Goodbye, Christina’s

A beloved island culinary legend, Christina's Restaurant, has shuttered its doors forever. “That day is over; Christina's is done,” said Christina Orchid, who opened her namesake establishment thirty years ago, in 1980. She said the restaurant will never open under that name again. Christina and her husband Bruce operated the restaurant together until June 15, 2008, when they arranged to sell the restaurant to Maureen Mullen, formerly of Seattle.

EDC offers free workshop on business planning and financing

In partnership with the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce and the Outlook Inn in Eastsound, the San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free all-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Tuesday, April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Jun 16th, 2010

Countywide Sustainable Living Fair and field trips May 1-2

Discover more about a sustainable lifestyle at the Sustainable Living Fair on Orcas Island, Saturday, May 1 at the Village Green in Eastsound, followed by field trips the next day. Admission to the fair is free; field trip fees vary from free to affordable. The weekend’s events are presentations in the Sustainable San Juans series, planned annually by the Stewardship Network of the San Juans.

  • Jun 16th, 2010

Islands Marine Center designated as ‘Certified Clean Marina’

Islands Marine Center, Inc on Lopez Island was recognized as a "Certified Clean Marina" under the Clean Marina Washington Program on March 30, 2010. IMC, which is now one of 47 marinas in Washington State to earn this certification, worked closely with the San Juan County Pollution Prevention Specialist and Puget Soundkeepers Alliance to qualify for the program.

  • Jun 16th, 2010

‘Best of Northwest Escapes’ Honors 30 San Juan Islands Winners

NBC Seattle affiliate KING-TV’s Evening Magazine has just announced its 2010 list of “Best of Northwest Escapes,” with categories voted upon by over 14,000 viewers and website visitors. Top 5 placement goes to 30 nominees from the San Juan Islands, including these nine in first place:

  • Jun 16th, 2010

Fire Smokehouse and Grill opens in Eastsound

The old Thai Sisters restaurant is being transformed in preparation for a sizzling summer of pulled pork, barbecued ribs, chicken, salmon and slow-fired brisket. Mac Smith and Everett Brooks, co-owners of the new Fire Smokehouse and Grill, are busy stringing up masculine decor – just think Mason jars for light fixtures, a menu scrawled on a thick slab of slate and cast-iron skillets and fishing poles for wall hangings.

  • Jun 16th, 2010

‘Islands Farm and Feast – Taste Spring in the San Juans’

The Islands Farm & Feast, coordinated by the San Juan County Agricultural Resources Committee, will include more than 15 San Juan Island farms and island restaurants serving locally grown foods. Visitors can experience everything from the farmers' market and farm tours, to cooking classes and wine releases, to educational farming workshops.

  • Jun 16th, 2010

Allium Restaurant: lilies and onions

The Chef de Cuisine from the illustrious Herbfarm in Woodinville, Wash. is coming to town. And she’s bringing with her a wickedly talented pastry chef. Hand-picked by Christina Orchid to receive the keys to the restaurant that housed Christina’s, chef Lisa Nakamura is bringing her own culinary mystique to create a new restaurant named Allium, after the lily family, which includes onions and garlic.

CherryT’s kids consignment shop opens

Orcas families looking to outfit their brood with affordable duds might be cheered to hear of CherryT’s, Eastsound’s new children’s clothing consignment shop. The store may even carry (new) kids’ socks, an island commodity so scarce and coveted that a bedraggled pair has been known to spark heated scuffles at the Exchange. Proprietor Keri Lago has teamed up with her mother, Debbie Post, to fill what they see as a big need on Orcas.

Eclipse Charters opens nature store in Eastsound

A new Eclipse Charters Wildlife Store has ensconced itself in the little…

County Council gives funds to the Economic Development Council

Local businesses will have greater access to the resources and guidance of…

A little bit of Lopez in New York: Iris Café

A popular song claims that if you can make it New York you’ll make it anywhere. If that’s true, then the future looks bright for Lopezian Rachel Graville and her new business in Brooklyn, Iris Café.

