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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

‘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

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.

Site selected for Greenbank solar panels

A community solar energy project took a step forward Wednesday when the commissioners for the Port of Coupeville selected a one-acre piece of land at the Greenbank Farm for a community solar power project.

Bringing in the dough during a recession

Whether you realize it or not, if you’re from Oak Harbor there is a good chance you know 21-year-old Matt Deal. If not by name, then by his signature moves and hard-to-forget spring-heeled shoes. After all, there just aren’t that many guys rocking out on one of the city’s busiest street corners waving a sign for $5 pizzas.

Roads get new asphalt, chip seal this summer

Now that summer has finally made it to Whidbey Island, it’s time for road construction to begin.

Inn owner picked for Island County board

A retired minister who’s currently the co-owner of a small Coupeville hotel was picked to be the newest member of the Island County Planning Commission.

  • Jun 16, 2010

Island County property values plummet; some tax rates to rise

The total assessed value of Island County plummeted by 12.3 percent for the tax year 2011, county Assessor Dave Mattens announced Thursday.

Fir tree seed farm could sprout at Greenbank Farm

Amidst the community garden, farmer training center and the loganberry bushes, a business is looking to add a tree seed farm on a large swath of land at the Greenbank Farm. A group of companies from Canada wants to lease land at the publicly owned farm to grow Douglas fir trees and eventually harvest their seeds.

Oak Harbor Marina guests, hoist users to pay more

The Oak Harbor City Council approved an increase in rates for the use of guest moorage slips and boat hoist at the council’s Tuesday evening in a 5-0 vote. Council members Danny Paggao and Beth Munns were absent from the meeting.

  • May 21, 2010

Groups meet on News-Times Web site

If you manage a group or organization and have been fumbling around with a large email list,’s new “Groups” feature may be a good alternative.

  • May 21, 2010