Business

Tickets on sale for first-ever Coupeville Chocolate Walk

The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce and The Whidbey Examiner invite you to spend Saturday, Feb. 13 enjoying all the sweet things local merchants have to offer during the first ever Coupeville Chocolate Walk.

  • Jan 26, 2016

Unemployment rate drops slightly during November

Oak Harbor-area’s unemployment rate in November dropped slightly, to 5.4 percent, from 5.6 percent in October, according to figures released last week by the state’s Employment Security Department.

  • Jan 26, 2016
Elyse White

Bouncin’ Oak Harbor business offers fun for kids

It’s Saturday afternoon and Bouncin’ is, well, bouncing. The fun center is wall-to-wall inflatable, primary-colored bouncy house heaven. Dozens of kids crawl commando-style through obstacle courses, fling themselves down slides and, of course, bounce like crazy.

Elyse White

Renters pay less insurance on Whidbey

Oak Harbor residents pay an average of $240 per year for renters’ insurance — about 4.5 percent less than the statewide average, according to a study released last week by ValuePenguin, a New York-based consumer-finance website.

  • Jan 19, 2016
Robert Sanders

New business by Oak Harbor man plans to deliver

A man, a car and a cell phone. That sums up Island Delivery, a new service offered by Oak Harbor native Robert Sanders, 26. Call or text him any time, any day, and he’ll drive to pick up whatever you need and deliver it wherever you want, so long as it’s an Oak Harbor address.

Robert Sanders

Coach starts sensitive business in ‘conservative’ Oak Harbor community | Business

The native Californian is quick to say what her one-person company, called ASEC LLC, won’t do: have sex with clients or their partners, offer any type of psychotherapy, bring toys to your home or spend more than a month or two working with a client.

Class teaches how to write a business plan

Learn how to write a business plan using the Small Business Administration’s format during a special class 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Oak Harbor Library. In the process you will discover some library tools that can save you hundreds of dollars.

  • Dec 8, 2015

Nursery hosts Caroling for Our Community

Hummingbird Farm and Nursery is raising funds for Ryan’s House for Youth, a Whidbey Island non-profit organization that runs a host family program for unaccompanied youth, along with a drop-in center for homeless young people on Whidbey.

  • Dec 8, 2015

Victoria Clipper returns to Coupeville in March

Coupeville is welcoming the Victoria Clipper back this spring. Current scheduled dates are March 19-20, April 2-3 and 16 -17.

  • Dec 8, 2015

Optometrist joins Vision Plus team

Dr. J.J. Carlson has joined the practice of Vision Plus in Oak Harbor.

  • Dec 8, 2015

Coupeville Chamber holding Sip ‘n’ Shop

In conjunction with Small Business Saturday, the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce is offering a chance to sip on local wine, dine on local appetizers and shop in the town’s variety of small shops.

  • Nov 25, 2015
Demonstrating yoga exercises led by Renee Le Verrier are Laurie Gonzalez

Yoga instructor with Parkinson’s is helping people with disability

There’s a new yoga teacher in town, and she specializes in movement for people with disabilities. Renee Le Verrier, 54, has Parkinson’s disease and literally wrote the book on yoga for movement disorders.

Demonstrating yoga exercises led by Renee Le Verrier are Laurie Gonzalez

Chamber: Increased ferry use a boon for island businesses

Ridership on the two ferry lines serving Whidbey Island is steadily increasing, meaning that more tourists are coming to the island and that islanders are finding jobs on the mainland, said Chet Ross, president of the Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce.

  • Nov 17, 2015

Oak Harbor Habitat’s bigger location a hit

The Oak Harbor furniture store run by Habitat for Humanity of Island County has moved a short distance to greatly expand its size, and shoppers interviewed during a recent visit approved of the change.

Occupational therapist moves to new Oak Harbor location

SHARON ANDOR, a children’s occupational therapist practicing in Oak Harbor, as of Nov. 21 will be working from a new, larger office at 390 N.E. Midway Boulevard, Suite B-204.

  • Nov 10, 2015

Sip ’n’ Shop highlights Small Business Sat.

Get tickets now for the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce’s Sip ’n’ Shop On the Cove, Saturday, Nov. 28.

Joan Klope pats a black-tailed deer mounted in “full sneak” position by husband Matt Klope at Oak Harbor’s Whidbey Island Taxidermy.

Whidbey Island taxidermist’s skills are opening doors

Walking into Whidbey Island Taxidermy is like entering a natural history museum, but nothing is behind glass. A large variety of animals — ducks, owls, hawks, falcons, black-tailed deer and a fox — hang on the wall or stand posed on the floor. Some of the birds are mounted as though in flight, with their wings fully outstretched and their bodies banked as if in mid-turn.

Joan Klope pats a black-tailed deer mounted in “full sneak” position by husband Matt Klope at Oak Harbor’s Whidbey Island Taxidermy.
Stanwood High School students Fernanda Gomez (at far left) and Tia Swinton talk about their business plan with mentor Jeff Ericson

EDC challenge helps student entrepreneurs in Island County

Businesspeople from throughout Island County have volunteered to mentor high school students in the first “student entrepreneur challenge,” sponsored by the county’s Economic Development Foundation, said the challenge’s director, Sami Postma.

Stanwood High School students Fernanda Gomez (at far left) and Tia Swinton talk about their business plan with mentor Jeff Ericson

Oak Harbor Habitat moving to larger location

The Oak Harbor furniture store run by Habitat for Humanity of Island County is moving a short distance to nearly double its size.

  • Oct 27, 2015

Oak Harbor hotel recognized for customer satisfaction

Oak Harbor’s Candlewood Suites was ranked number five for customer satisfaction out of 312 hotels in that chain, said Pamela Estes, the hotel’s general manager this week.

  • Oct 27, 2015