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

Robert Kolowitz is new owner of Sunshine Laundries on Web Street

At Robert Kolowitz's old job at the San Juan Island solid waste transfer station, there was a saying, "Garbage in, garbage out." Now, he's changed his mantra to "Laundry in, laundry out." Kolowitz, former supervisor of the transfer station on Sutton Road, is the new owner of Sunshine Laundries on 80 Web St., Friday Harbor. He purchased the laundries on June 1 from Teresa Strong. Terms were not disclosed.

  • Jul 1st, 2010

CarQuest celebrates 20 years in business June 26 with ‘muscle car’ madness

If you've got a soft spot for Detroit metal and muscles cars, here's an event that you won't want to miss. CarQuest will celebrate 20 years of business on San Juan Island June 26 — Saturday — with a blend of music, muscle cars and a whole lot more.

  • Jun 26th, 2010

Bates named general manager of Best Western Friday Harbor Suites

The Best Western Friday Harbor Suites has named Ron Bates its new general manager, effective June 28. Bates is widely known in the community as former advertising manager and assistant publisher of The Journal of the San Juan Islands (2000-2010). His local connections, marketing abilities and customer service skills are well suited for the hospitality business. He and his partner, Sandy Montana, also own the Mosquito Fleet Mercantile in downtown Friday Harbor.

  • Jun 25th, 2010

King’s, MarketPlace transitioning to compostable meat and seafood trays

King's Market and Friday Harbor MarketPlace are transitioning to compostable meat and seafood trays. King’s Manager John McBride has been looking for ways to phase out polystyrene containers and packaging at his store since becoming involved in the San Juan Island Anti-Litter Initiative. The initiative, working with lead advocate Doris Estabrooks, lobbied for bans on polystyrene food to-go containers in San Juan County and the Town of Friday Harbor. The bans took effect in April. A similar ban took effect in Seattle in July.

  • Jun 25th, 2010

San Juan Chamber of Commerce hosts discussion on solid waste planning

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is hosting a business group discussion on upcoming revisions to the San Juan County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management plans. The discussion is Wednesday, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the San Juan Island Library Community Room.

  • Jun 22nd, 2010

Julie Corey is new marketing and sales representative for The Journal

The Journal of the San Juan Islands is pleased to announce the hiring of Julie Corey as its new marketing and sales representative. Her first day was Monday. She succeeds Ron Bates, who recently resigned after 10 years to pursue a new direction.

  • Jun 22nd, 2010

Local economy: Half-empty, half-full, and reason for optimism

By the end of May, Friday Harbor had received $276,250 as its share of sales tax revenue generated within the town limits, according to the latest report from the Town Treasurer's office. The amount reflects revenues generated from November to March; revenues are received two months after they are reported. The total received to date is $32,786.94 less than that received in the same period of 2009. Here, we're at "glass is half-empty" or "glass is half-full": The drop in revenue from 2008 to 2009 was more severe — $72,973.54.

  • Jun 4th, 2010

J. Alphonsine Haslet-Phillips is new executive chef of Coho Restaurant

J. Alphonsine Haslet-Phillips is the new executive chef of Coho Restaurant in Friday Harbor. Haslet-Phillips began in March and has slowly been transitioning the menu to her fresh, lighter style of cooking. “I wanted to work at a restaurant which had a philosophy that extended beyond the plate on the table, that cared about sourcing food for local, sustainably-grown seasonal ingredients,” she said in a press release.

  • Jun 4th, 2010

Economic Development Council gets a boost in funding to increase executive director’s hours

Local businesses will have greater access to the resources and guidance of the Economic Development Council thanks to a financial contribution from the county's 2260 Fund. The County Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to contribute $8,400 from the fund, which is dedicated to financing public projects that foster economic development, to the EDC to increase its executive director's hours.

New name for Islands Convalescent: Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands

Islands Convalescent Center is now Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands. The care center is owned by Life Care Centers of America, based in Cleveland, Tenn., and most of the other centers have “Life Care Center” in their names. The local administrator is Nai Saefong.

  • May 14th, 2010

Concepia moves to former Springtree Restaurant/Islands Museum of Art site on Spring Street

Concepia: Your Center for Photography is moving from Churchill Corner to the former Springtree Restaurant, 310 Spring St. The Springtree Restaurant site was last occupied by the Islands Museum of Art, which moved to First Street. Concepia owner John Sinclair’s new location features a courtyard shaded by a camperdown elm (according to Wikipedia, the camperdown elm was first cultivated at Camperdown House in Sinclair’s native Scotland). The courtyard will have a community arts notice board, seating and refreshments for sale.

  • May 14th, 2010

Stepping Stones moving to former King Typesetting building at 720 Park St.

Stepping Stones is moving from 54 Marguerite Place to the former King Typesetting building at 720 Park St. Director Bridget Altena said she expects to be in the new location in June. Advantages: It’s newer and freshly remodeled. There will be a toddler room and a preschool room and, eventually, an infant center.

