Business

Waste Wise offers holiday campaign | Biz Notes

WASTE WISE is offering a holiday campaign for businesses. The organization will provide free advertising for stores that offer a 10- to 50-percent discount on gifts of experience, gifts made of recycled or reused materials or green gifts. Call 678-7974. Deadline is Nov. 12.

  • Nov 19, 2011

Whidbey News-Times’ gift guide heads home | Biz Notes

SOUND PUBLISHING will reach the entire island Nov. 23 and Nov. 26 with the Whidbey News-Times’ Holiday Gift Guide. For advertising information call 675-6611.

  • Nov 18, 2011

Italian restaurant opens in Oak Harbor | Biz Notes

CAFE BELLA is having a ribbon cutting and open house on Friday, Nov. 18, at 4:30 p.m. Cafe Bella is located at 830 SE Pioneer Way. “Great reason to leave work early and come celebrate with good food and great people!,” they say.

  • Nov 18, 2011
Giovanni Strain recently opened The Consignment Studio nearly two years after his former business

Oak Harbor entrepreneur dusts up another business

Nearly two years after the Feather Duster closed, an Oak Harbor resident is having another go at running a business. Giovanni Strain opened The Consignment Studio on Goldie Road recently and he’s busy looking for people with furniture to sell and customers eager for a good deal.

Giovanni Strain recently opened The Consignment Studio nearly two years after his former business
With spaces in Maple Leaf Cemetry’s first columbarium (background) almost sold out

Whidbey cemeteries’ columbaria create room

Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville erected its first columbarium in October while Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor added two more.

With spaces in Maple Leaf Cemetry’s first columbarium (background) almost sold out
Oak Harbor Marina Harbormaster Chris Sublet speaks with Terica Taylor on a recent tour of the marina. Taylor owns Deception Pass Tours and is considering starting a gray-whale watching business in Oak Harbor.

Whale tours could draw thousands to Oak Harbor

ak Harbor may soon be home to a whale-watching business that could draw about 2,000 tourists per season. Deception Pass Tours, a water-based scenic tour company that operates out of Cornet Bay, is looking to expand its operations to include seasonal gray-whale watching in Saratoga Passage.

Oak Harbor Marina Harbormaster Chris Sublet speaks with Terica Taylor on a recent tour of the marina. Taylor owns Deception Pass Tours and is considering starting a gray-whale watching business in Oak Harbor.

Sound Publishing to buy Clallam County newspapers

Sequim based Olympic View Publishing Company today announces the sale of the company to Sound Publishing, a community newspaper group based in Poulsbo, Wash. OVP has been owned and operated by local resident Brown M. Maloney for over 23 years. The company produces two Clallam County newspapers, the Sequim Gazette and the Forks Forum.

  • Nov 1, 2011

Ag board hunts for members

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center is accepting applications for positions on its board of directors. A non-profit business development organization, NABC is looking for individuals engaged in agriculture and related fields who want to contribute to the development of the organization, and will enhance its ability to improve economic vitality in its service area of Island, Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish and San Juan counties.

  • Oct 27, 2011

Grange aims to preserve farming

Small-scale growing featured at former pheasant farm Penn Cove Grange will be hosting the Small Agriculture Producer Caucus on Saturday, Nov. 5 at noon, at 180 Parker Road just south of Coupeville, the old pheasant farm.

  • Oct 27, 2011
Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Geoff Tapert addresses the Oak Harbor City Council last week on a plan that could land an expansion of Freeland's Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on the Seaplane Base.

South Whidbey port may help Oak Harbor land boat builder

Freeland’s Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is finding plenty of friends this year as yet another public agency is expressing interest in helping the private boatbuilder expand its operations to Oak Harbor. At the Oak Harbor City Council’s regular Tuesday meeting last week, Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Geoff Tapert proposed a radical new idea in which the port would become the primary lessee of the Seaplane Base property sought by Nichols Brothers.

Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Geoff Tapert addresses the Oak Harbor City Council last week on a plan that could land an expansion of Freeland's Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on the Seaplane Base.

Whidbey General workers upset as jobs outsourced | Corrected

Ten employees at Whidbey General Hospital are being outsourced this fall in a move that’s estimated to save $1.5 million over five years. The hospital’s transcriptionists were surprised when they thought they were attending their monthly department meeting Aug. 30 and instead were greeted by a team of top hospital officials. They were told that a national medical transcription company, Wedmedx, was taking over transcription for the hospital.

A crowd watches as a model cruises the catwalk in front of La Moda Rocks on SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor. The fashion show was put on in conjunction with First Friday

Fashion succeeds in drawing folks downtown

It may have lacked some of the glamour and sparkle of international fashion shows in New York, London and Paris, but the catwalk on SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor Friday had a panache all its own. On a carpet lined with lilies, models spent the evening strutting the latest fashions offered by downtown merchants before a healthy crowd and to the tune of live music. And to top it off, it all happened under a beautiful Whidbey Island summer sky.

