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Oct. 2014 The Shakedown expands 
The Buzz Haggen’s new CEO John Clougher said Haggen is done downsizing and ready to grow. He has a background in natural and specialty markets. HAGGEN, PAGE 9
Marijuana law A Bellingham attorneys practice has become 60 percent marijuana business law in the last year. MARIJUANA, PAGE 6
Business toolkit What’s holding you back from marketing you business?  The value of human resources.  Anne-Marie Faiola, founder and CEO of Bramble Berry, on the set of “Soap Queen TV,” in the warehouse where she runs her soap making company.
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The soap queen
Anne-Marie Faiola built a soap empire with 16 years of steady growth BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal
nne-Marie Faiola quit her job as a corrections officer 16 years ago, put $50,000 on her credit card, and started her soap making company Bramble Berry. It turned out to be a good decision.
The company has blossomed and is on track to do about $10 million in sales this year. Faiola employs about 70 people in two warehouses in the Sunnyland neighborhood. The original warehouse buzzes with busy employees. Desks are on one side, and the other, much larger side, has buckets, bags, and boxes of soap supplies stacked on 20-foot-tall shelves.
Business briefs Kulshan Brewing Co. is expanding to a second location.  Allegiant Air drops service to Hawaii from Bellingham International Airport. 
Bramble Berry sells hundreds of products for soap making--everything from complete soap making kits to ingredients like essential oils, dyes and exfoliants, as well as ingredients for making lotion, nail polish and other beauty products. Bramble Berry has grown steadily since Faiola started it at 20 years old (she’s 37 now). See SOAP, PAGE 4
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BUSINESS BRIEFS WECU ranked as state’s healthiest credit union
Bellingham Airport loses Allegiant’s service to Hawaii
Whatcom Educational Credit Union(WECU) landed at number seven in a ranking of the top 200 healthiest credit unions in America. DepositAccounts, a consumer-advocacy website that collects banking statistics, produced the list. According to the list, WECU is the topranked credit union in the state. DepositAccounts ranked credit unions using three main variables: Texas ratio – a comparison of the total value of loans at risk to the total value of funds on hand to cover those loans, deposit growth, and capitalization.
After putting flights from Bellingham to Hawaii on seasonal hiatus in April, Allegiant Airlines permanently suspended its service to Hawaii from Bellingham and several other airports in its recently released winter schedule. The low-cost airline flew from Bellingham International Airport to both Hololulu and Maui. Daniel Zenk, Port of Bellingham aviation director, wasn’t surprised by the change. “When they stopped offering the flights in April, we suspected that they wouldn’t offer it again,” Zenk said. “Now were just moving forward. This doesn’t change a thing.” Allegiant also stopped service to Hawaii from Spokane, Boise, and Santa Maria, Calif., and changed year-round Hawaii service at several airports to seasonal service. Justin Ralenkotter, Allegiant spokesperson, said the company has experimented over the years to match demand for flights to Hawaii. “Travel patterns to Hawaii generally differ from our other destination cities,” he said in an email. “We’ve seen that leisure travelers tend to visit the islands with less frequency than cities such as Las Vegas, so we’re working to adjust our Hawaii schedules accordingly.” Alaska Airlines currently flies from Bellingham to Both Honolulu and Maui. Allegiant Airlines carries about half the traffic
The Crossing Guide magazine goes all digital The Crossing Guide, a Bellingham-based magazine covering food, art, adventure and culture in northwest Washington for a Canadian audience, is going all digital. The magazine will switch to online-only content late this fall, according to a press release. With the change, The Crossing Guide will introduce Spanish- and Mandarin-language editions. The magazine previously published 30,000 copies per quarter and distributed in the Lower Mainland, Victoria, Sidney, and Vancouver, B.C.
Kulshan Brewing Co. opening second location Kulshan Brewing Co. is opening a second brewery and taproom across the freeway from the first at 1538 Kentucky St., where Dave Vitt said the brewery will be able to produce five times as much beer. The second location should open in January or February 2015. Kulshan’s brewing team, lead by head brewer Tom Eastwood, will brew, bottle, and refrigerate large batches of Kulshan’s more popular beers on one side of the new 12,000-squarefoot space. The other side will house a taproom with a bigger bar and a more tables than Kulshan’s James Street location, Vitt said. They won’t serve food in the taproom, but there will be food trucks outside. Taproom customers will be able to look into the brewing side of the building through large windows. “It will have a different feel,” Vitt said. “It’s a lot more industrial than James Street.” Once the second location is open, the company will concentrate on brewing seasonal and specialty beers at the original location.
at Bellingham International Airport. Traffic at Bellingham International Airport is down by about 10 percent this summer compared to last summer. Zenk said that’s because the industry is consolidating. “We expected that there would be a plateau and a slight decrease,” Zenk said. “Now we anticipate that things will start to turn around.” Zenk said they’re looking to expand eastward and working to replace service to cities they’ve lost, like Salt Lake City, Reno, Nev., and Columbus, Ohio.
