Business

IMA welcomes new director, Jennifer Elise

Jennifer Elise has been appointed the director of the San Juan Islands…

  • May 24th, 2011

Arun Raha, Washington state chief economist, is the featured speaker at Monday’s EDC luncheon

Would you like to know what the economy will bring in the…

  • Mar 29th, 2011

Esthetic services expand in Friday Harbor | Business

Friday Harbor Dentist Bo Turnage and staff nurse Amber Anderson have earned…

  • Feb 16th, 2011

Learn steps to effective, low-cost marketing at EDC workshop; Feb. 24

Need to get the word out about your business, but don’t have…

  • Feb 9th, 2011

State’s top bank regulator named CEO of Islanders Bank

Williamson is the former director of banks for the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, which regulates all Washington State chartered banks, trust companies and business development companies.

  • Feb 4th, 2011

Disaster loans available for local businesses hurt by high winds, rain, frosts and freezes

The loans can offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by excessive rain, frosts, freezes, unseasonably cold weather and high winds since April 2010.

  • Jan 15th, 2011

Griffin Bay Bookstore joins Google fold

Independent and local bookstore customers in Friday Harbor no longer have to choose between reading digital and supporting their local bookstore – Griffin Bay Bookstore is now selling Google eBooks online at www.griffinbaybook.com.

  • Jan 15th, 2011

Zakula joins Johnsons as co-owner of Islanders Insurance

Gigi Zakula has another hat to wear at Islanders Insurance. As of Jan. 1, Zakula has joined Kerwin and Margaret Johnson as co-owner of the Friday Harbor-based insurance company. Zakula, who first joined the company in 1991, has worked as an agent, underwriter and claims handler, and in 2007 took on the position as the agency's manager.

  • Jan 7th, 2011

Westcott Bay Cider has new partners — and big new plans

Westcott Bay Cider has new partners — and big new plans. Suzy and Hawk Pingree are now partners with Richard Anderson at Westcott Bay Cider, near Roche Harbor on Anderson Lane. Westcott Bay Cider makes traditional hard cider from antique apples grown in Anderson's orchard on Westcott Bay. Their prize-winning English-style cider is crisp, clean, refreshing and low in alcohol, and is available at all island grocery stores and in Seattle.

  • Jan 6th, 2011

Rasmussen named editor of The Journal; Walker transfers to North Kitsap Herald

Richard Walker, editor of The Journal of the San Juan Islands since November 1999, has been named editor of the North Kitsap Herald, a sister newspaper headquartered in Poulsbo. His last day at The Journal is Jan. 11.

  • Jan 5th, 2011

Tom Kirschner is the new executive director of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce

Tom Kirschner is the new executive director of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. He succeeds Vernadel Peterson, who resigned effective Oct. 15 to become promotions manager of the Lifeline program at Providence Centralia Hospital. Kirschner's priorities: Support member businesses on the island and help them improve their bottom line.

  • Dec 16th, 2010

Island Group Sotheby’s moving to new digs in town; Windermere may move to Sotheby’s site

Island Group Sotheby's International Realty will move from the former San Juan Inn to another site in town in January. Windermere Real Estate may move to the Sotheby's site from its offices on Spring and First streets. The Sotheby's building, 50 Spring St., is one of the oldest buildings in Friday Harbor. It was built circa 1880 and operated as an inn until 2005, when it was purchased and restored by Friday Harbor Realty owners Greg and Natalie King. Friday Harbor Realty moved there after the restoration; RE/MAX bought Friday Harbor Realty in 2008 and became a Sotheby's International Realty franchise. The Kings still own 50 Spring St.

  • Dec 16th, 2010

Ag Guild hires Adam Eltinge as Brickworks construction manager

The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild has hired Adam Eltinge as construction manager for the Brickworks Project, 150 Nichols St., Friday Harbor. Eltinge and his wife, Deanna (Sundstrom), recently moved back to Friday Harbor to make their home and raise their two children. Eltinge has a degree in construction management and business from Washington State University, worked for a major commercial developer in the Seattle area, and most recently led the renovation of historic carriage houses in Portland.

  • Dec 10th, 2010

New stores, new locations and new hires in Friday Harbor | Business

The county jobless rate is 6 percent, 3 percent lower than the state's jobless rate. Sales tax revenue in Friday Harbor is down but lodging tax revenues are up. And some new local businesses have emerged. Could the local economy be saying, "Damn the empty storefronts, full speed ahead?" Perhaps it's too early to tell. But businesses are opening, expanding, moving to larger quarters. Here's a few of the latest.

