Chamber honors Coupeville’s business stars

Coupeville Chamber of Commerce honored several members Feb. 6 during its annual awards banquet. The big winner of the night was Dan Miranda and Front Street Grill, which won Business of the Year.

Coupeville Chamber of Commerce honored several members Feb. 6 during its annual awards banquet.

The big winner of the night was Dan Miranda and Front Street Grill, which won Business of the Year.

Chamber officials said Miranda, who owns two businesses in Coupeville,  has been involved in all aspects of the community with his family and always has the interests of Coupeville at heart.

Newly located Vail Wine Shop owners Larry and Patsy Vail were awarded the Entrepreneurial Spirit award.

The criteria for that award is that the entrepreneur takes vision and turns it into a profitable reality.

The Vails recently moved their shop from Mariner’s Court across the street to the former Windjammer Gallery building located along the waterfront.

The new location is proving more visible.

Ken Hofkamp, of Prairie Center Red Apple, won the Lifetime Achievement award, which is awarded to a business or individual who has made a significant impact on the community.

Hofkamp has been in business for more than 40 years and he is involved in numerous organizations and supports many activities throughout the community.

The final award presented was the Business Leadership award, which was given to Beth Kuchynka of Bayleaf.

The award is bestowed upon someone who goes above and beyond in their business, civic and community involvement and created a lasting and beneficial impact on local business.

Kuchynka is an active member in the business community, bringing the successful Red Ticket Drawing to the community each year.

As part of her award, she will serve as grand marshal in Coupeville’s annual Memorial Day Parade.

During the annual banquet, the chamber also installed its 2014 board of directors.

Presidents are Lisa and Jug Bernhardt, from Pacific Northwest Art School. Vice president is Janet Burchfield, from Front Street Realty.

Treasurer is Linda Saylor, from Whidbey Coffee, and secretary is Trish Rose, from Whidbey General Hospital.

Board of directors are Hofkamp, Miranda, Matt Iverson, Dale Offrett, Christy Kellison from Keystone Cafe and Shelli Trumbull from Cascade Insurance.

 

More in News

Class teaches disaster readiness

‘There’s no reason not to be prepared’

State lawmaker aims to improve recycling process

Many people feel a sense of accomplishment when they opt to recycle… Continue reading

Van driver accused of ramming pickup truck

The driver of a van is accused of chasing a down a… Continue reading

New building permit fees expected to reduce costs

The Board of Island County Commissioners is set to vote on building… Continue reading

Contributed photo — Erin Kelly was so appreciative of Marc Swenson’s efforts that she baked him a “Thank You” cake.
Volunteer firefighter saves neighbor’s home

A quick response by a local firefighter may have helped save a… Continue reading

Gifts from the Heart turns sweet 16

Clients at Gifts at the Heart Food Bank will be in for… Continue reading

Man arrested for pawning stolen student robotics club’s telescope

A man faces a felony charge after getting caught pawning a telescope… Continue reading

Tiny bugs bite into WhidbeyHealth budget

But it still came out $1.3 million ahead for 2017

Rick Almberg
To nobody’s surprise, city’s sewer rates on the high end

Due to low-interest-rate loans, Oak Harbor’s projected sewer rates aren’t going to… Continue reading

Most Read