Logos Bible Software changes name to Faithlife Logos Bible Software, the Bellingham-based company with more than 400 employees in offices downtown, announced on Sept. 12 that its name is now Faithlife Corporation. “We haven’t been bought; we don’t have a new owner,” CEO Bob Pritchett said in a blog post on the company’s website. “Logos Bible Software is still our flagship product, and we’re not changing the name.” Pritchett said the name changed because his company doesn’t just produce software anymore. “We’re moving toward a
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In the last three years sales grew by about 60 percent. She credits that growth to two things: the beginning of the recession, and the slow end of the recession. Forty percent of Bramble Berry customers own soap businesses. Before the recession, many of them made soap part-time for a supplementary income, Faiola said. Then the recession began. “All of the sudden a lot of these part-time soap makers became the full-time breadwinner for their families. This was a viable way for them to support their families as their husbands or spouses experienced setbacks in their professional lives,” Faiola said. “That’s really been a huge part of it.” A few years later, as the economy slowly improved, those new businesses grew and made larger orders with Bramble Berry. Faiola started making soap at 16. Her soap empire ships products around the world. She has a downtown retail store at 301 W. Holly St.called Otion, a blog at www. soapqueen.com, and a Youtube channel with instructional videos. Her most popular videos have nearly 400,000 views. She’s writing her second book, called “Pure and Natural Soap Crafting.” Her first book, “Soap Crafting,” is on its second printing. She has several new soap ventures planned for next year, as well as lobbying trips to Washington, D.C. to get small businesses exempt from FDA regulations geared toward mass-produced soap. Faiola and her chief operations officer, Norman Vigre, also volunteer at local nonprofits each month, and donate to dozens of organizations detailed on her website, brambleberry.com “She’s incredible productive,” said Erin Baker, CEO of Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods. Baker and Faiola are in a business group together. “The kid has a nuclear power plant inside her. She’s just one of those high-energy, productive people.” Sixty percent of Faiola’s customers are small business
October 2014 with chat rooms. “She really was on the forefront of harnessing social media to market and sell her products,” Baker said. “As far as I know, she’s one of the pioneers.”
Laser-focused Faiola worked constantly until three years ago when she and her husband had their first child. Two years later, they had a second. “Having kids has laser-focused me on doing things that really matter for the company,” Faiola said. “Before, there was a bucket of work to be done and a 24-hour period to get it done. Now, there’s a bucket of work that needs to be done and I have eight hours at work and then I have three hours after the kids go to bed. I have to be a lot more targeted.” Faiola’s priorities at work shifted. In the last six months, she brought the amount of time she spends answering emails down from 25 percent of her work time to 14 percent. She tracks her time on her iPhone using an app called Eternity. (She even tracks her free time, 41 percent of which she spends reading. She’s in two book groups.) The time Faiola used to spend communicating with customers she now uses come up with and carry out new ideas.
Bars of soap at Bramble Berry’s headquarters in Bellingham’s Sunnyland neighborhood. OLIVER LAZENBY PHOTO | THE BBJ owners, the rest are hobbyists buying products for birthday parties, baby showers, holiday gifts, or just for fun, Faiola said. They are one-time customers that Bramble Berry has to replace every year. One way Faiola does that is through social media. Bramble Berry’s twitter account, which has 9,246 followers, is updated a dozen times a day. She posts pictures of her soap creations--typically bars of soap with swirly patterns, bright colors, or intricate designs--on Instragram, where she has 4,239 followers. And she has been using social media for years, starting
New ventures Cardboard boxes are piled in a corner of Faiola’s office, next to the front door of Bramble Berry’s main location at 2138 Humboldt St. Faiola is researching subscription programs--programs where a fee gets subscribers a monthly box of products in the mail. She signed up for 30 subscription programs for everything from beauty products, to T-shirts, crafts, and food. She’s launching her own subscription service in November, called Handmade Beauty Box. It’s a $29.99 monthly box stuffed full of do-it-yourself beauty products for making soaps, lotions, and other do-it-yourself projects.
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Bellingham attorney practices mariuana business law Heather Wolf’s practice took an unexpected turn when retail pot businesses opened BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal
Bellingham attorney Heather Wolf didn’t plan to get into marijuana law. She practices land use and zoning law, and last year clients started asking her about where they could open retail marijuana stores. Wolf, who has been an attorney since 1997, got involved with Whatcom County’s adoption of zoning laws on behalf on her clients, and used her zoning expertise to help clients figure out where they could legally locate marijuana businesses. Since then, marijuana business law has become more than half of her practice at Brownlee Evans Wolf & Lee.
BBJ: What interests you about marijuana business law? It’s fascinating. It’s a brand new world. We’re all trying to work through this brand new legislation, which has problems. And it’s complicated--every jurisdiction in Whatcom County has its own set of regulations for these businesses.
