New thrift store to benefit youth

There’s a new second-hand store in town. My Father’s House Community Thrift, located at the corner of Midway Boulevard and W. Whidbey Avenue, benefits Island County organizations including Adoption Assistance for Whidbey Island and North Whidbey Help House.

  • Dec 24, 2009

Biz Beat

Oak Harbor has a new, indoor place to play. GALAXY LASER TAG held its ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this month. Call 675-4824, or visit 2949 Goldie Rd. for an adventure.

  • Dec 24, 2009

Little Caesar’s is Hot-n-Ready in Oak Harbor

A new Little Caesar’s pizza restaurant opened Dec. 15 in Oak Harbor. “I’m excited to open a store in Oak Harbor,” said franchise owner Sebastian Brost, who added he has a number of other Little Caesar’s locations in Washington as well as a few in other states.

  • Dec 23, 2009

Business blends tea with yoga

In the summer, it’s easy to find ways to get a workout in; biking, hiking or anything outdoors is available. For those who aren’t self-described “gym rats,” and don’t like treadmills, there’s a new option to shed pounds this December. It’s called Hatha yoga.

  • Dec 11, 2009

Biz Beat

Dr. Tracy Nimmerrichter-Burgess is one of 28 health practitioners recognized by Premera Blue Cross for “EXCEPTIONAL LEVELS OF QUALITY” in providing Women’s Health Care. The 2009 honorees were selected from more than 700 practices. Her practice, Oak Harbor Internal Medicine, Medical Spa and Laser Center, is located across the street from the police station on SE Ireland St. Oak Harbor Internal Medicine is currently accepting new patients and will expand on Jan. 1 to include a walk-in clinic for minor medical needs.

  • Dec 11, 2009

Cancer center earns accreditation

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons granted a three-year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at Whidbey General Hospital. A news release from the hospital states the certification was awarded after an on-site physician evaluation determined that Whidbey General complies with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program.

  • Dec 1, 2009

Coupeville contractor named state Builder of the Year

Ted Clifton, owner of Clifton View Homes, received the Builder of the Year award from the the Building Industry Association of Washington.

  • Nov 12, 2009

Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle adds holiday run

Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle will increase service for the north end residents of Whidbey Island to SeaTac International Airport with the addition of an early morning… Continue reading

  • Nov 11, 2009

Disabilities, aging, bring leaders together

More than 60 county leaders met for the first “Embracing Difference” summit Oct. 29, for island-wide dialogue about disability and aging. The summit, held at the Pacific Rim Institute in Coupeville, focused on how to create a more inclusive environment where all citizens can participate, thrive and feel they belong.

  • Nov 10, 2009

Legislators report on saving economy

Local residents and small-business owners are invited to hear the three legislators from District 10 talk about what they’re doing to help Whidbey Island weather the economic downturn. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St., Coupeville.

  • Nov 10, 2009

Iconic car sign leaves Oak Harbor

Traffic slowed along Pioneer Way as drivers craned their necks to observe the removal of the largest sign in Oak Harbor Wednesday. A two-man crew from Meyer Sign and Advertising Company of Mount Vernon removed the iconic Frontier Chevrolet Pontiac sign, a downtown landmark since the 1970s when it was Boyer Chevrolet Pontiac.

  • Nov 6, 2009

It takes nerve to thrive: Chiropractor opens in Oak Harbor

Dr. Cassandra Peterson decided to return to home base to begin her first chiropractic practice. Until recently, the Anacortes native worked at VanQuaethem Chiropractic and Massage in Seattle. A weekend trip to Coupeville last August piqued her interest in island life, and an available office in Harbor Station sealed the deal to lure Peterson to Oak Harbor.

  • Oct 30, 2009

Nichols lands CEO from Alabama

John Collins, an expert in improving operations in project driven companies, has recently been named Chief Executive Officer of Nichols Bros. Boat Builders of Freeland.

  • Oct 20, 2009

Red tickets benefit shoppers and businesses

With the holiday season fast approaching, shoppers perusing the quaint shops in Coupeville could see an unexpected windfall if they are lucky. The Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association’s Red Ticket promotion started Oct. 10 during Coupeville’s Harvest Fest and continues through Dec. 20.

New paws on Kapaws Iskreme

Two new faces are busy scooping ice cream behind the counter of an iconic Coupeville shop. Longtime owners Karen and Paul Whelan decided to sell Kapaws Iskreme to Joel and Lorene Norris, who took over the shop Oct. 1. “The shoes are huge to fill,” Joel Norris said as he opened up his Front Street shop Tuesday morning.

Big changes at Oak Harbor’s Koetje Agency

Oak Harbor’s time-honored insurance and real estate go-to, Koetje Agency, is merge with Whitfield’s United Insurance Agencies, Inc., this month. The decision wasn’t easy, said Koetje Agency’s current owner Bruce Neil, Jr., son-in-law of Hank Koetje, founder of the locally famed insurance and real estate business that’s served the Oak Harbor community for 50 years.

  • Oct 9, 2009

Store barbecues oysters for popular motorcycle run

Hundreds of motorcycles will rumble through Whidbey Island this weekend on their way to Anacortes for the Oyster Run, the largest motorcycle run in the Pacific Northwest.

Coupeville stylist moves on after 31 years

Longtime stylist Phyllis Cook, owner of P S Hair Design, has hung up her apron and moved to Wyoming to be closer to her daughter, Autumn. The transition wasn’t be easy for the Coupeville native. And many of her clients are taking the news hard. Cook and her many clients formed strong bonds during the hair stylists’ 31-year career.

  • Sep 11, 2009

Hasta la vista, baby: Coupeville loses its last video store

As of Friday morning there isn't a store in Coupeville where movie-goers can rent a video. Videoville, located on South Main Street, is selling its collection in preparation of closing at the end of the month.

Clean living rewarded at Oak Harbor’s Daily Grind

Ultra-clean living has paid off for Daily Grind owner Tammie DeRosa in terms of customer and spousal satisfaction. Another perfect score after an inspection by the county health department sent two of her customers scurrying up to the Whidbey News-Times to announce the accomplishment.