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Thank you for voting us San Juan Is land’s Best Doggie Daycare and Best Gro omer!

The go girls

Wedding & Event Planning Featuring……

Leasa Wangoe & Teri Gentry Please “LIKE” The Go2Girls Event Planning on Facebook and start receiving helpful tips and ideas for your party planning. We also post photos of recent weddings and events for inspiration!

Our “Hostess Helper” is affordable and is quickly becoming a must for many locals planning a dinner or special event at their own home, please call us for inquires. We look forward to meeting you!

Gig i, Jodi, an d Mar y igi Zakula moved to San Juan Is-


land in 1976. She has been a licensed agent with Islanders Insurance since 1990, and is now a co-owner of the agency. She enjoys working with clients to find the best fit and insurance products for their individual needs. In her leisure time she enjoys gardening, reading, time spent with her partner, friends, family and especially her three grandchildren.

www.thego2girlseventplanning.com Leasa – 360-298-0422 Teri – 360-317-5108

“Your Pet Is The ❤ Of My Business!” Grooming Daycare Socializing Exercise & Play Overnight Paw-jama Parties! Extended Stays

Melody Rice, Owner 360-378-3460 or 360-378-7518 cell 385 Carter Avenue, Suite B • Friday Harbor, WA 98250


odi Logsdon came out here to work in the summer at Roche Harbor in 1993. She fell in love with the islands and moved here permanently in 1996. She worked at Islanders Bank close to five years before beginning her career at Islanders Insurance in early July. She is always enjoying life, love and laughter with her husband, Don.


ary Wade moved to San Juan Island in 1977 with husband Dick. Working in insurance since 1990 has afforded her the opportunity to meet many islanders and grow with the constant challenges of the insurance industry. In her spare time Mary enjoys her busy family, friends, camping, and quilting.

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545 Spring St. • PO Box 1160 Friday Harbor, WA 98250 www.islandersinsurance.com

Gallery 9 Representing 27 artists from the local Northwest Islands Unique selection of inspired art and gifts!

Get your art here! Nature Photography, Sculpture, Painting & Encaustic, Ceramics, Art Apparel, Jewelry, & Home Decor. Come see the new gallery in town in the First Street Revival!

60 First Street Friday Harbor, WA 360.378.9193 www.gallery9art.com

Attention to details, rest will follow Any business should benefit if it is managed carefully, and ‘realistically’ By Scott Rasmussen Journal editor

Here's a rule of thumb that you may want to consider before taking the plunge into any commercial enterprise. It seems to have worked out pretty well for Friday Harbor's Lynn Danaher. "For every project, you ask yourself what's it going cost and then you add 30 percent, and you figure out what the income stream is you expect, and you deduct 30 percent," Danaher explains. "After that, if it still makes sense, then it's a possibility." The principle of Archipelago Properties, Danaher developed the formula noted above after spending the better part of the past two decades turning straw into gold. But it hasn't always been that way. In fact, Danaher clearly recalls that day in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound and a rewarding life as a commercial fisherman went belly up. In the aftermath, she lost a profession, an income, a home, and, ultimately, her marriage fell apart. "It brought our whole world to an end," she says. But the end of one world often turns out to be the beginning of the next, if one keeps trudging along. And five years later, Danaher found herself in Friday Harbor, and in the right place at the right time. She had a United States Coast Guard masters license, a 38-foot boat and then signed on with Warner Brothers Pictures to haul the cast and crew of “Free Willy 2” from location to location. Opportunity knocked, and Danaher answered. The rest of the pieces then fell into place. Anticipating a surge in the popularity of the killer whales that frequent the San Juans, Danaher founded a whalewatch company, San Juan Excursions, and then sold it in 2000. She invested the profits into a different type of enterprise, first purchasing and then renovating a business park

on Malcolm Street that had seen better days. Now, as owner of Surina Business Park and Star Storage, Danaher welcomes any opportunity to help others get a leg up in the business world. It takes a practical approach, attention to detail and discipline to nurture a business and to stay ahead of the game, she said. “You’ve got to watch your numbers and be realistic Lynn Danaher about your projections and your expenses,” she said. “And you treat your customers like they’re golden.” And when you’re able, you also invest in your community, she said. In addition to restoring five separate buildings in town, Danaher commissioned the mural that covers the side of the ACE Hardware building as a “gift to the town”. She’s a founding member of Friday Harbor’s Soroptimist International chapter and provides the group with a storage unit at no charge, and nowadays rides an electric-powered bike just about everywhere she goes to contribute to the cause of reducing the world’s carbon footprint, and to get some exercise, too. Though she now has a bit more freedom to spend on personal pursuits, Danaher stays busy refining ideas she believes could benefit the town. A plan for improved parking, utilizing her Malcolm Street properties, is just one example. “I like to say I’m a problem solver,” she said. “I think that’s the funnest part of what I like to do... helping people to solve problems.” As for succeeding in business, Danaher cites a simple equation: “You show up. You make your payments on time, and you budget realistically. It’s that simple.”

