new program, hired new staff and taken over a struggling business. Deck didn’t start out wanting to open a nonprofit. He grew up in North Carolina, and moved to New York [...]

No matter her job, she’s always giving back

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

No matter her job, she’s always giving back

Shultzie Willows has always been on the move. She was born in Maine, but lived all over the country, including spending some teenage years in Bellingham. Her career has taken some twists and turns as well. Originally, she wanted to get into children’s television. She had an idea for a kid’s show, and her dream [...]

Top 7 Under 40: Working hard and doing good in Whatcom County

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Top 7 Under 40: Working hard and doing good in Whatcom County

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal They’re building Whatcom County’s future — one foster kid, one flower arrangement, one can of beer at a time. The winners of this year’s Top 7 Under 40 Award come from a wide variety of industries, from nonprofit director to small business owner to working in the public [...]

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