Business

Mary Ellen Schief started as a receptionist at Brandman University’s Oak Harbor campus. In October, she was promoted to campus director. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

From receptionist to campus director: What started as a job became a career

Mary Ellen Schief started as a receptionist and is now campus director at Brandman.

 

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Notable: May named Rotary student of the month for November

Lauren May was chosen as the Rotary Club of Oak Harbor’s November…

  • Dec 6th, 2016

 

Caroling for Our Community benefits Ryan’s House

From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, an open house, “Caroling…

  • Dec 7th, 2016

 

Northwest Workforce Development Council seeks applicants

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on…

  • Dec 7th, 2016

Raffle to benefit Summit Assistance Dogs

Harbor Tower Village is holding a raffle in support of Summit Assistance…

  • Dec 6th, 2016
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                                Construction workers from WhidbeyHealth cross at State Highway 20 in Coupeville as protesters behind them protest the Dakota Access Pipeline stand outside Wells Fargo Bank in Coupeville last week. The group opposes the bank funding the pipeline project and the potential impact to the environment and native people’s land.

Group rallies in Coupeville in support of Sioux Tribe

More than 100 island residents converged on Coupeville Tuesday to rally in…

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                                Construction workers from WhidbeyHealth cross at State Highway 20 in Coupeville as protesters behind them protest the Dakota Access Pipeline stand outside Wells Fargo Bank in Coupeville last week. The group opposes the bank funding the pipeline project and the potential impact to the environment and native people’s land.
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                                Langley residents Jack and Suzanne Healy opened their store, Artisan Crafted, in September. It is located on First Street in Langley.

Unique home decor available at store on First Street

For Jack and Suzanne Healy, owners of Artisan Crafted on First Street…

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                                Langley residents Jack and Suzanne Healy opened their store, Artisan Crafted, in September. It is located on First Street in Langley.
Dunham’s turkeys will soon be the main course for many South Whidbey Thanksgiving dinners. Photo by Kyle Jensen/Whidbey News Group

Sustainable turkeys expensive, but delicious

A rafter of turkeys graze Kevin Dunham’s homestead. They also stretch their…

Dunham’s turkeys will soon be the main course for many South Whidbey Thanksgiving dinners. Photo by Kyle Jensen/Whidbey News Group
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                                George Williams, an apprentice at Snowowl Arms and Training facility, practices markmanship using the indoor laser range in Oak Harbor on Monday.

New Oak Harbor business aims to educate gun buyers

Selling firearms isn’t where the transaction ends for Dean and Dawn Cox,…

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                                George Williams, an apprentice at Snowowl Arms and Training facility, practices markmanship using the indoor laser range in Oak Harbor on Monday.
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Island Nosh offering Clinton diners worldy culinary options

Just off of the highway, enticing smells from around the world waft…

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Patients, coworkers say they’ll miss departing Oak Harbor pediatrician

Patients, coworkers say they’ll miss departing Oak Harbor pediatrician Gabriel Barrio

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RE/MAX named No. 1 real estate franchise

RE/MAX, LLC was named the number one real estate franchise for the…

Sno-Isle Libraries offers a number of business classes throughout the year. Above, an attendee at a recent class at Coupeville Library takes notes on a presentation.

Library series aiding small business owners

Small business owners and entrepreneurs can now find even more support through…

Sno-Isle Libraries offers a number of business classes throughout the year. Above, an attendee at a recent class at Coupeville Library takes notes on a presentation.
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Rotary names October Student of the Month

Rotary Club of Oak Harbor honored Patricia Hill as its October Student…

  • Nov 3rd, 2016
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Casual House sells to a longtime employee

For Casual House owner Jill Schact, the decision to sell to a longtime employee was a easy one

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Hai Vo

Oak Harbor salon owner demonstrates a giving spirit

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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Amy Hauser, owner of Whidbey Art Party, leads sip ‘n’ paint classes at the Penn Cove Brewery Tap Room in Coupeville twice monthly.
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Cultivating creativity at painting parties

Amy Hauser has made a career of empowering others. For the past…

Amy Hauser, owner of Whidbey Art Party, leads sip ‘n’ paint classes at the Penn Cove Brewery Tap Room in Coupeville twice monthly.
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Speakers to cover falls prevention

WhidbeyHealth with the Oak Harbor Senior Center and Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue will present National Falls Prevention Awareness Day 10:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Oak Harbor Senior Center.

  • Sep 20th, 2016
Amy Hauser

Cultivating creativity at painting parties

Amy Hauser has made a career of empowering others. For the past 30 years, she has helped patients to overcome physical limitations through her work as a physical therapist. Through her new business venture, she’s helping people to express themselves with art.

Amy Hauser
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Loakal Public House opens Saturday

The Loakal Public House aims to be a little bit of everything:…

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Thirteen-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Roxy tries on her new wheelchair at K9 Carts with help from owner Howard Eng.

Whidbey-based company giving disabled pets renewed mobility

From a small office on Whidbey Island, a company is giving pets that have lost use of their legs renewed mobility.