Thanks for your continued support of our wireless business (originally known as San Juan Cellular)! We are proud to service customers who live on San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, Waldron, Stuart, Center, Pearl, Henry, Brown, Decatur, Shaw, Blakely and Johns Islands, plus many on the mainland!

Let me help you to get connected ... wirelessly! (plus, we service what we sell!) • Verizon Wireless • DirecTV and DISH Network • Wilson Electronic Boosters


Serving the San Juans since 1994 www.sanjuanwireless.com • Fax: 360-378-8261 818 Mullis Street • Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Island Grown Herbs For Health, Beauty & Joy

Providing local herbal medicines and teas created with strong ethics of quality, sustainability and tradition. Visit www.islaherbs.com to learn more

Amanda Smith Isla Botanica (360) 378-9447


Vital Elements

…of imagination

A small business owner since 1982, Rhonda Scott owns Vital Elements a unique gift boutique. Vital Elements carries cards, bath products, candles, home décor, women’s accessories and her own art jewelry line Retro Rose Design. Vital Elements…of imagination also carries arts and craft supplies for mixed media including a nice selection of beads and jewelry findings, cord and ribbon.

Beads Friday Harbor 30 First Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 www.vitalelementsofimagination.com www.retrorose.etsy.com • www.beadsfridayharbor.com www.retrorosedesign.typepad.com

Mirabella Skin Care New Location!

Harbor Insurance Agency “Thank you San Juan Islanders!”

818 Mullis Street, Suite #2 378-4250 www.mirabellaskincare.com Dermalogica® Skin Care European Facials Microdermabrasion LED Photo-Rejuvenation Microcurrent Facial Toning Therapeutic Massage & Lymph Drainage Therapy

Ellen Johnson is celebrating 33 years in the insurance industry beginning in Alaska, 23 years in Friday Harbor, and December 1st will be 13 years since starting Harbor Insurance Agency, Inc. It has been a great career focused on providing friendly, professional service to our friends and clients. Ellen is a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of San Juan Island. Harbor Insurance Agency supports the community through the San Juan Island Golf Classic, the San Juan Community Theatre, the Whale Museum, Purple & Gold, Friday Harbor Booster Club and donations to various auctions and fundraisers. Ellen enjoys boating, reading, camping, traveling and grilling steaks with friends and family around the fire pit.

At Mirabella, deep relaxation is coupled with resultsdriven, prescriptive skin care for a truly extraordinary experience! By integrating cutting-edge technology with advanced product formulas the results are even more age-defying! Only the finest and most efficacious skin care products and technologies are used at Mirabella, to provide the safest and most visible results.

Friday Harbor is a community that supports its members. This has been a wonderful place to raise my son and make lifelong friends. Stop by for a review of your insurance and a cup of coffee. Ask us about Hartford & AARP for your home, auto, umbrella, and business. Great savings!

Harbor Insurance Agency, Inc.

Mary-Brooke Barger, a WA Licensed Esthetician & Massage Practitioner, is celebrating 25 years in practice! Keeping pace with an ever changing industry, she regularly attends post-graduate education in the fields of skin care & technologies, lymph drainage therapy, and therapeutic massage, keeping her on the cutting edge of her chosen fields. She recently became certified in Oncology Esthetics, and offers safe, relaxing treatments for clients undergoing treatments for cancer. At Mirabella you will find the internationally acclaimed Dermalogica® skin care products, along with hand-held home-use facial tools including:

NuFace® Facial Toning Device LightStim® for Wrinkles LED BT-Micro™ Ultrasonic/Microcurrent Clarisonic® Sonic Cleansing Brush Eve Taylor® Ion Wand Coming soon: Derma Minerals™ Make-Up and Eve Taylor® Aromatherapy products! Treatments are by appointment; however she welcomes anyone to drop by during


Ellen Johnson–CIC, Agent & Owner

360-378-8933 • fax 360-378-8938 849 Spring Street • PO Box 2718 • Friday Harbor, WA 98250 ellen@harborinsurance.us

San Juan Physical Therapy Suzie Lefever


Providing 18 years of professional, caring physical therapy to San Juan Islanders

OPEN DOOR Tuesdays from 9 to 5 Shop for products and technologies Get your skin care questions answered Take home free product samples Enjoy complimentary tea or coffee No appointment necessary Enter to WIN a Year of Dermalogica!

