Business

San Juan Island Chamber director to hand over the reins

Membership grows from 168 to 350 businesses and merchants during Pigman's nine-year tenure as chamber director.

  • Jun 30th, 2009

Ten businesses refuse to pay inspection fee; accounts sent to collections

Ten businesses that have refused to pay fire inspection fees – saying they shouldn’t have to pay for inspections by the county fire marshal or that the fee is burdensome – have been sent to collections. The San Juan Island Fire Department Board of Commissioners voted May 12 to send the delinquent accounts to AllianceOne, a collection agency. Any money collected by AllianceOne would be posted to the fire department’s budget.

  • May 19th, 2009

Westcott Bay Sea Farm opens Friday; will open week-long June 22

Westcott Bay Sea Farm, at the end of Westcott Drive, will reopen on weekends for the season beginning Friday. The sea farm, known worldwide for its oysters and other shellfish, will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning June 22, the sea farm will be open week-long through the summer.

  • May 18th, 2009

Village at the Harbour offers apartment for respite stays

Village at the Harbour assisted-living apartments is offering a furnished studio apartment for short-stay respite care. “We have had several requests for these services from folks in the community,” administrator Seanene Kennedy said. “We all know how important it is for caregivers to get a break from around-the-clock care for a loved lone. We can provide that break by caring for the loved one in a safe, comfortable environment. The minimum stay is one week and maximum, 30 days.”

  • May 18th, 2009

New location, lower prices for San Juan Colors

San Juan Colors, a local paint store approaching its 20th year of business, has a new location. San Juan Colors has moved from Airport Center Road to the Surina Business Park, 50 Malcolm St., No. 504, Friday Harbor. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call for service, 378-2806, other times.

  • May 18th, 2009
March employment information for San Juan County.

What’s the job picture like in the San Juans? Here’s what a state expert reports

The Washington Employment Security Department has released the preliminary employment data for March and the data show that the unemployment rate for San Juan County rose during the month to 7.7 percent. The March rate was three-tenths of a percentage points above the revised February rate of 7.4 percent.

  • Apr 24th, 2009
March employment information for San Juan County.

Discovery Sea Kayaks moving to the former Blue Dolphin space

Discovery Sea Kayaks is moving from Front and Spring streets to the former Blue Dolphin space at 185 First St. Owner Richard Swanson said he expects to move into the space in two or three weeks. Jennifer Rigg of Loea Design is designing graphics for the window. Where a large blue dolphin once enticed passers-by in for breakfast, a pod of orcas will entice passers-by to go kayaking.

  • Apr 21st, 2009
1920s-style architectural elements were incorporated into the design of Roche Harbor's new filling station. The station offers 87 octane

New filling station at Roche Harbor Village

Roche Harbor has a new filling station. The single-pump station is located in the upper parking lot at the top of the hill. The parking lot has been regraded and reconfigured, and is being landscaped with 75 red maples.

  • Apr 15th, 2009
1920s-style architectural elements were incorporated into the design of Roche Harbor's new filling station. The station offers 87 octane
Former pro wrestler Lisa Moretti tells San Juan Lions Club members of life in the WWE. Moretti

Former WWE wrestler opens Friday Harbor animal grooming service

In the wrestling ring, Lisa Moretti was known for such moves as the facebuster, the snap suplex and the scoop slam. Today, she's traded in the smackdown for shampoo and shears. Moretti, a former pro football cheerleader and World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler, has opened a cat and dog grooming service on San Juan Island. Her number is 378-8468.

