Embattled Station Pub owner Nancy Parkhurst has filed exceptions with the Washington State Liquor Control Board over an administrative law judge’s recent ruling to cancel the tavern’s liquor license.
A Liquor Control Board spokesman said it will still be about two weeks before the board makes a final decision.
“There’s the possibility, although it would be a very small possibility, the Board would issue an order for something other than cancellation,” he said.
Since Oct. 30, 2004, the Railroad Avenue pub has received four violations from the Liquor Control Board for allowing apparently intoxicated people to possess or consume alcohol.
The City of Bellingham, through the mayor’s office and Bellingham Police Chief Randy Carroll, have asked that the Board not renew the pub’s license this year.
Station Pub employees and patrons have said they believe the tavern has been unfairly targeted by city and police officials for contributing to Railroad Avenue’s rough image.
After the board issues its final order, Parkhurst has the option of appealing the decision to Whatcom County Superior Court. The Liquor Control Board would decide if the pub could operate or not until the Superior Court reviewed the case.
Fairhaven owner closes store, joins Red Cross
Susanne Harlandt closed Nature’s Window on June 30 to pursue something that she’s dreamed of doing for years — working for the Red Cross.
Harlandt has been a volunteer for the organization, but was recently hired fulltime by the Red Cross and will be stationed in Korea for the next 18 months, starting in August. She will be doing a variety of things for the Red Cross, including working in emergency communications and providing morale boosts by connecting soldiers with relatives in war-torn areas, such as Afganistan.
“I grew up in a military family, and have worked with Vietnam Veterans for many years. To be actually starting a new career that is my passion at this age is an amazing opportunity,” Harlandt said.
Harlandt said she has mixed feelings about closing the store, which was located at 907 Harris Ave.
“I tried to keep it open and pass it on to someone else, but there just isn’t enough time to make that transition before I go to Korea,” Harlandt said. “It’s been a great business, and it’s been great getting to know so many people in this community through the store.”
Blaine manufacturer in hiring mode
Business is booming for Richmond, British Columbia-based Nature’s Path, and the company is looking to add 24 employees at its Blaine plant by the end of the year.
Fred Moore, director of human resources, said sales for Nature’s Path, a maker of organic cereals, snack bars and granolas, have increased every year since the company opened its Blaine manufacturing plant in 1999.
“We’re flying along and that’s putting stress and strain on our Blaine operation and the people who work there,” Moore said.
Between now and the end of the year, Moore said, the company could add between 20 and 30 employees in Blaine for technical, management and labor positions.
Moore said the typical position starts at about $9 per hour, plus benefits like dental coverage and a 401(k) contribution. Of Nature’s Path’s 218 employees, more than half work in Blaine. For more information, contact Blaine’s Nature’s Path location at 360-603-7102 or 2220 Nature’s Path Way.
Apartment complex gets city approval
Sea Bell LLC, owned by Stebner Real Estate, has been approved to build 144 apartment units on 680-700 32nd St., next to Rosewood Villa retirement center. The contractor for the nearly $9 million project is Bailey Built.
The apartment complex will be called Bellmont Apartments.
Rite Aid planning new standalone store
Rite Aid is spending $2 million for a new store in the former Sizzler location, 222 Telegraph Rd. Rite Aid’s current location is nearby at 3922 Meridian St. The company has applied for permits for the new building, as well as demolition permits. Company officials did not return phone calls seeking details on the project.
Hospital to begin $13 million expansion project
St. Joseph Hospital will soon begin a major $13 million renovation project that will expand its childbirth center, cardiovascular center and intensive care unit.
The hospital has already applied for $4.2 million in building permits, with construction expected to begin in August and be completed in the fall of 2006.
Included in the project is moving the intensive care unit to the third floor and adding nine beds, completing the interior of the South Tower’s fourth floor to house a 27-be inpatient medical unit and adding five rooms to the childbirth center.
Blossom building nearly full
Business is blooming at the Blossom Commons building, 115 – 159 W. Kellogg Rd.
Scheduled to open, or recently opened, are Country Insurance & Financial Services, Help-U-Sell NW Real Estate, Seasons Fashions and CTR Books.
Country Insurance, which opened last month, is the seventh-largest home and auto insurance company in the nation, said branch manager Ryan Grams, who will work at the location with agent Michael O’Neill.
Help-U-Sell, said agent Gene Erskine, is currently open and has tentatively scheduled an open house for July 16. Different from typical real estate offices, Help-U-Sell allows consumers to perform some services on their own and pick services with which they need further help.
Seasons Fashions, a clothing, accessories and skin-care products store, will also be opening soon, likely in the middle or end of this month, said owner Nathan Grover. Grover’s wife, Pandora, who operates Sunset Square’s Igloo Beach Boutique, will manage the new store.
