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