  • Dec 9th, 2010

‘People want to get back to life’: Black Friday not so bleak this year

Thanksgiving may have brought an unseasonable amount of snow, but shoppers still came out for Black Friday. Several Friday Harbor businesses said sales on the day after Thanksgiving — the kickoff to the holiday shopping season — went as well if not better than last year. “It was really great,” said Laura Norris of Griffin Bay Book Store. Norris said she has read that the nation’s financial status is starting to improve, and took the good Friday turnout as a sign that “maybe things have plateaued ... people want to get back to life.”

  • Dec 1st, 2010

Marson appointed executive director at Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands

Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands has a new executive director, Aaron Marson. "I am very excited to have Aaron join the dynamic team in Friday Harbor," said Dan Murray, vice president of Life Care Centers of America's Cascades Region, which encompasses seven facilities in Washington. "His enthusiasm, coupled with his intelligence, will be a great fit for this community."

  • Nov 10th, 2010

Edward Ranck-Copher joins Boundary Water of Friday Harbor as principal surveyor

Edward Ranck-Copher joined Boundary Water, Inc. of Friday Harbor as principal surveyor in July. A professional land surveyor for 20 years, Ranck-Copher brings to Boundary Water more than a decade of experience in managing survey teams, as well as a professional background that includes a wide range of expertise.

  • Oct 27th, 2010

Kindling you can burn (and give as a gift)

Cedar fence builder Vaughn Mason of San Juan Island has launched a new venture, Cedar Lite Kindling. Just in time for winter and the holiday season; more on that in a minute.

  • Oct 27th, 2010

Pelindaba Lavender opens new store in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Pelindaba Lavender will open a new store and product gallery in Santa Rosa, Calif.’s Montgomery Village Shopping Center on Oct. 23. The new location follows a brief trial period at the Santa Rosa’s Downtown Market during which the store’s proprietors, Art and Ruth Woolsey, introduced Pelindaba Lavender to the local community.

  • Oct 20th, 2010

55 and better: An opportunity for mature workers

The Northwest Workforce Council is recruiting individuals over the age of 55 who are interested in part- or full-time employment. The Senior Community Service Employment Program has available enrollment for seniors with paid training opportunities in San Juan County. Applicants must be over the age of 55, and meet the low-income guideline set by the state. Training is offered through collaboration with local non-profit agencies in all three counties, and participants are paid $8.55 per hour.

  • Oct 20th, 2010

Dr. Turnage completes advanced periodontal training, joins program to help islanders get discounted dental care

Dr. Bo Turnage, practicing general dentistry in Friday Harbor, has completed a continuing education program in Southern California at Loma Linda University.

  • Oct 20th, 2010

Journal multimedia reporter Jane K. Fox wins awards for online features

Jane K. Fox, a first-year multimedia reporter at The Journal, won first place and third place for multimedia stories she produced for SanJuanJournal.com, in the state press association's annual contest. It's the first time The Journal has entered, and won, in the online categories of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest. The contest judged work produced from 2009-10. Some 2,491 entries from 77 newspapers were submitted and judged by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

  • Oct 13th, 2010

Local businesses strut their stuff Oct. 9; event moved to 123 West St. because of weather

How many times have you wondered where you can find items available on San Juan Island? “The Style” is being staged as an opportunity for businesses to showcase the variety of merchandise available here.

  • Oct 13th, 2010

Island Aesthetic Design marks anniversary with new website, discount

Lori Williams of Island Aesthetic Design on San Juan Island is marking her business's fifth anniversary — and her second anniversary as a general contractor — with a new website and a 10 percent discount on services. Williams' website address is www.DesignBuildKitchensandBaths.com.

  • Sep 24th, 2010

EDC’s Social Media Marketing class Oct. 11

Social media is revolutionizing the way we use the Internet, and its low- or no-cost tools can be used by small businesses to achieve remarkable results. Join instructor Victoria Compton to learn more about social media and SIM — social influence marketing.

  • Sep 17th, 2010

Register now for Small Business Class; course begins Sept. 27

Do you have an idea for a new business? Do you already own a small business? The Lopez Island Family Resource Center’s fall Small Business Class will be held on Mondays, 5:15-7:15 p.m., in the Lopez Island Library beginning Sept. 27. The class is open to all San Juan County residents.

  • Sep 17th, 2010

‘The Style’: Local businesses will strut their stuff Oct. 9

How many times have you wondered where you can find items available on San Juan Island? “The Style” is being created as an opportunity for businesses to showcase the variety of merchandise available here.

