Local cider is a big winner on national level

Westcott Bay Orchards was a big winner at the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. The competition was in December but results were released Monday.

  • Feb 2nd, 2009

Businesses ask for after-hours lighting

The ordinance change, requested by local businesses, would allow illumination of signs and display cases after business hours.

  • Feb 2nd, 2009

Hawley & Nicholson sells to Hilsinger

Local accounting firm Hawley & Nicholson has merged with Hilsinger & Company, an accounting firm with offices in the Mount Vernon area. Sandra Hawley and Beth Nicholson will continue to be associated with the firm’s Friday Harbor office, which takes the name Hilsinger & Company SJI PS. They will continue to offer a full range of accounting services, including audits, bookkeeping, consulting, tax preparation, and valuations.

  • Feb 2nd, 2009

New home for Curves of Friday Harbor

In an ongoing effort to accommodate the women of Friday Harbor, Curves has relocated to 535 Market St., suite B (next to Whidbey Island Bank). This convenient location is within walking distance of the town core and has ample parking. Hours are Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday, 7:30-11 a.m. and 3-6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

  • Jan 14th, 2009

Friday Harbor hits 2nd-best sales tax revenue ever, but still $1M less than 2007

According to the numbers, the Friday Harbor business community would seem, overall, to be in good shape. But you’ll have a hard time convincing some Friday Harbor businesses of that.

  • Jan 12th, 2009

Keep today’s challenges in perspective | Economic Forecast

We enter 2009 with many concerns about the local, state and national economy. But to understand our economic condition, we have to remember exactly how bad things have been to appreciate how well off most of us are today.

  • Jan 7th, 2009

Joy Sevier elected president of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce

The following local business people have been elected officers of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce for 2009 ...

  • Jan 2nd, 2009

Understand the financial crisis — past, present and future realities

Dr. Edwin Dolan, resident of Lopez Island and author of books and articles on banking, monetary policy and environmental issues, leads a free seminar titled, "Understanding the Financial Crisis — Past, Present and Future Realities," three days on three islands this month.

  • Jan 2nd, 2009

Online video helps businesses plan for, prepare and pay taxes and premiums

Washington State has launched a multi-agency streaming video that gives new and small businesses easy-to-understand basics on how to plan for, prepare and pay state business taxes and insurance premiums.

  • Dec 23rd, 2008

Chamber Downtown Forum meets Thursday, 8:30 a.m., at Whidbey Island Bank

The next Chamber Downtown Forum will meet on Thursday, 8:30 a.m., at Whidbey Island Bank. Joy Sevier and Peggy Long, members of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, will facilitate the meeting, continuing the topic "What can we do NOW to improve our local economy?"

  • Dec 16th, 2008

Boardwalk Bookstore closes its doors Dec. 31 after more than 35 years in business

Boardwalk Bookstore will close its doors Dec. 31 after more than 35 years in business. Owner Bettye Hendrickson said the closure is not related to the economy, although the store has been for sale with no expressed interest. The closure will leave the town with three book stores: Griffin Bay Bookstore on Spring Street, Harbor Bookstore at Cannery Landing, and Serendipity on A Street.

  • Dec 12th, 2008

Spirit Tree Gifts is closing; offering ‘appreciation discounts’ on all items

Spirit Tree Gifts on Argyle Avenue is closing, its owner saying the store has "run out of resources" to keep operating. Spirit Tree's owners described the store as "a multi-dimensional resource center for personal growth and spiritual enlightenment." It sold local clay art, drums, handmade pillows, jewelry, mandalas, music and musical instruments, photography, sculpture, video art and wood art. It also sold books and self-awareness tools, and was a venue for meditation and yoga.

  • Dec 12th, 2008
Ken Clark ... Hollywood stuntman is opening a fitness center on San Juan Island.

Hollywood stuntman is opening a fitness center on San Juan Island

A new fitness center is opening on San Juan Island in January. The new gym, Xtreme Fitness San Juan Island, is located in the Beaverton Business Park, 70 Saltspring Road (3/4 of a mile past the library). It will feature a variety of fitness equipment in a 4,000-square-foot open floor plan.

