Business

Coupeville home builder awarded for energy efforts

Ted Clifton, Clifton View Homes, Coupeville, has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center as a leader in energy-efficient construction.

  • Feb 2, 2010

First Friday benefits Greenbank Farm

“First Friday” at the Greenbank Farm Feb. 5 will feature Edmonds Winery, a new winery featured in the farm’s wine shop. The Wine and Art Walk at the Greenbank Farm gives visitors a chance to meet the winemaker Doug Peterson and his wife Lael at the wine shop, then stroll among the three galleries and the cheese shop to sample more wines from the featured winery as well as cheeses and other goodies, view wonderful art and listen to live music.

  • Jan 26, 2010
A Touch of Dutch owner Misty Blanton has been busy shipping merchandise to folks buying from her Web site in between visits by shoppers to her Coupeville store.

Web sales help keep business afloat

When things are slow on the sidewalk, business can be found on the Internet. That’s the experience of A Touch of Dutch owner Misty Blanton, who has built such an Internet presence that she has sold her keepsakes to people in The Netherlands.

  • Jan 25, 2010
A Touch of Dutch owner Misty Blanton has been busy shipping merchandise to folks buying from her Web site in between visits by shoppers to her Coupeville store.
Jenny Manning/Whidbey News-Times Marina Maintenance attendant Neil Ketchum walks past the 1980 Watkins sailboat that will go to auction Saturday

The right bid could land your dream boat

Was there something missing under the Christmas tree this year? If the answer is “Yes, a project boat!” the Oak Harbor Marina may have a relatively inexpensive answer.

  • Jan 5, 2010
Jenny Manning/Whidbey News-Times Marina Maintenance attendant Neil Ketchum walks past the 1980 Watkins sailboat that will go to auction Saturday
Laser tag players pause for a picture after their game one recent afternoon.

Let’s play Laser Tag on Whidbey Island

There are a lot of recreation opportunities on Whidbey Island, but not all of them are family friendly, said Jeff Rossi. As the father of two daughters, Makala, 5, and Natalie, 4, he’s concerned about such limits, and he’s taken action to provide more family fun with his new business, Galaxy Laser Tag.

  • Jan 3, 2010
Laser tag players pause for a picture after their game one recent afternoon.
April Maggio sets up a rack of children’s shoes at My Father’s House Community Thrift. The store held its official grand opening on Dec. 7.

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
April Maggio sets up a rack of children’s shoes at My Father’s House Community Thrift. The store held its official grand opening on Dec. 7.

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
Laifong Ng and student Richard Fort reach into a yoga pose.

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
Laifong Ng and student Richard Fort reach into a yoga pose.

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
Clifton View Homes owner Ted Clifton holds his Builder of the Year award. The Coupeville builder received the award from the Building Industry Association of Washington.

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
Clifton View Homes owner Ted Clifton holds his Builder of the Year award. The Coupeville builder received the award from the Building Industry Association of Washington.

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
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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
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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
Rich Joneli and Brett Entrikin Meyer Sign and Advertising Company tear down the iconic Frontier Chevrolet Pontiac sign in downtown Oak Harbor Wednesday.

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
Rich Joneli and Brett Entrikin Meyer Sign and Advertising Company tear down the iconic Frontier Chevrolet Pontiac sign in downtown Oak Harbor Wednesday.
Dr. Cassandra Peterson  holds a model of the human spine. She opened Peterson Family Chiropractic in October

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
Dr. Cassandra Peterson  holds a model of the human spine. She opened Peterson Family Chiropractic in October
John Collins

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
John Collins

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 Kapaws owner Joel Norris readies a waffle cone as he opens up the shop. The Norris family purchased the popular ice cream shop from Paul and Karen Whelan.

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.

New Kapaws owner Joel Norris readies a waffle cone as he opens up the shop. The Norris family purchased the popular ice cream shop from Paul and Karen Whelan.