BBJ: Who are your clients now? It has really evolved. I do a lot of trans-
actional business work now. There has been a great need for that in doing leases and contracts between the owners of these businesses, and also with people who are financing these operations. I represent a lot of folks in the process of getting producer/processor licenses, some of whom actually have gotten licenses. I also represent retailers who have gotten licenses in Whatcom County. And I do represent landlords who are leasing property to marijuana businesses, although that’s a smaller part of my practice. I represent a lot more applicants for licenses than landlords.
I think they could also throw a carrot to the local jurisdictions who allow marijuana businesses by allocating some of the tax revenue to them. There’s a lot of fear around marijuana businesses. No one has really seen them before. So, these businesses are very careful and compliant. Once there’s a track record of these facilities running and not causing any problems, I think some of that fear will go away.
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Bellingham Attorney Heather Wolf at ruling change things her office. She’s with the firm Brownlee for local businesses? Evans Wolf and Lee. OLIVER LAZENBY PHOTO | THE In Bellingham it’s not BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL an issue because they have a clear ordinance that says where businesses can locate. Ferndale is complicated because they allow BBJ: Where are your clients? How businesses in certain zones but they put a big of an area? moratorium on new businesses, so I don’t Whatcom County. I don’t know how that is going to pan out. represent anyone in San BBJ: Do you think regional moraJuan or Skagit Counties but toriums undermine the initiative? I’ve gotten inquiries. Absolutely. One of the stated purposes BBJ: What do you of the initiative was to get rid of the black think of the ruling in market. How do you create a viable legal Fife in September that market when you have so many jurisdicsaid local governments tions prohibiting these businesses? Marican ban marijuana juana is not going to go away. I think that businesses through their situation needs to be resolved.
I didn’t necessarily agree with that ruling but I wasn’t surprised by it. I’m hoping that the Legislature will still take action on that. I think they could clarify that local jurisdictions can not prohibit these businesses.
BBJ: Is marijuana business law a big part of your practice? Currently it’s maybe 60 percent of my practice. We’ll see if that continues to be the case once these folks are up and running. It’s like any other startup business--in the beginning you tend to need a lot of assistance to comply with the regulations.
SOAP, FROM 4 “If we get the market saturation I’m planning for and hoping for, that will be a major area of growth,” Faiola said. Another big area of growth for Bramble Berry will be producing soap for other companies, Faiola expects. Companies approach Faiola with ideas for soap they want to sell, and they beg her to design and produce it for them, she said. “In the past we’ve always said no. Now we’re saying, ‘Wait, we are the experts in soap making, why wouldn’t we say yes?” she said. “It’s a natural fit and it’s super fun. We can grow our business in Bellingham using this already existing skill set.”
Leaning on employees Faiola has learned to lean more on her team as Bramble Berry grows. She handled all the company’s social media three years ago. Now she employs a full-time social media manager and a full-time blogger. Many Bramble Berry employees have been with the company for years. Faiola said they are like a family. “They are phenomenal people. They are phenomenal at what they do,” she said. “They think differently than me and using their strengths has helped out our company a lot.”
BBJ: What are some of the biggest challenges for marijuana businesses? Banking is a huge challenge. Banks in the state aren’t even opening bank accounts for these folks. I’m hoping that some banks are going to start taking accounts. It’s just a huge issue from a practical and security perspective. These ever-changing laws of the local jurisdictions are a big hurdle.
BBJ: What changes to marijuana law do you anticipate in the next few years? I anticipate that it’s going to be legal throughout the country. Maybe not next year, but eventually. My guess is that not much is going to happen on the federal level. If that’s the case, it may limit the ability for folks to do any sort of cross-state investment. There’s a residency requirement for financiers in Washington. So anyone who provides any money to a marijuana business has to be a Washington resident. That’s a big issue because there’s no commercial lending so far. You have to be either highly capitalized yourself, meaning that you’re a Microsoft millionaire, or you have to have a pool of people in Washington who you can borrow money from. Everyone involved has to live in the state and their spouses have to live in the state. Say marijuana is legalized in California and Oregon, but if nothing changes on the federal level there’s still not going to be any interstate commerce. Businesses are still going to have this issue where they have to do financing in the state. A lot of our business work is dealing with these private lending and investing issues.
BBJ: Why do you think all the states will legalize marijuana before the federal government does? It seems like there’s just gridlock on the federal level. They would have to change the Controlled Substances Act and I think they’d need some bipartisan cooperation to do that. It just doesn’t seem reasonable now.
Bramble Berry should move to Tennessee to be near FedEx’s Memphis World Hub, Faiola said. “This is probably the worst place we could be for shipping, but we love Bellingham,” she said. “There are so many people who I would not want to run this company without, who are such a huge part of my day and my joy in this company, that I wouldn’t want to move.”
