Gavin Guard opens San Juan Island clinic

Submitted by Gavin Guard Most people don’t want to be healthy just…

  • Jul 2nd, 2020


Island communities welcome new midwives | Women in Business profile

The small red building on Nichols Street that has housed a vast…


Huge Oriental Rug Sale

The last oriental rug liquidation sale this year is at the Grange,…

  • Sep 26th, 2017


New laundry offers service to San Juan, Lopez and Shaw

Submitted by Diana Wood On May 20, my partner, John Vejvoda and…

  • May 23rd, 2017

San Juan Island Hostel opens for seasonal workers and daily guests

Friday Harbor’s migration of seasonal workers is about to strike, and this…

Free interior design advice at Island Building Products

Interior designer Mary Haselow of Island Shades and Island Building Products are…

  • Mar 22nd, 2017

Marketing workshop for artists set for March

There are no clear avenues when you are an artist, and marketing…

  • Feb 16th, 2017

EDC to offer free cybersecurity workshop

Submitted by the San Juan Economic Development Council Cybersecurity is not just…

  • Feb 2nd, 2017

New chocolate shop opens before Valentine’s Day

Submitted by Friday Harbor Chocolates Friday Harbor Chocolates features the finest and…

  • Feb 2nd, 2017

EDC offers vision, strategy class

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council Join the San…

  • Jan 25th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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