Business

As of Tuesday

Whidbey Island’s last video store saved in cliffhanger

Blockbuster in Oak Harbor, the last video rental store in town, is one of about 600 stores across the country that will not close in the wake of the chain’s acquisition by a major satellite TV provider. Earlier this month, Dish Network Corp was announced as the highest bidder in a bankruptcy court auction to acquire the former king of the home-video business and “substantially all” of its assets for about $228 million.

As of Tuesday
John Burbank will speak to Island County Democrats May 15 on how to increase Social Security benefits.

Increasing social security benefits

“Keeping the Social Security Promise” will be the topic of Executive Director John R Burbank’s speech on Sunday, May 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Hayes Hall conference room at the Whidbey Island Campus of Skagit Valley College in Oak Harbor.

  • Apr 26, 2011
John Burbank will speak to Island County Democrats May 15 on how to increase Social Security benefits.
Far From Normal owner Cindy Van Dyk diplays a Yellow Submarine lunchbox

‘Far From Normal’ fills hole in Front Street

If a shopper laughs, then Cindy Van Dyk accomplished her goal. She owns Coupeville’s newest business, “Far From Normal,” which offers an eclectic array of toys, lunch boxes, collectibles and fair trade items that are sure to brighten the day of any visitor that stops by.

Far From Normal owner Cindy Van Dyk diplays a Yellow Submarine lunchbox

No state handout for port’s Greenbank Farm dream

Money to pay for a bottling and packaging facility at the Greenbank Farm won’t materialize in 2011.

Ferry bills clear Senate

Two bills aimed at reducing ferry operating costs, generating revenue to build new vessels and improve performance cleared the state Senate Monday.

  • Apr 16, 2011
Garden Isle Montessori teacher Darrellyn Currier helps Malena Nealon with an assignment recently. Twenty-five students spend their first years of elementary school attending classes at the venerable school located near Coupeville’s historic downtown.

Garden Island turns 21 in teaching business

A small school located near downtown Coupeville has provided the educational foundation for hundreds of children over more than two decades.

Garden Isle Montessori teacher Darrellyn Currier helps Malena Nealon with an assignment recently. Twenty-five students spend their first years of elementary school attending classes at the venerable school located near Coupeville’s historic downtown.
Kelly Tuggle

E-Cycle collects 1 million pounds of electronics in county

One million pounds of old televisions, computers and monitors have now been collected in Island County under a program called E-Cycle Washington, started in January 2009.

  • Apr 12, 2011
Kelly Tuggle

Find a Boeing job in Oak Harbor

Finding a job with Boeing will be easier for islanders who attend a special aerospace workshop at Oak Harbor WorkSource next week. “It comes at a good time with Boeing averaging 100 new hires a week, plus getting the tanker contract,” said Rick Van Cise of WorkSource communications.

Greenbank Farm Training Program grows farmers

The Greenbank Farm Training Program is starting a class this week designed to help beginning farmers, apprentices and aspiring farmers living on Whidbey Island. “Now in our third year, we will be offering weekly classes for 23 weeks on the production and business aspects of starting and managing a successful small farm,” training program director Maryon Attwood said in a news release.

  • Apr 6, 2011
Barbara Lyter of On the Surface

Businesses expose themselves at Oak Harbor Elks Lodge

From beautiful textiles to tasty treats by some of Whidbey Island’s best restaurants, this year’s Spring Business Expo in Oak Harbor will have it all. Kicking off Thursday, March 31, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Oak Harbor, the fourth installment of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s annual event will host about 30 individual business, according to membership and administrative coordinator Tammi Petty.

Barbara Lyter of On the Surface
John Cline

Pooch Motel: New pet resort opens in Oak Harbor

A new resort opened in Oak Harbor last month. Its white vaulted ceilings boast exposed beams and expansive windows which allow warm natural light to fill the space. Designed to resemble a classic red barn, the two-story building’s exterior creates a sense of home while maintaing a chic and modern feel indoors. In a word, the Dogwood embodies luxury.

  • Mar 25, 2011
John Cline

Port dreams of food processing at Greenbank Farm

A food packing and bottling facility on Central Whidbey could provide a boost to small farms by giving them a place to package their products.

Navy reaches out to small business

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest will hold a Small Business Outreach event beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Elks Club in Oak Harbor.

  • Mar 18, 2011

Greenbank Farm fires director; mission changes

After releasing its former executive director, the Greenbank Farm Management Group is still months away from finding a replacement to run day-to-day operations of the historic, publicly owned facility.

Whidbey Island Jeweler owner Jeff Mack works at his bench in his new store front on Barrow Street. The business celebrated its 20 anniversary

Oak Harbor’s gem of a store turns 20

Before Jeff Mack was 10 years old, he could break down and clean a mantle clock. By 13, he could completely disassemble and service a pocket watch. By his senior year in high school, he could size rings and was dabbling in jewelry fabrication. Thirty-five years later, the man’s skill is really limited only by your imagination.

Whidbey Island Jeweler owner Jeff Mack works at his bench in his new store front on Barrow Street. The business celebrated its 20 anniversary
Sarah Richards shares her love of lavender at the Whidbey Gardening Workshop on March 19.

Lavender grower infuses workshop with good scents

Lavender brings to mind the sunny landscapes of the south of France. But thanks to lavender lovers like Sarah Richards, the beautiful plant has gained a foothold and a following on Whidbey Island. Richards will elucidate the mysteries of growing this plant of many uses in two classes at the Whidbey Gardening Workshop Saturday, March 19 at Coupeville High School.

  • Mar 4, 2011
Sarah Richards shares her love of lavender at the Whidbey Gardening Workshop on March 19.
Dr. Brian Polagye will speak Wednesday in Freeland on the effects of tidal power projects on Whidbey Island.

Tidal power’s effects on Whidbey

What are the opportunities for tidal power? And what might be the unintended side effects? How might the answers matter to us on Whidbey Island? Find out some of the answers to this exploration of a new type of renewable power Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, off Highway 525 north of Freeland.

  • Feb 14, 2011
Dr. Brian Polagye will speak Wednesday in Freeland on the effects of tidal power projects on Whidbey Island.
Gerry Oliver sits in his new real estate office

Realtor gambles on downtown Oak Harbor

Success in business can be a gamble and for one well known Oak Harbor businessman, 2011 is a time for throwing in all his chips. On Jan. 3, Gerry Oliver decided to overlook a stubborn housing market and months of construction ahead on SE Pioneer Way – a factor that’s driven more than one business to new locales – to open his very first real estate office right smack dab in the middle of downtown.

Gerry Oliver sits in his new real estate office
Gary and Martha Wallin stand before their new funeral home in Oak Harbor. The couple are hoping to stand out from the competition with a new facilities and services

Oak Harbor funeral director breaks out on his own

With more than 45 years of experience under his belt, there aren’t many people who know the funeral industry like Gary Wallin.

Gary and Martha Wallin stand before their new funeral home in Oak Harbor. The couple are hoping to stand out from the competition with a new facilities and services

Greenbank Farm’s agriculture training group resurrected

Thanks to donations from residents and a tuition hike, the Community Supported Agriculture program at the Greenbank Farm will continue. After being cut by the Northwest Agriculture Business Center several weeks ago as a way to resolve state funding cuts, the Greenbank Farm Management Group decided it would continue to support the farmer training program.