  • May 18th, 2010

Orcas Medical Foundation to discuss future of island health care

“The future of health care on Orcas Island is the topic, and…

  • Apr 9th, 2010

Orcas Book Exchange changes hands

Don Yerly has been a movie guy his entire life.But now the…

Longtime Orcas resident takes over Laura’s Clothes Horse in Eastsound

It’s no surprise that Amanda Sparks has a passion for rich textiles, luxurious fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion. She spent her childhood surrounded by clothing designers and fashion buffs. “I grew up in the costume room at Orcas Center,” she said. Her mom is theatre productions director and designer Deborah Sparks, and Deborah’s good friends, well-known textile designer Kate Geddes and her sister Rachel, who owned the Kismet shop, were a frequent presence. And another family friend, Laura Lake, carried Geddes’ designer clothing line when she first opened Laura’s Clothes Horse about 10 years ago.

Local surveyor earns federal BLM certification

Greg White, P.L.S., of Archipelago Surveying in Eastsound, is among 350 professional…

  • Mar 3rd, 2010

No ADU drawing required this year for San Juan County

County Building Official Rene Beliveau reports there will be no need to hold an ADU permit lottery this year. With a total of nine permits for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) available in 2010 and only five qualifying applications submitted before the lottery deadline each applicant will have the opportunity to submit plans and go through the permitting process.

  • Feb 25th, 2010

Good Steward awards seek nominations

It's time to submit nominations for "good stewards."They can be individuals, families,…

  • Feb 19th, 2010

Ideas sought for new logo for San Juan Islands Scenic Byway

What images represent the true essence of the San Juan Islands?Submit your…

  • Feb 19th, 2010

Eastsound Sporting Goods and 376-WEAR merge

Two local shops have undergone a winter metamorphosis. Eastsound Sporting Goods and 376-WEAR have emerged as a leaner, more efficient new entity re-named Orcas Outfitters.

Sen. Ranker’s farm internship bill passes Senate 46-0

Training and teaching the next generation of Washington’s farmers could get easier thanks to legislation passed Tuesday by the Senate. Senate Bill 6349, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, would allow internships for aspiring farmers – providing firsthand experience in their future line of work.

  • Feb 19th, 2010

Orcas Chamber announces 2010 visitor guide

Work on the Orcas Chamber of Commerce 2010 Visitor Guide and Business…

  • Jan 26th, 2010

Washington Federal’s Eastsound branch awarded for top performance

Manager Rolland Rueb and the staff of the Eastsound branch were honored…

  • Jan 20th, 2010

Madrona Point Insurance: Protecting a lifestyle

What do you have that you want to protect?This is the question…

  • Nov 21st, 2009

OPALCO website earns prestigious Davey Award

OPALCO’s website (, launched in May 2009, has won the 2009 Silver…

  • Nov 10th, 2009

OPALCO recycles old transformers

OPALCO sent two trailers full of old transformers back to the manufacturer…

  • Nov 7th, 2009

Sew n Sew: Zahn stitches up a family tradition

Donna Zahn has been sewing since she was seven years old.When she…

  • Nov 3rd, 2009

Orcas Book Exchange: Books from floor to ceiling

Sir Francis Bacon said, "Some books are to be tasted, others to…

  • Oct 3rd, 2009

New owner plans to take Chimayo back in time

As a man known for his Mediterranean cooking, it seemed logical that…

Professional sports management firm opens office in Eastsound

MPC Sports Worldwide recently opened a corporate office in Eastsound. Run by…

  • Sep 22nd, 2009

Island Automotive celebrates 30 years with give-aways

How does an Orcas business celebrate 30 years on the island? They…

  • Sep 17th, 2009

Lopez Village Market breaks ground for new facility

Lopezians will soon be walking the aisles of a brand new market.On…

  • Sep 17th, 2009

New owners of Windermere San Juan Island: Gary Franklin and Scott family of Skagit Valley

Gary Franklin, broker of Windermere San Juan Island, is joining forces with…

  • Aug 27th, 2009

Orcas Alchemy sells specialty sugars and salts

Lisa Trifiro wasn't always a foodie. But after discovering the excitement of…

VanderYacht Propane branches out to Orcas

VanderYacht Propane is a family-owned, multi-generational business that can now include Orcas…

OPALCO fuel mix: 95 percent greenhouse gas free

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative received its 2008 fuel mix report from…

  • Jul 8th, 2009

Local business to be featured at Smithsonian Folklife Festival in D.C.

Bossy’s Feltworks, an Orcas based handcrafts business, has been chosen to have…

  • Jun 30th, 2009

OPALCO line crew trains in pole-top rescue

OPALCO’s line crew is well trained. In addition to the statewide three-year…

  • Jun 11th, 2009