County amasses $350K for 2012 tourism facilities grants

The bulk of the facilities fund has traditionally been awarded to theaters, museums and parks, however, the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee expects that a percentage of the fund will be used to support innovative projects or new events in 2013.

  • Feb 23rd, 2012

Carrion joins Life Care Center as nursing director

Carrion is a former director of nursing for Life Care Center’s health care facility in Federal Way and brings a decade of experience as a nursing director to the company’s San Juan Island center.

  • Feb 15th, 2012

Klein, chamber’s new president

Kevin Klein is the new President of the Board of Directors for the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. During his one year term, he hopes to advocate for the interests of business on all local issues, while taking into account what’s best for the island, its environment, and its resources long term.

  • Feb 9th, 2012

Islanders Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation’s new occupational therapist

Susan “Susie” Nichols is joining Islanders Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation as a full-time occupational therapist. Occupational therapy helps people through the use of massage, exercise, activities, teaching, computers, ultrasound and lasers.

  • Feb 8th, 2012

$78,000 awarded to local nonprofits

United Way of San Juan County awarded more than $78,000 to 16 nonprofits in the county. The grants range from $560 to $17,400 to support 24 programs on Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands. Grantees include programs for pre-school and elementary school children, senior assistance, hospice, prevention programs, family support, and others.

  • Feb 7th, 2012

Disaster assistance for small businesses

San Juan County is one of 35 Washington counties and eight neighboring Oregon counties, now eligible for small, nonfarm businesses to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • Feb 7th, 2012

Health Dept. extends hours

San Juan County’s Department of Health and Community Services has extended its customer service hours in its Friday Harbor main office at 167 Rhone Street. it will be open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

  • Feb 7th, 2012

Chef Hobbes hits 100 blog entries

Chef Hobbes Buchanan of Imagine Organics, on San Juan Island, recently posted his 100th blog featuring recipes and cooking videos at

  • Feb 7th, 2012

San Juan Island Real Estate Blog

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.

  • Feb 3rd, 2012

Martha Alvarado named new manager of KeyBank’s Friday Harbor branch

Martha Alvarado is the new manager of KeyBank’s Friday Harbor branch. She will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the branch as well as providing financial services, including mortgage and investments, to both small business and consumer clients.

  • Feb 2nd, 2012

Turnage, Langhans join forces

Friday Harbor dentist Dr. Bo Turnage is teaming up with therapist and holistic health coach Deb Langhans, who will be available for reflexology appointments Wednesdays and Fridays.

  • Feb 1st, 2012

Fundraising Seminar at San Juan Center, Feb. 7

With more 25 years of experience in fundraising, San Juan Island's Bob Schwartzberg will offer insights on how to build a convincing case for financial support, select donors and markets best suited to your nonprofit and create a successful fundraising process with limited resources, and more.

  • Feb 1st, 2012

First ever Isle Be Wed wedding show on San Juan

The first annual Isle Be Wed wedding show, showcasing the islands’ wedding fare Saturday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Island Inn at 123 West.

  • Jan 31st, 2012

Cooper joins Lake Kennedy McCulloch accounting firm

Raised in Idaho, Cooper attended Idaho State University and worked in the resort industry before moving to Washington, where he started a certified public accountant practice in 1985.

  • Jan 27th, 2012

Business workshops on Lopez

If you are thinking of starting a business or would like to recreate an existing one to be more successful, James Dunn will return to teach a lively interactive business class on the last Friday and Saturday in January at the library meeting room.

  • Jan 21st, 2012

Retail sales up 6 percent on San Juan

Nationally, retail sales for the week before Christmas rose 14.8 percent, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the research firm ShopperTrak. Holiday shopping in San Juan is matching nation wide trends, said Victoria Compton, executive director of San Juan County Economic Development Council.

John Towson launches franchising option

John Towson, professional Health Care and Life Insurance and Disability agent has announced a new service: Franchising, which will be available in nationwide markets. This service has been in response to the economy negatively affecting the workplace.

  • Jan 9th, 2012

Small farm internships due to expire

Legislation authorized in 2010 that gave Skagit and San Juan counties ability to take on farm interns is due to sunset Dec. 31.

  • Dec 30th, 2011

Lavendera Day Spa on the move

Lavendera Day Spa will close its doors Dec. 31 and reopen at a new location, 285 Spring Street, at the end of January.

  • Dec 30th, 2011

Lavendera Day Spa on the move

Lavendera Day Spa will close its doors Dec. 31 and reopen at a new location, 285 Spring Street, at the end of January.

  • Dec 30th, 2011

A business for the birds, and dogs

Situated at the corner of A and Nichols streets, in a building many recall as the Fat Cat Cafe (irony?), The Barking Bird opened Nov. 10 and Carter and company, assistant Meghan Conley and Jack, Carter’s Labrador Retriever, are now hitting their stride — well, maybe not Jack, he lumbers but keeps the floor free of crumbs, and in a hurry.

