Business

Sarah Shaefer and Nicole Kraayeveld at their new store.

Two dreams coming true

Two long-time friends have collaborated to open a vintage storefront in Eastsound.

  • Jun 17th, 2014
Sarah Shaefer and Nicole Kraayeveld at their new store.
Ezra

Furniture built to last

When Lila Richardson started shopping for kids’ furniture, she was discouraged by the particle board and toxic finishes used on most products.

Ezra
Lori Wilson

Acupuncturist opens up on Orcas

Lori Wilson has started a new acupuncture clinic on Orcas Island. Wilson, LAC, Dip. AC has opened Soaring Crane Healing in the Village Plaza Building #103 (behind Enzos).

  • Jun 9th, 2014
Lori Wilson

EDC hosts ‘Business Cafe’

The San Juan County Economic Development Council invites business entrepreneurs to the first EDC Business Café event on Thursday, May 29 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Orcas Hotel.

  • May 27th, 2014
Chef Eli Baird with owners Kawika and Meagan McGuire.

New sushi restaurant opens in Eastsound

Flyin’ Hawaiian Sushi officially opened its doors at 432 North Beach Road on May 16.

  • May 21st, 2014
Chef Eli Baird with owners Kawika and Meagan McGuire.
Alexander Schemkes at his winery.

Winery opens on Orcas

A father and son shared a dream to craft one of the finest wines that Washington has to offer, and that dream has become a reality in Orcas Island Winery.

  • May 20th, 2014
Alexander Schemkes at his winery.

Finance 101 workshop

Gaining control over finances is one of the most important skills to learn as a business owner or an individual.

  • May 6th, 2014

Business class

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a freehalf-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Wednesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. until noon. Advance registration is required.

  • Apr 17th, 2014

CenturyLink is working on service reliability

CenturyLink, Inc. as part of its ongoing commitment to its customers in San Juan County, is actively working to provide network redundancy.

  • Mar 12th, 2014
Mai Lan in her new store.

Dreams come true at the Laughing Dragon

Even as a little girl, Mai Lan had a dream of owning a shop and restaurant. With the recent opening of Laughing Dragon Asian Market in addition to her eatery at Odd Fellows Hall, her childhood daydreams are now a full day’s work.

Mai Lan in her new store.
Island patrons enjoying the fare at the new White Horse Pub in Eastsound.

New pub in town

Although it’s right on Main Street and has a waterfront view, the old Vern’s Bayside building sat vacant for more than two years.

  • Jan 29th, 2014
Island patrons enjoying the fare at the new White Horse Pub in Eastsound.
Samantha and Carson Sprenger.

Rain Shadow Consulting opens

Rain Shadow Consulting, founded in 2005 by Carson and Samantha Sprenger, provides an array of environmental and forestry services. With Waldron roots and a recent five-year residence on Shaw, Rain Shadow recently opened an office in Eastsound.

  • Jan 29th, 2014
Samantha and Carson Sprenger.

Lopez Island Vineyards wins big

“Best of the Best” Great Northwest Wine Judging results are in. This judging of northwest Gold Medal winning wines is an annual event, where wines of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia are reviewed by an experienced panel of judges.

  • Jan 29th, 2014

When does it become gossip?

Privacy on our island is hard won. All of us have stories about how quickly information travels from one end of the island to the next. There are some particular challenges that befall business owners on Orcas Island: finances, personnel issues, spreading of second hand information.

  • Jan 21st, 2014
Maryann Syers (left) and Bonnie Burg (right).

From Minnesota to Orcas

Maryann Syers and Bonnie Burg are bringing decades of therapy experience to the Orcas community.

Maryann Syers (left) and Bonnie Burg (right).

Finance class at library

The Orcas Public Library continues its spring Money Smart program series with a free class, “Your Financial Health, End-of-Year Checkup,” on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 to 7 p.m.

  • Nov 6th, 2013
April and Clyde Duke on the stage at Random Howse on North Beach Road in Eastsound.

A new gathering place

With its vast, shiny wood floors, cozy fireplace and intimate stage setting, Random Howse is primed to be an entertainment hot spot.

April and Clyde Duke on the stage at Random Howse on North Beach Road in Eastsound.
Tina Roye (l) and Susan Malins (r) of Score! Nifty Thrifty.

Filling an island need

When a fire claimed the Exchange, two women went into action to fill a void in the Orcas community.

  • Oct 29th, 2013
Tina Roye (l) and Susan Malins (r) of Score! Nifty Thrifty.
The women of Orcas Fire and Rescue

Volunteer firefighters and EMTs at Orcas Fire and Rescue

The women of Orcas Fire and Rescue, from left to right (see photo): Lindsay Schirmer, Pat Ayers, Heather Thomas, Jessica Haug with her daughters Ginger and Wylie, Rachel Harvey, Shawn Petro, Rita Harvey, Maria Nutt, Jill Sherman, Jaylin Peacock and Jenole Peacock.

  • Oct 22nd, 2013
The women of Orcas Fire and Rescue
Wendy Thomas in her shop Chez Chloe on Main Street. Chez Chloe’s hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chez Chloe is back in town

Wendy Thomas is a world traveler whose multifaceted shop reflects just that. After spending another three years out of the country in Hamburg Germany, Thomas has returned to Orcas Island. From European olive oil to letter-pressed stationary, Chez Chloe is back and better than ever.

