Lilian Charapich, who first learned to crochet when she was just three, sells handcrafted clothing, pillowcases and other items online, turning her hobby into a small business. - Photo by Cassandra Calderon

Stay-at-home mom turns passion into business

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 6:00AM

A stay-at-home mother of two in Oak Harbor, Lilian Charapich turned her love of crocheting into a small business operation in 2014 on Etsy, an online global marketplace that focuses on selling handmade and vintage items.


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The Weed Cream Guy: Vet sets out to help others in pain

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Jul 14, 2016 at 4:07PM

“The Weed Cream Guy” was not a title Byron Burns of North Whidbey ever aspired to, but after the army veteran and former fire protection engineer tried a topical cannabis product several years ago for his own back pain, he immediately decided he wanted to make similar products available to the public.

A love for woodworking: Veteran’s pen business a ‘soothing’ endeavour

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 6:00AM

The scratching of sandpaper and a mechanical buzz hum throughout Chris Oatley’s small garage turned woodshop.

Wells Fargo Bank on Midway Blvd. to close in August

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 5:00AM

Wells Fargo Bank plans to close its Midway Boulevard location Aug. 5, citing a lack of need for two branches in Oak Harbor.

Deadline for Miss Pioneer Way extended to June 30

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 4:00AM

Whidbey Island’s Pageant Wyse Inc. will hold its first one-day pageant this summer, the Miss Pioneer Way Pageant, for girls ages 5 to 10.


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