  • Dec 14th, 2011

Harper Poesy Hair Salon celebrates one year

“It all happened really fast,” said Quinn, who celebrated the salon's first year anniversary this month. “It’s all very breath-taking, it has been a fast first year it has been a lot busier than I expected.”

Whole lotta’ shakin goin’ on at XYZ Movement Arts Studio

Burke said up to 250 people walk through the studio’s doors every week for a variety of classes including Zumba, many different types of yoga, hula, ballroom dancing, Capoeira — a Brazilian art form, ballet, belly dancing and strength building.

  • Dec 7th, 2011

Forum on the possibility of a Business Improvement District

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce hosts a forum to discuss the possibility of a Business Improvement District, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Earthbox Motel and Spa, 410 Spring Street.

  • Dec 6th, 2011

Friday Harbor Business Owners’ Forum on business improvement district

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce will host a forum to discuss the idea of a possible business improvement district, on Tuesday, Dec.6, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Earthbox Motel and Spa, 410 Spring Street.

  • Dec 4th, 2011

Social media and social influence marketing workshop for your business

Victoria Compton of the San Juan Economic Development Council will teach a workshop about social media and social influence marketing on Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m. to noon at the library.

  • Nov 29th, 2011

San Juans benefit under Social Security status quo

In 2009, 4,025 islanders received some form of Social Security payment

  • Nov 21st, 2011

‘Howard’s Sell It Again’: treasure hunt at your fingertips

In December,"Howard's Sell It Again" opened in the business park on Tucker Avenue, a consignment store which at first specialized in "gently used" sailing, boating and marine equipment. It's evolved into a whole lot more at it's new location, at the corner of First and Spring streets.

  • Nov 21st, 2011

It’s not just a bike shop, it’s a bicycling recycling center

Tucked into the Surina Business Park, located on 50 Malcom Street, Denker’s “Travel Light Cycles” gives old detailers, wheels, tires, handlebars and more a second life as recycled bicycles.

  • Nov 18th, 2011

EDC offers workshop on marketing on a shoestring

The San Juan County Economic Development Council hosts a workshop on how to market your business inexpensively and effectively on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 9 - 11 a.m. in the library community room.

  • Nov 15th, 2011

National Neighborhood Toy Store Day just around the corner

On Nov. 12, David and Nancy Hanson, owners of The Toy Box, will join over 500 stores across the country to celebrate national Neighborhood Toy Store Day.

  • Nov 9th, 2011

San Juan County Economic Development Council hosts a free Business Financing Seminar

San Juan County Economic Development Council hosts a free Business Financing Seminar Monday, Nov. 7, 9-noon at the Mullis Street Fire Hall, 1011 Mullis.

  • Nov 9th, 2011

Silver sale benefits medical center

Lenore Bayuk and Kathie Arcide host a trunk sale of Silpada Designs Sterling Silver handmade jewelry, 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, at 555 Park Street

  • Oct 4th, 2011

How to fundraise for your organization workshop

Attend the one-day workshop fundraising for small non-profits led by Bob Schwartzberg on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Skagit Valley College, San Juan Center to learn the skills for fundraising.

  • Oct 4th, 2011

Are you concerned about employment on the island? Do you own your own business? If so, read on…

Upcoming lectures, workshops and classes on employment and small business

  • Sep 7th, 2011

New location gives San Juan Pasta room to grow | Business

And at the new headquarters of San Juan Pasta, they’re churning out a long line of pasta products that will not only grab your taste buds, but whatever sauce you might choose to pour over your pasta as well.

  • Jul 14th, 2011

Under new ownership, Mystical Mermaid gets new lease on life

Now, a dozen years later, the Moores have returned, but this time for good. And with four children in tow. And as the new owners of a beloved Friday Harbor institution, the Mystical Mermaid. And with a unwavering intent on putting down deep roots in Friday Harbor.

  • Jul 8th, 2011

SJ Island distillery offers free tours, tastings over the holiday weekend

The distillery, located on the waterfront of Westcott Bay and a stone's throw from Roche Harbor Resort, and the birthplace of Westcott Bay Cider, will be open for tours and free tastings Friday through Monday, from 3 to 5 p.m., over the holiday weekend.

  • Jun 30th, 2011

Family owned and operated, KO’s Subs lands a knockout punch | Business Beat

Ken Oberreit is replicating his past success by featuring specialty meats, custom-made sandwiches and by giving each sub a quirky family nickname, such as “The Max” and “The Ricky Van”, which has proven the most popular to date.

  • Jun 24th, 2011

Back home and open for business, Dr. Bacon finds a place to thrive | Business Beat

A graduate of Friday Harbor High School, Class of ‘97, Bacon is back on the island and open for business with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in hand — or rather, on the wall.

  • Jun 24th, 2011