CTR Books, a religious book and gift store, should be open by early or mid-August, said store owner Tim York.
The four new businesses join TD Curran, Spice Hut (which this week will open a new tea bar), Phaze 2 Nails & Salon, Cascade Financial Group, Web Engineering, and Global Imports at the year-old Blossom Commons.
Debbie Turk, Blossom Management Corporation’s marketing manager, said she is close to finalizing leases with three other businesses. If those businesses move in, Blossom Commons would be at capacity.
Local business moves, expands
David Mazur, owner of Ultrasonics International and Restoration Alliance, has moved his two companies to new headquarters.
Needing larger facilities, Mazur recently left his 1405 Fraser St. location for a completely renovated 6,500-square-foot site at 1414 Meador Ave. ,Suite 104. The new site is twice as large as the previous.
Ultrasonics manufactures, services and supports high-tech cleaning equipment, and Restoration provides education, training and cleaning agents to restore valuable items damaged in fires.
With the additional space, “we’re going to be able to address the training to a greater degree,” Mazur said. “We’re going to be able to offer hands-on training and seminars for people in the community.”
Mazur, who’s operated his companies in Bellingham for four years and employes eight staff members, is also considering setting up satellite offices with training personnel in various parts of the country.
Bike company pedals to Ferndale
A Seattle bicycle company has recently relocated to Ferndale.
In May, Transition Bikes moved its shipping, receiving and head offices to 1920 Main St.
Kevin Menard, 30, who along with longtime friend Kyle Young, also 30, said the move was a quality-of-life decision.
“We love the town,” Menard. “We were coming up here all the time to go riding. It’s way more laid back and quieter than Seattle.”
Menard and Young, who’ve known each other since they were youngsters growing up in Renton, started Transition Bikes three and a half years ago, out of their shared passion and respect for biking.
Transition Bikes manufactures three models: two full-suspension mountain bikes and a hardtail mountain bike. The company is getting ready to add another full-suspension model and another hardtail model. It’s also likely Transition Bikes will be looking to add a couple employees soon, Menard said.
Menard and Young design the bikes and they are manufactured in Taiwan.
Menard describes the bikes as “middle- to high-end,” and said full-suspension frames retail for around $950, with hardtail frames retailing for around $399. Complete bikes range between $2,400 to $2,700, and are sold locally at Fanatik Bike Co. and Drop ‘N Zone.
For more information on Transition Bikes contact 206-353-0007 or go online to www.transitionbikes.com.
‘Hound’ owner looking for new space
Christy Patten, co-owner of Downtown Hound , said that she is planning to close her business at 1323 Cornwall Ave. and potentially relocate elsewhere in the city.
“It’s a nice space, it’s just a lot of space for us,” she said. “We’re not using the mezzanine or the office.”
Ideally, said Patten, she’d like to relocate the business to Fairhaven and add additional services, such as grooming.
Patten, who opened the pet boutique with her daughter about 18 months ago, said there is not a specific date when the business may close.
Anyone interested in leasing the location, she said, should contact Pacific Continental Realty at 671-4200.
College prepares for building project
Major construction projects this summer will give the Northwest Indian College campus a new look.
As soon as next month, said Dave Oreiro, vice president of administration, construction could begin on three new buildings, located at 2451 Kwina Rd., across from the existing campus.
Scheduled for construction on the “New Campus” are: a 50-bedroom, 20,794-square-foot, dorm-like apartment building, a 2,278-square-foot daycare center for infants and toddlers and a five-office, three-classroom, 4,252-square-foot faculty building.
“This is something that will add a whole new dimension to the college,” Oreiro said. “It’s the first step in a whole new campus development.”
Oreiro said the college is accepting bids through July 8. The projects are then expected to be completed in about 10 months. The buildings will cost between $3 million and $4 million and will be funded by grant money from the Department of Education, Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The college also recently received another grant from the DOE for a yet-to-be designed Center for Student Success building.
Over the next 15 years, said Oreiro, the college hopes to see a wave of construction projects that will allow it to double its current enrollment of 350 students.
The campus currently consists of about 13 modular and stick-built buildings and a 95-year-old main facility.
Osaka eatery sold
Yong Ho Kim and Won Ja Kim are selling Osaka Japanese Restaurant to a couple of friends from Seattle.
The sale of the restaurant to Michael Chong and Kathleen Chong was expected to be completed at the end of June, said the Kim’s son, Adam. The Kims decided to sell the restaurant because they wanted to retire.
Osaka restaurant opened in early 2002 at 3207 Northwest Ave. after the Kims did a major renovation to the property, transforming a vacant house into a restaurant and building a Japanese Garden in the back. The garden takes up nearly half an acre.
Steve Harris, whose parents have owned Hannegan Seafood since the 1980s, plans to open a duty-free seafood outlet store in the next few weeks. The Am-Can Seafood Duty Free store, Harris said, will be located at 1690 Peace Portal Drive. The business will feature only wild seafood products and primarily target Canadians who shop duty free.
