Oak Harbor Chamber hoping to light up city with holiday cheer

Jeffrey Mack has an idea he hopes will make for a brighter holiday season for Oak Harbor businesses. The owner of Whidbey Jeweler is the man behind a new plan to festoon local businesses with strings of lights.

Koetje contributions to go toward cancer fight

For every sale of a home that Oak Harbor’s Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate is involved with during October, the agent involved in the transaction will donate an amount from his or her commission to fight cancer.

  • Oct 6, 2015

Flyers earns silver at American Beer Fest

Flyers Restaurant and Brewery in Oak Harbor won a silver medal at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, it said in a prepared release.

  • Oct 6, 2015

Home Depot safety event is Saturday in Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor's Home Depot will host its yearly safety event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Puget Sound Energy will demonstrate safe use of electricity, and the Red Cross will show how to prepare for emergencies.

  • Sep 30, 2015

Oak Harbor baker brings artistry to cake making

You’ve seen cakes, and you’ve eaten cakes, but you’ve probably never seen or eaten cakes like those made by Oak Harbor’s Sandra Daggett.

Coupeville photographer is a jack of all trades

It’s tough to pigeon-hole Sean Callahan, a Coupeville photographer who’s also a clothing-maker, website developer and would-be art gallery owner. He seems to come up with new business ideas even while describing what he’s doing now.

Main Street: Downtown Oak Harbor needs variety to prosper

If it’s going to succeed, Oak Harbor’s historic downtown needs a better mix of services, restaurants and retailers, several business owners and realtors there said recently. It has too many tattoo parlors, churches, and hair or nail salons, they said, and too few coffee shops, bakeries, clothing stores, variety stores and specialty stores.

Four Whidbey homes on builders’ tour Sept. 11-13

The newest things in home design are outdoor kitchens and “Costco rooms” — a fact that those participating in the upcoming Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association home tour will be able to see for themselves, said the event’s coordinator, Brenda Harter.

Island County seeking input through online survey

Island County officials want to know what you think would make Whidbey and Camano Islands a healthier place.

Energy-efficient Whidbey Island home featured on tour

Steve and Janine Shelley are making money from their new Coupeville home, they said during a recent visit. The 2,400-square-foot, two-story home, designed by Clifton View Homes, produces four percent more power than it consumes, the Shelleys said.

Whidbey photographer captures life’s special moments

Babies, kids and families are the focus of Heather and Anthony Kline’s five-year-old photography business, they said during a recent visit to their Oak Harbor home studio.

  • Sep 2, 2015

Antique store filled with fun ‘Oldish Stuff’ finds

The busy intersection of Northeast Midway Boulevard and East Whidbey Avenue in Oak Harbor has been good to Oldish Stuff, a five-month-old antique store overflowing with merchandise and, during a recent afternoon visit, heavily trafficked by customers.

  • Aug 26, 2015

Oak Harbor O’Reilly moving to former Blockbuster building

By January, O’Reilly Auto Parts in Oak Harbor will move to a new location: the former Blockbuster building at 31821 State Highway 20, Wayne Russell, the store’s manager, confirmed.

  • Aug 19, 2015

Clinton woman’s photo on phone book

Govinda Rosling, of Clinton, won Whidbey Telecom’s 2015-16 directory cover-art competition with an original photograph, the company said in a prepared release.

  • Aug 19, 2015

Haggen to close, sell 27 stores

Haggen’s huge expansion earlier this year may have been a bit too much. The Bellingham-based grocer announced Friday it will close or sell 27 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state in the next 60 days.

  • Aug 18, 2015

The BBQ Joint is Oak Harbor family’s labor of love

You don’t have to leave Washington state to get a taste of genuine Texas BBQ, say native Texans Tim and Sonna Ryan, co-owners of Oak Harbor’s The BBQ Joint.

  • Aug 12, 2015

Chamber plans Aug. 21 golf tournament

Oak Harbor’s Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 21 will host a fundraiser golf tournament at the Whidbey Golf Club, 2430 S.W. Fairway Lane, Oak Harbor. Registration and a buffet luncheon start at 11:30 a.m., and the shotgun start — a simultaneous tee-off from different holes — is at 1 p.m.

  • Aug 11, 2015

New law gives craft distillers more options

A state law that went into effect last month will ease the way for Whidbey Island’s distilleries, their owners said.

  • Jul 31, 2015

Bringing peace of mind to bereaved pet owners on Whidbey

Tucked behind the regal Wallin Funeral Home and Cremation is another business for the bereaved — but this one is for pets, not people.

Veteran reporter joins Whidbey News Group staff

Veteran newspaper reporter Dan Richman joined the staff of the Whidbey News-Times this week.

  • Jul 28, 2015