  • Sep 17th, 2010

Mirabella introduces ‘Tech Thursdays’ on Sept. 23

Mirabella Skin Care is introducing a new concept in skin care to San Juan Island. Beginning Sept. 23, owner Mary-Brooke Barger will begin hosting “Tech Thursdays,” reflecting a growing trend found in progressive, urban skin centers.

  • Sep 15th, 2010

Journal Photo Caption Contest winner, Day 4: ‘Ewe want to race?’

'Ewe want to race?' Mindy Hagen wrote the winning caption in the Journal's Daily Photo Caption contest for Aug. 21, at the San Juan County Fair. She can claim her prize at The Journal office, 640 Mullis St., Friday Harbor. Or call 360-378-5696.

  • Aug 24th, 2010

Journal Photo Caption Contest winner, Day 3: ‘Where did my horse go?’

'Where did my horse go?' Hayden Mayer wrote the winning caption in the Journal's Daily Photo Caption contest for Aug. 20, at the San Juan County Fair. Hayden can claim a prize at The Journal office, 640 Mullis St., Friday Harbor. Or call 360-378-5696.

  • Aug 24th, 2010

Journal Photo Caption Contest winner, Day 1: ‘Too bad we’re out of duct tape’

'Too bad we're out of duct tape.' Kelsey Guyer wrote the winning caption in The Journal's Daily Photo Caption contest for Aug. 18, at the San Juan County Fair. She can claim her prize at The Journal office, 640 Mullis St., Friday Harbor. Or call 360-378-5696.

  • Aug 24th, 2010

Journal Photo Caption Contest winner, Day 2: ‘Focus, young grasshopper’

'Focus, young grasshopper.' Clinton Gauthier wrote the winning caption in the Journal's Daily Photo Caption contest for Aug. 19, at the San Juan County Fair. He can claim his prize at The Journal office, 640 Mullis St., Friday Harbor. Or call 360-378-5696.

  • Aug 24th, 2010

Winners of Journal, Sounder subscription drawings at the San Juan County Fair

The following residents won a year's subscription to The Journal of the San Juan Islands or The Islands' Sounder in the daily drawings at the Journal/Sounder booth at the San Juan County Fair, Aug. 18-21.

  • Aug 24th, 2010

Journal wins awards for news, Web, special sections in state press contest

The Journal of the San Juan Islands won awards in the news, special sections and Web divisions of the state Better Newspaper Contest, an annual competition presented by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. Two of the winning staff members: Senior reporter Scott Rasmussen and multimedia reporter Jane K. Fox.

  • Aug 18th, 2010

‘MacMan’ will be living and working in Colorado this winter

Bruce Conway of MacMan Computer Services will be working and living in Boulder, Colo., this winter, where several large book publishing projects are presently under way. Conway plans on returning to the islands in April, and will resume his Macintosh tech-support services then.

  • Aug 10th, 2010

Town of Friday Harbor business license renewals are due by July 31

Town of Friday Harbor business license renewals are due by July 31. There is a 50 percent penalty for late renewals -- bumping what you owe from $42 to $63. All businesses that are no longer in business must notify the town in writing because the state auditors require written notification.

  • Jul 30th, 2010

Bob Coleman resigns as Islanders Bank president; Brown and Kneipp directing as interim officers

Bob Coleman announced his resignation this week as president of Islanders Bank, citing medical concerns. “I'm old enough to retire,” Coleman said. “I've got some medical things to take care of so I thought it would be in the best interest of me and my family, and certainly the bank, not to be a burden on anybody.”

  • Jul 29th, 2010

Turnage completes continuing dental education provided by Baylor University

Dr. Bo Turnage of Friday Harbor has completed continuing dental education provided by Baylor University in the area of oral healthcare for the geriatric patient.

  • Jul 22nd, 2010

Photographer Mark Gardner offers free photo shoots at South Beach July 17

Photographer Mark Gardner is shooting free portraits at South Beach on July 17, 4-8 p.m. You get a free 5x7, files for use on the Web, and a 25 percent discount on additional prints.

  • Jul 16th, 2010

San Juan Heating moves into offices on Web Street

San Juan Heating has new offices: on Web Street, next to The Big Store. San Juan Heating was founded in January by Kevin McCullough, a career electrician and certified "refrigeration guy." McCullough, 33, grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where he learned his trade from his father. He was a certified refrigeration technician at 18, and worked as a self-employed electrician on San Juan Island for 12 years before starting San Juan Heating.

  • Jul 8th, 2010