  • May 14th, 2010

Former Steps chef opens new restaurant at Rosario

Madden Surbaugh, formerly of Steps Wine Bar & Grill in Friday Harbor, is opening The Quilted Pig in the waterfront veranda of the Moran Mansion at Rosario Resort. The resort reopens Friday with the new restaurant, a refurbished spa, and guest accommodations. The Barto family of Anacortes purchased the 30-acre resort in 2008 from Olympus Real Estate Partners.

  • May 14th, 2010

Combses’ Rumor Mill opens in June at former Pazzo Vivo site

Oren and Peggy Combs, formerly of the Front Street Alehouse, have purchased Pazzo Vivo (175 First St.) from Mari Lariviere. They are remodeling and will reopen it in mid-June as Rumor Mill. “It’s going to be more open and bright,” Oren Combs said of the restaurant’s interior. The interior design will be “industrial modern with a nostalgia twist,” and the First Street frontage will feature a 12.5-foot glass slide garage door that will swing open to give diners the ambience of sitting outside.

  • May 14th, 2010

Attorney O’Day: Alehouse site is up for lease

The building at Front and Spring streets formerly occupied by San Juan Brewing Co. and Front Street Alehouse is available for lease. The price: $8,000 a month, according to attorney Stephanie Johnson O’Day. O’Day predicts that an upscale restaurant will ultimately occupy the site. “It’s a prime location,” she said.

  • May 14th, 2010

10 promoted at Islanders Bank administration and branches

Bob Coleman, president and CEO of Islanders Bank, announced Tuesday the following officer promotions approved by the Islanders Bank Board of Directors at the April 29 board meeting.

  • May 11th, 2010

Whale watch companies honor Earth Day by donating proceeds

Six San Juan Island-based whale watch companies will honor Earth Day by donating a portion of proceeds collected on Saturday to a pair of non-profit groups that are helping to restore Puget Sound's marine habitat.

  • Apr 22nd, 2010

Lime Kiln Cafe dock replacement: $500,000 investment

Replacement of the dock on the wharf outside the Roche Harbor Market and Lime Kiln Cafe cost about $500,000, Roche Harbor General Manager Brent Snow said. The dock was completed in March. It complements an expansion of the Lime Kiln Cafe and other improvements to the wharf buildings. The buildings date to 1923, when they were built to replace earlier buildings destroyed by fire.

  • Apr 21st, 2010

Friday Harbor will spend $40,000 to promote summer tourism

For the first time, a portion of lodging tax money reserved for construction or maintenance of tourism-related facilities will be used to promote visiting Friday Harbor during the summer, from May to August. The Friday Harbor Town Council Thursday allocated $40,000 for a blitz of summer promotions over the Internet, in print, on radio and on television. The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce was allocated $15,000 for a promotion with Comcast for on-air and online promotions in South Snohomish, North Seattle, Bellevue-Issaquah, Woodinville-Redmond. A commercial by will be broadcast over Bravo, Comedy, E!, Headline, Animal Planet and Fox News channels. A banner video will be placed on

  • Apr 16th, 2010

San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce celebrates local businesses in Recognition and Celebration Banquet, April 29

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce celebrates the success of local businesses with its first annual Recognition and Celebration Banquet, April 29 in Friday Harbor House’s San Juan Room. The evening will start at 6 p.m. with a no-host bar. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., with the program and awards to follow.

  • Apr 9th, 2010

Bump in number of closed real estate deals in San Juan County; median price $350,000

Even as real estate sales slowed ... to ... a ... trickle, Pat O'Day of John L. Scott in Friday Harbor remained confident that the market would rebound. Sellers just had to be patient. "The light at the end of the tunnel is that we are the Martha's Vineyard of the Pacific Northwest," O'Day said at the time. "God isn't making any more San Juan Islands and there is an insatiable thirst by a very affluent, young generation, as they head toward their retirement years, to have a presence on the islands."

  • Apr 8th, 2010

Lindsay Johnson, Katie Murray join staff of Christy’s Island Salon

Christy's Island Salon is celebrating the return to the islands of Lindsay Johnson and Katie Murray. Johnson, mother of the island's first Baby of the Year, Elijah Matthew Johnson, on Jan. 14, reports that the baby is fine and she has now returned to the salon. She has more than five years of experience as a cosmetician.

  • Apr 6th, 2010

State liquor stores closed on Easter Sunday; contract liquor stores may be open

All state-run liquor stores will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 4. Contract liquor stores may be open. Contact contract stores directly for their holiday operating schedules.

  • Apr 2nd, 2010

Prima-Sarantopulos joins Harrison House, Tucker House, Coho as guest services coordinator

Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulos recently joined Harrison House Suites, Tucker House Inn and Coho Restaurant in the newly created position of guest services coordinator. She will be maintaining the business’s newsletters, blogs and social networking marketing, as well as overall promotions.

  • Mar 31st, 2010

Mahlum Architects selected for design of Peace Island Medical Center

The Peace Island Medical Center Steering Committee announced Tuesday the selection of an architectural and engineering firm to lead the design of San Juan County’s new integrated medical center and critical access hospital. The committee selected Mahlum Architects, a Seattle-based firm.

