Gymnastic business opens on Orcas

Every week Orcas kids gather for an afternoon of tumbling, handstands, vaulting,…

Chimayo restaurant reopening after fire

After months of renovating her fire-damaged restaurant, it was a turning point…

San Juan County opens email information service for builders

The Community Development and Planning department is setting up an email news…

  • Apr 17th, 2009

Business Essentials mini-series April 21 and 22

A new Business Essentials mini-series, sponsored by the Orcas Chamber of Commerce,…

  • Apr 14th, 2009

Mermaid greets customers at Crescent Beach Kayak

Crescent Beach Kayak is getting ready for the summer season in artistic…

  • Apr 13th, 2009

Slight bump in February home sales and prices in San Juan County

Amid frigid temperatures and frigid economy, a ray of sunshine peeked through…

  • Mar 25th, 2009

San Juan County jobless rate 7.5 percent; second-lowest in state

The job picture in San Juan County is … well, it could…

  • Mar 25th, 2009

Turtleback Farm Inn listed in National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler selected Orcas Islands’ Turtleback Farm Inn to be in…

  • Mar 16th, 2009

Kiki’s Kafe says goodbye

Kiki’s Kafe closed its doors on Friday, March 13. Barista Beth Roberts…

  • Mar 16th, 2009

Building homes for the full spectrum of Orcas Island

After finishing architecture school, Matthew Maher had a desire to build simple, sturdy, self-contained units. That is the foundation of his new Orcas business, Stem.

  • Mar 11th, 2009

Olga power station upgrade close to completion

Residents of Olga have seen a lot of activity since December at the power station on Pt. Lawrence Road and experienced two power outages. It’s all part of the upgrading of the power station that was built in the 1970s.

  • Feb 24th, 2009

Orcas Island Farmers’ Market hires new manager

The Orcas Island Farmers’ Market (OIFM) has hired Charly Robinson as the new market manager.

  • Feb 24th, 2009

Fisherman Bay Road project to start soon

The San Juan County Public Works Department reports that design work and permitting have been completed on the $2.5 million Fisherman Bay Road improvement project on Lopez Island, and right of way preparation work will begin shortly. Major construction is scheduled to begin in April and completed by the end of August. Federal and State grants totaling approximately $1.50 million will cover nearly 60 percent of the total project cost.

  • Feb 16th, 2009

Orcas accounting firm merges

Eastsound and Lopez accounting firm Haweley & Nicholson PS has merged with Mount Vernon area Hilsinger & Company SJI PS to form Hilsinger & Company SJI PS. Sandra Hawley and Beth Nicholson will continue to offer a full range of accounting services, including tax preparation, bookkeeping audits, consulting and valuations in Eastsound.

  • Feb 16th, 2009

Portofino’s Pizzeria has new owners

Portofino’s Pizzeria has new owners. Owners who are new to this restaurant, but who are certainly not new to the restaurant business or to Orcas Island.

  • Jan 13th, 2009

There is still time to order holiday wreaths

Holidays wreaths are still available to order from the Orcas Montessori School. They are the perfect compliment to your home, business, or as a great gift for clients, family, and friends. Now in its 14th year, this is the benchmark fundraiser for Orcas Montessori.

  • Dec 9th, 2008

San Juan Propane expands Lopez office

The Lopez office of San Juan Propane just got a little more oomph.

  • Dec 9th, 2008

Bohéme, hippy-chic clothing store, opens on Orcas Island

It was the love of a building that led to a whirlwind two weeks of renovation, a new career for one of the owners, and to the opening of Bohéme, the new clothing store that opened in August.

  • Oct 8th, 2008

SJC Council expresses concern about Rosario Closing

The San Juan County Council today expressed concern about the imminent closing of the Rosario Resort on Orcas Island. The resort, centered around the 100-year-old Rosario mansion built by shipbuilder Robert Moran, is an island landmark and one of the island’s largest employers.

