Business

Sip ’n’ Shop highlights Small Business Sat.

Get tickets now for the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce’s Sip ’n’ Shop On the Cove, Saturday, Nov. 28.

  • Nov 4th, 2015

Whidbey Island taxidermist’s skills are opening doors

Walking into Whidbey Island Taxidermy is like entering a natural history museum, but nothing is behind glass. A large variety of animals — ducks, owls, hawks, falcons, black-tailed deer and a fox — hang on the wall or stand posed on the floor. Some of the birds are mounted as though in flight, with their wings fully outstretched and their bodies banked as if in mid-turn.

EDC challenge helps student entrepreneurs in Island County

Businesspeople from throughout Island County have volunteered to mentor high school students in the first “student entrepreneur challenge,” sponsored by the county’s Economic Development Foundation, said the challenge’s director, Sami Postma.

Oak Harbor Habitat moving to larger location

The Oak Harbor furniture store run by Habitat for Humanity of Island County is moving a short distance to nearly double its size.

  • Oct 27th, 2015

Oak Harbor hotel recognized for customer satisfaction

Oak Harbor’s Candlewood Suites was ranked number five for customer satisfaction out of 312 hotels in that chain, said Pamela Estes, the hotel’s general manager this week.

  • Oct 27th, 2015

Taekwondo a family affair for Oak Harbor couple

Taekwondo, the Korean martial art that came to the United States in the 1960s, is a family affair at Woodward’s Taekwondo Academy in Oak Harbor. The school teaches both children and parents, and it’s run by a husband-and-wife team.

Whidbey Examiner staff earns 14 awards

The Whidbey Examiner took home 14 awards at the Washington Newspaper Publisher Association’s Better Newspaper Contest awards banquet this month.

  • Oct 21st, 2015

Cornet Bay Co. offers country-wide taste of Pacific Northwest

Sure it takes good recipes to get food products onto grocery store shelves, but it also takes perseverance and self-confidence — and a good story never hurts. Arnie Deckwa has all of those down, especially the story.

Offering a sweet deal for Halloween: Oak Harbor dentist paying children cash for their candy

In moderation, Randy Carr sees nothing wrong with a child munching on a little candy from time to time.

Coupeville’s bayleaf celebrates 15th anniversary

When bayleaf owner Beth Kuchynka opened her store in 2000, the young entrepreneur wanted to create a connection to the community through food education and enjoyment. And now, while celebrating 15 years in business this month, bayleaf finds itself with the same business model — just bigger and better.

Oak Harbor Chamber hoping to light up city with holiday cheer

Jeffrey Mack has an idea he hopes will make for a brighter holiday season for Oak Harbor businesses. The owner of Whidbey Jeweler is the man behind a new plan to festoon local businesses with strings of lights.

Koetje contributions to go toward cancer fight

For every sale of a home that Oak Harbor’s Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate is involved with during October, the agent involved in the transaction will donate an amount from his or her commission to fight cancer.

  • Oct 6th, 2015

Flyers earns silver at American Beer Fest

Flyers Restaurant and Brewery in Oak Harbor won a silver medal at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, it said in a prepared release.

  • Oct 6th, 2015

Home Depot safety event is Saturday in Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor's Home Depot will host its yearly safety event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Puget Sound Energy will demonstrate safe use of electricity, and the Red Cross will show how to prepare for emergencies.

  • Sep 30th, 2015

Oak Harbor baker brings artistry to cake making

You’ve seen cakes, and you’ve eaten cakes, but you’ve probably never seen or eaten cakes like those made by Oak Harbor’s Sandra Daggett.

Coupeville photographer is a jack of all trades

It’s tough to pigeon-hole Sean Callahan, a Coupeville photographer who’s also a clothing-maker, website developer and would-be art gallery owner. He seems to come up with new business ideas even while describing what he’s doing now.

Main Street: Downtown Oak Harbor needs variety to prosper

If it’s going to succeed, Oak Harbor’s historic downtown needs a better mix of services, restaurants and retailers, several business owners and realtors there said recently. It has too many tattoo parlors, churches, and hair or nail salons, they said, and too few coffee shops, bakeries, clothing stores, variety stores and specialty stores.

Four Whidbey homes on builders’ tour Sept. 11-13

The newest things in home design are outdoor kitchens and “Costco rooms” — a fact that those participating in the upcoming Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association home tour will be able to see for themselves, said the event’s coordinator, Brenda Harter.

Island County seeking input through online survey

Island County officials want to know what you think would make Whidbey and Camano Islands a healthier place.

