Business

Local brewer taps into neighboring market

Local brewer taps into neighboring market

Big plans are a-brewing at one Coupeville-based business. Penn Cove Brewing Co. is holding the grand opening for its new Oak Harbor taproom on Bayshore… Continue reading

Local brewer taps into neighboring market
After 30 years, Whidbey Coffee is strong as ever

After 30 years, Whidbey Coffee is strong as ever

Whidbey Coffee’s story began with chicken fajitas at a small community festival. Today, it’s a thriving business with more than $10 million in annual sales,… Continue reading

After 30 years, Whidbey Coffee is strong as ever
Oak Harbor’s new gyro hero: Former employee buys, transforms longtime Greek restaurant

Oak Harbor’s new gyro hero: Former employee buys, transforms longtime Greek restaurant

Things are a bit different now for Jessie Abrahamson at the little gyro restaurant where she worked when she was 18. The menu has changed,… Continue reading

Oak Harbor’s new gyro hero: Former employee buys, transforms longtime Greek restaurant
New Whidbey air service takes flight

New Whidbey air service takes flight

The trip to Seattle from Oak Harbor takes just 19 minutes if Chris Taylor is driving. “Some people wait longer than that for coffee,” Taylor… Continue reading

New Whidbey air service takes flight
Rockin’ a Hard Place: Chef adds farming to his resume

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Chef adds farming to his resume

He’s about to turn 35, so it’s only natural that a creative spirit like Tyler Hansen would feel the urge to try yet another challenge.… Continue reading

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Chef adds farming to his resume
Meerkerk in bloom

Meerkerk in bloom

Garden celebrates 40 years of rhodies, providing beauty to Whidbey

Meerkerk in bloom
Growing a new program at Greenbank Farm

Growing a new program at Greenbank Farm

Veterans become farmers in Boots to Roots

Growing a new program at Greenbank Farm
ROCKIN’ A HARD PLACE: SPIN Café will finally get its spin | Corrected

ROCKIN’ A HARD PLACE: SPIN Café will finally get its spin | Corrected

O ak Harbor’s SPIN Café is about to get the spin cycle it was always supposed to have. And wash and rinse. And also a… Continue reading

ROCKIN’ A HARD PLACE: SPIN Café will finally get its spin | Corrected
Kennedy joins Peoples Bank as VP, commercial banking officer

Kennedy joins Peoples Bank as VP, commercial banking officer

Peoples Bank has announced the hiring of PATRICK KENNEDY as a vice president and commercial banking officer. Based on Whidbey Island, he serves customers throughout… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2019
Kennedy joins Peoples Bank as VP, commercial banking officer
Family brings flowers to Greenbank Farm

Family brings flowers to Greenbank Farm

Greenbank Farm, currently known for its retail stores, pies and dog park, is getting back to its roots with some good, old-fashioned traditional farming. The… Continue reading

Family brings flowers to Greenbank Farm
Rich Murphy uses an old barn as a warehouse for a line of backpacks called Aarn that are designed in New Zealand and sold worldwide. Murphy and his wife, Genie, are the new North American distributers for the backpacks that emphasis balance and reducing strain while hiking. (Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)                                Rich Murphy shows tandem packs that can attach to backpacks and be worn in front to help with balance. (Photos by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)                                The backpacking equipment company called Aarn began when New Zealander founders Aarn Tate and Devi Benson began designing outdoor products to be more “body-comfortable.” The material is extremely tough but light and durable. The store’s balance bags run around $70 to $150 and the full backpacks $200 to $400.

Couple brings New Zealand packs to Whidbey Island

Distributors leap from buying outdoor gear to selling it

Rich Murphy uses an old barn as a warehouse for a line of backpacks called Aarn that are designed in New Zealand and sold worldwide. Murphy and his wife, Genie, are the new North American distributers for the backpacks that emphasis balance and reducing strain while hiking. (Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)                                Rich Murphy shows tandem packs that can attach to backpacks and be worn in front to help with balance. (Photos by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)                                The backpacking equipment company called Aarn began when New Zealander founders Aarn Tate and Devi Benson began designing outdoor products to be more “body-comfortable.” The material is extremely tough but light and durable. The store’s balance bags run around $70 to $150 and the full backpacks $200 to $400.
Central Whidbey nonprofit has big plans for tiny house

Central Whidbey nonprofit has big plans for tiny house

A recent donation to Ryan’s House for Youth proved too good of an opportunity to pass up, even if it can’t be used yet. “The… Continue reading

Central Whidbey nonprofit has big plans for tiny house

Clinic getting new name

Whidbey Island Internal Medicine in Coupeville is becoming WhidbeyHealth Primary Care Coupeville. The change comes after Dr. Lee Roof’s March 1 retirement, according to a… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2019

Habitat for Humanity will host groundbreaking ceremony

Habitat for Humanity of Island County is inviting the public to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a new home located at 3160 Summit Boulevard, Oak… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2019
Building a North Whidbey Hearts & Hammers

Building a North Whidbey Hearts & Hammers

Home-repair nonprofit extends its helping hand

Building a North Whidbey Hearts & Hammers
Support is great, but WAIF still has its critics

Support is great, but WAIF still has its critics

Debating risks vs. benefit of ‘enriching’ dogs’ lives

Support is great, but WAIF still has its critics
Clothing event for those with challenges

Clothing event for those with challenges

Nonprofit giving brand-name clothes to those with special needs

Clothing event for those with challenges
New Indian restaurant opens on Pioneer Way

New Indian restaurant opens on Pioneer Way

Gary Purewal and his traditional clay oven have come to give Oak Harbor a taste of the country where he was born. How is it?… Continue reading

New Indian restaurant opens on Pioneer Way
Pooper Troopers cleaning up a storm

Pooper Troopers cleaning up a storm

These troopers respond to one specific type of problem — and it’s brown. Shannon Useman and her husband Conrad are the island’s new self-named Pooper… Continue reading

Pooper Troopers cleaning up a storm
After 20 years, Tyee restaurant is under new ownership

After 20 years, Tyee restaurant is under new ownership

‘This really caught my eye’

After 20 years, Tyee restaurant is under new ownership