Business

RE/MAX named No. 1 real estate franchise

RE/MAX, LLC was named the number one real estate franchise for the eighth consecutive year in the annual Franchise Times Top 200 listing. The company… Continue reading

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

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.

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… Continue reading

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 20, 2016

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.

Loakal Public House opens Saturday

The Loakal Public House aims to be a little bit of everything: family-friendly eatery, pub, live entertainment hotspot. But there’s one thing owners Kory Dyer… Continue reading

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 21, 2016

Wallin elected president of WhidbeyHealth board

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

  • Jun 21, 2016

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.

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.

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 3, 2016