What keeps her up at night At the beginning of October, Faiola will fly to Washington, D.C. to talk to senators and representatives about upcoming FDA regulations. The FDA has been drafting new regulations for soap makers for the last seven years. Some of the drafts, Faiola said, would put Bramble Berry out of business by burdening the small businesses that buy from Bramble Berry with paperwork. “They are rules made for the Procter & Gambles of the world,” she said. “We want product safety, but the rules made for a multinational company cannot and should not apply to small business.” Through it all, Faiola stays inspired because she loves soap. She still makes soap in her free time. “I’m obsessed with soap. The way I look at soap is that it’s a consumable art form,” she said. “I’m constantly inspired by what I see in nature, by what I’m reading in magazines, by what I see on Pinterest. It’s a great way to express my creative side.”
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Jobs: Unemployment rate ticks up Unemployment rate 9%
Labor force participation rate
August 2014: 5.4% August 2013: 6.5 %
Year-to-date: 838 Annual change: ďż˝27.30%
August 2014: 63.4% August 2013: 63.5 %
Includes non-seasonally adjusted figures in Whatcom County
Includes non-seasonally adjusted figures for Washington State
Includes filings for Chapters 7, 11 and 13 in Whatcom County
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SOURCE: WASHINGTON STATE UNEMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
SOURCE: UNITED STATES BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A 2014
SOURCE: U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT, WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
Spending: Canadian dollar down, sales-tax up Sales-tax distribution
August 2014: $0.92 August 2013: $0.96
August 2014: 1,351 August 2013: 1,225
Includes basic and optional local sales tax to Bellingham
Year-to-date: $13.01M Annual change: -1.10%
Includes original registrations in Whatcom County
Includes monthly averages (Canada-to-U.S.) at market closing
$1.2 $1.0 $0.8 $0.6
J F MAM J J A S O N D J F MAM J J A
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$0.2 J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A
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SOURCE: BANK OF CANADA
Housing: Closed sales continues up $350K
Average price Median price
Foreclosures & Delinquencies
Housing sale prices
Delinquency rate: June 2014: 2.63% June 2013: 3.62% Foreclosure rate: June 2014: 1.03% June 2013: 1.37%
Closed: Year-to-date: 1,878 Annual change: +15.70.57% Pending: Year-to-date: 2,632 Annual change: +5.17%
Average: August 2014: $307,252 August 2013: $277,350 Median: August 2014: $265,000 August 2013: $253,400
Includes sales of single-family houses and condos in Whatcom County
Pending sales Closed sales
5% Delinquency rate
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Other factors: Seasonal air-traffic stays strong Airport traffic
Cruise terminal traffic
Year-to-date: 377,637 Annual change: -9.67%
Year-to-date: 18,911 Annual change: - 1.84 %
Includes total enplanements at Bellingham International Airport
Includes inbound and outbound passengers at Bellingham Cruise Terminal
40K 20K 0
$20M $15M $10M
10K J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A 2013
SOURCE: PORT OF BELLINGHAM
Building-permit values Bellingham: Year-to-date: $125.20M Annual Change: - 1.68%
$5M J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A 2013
SOURCE: PORT OF BELLINGHAM
J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A 2013
SOURCE: CITY OF BELLINGHAM
Notes: Graphs include the most recent data available at press time. Annual changes show cumulative difference from the same time period during the previous year. Data include raw numbers only and are not adjusted to account for any seasonal factors.
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The Shakedown: Starting a racket A Bar and music venue on State Street is preparing to open a side bar and pinball lounge BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal Hollie Huthman assesses risk, and decides whether or not to issue loans as a consumer loan underwriter at Whatcom Educational Credit Union. At the end of the day, the 33-year-old swaps her WECU shirt for a hoodie and begins her second job of booking shows, pouring drinks and managing The Shakedown, a bar and music venue on State Street which she founded and co-owns with Marty Watson. “I’m really busy, but I compare it to having a kid. I imagine that having a full-time job and having a kid is similar to starting a business and having a full-time job,” Huthman said. “I’d imagine that working full-time and having a kid may be more difficult.” Running a venue is tough. Between the staff who need to be paid during a concert-bartenders, security, a sound technician-and the music and lighting equipment, there’s a lot of overhead. That’s one reason music venues come and go frequently in Bellingham. The 3B, The Factory, The Nightlight Lounge, The Old Foundry, and many others have closed in the last 10 years. But the three-and-a-half-year-old Shakedown is expanding. Huthman, with her day job at the credit union, brings something to the venue that not all bar owners Hollie Huthman at The Shakedown, the bar and music venue she co-owns. By day, Huthman is a consumer loan underwriter at Whatcom have--the ability to assess risk and manage Educational Credit Union. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO | COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL money. The current space is a 130-person capacHuthman mostly hires people who are in bands, because ity room with circular leather booths linthey understand what it’s like to be in a touring band. ing one wall and a bar beneath a bare brick wall on the “Sometimes bands might not make enough money to opposing side. They have about three concerts a week, even cover gas while on tour,” Huthman said. “We can at mostly rock shows. It’s capacity makes it a medium-sized least give them a good experience.” venue, Huthman said. Cole has known Huthman for 14 years, and he said he In August, Huthman and Watson signed a lease on the begged her to open a music venue. He thought she had the space next door to The Shakedown. They’ll be punching perfect combination of talents to run a venue successfully, a doorway through the wall and creating a side bar and he said. pinball lounge called The Racket, which they hope to open “She’s smart, grounded, incredibly passionate, she has in November. It will be a quiet place to escape to during