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

Heart of real estate

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.

OPALCO board opening

The OPALCO Board of Directors accepted John Bogert’s resignation on Sept. 27 with appreciation for his five years of service.

  • Oct 1st, 2013

The Barnacle is here to stay

The new restaurant nestled in a tiny cottage on Prune Alley has been offering craft cocktails and local tapas since April.

Hall joins OPALCO board

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.

  • Aug 6th, 2013

Students to attend ‘Business Week’

For the past five years, the Chamber of Commerce and its members have been instrumental in sending Orcas school students to Business Week, a week-long educational experience geared toward developing business skills for their future.

  • Aug 6th, 2013

Jamie Cier named branch manager

Washington Federal has named Jamie Cier the new branch manager of the Eastsound office. Cier, a resident of Eastsound, previously served as a commercial escrow officer at Stewart Title in Denver, Colo.

  • Aug 5th, 2013

Brown Bear is open for business

Despite a harrowing car accident, a Las Vegas couple opens new bakery on Orcas Island

How is business this year?

The San Juan County Economic Development Council would like to know how local businesses are doing in 2013.

  • Jul 16th, 2013

Coffee drive-thru opens in Eastsound

Coffee-on-the-go is coming to Orcas and friends of long-time islander Amanda Sparks can't wait.

  • Jul 2nd, 2013

Senator Cantwell meets with islander Jill Blankenship

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) met with the winner of the Small Business Administration’s 2013 Washington state Small Business Person of the Year award recipient Jill Blankenship on June 20.

  • Jun 25th, 2013

Print shop now open for summer

It will only be here for a brief time and they are going to make the most of it.

Insurance with a smile

Michele Wiley admits it’s a funny thing to be enthusiastic about, but that doesn’t stop her from loving her job.

It’s all about the artists at Springboard

It’s all about the hand-made at Libi Geddes’ new store Springboard in Eastsound.

  • May 17th, 2013

Blakenship named ‘Small Business Person of the Year’

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2013 Washington state Small Business Person of the Year is Jill Blankenship. She is the chief executive officer of Frontline Call Center in Eastsound, Wash.

  • Apr 29th, 2013

‘Europe in Crisis’ lecture

The Orcas Library will host “Europe in Crisis – the Future of the Euro” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Eastsound Fire Hall.

  • Apr 25th, 2013

OICF to host workshop on nonprofit financials

The Orcas Island Community Foundation presents “Nonprofit Financial Statements - Part 2” with Erin Welch of Jacobson Jarvis and Co. on Thursday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Eastsound Fire Hall.

  • Apr 24th, 2013

‘Money Smart Week’ at Orcas Library

Money Smart Week is coming to the Orcas Library for the second year.The program started as a Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago program 10 years ago. After partnering with the American Library Association, Washington state has been doing it for three years. The focus is free, unbiased consumer financial education.

  • Apr 17th, 2013

Social media for businesses

“Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media Marketing” will be presented on Thursday April 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Victorian Room, Outlook Inn

  • Apr 4th, 2013

Mijitas: blending cultures in the kitchen

Mijitas means “My Darlings.” It is named for their daughters Lucy, who is four and Emilia, who is three. Both girls can’t wait to work in their parents’ restaurant. Lucy wants to “pass the food” and Emilia would like to be a chef.

Wood’s Cove is closing

"I have been in this great spot for 20 years, so now, I will take some time off on Orcas Island," said owner Ginny Lu Wood. "

  • Mar 28th, 2013

Island arborists learn safety

Employees from Baisch Tree Service, Island Skyline Tree Care, Rainshadow Consulting and Shaner Excavation and Tree Service LLC participated in the day-long class.

  • Mar 28th, 2013

Friel awarded CNE designation

Sandi Friel of T Williams Realty has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert designation by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute.

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Business financing workshops

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Tuesday, March 5, from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

  • Feb 26th, 2013

EDC workshop: learn to build your own website or blog

The San Juan County Economic Development Council is sponsoring a workshop on building a website or blog using WordPress, Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the San Juan Island Library, 9 a.m. to noon.

  • Jan 23rd, 2013

‘Eventide Arbor Care’ opens on Orcas

Austen Ater has opened Eventide Arbor Care on Orcas Island.

  • Jan 15th, 2013

EDC business workshop

The San Juan County Economic Development Council, in partnership with the Island County EDC and the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for APICS training in supply chain management.

  • Jan 8th, 2013

New web design business

SilverLining is a new graphic and web design business owned and operated by Krista Bouchey.

  • Dec 5th, 2012

From seed to harvest

Luke Huffstodt is a walking encyclopedia of hydroponics.

Sallie Bell is back in town

A long-time islander is back in business. Artist Sallie Bell has reopened Monkey Puzzle with a new focus: beads. They are from her collection that she's been adding to since 1980.

  • Nov 26th, 2012

EDC offers workshop on marketing on a shoestring

Need to get the word out about your business, but don’t have a big marketing budget? The San Juan County Economic Development Council will host a workshop on how to market your business inexpensively and effectively on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Orcas Island Library community room.

  • Nov 23rd, 2012