Thirteen-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Roxy tries on her new wheelchair at K9 Carts with help from owner Howard Eng.
Kris Crane

Providing ‘Homes for Heroes’ comes from the heart

Without the Homes for Heroes program and help of Crane Financial Group, Oak Harbor residents Rebecca and George Pina say they wouldn’t own a home today.

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Owner of The Breast Baker Ever

Oak Harbor business baking with nursing moms in mind

Jenna King has always loved baking, but it wasn’t until she had her second child that King saw her passion as a vehicle to help breastfeeding moms.

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Humble beginnings: Whidbey Coffee owner is building success beyond Whidbey’s shores

Just before the lunch-time rush, a customer pulls up to the drive-through window at Freeland’s Whidbey Coffee wearing a T-shirt with a vintage company logo. On the other side of the window, Megan Williams is having trouble containing her excitement.

Hilary Carpenter
The founders of the Whidbey Island Small Business Association

Association uniting small Whidbey businesses

Soap artisans, dog groomers, web designers and more — the Whidbey Island Small Business Association, or WISBA, is uniting locally owned ventures of all varieties to ensure the “little guy” has a shot against big league businesses.

The founders of the Whidbey Island Small Business Association
Lilian Charapich

Stay-at-home mom turns passion into business

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.

Lilian Charapich
Every Thursday at the Oak Harbor Farmer’s Market

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

“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.

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Chris Oatley works on a project in his workshop. The Navy veteran said he finds woodworking soothing.

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

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

Chris Oatley works on a project in his workshop. The Navy veteran said he finds woodworking soothing.

Deadline for Miss Pioneer Way extended to June 30

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.

  • Jun 21st, 2016
Ron Wallin

Wallin elected president of WhidbeyHealth board

Ron Wallin is the new president of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners.

  • Jun 21st, 2016
Ron Wallin
Scott Fraser

Frasers, Whidbey Coffee recognized for charitable contributions

Scott Fraser, chef and owner of Frasers Gourmet Hideaway in Oak Harbor, and Dan Ollis, owner of Whidbey Coffee Co., each received Restaurant Neighbor Awards from the Washington Restaurant Association at its State of the Industry Forum in Seattle Wednesday.

Scott Fraser
Jessica Zook was recognized for her dependability and dedication as a New Leaf employee.

Exemplary employee: New Leaf worker is recognized for going above and beyond

Jessica Zook got a shock before the start of her shift last week when Michele McKenna dropped in the break room and handed her a certificate and a sleek glass trophy recognizing her for her dependability and dedication to her work.

Jessica Zook was recognized for her dependability and dedication as a New Leaf employee.
Kathy and Steve Harada

Haradas pass business torch to next generation

Steve and Kathy Harada have sold Harada Physical Therapy to their son and daughter-in-law, Erick and Caitlin Harada. Steve and Kathy opened in 2003 as a small, family-owned physical therapy practice specializing in outpatient orthopedics ranging from infants to seniors.

  • Jun 3rd, 2016
Kathy and Steve Harada
Mark Malmkar

Mastering miniatures: Island transplant creating scaled-down train interiors

“Are you tired of your coaches having that dark, empty look?” That’s the question Mark Malmkar presents to those visiting his website, PalaceCarCo.com

Mark Malmkar
Coupeville resident John Antonia creates preserved bonsai trees using preserved evergreen foliage and weathered wood.

Taking bonsai to a new level

As the finest silk flowers are to real blooms, so John Antonia’s “preserved trees” are to the living, miniature potted trees that comprise the ancient Japanese art of bonsai.

Coupeville resident John Antonia creates preserved bonsai trees using preserved evergreen foliage and weathered wood.

Family opens Anacortes rock-climbing location

A new, family-owned bouldering gym has opened its doors in Anacortes.

  • May 17th, 2016

Housing options continue to be tight through spring

Homes for sale continued to be tight last month in Island County, with only 412 active listings, down 20 percent from April 2015’s 515, according to numbers released May 5 by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

  • May 17th, 2016
Greg Roberts manages Greene’s Gunshop and operates The Hawken Shop with Claudette Greene

Gun shop decidedly ‘old school’

The old-time Western-style facade of Greene’s Gunshop on North Whidbey hints at what lies within: a dark wood-paneled, homey-feeling tribute to history. Sure, you can find some modern-day rifles and handguns at Greene’s, and there’s a pistol range out back. But the emphasis is firmly on the past.

Greg Roberts manages Greene’s Gunshop and operates The Hawken Shop with Claudette Greene

Saar’s switching name to Super Saver Foods

Saar’s Marketplace in Oak Harbor was slated to officially change its name to Saar’s Super Saver Foods on Wednesday, General Manager John Hames said Monday.

  • May 4th, 2016
Ron Baxter (left) and Donald Dreyer pose amidst the remodeling of their Dairy Queen in Oak Harbor.

Oak Harbor Dairy Queen slated for May 12 reopening

Workers are due to complete a $400,000 remodel to the Dairy Queen off State Highway 20 in Oak Harbor in time for a May 12 re-opening, co-owners Ron Baxter and Donald Dreyer said.

  • May 3rd, 2016
Ron Baxter (left) and Donald Dreyer pose amidst the remodeling of their Dairy Queen in Oak Harbor.