A crowd watches as a model cruises the catwalk in front of La Moda Rocks on SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor. The fashion show was put on in conjunction with First Friday
Langley resident Paul Mathews and Clinton resident Enid Braun talk solar energy during an event commemorating the new arrays installed at the Greenbank Farm.

Solar arrays celebrated at Greenbank Farm

A new day is dawning on the Greenbank Farm. Thanks to the help of investors including interested individuals, the Port of Coupeville and Puget Sound Energy, a solar energy project is up and running at the publicly owned farm. Dozens of people ventured to the farm Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of the first part of the project.

Langley resident Paul Mathews and Clinton resident Enid Braun talk solar energy during an event commemorating the new arrays installed at the Greenbank Farm.
June Blouin proudly stands outside of her new business

Coupeville coffee haunt returns to life

A popular caffeine lovers’ hangout in Coupeville is open for business again. Coupeville Coffee and Bistro opened early last week occupying the former South Main Street home of Miriam’s Espresso.

June Blouin proudly stands outside of her new business

Blustery weather helps trim Whidbey Marathon profits

The numbers are in and while the 2011 Whidbey Island Marathon in Oak Harbor saw a rise in participation, revenue is down from last year. The 10th annual weekend event, which is composed of 5K, full and half-marathon races, was held this past April on courses that stretched from Cornet Bay to the Monroe Landing area just south of Oak Harbor.

Oak Harbor City Council members Danny Paggao

Oak Harbor noise problem centers on parking lot

Fed up Bayshore Drive residents won a small victory last week when the Oak Harbor City Council agreed to look at a rule that would force a nightclub owner to hire off-duty police officers. No formal vote was taken and it’s unclear how the requirement would work or whether it’s even feasible as several council members and the city police chief voiced concerns about the legality of the proposed rule.

Oak Harbor City Council members Danny Paggao
Angelo’s Caffe owner Kathy Collantes displays her Green Business Award on a fireplace mantel in the restaurant. Angelo’s has received two Green Business Awards from the City of Oak Harbor and is currently a pilot site for the Sustainable Whidbey Coalition’s new Green Seal program.

Obtain the green seal of environmental approval

Angelo’s Caffe owner Kathy Collantes admits she may have permanently scared off a few costumers after strongly urging them to use ceramic mugs rather than paper cups while dining in house. But Collantes said she’s OK with the loss as long as her message about waste reduction got across.

  • Jun 14, 2011
Angelo’s Caffe owner Kathy Collantes displays her Green Business Award on a fireplace mantel in the restaurant. Angelo’s has received two Green Business Awards from the City of Oak Harbor and is currently a pilot site for the Sustainable Whidbey Coalition’s new Green Seal program.
Valerie Reuther of Rosehip farm examines one of the plants she sells during the Coupeville Farmers Market. Cold weather and near-constant rain has delayed the growing season.

Missing spring delays produce on Whidbey Island

Who would have thought February would last for four months? The cool, dreary, rainy weather that dominates the winter month continued into March, April and May. Those soggy conditions have drenched many Whidbey farm fields, delaying the growing season and when local farmers have crops to sell at local markets.

Valerie Reuther of Rosehip farm examines one of the plants she sells during the Coupeville Farmers Market. Cold weather and near-constant rain has delayed the growing season.
Douglas Saar and Christon Skinner of the Law Offices of Skinner and Saar pause for a photo during a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new location on Barrington Drive.

Success prompts move for Oak Harbor law firm

Friends, family, and more than a few Oak Harbor dignitaries recently helped welcome one the city’s most prominent law firms into their new location on Barrington Drive. The law offices of Skinner and Saar, previously located on SE Pioneer Way, moved into their new office across from City Hall earlier this year. A grand opening and ribbon cutting in April was held and was so well attended that it was standing room only.

Douglas Saar and Christon Skinner of the Law Offices of Skinner and Saar pause for a photo during a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new location on Barrington Drive.
Oak Harbor High School DECA teammates Ben Muyres

Oak Harbor produces three national champs

A three-word email message from DECA teacher Eric Peterson sent from Orlando, Fla. Monday morning brought a sense of pride to Oak Harbor administrators and students alike. “They just won!” was all he needed to write. Oak Harbor High School students Mike Washington, Ben Muyres and Mike Shevchuk were named the 2011 National Champions in the DECA Virtual Business Sports event. The Oak Harbor team beat 16 other competitors from across the United States in a bracket-style tournament.

  • May 6, 2011
Oak Harbor High School DECA teammates Ben Muyres