  • Dec 11th, 2008
Ken Clark ... Hollywood stuntman is opening a fitness center on San Juan Island.

An islander shares his on-island shopping experience | Chamber Chatter

'My wife and I have just returned home from a wonderful day of Christmas shopping in Friday Harbor. Frankly, we do a lot of shopping online, as well as on the mainland, so we were in for a very pleasant surprise.'

  • Dec 5th, 2008

County pediatrician ending island practice, moving to mainland

After 18 years of providing medical care for the children of San Juan County, pediatrician Jeanne Olmsted has announced that she will no longer maintain a practice based on Orcas Island after Dec. 31.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

What businesses are doing to help the economy | Ongoing Series

Following is a message from Lynn Danaher that the Chamber of Commerce wanted to share in light of recent discussions about "What can we do NOW to help our local economy."

  • Nov 28th, 2008
Creme Brulee

Daisy Bloom, Creme Brulee ‘tres chic’ on Spring St. | Column by Howard Schonberger

What do you do when you are a creative retailer, wife and mother with two children? You work around the clock, you hire clerks for the times when the children need you and pay babysitters when you are at the store. That might work when sales are brisk during tourist season, but might be marginal at other times. Michelle Waldron and Megan Van Hamerssfeld have solved that dilemma by combining their two shops — Daisy Bloom and Creme Brulee — into one at 165 Spring St.

Creme Brulee

State liquor stores closed on Thanksgiving; contract liquor stores may be open

All state-run liquor stores will be closed on Thursday in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. State-run stores will be open on Friday.

  • Nov 25th, 2008

Garuda & I is for sale; owners want to concentrate on diving charters

The Garuda & I, a favorite venue for beaders as well as lovers of exotic jewelry and objets d' art, is for sale. "My husband and I also own and run Naknek Charters and Dive and we have decided that we want to focus more of our efforts on building the diving industry in the San Juan Islands," owner Peggy Long said in an e-mail.

  • Nov 25th, 2008
Friday Harbor businesses will be open late the day after Thanksgiving.

San Juan Island businesses gearing up for start of Christmas shopping season

On Black Friday 2008, local businesses throughout the Town of Friday Harbor and, indeed, the entire San Juan Island, will be adorned in holiday decorations, shelves and racks will be overflowing, awaiting your visit as you start your gift and holiday shopping.

  • Nov 24th, 2008
Friday Harbor businesses will be open late the day after Thanksgiving.

The island’s economy: It’s only what we think it is

President Franklin D. Roosevelt once assured Americans that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. And at least one local financial adviser is saying we need that assurance now: We’re in a recession, not a depression. And we still have a lot for which to be thankful.

  • Nov 20th, 2008

San Juan Wireless adds AT&T Mobility, Budget Prepay Bill Station to its mix of services

San Juan Wireless has announced the addition of AT&T Mobility and Budget Prepay Bill Station to its mix of services. Through a business partnership with Car Toys, San Juan Wireless can now offer mainland competitive prices on AT&T Mobility GSM phones. AT&T Mobility is a wireless carrier whose service will work both domestically and internationally.

  • Nov 15th, 2008

Auction of Friday Harbor Ace Hardware property postponed until Dec. 5

The auction of the Friday Harbor Ace Hardware property has been postponed until Dec. 5, 10 a.m., on the courthouse steps. The auction had been scheduled for Oct. 3 but was postponed because the property owner, J. Philip Miller of Camano Island, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

  • Nov 7th, 2008

Land Bank requests farm lease proposals

The San Juan County Land Bank is requesting proposals from anyone interested in a long-term agricultural lease of its King Sisters Property. Acquired from the King family in 2005, the land includes about 40 acres of farmland in addition to woodlands and wetlands. A well and perimeter fencing will be included in the lease. The Land Bank worked closely with members of the Agricultural Resources Committee, a county advisory group, in developing this opportunity.

  • Oct 30th, 2008

Ag Guild awarded USDA Farmers Market promotion program grant

The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild is one of 85 nationwide recipients of a Farmers Market Promotion Program grant from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The $10,000 grant is for the planning and design of the Ag Guild’s Permanent Farmers’ Market project, a multi-use agricultural facility on San Juan Island.

