Business

Organic Farm School excels in new digs

Organic Farm School excels in new digs

The Organic Farm School survived its first year at its new Maxwelton Valley campus, meeting its financial and program goals, say institution leaders. Moving to… Continue reading

Organic Farm School excels in new digs
Evan Thompson / The Record — Keepsake plant pots are offered by Rooted Pet, which gives clients the opportunity to use the soil from the deceased pets and turn it into plants.

Island man grows pet composting biz

Saying goodbye to pets is tough. Now, however, Fluffy doesn’t have to be gone forever. Rooted Pet, an Olympia-based company, is transforming after-death care for… Continue reading

Evan Thompson / The Record — Keepsake plant pots are offered by Rooted Pet, which gives clients the opportunity to use the soil from the deceased pets and turn it into plants.
Kyle Jensen / The Record — Cooper discusses the ups and downs of the business as it coincides with coho salmon populations. The last two years have been pretty poor for coho, so business has been slow. 2015 was the last big year.

Maintaining traditions is key to bait company’s success

For Possession Point Bait Co., the key to success isn’t constant evolution to stay ahead of the curve. Its success lies in doing things as… Continue reading

Kyle Jensen / The Record — Cooper discusses the ups and downs of the business as it coincides with coho salmon populations. The last two years have been pretty poor for coho, so business has been slow. 2015 was the last big year.
Peoples Bank launches pig hunt in parks

Peoples Bank launches pig hunt in parks

Peoples Bank recently launched its “Pigs in Parks” contest, designed to raise awareness about the importance of saving. Until Aug. 28, there will be 250… Continue reading

Peoples Bank launches pig hunt in parks
Kyle Jensen / The Record — Interstate Label Company, in Freeland, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on June 30.

Longtime Freeland label manufacturer files for bankruptcy

Interstate Label Company, a longtime label manufacturer in Freeland, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on June 30. The business had struggled for years, so the… Continue reading

Kyle Jensen / The Record — Interstate Label Company, in Freeland, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on June 30.
Annual awards banquet draws crowd of the ‘Best’

Annual awards banquet draws crowd of the ‘Best’

Annual awards banquet draws crowd of the ‘Best’ Business and community leaders from across Whidbey gathered Thursday to recognize the best the island has to… Continue reading

  • Jul 28, 2017
Annual awards banquet draws crowd of the ‘Best’

Whidbey Seatac Shuttle, Christian’s Towing voted Best of Whidbey

Due to production errors, categories under “Services” were inadvertently omitted from the Best of Whidbey special section inside today’s edition of the Whidbey News-Times. Those… Continue reading

  • Jul 28, 2017
Best of Whidbey: Aesthetician in business of making clients ‘feel good’

Best of Whidbey: Aesthetician in business of making clients ‘feel good’

For aesthetician Melissa York, community and relationships are a big part of her life and career. Her clients aren’t just people who pass through her… Continue reading

Best of Whidbey: Aesthetician in business of making clients ‘feel good’
Corrine Boon shakes the paw of her award-winning showdog Forte’. Boon was voted best dog groomer in the2017 Best of Whidbey contest. Photos by Daniel Warn/Whidbey News-Times

Best of Whidbey: A career shaped by simple childhood desire

Those that want dog-training lessons and private canine tips need look no further than Whidbey’s very own dog whisperer — Corinne Boon, winner of the… Continue reading

Corrine Boon shakes the paw of her award-winning showdog Forte’. Boon was voted best dog groomer in the2017 Best of Whidbey contest. Photos by Daniel Warn/Whidbey News-Times
Online rental sites reshaping Whidbey’s lodging industry

Online rental sites reshaping Whidbey’s lodging industry

Every September, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts officials are faced with finding free lodging for approximately 60 Djangofest performers, typically turning to bed and… Continue reading

Online rental sites reshaping Whidbey’s lodging industry
Whidbey Coffee releases bottled cold brew

Whidbey Coffee releases bottled cold brew

Whidbey Coffee unveiled its newest enterprise this week, Beachbomber Cold Brew. “It is my belief that Whidbey Coffee needs to remain relevant to the times… Continue reading

Whidbey Coffee releases bottled cold brew
Nichols launches National Geographic Quest cruise boat

Nichols launches National Geographic Quest cruise boat

Holmes Harbor accepted Nichols Brothers Boat Builders latest contribution to the maritime world this week, a 239-foot cruise ship destined to tour the west coasts… Continue reading

Nichols launches National Geographic Quest cruise boat
Cove Cafe owner’s menu a mix of passion, creativity

Cove Cafe owner’s menu a mix of passion, creativity

For Michele Lynn, opening The Cove Cafe is as much an adventure as a learning experience. The Milepost 19 farm owner recently opened Coupeville’s newest… Continue reading

Cove Cafe owner’s menu a mix of passion, creativity
Airline to serve Paine Field in Everett in 2018

Airline to serve Paine Field in Everett in 2018

In what could be a great convenience for people traveling to and from Whidbey Island, Alaska Airlines plans to fly passengers out of Paine Field… Continue reading

Airline to serve Paine Field in Everett in 2018
Oak Harbor Yonkman named SICBA Builder of the Year

Oak Harbor Yonkman named SICBA Builder of the Year

Several Whidbey Island builders recently earned awards from the Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association, according to a press release from SICBA. The nonprofit trade organization held… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Yonkman named SICBA Builder of the Year
Eugene Phelps, owner of Gene’s Art & Frame, in his Oak Harbor store Thursday, May 4, 2017 along with store manager Linnane Armstrong. Phelps has been in business for 50 years. The store is celebrating its 50th anniversary in June. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times.

Gene’s Art & Frame celebrates 50 years in business

Gene Phelps remembers when Oak Harbor was a quiet little town where the only traffic jam was caused by Arnie Freund leading his cattle across… Continue reading

Eugene Phelps, owner of Gene’s Art & Frame, in his Oak Harbor store Thursday, May 4, 2017 along with store manager Linnane Armstrong. Phelps has been in business for 50 years. The store is celebrating its 50th anniversary in June. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times.

U-Haul opens at OLF Storage in Coupeville

U-Haul has come to Coupeville. OLF Storage owner Mike Syreen signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer about two months ago. U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing… Continue reading

More than movies at Oak Harbor Cinemas

More than movies at Oak Harbor Cinemas

Opera lovers sing praises of special Saturday shows

More than movies at Oak Harbor Cinemas
Photos by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times                                Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Grant gets a close cut known as a fade from barber Kevin Bell recently. Bell specializes in haircuts for men in the military and what he calls “rockabilly” styles.

Yondersea barber drops anchor in Oak Harbor

Styles from “rockabilly” to fades, tapers, wild or mild cuts offered

Photos by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times                                Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Grant gets a close cut known as a fade from barber Kevin Bell recently. Bell specializes in haircuts for men in the military and what he calls “rockabilly” styles.
No way Jose! Brothers open eatery in downtown Oak Harbor

No way Jose! Brothers open eatery in downtown Oak Harbor

New restaurant featuring Mom’s traditional cooking

No way Jose! Brothers open eatery in downtown Oak Harbor