Business

‘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
Lisa and Raul Rios have opened Mijitas restaurant in Eastsound.

Mijitas: blending cultures in the kitchen

Mijitas means “My Darlings.” It is named for their daughters Lucy, who is four and Emilia, who is three. Both girls can’t wait to work in their parents’ restaurant. Lucy wants to “pass the food” and Emilia would like to be a chef.

Lisa and Raul Rios have opened Mijitas restaurant in Eastsound.

Wood’s Cove is closing

"I have been in this great spot for 20 years, so now, I will take some time off on Orcas Island," said owner Ginny Lu Wood. "

  • Mar 28th, 2013
Phoenix Welty (far left) rescues Keegan Cookston. Jeff Wakefield with Ascension Group NW instructing (far right) looks on.

Island arborists learn safety

Employees from Baisch Tree Service, Island Skyline Tree Care, Rainshadow Consulting and Shaner Excavation and Tree Service LLC participated in the day-long class.

  • Mar 28th, 2013
Phoenix Welty (far left) rescues Keegan Cookston. Jeff Wakefield with Ascension Group NW instructing (far right) looks on.
Sandi Friel of T Williams Realty

Friel awarded CNE designation

Sandi Friel of T Williams Realty has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert designation by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute.

  • Mar 13th, 2013
Sandi Friel of T Williams Realty

Business financing workshops

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Tuesday, March 5, from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

  • Feb 26th, 2013

EDC workshop: learn to build your own website or blog

The San Juan County Economic Development Council is sponsoring a workshop on building a website or blog using WordPress, Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the San Juan Island Library, 9 a.m. to noon.

  • Jan 23rd, 2013

‘Eventide Arbor Care’ opens on Orcas

Austen Ater has opened Eventide Arbor Care on Orcas Island.

  • Jan 15th, 2013

EDC business workshop

The San Juan County Economic Development Council, in partnership with the Island County EDC and the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for APICS training in supply chain management.

  • Jan 8th, 2013
Krista Bouchey just opened SilverLining.

New web design business

SilverLining is a new graphic and web design business owned and operated by Krista Bouchey.

  • Dec 5th, 2012
Krista Bouchey just opened SilverLining.
Matt (in back) and Luke Huffstodt in their new store.

From seed to harvest

Luke Huffstodt is a walking encyclopedia of hydroponics.

Matt (in back) and Luke Huffstodt in their new store.
Sallie Bell

Sallie Bell is back in town

A long-time islander is back in business. Artist Sallie Bell has reopened Monkey Puzzle with a new focus: beads. They are from her collection that she's been adding to since 1980.

  • Nov 26th, 2012
Sallie Bell

EDC offers workshop on marketing on a shoestring

Need to get the word out about your business, but don’t have a big marketing budget? The San Juan County Economic Development Council will host a workshop on how to market your business inexpensively and effectively on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Orcas Island Library community room.

  • Nov 23rd, 2012

Workshop on using WordPress

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a three-hour workshop on building a website or blog using WordPress. The workshop will be held at the San Juan Island Library’s community room on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Nov 6th, 2012

Healing Arts Center to hold raffle

The Healing Arts Center is holding a “Harvest Raffle” starting on Nov. 2. The practitioners are donating seven gift certificates for any one-hour service. Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10.

  • Oct 30th, 2012

Vocal freedom offering at the Healing Arts Center

Orcas Islander Khadoma Colomby is offering a new service at the Healing Arts Center called “vocal freedom.”

  • Oct 30th, 2012
Sonya Hiltner is the owner of Fashion Fairy

For the love of style

New owner of Aurora’s consignment store is looking ahead to a future of helping people find their fashion

Sonya Hiltner is the owner of Fashion Fairy
The women firefighters and EMTs of Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. From left to right: Division Chief Val Harris with EMTs Dove Dingman

The women EMT and firefighters of Orcas Fire

Orcas Fire is currently seeking volunteer firefighters to serve the community.

  • Oct 23rd, 2012
The women firefighters and EMTs of Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. From left to right: Division Chief Val Harris with EMTs Dove Dingman

SJC Economic Development Council workshop on financing

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on San Juan Island on Monday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the community room of the San Juan Island Library in Friday Harbor.

  • Oct 23rd, 2012
Denise Wilk with her new sales associate

Total eclipse of the heart

Denise Wilk runs a charter business and a gift shop in Eastsound

Denise Wilk with her new sales associate
Debra Post and Keri Lago of Cherry T’s children’s consignment shop.

Keeping business all in the family

Debra Post and Keri Lago are a mother-daughter duo who own Cherry T’s kids’ consignment store. The women say they feel lucky to run a business together.

Debra Post and Keri Lago of Cherry T’s children’s consignment shop.
Island Hoppin’ Brewery owners Nate Schons

Hops and dreams at 33 Hope Lane

Island Hoppin’ Brewery opens on Orcas Island. Locals and visitors will be able sample quality microbrews made on Orcas Island, starting Sept. 21.

