Business

Amanda Sparks with some of the wares she is offering.

Longtime Orcas resident takes over Laura’s Clothes Horse in Eastsound

It’s no surprise that Amanda Sparks has a passion for rich textiles, luxurious fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion. She spent her childhood surrounded by clothing designers and fashion buffs. “I grew up in the costume room at Orcas Center,” she said. Her mom is theatre productions director and designer Deborah Sparks, and Deborah’s good friends, well-known textile designer Kate Geddes and her sister Rachel, who owned the Kismet shop, were a frequent presence. And another family friend, Laura Lake, carried Geddes’ designer clothing line when she first opened Laura’s Clothes Horse about 10 years ago.

Amanda Sparks with some of the wares she is offering.
Greg White

Local surveyor earns federal BLM certification

Greg White, P.L.S., of Archipelago Surveying in Eastsound, is among 350 professional…

  • Mar 3rd, 2010
Greg White

No ADU drawing required this year for San Juan County

County Building Official Rene Beliveau reports there will be no need to hold an ADU permit lottery this year. With a total of nine permits for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) available in 2010 and only five qualifying applications submitted before the lottery deadline each applicant will have the opportunity to submit plans and go through the permitting process.

  • Feb 25th, 2010

Good Steward awards seek nominations

It's time to submit nominations for "good stewards."They can be individuals, families,…

  • Feb 19th, 2010

Ideas sought for new logo for San Juan Islands Scenic Byway

What images represent the true essence of the San Juan Islands?Submit your…

  • Feb 19th, 2010
Jeremy King

Eastsound Sporting Goods and 376-WEAR merge

Two local shops have undergone a winter metamorphosis. Eastsound Sporting Goods and 376-WEAR have emerged as a leaner, more efficient new entity re-named Orcas Outfitters.

Jeremy King

Sen. Ranker’s farm internship bill passes Senate 46-0

Training and teaching the next generation of Washington’s farmers could get easier thanks to legislation passed Tuesday by the Senate. Senate Bill 6349, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, would allow internships for aspiring farmers – providing firsthand experience in their future line of work.

  • Feb 19th, 2010

Orcas Chamber announces 2010 visitor guide

Work on the Orcas Chamber of Commerce 2010 Visitor Guide and Business…

  • Jan 26th, 2010

Washington Federal’s Eastsound branch awarded for top performance

Manager Rolland Rueb and the staff of the Eastsound branch were honored…

  • Jan 20th, 2010
Left to right

Madrona Point Insurance: Protecting a lifestyle

What do you have that you want to protect?This is the question…

  • Nov 21st, 2009
Left to right

OPALCO website earns prestigious Davey Award

OPALCO’s website (www.opalco.com), launched in May 2009, has won the 2009 Silver…

  • Nov 10th, 2009
The transformers being loaded.

OPALCO recycles old transformers

OPALCO sent two trailers full of old transformers back to the manufacturer…

  • Nov 7th, 2009
The transformers being loaded.
Donna Zahn in her custom embroidery shop Sew n Sew in Eastsound.

Sew n Sew: Zahn stitches up a family tradition

Donna Zahn has been sewing since she was seven years old.When she…

  • Nov 3rd, 2009
Donna Zahn in her custom embroidery shop Sew n Sew in Eastsound.

Orcas Book Exchange: Books from floor to ceiling

Sir Francis Bacon said, "Some books are to be tasted, others to…

  • Oct 3rd, 2009
Bill Patterson is steering Chimayo into a new era that may seem familiar to long-time islanders.

New owner plans to take Chimayo back in time

As a man known for his Mediterranean cooking, it seemed logical that…

Bill Patterson is steering Chimayo into a new era that may seem familiar to long-time islanders.
Edward Coe (l) and Merrick Parnell.

Professional sports management firm opens office in Eastsound

MPC Sports Worldwide recently opened a corporate office in Eastsound. Run by…

  • Sep 22nd, 2009
Edward Coe (l) and Merrick Parnell.

Island Automotive celebrates 30 years with give-aways

How does an Orcas business celebrate 30 years on the island? They…

  • Sep 17th, 2009
From left to right: produce worker Ken Janousek

Lopez Village Market breaks ground for new facility

Lopezians will soon be walking the aisles of a brand new market.On…

  • Sep 17th, 2009
From left to right: produce worker Ken Janousek

New owners of Windermere San Juan Island: Gary Franklin and Scott family of Skagit Valley

Gary Franklin, broker of Windermere San Juan Island, is joining forces with…

  • Aug 27th, 2009
Lisa Trifiro with her line of sugars and salts.