New picnic concession stand Located at Limekiln State Park – a seasonal business open Memorial Day through Labor Day – offering picnics for park guests with a emphasis on locally made foods. A percentage of proceeds help support the park. X – Xercise, Y – Yoga and Z – Zumba



Cynthia Burke loves working with the community, especially when it comes to entertainment and fitness. Cynthia has been in the hospitality and foodservice fields for over 30 years. Whether a casual affair, a formal celebration or business gathering, at Cynthia’s, our goal is to assist you in the planning and completion of your event. Cynthia is also a proud member of the San Juan Island Farmer’s Market and sells many wonderful savory and sweet pastries all year round. She prides herself on using the freshest local products available.

xyz movement arts

• R Restoring i ffunction i and d mobility bili • Helping reduce pain • Patient education and injury prevention


Cynthia’s, Of Course

570-B Spring St., Friday Harbor Behind the Convalescent Center

suz@rockisland.com www.sanjuanphysicaltherapy.com


With a talented array of teachers, XYZ offers a variety of classes each week. Zumba®, Yoga (up to 10 classes weekly), Hula, Ballroom Dance, Core Body Workout, Inner Journey Collage workshops – There is literally something for everyone. Come and visit us at the studio located on Airport Road just above Ravenhill Construction – Suite E. Please visit the website xyzmovementarts.com for a current schedule of events.

Contact information:

Cynthia Burke


cynthiasofcourse.com (website) info@cynthiasofcourse.com (email) xyzmovementarts.com (website) zumbacyn@aol.com (email)

A bond that goes beyond business Soroptimists: women helping women, building a better community By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

Their motivations and interests are many, but their community spirit and compassion are singular. As businesswomen, teachers, health care givers and mothers, the local women (and one man) now part of Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor know the importance of making money to stay in business, keeping their jobs and feeding their families, and they know that making money is not the only thing that makes a community livable. According to current president Heather Spaulding, “Soroptimists know the health of their community depends on giving back.” Founded in 1996 by Pat Hansen and 40 other prominent women, Friday Harbor Soroptimist now fields 85 members who work year-round on an array of projects and programs. “All of our members are busy, active women who are committed to helping others — some of them in two or three professional or charitable organizations,” says Spaulding. Specific SI community assistance programs include the Family Emergency Fund, the Cancer Treatment Transportation Project, the Women’s Opportunity Awards to assist women to overcome personal difficulties, scholarships for local high school graduates to continue their education, and five achievement and volunteer awards to local women and girls. Soroptimists also mentor high school girls through the S-Club, which engages in fundraising for causes the girls themselves think up and embrace. And you’ll find Soroptimists volunteering at, and contributing to, more than a dozen local projects and events: the county Fair, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Children’s Festival, the 4th of July Pig War Picnic and many others. The “international” in the Soroptimist name is an important part of the mission of the group. Through the Cafe Femenino Coffee Project, SI in partnership with the Cafe Femenino Foundation and the Local Goods coffee company brings women-grown, womenowned, organic, fair trade coffee to the San Juans. Every year, on Human Rights Day (Dec. 10), the president of Soroptimist International invites Soroptimists to support a project which advances the organization’s mission. The 2012 project is Birthing in the Pacific, aimed at reducing the risk of maternal and infant mortality in Papua New Guinea by improving the maternity skills of midwives and nurses in this resource-poor country. Spaulding points out that members benefit substantially from the fulfillment, community recognition, networking

and friendships the organization provides, but she insists, “We do it because it’s fun, because we’re a community of doers who want to make our commmunity a better place.” Asked to summarize what Soroptimist means to her, Liz Illg says, “emphasizing the leadership and status of women and girls as a way to enhance the vitality of the whole community.”

Local island girl, Debbie Dardanelli, is a successful realtor and owner or Girlfriends Consignment. Deb’s passion for fashion and real estate shines bright with all of her clients. 210 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor 378-GIRL (4475) Mon-Sat: 10-5:30 | Sun: 10-3

men’s & women’s clothing

The Used Book Place

Serendipity is owned by two book lovingwomen: Carol Jackson and Dilys Goodman. We have been in business since 1995, selling quality used books at a reasonable prices seven days a week. We offer trade credit or cash for your quality used books.

