Business

Kaya Lujan practices his kicks

Taekwondo a family affair for Oak Harbor couple

Taekwondo, the Korean martial art that came to the United States in the 1960s, is a family affair at Woodward’s Taekwondo Academy in Oak Harbor. The school teaches both children and parents, and it’s run by a husband-and-wife team.

Kaya Lujan practices his kicks

Whidbey Examiner staff earns 14 awards

The Whidbey Examiner took home 14 awards at the Washington Newspaper Publisher Association’s Better Newspaper Contest awards banquet this month.

Joanne and Arnie Deckwa show off some of their products outside their company’s headquarters on Cornet Bay.

Cornet Bay Co. offers country-wide taste of Pacific Northwest

Sure it takes good recipes to get food products onto grocery store shelves, but it also takes perseverance and self-confidence — and a good story never hurts. Arnie Deckwa has all of those down, especially the story.

Joanne and Arnie Deckwa show off some of their products outside their company’s headquarters on Cornet Bay.
Randy Carr and his Island Dental Center staff in Oak Harbor will be participating in a candy buy-back Nov. 3 for those who want to convert their Halloween candy to cash.

Offering a sweet deal for Halloween: Oak Harbor dentist paying children cash for their candy

In moderation, Randy Carr sees nothing wrong with a child munching on a little candy from time to time.

Randy Carr and his Island Dental Center staff in Oak Harbor will be participating in a candy buy-back Nov. 3 for those who want to convert their Halloween candy to cash.

Coupeville’s bayleaf celebrates 15th anniversary

When bayleaf owner Beth Kuchynka opened her store in 2000, the young entrepreneur wanted to create a connection to the community through food education and enjoyment. And now, while celebrating 15 years in business this month, bayleaf finds itself with the same business model — just bigger and better.

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesses to decorate with strings of white lights.

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.

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesses to decorate with strings of white 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
Sandra Daggett poses with some of her prize winning creations. The Oak Harbor baker opened her business last month and is already supplying island residents with specialty cakes and other sweet creations.

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.

Sandra Daggett poses with some of her prize winning creations. The Oak Harbor baker opened her business last month and is already supplying island residents with specialty cakes and other sweet creations.

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.

The kitchen in this home gets extra light from the abundant windows in the adjacent living room’s east-facing wall. Sliders (at left) lead outside to a covered deck

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.

The kitchen in this home gets extra light from the abundant windows in the adjacent living room’s east-facing wall. Sliders (at left) lead outside to a covered deck

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.

The south-facing roof of this home is covered with solar panels that generate 275 watts each. Along with a heavily windowed eastern side and special wall and roof construction

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.

The south-facing roof of this home is covered with solar panels that generate 275 watts each. Along with a heavily windowed eastern side and special wall and roof construction
Heather Kline

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
Heather Kline
En route to the store’s “man cave” area

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
En route to the store’s “man cave” area
An O’Reilly Auto Parts banner hangs in the window of the former Blockbuster building. O’Reilly is slated to move into the building later this year.

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
An O’Reilly Auto Parts banner hangs in the window of the former Blockbuster building. O’Reilly is slated to move into the building later this year.

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