Choosing a business entity

The San Juan County Economic Development Council, in partnership with Islanders Bank and Lake Kennedy McCulloch, CPAs, will present a free workshop on choosing a business entity.

  • Jan 15th, 2015

New location, same Italian flair

When talking about his new venture, chef Bill Patterson uses words like synergy, simpatico and serendipity.

Going out on her own

While Amber Rose was working as an insurance agent's assistant in her early 20s, she wanted to learn more about the business.

  • Jan 15th, 2015

Quickbooks workshop

The San Juan County Economic Development Council, in partnership with Islanders Bank and Lake Kennedy McCulloch, CPAs, will present a free workshop on QuickBooks on Wednesday, Jan. 7 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the San Juan Library.

  • Dec 29th, 2014

Distillery launched on Orcas Island

Orcas Island is joining in the Renaissance movement of small-craft liquor production. Long-time island residents Charlie West and Carie DeRuiter are excited to be launching a boutique distillery.

  • Dec 9th, 2014

Business cafe on Orcas

Business entrepreneurs are invited to a San Juan County Economic Development Council Business Cafe on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Orcas Library.

  • Dec 3rd, 2014

Distillery opens

With the opening of Orcas Island Distillery just before Thanksgiving, Orcas Island can now claim its very own craft distillery.

  • Dec 3rd, 2014

Token Herb is open for business

Token Herb opened on Friday in Eastsound next to Country Corner and the laundromat. The shop is the first retailer of marijuana in the county.

  • Nov 19th, 2014

Business cafe on Lopez Island

Business entrepreneurs are invited to a San Juan County Economic Development Council Business Cafe on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 5:15 until 7 p.m. at the Lopez Island Public Library.

  • Oct 28th, 2014

Island Hospital receives award

Island Hospital in Anacortes received the Washington State Hospital Association’s Community Health Leadership Award for its approach to delivering mental health services to students in a rural setting.

  • Oct 28th, 2014

Local business workshops

A crowdfunding workshop is being offered by the San Juan County Economic Development Council. Crowdfunding is a way for entrepreneurs to use online communities like Kickstarter to ask for monetary pledges from individuals.

  • Oct 14th, 2014

The Loft opens in Eastsound

Steve and Monica Duthie have recently launched their newest addition: The Loft at Madrona.

  • Sep 16th, 2014

Blankenship finalist for business award

The Women Business Owners, one of Puget Sound’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs, has named Eastsound business owner Jill Blankenship as one of five finalists for the 2014 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year Awards Competition (‘The Nellie’).

  • Sep 11th, 2014

The Loft at Madrona now open

They have updated and refinished the previous Allium and former Christina’s restaurant above their other restaurant, the Madrona Bar and Grill. The space on Main Street has been transformed into a modern and elegant dining experience.

  • Sep 10th, 2014

‘The Aviator’ opens on Orcas

With decades-long ties to Orcas, now that Gavin Glenn is here he is not going anywhere. “I am here to stay!” he said at the grand opening of The Aviator, a new event facility at his family’s hangar in Eastsound.

  • Sep 2nd, 2014

New event planning business opens on Orcas

"I am here to stay!" he said at the grand opening of The Aviator, a new event facility at his family's Hangar in Eastsound.The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce combined its monthly mixer with Glenn's opening on Aug. 26.

  • Aug 27th, 2014

‘Orcas Adventures’ in Moran

Fiona and Edward Stone are old fashioned renovators at heart. The couple restored their 1912 craftsman home on Orcas, they refurbish vintage travel trailers for rent on the island and now the two have overhauled the concession stand and boat rental at Moran State Park next to Cascade Lake.

  • Jun 25th, 2014

New psychotherapy practice

Michael Elder, a licensed marriage and family therapist, has opened an office in Eastsound Square, upstairs behind Mia’s Café.

  • Jun 24th, 2014

Two dreams coming true

Two long-time friends have collaborated to open a vintage storefront in Eastsound.

  • Jun 17th, 2014

Furniture built to last

When Lila Richardson started shopping for kids’ furniture, she was discouraged by the particle board and toxic finishes used on most products.