50,000 title computerized inventory!

“Located above the ferry lanes.” Serendipity Used Books 223 A Street, PO Box 2824 Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-2665

Acanthus: profile of passion restored By Scott Rasmussen Journal editor

Business may sometimes seem like it’s all about the numbers. So, what’s love got to do with it? For interior designer Jenny Prescott, now in her third year as a purveyor of fine antiques and decorative arts in one of Friday Harbor’s most historic homes, the answer is quite a lot. “I fell in love with this house,” Prescott said of the former Roarke House on Argyle Avenue, which, with the help of brother Brian, she restored and refurbished, and then opened as a retail shop that goes by the name of Acanthus. “It’s a thrill to me just to be able to show it to everyone.” Born into a family with a long tradition of antique collecting, Prescott got bit by the bug at an early age. “I fell in love with my grandmother’s house and all the antiques she had when I was very, very young,” she said. “And I have a real passion for furniture.” Raised on Mercer Island, Prescott summered in the San Juans at Cape San Juan, where her parents built a cabin back in 1967. Later, she would parlay her passion for art and antiques into a bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Cornish College in Seattle. She then took a job as a buyer for a Bellevue-based company with seven retail outlets in the Seattle area and began a career of constant travel in the U.S. and abroad in search of merchandise. At the same time, her background in interior design allowed her to take on and complete several high-profile commercial projects, including a home on Seattle’s “Street of Dreams”, a couple of senior centers in need of a facelift and a number of buildings on a college campus in North Dakota. To succeed in the business world, Prescott says that skill, flexibility and understanding the task at hand will overshadow any issue related to gender at every turn. “You’ve got to be able to work as a team and be willing to take some criticism, and to tweak whatever it is you’re working on here and there,” she said. “If you can do that, then you get treated with respect.” But the world of business also can demand long hours, lots and lots of travel and setting aside one’s personal life

Journal photo / Scott Rasmussen

Jenny Prescott displays several favorite pieces on the front porch of her fine art and antique shop, Acanthus, on Argyle Avenue.

when a project is at hand. After making a name for herself professionally, Prescott decided it was time to take a break from globetrotting and to bring her passion for fine art, antiques, history (another love) and interior design under one roof. Acanthus is the result. Although on the fringe of Friday Harbor’s commercial core, Prescott says business has picked up as more visitors are directed her way and islanders realize there’s a new enterprise inside the remodeled historic home. “Sometimes it’s a bit slow, but I’m not taking that personally at all,” she said. “I’ve got lots of support. I know from the outside it looks like a home but almost everything here is for sale.” And Prescott enjoys sharing her passion for each and every piece with any customer that walks through the door. “Being able to share the history is so cool to me,” she said. “And it feels so good to know where something goes when it leaves here.” — Acanthus, 460 Argyle Ave., 378-4600; www.acanthussanjuan.com.

Christyʼs Islands Salon has become a beauty must for islanders and visitors.... Chris DeFillips and her creative and competent staff have given top flight styling and healthy treatment to patrons young and old, male and female, since 1988.

I was born and raised in New York City. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint John’s University and Masters Degree of Social Work from Hunter College at CUNY. After my first visit to Friday Harbor, I loved it so much that I gave my Husband one year’s time to move our little family out here. We arrived in 2004 and promptly opened CARx DOCTOR, Inc., a full service auto repair shop. My Husband and I are both ASE Certified, and we pick-up and deliver every single vehicle that we service, free of charge! I am happy to report that it is absolutely possible to run a successful business with your spouse. I let my Husband think that he is the Boss but our customers know that I am in charge! In addition to caring for our 3 kids, Bella the Goldendoodle, Fred the Chinese Crested, and Ethel the cat, I recently became the official Weight Watchers Leader for our weekly meetings in Friday Harbor. I love what I do. All I really want is “peace on earth and a really cute pair of shoes”. ~Gina Creone, CARx DOCTOR, Inc., 360-378-1687


Teri Gentry

iving on San Juan Island since 1992, Teri has immersed herself in the natural beauty and serenity of island life. She is passionate about the island community, and is enthusiastic about sharing her skin care knowledge and experience with others. Call Teri for a free consultation. Your skin will love you for it! Teri also co-owns The go 2 girls, a successful wedding and event planning company.


