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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.
“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.
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.
Money to pay for a bottling and packaging facility at the Greenbank Farm won’t materialize in 2011.
Two bills aimed at reducing ferry operating costs, generating revenue to build new vessels and improve performance cleared the state Senate Monday.
A small school located near downtown Coupeville has provided the educational foundation for hundreds of children over more than two decades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With more than 45 years of experience under his belt, there aren’t many people who know the funeral industry like Gary Wallin.
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.