Jill Schacht, left, inherited Casual House from her mother Myrtle Allgire in the early 1980s. In July, she decided to retire, selling the business to longtime employee Chris Johnson and her husband Kevin Johnson.  - Kate Daniel/Whidbey News-Times

Casual House sells to a longtime employee

  • Today at 5:00AM

When previous Casual House owner Jill Schacht, Myrtle’s daughter, decided to retire after running the shop for more than 30 years, the decision to sell to longtime employee Chris Johnson was an easy one.


Community Events, October 2016

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Chris’ Bakery attempting another revival

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 6:00AM updated at 11:46AM

Far more than an occupation, the role of village baker is an element of heritage for Patrick Christensen.

Island students get a hands-on lesson in entrepreneurship

  • Oct 12, 2016 at 5:00AM updated Oct 17, 2016 at 10:51AM

High schoolers in Island County will soon get a chance to test their business acumen.

Greenbank Birth Center celebrates 25 years, new opportunities

  • Oct 5, 2016 at 5:00AM updated Oct 6, 2016 at 11:56AM

Like a thread in an intricately woven tapestry, Cynthia Jaffe has become intwined in the lives of over 1,200 families, mothers and children in her 25 years as a midwife.

Oak Harbor salon owner demonstrates a giving spirit

  • Sep 28, 2016 at 6:00AM

A single mother, Hai Vo’s spare time is scarce, but of the free time she does have, she donates much of it.

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