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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.
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.
With the opening of Orcas Island Distillery just before Thanksgiving, Orcas Island can now claim its very own craft distillery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Steve and Monica Duthie have recently launched their newest addition: The Loft at Madrona.
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’).
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Michael Elder, a licensed marriage and family therapist, has opened an office in Eastsound Square, upstairs behind Mia’s Café.
Two long-time friends have collaborated to open a vintage storefront in Eastsound.
When Lila Richardson started shopping for kids’ furniture, she was discouraged by the particle board and toxic finishes used on most products.
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).
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.
Flyin’ Hawaiian Sushi officially opened its doors at 432 North Beach Road on May 16.
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.
Gaining control over finances is one of the most important skills to learn as a business owner or an individual.
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.
CenturyLink, Inc. as part of its ongoing commitment to its customers in San Juan County, is actively working to provide network redundancy.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Maryann Syers and Bonnie Burg are bringing decades of therapy experience to the Orcas community.
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.
With its vast, shiny wood floors, cozy fireplace and intimate stage setting, Random Howse is primed to be an entertainment hot spot.
When a fire claimed the Exchange, two women went into action to fill a void in the Orcas community.
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.
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.
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.
Ancient Eastern wisdom enhances conventional veterinary medicine at Orcas Veterinary Service with the addition of veterinary acupuncturist Swaran Dhaliwal, born and raised in Singapore.
After traveling the globe, Mariah Buck found her passion right here at home. While she always planned to work internationally, the allure of real estate called to her and now Buck manages the largest office on Orcas Island.
The OPALCO Board of Directors accepted John Bogert’s resignation on Sept. 27 with appreciation for his five years of service.
The new restaurant nestled in a tiny cottage on Prune Alley has been offering craft cocktails and local tapas since April.
OPALCO Board of Directors appointed Glenna Hall of San Juan Island to fill the vacant seat for District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Speiden) on July 18. The seat was vacated in May when George Mulligan resigned from the board.