Business

The harvest is bountiful at Orcas Farmers’ Market

To kids heading back to school, the summer is almost over, but the Orcas Island Farmers’ Market is very much at its peak. Farm stalls are bursting at the seams with produce. Chard, squash, greens, corn, onions, potatoes, garlic, cucumbers for your pickling pleasure, and - thank goodness – FINALLY, nice ripe red tomatoes!

  • Sep 8th, 2011

San Juans EDC hosts free business planning class

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on San Juan Island, on Monday, Sept. 19, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The course will be presented by James McCafferty, director of the Skagit/San Juan Islands Small Business Development Center and a management consultant for over 10 years.

  • Sep 8th, 2011

San Juan County destinations featured in ‘Woman’s World magazine

Several San Juan County destinations were featured in the Aug. 29 issue of Woman's World weekly magazine. "This is the third time in six years that we’ve been able to get the San Juan Islands featured as a Woman’s World recommended travel destination," said San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Public Relations Manager Robin Jacobson.

  • Aug 25th, 2011

A sip of Lopez on Orcas Island: Lopez Vineyards opens Tasting Room in Eastsound

Organically grown, crushed by purple-stained, juicy dancing feet and slowly fermented to perfection, their blackberry and raspberry wines are a taste of Lopez Island’s unique character. Then there’s crisp, fruity Madeleine Angevine, the spicy dry Siegerrebe and a merriment between the two: Wave Crest White. Orcas Island, Lopez has come to town.

  • Jul 26th, 2011

Orcas Taxi is now open for business

Orcas Island Taxi is now up and running and servicing the entire community 24 hours a day.

  • Jul 22nd, 2011

Fresh food and beverages now offered at the airport

An Orcas Island husband and wife team has opened a fresh food and beverage machine at the airport.

  • Jul 11th, 2011

Agave Restaurant and Tequila Bar opens in Eastsound

Agave Restaurant and Tequila Bar has opened in Eastsound inside the building that used to house Ecotopian. Owner Kathy Lunde has painted the walls a light terra-cotta color, put up colorful paintings by Sadie Bailey, and opened the patio for outdoor seating.

All Islands Home Inspections receives WSU grant

Orcas Island business All Islands Home Inspections was one of only 40 Washington State University grant recipients statewide.

  • Jun 30th, 2011

Orcas Digerati company offers information services on Orcas

Photographer and 13-year Orcas resident Martin Taylor has launched a new business, Orcas Digerati. The information services company will offer company and personal Web sites.

  • Jun 22nd, 2011

Orcas Island’s “eNotations” publishes fifth electronic book

The Orcas Island firm captained by John Ashenhurst, Chris Thomerson and David Sarver has announced the publication of its fifth book, "The eNotated Metamorphosis.” Jens Kruse, part-time Orcas resident and Professor of German at Wellesley, served as the book’s eNotator.

  • Jun 12th, 2011

Golden strings: Matthew Olson teaches all ages

When practice equals gelato, it’s hard to put down that violin.Matthew Olson,…

County builders certified in weatherization through EDC and Northwest Workforce Council

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) and the Northwest Workforce Council are pleased to announce that the Weatherization Tech Training program has enabled nine San Juan County builders to expand their knowledge base to include retrofitting and weatherization techniques.

  • Jun 1st, 2011

Bathan Shaner completes arborist certification

He is a man who knows his trees.Bathan Shaner has nearly a…

Community offerings at Ama Tara

Ama Tara Center is once again offering its Barefoot Doctor Community Acupuncture…

  • May 27th, 2011

Portofino’s Pizzeria has reopened under original ownership

Original owner Woody DeWoody has been away from Portofino’s Pizzeria for a little over two years. He says he’s been fishing. This morning he reopened the pizzeria and dished up a few pizzas to customers excited to see him back spinning dough, loading on the toppings and tossing ‘em into the oven. “I think it’s fantastic,” said Kathy Rosa, a regular Portofino’s customer. “Every town needs a pizza joint. I went there today and it was absolutely wonderful.”

Lopez navy veterans open ‘Ye Scurvy Dogs’ hot dog shop

After traveling around the world and sailing all of the seven seas, US Navy veterans Jay and Deanna Brant say they are ready to release a bit of their ‘inner pirates.’ On Saturday, May 21 they’ll open their new hot dog business, ‘Ye Scurvy Dogs’ in Lopez Village. Their pirate theme is evident, from their Jolly Roger style logo with a skull and hot dogs instead of bones, to their motto, ‘The Heartiest Hot Dogs In The Salish Sea.'