incredible taste in music. She’s perfect,” he said. “Hollie is a concert. A lounge with 18 pinball tables on the second an incredibly stable person and there are a lot of bar ownfloor will make The Racket a pinball destination, Huthers who are not.” man said. The 3B, a legendary Bellingham venue that closed in “The nice thing about a side bar is if you’re into the first 2005, is Huthman’s inspiration for The Shakedown. When and last band but not the band in between, you can get out she turned 21, she started going to shows at The 3B and of the noise and talk to the date you brought with you,” BRENT COLE fell in love with the venue’s atmosphere and community. Huthman said. EDITOR OF WHAT’S UP! MAGAZINE Cole said Slim Dunlap, guitarist for The Replacements, A lot of venues have side bars, or something similar, called it the best bar he’s ever played. Huthman said. The Crocodile (formerly The Crocodile Since The 3B closed, both Cole and Huthman described Cafe) and Neumos in Seattle both have them. the Bellignham music scene as going in ebbs and flows. Opening the side bar was part of Huthman and Watson’s Currently, The Shakedown, along with Bellingham’s other original plan for The Shakedown, but Huthman said she venues, are hosting a lot of shows, Huthman said. didn’t expect to get the opportunity so soon. “People got out of the habit of going to see live music as Brent Cole, editor of What’s Up! Magazine, which covers their first choice of entertainment,” she said. “With all the music in Bellingham, called The Shakedown vital to the venues in town that are putting on great shows, going to local music scene. It gives local bands a place to play, but see live music is starting to be in people’s routines again.” it’s also brought some impressive bands to town, he said. Huthman started The Shakedown because she loves live Earth, a Seattle band that had its newest album reviewed music. Live music is her job now, but it’s still her passion. in the New York Times, has played at The Shakedown “I love going to shows. It’s the best thing in the world,” three times. she said. “The Shakedown is my first business and my first “Bands like to play The Shakedown,” Cole said. “That’s priority is making sure it survives. It’s also a labor of love the kind of place Shakedown is. Bands will potentially take and so at this point there’s so much more that motivates less money to play at Hollie’s bar.” me beyond money. Yet, I’d really like to eventually be able The venue has earned a good reputation among bands to rely on it alone to make a living.” and agents, Huthman said. She tries to pay and treat bands well.
“Bands like to play The Shakedown. That’s the kind of place Shakedown is. Bands will potentially take less money to play at Hollie’s bar.”
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Meet Haggen’s new CEO Former Whole Foods regional president says he’s taking over at a bright time for the market chain
Haggen’s new CEO John Clougher, right, and Chris Sharick, manager of the Barkley Village Haggen, during Clougher’s second week as CEO. Oliver Lazenby Photo | The Bellingham Business Journal BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal Ten years ago, as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market, John Clougher developed an admiration for Haggen, the Bellingham-based grocery store chain. His job at Whole Foods required him to travel to stores throughout the Northwest. Every other week, he’d leave his wife and three young daughters in Bellevue to drive up the Interstate 5 corridor to Whole Foods stores in British Columbia. As a lifelong grocer, Clougher (his last name rhymes with flour) liked to check out other grocery stores along the way. To him, Haggen stood out. “When you’re in the grocery industry you’re always checking things out. There are companies that inherently know how to be merchants, and I think Haggen is one of them,” Clougher said. “There were plenty of times when I was leaving Canada and thought, ‘I can’t wait to get through the border crossing because I need to get something to eat at Haggen.’” In September, after several years in California reviving Andronico’s Community Markets, a struggling chain of specialty markets based in Berkeley, California, Clougher was hired as Haggen’s CEO. It’s a position he’s excited about because he thinks, after a couple of difficult years, Haggen is now ready to grow. “What I see in Haggen is a company that actually has some really great positive momentum right now,” he said. “It’s really centered itself over the past 18 months into a really stable company. I’m pretty excited with what I’m walking into.” In an official press release, Haggen board member John Caple said Clougher is the ideal leader for Haggen’s future. “John has led successful ventures with specialty food retailing opportunities that focus on higher-end, fresh and differentiated products, which is exactly where Hag-
gen’s strength and future lie,” he said. Clougher, 48, has worked in grocery stores all his life, starting as a sweeper and bagger at Purity Supreme in Boston, a market he likens to Safeway. In 1993, he joined a company called Fresh Fields Market in Rockville, Maryland. In 1996, Whole Foods bought Fresh Fields. Clougher’s store changed to a Whole Foods, and he stayed with the company, and moved to Bellevue to work as Regional Vice President in 2000. Clougher, who had a young family, wanted to travel less--he spent many nights away from his wife and daughters, who are now 17, 16, and 14. In 2010, he seized an opportunity to revive Andronico’s. The job allowed Clougher to spend more time with his family. And professionally, it was an interesting challenge, he said. Andronico’s was struggling after a failed expansion attempt during the recession. Andronico’s stores were great, but they had business issues, Clougher said. So, Clougher and a team from Whole Foods took on management roles at Andronica’s in 2011, after the store declared bankruptcy, and brought it back to life. Clougher was the board of managers’ executive advisor, and later the CEO, while simultaneously working as CEO of Ag Ferrari Foods - an Italian deli. “I had a lot of fun the past few years really bringing Andronico’s back to its heyday through basic retail strategies around fresh food and quality customer service,” Clougher said. “I’m really proud of what we did there.” With Haggen closing 10 stores in the past two years, it may seem like Clougher is walking into a similar situation at Haggen as he did at Andronico’s - a chance to fix a broken business. But that’s not the case, Clougher said.
