Two local business owners start propane company

Submitted by Inter Island Propane & Mechanical Jimmie Lawson and Donny Galt,…

  • Dec 7th, 2016



County business competition keeps money on island

Addie Miller joined the Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition to…



Local realtor gives Roch Harbor rental advice

Submitted by Merri Ann Simonson Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands Inc If…

  • Nov 30th, 2016


The San Juan EDC teaches the art of business writing

Submitted by the San Juan Economic Development Council Effective business writing is…

  • Nov 22nd, 2016

SJC ranked wealthiest

SmartAsset, a financial technology company, has released a study on the places…

  • Nov 9th, 2016

New bistro opens

Black Fish Bistro and Martini Bar officially opened Wednesday, Aug. 17, and will feature farm-to-fork and tide-to-table Pacific Northwest cuisine with a rustic French flair. The Bistro seats approximately 40 customers upstairs and downstairs, will be open from 5 -11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and is located in the alley off First Street, opposite The Bean. There are plans to open for lunch as soon as more staff are hired. Menu items include local seafood (oysters, clams, mussels, crab, shrimp, salmon, etc.), warm and cold bistro salads, gourmet sandwiches, steak pomme frites, a dessert selection, and more. Local, featured farms include Blue Moon Produce, Jones Family Farms, Mama Bird Farm, Imagine Organics Farm, and others in the future.

  • Sep 8th, 2016

Retired OPALCO director Bob Myhr wins public power award

At the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting of the Northwest Public Power Association, Bob Myhr was presented with the Northwest Public Power AssociationLife Member Award. Myhr retired from the OPALCO Board of Directors in 2015 after nearly 30 years of service.

  • Jun 1st, 2016

Jolly Trolley offers tours of San Juan

Friday Harbor's Jolly Trolley has begun offering tours of the islands' top tourist attractions in an old-fashioned, authentic trolley.

  • May 25th, 2016

Nonprofit shuttle service for Friday Harbor

The 'RoundTowner serves Friday Harbor with a non-profit shuttle service for our disabled, elderly and general rural public. Since its inception in August of 2013, the 'RoundTowner has provided over 4,800 rides for island friends and neighbors.

  • May 17th, 2016

New law firm partners

Peter W. Goddu and Margaret C. Langlie of Goddu Langlie, Lawyers-Advisors, are pleased to announce that, effective May 1, Kathryn (Katie) C. Loring and Thomas D. Sandstrom will join them as partners and the firm name will change to Goddu Langlie Loring Sandstrom, PLLC.

  • Apr 20th, 2016

EDC offers FREE workshop on business planning and financing

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council

  • Mar 18th, 2016
Contributed photoRosa Blair

Wise Self Counseling – new practice opens

Rosa Blair, a San Juan Island native, has returned to serve her community as a licensed counselor and in private practice. You may know her as a landscaper, fruit tree arborist, artist, teacher, or manager of the SJI Farmers Market. Transitioning from these community roles to that of holistic counselor and healer has been a long path. "With a 37 year history on San Juan Island, I am intimately familiar with the nuanced personality, strengths, and challenges of island life. I want our community to be strong, healthy, and empowered, on an individual and collective level".

  • Mar 12th, 2016
Contributed photoRosa Blair

The EDC’s crowdfunding workshop

Crowdfunding is an exciting way for entrepreneurs to ask for monetary pledges from individuals using online services like Kickstarter.

  • Mar 2nd, 2016

New grief specialist on San Juan Island

Deb Langhans, owner of Wholistic Health Options, has just become a Certified Grief Specialist in "The Grief Recovery Method," a comprehensive method of grief recovery created 35 years ago by the internationally-respected Grief Recovery Institute. This certification allows Langhans to work with groups and individuals to help them recover from all kinds of personal loss. 8-week workshops and 7-week one-on-one sessions provide time-tested curriculum to help participants heal from loss due to death, divorce, illness, unemployment, pet loss and many other significant life changes.


New creative collective: local artists and pop up shop

— Submitted by Sew On and Sew On

  • Nov 25th, 2015

San Juan Islands Made businesses to meet and discuss

The San Juan County Economic Development Council welcomes members of the San Juan Islands Made initiative and interested business owners to join in the EDC's first semi-annual San Juan Islands Made member meeting.

  • Nov 19th, 2015

Journal and Sounder win big at WNPA awards

The Islands’ Sounder and the Journal of the San Juans both took home general excellence awards and individual recognition during the 2015 Washington Better Newspaper Contest.

  • Oct 22nd, 2015

Ron’s Island Meats full-service meat shop opens in Surina Business Park

Mainstay case items include steaks, chops and ribs as well as the bacon, ham, brats, franks, baloney and bacon burgers that are made at the shop.

  • Sep 15th, 2015

A quarterly review of business finances in San Juan County

Almost all business sectors have grown over the first quarter, especially education services and information.

  • Sep 9th, 2015

New auto repair shop to open in Surina Business Park

Sept. 1 Robert and Bettie Allen will be opening Allen Auto Repair to provide a place for locals to get quality automotive care for low cost.

  • Sep 3rd, 2015

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary

Merri Ann Simonson gives a summary of the real estate market in the San Juans

  • Jul 23rd, 2015

Town of Friday Harbor seeks grant proposals for use of lodging tax funds to promote tourism

Preference will be given to those activities that encourage tourists to visit during the spring and fall shoulder seasons. Summer activities are acceptable; however applicants are advised to give careful and strategic thought to the scheduling of their events to avoid what are recognized as high traffic weekends.

