Business

Hank and Al Koetje

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
Hank and Al Koetje
Deborah Burke is the manager of the re-opened Seabolt’s Smokehouse store at Deception Pass.

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.

Deborah Burke is the manager of the re-opened Seabolt’s Smokehouse store at Deception Pass.
Gina Van Wetter

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
Gina Van Wetter
Videoville owner Alice Martin points to an autograph photo of Johnny Depp

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.

Videoville owner Alice Martin points to an autograph photo of Johnny Depp
Daily Grind owner Tammi DeRosa

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.

Daily Grind owner Tammi DeRosa
Sean Sublet

Copiers by day, burgers by night

No other burger tastes quite the same once the palate absorbs your hometown’s particular blend of beef and special sauce. For a while that was Kow Korner, the bygone island drive-in, where the burgers cost only a dollar before they closed. Filling that hamburger craving today has left people to pick between national chains such as McDonald’s or Burger King; until now.

  • Jul 20, 2009
Sean Sublet
Vicky Brown checks up on some of her younger goats that were recently weaned from their mothers.

Get your goat cheese on Whidbey Island

A lost industry that was once a hallmark of Whidbey Island life is poised to make a return, albeit on a smaller scale. Freeland resident Vicky Brown is hoping to have her creamery operational by August. The dairy, known as The Little Brown Farm, will sell goat and sheep cheese.

Vicky Brown checks up on some of her younger goats that were recently weaned from their mothers.

Welcome to Wedding Island

Call it Wedding Island instead of Whidbey Island on Sunday, June 19. On that date “Our Wedding Day,” will be presented at Hummingbird Farm, with sponsorship by area businesses as well as the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce and the Island County Economic Development Council.

  • Jul 10, 2009

Biz Beat

CURVES, a fitness club exclusively for women, has relocated to 31780 Suite 1A, Highway 20, Oak Harbor, near Applebee’s. It’s owned by Henry and Karen… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2009
Judy Slager answers questions and offers advice to a tourist at the chamber’s WOW trailer at the Deception Pass Bridge.

Booth WOW’s visitors to Deception Pass

Whidbey Island hospitality is known near and far thanks to the volunteers who have staffed the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce information booth at Deception Pass for more than a decade.

  • Jul 2, 2009
Judy Slager answers questions and offers advice to a tourist at the chamber’s WOW trailer at the Deception Pass Bridge.
From the left

Windermere workers serve community

All four Whidbey Island Windermere offices were closed Friday, June 19, for Community Service Day, as they do the third week in June every year. The Oak Harbor office helped build dreams while siding and landscaping a Habitat for Humanity house.

  • Jun 29, 2009
From the left

Builders hand out awards

At the Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association monthly dinner meeting June 15, the association’s annual awards were presented. The SICBA 2008 Builder of the Year award was presented to Scott Yonkman of Yonkman Construction, Inc.

  • Jun 26, 2009

Vendors wanted for National Night Out

If you are interested in having a vendor booth at National Night Out, Aug. 4t 3 to 8 p.m., registrations applications can be downloaded at… Continue reading

  • Jun 24, 2009

Bayshore teams up with hospital

Whidbey General Hospital and Bayshore Chiropractic are teaming up to promote community wellness by offering low-cost Cholesterol/ Triglyceride/ Blood Sugar screenings on Wednesday, July 15.The… Continue reading

  • Jun 24, 2009

Whidbey Family Farm Forum unveils brand

Island farmers will be introduced to the new Whidbey Island Grown Brand at the Whidbey Family Farms Forum III on Tuesday, June 30.

  • Jun 23, 2009
Janice Fisher relaxes in a couch in Furniture World. For 42-years

A new era in Oak Harbor furniture

After 42-years selling furniture, Janice Fischer deserves a chance to sit on a couch and just relax for a while. Fischer recently sold her Bargain Center business located just outside the main gate of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station on Ault Field Road.

Janice Fisher relaxes in a couch in Furniture World. For 42-years
Scott Wotring slices a fresh tomato for a white Tuscan white pizza

Good Times arrive in Oak Harbor

Scott and Miki Wotring are in for “Good Times.” The new Oak Harbor eatery is open for business and offering common fare in an uncommon way.

  • May 29, 2009
Scott Wotring slices a fresh tomato for a white Tuscan white pizza

Donate your building skills

Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers is looking for volunteers for its first workday on Saturday, May 30. Volunteers are needed to help with home repairs, maintenance tasks, painting, gardening and trash collecting.

  • May 22, 2009

Builder wins Green Award

The National Associations of Home Builders recognized a Coupeville-based builder for his efforts constructing an energy-effecient home. Ted Clifton of Clifton of Clifton View Homes was awarded Concept Home of the Year. The 1,977-square-foot home’s tight insulation and other energy-effecient features allowed the homeowners to enjoy a total utility bill of just over $400 for the first full year of operation.

  • May 22, 2009

Bankowski wins Realtor award

Lyn Bankowski, senior mortgage loan originator and assistant vice president at Alaska USA Mortgage Company in Oak Harbor, was recently recognized by the Washington Association of Realtors as their 2008 Affiliate of the Year.

  • May 22, 2009