Business

Windermere gives back in Oak Harbor

Marissa Evans and Karen Cox of Windermere give the Oak Harbor Senior Center some love earlier this month. Windermere staff organize a service project each June to give back to the community. The annual event was first started in 1984.

Oak Harbor Lions kick off cherry sales

The Oak Harbor Lions Club is selling ripe Bing and Rainier cherries 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting Tuesday, June 16.

  • Jun 16th, 2015

Whidbey produce ripening early

Blueberry, strawberry harvests are expected 2 weeks early.

‘Bites’ in Oak Harbor offers small portions, prices

A new Oak Harbor eatery is taking a bite out of portion sizes and prices.

New Coupeville antique store aims for novelty

Collecting things with unique histories has been an occupation for Kim Christianson nearly her entire life.

Oak Harbor barber offers the best fade in town

In the two years he’s had his own barber shop in Oak Harbor, Lampton Lawrence has created quite the following. On a recent weekday Lawrence had five men sitting in his small Midway Boulevard barber shop waiting for one of his legendary haircuts.

Roller Barn gets fresh coat from Sherwin-Williams

You can hardly walk into Oak Harbor’s Roller Barn without noticing the faded red paint chipping from its rough exterior. Tony Maggio is aware of the painting need there yet must crane his neck to size up the project’s scope.

Oak Harbor reaches new high with store

Kaleafa, Oak Harbor’s first recreational marijuana retailer, is hoping to change the face of pot consumption.

Skagit Cycle to join businesses on Pioneer Way

Gary Santiago’s passion for cycling goes back to his childhood.

Whidbey Coffee’s remodeled store gets warm welcome downtown

Even on her day off, Hilary Gardner-Carpenter couldn’t stay away.

Bike shop to keep cyclists spinning

Mike Beech, a former sheriff’s deputy who has worked on some of the county’s most grizzly crimes, admits his new bike shop in Coupeville will be a change of pace.

Son creating new chapter at Book Rack on Midway

As much as Kay Daniel loved her bookstore and hated the idea of closing it, no other ending seemed possible until the day her son intervened two years ago.

Oak Harbor Safeway re-opens in Albertsons location

Oak Harbor’s grocery store carousel has finally stopped turning, leaving customers and store employees with a chance to start gathering their bearings. Safeway re-emerged Friday morning in Oak Harbor, opening its doors at a new location after a month-long hiatus and returning a banner familiar to the city since 1967.

Oak Harbor Tavern named top pub in crawl

Eight “pubs” along Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor competed for the title of “Best Irish Pub” on St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Mar 24th, 2015

Weekend’s Coupeville MusselFest draws record attendance

Clear skies and national promotion brought record crowds into Coupeville over the weekend.

Oak Harbor center focuses on life-saving training

Oak Harbor’s new Heartbeat Safety Center is about more than just CPR.

Oak Harbor awards all about Bond — James Bond

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce will host its annual awards banquet and fundraiser, the OHscars, this weekend.

  • Mar 4th, 2015

Coupeville Chamber honors business leaders

Members of the Coupeville business community recognized outstanding leaders and welcomed a new batch of board members Thursday during the annual installation and Excellence in Business Awards Dinner.

Brides to get sample of Whidbey’s wedding offerings

Future brides and grooms will get another opportunity to see what Whidbey Island has to offer during a bridal show in Oak Harbor Saturday.

Bridal show returns to Whidbey

A bridal show is returning to the Oak Harbor Best Western Plus Harbor Plaza and Conference Center Feb. 21.

  • Feb 20th, 2015

Whidbey Island RadioShacks to stay open

None of Whidbey Island’s three RadioShack stores are closing despite news this week that RadioShack Corp. filed for bankruptcy and is shuttering more than 1,700 stores nationwide.

Rite Aid’s purchase of Freeland drug store finalized

The national drug store chain has been in the process of purchasing the longtime and locally owned South Whidbey pharmacy for months, and the acquisition wrapped up this month when operations formally changed hands. Wasting no time, the old Linds sign came down that very afternoon and a new Rite Aid sign went up.

Oak Harbor’s Hot Rock Pizza draws fire for name, logo

Owners of The Rock Wood Fire Kitchen is demanding that Hot Rock Pizza in Oak Harbor stop using its name and logo.

Gallery closed for remodel

Sometimes, being an artist in a cooperative gallery involves painting walls as well as canvases.

Clinton bakers sweeten up holidays

Santa and his fleet of elven workers would be mighty proud of Gerry Betz and Larry Lowary, the masterminds behind the popular Tree-Top Baking.

Yarn shop focuses on sustainable practices

Dena Royal said she has eight to 10 people a week come into her store asking to copy documents.

Couple’s Wood Goods in Clinton seeing rapid growth

Kelly Cameron puts in 12-hour days in his woodworking shop, a cavernous space in Clinton off Cultus Bay Road.

Hot diggity dog! Plumber opens Greenbank eatery

The handshake is the first indication that this is no ordinary hot dog vendor.

Oak Harbor’s Bob Johnson lands state’s top builder honor

Bob Johnson takes pride in building things that last.

New Oak Harbor eatery to embody rustic, island feel

Every scrap of metal and piece of wood has a story.

Success of Oak Harbor Jumbo Burrito restaurant even exceeds owners’ expectations

For as far back as he can remember, Eli Loera envisioned something like this.

Dropping gas prices in Oak Harbor not stirring up customers

Even as gas prices have dipped under $3 a gallon, Ben Hill hasn’t noticed a significant increase in gas customers at the Skagit Farmers Supply Country Store in Oak Harbor.

Couple hopes to fill sweet niche

A new business on Front Street is hoping to satisfy downtown’s sweet tooth.

Whidbey Wedding Tour not just about matrimony

This year’s Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour is not just for the blushing bride.

Remodel brewing for Whidbey Coffee store

Whidbey Coffee in historic downtown Oak Harbor is about to make the most of its saltwater view.

North Whidbey Windermere Foundation to raise funds for families

The Windermere Foundation will host its annual fundraiser this week to help families in crisis.

Feed business riding high at new Oak Harbor location

After two years of work and planning, Steve Metcalfe and Suzette Keller’s feed and tack has a storefront in Oak Harbor.

Oak Harbor physical therapy clinic opens in familiar setting for owners

When Jeremy Cornwell got word that the first patient at his new physical therapy clinic in Oak Harbor was about to arrive, he knew the moment wouldn’t be right unless he shared it with his wife.

Whidbey homes featured on tour

Even after 36 years of painting homes on Whidbey Island, Phil Broderick can still feel a little uneasy when a customer deadline approaches.

Thirty-two years later, it’s still a family affair at El Cazador

Alonso Rodriguez can remember when “Lupe” stood only waist high and wandered around his parents’ Mexican restaurant looking for something to eat.