Orcas Alchemy sells specialty sugars and salts

Lisa Trifiro wasn't always a foodie. But after discovering the excitement of…

Lisa Trifiro with her line of sugars and salts.

VanderYacht Propane branches out to Orcas

VanderYacht Propane is a family-owned, multi-generational business that can now include Orcas…

OPALCO fuel mix: 95 percent greenhouse gas free

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative received its 2008 fuel mix report from…

  • Jul 8th, 2009
Top: The Bossy's Feltworks trio in their booth at the farmers' market: Mandy Troxel

Local business to be featured at Smithsonian Folklife Festival in D.C.

Bossy’s Feltworks, an Orcas based handcrafts business, has been chosen to have…

  • Jun 30th, 2009
Top: The Bossy's Feltworks trio in their booth at the farmers' market: Mandy Troxel
Sallie Bell models her distinctive clothing and jewelry.
Sallie Bell models her distinctive clothing and jewelry.
Journeyman Lineman Russ Hebert gets ready to lower the “hurt man” dummy during a pole top rescue exercise

OPALCO line crew trains in pole-top rescue

OPALCO’s line crew is well trained. In addition to the statewide three-year…

  • Jun 11th, 2009
Journeyman Lineman Russ Hebert gets ready to lower the “hurt man” dummy during a pole top rescue exercise

New manager for Aeronautical Services

Barbara Parrot has taken over the position of manager at Orcas Island's…

  • May 6th, 2009

Local grants benefit local businesses

Many of the grants made to nonprofits by the Orcas Island Community…

  • May 5th, 2009
Shelley Russell teaching gymnastics to her students.

Gymnastic business opens on Orcas

Every week Orcas kids gather for an afternoon of tumbling, handstands, vaulting,…

Shelley Russell teaching gymnastics to her students.
Karen Campbell with an altar by Kat Taylor that survived the fire.

Chimayo restaurant reopening after fire

After months of renovating her fire-damaged restaurant, it was a turning point…

Karen Campbell with an altar by Kat Taylor that survived the fire.

San Juan County opens email information service for builders

The Community Development and Planning department is setting up an email news…

  • Apr 17th, 2009

Business Essentials mini-series April 21 and 22

A new Business Essentials mini-series, sponsored by the Orcas Chamber of Commerce,…

  • Apr 14th, 2009
The mermaid.

Mermaid greets customers at Crescent Beach Kayak

Crescent Beach Kayak is getting ready for the summer season in artistic…

  • Apr 13th, 2009
The mermaid.

Slight bump in February home sales and prices in San Juan County

Amid frigid temperatures and frigid economy, a ray of sunshine peeked through…

  • Mar 25th, 2009

San Juan County jobless rate 7.5 percent; second-lowest in state

The job picture in San Juan County is … well, it could…

  • Mar 25th, 2009

Turtleback Farm Inn listed in National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler selected Orcas Islands’ Turtleback Farm Inn to be in…

  • Mar 16th, 2009
Pictured above is Jack Jackson

Kiki’s Kafe says goodbye

Kiki’s Kafe closed its doors on Friday, March 13. Barista Beth Roberts…

  • Mar 16th, 2009
Pictured above is Jack Jackson
Michael Newton

Building homes for the full spectrum of Orcas Island

After finishing architecture school, Matthew Maher had a desire to build simple, sturdy, self-contained units. That is the foundation of his new Orcas business, Stem.

  • Mar 11th, 2009
Michael Newton
OPALCO employees have been working to upgrade the Olga power station.

Olga power station upgrade close to completion

Residents of Olga have seen a lot of activity since December at the power station on Pt. Lawrence Road and experienced two power outages. It’s all part of the upgrading of the power station that was built in the 1970s.

  • Feb 24th, 2009
OPALCO employees have been working to upgrade the Olga power station.
Charly Robinson

Orcas Island Farmers’ Market hires new manager

The Orcas Island Farmers’ Market (OIFM) has hired Charly Robinson as the new market manager.

  • Feb 24th, 2009
Charly Robinson