Business

The founders of the Whidbey Island Small Business Association

Association uniting small Whidbey businesses

Soap artisans, dog groomers, web designers and more — the Whidbey Island Small Business Association, or WISBA, is uniting locally owned ventures of all varieties to ensure the “little guy” has a shot against big league businesses.

The founders of the Whidbey Island Small Business Association
Lilian Charapich

Stay-at-home mom turns passion into business

A stay-at-home mother of two in Oak Harbor, Lilian Charapich turned her love of crocheting into a small business operation in 2014 on Etsy, an online global marketplace that focuses on selling handmade and vintage items.

Lilian Charapich
Every Thursday at the Oak Harbor Farmer’s Market

The Weed Cream Guy: Vet sets out to help others in pain

“The Weed Cream Guy” was not a title Byron Burns of North Whidbey ever aspired to, but after the army veteran and former fire protection engineer tried a topical cannabis product several years ago for his own back pain, he immediately decided he wanted to make similar products available to the public.

Every Thursday at the Oak Harbor Farmer’s Market
Chris Oatley works on a project in his workshop. The Navy veteran said he finds woodworking soothing.

A love for woodworking: Veteran’s pen business a ‘soothing’ endeavour

The scratching of sandpaper and a mechanical buzz hum throughout Chris Oatley’s small garage turned woodshop.

Chris Oatley works on a project in his workshop. The Navy veteran said he finds woodworking soothing.

Deadline for Miss Pioneer Way extended to June 30

Whidbey Island’s Pageant Wyse Inc. will hold its first one-day pageant this summer, the Miss Pioneer Way Pageant, for girls ages 5 to 10.

  • Jun 21, 2016
Ron Wallin

Wallin elected president of WhidbeyHealth board

Ron Wallin is the new president of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners.

  • Jun 21, 2016
Ron Wallin
Scott Fraser

Frasers, Whidbey Coffee recognized for charitable contributions

Scott Fraser, chef and owner of Frasers Gourmet Hideaway in Oak Harbor, and Dan Ollis, owner of Whidbey Coffee Co., each received Restaurant Neighbor Awards from the Washington Restaurant Association at its State of the Industry Forum in Seattle Wednesday.

Scott Fraser
Jessica Zook was recognized for her dependability and dedication as a New Leaf employee.

Exemplary employee: New Leaf worker is recognized for going above and beyond

Jessica Zook got a shock before the start of her shift last week when Michele McKenna dropped in the break room and handed her a certificate and a sleek glass trophy recognizing her for her dependability and dedication to her work.

Jessica Zook was recognized for her dependability and dedication as a New Leaf employee.
Kathy and Steve Harada

Haradas pass business torch to next generation

Steve and Kathy Harada have sold Harada Physical Therapy to their son and daughter-in-law, Erick and Caitlin Harada. Steve and Kathy opened in 2003 as a small, family-owned physical therapy practice specializing in outpatient orthopedics ranging from infants to seniors.

  • Jun 3, 2016
Kathy and Steve Harada
Mark Malmkar

Mastering miniatures: Island transplant creating scaled-down train interiors

“Are you tired of your coaches having that dark, empty look?” That’s the question Mark Malmkar presents to those visiting his website, PalaceCarCo.com

Mark Malmkar
Coupeville resident John Antonia creates preserved bonsai trees using preserved evergreen foliage and weathered wood.

Taking bonsai to a new level

As the finest silk flowers are to real blooms, so John Antonia’s “preserved trees” are to the living, miniature potted trees that comprise the ancient Japanese art of bonsai.

Coupeville resident John Antonia creates preserved bonsai trees using preserved evergreen foliage and weathered wood.

Family opens Anacortes rock-climbing location

A new, family-owned bouldering gym has opened its doors in Anacortes.

  • May 17, 2016

Housing options continue to be tight through spring

Homes for sale continued to be tight last month in Island County, with only 412 active listings, down 20 percent from April 2015’s 515, according to numbers released May 5 by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

  • May 17, 2016
Greg Roberts manages Greene’s Gunshop and operates The Hawken Shop with Claudette Greene

Gun shop decidedly ‘old school’

The old-time Western-style facade of Greene’s Gunshop on North Whidbey hints at what lies within: a dark wood-paneled, homey-feeling tribute to history. Sure, you can find some modern-day rifles and handguns at Greene’s, and there’s a pistol range out back. But the emphasis is firmly on the past.

Greg Roberts manages Greene’s Gunshop and operates The Hawken Shop with Claudette Greene

Saar’s switching name to Super Saver Foods

Saar’s Marketplace in Oak Harbor was slated to officially change its name to Saar’s Super Saver Foods on Wednesday, General Manager John Hames said Monday.

  • May 4, 2016
Ron Baxter (left) and Donald Dreyer pose amidst the remodeling of their Dairy Queen in Oak Harbor.

Oak Harbor Dairy Queen slated for May 12 reopening

Workers are due to complete a $400,000 remodel to the Dairy Queen off State Highway 20 in Oak Harbor in time for a May 12 re-opening, co-owners Ron Baxter and Donald Dreyer said.

  • May 3, 2016
Ron Baxter (left) and Donald Dreyer pose amidst the remodeling of their Dairy Queen in Oak Harbor.
Raquel (left) and India Clavette are a mother-and-daughter team launching Thavin & Marcob

Mother, daughter starting monthly boxes

Like surprises? Oak Harbor mother-and-daughter team Raquel and India Clavette are hoping enough people enjoy opening a monthly box of carefully selected goodies to get their fledgling business off the ground.

Raquel (left) and India Clavette are a mother-and-daughter team launching Thavin & Marcob

AGForestry class is taking signups now

Washington Agriculture and Forestry’s AgForestry Leadership Program awards fellowships to 24 people each year from throughout Washington state.

  • Apr 19, 2016
Farm manager Paul Houser shows off vegetable starts in the farm’s greenhouse.

Whidbey farm focuses on high-end Seattle fare

Few restaurants have a dedicated farm providing their own exclusive beef, vegetables and eggs. But Seattle’s Bateau and several other Seattle eateries under the same ownership are the exclusive consumers of those commodities from La Ferme des Anes (The Donkey Farm), a bucolic Freeland farm with views of the Cascades.

Farm manager Paul Houser shows off vegetable starts in the farm’s greenhouse.

Farm school moving to Maxwelton Valley

The Organic Farm School, which currently operates at the Greenbank Farm, will begin relocating to the historic Feek Farm in Maxwelton Valley, setting up shop for students to arrive in March 2017.

  • Apr 5, 2016