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HAGGEN, FROM 9 This summer, Haggen’s sales numbers are up.
Haggen hasn’t had a CEO since 2012, and Clougher is replacing a leadership team of Clement Stevens, John Turley and Ron Stevens. Those leaders did the hard work of closing stores and balancing the
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budget, Clougher said. Turley and Clement Stevens are now senior vice presidents with the company. Ron Stevens, who was chief financial officer, left the company in May. Haggen is almost finished with its “Northwest Fresh” rebranding project, with just two or three stores to go. The rebranding involves remodeling stores, including Haggen-owned Top Food & Drug stores, and rebranding products. Clougher hopes to be with Haggen for a while, he said. “I’d like this to be my gig,” he said. “I believe I’m still relatively young. I’d like to make that commitment to Haggen.” In his first few weeks on the job Clougher went on a roadshow, stopping at every Haggen store and meeting as many of the company’s 2,000 employees as he could. While touring the Barkley Village Haggen with store manager Chris Sharick, Clougher stopped to meet and joke with store employees. “How come you got to start as a box boy? I had to start as a bagger,” he said to Sharick, who has been with Haggen for 20 years. The number of long-term employees at Haggen impressed Clougher. He met a lot of people who had been with Haggen for 20 to 40 years. “There’s a certain set of people who want to work in a grocery store, and that’s me. I’m a grocer for my whole life. And it’s Chris. There’s a lot of that here,” Clougher said. Before accepting the position, he spent a lot of time meeting with the previous management team to get to know them and discuss strategy. He came to Bellingham from San Francisco seven or eight weeks in a row, and brought his wife along twice. “I spent a lot of time looking at this opportunity,” he said. “I feel very lucky that there was an open position for me to join the company.” Clougher wanted to work for a bigger company, but also a special company, he
October 2014 said. As with Clougher’s last career change, family was an important consideration. Clougher said his family was excited about moving to Bellingham. His kids still have friends in Washington from the last time they lived in the state. “My wife feels very comfortable moving to Washington--that’s very important,” he said. “There’s been a lot of positive discussion in our family about relocating. Usually relocating is a very traumatic thing for a family.” Clougher got into natural markets early. The media still talks about the natural and organic movement like it’s new, Clougher said, but he’s been working in it since 1993. “It’s still new, but I was lucky enough to get in 20 years ago,” Clougher said. Clougher said he will use what he learned at Whole Foods to train, educate, and experiment around Haggen’s perishable operations. He considers perishables to be Whole Foods’ expertise. Though he’s worked in natural markets for most of his career, Clougher doesn’t feel the need to make any visionary changes at Haggen, he said. Nor does he see Haggen as a departure from his career in natural markets. “Haggen is committed to sustainable programs and traceability programs,” Clougher said. “In some ways it is very close to my background.” If he doesn’t plan to change Haggen, what is his vision for the 81-year-old company? It’s simple, he said. Five years from now he wants each Haggen store to be the best grocery store in its community.