  • May 13th, 2011

Bellingham-based Mt. Baker Cable restores Orcas cable service

A Bellingham-based cable company has negotiated with the county to restore cable television and broadband internet service to Orcas Island. Mt. Baker Cable, owned by Dan Adams, has restored service to much of the island and is hoping to expand in the future. “We were asked to take care of some abandoned cables by the Deer Harbor fire department,” said Adams. “We were going to tear the old cable system down, but then I started researching, and I approached OPALCO to find out more.”

New Eastsound Electronics store opens in Eastsound

New Eastsound Electronics has sprung open for business and is ready to keep islanders streaming, surfing, texting and all-around wired to their hearts’ content. The shop is owned by former Radio Shack manager Kyle Koepcke, who said the personal electronics store will carry many of the items previously offered by the now defunct store.

Westsound Cafe and Kingfish Inn to reopen

Nanae and Richard Fralick just couldn’t let the historic old inn and beloved community café fade into the annals of eateries past. So when the Kingfish Inn and Westsound Café came up for sale in Dec. 2010, they bought it. “We love the building very much,” said Nanae. “One of the reasons we got into this is we were sitting here [at the café] eating and we felt so sad it was going to go away. It was our favorite place to eat.”

Otters Pond B&B recipes place in national menu contest

Otters Pond Bed and Breakfast of Orcas Island received a commemorative plate…

  • Apr 8th, 2011

After 20 years, Portofino Pizzeria says goodbye

The owner of Orcas Island’s longest running pizzeria had to make a…

Island girls open massage studio

They grew up together and later pursued the same line of work.…

EDC to offer workshop on social media and SIM

Social media is revolutionizing the way we use the Internet, and its…

  • Mar 15th, 2011

Vern’s Bayside closes

It's the end of an era.Vern's Bayside, a long-standing Eastsound business, closed…

  • Mar 14th, 2011

EDC announces ‘Energy Retrofit Training’ for contractors

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) announces Energy Efficiency Retrofit…

  • Mar 9th, 2011

EDC announces move to new location, new board members

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC), the state- and municipality-funded…

  • Mar 9th, 2011

EDC workshop on government contracts

Join the Economic Development Council for a two-hour seminar on Orcas Island…

  • Mar 3rd, 2011

Higginson Law Offices becomes Higginson Beyer

Long-time San Juan County attorney Carla J. Higginson has formed a partnership…

  • Mar 1st, 2011

Bidders and vendors briefing for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center

Howard S. Wright Constructors (HSWC) will host a bidders and vendors briefing for the PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center project on Monday, Feb. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the San Juan Fire District #3 Building located at 1011 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor. All interested potential bidders and vendors are invited and encouraged to attend.

  • Feb 23rd, 2011

Lopez art co-op accepting SJC artists

The Grand Opening of the new Lopez Island’s Co-op of Fine Crafters,…

  • Feb 17th, 2011

Starfish Marine offers boaters electrical and electronic work

Recreational and commercial boaters in need of electrical or electronic work have a new option in town: Starfish Marine.

San Juan Preservation Trust hires Barbara Courtney

The San Juan Preservation Trust has announced that it has hired a…

  • Feb 10th, 2011

Islanders invent eNotated electronic books for Amazon’s Kindle device

Ireland’s isle of Iona boasts the “Book of Kells,” an intricately illuminated manuscript of the Vulgate gospels created by first century Celtic monks. Orcas Island has eNotated Classics, created by a trio of island presidents.

Golf Course begins first phase of building nine home sites

Anyone driving by the Orcas Golf Course has seen the recent construction…

  • Jan 19th, 2011

EDC to offer free workshop on business planning and financing on Lopez Island

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Lopez Island, Monday, Jan. 10 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Lopez Center.

  • Jan 3rd, 2011

Tee-Jay’s Cafe opens in Odd Fellows

The Odd Fellows kitchen, on Madrona Point, has a new food venue. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week from 11 a.m.. to 8 p.m., they call themselves Tee-Jay’s Cafe.

  • Dec 30th, 2010

San Juan Interiors opens Eastsound showroom

San Juan Interiors is rolling out the carpet on Orcas Island. The Friday Harbor-based business opened a new showroom in Eastsound on Dec. 20, offering a range of coverings for the home and office, including flooring, natural stone, tile, countertops, and window shades.

Eric Crowe named district manager of San Juan Propane

Eric Crowe has been named district manager of San Juan Propane's Orcas Island Branch.

  • Dec 14th, 2010