New cider source on Orcas

Libby Garcia opened Boathouse Cider Works to keep herself busy so that…

New owners for Orcas Freight

Two Orcas couples are collaborating as business owners. Bob and Gail Toombs…

  • Sep 13th, 2017

Nuñez Services offers landscaping, fence building and property maintenance

Juan Nuñez and his wife Mindy Harris have launched Nuñez Services based…

Orcas Pest Control, an Orcas Island-based pest control service

A young island entrepreneur has identified an opportunity to create a new…

  • Aug 10th, 2017

Life is short; eat tacos | New Mexican restaurant opens

Everyone is all smiles at the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in Eastsound. For…

The Exchange introduces management team

Orcas Recycling Services has a management team for the new Exchange reuse…

  • Jul 16th, 2017

Doe Bay Wine Company opens bottle shop

Doe Bay Wine Company has announced that it will be opening a…

  • Jul 12th, 2017

A journey of two | Certified midwife comes to Orcas

As a kid, Tamary Baz had posters of pregnant women on her…

Orcas woman opens online therapy program

by Jennifer Lehr Special to the Sounder I remember as a kid…

  • May 26th, 2017

Island Pie is serving up the ‘za | Pizza place opens in Deer Harbor

On the western shores of Orcas Island, restaurants are a rarity. But…

New craft store in Eastsound

The San Juans don’t have a Michaels or a Jo-Ann – but…

The acupuncturist who makes home visits

Danielle Dyer sailed into Deer Harbor on a mission: to bring her…

Nurse practitioner Pickard at Orcas Island Family Medicine

Kirsten E. Pickard, ARNP has joined the practice at Orcas Island Family…

  • Apr 18th, 2017

Mara Williams to start practicing at the Healing Arts Center

With over 35 years as a healthcare provider, Mara Williams is a…

  • Mar 30th, 2017

Frausto takes over Windsock Excavators

Long-time excavator Justin Frausto is the new general manager of Windsock Farms…

New investment consulting firm based on Orcas Island

Paula Treneer, hailing originally from Seattle, has recently re-located from Paris, France…

  • Mar 15th, 2017

Woodland Tax Solutions celebrates opening

Lopez resident Sara Waugh has started a new accounting and tax preparation…

Love and business: new owners of Barnacle

The Barnacle in Eastsound reopened on Jan. 15 under the care of…

  • Feb 4th, 2017

Weekly tech classes

Submitted by Rock Island Rock Island has been hard at work bringing…

  • Feb 1st, 2017

WSU Extension office seeks Ag Program Coordinator

Dust off your resumes and tell your friends. WSU Extension has opened…

  • Jan 30th, 2017

Wild Island: healthy, local food options

For a midday boost of fresh juice, nutritious rice bowls and strong…

New chimney sweeping business

Cody Phillips has opened “Cody’s Chimney Sweep and Gutter Cleaning” on Orcas…

  • Jan 17th, 2017

EDC presents cyber security workshop for businesses

Cybersecurity is not just for large businesses. Small and mid-sized businesses are…

  • Dec 7th, 2016

Bredin is new herbalist at Healing Arts Center

A recent transplant from Waldron Island, Kristy Bredin is a new practicing herbalist at the Healing Arts Center in Eastsound.

  • Jul 5th, 2016

New chef at West Sound Café

West Sound Café will open for the 2016 season re-energized by new chef Dirul Shamsid-Deen.

  • Apr 5th, 2016

Rosario Resort hires new chef

Rosario Resort and Spa has announced the hiring of Chef Raymond Southern as Executive Chef.

  • Nov 30th, 2015

Economic developent council offers workshop on government contracts

Are you interested in doing business with the government? Join the San Juan Economic Development Council for a two-hour seminar on San Juan Island, which will provide information on the goods and services that state and federal agencies buy, and how they buy them. The workshop will also cover San Juan County's designation as a HUBZone by the Small Business Administration, which gives local businesses an edge over others competing for government contracts.

  • Nov 25th, 2015

Economic Development Council to offer free workshop on business planning and financing

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Orcas Island Library.

  • Nov 4th, 2015

Sustainable forest products on Blakely Island

Dave Snavely’s world has come full circle.In 1984 he graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in forest science. He spent the next 23 years working as a general contractor, and met Tom Crowley while working on Blakely Island.

  • Oct 14th, 2015

VP Mike Greene steps down from Rock Island

Rock Island Communications founder Mike Greene, who has most recently been serving as vice president of technology, has announced that he will be leaving the company as of Oct. 15.

  • Oct 2nd, 2015

EDC contest

Entrepreneurs can bring their business ideas to the next level in the first annual EDC Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition, created by the San Juan County Economic Development Council.

  • Sep 15th, 2015

San Juan County finances review

With all this good news, you must be asking yourself why I’m always whining about county revenues not keeping up with expenditures.

  • Sep 9th, 2015

New ‘Made in the San Juans’ brand

The San Juan Islands Made brand was established to help protect the integrity and value of locally manufactured, fished and timbered goods.

  • Sep 4th, 2015

Sticks and Stones Outdoor Services opens

The two, who are born and raised on Orcas, have opened Sticks and Stones Outdoor Services.

New owner of San Juan Insurance

Darrell Brayer has purchased San Juan Insurance Services and moved the agency to a new location at 19 Fishing Alley Suite B, off Main Street, next to the Washington Federal building.

  • Jul 9th, 2015

Orcas Island artist’s work featured on beer bottles

An Orcas Island artist has been selected by the Blue Moon Brewing Company to help celebrate the company's 20 years of brewing.

  • Jul 9th, 2015

EDC to hold luncheon

Noted economists Dr. Hart Hodges and Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman will be featured guest speakers at the Economic Development Council’s annual “Economics” luncheon.

  • Jun 9th, 2015

New ice cream shop opens in Eastsound

April Pollock is the manager of Clever Cow Creamery, an ice cream shop, which is opening early June in the Eastsound Square on the street side.

  • May 26th, 2015

Orcas Wild Interpretative Center opens in Eastsound

Orcas Wild, a new interpretive wildlife center, is opening in Eastsound across from the Episcopal Church on Main Street.

Glamping is now at Moran

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has teamed up with Wanderlust Camps to offer a new style of luxury camping at Moran State Park on Orcas Island.

  • Apr 29th, 2015