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What’s new at the chamber? By Shelli Jones Guy Occhiogrosso, President/CEO of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce has been on the job seven months and is announcing new and improved programs beginning in 2015. “We want to increase the benefits of membership by offering more programs to engage our members, provide them with more educational opportunities, and help promote our member businesses, ” said Occhiogrosso One new program will be a Monthly Membership Lunch. Designed for those who are unavailable to attend the 7:15am Monthly Networking Breakfast, this new program—starting in 2015— is designed to engage members in the latest business and community news and activities. The subject matter will include updates on industrial projects and major commercial development, presentations from legislative and agency partners including the airport, tourism, state and local representatives, and hot topics that are affecting the local business community. The Monthly Membership Lunch will be held on the fourth Tuesday of the month beginning Jan. 27, 2015 at 12pm. The lunch will include a brief introduction by the sponsor, a 5-minute speech by a local nonprofit and a half-hour speech by the featured speaker followed by Q&A. The program will conclude at 1pm, but stay open an additional half-
hour to allow attendees to network. The monthly lunches are perks reserved for chamber members and serve the chamber’s mission of promoting the community, facilitating factually-rounded dialog with business and providing networking opportunities. How is this different from the Chamber Speaker Series? “The speaker series incorporates highlevel speakers and an educational component,” said Occhiogrosso. The speaker series can incorporate a number of speakers to present a variety of perspectives on one particular subject. The featured speaker has 60-minutes to speak, which is significantly longer than the membership lunch. The speaker series is also interactive, so the audience has a chance to ask questions and delve deeper into the subject with the guest speaker. The chamber will also feature hot topics during the upcoming speaker series. “I’d like to gather together people who represent every side of an issue to discuss it in a factual and logical manner. As a chamber of commerce, I believe it is our responsibility to offer the community an opportunity to hear all sides of an issue so that they can make decisions based on the facts and facilitate factually-based discussions. We simply want to be a conduit through which the community can obtain information, drive discussions and make their own decisions,” said Occhiogrosso. Members and non-
members are welcome to attend the speaker series. The monthly membership lunches, however, are reserved for chamber members. The chamber will begin regularly scheduled programs with specialized content and networking opportunities exclusively for their chairman’s club and presidents’ roundtable members. These events will feature high-level speakers in a smaller group allowing members a much more intimate setting to interact with the speakers. The chamber also reconvened its government affairs committee. Business members on this committee will meet with local and state politicians for political updates and help guide the chamber’s political involvement. Anyone interested in volunteering for this committee should contact Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber President Guy Occhiogrosso. The Leadership Whatcom class of 2015 will be seeing changes to that program as well. Leadership Whatcom is a program for individuals to develop their leadership strengths, gain direct access to local and state politicians and business leaders, and define their roles as stewards of our community. The 2015 leadership curriculum and program will be updated. The 9-month program, previously held September through May, will be moved to February through November with a couple of months off to allow for summer vacations. “We will be partnering
with more local agencies and businesses. The changes to the program will utilize community input regarding how Leadership Whatcom can best serve the community,” said Occhiogrosso. The highlight of the program is the graduation ceremony which will be incorporated into the chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner to create a greater synergy among the graduates and the chamber. The chamber’s Whatcom Report Radio Program on KGMI 790 AM, which airs Sundays at 8am, will be re-tooled to include more member interviews. For the past year, the chamber has allowed its radio hosts to choose the subject and guests for the program. “We’d like to give our members the chance to speak about their businesses and discuss their
industry. The chamber will personally invite those members who they believe are well-spoken and can speak about their business and industry as a whole,” said Occhiogrosso. The chamber is also working on a new partnership to help fill a void in the local business community/ educational institution relationship. Western Washington University (WWU) approached Occhiogrosso and brought to his attention that the business community needed clarification on the concept of internship. Some businesses think of an intern only as free labor and lacking in an educational component. Therefore, WWU approached the chamber to discuss how the chamber could get involved. The chamber will serve
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Residential contractors report a surge in business believing that their house is a good place to invest money.” David Brogan, President of Bellingham Bay Builders said his building cooperative stayed busy throughout the recession. Mostly they did complicated remodels, which a lot of contractors don’t like to do, he said. But this summer they started doing more new construction. “We noticed a pretty
BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal Residential contractors, in general, have more work than they’ve had in years, said Brian Evans, executive officer of the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. “Residential remodel is quite strong,” Evans said. “Homeowner confidence is up. People are back to