  • Oct 22nd, 2013
Wendy Thomas in her shop Chez Chloe on Main Street. Chez Chloe’s hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From left to right: Anne Marie Schultz

Centerworks: a place for strength and healing

Pilates is not just conditioning for your body, it’s also a workout for your mind, according to Anne Marie Schultz, owner of Center Works, Pilates and Wellness Studio.

From left to right: Anne Marie Schultz
Swaran Dhaliwal with her kitten Flash. He and his brother Lightning were adopted from the Orcas Animal Shelter.

Dr. Dhaliwal: holistic approach to veterinary service

Ancient Eastern wisdom enhances conventional veterinary medicine at Orcas Veterinary Service with the addition of veterinary acupuncturist Swaran Dhaliwal, born and raised in Singapore.

  • Oct 22nd, 2013
Swaran Dhaliwal with her kitten Flash. He and his brother Lightning were adopted from the Orcas Animal Shelter.
Mariah Buck

Heart of real estate

After traveling the globe, Mariah Buck found her passion right here at home. While she always planned to work internationally, the allure of real estate called to her and now Buck manages the largest office on Orcas Island.

Mariah Buck

OPALCO board opening

The OPALCO Board of Directors accepted John Bogert’s resignation on Sept. 27 with appreciation for his five years of service.

  • Oct 1st, 2013
Jared Lovejoy in his new cocktail bar The Barnacle in Eastsound. It is open everyday from 4 p.m. to midnight

The Barnacle is here to stay

The new restaurant nestled in a tiny cottage on Prune Alley has been offering craft cocktails and local tapas since April.

Jared Lovejoy in his new cocktail bar The Barnacle in Eastsound. It is open everyday from 4 p.m. to midnight
Glenna Hall

Hall joins OPALCO board

OPALCO Board of Directors appointed Glenna Hall of San Juan Island to fill the vacant seat for District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Speiden) on July 18. The seat was vacated in May when George Mulligan resigned from the board.

  • Aug 6th, 2013
Glenna Hall

Students to attend ‘Business Week’

For the past five years, the Chamber of Commerce and its members have been instrumental in sending Orcas school students to Business Week, a week-long educational experience geared toward developing business skills for their future.

  • Aug 6th, 2013

Jamie Cier named branch manager

Washington Federal has named Jamie Cier the new branch manager of the Eastsound office. Cier, a resident of Eastsound, previously served as a commercial escrow officer at Stewart Title in Denver, Colo.

  • Aug 5th, 2013
L-R: David Ellertsen and Lee Horswill

Brown Bear is open for business

Despite a harrowing car accident, a Las Vegas couple opens new bakery on Orcas Island

L-R: David Ellertsen and Lee Horswill

How is business this year?

The San Juan County Economic Development Council would like to know how local businesses are doing in 2013.

  • Jul 16th, 2013

Coffee drive-thru opens in Eastsound

Coffee-on-the-go is coming to Orcas and friends of long-time islander Amanda Sparks can't wait.

  • Jul 2nd, 2013
Senator Maria Cantwell (l) and Jill Blankenship.

Senator Cantwell meets with islander Jill Blankenship

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) met with the winner of the Small Business Administration’s 2013 Washington state Small Business Person of the Year award recipient Jill Blankenship on June 20.

  • Jun 25th, 2013
Senator Maria Cantwell (l) and Jill Blankenship.
Andrew and Emily with Alma.

Print shop now open for summer

It will only be here for a brief time and they are going to make the most of it.

Andrew and Emily with Alma.
Michele Wiley is now in the Madrona Point Insurance office at 365 North Beach Road. She can be reached at 376-5707.

Insurance with a smile

Michele Wiley admits it’s a funny thing to be enthusiastic about, but that doesn’t stop her from loving her job.

Michele Wiley is now in the Madrona Point Insurance office at 365 North Beach Road. She can be reached at 376-5707.
Libi Geddes in her new store Springboard in Eastsound.

It’s all about the artists at Springboard

It’s all about the hand-made at Libi Geddes’ new store Springboard in Eastsound.

  • May 17th, 2013
Libi Geddes in her new store Springboard in Eastsound.
Jill Blankenship owns Frontline Call Center on Orcas Island.

Blakenship named ‘Small Business Person of the Year’

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2013 Washington state Small Business Person of the Year is Jill Blankenship. She is the chief executive officer of Frontline Call Center in Eastsound, Wash.

  • Apr 29th, 2013
Jill Blankenship owns Frontline Call Center on Orcas Island.

‘Europe in Crisis’ lecture

The Orcas Library will host “Europe in Crisis – the Future of the Euro” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Eastsound Fire Hall.

  • Apr 25th, 2013

OICF to host workshop on nonprofit financials

The Orcas Island Community Foundation presents “Nonprofit Financial Statements - Part 2” with Erin Welch of Jacobson Jarvis and Co. on Thursday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Eastsound Fire Hall.

  • Apr 24th, 2013

‘Money Smart Week’ at Orcas Library

Money Smart Week is coming to the Orcas Library for the second year.The program started as a Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago program 10 years ago. After partnering with the American Library Association, Washington state has been doing it for three years. The focus is free, unbiased consumer financial education.

  • Apr 17th, 2013

Social media for businesses

“Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media Marketing” will be presented on Thursday April 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Victorian Room, Outlook Inn

  • Apr 4th, 2013