  • Sep 12th, 2012
Island Hoppin’ Brewery owners Nate Schons
The Huffman family – Joanie

New owners for water business

The sale of Pure Island Water, Inc. was completed at the end of June. It is now under the ownership of Kirk and Paula Huffman.

  • Aug 22nd, 2012
The Huffman family – Joanie

UW student at med center

“These weeks on Orcas Island will be the most time I’ve ever spent in a small, rural community,” said Conor Senecal, a second-year University of Washington medical student who is nearing the end of a month-long study program at Orcas Medical Center.

  • Jul 3rd, 2012

Workshop on business planning, financing

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs on Orcas on Tuesday, June 19, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall.

  • Jun 8th, 2012
Denise Wolf

Consulting, therapy firm opens

Clarity Connection, LLC, a management and human resources consulting and coaching firm, which opened in late 2011 has announced the launch of a new mental health therapy arm of the business.

  • Jun 5th, 2012
Denise Wolf
Analisa Lee and Brandon Adams.

Two new therapists on Orcas

Two new mental health therapists have joined the Orcas Island healing community this spring.

  • May 15th, 2012
Analisa Lee and Brandon Adams.
Bill and Jenny Myers of Myers Goat Creamery.

Goat creamery opens on Orcas

Bill and Jenny Myers have created the first goat dairy on Orcas.

Bill and Jenny Myers of Myers Goat Creamery.
Intern Julie Yates with Dr. Dave Shinstrom.

Intern at Orcas Family Health

There has been a new face working at the Orcas Family Health Center and shopping the aisles of the market. Julie Yates is a nurse practitioner student from Seattle University who will be completing her clinical rotation at OFHC in the coming weeks.

  • May 8th, 2012
Intern Julie Yates with Dr. Dave Shinstrom.
The “Great Hoppin’ Saturday” Easter gathering is planned for Saturday

Local merchants to host ‘Great Hoppin’ Saturday’

The merchants of Eastsound have again joined forces to present a free holiday event for the enjoyment of both locals and visitors alike. The “Great Hoppin’ Saturday” Easter gathering is planned for Saturday, April 7.

  • Apr 6th, 2012
The “Great Hoppin’ Saturday” Easter gathering is planned for Saturday

Easter egg hunt at Deer Harbor

The Deer Harbor Women’s Auxiliary invites the children (and parents) of Orcas Island to an Easter Egg Hunt on the lawns of Deer Harbor Inn located at 33 Inn Lane just off Deer Harbor Road.

  • Mar 27th, 2012

Orcas Auto Tech given AAA status

Orcas Auto Tech has been awarded AAA’s Approved Auto Repair Facility Status – the only one in San Juan County.

  • Mar 13th, 2012

Northwest Multiple Listing Service’s statistic report shows increase of listings and decrease in price for residences and condos in SJC

Northwest Multiple Listing Service has released an area statistics report for residences and condominiums in San Juan County, comparing February 2012 to February 2011.

  • Mar 7th, 2012

EDC to present employment data for San Juan County

Join Washington State’s Regional Labor Economist, Dr. Reinhold Groepler, as he discusses employment trends and future in San Juan County. The presentation will be held on Orcas Island, Thursday, March 8, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Mar 6th, 2012

$350,000 in lodging tax grants

Applications are now being accepted for a total of $350,000 in San Juan County Lodging Tax tourism grants.

  • Mar 6th, 2012

Workshop covers cooperative businesses, what they are and how they work

A workshop on cooperative businesses, what they are and how they work is March 3, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Funhouse Commons. This is the first Island Enterprise Lab-sponsored event, which will be led by professional co-op developers from the Northwest Cooperative Development Center in Olympia.

  • Feb 23rd, 2012

Chamber of Commerce promotes local businesses with annual Rainshadow Running 25K and 50K races

The annual Rainshadow Running 25K and 50K races in Moran State Park, which ran over two weekends in late January and early February, was an opportunity for the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce to promote local businesses by working with conference planners and individuals who already are taking part in existing events.

  • Feb 15th, 2012

Orcas-based Green Builder Media project featured in the LA Times

Green Builder Media, an Eastsound, Wash., organization that promotes sustainable construction and "green" building techniques, was featured in the LA Times on Jan. 14 entitled, "Green is a big part of the blueprint for Pacific Palisades house."

  • Jan 17th, 2012

Have a pizza for the food bank and Doe Bay Cafe in January

In January, the Doe Bay Cafe is donating one dollar of each pizza sold during its Thursday night Open Mic to the Orcas Island Food Bank. “So gather up the kids and friends and head for Doe Bay Cafe on a Thursday night in January, enjoy one or several of their delicious handmade pizzas made with local organic produce and products and know a local family will be benefiting from it, too,” said food bank board member Madie Murray.

  • Dec 30th, 2011