Business

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

Wetland consulting business opens on Orcas

He’s always been an outdoorsman. Now Ted Tidrington gets paid to study the Orcas Island environment.

Dragonfruit cafe: American breakfast, Asian lunch

Captain Dragonfruit sailed the Indian Ocean, a would-be pirate hunter lured into the world of exotic foods by epicurean taste buds. Now the 18th Century sailor is the namesake of a new Eastsound eatery: Dragonfruit Cafe.

Washington Federal’s Rollie Rueb awarded lifetime achievement award

Rolland (Rollie) Rueb, Washington Federal’s Eastsound Branch Manager, has been given the company’s lifetime achievement award.

  • Nov 30th, 2010

EDC offers agriculture management workshops

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present two two-hour workshops…

  • Nov 24th, 2010

Statewide survey on broadband services

The Washington State Department of Information Services is working on a statewide…

  • Nov 24th, 2010

New website for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center

A new website is available showing the services, building plans and background…

  • Nov 23rd, 2010

EDC presents free “Sticky Marketing” workshop

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free workshop on Nov. 16 called “Making it Stick: Crafting a Message They'll Remember,” taught by writer and English teacher Ian Byington. The workshop will be held from 9‐11 a.m. at Skagit Valley College’s Friday Harbor campus downstairs community room.

  • Nov 4th, 2010

Orcas Family Health, The Kitchen recieve 2010 Chamber awards

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce board president Michell Marshall presented inaugural awards before a packed crowd of members and friends at the chamber's annual membership meeting, Oct. 27.

  • Oct 29th, 2010

Fifth annual Garlic Fest at Doe Bay

Celebrate the Stinking Rose at Doe Bay Café.Its Fifth Annual Garlic Feast…

  • Oct 27th, 2010

Dr. Giefer named faculty consultant for UW-WSU course

Orcas Medical Center’s Medical Director, Dr. Tony Giefer, will be a faculty…

  • Oct 19th, 2010

Sea View Theater now open for community events

The Sea View Theater has brought a little bit of Hollywood to…