Business

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

Unemployment drops to 6.5 percent in Feb.

Island County unemployment, which measures only joblessness in Oak Harbor, dropped to 6.5 percent, or 2,130 people, in February, according to non-seasonally adjusted figures from the state Employment Security Department released earlier this week (3/29).

  • Apr 5, 2016
Wallin

Oak Harbor contractor named a director of SaviBank

Ron Wallin, owner of P&L General Contractors Inc. in Oak Harbor, was named a director of Burlington-based SaviBank.

  • Apr 5, 2016
Wallin

Pending home sales down slightly in March

Pending residential sales dropped slightly in Island County last month, to 204, compared to 206 in March 2015, according to Northwest Multiple Listing Service numbers released Monday, April 4. That’s a drop of 1 percent — far lower than the 4.5-percent average drop among the 23 Washington counties MLS surveys.

  • Apr 5, 2016

Rue & Primavera expands aquatic physical therapy

Rue and Primavera OT & PT is teaming with John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool to offer physical therapy in the water.

  • Mar 29, 2016

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
Midway Florist owner Rob McGowen poses under the business’s original sign

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.

Midway Florist owner Rob McGowen poses under the business’s original sign

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
Tracy Dietz

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.

Tracy Dietz

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
Avi Rostov

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.

Avi Rostov

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.

Andrew Schultz

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.

Andrew Schultz
Tim and Luke Wezeman

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
Tim and Luke Wezeman
Scott Yonkman

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.

Scott Yonkman
Calixto “Cali” Cibrian opened Riverside Cafe on Pioneer Way last month. It replaces Mexican restraurant Valle Azul. The dining establishment offers a large menu of American food

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.

Calixto “Cali” Cibrian opened Riverside Cafe on Pioneer Way last month. It replaces Mexican restraurant Valle Azul. The dining establishment offers a large menu of American food