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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.
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.
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” 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.
The scratching of sandpaper and a mechanical buzz hum throughout Chris Oatley’s small garage turned woodshop.
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.
Ron Wallin is the new president of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners.
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.
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.
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.
“Are you tired of your coaches having that dark, empty look?” That’s the question Mark Malmkar presents to those visiting his website, PalaceCarCo.com
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.
A new, family-owned bouldering gym has opened its doors in Anacortes.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Washington Agriculture and Forestry’s AgForestry Leadership Program awards fellowships to 24 people each year from throughout Washington state.
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.