2013 will mark Christyʼs Island Salonʼs 25th year in business. Chris would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in San Juan County for making those years the best of her life. Her career as a hair designer has enabled her to meet and become friends with some of the pioneers of San Juan, as well as new residents, spending quality time with each one. Chris sincerely hopes she has enhanced their sense of well-being and selfimage. She would also like to wish all of the Chris DeFillips, owner stylists in the islands the very best of life, as she is aware of how much of their energy they give to pleasing all of their customers every day. A full supply of needed beauty and grooming products by Aveda are a plus at their headquarters on Spring Street and their branch at Village by the Harbour. Phone or email for an appointment today. Theyʼd love to meet you. – P.S. We also have a tanning salon. OUR 25th YEAR

Beauty Technicians for your every need 30 0 Sp ring Street

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Businesswomen wears many hats By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

Nina Le Baron combines 30 years of business experience with lifelong passion for art. She’s an architect and interior designer, a glass artist, a gallery owner, and an entrepreneur. “My varied interests have kept my architectural ideas fresh and me interested in what I do,” Le Baron said. In high school in La Jolla, Calif., she wanted to be an artist, but her businessman father (Marshall Pellar, inventor of barbecue seasoning for potato chips) told her, “Artists don’t make money. Have a professional career that involves both creativity and making money.” So she went to Rhode Island School of Design in the 1970’s, where she met Dale Chihuly, then a teacher at RISD, and took architecture, interior design and glass art. At RISD, she made her first foray into business, making stained glass windows. She tried marketing them, but didn’t sell many, so she took her combination of artistic sensibility and architectural talent to New York, achieved her American Institute of Journal photo / Steve Wehrly Architects professional designation, and developed a successful practice as an architect and designer, first in New York for Skidmore, Owings, Merrill and other firms, then in Nina Le Baron. San Francisco before opening her own design and consulting business, which she successfully transferred to Friday Harbor in 2002. The dawn of the 21st century and the computer age convinced her she needed to use the new technologies, such as computer-aided design. The class she took didn’t give her the in-depth knowledge she wanted, so she hired the instructor to tutor her. Computers have become an integral part of her professional, business and personal lives. “I’m amazed how important technology has become to both my designs and my business,” Le Baron said. “The 3-D modeling and ease of revision and transmission of ideas to clients has made me more effective as a designer, and the accounting, inventory, website and customer communication aspects of computer use are critical to my success as a businesswoman.” Opening Gallery 9 has introduced Le Baron into store-based retail sales for the first time. She discovered she liked selling good art while selling sculpture (“$50,000 worth in one year,” she said) at the Sculpture Garden at Roche Harbor. “I found that I liked dealing with people who appreciate art, and I learned the balance between helping people choose art for their home and actual salesmanship,” Le Baron said. Gallery 9 represents 27 local artists, exhibiting paintings, photographs, small sculptures, jewelry, home decor and clothing in the space formerly occupied by Garuda & I on First Street in Friday Harbor. Le Baron says the store did well during the summer and she hopes putting the art for sale on-line will “help pay the bills” all year long. Part of Le Baron’s optimism is based upon negotiating a lease with a variable, percentage-based rent that increases during the busy summer months and decreases during the slower winter months. “As a businesswoman, to be sustainable, I have to take into account the ups and downs of an art market reliant on tourism for sales volume,” she says. “Being involved in the vibrant arts community of the islands makes every day at the gallery enjoyable,” Le Baron continues. “But I pay close attention to the business details, too.”

PEGGI BAILEY General Contractor Lic# PEGGIBW943QI


PO Box 1158 Friday Harbor, Wa 360.298.1797 baileypeggi@gmail.com

Meet Diane Deason Pharmacy Technician Beachcomber Diane Deason, in her third year at F.H. Drugstore as Pharmacy Technician, recieved her training as a Pharmacy Tech 17 years ago with Safeway stores in Everett, WA. A northwesterner from Willamette Valley, Oregon, she has been in Washington for 23 years. After school in Willamette, she was married and had a daughter, Natasha in Mill Creek, WA. She loves San Juan Island and one of her favorite pasttimes is sea glass hunting. “I really enjoy the Islanders and beachcombing our beaches.” raves Diane.


t lot of people ask me what we do here at Frontline Call Center. The best example I can think of is anytime you place an order over the phone, or need support for your electronic products or computer you are probably talking to a call center agent. There are lots of different types of call centers and call center agents throughout the world and I’m sure you’ve had good experiences and bad experiences. Our vision here at Frontline Call Center is to foster an environment which consistently delivers a level of customer service that is above the customer’s expectation.

