Business

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

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

Mother, daughter starting monthly boxes

Like surprises? Oak Harbor mother-and-daughter team Raquel and India Clavette are hoping enough people enjoy opening a monthly box of carefully selected goodies to get their fledgling business off the ground.

AGForestry class is taking signups now

Washington Agriculture and Forestry’s AgForestry Leadership Program awards fellowships to 24 people each year from throughout Washington state.

  • Apr 19th, 2016

Whidbey farm focuses on high-end Seattle fare

Few restaurants have a dedicated farm providing their own exclusive beef, vegetables and eggs. But Seattle’s Bateau and several other Seattle eateries under the same ownership are the exclusive consumers of those commodities from La Ferme des Anes (The Donkey Farm), a bucolic Freeland farm with views of the Cascades.

Farm school moving to Maxwelton Valley

The Organic Farm School, which currently operates at the Greenbank Farm, will begin relocating to the historic Feek Farm in Maxwelton Valley, setting up shop for students to arrive in March 2017.

  • Apr 5th, 2016

Unemployment drops to 6.5 percent in Feb.

Island County unemployment, which measures only joblessness in Oak Harbor, dropped to 6.5 percent, or 2,130 people, in February, according to non-seasonally adjusted figures from the state Employment Security Department released earlier this week (3/29).

  • Apr 5th, 2016

Oak Harbor contractor named a director of SaviBank

Ron Wallin, owner of P&L General Contractors Inc. in Oak Harbor, was named a director of Burlington-based SaviBank.

  • Apr 5th, 2016

Pending home sales down slightly in March

Pending residential sales dropped slightly in Island County last month, to 204, compared to 206 in March 2015, according to Northwest Multiple Listing Service numbers released Monday, April 4. That’s a drop of 1 percent — far lower than the 4.5-percent average drop among the 23 Washington counties MLS surveys.

  • Apr 5th, 2016

Rue & Primavera expands aquatic physical therapy

Rue and Primavera OT & PT is teaming with John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool to offer physical therapy in the water.

  • Mar 29th, 2016

SaviBank expands in Oak Harbor to become full-service bank

SaviBank, a Burlington-based community bank with branches in Island, Skagit and Whatcom counties, expanded its loan office at 390 N.E. Midway Boulevard in Oak Harbor into a full-service bank.

  • Mar 29th, 2016

Off the Hook named best Irish pub during pub crawl

Off the Hook, at 880 Southeast Pioneer Way, was named Oak Harbor’s best Irish pub during this year’s “OH-fficial Pub Crawl,” held on St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Mar 29th, 2016

Oak Harbor florist planting on Pioneer Way

Historic downtown Oak Harbor is getting a new but established business and, hopefully, for the owner, business will be blooming.

SaviBank opens Freeland location

SaviBank, headquartered in Burlington, opened a loan production office in Freeland. New hire Lauren Pool, vice president and loan production manager, will run the new office.

  • Mar 29th, 2016

Marketing the power of oils

“I have an oil for that!” has become the slogan of Tracy Dietz, founder of Kissed By the Goddess, a home-based business that turns out custom-blended face cream, dry-skin cream, wrinkle cream, sugar scrubs, pain-easing ointments and salves, bath salts, roll-ons and lip balms.

Housing inventory remains sparse on Whidbey

Housing inventory is sparse on Whidbey Island, and sales prices are accordingly high, to judge from February Multiple Listing Service figures released March 7.

  • Mar 15th, 2016

Penn Cove Taproom opening on So. Main

Two Coupeville natives, brothers Marc and Mitch Aparicio, this week expect to see the first tangible result of their long-standing interest in beer and brewing. The Penn Cove Taproom plans to open for business at 103 S. Main St. in their home town.

Coupeville consignment shop thriving

Coupeville business owners Kimberlly and Thomas Hoctor celebrated the grand opening of their second Front Street business last week.

Oak Harbor brewery to help draft college’s curriculum

Flyers Restaurant & Brewery, with locations in Oak Harbor and Burlington, will be among the brewers helping develop a curriculum for a craft brewing academy planned by Skagit Valley College, the college said this week in a prepared release.

  • Mar 2nd, 2016

Click helping local students to make music

Oak Harbor’s Click Music is more than just a store for musical instruments or accessories. It’s a place to study, jam, perform, hang out and generally engage in the joy of making music.

Coupeville grad starts Greenbank tattoo shop

That little red building off the highway in Greenbank has a new tenant and, unlike some recent renters who seemed to last there only a matter of days, this one said he’s home to stay.

