Business

Hospital board approves $49 million budget

Whidbey General Hospital recently approved the 2014 Operating Budget during a regular board meeting.

Knead & Feed owner reflects on 40 years

Whenever Doug Kroon wants to reminisce, he just has to glance at a wall inside his restaurant.

Service Alternatives staffers Mandi Rothman

Island agency seeks business partnerships

An agency serving the island’s disabled residents is seeking new partnerships with employers. “We’re about building community,” said Ashley Van Oeveren, area manager for Service Alternatives. “Every community member should have an opportunity to be involved. One of the best ways to be involved is having a job.”

Service Alternatives staffers Mandi Rothman

Oak Harbor Home Depot hosting clinic Saturday

Home Depot in Oak Harbor will be hosting a Spring Installations and Summer Safety event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 17. On hand will be Home Depot installers for roofing, siding, windows, gutters and cabinet re-facing as well as representatives from PSE, Sunrooms Northwest, Greenwood HVAC and As You Wish Electric and others.

  • May 13, 2014
The Dog House sits vacant on First Street. The owners recently announced plans to demolish the building

Langley steps in to prevent Dog House demolition

Responding to an inquiry about demolishing the Dog House Tavern by its owner, the Langley City Council approved an emergency moratorium on destruction of historic buildings Monday night. Director of Community Planning Jeff Arango proposed the six-month ban, which was unanimously approved by the city council in a 4-0 vote May 5. Councilman Bruce Allen was absent while tending to a family matter, but the council still had its necessary supermajority for the emergency ordinance.

The Dog House sits vacant on First Street. The owners recently announced plans to demolish the building
Kathleen Casprowitz

Franchisee tutors corporate transition

Before Sylvan Learning made a major financial investment into a digital-based curriculum, it set up an advisory group to test the waters and provide feedback. One of the advisors, Kathleen Casprowitz, dove right in. To Casprowitz, the idea of using an iPad to help facilitate teaching, testing and studying in the digital era made perfect sense.

Kathleen Casprowitz
Reid Schwartz and his family pictured in Hot Rock Pizza’s new location in the Old Town Mall in the location that was formerly Cameron’s Cafe. Known for their wood-fire lunch trucks

Hot Rock Pizza to heat up Pioneer

Reid Schwartz says he has a serious pizza issue. He loves good pizza, and he’s on a mission to create it. Having just announced his new brick-and-mortar location inside the Old Town Mall, where Cameron’s Cafe was formerly located, Schwartz said he’s ready to bring that great pizza to Oak Harbor year-round.

Reid Schwartz and his family pictured in Hot Rock Pizza’s new location in the Old Town Mall in the location that was formerly Cameron’s Cafe. Known for their wood-fire lunch trucks
Tyler Hansen

Oystercatcher cooks up success

They’re not the dishes your mom made — unless she’s some sort of culinary genius. Imagine pan-roasted duck breast with ghost squash puree and rhubarb mostarda. Or braised rabbit ragout with sunchokes, bacon hash, baby pac choi and roasted beech mushrooms. And perhaps the best appetizers of all time: lightly smoked Columbia River sturgeon with picked parsnip chips over wild nettle puree. Such are the typical, highly imaginative dishes at the Oystercatcher restaurant in downtown Coupeville.

Tyler Hansen

Westgate Homes finds new locale on Highway 20

Westgate Homes is moving this month to a new location, about a half mile south on State Highway 20. The business, which sells RVs, RV parts and manufactured homes, is downsizing and company leaders wanted to move to a smaller location to make their operation more efficient, according to General Manager Kevin Fakkema.

State’s individual health insurance market expands

Numbers represent the "first significant growth in the individual health insurance market that we’ve seen in four years"

  • Apr 16, 2014

Pace of hiring quickens statewide

A small improvement in the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate began in February and was matched in March

  • Apr 16, 2014

Armstrong featured artist at Christopher’s

Detailed patterns adorn dramatic landscapes and natural elements in Armstrong's linocut and woodcut prints

Whidbey Island Vintners Association to include distillers

Members of the Whidbey Island Vintners Association have unanimously agreed to include local distillers in the group, and will now be known as the Whidbey Island Vintners and Distillers Association.

  • Apr 16, 2014

Deadline today for chamber forum

Guest speaker to talk about county's mentoring program

  • Apr 14, 2014

Clipper visits bring boost to economy

Once again, the Victoria Clipper will be making stops this spring, bringing hundreds of visitors for two-hour stops to downtown Coupeville.

Kelly Baugh bakes wholesome bread which is used to make sandwiches for Whidbey Island Nourishes.

Langley bakery partnership helps feed those in need

At 11 p.m. when most people are asleep, Kelly Baugh is grinding fresh red wheat and starting a large batch of bread. Baugh bakes her bread at Living Green Bakery & Cafe on Second Street in Langley.

  • Mar 14, 2014
Kelly Baugh bakes wholesome bread which is used to make sandwiches for Whidbey Island Nourishes.
Melissa Riker of Flyers Restaurant & Brewery won the grand raffle prize at the OHscars banquent in Oak Harbor Feb. 28. The event raised money for July 4.

OHscars raises $8,500 for fireworks

Toppins Frozen Yogurt took home top honors as Business of the Year Friday during the annual Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

Melissa Riker of Flyers Restaurant & Brewery won the grand raffle prize at the OHscars banquent in Oak Harbor Feb. 28. The event raised money for July 4.
Tina Carman has owned Drag 'N' Fly Espresso in Oak Harbor since 2010. She was once a barista for the same business

Happy reunion for Oak Harbor coffee shop owner

It’s rare to find Tina Carman without a smile. As a small-business owner in a world of coffee shops big and small all around her, Carman goes about her day offering not only a hot drink but a warm expression.

Tina Carman has owned Drag 'N' Fly Espresso in Oak Harbor since 2010. She was once a barista for the same business

New owners take on Coupeville’s Back to the Island

There’s a new face running one of the businesses on Coupeville’s historic Front Street. Pati Schmakeit recently bought Back to the Island, a small boutique located next door to the Penn Cove Gallery. Back to the Island sells clothes and novelties popular with tourists and neighbors alike. She had a casual journey to becoming a business owner.

Whidbey grower starts selling organic seeds

Gardeners will have a new source for seeds that should thrive in Whidbey’s climate. Deep Harvest Farm located on South Whidbey Island is offering a selection of organic vegetable seeds at Bayview Farm and Garden located in Langley. Nathaniel Talbot, owner of Deep Harvest Farm, has been developing organic seeds since he was a student at the farmer training center located at the Greenbank Farm. He has 20 varieties of vegetable seeds he has available for sale at the south end garden center.