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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.