  • Jun 23rd, 2015

Friday Harbor pasta company has expansion plans, your vote could help

To be eligible for a $100K Mission Main Street grant, San Juan Pasta must submit questionnaire outlining an expansion plan for the company and receive a minimum of 250 votes. Click on the story for a link to the voting platform.

  • Jun 2nd, 2015

Spotlight shines on regional economy at EDC annual luncheon

The past, present and future of the regional economy will be explored in presentations by Western Washington University's Dr. Hart Hodges and Washington state economist Vance-Sherman as part of the EDC's 6th annual "Noted Economists" luncheon.

  • May 28th, 2015
The chart above shows the majority of people looking to purchase property in the San Juan Islands are residents of Washington state. The second-most call California home.

Who’s interested in property in the San Juans? | Guest column

Real estate volume and transaction numbers are increasing, inventory is starting to be absorbed in several of the categories of our market, and the general attitude is positive. 2015 looks promising for those that desire to sell or buy property in the San Juans.

  • May 23rd, 2015
The chart above shows the majority of people looking to purchase property in the San Juan Islands are residents of Washington state. The second-most call California home.

Earn while you learn; apprenticeship program offered by Spa d’ Bune

Applicants for the Spa d’Bune apprenticeship program should inquire about the program at Spa d’Bune, 669 Mullis Street, Suite 101; 360-370-5027 (ask for Dana or Janie Ogle, spa director).

  • May 23rd, 2015

Bakery beefs up presence on the plaza

Memorial Day will mark the return of San Juan Bakery to Brickworks Plaza and Saturday’s San Juan Island Farmers Market, and the bakery will also be among the various vendors setting up shop at the new, Wednesday Farmers Market at Brickworks, which is slated to open May 27.

  • May 19th, 2015

Real estate: Dollar volume jumps 48 percent in first quarter | Guest column

Another encouraging sign is the number of transactions for land sales on San Juan increased 50 percent as compared to first quarter of 2014. Land sales will be the last property type in our market to recover.

  • Apr 17th, 2015

Got an invention? Then this workshop’s for you

The course will cover a wide range of topics that will help inventors bring their products to market, such as: idea evaluation, intellectual property, designing and prototyping, marketing, sourcing, manufacturing and crowd-funding.

  • Apr 9th, 2015
Jamie Grifo

Changes under way at Weissinger law firm

After 25 years in practice on San Juan Island, Bill Weissinger will be selling the law firm to longtime associate attorney Mimi Wagner, effective this summer. Attorney Jamie Grifo recently joined the firm, as an associate, as well.

  • Apr 6th, 2015
Jamie Grifo
Horsewoman extraordinaire Emma Billington recently started her own business

San Juan ‘whisperer,’ local girl takes the reins of her future

In her new business, Inherited Horsemanship LLC, which she opened in Dec. 2014, Emma Billington, 26, works closely with the horse and its owner to help create a lifelong relationship between the two.

Horsewoman extraordinaire Emma Billington recently started her own business

San Juan County Economic Development Council offers free workshop on business planning and financing

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, from 9 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Advance registration is required.

  • Jan 26th, 2015

Better Business Bureau tips to avoid dieting scams

Every January, the goal to lose weight and get in shape is at the top of New Year’s resolution lists. After all the snacking and feasting that goes on from Thanksgiving to Jan. 1, that’s no big surprise.

  • Jan 26th, 2015

Moving beyond the gas tax | Don C. Brunell

With gas prices plummeting to less than $2 a gallon, some politicians think this is the ideal time to increase state and federal gas taxes.

  • Jan 25th, 2015

Beware of bogus Super Bowl fan packages | Better Business Bureau

As the Seattle Seahawks return to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row, the 12th Man’s quest to attend the big game will prove to be expensive and difficult.

  • Jan 21st, 2015
Rob Bates & Sandy Montana

Same business, new location: Mosquito Fleet Mercantile moves house

After seven years owners Ron Bates and Sandy Montana shut the doors on their storefront located above the ferry terminal on A Street.

Rob Bates & Sandy Montana

Cosponsored by EDC, ‘export’ biz workshop in Bellingham

In the workshop, attendees will learn ways to access local resources and advisers to grow their businesses and get products and services into the global marketplace.

  • Jan 16th, 2015
Merri Ann Simonson

Association disbanded, but for local realtors it’s still business as usual

The decision to dissolve was due, in large part, to new core standards established by the National Association of Realtors adopted in May 2014, which include additional accounting regulations, state reporting, duties for staff and board of directors, more travel and per diem, along with increase state meeting participation.

  • Jan 8th, 2015
Merri Ann Simonson

EDC to host free business workshops at library

Join Lake Kennedy McCulloch Accounting and its team of CPAs for a workshop on getting the best out of QuickBooks. Sponsored by Islanders Bank, the session is slated for Jan. 7, 9 a.m., at San Juan Island Library. Learn how to register for government contracts the following week, Jan. 14.

  • Dec 29th, 2014
Merri Ann Simonson

Of water, wells and San Juan real estate | Guest Column

When you first consider purchasing an unimproved parcel of land you should condition your purchase upon a satisfactory water source. Due to the risk of closing before the water source is determined, the days of clients purchasing land without the source are long gone.

  • Dec 11th, 2014
Merri Ann Simonson