Taking bonsai to a new level

As the finest silk flowers are to real blooms, so John Antonia’s “preserved trees” are to the living, miniature potted trees that comprise the ancient Japanese art of bonsai.

Family opens Anacortes rock-climbing location

A new, family-owned bouldering gym has opened its doors in Anacortes.

  • May 17, 2016

Housing options continue to be tight through spring

Homes for sale continued to be tight last month in Island County, with only 412 active listings, down 20 percent from April 2015’s 515, according to numbers released May 5 by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

  • May 17, 2016

Gun shop decidedly ‘old school’

The old-time Western-style facade of Greene’s Gunshop on North Whidbey hints at what lies within: a dark wood-paneled, homey-feeling tribute to history. Sure, you can find some modern-day rifles and handguns at Greene’s, and there’s a pistol range out back. But the emphasis is firmly on the past.

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 4, 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 3, 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 19, 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 15, 2016