Acupuncturist opens up on Orcas

Lori Wilson has started a new acupuncture clinic on Orcas Island. Wilson, LAC, Dip. AC has opened Soaring Crane Healing in the Village Plaza Building #103 (behind Enzos).

  • Jun 9th, 2014

EDC hosts ‘Business Cafe’

The San Juan County Economic Development Council invites business entrepreneurs to the first EDC Business Café event on Thursday, May 29 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Orcas Hotel.

  • May 27th, 2014

New sushi restaurant opens in Eastsound

Flyin’ Hawaiian Sushi officially opened its doors at 432 North Beach Road on May 16.

  • May 21st, 2014

Winery opens on Orcas

A father and son shared a dream to craft one of the finest wines that Washington has to offer, and that dream has become a reality in Orcas Island Winery.

  • May 20th, 2014

Finance 101 workshop

Gaining control over finances is one of the most important skills to learn as a business owner or an individual.

  • May 6th, 2014

Business class

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a freehalf-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Wednesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. until noon. Advance registration is required.

  • Apr 17th, 2014

CenturyLink is working on service reliability

CenturyLink, Inc. as part of its ongoing commitment to its customers in San Juan County, is actively working to provide network redundancy.

  • Mar 12th, 2014

Dreams come true at the Laughing Dragon

Even as a little girl, Mai Lan had a dream of owning a shop and restaurant. With the recent opening of Laughing Dragon Asian Market in addition to her eatery at Odd Fellows Hall, her childhood daydreams are now a full day’s work.

New pub in town

Although it’s right on Main Street and has a waterfront view, the old Vern’s Bayside building sat vacant for more than two years.

  • Jan 29th, 2014

Rain Shadow Consulting opens

Rain Shadow Consulting, founded in 2005 by Carson and Samantha Sprenger, provides an array of environmental and forestry services. With Waldron roots and a recent five-year residence on Shaw, Rain Shadow recently opened an office in Eastsound.

  • Jan 29th, 2014

Lopez Island Vineyards wins big

“Best of the Best” Great Northwest Wine Judging results are in. This judging of northwest Gold Medal winning wines is an annual event, where wines of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia are reviewed by an experienced panel of judges.

  • Jan 29th, 2014

When does it become gossip?

Privacy on our island is hard won. All of us have stories about how quickly information travels from one end of the island to the next. There are some particular challenges that befall business owners on Orcas Island: finances, personnel issues, spreading of second hand information.

  • Jan 21st, 2014

From Minnesota to Orcas

Maryann Syers and Bonnie Burg are bringing decades of therapy experience to the Orcas community.

Finance class at library

The Orcas Public Library continues its spring Money Smart program series with a free class, “Your Financial Health, End-of-Year Checkup,” on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 to 7 p.m.

  • Nov 6th, 2013

A new gathering place

With its vast, shiny wood floors, cozy fireplace and intimate stage setting, Random Howse is primed to be an entertainment hot spot.

Filling an island need

When a fire claimed the Exchange, two women went into action to fill a void in the Orcas community.

  • Oct 29th, 2013

Volunteer firefighters and EMTs at Orcas Fire and Rescue

The women of Orcas Fire and Rescue, from left to right (see photo): Lindsay Schirmer, Pat Ayers, Heather Thomas, Jessica Haug with her daughters Ginger and Wylie, Rachel Harvey, Shawn Petro, Rita Harvey, Maria Nutt, Jill Sherman, Jaylin Peacock and Jenole Peacock.

  • Oct 22nd, 2013

Chez Chloe is back in town

Wendy Thomas is a world traveler whose multifaceted shop reflects just that. After spending another three years out of the country in Hamburg Germany, Thomas has returned to Orcas Island. From European olive oil to letter-pressed stationary, Chez Chloe is back and better than ever.

  • Oct 22nd, 2013

Centerworks: a place for strength and healing

Pilates is not just conditioning for your body, it’s also a workout for your mind, according to Anne Marie Schultz, owner of Center Works, Pilates and Wellness Studio.

Dr. Dhaliwal: holistic approach to veterinary service

Ancient Eastern wisdom enhances conventional veterinary medicine at Orcas Veterinary Service with the addition of veterinary acupuncturist Swaran Dhaliwal, born and raised in Singapore.

  • Oct 22nd, 2013