Commerce Archives - Salish Current

First element of Rosario Resort sale closes this week

April 12, 2024
Toby Cooper

Rosario sale: Orcas resident and Empower Investing founder “sensitive to the culture of the islands.”

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Reliable ferry service, tourism and the question of balance

March 27, 2024
Toby Cooper

The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau’s “Getting here is half the fun” campaign aims to counter a negative perception of ferry service.

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Restaurateurs in downtown Bellingham find a challenging path to success

March 21, 2024
Augustus Kendall

Hard work, hope and heartbreak mark the way for some owner/operators of downtown Bellingham restaurants.

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Tyler Schroeder to lead Port of Bellingham economic development

February 29, 2024
Matt Benoit

Whatcom County’s top administrative director is moving to the Port of Bellingham after 10 years serving two county executives.

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Wholesale horticultural closing ends local jobs, disrupts nursery supply

February 22, 2024
Dick Clever

The closing of Skagit Horticulture is the last stop on a path from sales to merger, fraud and bankruptcy.

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Orcas Island’s Rosario Resort sale to close Feb. 29

February 13, 2024
Salish Current Editorial Staff

Rosario Resort and Spa’s Moran Mansion facilities will have a new steward, and will be closed during an upgrade.

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Managing tourism at core of destination plan controversy

October 29, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

Undocumented claims, local rants and raves are rolling in as the comment deadline nears for San Juan County’s Draft Destination Management Plan.

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Showtime in Mount Vernon: Lincoln Theatre is a star in downtown renewal

June 30, 2023
Kai Uyehara

A symbol for local revival, the century-old Lincoln Theatre has helped stimulate business and bring back visitors to riverfront downtown Mount Vernon.

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Can small businesses survive in Friday Harbor?

May 26, 2023
Kathryn Wheeler

Friday Harbor small businesses struggling to stay afloat cite rent prices, failing infrastructure and workforce shortage — and, some say, difficult landlord relationships.

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BC metal recycler may site shredder on Bellingham Bay

May 12, 2023
Kai Uyehara

A scrap metal recycling company which has been the subject of noise complaints from neighbors  is reportedly looking to expand its operations along  Bellingham Bay.

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Expectations are high, questions remain as waterfront neighborhood takes shape

April 28, 2023
Kai Uyehara

In early planning, Bellingham envisioned an urban village, public spaces, new jobs and low-income housing on the former GP property on Bellingham Bay. What’s actually in development?

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Mind the gap: Whatcom providers face challenges in meeting need for child care

April 21, 2023
Kai Uyehara

Video: A look at a day in the life of a child care worker reveals the growing gap in meeting the needs of families, providers and employers throughout the community.

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Era ends with sale of Lovrić’s Sea-Craft of Anacortes

February 28, 2023
Richard Arlin Walker

A Seattle-based company is bringing a new look to a long-time shipyard and marina in Anacortes.

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Retail — and illicit — cannabis markets endure; medical in ‘dire straits’

February 10, 2023
Matt Benoit

The illegal cannabis market still exists alongside Washington’s growing legal retail and struggling medical cannabis markets. Changes may be in store.

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Pollution cleaned up, Anacortes shoreline preps for development

January 31, 2023
Kai Uyehara

MJB Properties proposes residences, retail businesses and restaurants, and an event center on the once pollution-contaminated shoreline of Fidalgo Bay.

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Port promises to dampen loading noise in wake of complaints

January 26, 2023
Riley Weeks

Port of Bellingham officials responded to neighborhood complaints with promises to lower the noise level related to a new work contract.

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