Energy-efficient Whidbey Island home featured on tour

Steve and Janine Shelley are making money from their new Coupeville home, they said during a recent visit. The 2,400-square-foot, two-story home, designed by Clifton View Homes, produces four percent more power than it consumes, the Shelleys said.

Whidbey photographer captures life’s special moments

Babies, kids and families are the focus of Heather and Anthony Kline’s five-year-old photography business, they said during a recent visit to their Oak Harbor home studio.

  • Sep 2nd, 2015

Antique store filled with fun ‘Oldish Stuff’ finds

The busy intersection of Northeast Midway Boulevard and East Whidbey Avenue in Oak Harbor has been good to Oldish Stuff, a five-month-old antique store overflowing with merchandise and, during a recent afternoon visit, heavily trafficked by customers.

  • Aug 26th, 2015

Oak Harbor O’Reilly moving to former Blockbuster building

By January, O’Reilly Auto Parts in Oak Harbor will move to a new location: the former Blockbuster building at 31821 State Highway 20, Wayne Russell, the store’s manager, confirmed.

  • Aug 19th, 2015

Clinton woman’s photo on phone book

Govinda Rosling, of Clinton, won Whidbey Telecom’s 2015-16 directory cover-art competition with an original photograph, the company said in a prepared release.

  • Aug 19th, 2015

Haggen to close, sell 27 stores

Haggen’s huge expansion earlier this year may have been a bit too much. The Bellingham-based grocer announced Friday it will close or sell 27 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state in the next 60 days.

  • Aug 18th, 2015

The BBQ Joint is Oak Harbor family’s labor of love

You don’t have to leave Washington state to get a taste of genuine Texas BBQ, say native Texans Tim and Sonna Ryan, co-owners of Oak Harbor’s The BBQ Joint.

  • Aug 12th, 2015

Chamber plans Aug. 21 golf tournament

Oak Harbor’s Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 21 will host a fundraiser golf tournament at the Whidbey Golf Club, 2430 S.W. Fairway Lane, Oak Harbor. Registration and a buffet luncheon start at 11:30 a.m., and the shotgun start — a simultaneous tee-off from different holes — is at 1 p.m.

  • Aug 11th, 2015

New law gives craft distillers more options

A state law that went into effect last month will ease the way for Whidbey Island’s distilleries, their owners said.

  • Jul 31st, 2015

Bringing peace of mind to bereaved pet owners on Whidbey

Tucked behind the regal Wallin Funeral Home and Cremation is another business for the bereaved — but this one is for pets, not people.

Veteran reporter joins Whidbey News Group staff

Veteran newspaper reporter Dan Richman joined the staff of the Whidbey News-Times this week.

  • Jul 28th, 2015

Art of the Brew: Oak Harbor brewmaster concocts award-winning beers

Flyers produces six beers year round and an assortment of other speciality beers that appear seasonally, or when time allows Savoy to brew an extra batch. The craft brewery is producing some of the best beers in the country. Two beers developed by Savoy recently won top awards at a national competition — again.

New Langley program shares summer hours

Shopping in Langley may be a bit easier this year following a collaborative effort by city and business leaders.

  • Jul 14th, 2015

Camden Schutte among 30 Under 30

Camden Schutte, of Oak Harbor, has been named as one of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC’s 30 Under 30.

  • Jul 14th, 2015

Businesses pitch in to help Lions Club

Oak Harbor Lions Club trailer has received a much-needed renovation courtesy of three local businesses.

  • Jul 14th, 2015

TV time, national exposure brewing at Whidbey Coffee

Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Corporation announced Tuesday that Whidbey Coffee will be served in the lobbies of Red Lion Hotels and Red Lion Inn & Suites within the next two months.

‘Red’s’ in Oak Harbor continues where ‘Wild Magnolia’ left off

A familiar storefront in historic downtown Oak Harbor has changed its name, shuffled ownership and brought in new inventory.

Couple returns to Coupeville

Twenty-three years after leaving Coupeville, Concerts on the Cove founders David and Pat Howell have returned to town, hoping to leave their mark once again.

New coffee shop owners no strangers to Coupeville

After 23 years away from Coupeville, former Concerts on the Cove founders David and Pat Howell returned this month with plans for getting back involved with the community.

Coupeville Chamber of Commerce looks to connect members with nonprofits

The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce is exploring ways to better serve its membership.

Greenbank to sell wine shop

The Greenbank Farm Management Group is looking for interested parties to take over its wine shop.