  • Apr 15th, 2009
Former pro wrestler Lisa Moretti tells San Juan Lions Club members of life in the WWE. Moretti

No Victoria Clipper service this summer between Seattle and San Juans

The Victoria Clipper will not offer service between Seattle and the San Juan Islands this summer. The U.S. Navy will use the Victoria Clipper III and other vessels to ferry personnel from Everett to Bremerton for work on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. Service between Seattle and the San Juans is expected to resume in 2010, the company stated on its Web site.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

Career opportunity: Get certified as a sediment control lead

Skagit Valley College San Juan Center has developed a three-day erosion and sediment control instruction program that will provide participants with the required 18 hours necessary to become a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

Water course for real estate professionals

“Water in San Juan County,” a for-credit course for real estate professionals, is being offered April 24 in the San Juan Island Fire Department headquarters station on Mullis Street. The full-day course is presented by Friends of the San Juans, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee and the San Juan Island Association of Realtors.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

CDPD sets up e-mail service for builders

The San Juan County Community Development and Planning Department is setting up an e-mail news service to inform the building community of policy statements and information related to staffing, service and other topics of interest. Its first edition is scheduled to go out this week.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

Chamber launches new program: The Chamber Luncheon

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce introduces a new program for 2009, “The Chamber Luncheon.” This monthly event will be held the third Tuesday of each month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vinny’s Ristorante, starting this month.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

Need a job? Career Center in Friday Harbor can help

Need a job? The Northwest Workforce Career Center can help. The Career Center, 540 Guard St., No. 210, Friday Harbor, is offering a series of free workshops.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

Bocce ball, cafe expansion at Roche Harbor

A bocce ball court is being developed in front of the old kilns next to Quarryman Hall at Roche Harbor Village. The court is expected to be completed by June, according to Pat Carver of the Roche Harbor Village staff.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

“Water in San Juan County”: A for-credit course for real estate professionals

Friends of the San Juans, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee and the San Juan Island Association of Realtors are hosting "Water in San Juan County," a for-credit workshop for real estate professionals.

  • Apr 8th, 2009

American Institute of Architects, Northwest Washington chapter, announces new scholarship

The American Institute of Architects, Northwest Washington chapter, is accepting applications for its first scholarship. Applicants must be a junior or above (in the 2009-10 academic year) in an accredited school of architecture. There will be at least one $1,000 scholarship. Deadline for applications is July 1.

  • Mar 24th, 2009
Flowers planted in tree wells help beautify downtown Friday Harbor. You can help by adopting a tree.

Downtown Adopt a Tree Well continues this year

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Downtown Forum is seeking participants for its Adopt a Tree Well program. As part of its beautification plan, the Downtown Forum initiated a program in 2008 where businesses, organizations or individuals could “adopt” the ground around the trees along the sidewalks in Friday Harbor by planting flowers and caring for them.

  • Mar 24th, 2009
Flowers planted in tree wells help beautify downtown Friday Harbor. You can help by adopting a tree.

Residents can get help with phone bills

Low-income residents in CenturyTel’s service area may qualify for assistance that will reduce the cost of initial telephone installation and basic monthly service.

  • Mar 24th, 2009

Revamped Web site for Island Bicycles

Island Bicycles of Friday Harbor’s Web site, www.islandbicycles.com, has been completely recreated by Chester Chipperfield and Collyn Ahart Chipperfield of Emakmafu.com of London, U.K.

  • Mar 24th, 2009

Chamber Downtown Forum meets Thursday

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Downtown Forum will meet Thursday, 8:30 a.m. at Whidbey Island Bank. The Chamber Downtown Forum is a program offered by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce.

  • Mar 24th, 2009

National Census reports San Juan County agriculture is growing

Farming in San Juan County is growing – and growing faster than national and state averages, according to a new report from the National Agricultural Statistics service. The number of farms, farmers, acres farmed, and revenue are all growing in San Juan County. The report, released last month, is a national census conducted every five years, and results from 2007 show 66 more farms (291 total) in the islands than in 2002, a 29 percent increase compared to 13 percent for Washington state and 4 percent nationally.

  • Mar 24th, 2009

Islands’ Weekly now mailing to Lopez only

Effective with the March 31 edition, the Lopez Island-based Islands’ Weekly will no longer be mailed to households on Orcas and San Juan islands. It will continue to be mailed free of charge to Lopez Island households.

  • Mar 24th, 2009

Westcott Bay Sea Farms will reopen for business in June; U-pick days, wholesaling expected

Westcott Bay Sea Farms will reopen for business in June, co-owner Craig Bleeker said. The sea farm, known worldwide for its lantern net-grown oysters and other shellfish, may also sell wholesale to restaurants before June. U-pick days will be scheduled as well.

