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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lopez office of San Juan Propane just got a little more oomph.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the latest offering in its Business Essentials series of workshops and seminars.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
By Martha SharonSpecial to the SounderThere are many reasons that people quit…
By STAN MATTHEWSCounty Communications Program ManagerOn Tuesday, June 17, the San Juan…
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.
Store owners benefit from "Buy Local" campaign
by CLAUDIA BRADLEYStaff reporterAfter two years of running a successful restaurant from…
Heavy and antique machinery just part of doing business
Island realty continues strong with property rental as well as real estate sales
“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.