  • Sep 11th, 2008

Orcas Spa and Health Club has strong new owners

A little more than a month ago, Angela Douglas was employed as the full-time mother of three-year-old Isabella, and Thaddeus Douglas was working full-time as the foreman for an Orcas construction firm and working out at the Orcas Spa and Athletics. Today, as they make plans for their one-year wedding anniversary, they both have the same jobs but have added ownership of the health club to their responsibilities.

  • Sep 11th, 2008

Veldman’s San Juan Insurance expands islanders’ options

It was a chance meeting in an elevator in Dublin, Ireland that led to Eric Veldman moving from Boise, Idaho to Orcas Island to become the owner of the only island based insurance company - San Juan Insurance.

  • Sep 10th, 2008

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce offers another “Business Essentials” course

The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the latest offering in its Business Essentials series of workshops and seminars.

  • Sep 3rd, 2008

San Juan Land Bank aquires Judd Cove property

After spending the better part of a year in a holding pattern waiting for financing to come through, the San Juan County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to accept the deed to Judd Cove property on Orcas Island.

  • Sep 2nd, 2008

Local group offers to assist buyer of Rosario Resort

Members of the Economic Development Council (EDC) of San Juan County met with public and private leaders on Thursday, Aug. 28 and committed to providing assistance to prospective purchasers of Rosario Resort.

  • Sep 2nd, 2008

Lopez Island welcomes new bike biz

“We recognize and rejoice in the virtues of bicycling, and we want to do what we can to encourage bicycling on the island (and beyond) as a way of life,” says Don George of Black Dog Bicycles on Lopez Island. George worked for over 25 years with Burley Bicyles, a formerly worker-owned business co-op headquartered in Eugene, Ore. George and his wife Desla moved to Lopez in 2005, after the Burley name was sold to a private party.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Orcas couple opens chocolate shop in Eastsound Square

The locally produced food scene just got sweeter this week. A new chocolaterie, Kathryn Taylor Chocolates, opened this month in the Eastsound Square. Ted and Susan Aspinall have created an intimate space where one can savor hand-made chocolates – many using local ingredients – pastries, espressos, tea, or chocolate beverages such as champurrado or nina.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Tobacco Costs to Employers and Employees

By Martha SharonSpecial to the SounderThere are many reasons that people quit…

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Council Votes to Continue Subsidies on Owner-Builder Permit Fees

By STAN MATTHEWSCounty Communications Program ManagerOn Tuesday, June 17, the San Juan…

  • Jun 19th, 2008

Citing real estate market woes, Coldwell Banker Orcas Island closes shop

On Saturday, May 31, Coldwell Banker Orcas Island closed the doors of the historic church manse it occupied on North Beach Road in Eastsound. Martha Warachowski, temporary designated broker for the business, made the tough decision on Monday, May 26, when plans to continue the business under the brokership of longtime Realtor Harvey Olsan and management by Realtor Jeff Miles (temporary designated broker) fell through.

  • Jun 19th, 2008

2007: a good year for Eastsound businesses

Store owners benefit from "Buy Local" campaign

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Thai Sisters opens in new location Jan. 22

by CLAUDIA BRADLEYStaff reporterAfter two years of running a successful restaurant from…

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Earthworks Mobile Repair comes to you

Heavy and antique machinery just part of doing business

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Ken and Karen Speck celebrate Cherie Lindholm’s 40 years

Island realty continues strong with property rental as well as real estate sales

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Mother-daughter partners open Aesthetica

“Fill your space in a beautiful way.” This is the vision of Aesthetica, Orcas’ newest store/gallery, which opens on Thursday, May 1 at 269 Main Street, Eastsound. The artistic concept for Aesthetica grew out of the passion for creating and collecting unique works of art for home and garden, shared by the mother/daughter team of Siouxz Duncan and Lori Wix.

  • Jun 18th, 2008