  • Mar 30th, 2010

EDC presents a free all-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on March 31

Are you looking to expand your business? To start a new business? To keep up with current economic conditions? As part of its new Business Education Series, the San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free all-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on March 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Mar 18th, 2010

Acupressurist Pam Fry joins Spa d Bune

Pam Fry has joined the staff at Spa d Bune, 669 Mullis St., Friday Harbor. Fry practices High Touch Jin Shin Acupressure; she is available by appointment at 370-5027.

  • Mar 12th, 2010

‘The Bean’ opens at Friday Harbor Center | Business Briefs

Gordy and Lori Petersen, owners of Friday Harbor Center at Spring and First streets, have opened The Bean coffee shop. The Bean is the successor of The Naked Bean, and features an entirely remodeled interior.

  • Mar 12th, 2010

Peace of Mind Pet Sitting expands into farm, house sitting

Peace of Mind Pet Sitting has expanded into farm and house sitting. Peace of Mind is owned by Jaileen Panger, a professional pet sitter who is certified in pet first aid and CPR, and is soon to be accredited with Pet Sitters International. She is trained by American Humane to shelter animals in an emergency, and she is looking into getting certified in large animal rescue by the Washington State Animal Response Team.

  • Mar 9th, 2010

Bison Gallery doubles space in move to former Garuda & I site; Compost It is moving to roomier digs next door

Bison Gallery has moved from 65 Nichols St. to 60 First St., the space formerly occupied by Garuda & I. Meanwhile, Compost It is moving next door from 115 Nichols St. to the space vacated by Bison Gallery.

  • Mar 4th, 2010

‘Warehouse’ is now ‘Criminal Coffee’: ‘Our espresso is wanted,’ new owner says

Warehouse Coffee, 301 Tucker Ave., has new owners. Look for more changes and a new name. Ramona Hayes and Cory Eglash bought Warehouse Coffee from Dwight Ware on Feb. 8. Clinton Mills, who bought the business from Ware in September, stopped making payments in January and closed shop, Ware said. He had changed the business name to Solid Grounds Coffee Shop, added karaoke, expanded the menu, and applied for a license to sell beer and wine. But the license application didn't sit well with Ware or community members concerned about beer and wine being sold so close to Friday Harbor High School.

  • Feb 26th, 2010

Islands Convalescent Center hosts open house Feb. 24; meet the new administrator, nursing director, marketing director

Islands Convalescent Center has a new management team. And they want to meet you at an open house Feb. 24, 4-7 p.m. There will be live music and refreshments. Islands Convalescent Center is located at 660 Spring St., Friday Harbor. Call 378-2117. ICC is owned by Life Care Centers of America.

  • Feb 25th, 2010

Joseph Foriska is head chef at Friday Harbor House’s The Bluff

The Bluff Restaurant·Bar·Terrace at Friday Harbor House has appointed Joseph Foriska as chef. “As a resident of the San Juan Islands for more than 15 years, Chef Foriska brings to the table a familiarity of the San Juan Island culinary community and strong relationships with local purveyors,” Friday Harbor House GM Michael O’Dell said in a press release.

  • Feb 23rd, 2010

Village at the Harbour hires new director of marketing

Deanna Osborn is the new director of marketing and director of activities at Village at the Harbour assisted living community in Friday Harbor. Osborn has worked with seniors for 19 years. She joined Village at the Harbour in November 2007 as the activity director and resident assistant. She was recently promoted to director of marketing/activities.

  • Feb 23rd, 2010

Land Bank requests farm lease proposals for Frazer Homestead Preserve

The San Juan County Land Bank requests proposals from farmers interested in a long-term agricultural lease of its Frazer Homestead Preserve on San Juan Island.

  • Feb 23rd, 2010

Island Air receives Five Star Safety Award from Phoenix Aviation Managers Inc.

Island Air, an air charter company based in Friday Harbor, has received the Five Star Safety Award from Phoenix Aviation Managers Inc. The award was presented in Friday Harbor on Feb. 4. Island Air has been insured by Phoenix Aviation Managers for more than eight years and has received the most safety awards ever given to a Phoenix-insured air carrier.

  • Feb 23rd, 2010

Sen. Ranker’s farm internship bill passes Senate 46-0

Training and teaching the next generation of Washington’s farmers could get easier thanks to legislation passed Tuesday by the Senate. Senate Bill 6349, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, would allow internships for aspiring farmers – providing firsthand experience in their future line of work.

  • Feb 16th, 2010

Association of Professional Landscape Designers-Washington Chapter 10th anniversary gala March 20

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers-Washington Chapter, or APLDWA, is hosting a gala to celebrate the state chapter's 10th anniversary. The celebration will take place March 20, 6-11 p.m., at the Hotel Deca in Seattle’s University District. The catered fare will include hors d’oeuvres and libations in the hotel’s lobby, followed by a sit-down dinner in the Grand Ballroom.

  • Feb 12th, 2010

Ideas sought for new logo for San Juan Islands Scenic Byway

What images represent the true essence of the San Juan Islands? Submit your ideas to inspire the design of a logo for the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway.

  • Feb 6th, 2010