It also offers “wholesale pricing for people who just want to barbecue or buy wild product,” said the 39-year-old Harris, a Lynden resident.
Chuckanut Drive road project begins
Pedestrian sidewalk and bicycle lane improvements to Chuckanut Drive from Iris Lane to Hawthorn Road are scheduled to begin the week of July 11. Construction is expected to take 13 weeks.
During the construction of this project, the roadways will be reduced to one-way flagged traffic or may be closed to all but local traffic during daytime construction hours.
For questions about this project, please contact Mark Handzlik, P.E., in the City of Bellingham Public Works Engineering Department at 676-6961 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
School in search of larger location
The Cedar Tree Montessori School on Yew Street Road is searching for a new location, according to school representative Kim Feerer.
The school has outgrown its current location at 2224 Yew Street Road, across the street from KGMI Radio and adjacent to a church. The school opened six years ago, but is now at capacity and unable to provide needed programs or expand because of its space restrictions, said Feerer.
The school began the process of upgrading and expanding its current location, getting as far as obtaining a conditional use permit, its building permits, and selecting an architect — but the school experienced loan problems due to particulars with its partnership with the church on the adjoining property, and expansion in its current location is now not practicable.
“We’ve got a trailer on-site now that holds our third and fourth grades,” said Feerer. “We can have that there until June 2006, and that’s kind of the deadline we have for finding a new location.”
Homebuilder buys property in Birch Bay
D.B. Johnson Construction Inc., the largest homebuilding company in Snohomish County, recently closed on two large pieces of vacant property in the Birch Bay area, spending a total of $9,064,000.
Company president David Johnson did not return phone calls seeking comment about the property purchases. The first property was sold by Baycrest Investments LLC for $5,495,000 on May 13. The property includes vacant land on Bay Road and Sunset Drive. The second piece of property was also sold on May 13 by JIJ Corporation, for $3,569,000, and includes vacant land on Clamdigger Drive and Sunset Drive.
D.B. Johnson Construction built around 300 homes in 2004, ranking it third in the Puget Sound Business Journal 2005 Book of Lists for home builders in the Puget Sound area. The company is located in Marysville and had a sales volume of $50 million in 2003.
Two Bellingham businesses make list
Two Bellingham businesses are ranked in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s top 100 largest private companies in the region. Haggen moved up a notch to 9th on the list, with $787 million in sales in 2004. New to the list is Exxel Pacific, ranked 98th with $74.0 million in sales in 2004.
Judge dismisses antitrust MLS lawsuit
Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Steven Mura has dismissed the remaining claim in a lawsuit brought by the Bellingham-Whatcom County Multiple Listing Service against the Northwest Multiple Listing Service in Kirkland. Both companies track real estate activity. The Bellingham group sued the NWMLS for violation of antitrust laws and breach of contract, saying the Kirkland company was trying to drive the smaller Bellingham listing service out of business.
Beecher to open clothing boutique
The former general manager of the Hotel Bellwether is beginning a new entrepreneurial adventure.
Carol Beecher, a Bellingham resident since 1997, plans to open Vie, an upscale women’s clothing boutique next fall.
Vie, which she said translates to “life” in French, will be located on the ground floor of 12th Street Village, currently under construction at the southeast corner of Old Fairhaven Parkway and 12th Street. Customers of the building’s shops will have access to around 80 parking spaces on-site.
Beecher said the boutique will offer classic lines and quality fabrics. She envisions the store being popular with professional women in their 30s to 50s.
“(Vie) came about because I, like many women in Bellingham, would love to keep our money in Bellingham if there are more clothing options. Many of us go to Seattle or Vancouver, because there aren’t a lot of options here.”
Vie is Beecher’s second business venture. She also operated Agate Bay Gourmet, several years ago. She has 25 years of experience in the hotel industry.
Yacht company selects a new berth
Performance Yachts, one of the oldest yacht dealers at Squalicum Harbor, recently moved to a new location at the harbor.
Earlier this month, the dealer of Catalina sailboats, Monk Trawlers and Grand Soleil sailboats, relocated its office to #11 Bellwether Way, Suite 109.
Owner Tom Britton, said the move from Suite 112, where the company had been for the last three and a half years, gives the business more visibility and moves it closer to nearby retailers. The new 550-square-foot suite, about 50 square feet larger than the former location, also provides more space for display purposes.
U.S. Customs Service, which had been in Suite 109, swapped locations with Performance Yachts.
Performance Yachts opened in 1982.
Arlis is back in town
Arlis Flohr, 69, founder of Arlis’s Restaurant, has resumed ownership of the eatery at 1525 Cornwall Ave.