Tattoo you: Finding success in little Greenbank building

That little red building off the highway in Greenbank has a new tenant and, unlike some recent renters who seemed to last there only a matter of days, this one said he’s home to stay.

Dentists with a Heart day Feb. 12

For the 11th year in a row, Whidbey Avenue Dental Care is offering one day of free dental care to anyone who cannot afford it.

  • Feb 2nd, 2016

Yonkman earns Builder of the Year recognition

Scott Yonkman is a modest guy. Though the Building Industry Association of Washington in November named him one of its two Builders of Year for 2015, he is quick to credit his 10-person office for the success.

Doing what you love ingredient to new Oak Harbor restaurant’s success

Downtown Oak Harbor gained a new restaurant when Riverside Cafe, serving a large menu of American food including breakfast all day, opened last month at 705 Southeast Pioneer Way. It replaced Valle Azul.

Tickets on sale for first-ever Coupeville Chocolate Walk

The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce and The Whidbey Examiner invite you to spend Saturday, Feb. 13 enjoying all the sweet things local merchants have to offer during the first ever Coupeville Chocolate Walk.

  • Jan 26th, 2016

Unemployment rate drops slightly during November

Oak Harbor-area’s unemployment rate in November dropped slightly, to 5.4 percent, from 5.6 percent in October, according to figures released last week by the state’s Employment Security Department.

  • Jan 26th, 2016

Bouncin’ Oak Harbor business offers fun for kids

It’s Saturday afternoon and Bouncin’ is, well, bouncing. The fun center is wall-to-wall inflatable, primary-colored bouncy house heaven. Dozens of kids crawl commando-style through obstacle courses, fling themselves down slides and, of course, bounce like crazy.

Renters pay less insurance on Whidbey

Oak Harbor residents pay an average of $240 per year for renters’ insurance — about 4.5 percent less than the statewide average, according to a study released last week by ValuePenguin, a New York-based consumer-finance website.

  • Jan 19th, 2016

New business by Oak Harbor man plans to deliver

A man, a car and a cell phone. That sums up Island Delivery, a new service offered by Oak Harbor native Robert Sanders, 26. Call or text him any time, any day, and he’ll drive to pick up whatever you need and deliver it wherever you want, so long as it’s an Oak Harbor address.

Coach starts sensitive business in ‘conservative’ Oak Harbor community | Business

The native Californian is quick to say what her one-person company, called ASEC LLC, won’t do: have sex with clients or their partners, offer any type of psychotherapy, bring toys to your home or spend more than a month or two working with a client.

Class teaches how to write a business plan

Learn how to write a business plan using the Small Business Administration’s format during a special class 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Oak Harbor Library. In the process you will discover some library tools that can save you hundreds of dollars.

  • Dec 8th, 2015

Nursery hosts Caroling for Our Community

Hummingbird Farm and Nursery is raising funds for Ryan’s House for Youth, a Whidbey Island non-profit organization that runs a host family program for unaccompanied youth, along with a drop-in center for homeless young people on Whidbey.

  • Dec 8th, 2015

Victoria Clipper returns to Coupeville in March

Coupeville is welcoming the Victoria Clipper back this spring. Current scheduled dates are March 19-20, April 2-3 and 16 -17.

  • Dec 8th, 2015

Optometrist joins Vision Plus team

Dr. J.J. Carlson has joined the practice of Vision Plus in Oak Harbor.

  • Dec 8th, 2015

Coupeville Chamber holding Sip ‘n’ Shop

In conjunction with Small Business Saturday, the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce is offering a chance to sip on local wine, dine on local appetizers and shop in the town’s variety of small shops.

  • Nov 25th, 2015

Yoga instructor with Parkinson’s is helping people with disability

There’s a new yoga teacher in town, and she specializes in movement for people with disabilities. Renee Le Verrier, 54, has Parkinson’s disease and literally wrote the book on yoga for movement disorders.

Chamber: Increased ferry use a boon for island businesses

Ridership on the two ferry lines serving Whidbey Island is steadily increasing, meaning that more tourists are coming to the island and that islanders are finding jobs on the mainland, said Chet Ross, president of the Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce.

  • Nov 17th, 2015

Oak Harbor Habitat’s bigger location a hit

The Oak Harbor furniture store run by Habitat for Humanity of Island County has moved a short distance to greatly expand its size, and shoppers interviewed during a recent visit approved of the change.

Occupational therapist moves to new Oak Harbor location

SHARON ANDOR, a children’s occupational therapist practicing in Oak Harbor, as of Nov. 21 will be working from a new, larger office at 390 N.E. Midway Boulevard, Suite B-204.

  • Nov 10th, 2015