Jill Blankenship

210 Spring Street • Friday Harbor • 378-4421

Since we started in January of 2005, our main focus has been on providing outstanding technical support and customer support for companies that need additional staffing to take care of their customers. Our culture is one of excellence and our high performance team continues to grow and expand our capabilities. Our call center staff is combined of in house agents at our office and also those who work from home. We have employees throughout 14 different states but our core group is located here on Orcas Island where we handle more supervisory and management roles. In March 2012 we were able to expand our operations and open an office in Friday Harbor. We are happy to be rapidly expanding. We have eight employees and are growing. Frontline Call Center has created software that gives both our clients and employees a ‘Community’ feeling with the tools that allow them to succeed. From training videos and resource material, to real time call logs and reporting. Because most of our business is done ‘virtually’, this is something we use every day to communicate with people who we rarely get to meet face to face. The reason we are able to have a business like this in beautiful Friday Harbor is technology. We have a system that allows calls to be routed anywhere that someone has high speed internet. The other factor to our success is the people at Frontline Call Center who work hard every day to ensure that customers are happy and things are running well. I want to thank the following women who make this business succeed: Megan Flierl, Heaven DeLazerda, Michelle Cole, Vicki Roads, Katherina Chumbley

815 Spring Street, Friday Harbor

Tami Ashcraft’s credentials in auto repair began when as a little girl her grandfather Wally Oldham taught her to learn tools. Being in San Diego, she learned not only about cars, but also the mechanics of boating. Point Loma high school was her secondary alma mater. She gained three years of auto mechanics experience in high school. She learned enough to master the seas. In her twenties she left the continent and sailed around the world. She and her fiance decided to deliver a boat from Tahiti to San Diego. They ran into a massive storm. Their sailboat was de-masted and her fiance was lost. Nevertheless, Tami jerried up enough pieces to make it to Hilo, Hawaii, over 2,000 miles away. “Red Sky in the Mourning” written by Tami with the help of a friend on the island, Suzea McGearhart, tells the story of the stuff this woman in business is made of. You’d think Tami’s early life would call for taking it easy…No way. Kelli and Brooke are Ed and Tami’s two daughters in Friday Harbor high school. Soccer, softball, basketball, biking and hiking are the girls favorite sports. The spirited youths are aways cheered on by their parents who never fail to pitch in to help with school and team activities. Tami certainly sets an example of reliance, from starting to finish line. Meet Tami Ashcraft Co-Owner of – FINISH LINE AUTO REPAIR

Before starting a business checklist By Stephanie Johnson O’Day

More women have full time jobs than ever before in history. With so many of our waking hours spent at work, it is more important than ever to love what you do — so if you do not love working for someone else, maybe it’s time to start your own business. Women these days are pulled in all directions and believe me, I know it is not easy to be all things to all people. But we try. Stephanie Johnson O’Day Women are resourceful, resilient, and competent. But what does it take for an independent woman to have a successful business? There are many hidden costs associated with owning a business. Things to take into consideration whether you should start your own business are: Need. Does your product or service fill a need in the community? Business Structure: sole proprietor, partnership, corporation? Employees: how many will you need and at what hourly wage? Overhead Costs: location, space needed, cost per foot. Utility costs. Insurance Needs. State, federal and local taxes on income and employees. Start-up capital needs. Funding sources. And personality. Here are some key personality ingredients for the service industry I try to keep in mind, which I have learned from individuals far more intelligent and successful than I over the years: n Look your clients/customers in the eye and really listen. There are always two sides to every story. Hear them both. n Respect everyone. It takes all kinds of people to make this big wide world go round. n Hard Work. You are there to solve other people’s problems. Give it your best. Stamina. Never give up. If you believe in something, fight for it. n Follow through. Do what you say you’re going to do. Finish what you start. Always take the high road; if you jump in the mud with pigs you get dirty.

n Time Off. Take lots of time to recharge and reboot, then get back on the saddle. I know many successful women who have started their own businesses. All are good at what they do, and most everyone has been anxious and a bit fearful of taking the plunge. But take it from someone who has jumped — it’s wonderful to be your own boss. Just make sure you have done your homework, and the business pencils out economically. There are many hidden costs in a business, and your groundwork will definitely pay off. And oh yes, don’t ever get into the restaurant business.

