Hilary Carpenter, store manager at the Whidbey Coffee on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor, likes to keep the atmosphere light and fun at her newly remodeled store. One former employee brought in a toy hippo to brighten smiles, which it often does.   - Ron Newberry

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

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 3:00PM updated Jul 28, 2016 at 9:59AM

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.


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Association uniting small Whidbey businesses

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 6:00AM

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.

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.

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.


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