Tim Katzenberg, who had been operating the restaurant for the past five years, turned ownership of the restaurant back over to Flohr April 27.
Katzenberg had been experiencing some minor health problems, a few financial troubles and was becoming worn out with the restaurant business, Flohr said.
Flohr, who lives in Billings, Mont., has been staying at a local motel the past few weeks as the restaurant goes through some minor transitions. Her husband, Gary, plans to join her here soon and the two will stay in their travel trailer.
Once things are running smoothly at the restaurant, Flohr said, she hopes to find another owner.
“I just want to get it back into shape and find someone else to take care of it so I can go to Arizona in the winters again,” she said with a laugh.
Bellingham Weekly joins national organization
The Bellingham Weekly was admitted as the newest member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN). The AAN is an organization of more than 125 metropolitan newsweeklies that include the Village Voice, Chicago Reader, LA Weekly, and Seattle Weekly. Membership requirements include a rigorous review by the admissions committee, which gauges the quality, style and content of applicant newspapers. Bellingham Weekly was one of three weekly papers admitted this year from a field of ten that included the Las Vegas Weekly.
With a focus on arts and entertainment, and strong local news reporting, Bellingham Weekly circulates 20,000 copies every Thursday throughout Whatcom Skagit and San Juan counties. Bellingham Weekly is one of only four AAN papers in Washington, with others located in Seattle and Spokane. The publication is audited by Verified Audit Circulation.
Meeting set for July 14 on civic complex
A public meeting is scheduled on July 14, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Environmental Learning Center, 514 W. Holly Street, to discuss the Civic Athletic Complex Improvements project status, schedule and components of the redesign.
KVOS hires anchor, changes format
Award-winning sportscaster Ty Ray joins KVOS as the main anchor of the new 90 minute “NewsView,” the recently expanded morning news show seen by audiences in Whatcom and Skagit counties as well as lower British Columbia. With 15 years experience in television news, Ray comes to KVOS from KDVR FOX 31 in Denver, Colo. where he was a sports anchor and reporter. Ray began his career at KTVL in Medford, Ore., and has worked in other western television markets including Spokane and San Luis Obispo, California. Ray graduated from Washington State University.
Local bookkeeper launches business
Heather Pavlosky has launched her own accounting management firm, Pavlosky Accounting Solutions.
“After 20 years of working for others and in a business partnership, I was ready to strike out on my own,” says Pavlosky. “Having my own firm allows me to set the direction and serve clients at the level they desire and that I think best meets their needs.”
Pavlosky previously was a partner in Bowman Pavlosky & Associates, where she worked for 15 years.
Pavlosky Accounting Solutions provides expert Quickbooks setup and problem solving and staff is familiar with various industry-specific software packages. The firm also provides full-charge bookkeeping, including payroll services; accounts payable and receivable processing; bank reconciliation; B&O, sales, use, L&I and employment tax preparation; W2 and W3 processing; loan application and IRS tax packages; financial analysis and supporting schedules; internal audits and tax audit management; inventory setup and maintenance.
Boatmaker reaches milestone
Bullfrog Boats recently delivered a 17-foot rescue boat to Camano Island Fire and Rescue and also completed its 200th boat.
Owner Craig Henderson said the mission-specific rescue boat is the first of its type for the six-year-old company.
“We have been selling primarily to the general public but the rescue/water patrol is a natural for our indestructible boats,” Henderson said.
Laytons open new medical clinic
Dr. Jean McFadden Layton, naturopathic physician and Edward P. Layton, licensed acupuncturist, have opened a new clinic.
It is located directly opposite Carl Cozier School at 1329 Lincoln St. Suite 3. The clinic telephone is 360-734-1659.
Combining the best of western and eastern medicines, Dr. Jean and Edward use a wide variety of treatment types to bring their patients to their optimal health.
Local RE/Max office has big year
RE/MAX Whatcom County, Inc., ranked 383rd in 2004 sales volume among all residential real estate firms in the country, according to the 18th-annual REAL Trends survey released in May.
REAL Trends ranks the country’s top 500 brokerages, which represent less than 0.6 percent of approximately 80,000 residential real-estate firms. The ranking was based on closed transaction sides, which means a firm represented either the buyer or seller in a residential real-estate sale. In Washington, only four other brokerages – located in Mercer Island, Seattle, Bothell, and Spokane – ranked higher than RE/MAX Whatcom County, which had 1,854 closed transaction sides in 2004.
“We’re extremely proud of our hard-working Realtors for placing us in the REAL Trends 500 a second consecutive year,” said Lori Reece, RE/MAX Whatcom County’s broker and co-owner. “The ranking is particularly impressive when one considers that Whatcom County has far less housing inventory than metropolitan areas. But our agents averaged more than 20 sales apiece in 2004, enabling us to lead Whatcom County and achieve this national ranking.”