Spa d Bune, a relaxing warm retreat, a place to be nutured. Empowering others to seek the balance between inner and outer wholeness. Feeling good and looking great, for your mind, body, and your spirit

Don’t forget the holidays are just around the corner and spa certificates make fabulous gifts, shop early and miss the crowds

Dana Bune

founder hair designer nail artist

Janie Ogle

spa director

Chelsea Foussard hair designer nail artist

Annette Crosby

esthetician nail artist waxing/hair stylist

Katie Askew

massage therapist

Shawna Vert hair stylist nail artist

Becki and Julie have been proud owners of Vinny’s since 2007, recently celebrating 5 years in business! They are known for their great food, impressive wine list, cozy ambiance and excellent service. In addition to hosting the Soroptimist and Kiwanis lunches every week, they also provide catering services to many; birthday parties, Christmas parties and community events. Please stop by for an enjoyable dinner experience and check out Chef Daniel’s new menu items!!!

Deb Langhans

reflexology massage therapist wholistic health coaching

Relissa Hall

esthetician skin therapys waxing body treatments

Dr. Bronwyn Bacon, N.D. naturopathic physician

Becki Day & Julie Strang

Open Tuesday thru Saturday Happy Hour Tuesday thru Friday, 4-5:30

165 West St. 378.1934 www.vinnysfridayharbor.com

Spa d bune / www.spadbune.com 669 Mullis St. Suite 101/Friday Harbor 360.370.5027

Wonderful Women

Enjoy Fine, Local Art F

of Windermere

Can you guess which one of us...

Over 200 Artists Gift Gallery Made in the San Juan Islands Owner, Claudia Fullerton (p.s. Objets d’ art behind Claudia is representative of her fine work)

270 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360 378-6550 • www.islandstudios.com

• Raced women’s giant slalom? • Cooked on tugboats for 10 years? • Published a book for dogs? • Plays electric bass with a band? • Was a cherry picker in Eastern Washington? • Drove a school bus? • Was a boat broker? • Crowned Miss Ballard Nordic Queen? • Was a US Mail Carrier? • Flew a 747 simulator in Bangkok? • Taught English in Japan? • Has a brown belt in Judo? • Was a professional jazz flutist? • Has traveled around the world? • Has published 6 cookbooks? • Is a “horse whisperer”? • Teaches Yoga? • Lived in a commune?

or nineteen years, David and I have the pleasure of owning The Toy Box. We strive to find quality toys with lots of play value as well as those incredibly funny novelties. From our tiny beginnings in 350 square feet on the top floor of Cannery Landing to our now 1200 square feet on First Street, we continue to boast the largest toy selection in the islands! We appreciate the support that this caring community has afforded us over the years. We welcome suggestions and ideas. Come join us on November 10 for Neighborhood Toy Store Day. We will introduce the new Best Toys for Kids list. Many of the items will be available at The Toy Box. Free cookies and surprise discounts at the register will be available. Soroptimist International continues to be my passion. I salute the Journal for their support of our local Cancer Relief Transportation Project.

Nancy Hanson The Toy Box, 20 First Street, (360) 378-8889

TOOKIE’S Hair Design

Tookie and Rose Shaw

Get a Personalized Beauty Treatment from this Mother and Daughter Team The mother, TOOKIE, Salon operator for over 30 years in Friday Harbor. The daughter, ROSE SHAW, who rejoined her mother in 2010.

Real Estate - San Juan Island 50 Spring Street, (360)378-3600 www.windermeresji.com

HAIRCUTS for Men & Women

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Skill matters most in business of gov’t In the public arena, women often bring something special to the table By Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher

When I was campaigning to be mayor of Friday Harbor, it didn’t occur to me that I would somehow be seen as a trailblazer. It wasn’t until I was asked during a Journal interview at the county Fair that I realized I had the potential to “shatter a glass ceiling.” Even so, this was not the focus of my campaign nor has it been the focus of my term. To me, running for mayor was a natural evolution in serving my community. After all, there were already many strong role models of women in local government. In fact, it was county Auditor Milene Henley who first encouraged me to run for town council to fill the position being vacated by another talented woman, Debbie Emery. The town has a long tradition of women involved in government. Council members have included women since 1988, when Edith Dickinson began serving. Town Treasurer Wendy Picinich is currently in her 8th term. And I still hear wonderful tales about nearly 90-year old Betty Gilson, who lead the town’s planning commission for several years. I do think women can bring something special to the table, especially in these fractured times when government is often viewed with suspicion. Women in general tend to be better listeners. We tend to strive a little harder for consensus. We tend to prioritize helping. We’re a little better at nurturing, a little more attuned to community. All of that helps government be more accessible and that’s a very good thing. But when it comes to the work of the town council, I don’t think our gender balance really matters. Much more importantly, our council has worked hard to be collaborative and transparent; to treat each other and fellow residents with respect; and to always work towards the best interests of the community. I think each of us brings something important to the council chambers and we balance each other well. So while gender may be something of note when reviewing candidate qualifications, I don’t believe it should be the





