SaviBank expands in Oak Harbor to become full-service bank

SaviBank, a Burlington-based community bank with branches in Island, Skagit and Whatcom counties, expanded its loan office at 390 N.E. Midway Boulevard in Oak Harbor into a full-service bank.

  • Mar 29, 2016

Off the Hook named best Irish pub during pub crawl

Off the Hook, at 880 Southeast Pioneer Way, was named Oak Harbor’s best Irish pub during this year’s “OH-fficial Pub Crawl,” held on St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Mar 29, 2016

Oak Harbor florist planting on Pioneer Way

Historic downtown Oak Harbor is getting a new but established business and, hopefully, for the owner, business will be blooming.

SaviBank opens Freeland location

SaviBank, headquartered in Burlington, opened a loan production office in Freeland. New hire Lauren Pool, vice president and loan production manager, will run the new office.

  • Mar 29, 2016

Marketing the power of oils

“I have an oil for that!” has become the slogan of Tracy Dietz, founder of Kissed By the Goddess, a home-based business that turns out custom-blended face cream, dry-skin cream, wrinkle cream, sugar scrubs, pain-easing ointments and salves, bath salts, roll-ons and lip balms.

Housing inventory remains sparse on Whidbey

Housing inventory is sparse on Whidbey Island, and sales prices are accordingly high, to judge from February Multiple Listing Service figures released March 7.

  • Mar 15, 2016

Penn Cove Taproom opening on So. Main

Two Coupeville natives, brothers Marc and Mitch Aparicio, this week expect to see the first tangible result of their long-standing interest in beer and brewing. The Penn Cove Taproom plans to open for business at 103 S. Main St. in their home town.

Coupeville consignment shop thriving

Coupeville business owners Kimberlly and Thomas Hoctor celebrated the grand opening of their second Front Street business last week.

Oak Harbor brewery to help draft college’s curriculum

Flyers Restaurant & Brewery, with locations in Oak Harbor and Burlington, will be among the brewers helping develop a curriculum for a craft brewing academy planned by Skagit Valley College, the college said this week in a prepared release.

  • Mar 2, 2016

Click helping local students to make music

Oak Harbor’s Click Music is more than just a store for musical instruments or accessories. It’s a place to study, jam, perform, hang out and generally engage in the joy of making music.

Coupeville grad starts Greenbank tattoo shop

That little red building off the highway in Greenbank has a new tenant and, unlike some recent renters who seemed to last there only a matter of days, this one said he’s home to stay.

Tattoo you: Finding success in little Greenbank building

That little red building off the highway in Greenbank has a new tenant and, unlike some recent renters who seemed to last there only a matter of days, this one said he’s home to stay.

Dentists with a Heart day Feb. 12

For the 11th year in a row, Whidbey Avenue Dental Care is offering one day of free dental care to anyone who cannot afford it.

  • Feb 2, 2016

Yonkman earns Builder of the Year recognition

Scott Yonkman is a modest guy. Though the Building Industry Association of Washington in November named him one of its two Builders of Year for 2015, he is quick to credit his 10-person office for the success.

Doing what you love ingredient to new Oak Harbor restaurant’s success

Downtown Oak Harbor gained a new restaurant when Riverside Cafe, serving a large menu of American food including breakfast all day, opened last month at 705 Southeast Pioneer Way. It replaced Valle Azul.

Tickets on sale for first-ever Coupeville Chocolate Walk

The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce and The Whidbey Examiner invite you to spend Saturday, Feb. 13 enjoying all the sweet things local merchants have to offer during the first ever Coupeville Chocolate Walk.

  • Jan 26, 2016

Unemployment rate drops slightly during November

Oak Harbor-area’s unemployment rate in November dropped slightly, to 5.4 percent, from 5.6 percent in October, according to figures released last week by the state’s Employment Security Department.

  • Jan 26, 2016

Bouncin’ Oak Harbor business offers fun for kids

It’s Saturday afternoon and Bouncin’ is, well, bouncing. The fun center is wall-to-wall inflatable, primary-colored bouncy house heaven. Dozens of kids crawl commando-style through obstacle courses, fling themselves down slides and, of course, bounce like crazy.

Renters pay less insurance on Whidbey

Oak Harbor residents pay an average of $240 per year for renters’ insurance — about 4.5 percent less than the statewide average, according to a study released last week by ValuePenguin, a New York-based consumer-finance website.

  • Jan 19, 2016

New business by Oak Harbor man plans to deliver

A man, a car and a cell phone. That sums up Island Delivery, a new service offered by Oak Harbor native Robert Sanders, 26. Call or text him any time, any day, and he’ll drive to pick up whatever you need and deliver it wherever you want, so long as it’s an Oak Harbor address.