  • Oct 30th, 2008

Elements Hotel & Spa becoming Earthbox Motel & Spa

Elements Hotel & Spa on Spring Street is changing its name. It is now Earthbox Motel & Spa. New signage is to come. The Web site is already being changed.

  • Oct 28th, 2008

Julie Corey moves from Countrywide to Friday Harbor Mortgage

Julie Corey has opened Friday Harbor Mortgage. She was previously with Countrywide and has 15 years experience. Her new business, Friday Harbor Mortgage, is a branch of Axia Financial, LLC. The office is located at 20 West St. next to The Whale Museum. She is looking forward to offering her clients a wider selection of mortgage solutions.

  • Oct 17th, 2008
Compost It

Eclectic, green-themed ‘Compost It’ moves to Nichols Street

Despite the name, Compost It is not a compost store. “Compost It” is the store philosophy of providing products that reduce waste and toxic effects to the consumer and the environment. According to proprietor Maureen Marinkovich, “My store helps support people who want to transition to a greener lifestyle.”

  • Oct 7th, 2008
Compost It

13 is lucky number for Journal in state contest

The Journal of the San Juan Islands received 13 awards at the 121st annual Washington Newspaper Publishers Association convention, Thursday through Saturday at the Red Lion Hotel-Yakima Center. The Journal won second place for community service — its eighth community service award since 2001 — for its reporting on, and advocacy for, efforts to reduce the use of Styrofoam on San Juan Island.

  • Oct 6th, 2008

Journal wins second place for Community Service at state press convention

The Journal of the San Juan Islands was honored today for community service at the 121st annual Washington Newspaper Publishers Association convention, in Yakima.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Treehouse Remodeling opens on San Juan Island

Lauren Cohen and Derek Steere have brought their home remodeling skills from…

  • Sep 22nd, 2008
Dr. Sonja Webster-Hills is the new owner of Islands Veterinarian Clinic on Mullis Street.

Dr. Sonja Webster-Hills is the new owner of Islands Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Sonja C. Webster-Hills, DVM, is the new owner and veterinarian at…

  • Sep 16th, 2008
Dr. Sonja Webster-Hills is the new owner of Islands Veterinarian Clinic on Mullis Street.

San Juan County Economic Development Council awarded Rural Opportunity Fund Grant

The San Juan County Economic Development Council was awarded a $30,000 Rural…

  • Sep 11th, 2008

SeaPort Airlines gives San Juan residents a fast track to Portland

The launch of SeaPort Airlines has given San Juan Island residents easy access to travel to Portland. SeaPort Airlines, in combination with its Boeing Field terminal neighbor Kenmore Airlines, can get patrons from the San Juan Islands to downtown Portland in about two hours.

  • Sep 10th, 2008

Journal of the San Juan Islands historical archives to appear online

The entire historic archive of the Journal of the San Juan Islands will be made freely available online.

  • Sep 9th, 2008

The Journal of the San Juan Islands will sport a new look Sept. 3

The Journal of the San Juan Islands will sport a new look and a new page size beginning Sept. 3.

  • Aug 28th, 2008

One year later, San Juan Grange still on suspension

A year has passed since the San Juan Island Grange was suspended. In August 2007, the State Grange suspended the local Grange’s charter, citing “past actions” of local Grange officers and members.

Another Community Service award for The Journal

The Journal of the San Juan Islands will be honored for community service, news reporting, photography and advertising at the 121st annual Washington Newspaper Publishers Association convention, in Yakima.

  • Aug 26th, 2008

New charter and excursion bus service on Lopez Island

Friendly Isle Charters, owned by Jay and Deanna Brant, is offering charter and excursion bus services based on Lopez Island.

  • Aug 26th, 2008

County Council expresses concern about Rosario Resort

The San Juan County Council expressed concern Monday about the imminent auction of Rosario Resort on Orcas Island. The resort, centered around the 100-year-old Rosario mansion built by shipbuilder Robert Moran, is an island landmark and one of the island’s largest employers.

  • Aug 26th, 2008