  • Mar 18th, 2009

Jim and Kate Schuman buy IPS, effective April 1

Charlie and Lynn Meyer are selling Island Petroleum Service to Jim and Kate Schuman, effective April 1. Terms of the sale and purchase were not disclosed.

  • Mar 18th, 2009

Downtown visitor center needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center. Training is provided. Visit the Visitor Information Center or call Sandy Baird, 378-5240.

  • Mar 18th, 2009

Paid internship offered by San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is offering a paid after-school internship program to train students in customer service and general office procedures. Call Debbie Pigman or Sandy Baird, 378-5240.

  • Mar 18th, 2009

Help from SBA for small businesses

Learn how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act can help your business by participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s March Web chat.

  • Mar 18th, 2009

Visitors Bureau representatives attend ‘Tourism Day’ in Olympia

Deborah Hopkins and Robin Jacobson of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, as well as Carol and Bogdan Kulminski of the Blue Heron B&B on Orcas Island, represented the San Juan Islands during “Tourism Day” in Olympia.

  • Mar 18th, 2009

Free one-on-one business counseling is available Monday in Friday Harbor

Free one-on-one business counseling is available Monday, March 16 in Friday Harbor from a business adviser from the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, in partnership with the San Juan County EDC and Chamber of Commerce. Appointments may be made by calling (360) 336-6114.

  • Mar 13th, 2009

Direct distributions from an IRA can be made to certain charities without it counting as taxable income | Guest Column

An extension of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 was passed recently and direct distributions from an IRA can be made to certain charities without it counting as taxable income.

  • Feb 19th, 2009

Hillside House Bed and Breakfast awarded ‘Green Eco-Leaf’ rating

Hillside House Bed and Breakfast has earned a rating of four green eco-leafs by completing a 70-point eco-audit survey administered by iStayGreen.org, the online social network of environmentally friendly travel.

  • Feb 19th, 2009
Join Rachael Ray on her San Juan Islands vacation Saturday.

Steps Wine Bar and Cafe moving to 123 West St. | Business

Steps Wine Bar and Cafe is moving from Friday Harbor Center to 123 West St., the new commercial-residential buildings built by Misty Todd on Front Street. Steps serves its last meal at Friday Harbor Center on Saturday and reopens at its new location May 13.

  • Feb 18th, 2009
Join Rachael Ray on her San Juan Islands vacation Saturday.

18 foreclosures in San Juan County in 2008, up from 17 in 2007

Eighteen individuals or couples faced property foreclosure in 2008, according to a review of Trustees Sale notices published in The Journal of the San Juan Islands and The Islands' Sounder.

  • Feb 12th, 2009

Several businesses take out applications for SBA help; low-interest loans also available for farmers impacted by storm

A Small Business Administration representative is visiting with local business owners this week to discuss low-interest loans that are available to help offset financial losses suffered during the storm that covered the county’s roads with snow and ice Dec. 12 to Jan. 5.

  • Feb 12th, 2009

Council may renew utility assistance plan Thursday

The Friday Harbor Town Council will consider renewing its utility assistance program Thursday, 12:20 p.m., during its noon meeting at Town Hall.

  • Feb 4th, 2009

Fund-raising workshop for non-profits Feb. 23 at San Juan Center

Does your organization participate in fund-raising? Do your board members and volunteers have the skills they need to be successful in finding the funds needed to support the work of the organization? Bob Schwartzberg presents a workshop, “Fund-raising for Small Non-Profits,” on Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Skagit Valley College San Juan Center.

  • Feb 4th, 2009

Murray’s Web site offers links to economic resources

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has launched an online “Economic Resource Center” that provides links to federal and state economic services, as well as economy-related information and updates.

  • Feb 4th, 2009

Federal funds available for food expenses

The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program reimburses child care and adult care centers for some costs associated with providing meals.

  • Feb 2nd, 2009