Business

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.

Brian Montana stands behind the bar of The Terrace Wine Bar & Bistro

Wined and dined big-city style

Whidbey Island’s biggest appeal may be its rolling hills and peaceful views, but after seeing field after field, tree after tree, day after day, sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than a luxurious night in the big city. Thanks to Oak Harbor resident Brian Montana, islanders are now able to soak in all the glitz and glam of a sultry downtown watering hole without fighting rush hour traffic.

  • Jan 14, 2011
Brian Montana stands behind the bar of The Terrace Wine Bar & Bistro
Three generations of Hummels have been working at the County Deli for most of the decade. From the  left are Maureen

Coupeville’s County Deli goes out of business

After 20 years of filling the sandwich needs of the hungry residents of Coupeville, a popular restaurant closed at the end of the year. The County Deli, which has been operating out of its North Main location since 1989, closed when the current owners, the Hummel family, decided to sell the venerable restaurant.

Three generations of Hummels have been working at the County Deli for most of the decade. From the  left are Maureen

Whidbey farmers offered environmental programs

The Whidbey Island Conservation District’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program, including a new organic program, is available for farmers, ranchers, and forest owners.

  • Dec 30, 2010

Whidbey farmers offered environmental programs

The Whidbey Island Conservation District’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program, including a new organic program, is available for farmers, ranchers, and forest owners.

  • Dec 30, 2010
Oak Harbor Mayor Jim Slowik speaks to a tough crowd at Paint Your World downtown. Slowik and the City Council attended the Harborside Merchants Association meeting Tuesday to gather ideas about city-funded marketing during the construction phase of the SE Pioneer Way Improvement Project.

Oak Harbor marketing plan under construction

Despite the demands of downtown merchants and the urging of Oak Harbor’s mayor, the City Council may be hard pressed to sign off on a plan to spend up to $170,000 on marketing for downtown businesses during the SE Pioneer Way Improvement Project.

Oak Harbor Mayor Jim Slowik speaks to a tough crowd at Paint Your World downtown. Slowik and the City Council attended the Harborside Merchants Association meeting Tuesday to gather ideas about city-funded marketing during the construction phase of the SE Pioneer Way Improvement Project.
Effective Jan. 1

EDC leader resigns, plans ‘grandma’ role

After 10 years at the helm, Sharon Hart, executive director of the Island County Economic Development Council, is stepping down effective Jan. 1.

Effective Jan. 1
Baker Jessica Brown shows off two of her popular Boston Cream croissants at Yummies’ Eats and Treats

Oak Harbor bakery boasts slightly sinful and creative concoctions

Bakery owner Marti Krotz claims her frosting is to die for. She has her granddaughter Jessica Brown scoop some onto a spoon and offers up a taste. The fluffy white mixture hasn’t even been flavored yet, but Marti Krotz is still right.

  • Nov 23, 2010
Baker Jessica Brown shows off two of her popular Boston Cream croissants at Yummies’ Eats and Treats

Angelo’s Caffe repeats with Green Business Award

The judges have made their decision and the top three Green Businesses in Oak Harbor this year are Angelo’s Caffe, The BBQ Joint and Whidbey Island Naturopathic.

  • Nov 18, 2010
Dan Ollis relaxes next to a picture of the perfect cup of coffee taken on one of his trips to Guatemala.

Island native makes a splash in coffee biz

A curved seating bar, the smell of fresh roasted coffee and various comfortable nooks and crannies from which chatter and laughter emanate tell the visitor this is no longer a bank or jewelry store. It’s Whidbey Coffee’s newest cafe at 980 Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor, adjacent to a drive-through Whidbey Coffee facility that has been a fixture with North Whidbey coffee addicts for years.

Dan Ollis relaxes next to a picture of the perfect cup of coffee taken on one of his trips to Guatemala.
University of Washington junior and former Oak Harbor High School student Arianna O’Dell

Oak Harbor grad aims for one million Tweeps

“Socialnomics,” the go-to book for everything social media, reports that celebrities Ellen DeGeneres and Ashton Kutcher have more followers on Twitter than the populations of Ireland, Norway and Panama, and if Facebook were a country, it would be the fourth largest. Social media doesn’t seem to be a passing trend, and one can only imagine what the tech world will look like years, or even just months, from now. That’s why one Oak Harbor tech junkie is working to get a snapshot of today’s social networkers.

  • Oct 21, 2010
University of Washington junior and former Oak Harbor High School student Arianna O’Dell
Greg and Scott Yonkman of Yonkman Construction Inc. in Oak Harbor stand inside the 3

Yonkman home in Freeland takes Best of Show award

Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association has announced its award winners from the association’s sixth annual SICBA Home Tour held last month.

  • Oct 15, 2010
Greg and Scott Yonkman of Yonkman Construction Inc. in Oak Harbor stand inside the 3
Whidbey Island Woodworks owner Mark Lucero talks to Coupeville resident Mark Skullerud during the Island County Biz Expo Saturday at the Coupeville Middle and High School gymnasium.

Whidbey businesses get creative to survive

Despite economists’ reports to the contrary, Whidbey Island business owners don’t think the recession is over. Instead, owners have shown flexibility, a willingness to take any work offered and promoted affordable deals to spark more sales in order to survive the Great Recession.

  • Oct 12, 2010
Whidbey Island Woodworks owner Mark Lucero talks to Coupeville resident Mark Skullerud during the Island County Biz Expo Saturday at the Coupeville Middle and High School gymnasium.

New winery is eighth on island

Now home to eight wineries, the area south of Coupeville on Whidbey Island has become a wine destination of its own. The newest of these wineries, Comforts of Whidbey, opened its tasting room doors on Labor Day weekend and is experiencing great success.

  • Sep 24, 2010

Central Whidbey chamber to move

The Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce office and visitor’s center is moving into a soon-to-be-renovated historical building in downtown Coupeville.

Old Time Radio shows pay off

More than 700 people attended KWPA’s three Old Time Radio performances this summer, raising about $7,000 for the station, which will allow the organization to move into a new, spacious studio on Front Street.

  • Sep 17, 2010
Zorba’s Greek and Italian Restaurant owners Helen and Chris Pantoleon pose for picture with head chef George Pardington in the kitchen of their new digs off Highway 20

Popular Greek restaurant moves into new digs on Highway 20 in Oak Harbor

Following a two-month closure, one of Oak Harbor’s favorite eateries is once again open for business. Zorba’s Greek and Italian Restaurant, which had been located on SE Pioneer Way for the past 12 years, reopened its doors Aug. 15 at its new location next to the Coachman Inn off Highway 20 on the north side of town.

Zorba’s Greek and Italian Restaurant owners Helen and Chris Pantoleon pose for picture with head chef George Pardington in the kitchen of their new digs off Highway 20

‘Deadliest Catch’ crew members to return to Seabolt’s Smokehouse Sept. 4

Seabolt’s Smokehouse is bringing crew members from the Deadliest Catch back to Whidbey Island for a fun and entertaining event to help raise money for the Seattle Fisherman’s Memorial.

  • Aug 16, 2010

Lagasse directs building accounting

Mark Lagasse has joined the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County staff in the position of accounting director.

  • Aug 13, 2010
Chef Jerry Ritchie cooks in a tight kitchen of Coupeville’s newest restaurant

Coupeville’s Front Street Grill open for business

With a spectacular view of Penn Cove and chefs preparing food originating from Whidbey Island, Coupeville’s newest restaurant is open for business.

Chef Jerry Ritchie cooks in a tight kitchen of Coupeville’s newest restaurant