determining factor. What is more essential is an elected official’s skills set and how they use those skills to be of service. I have certainly enjoyed my moniker of “First Woman Mayor” but I have enjoyed even more serving our town and I look forward to doing that for many more years. I have lots of plans, visions, ideas and tons of passion for our community. But Carrie Lacher you know, that simply means I have a lot in common with all the other women in local government doing what we can to make our home the best it can be.


SJC Council Member, District 1

“It is an honor to serve on the San Juan County Council. I ask for your vote to continue to represent the citizens of District 1 and all my fellow islanders. I am dedicated, accessible, and responsive to constituent concerns. I make decisions in the best interests of our entire community. Thank you for your support!”

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Debbie Sutliff, Lisa Anderson, Lori Ronhaar Decades of experience - to help you with all of your title and escrow needs. CHIGAGO TITLE is a member of the Fidelity National Financial family of companies, which is the leading provider of title insurance, mortgage services, specialty insurance and information services in the real estate community. For more than 160 years, we have established a reputation in the real estate industry for superior service, industry expertise and unmatched financial strength. The office here has land records that date back to 1872 when the San Juan Islands became a part of the United States, and prior to Statehood. “The land records can be a mystery, and it’s our job to solve that mystery and give new buyers or lenders clear title to their property.” More than 65 years in the San Juans! Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back! Supporters and Survivors of Breast Cancer

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Serving our islands since 1946

The Women of

Surina Business Park & Retail Center WISH TO THANK THE COMMUNITY OF FRIDAY HARBOR FOR YOUR PATRONAGE Pictured, L-R: Riley the Retriever, Deb Nolan, Felicity Milnes, Lynn Danaher, Tea Quinn, Bonnie Turman, and Deb Falls, (not pictured Angel Michaels, Annie Hutton, Mary Kate Panaro.

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Harper Poesy Voted the best salon of 2012!

Find TEA QUINN at her studio or at the farmers’ market during the Summer season. Offering haircuts for all ages by appointment Welcome new stylist Poppy Green We strive to provide a holistic, safe, pampering service. Stop on by! 378.1600

MKate Design handles website and graphic design for individuals, nonprofits and businesses large or small. Owner Mary Kate Panaro puts her ten years of experience to work helping clients go from concept to implementation with their internet and social networking needs. See what she can do for you at mkate.com, call her at 370-5647, or email her at mk@kate.com.

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Bonnie Turman - owner Almost 2 years ago I decided it was time to combine my many years of retail experience with my crafting experience to open a full service craft supply store, dedicated only to crafting supplies. There is a classroom available to rent for your personal use, product demos and crafting classes. Knowledgeable customer service is my number one goal at Creative Passions. “Fun starts here!”

Felicity Milne

Cakes by Felicitations Felicity Milne has been baking treats for Friday Harbor residents for over 14 years, first in her bakery Felicitations and now with Cakes by Felicitations. She specializes in custom designed cakes for all special occasions and the everyday treat. Also available are her famous chocolate eclairs, cupcakes, pies, savory hors d’oeurves. All items are baked from scratch and to order so please call in advance.


www.cakesbyfelicitations.com 50 Malcom St #320, Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor

Lynn Danaher, owner of Surina Business Park, and Mikial Denker of Travel Light Cycles are introducing ELECTRIC BIKES from a new shop at Surina Business Park. Sales are currently being offered. Tours and Rentals will be offered in Spring 2013. Stop by for a test ride!!


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Household Consignment & e-bay Sales Furniture & Antique Restoration.

Deb Falls is opening her new store on November 15th; 10am - 5pm Tue-Sat or by appointment.


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Closed Sundays & Mondays Tue - Fri: 10 am - 6 pm • Sat 10 am - 5 pm 50 Malcolm Street • (360) 378-0978 Friday Harbor, WA

Angel Michaels: The Pasta Diva. Great music and great food belong together. I love making both right here! At San Juan Pasta, our ingredients begin with whole squash, fresh spinach, whole herbs and cheeses. Then we roast, toast, chop, and grate to make pastas, butters and sauces. Our food is fresh, lively, and ready to sing a song in your mouth.

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Women in Business - 2012  


Women in Business - 2012