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Public Records BUSINESS LICENSES Listings, which feature both new and renewed licenses in Bellingham, include business name, licensee name and the business’s physical address. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham. One Path Design, Timothy Parks, 1101 Undine St, Bellingham, WA 98229. Moon Boy Music, David Howard Lanz, 1511 J St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Pacific Vascular Incorporated, Pacific Vascular Incorporated, 3104 Squalicum Parkway Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 98225. North Coast Financial Services, North Coast Credit Union, 1100 Dupont St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Southlake Construction, Charles F Reynolds, 1144 Lake Samish Road, Bellingham, WA 98229. Wiley Stewart Finishes, Wiley Stanley Stewart, 2419 Huron St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Yun’s Painting, Tae K. Yun, 575 Whitecap Road, Bellingham, WA 98229. Smidges Fur Hut, Ivy Margaret Little 2610 W Maplewood Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. MCR Services, Orvin Mike Renfro, 5374 E 18th Ave., Bellingham, WA 98226. James M Thompson, James Montgomery Thompson, 2106 Old Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229. Rice Insurance, L.L.C., Rice Insurance, L.L.C., 1400 Broadway St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Left Coast Enterprises, Inc. Left Coast Enterprises, Inc. 1101 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225. The Teamwork Group, Inc., The Teamwork Group, Inc., 2215 Midway Lane Suite 201, Bellingham, WA 98226. Flat Floors, Johnny Andrew Murdock, 2513 King St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Whatcom County Ems/Tc Council, Emergency Medical Services Council Of Whatcom County, 1212 Indian St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Connie J. Clement, Connie J. Clement, 2416 Victor St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Dragonwood Designs, Sheri Clark, 2525 Cherry St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Upcycled Artist, Wendelin Ann Dunlap, 301 W. Holly St. Suite U8,Bellingham, WA 98225. Naked Clothing Co., Naked Clothing Co., 126 W. Holly St ., Bellingham, WA 98225. Hummingbirds Alley-A Chocolate Drive Thru, Laura L. Kay 2514 Kulshan St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Molly Masland, Molly Allison Masland, 1440 10th St., Unit 217, Bellingham, WA 98225. Angle Advocates Process Service, Richard William Townsend, 2900 Orleans St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Indigo Jones Designs, Matia Indigo Jones, 505 N. Garden St. Apt. 3c, Bellingham, WA 98225. Honey Bee Home Services, Ellyn Joan Lee, 2501 Franklin St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Woo Woo Wonders, Ariel Divina Libre, 2610 Likely Court, Bellingham, WA 98229. Redbox Automated Retail LLC, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 1225 E. Sunset Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. Linda Jean Woods, Linda Woods, Licensed Massage Practitioner, 1457 Grant St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Zipcar Inc., Zipcar Inc., 516 High St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Blackline HHP Products LLC., Blackline HHP Products L.L.C., 1325 Marietta Ave., Bellingham, WA 98226. B e llingh am B ay Up hol ste r y, Kathleen Duvall Smith, 2736 S. Park Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225. Retail Solutions Northwest, Mark David
Whitney, 1723 Sapphire Trail, Bellingham, WA 98226. William O’dea Schenken, William O’dea Schenken, 1125 37th St., Bellingham, WA 98229. D & M Design, D & M Design, 1709 St. Paul Lane, Bellingham, WA 98229. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, 2200 Rimland Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. Harley Interiors LLC, Harley Interiors LLC, 2430 St. Clair St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Yacht Sales International, Richard D Johnson, 718 Coho Way, Bellingham, WA 98225. Kulshan Commercial Investment Real Estate Company, Allen Stockbridge, 3366 Southbend Place Apt. 102, Bellingham, WA 98226. Buffalo Wild Wings, Blazin Wings Inc., 1 Bellis Fair Pkwy Suite 15, Bellingham, WA 98226. The Burkland Law Office, Olivia J. Burkland, 1117 Franklin St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Anchor Society, Jamie Michelle Shannon, 21 Bellwether Way Suite 107, Bellingham, WA 98225. Sunshine Painters, Javier Garcia, 3005 Haxton Way, Bellingham, WA 98226. Select Outpatient Services, Select Outpatient Services, Inc., 4415 Columbine Drive, Bellingham, WA, 98226. Deborah Callender ND, PLLC, Deborah Callender ND PLLC, 1810 Broadway St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Spruce Stationery & Design, Spruce Stationery and Design Co., 1422 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Sivvy Taxi, Sivan A. Steffens, 2430 Yew Street Rd., Bellingham, WA 98229. Sanctuary Publishing, Naturae, Inc., 1320 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Nails By Dongru, Dongru Chorvat, 2201 James St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Climagrow, Eci Contracting Inc., 1019 Iowa St., Suite 102, Bellingham, WA 98229 Verdelux Chocolates, Verdelux Chocolates LLC, 924 Kentucky St., Bellingham, WA 98225. American Scaffold Inc., American Scaffold DBA, 201 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Slow Build Studio LLC, Slow Build Studio LLC 2039 Moore St., Bellingham, WA 98229. TJL PC Repair, Timothy John Loynd, 4760 Parker St., Bellingham WA 98226. JBC Grow, JBC Grow LLC, 2121 Lincoln St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Whatcom County Cannabis Gardens, Kolby Michael Cain, 5373 Guide Meridian Suite D-11, Bellingham, WA, 98226. Lorenzo Hill Studios, LLC, Lorenzo Hill Studios, LLC, 3741 Tree Farm Lane, Bellingham, WA 98226. Eden Home Health, Empres Home Health Of Bellingham, LLC, 316 E. Mcleod Road Suite 108, Bellingham, WA 98226. N W Construction, Vitaliy Y. Yefremov, 1601 Texas St., Apt 1, Bellingham, WA 98229. Freshlook Family Painting ILC, Shawn Scott Willis, 1844 Valencia St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Howard Lusk Construction, Howard Lusk, 680 Old Samish Road, Bellingham, WA 98229. Simrat Transportation LLC, Simrat Transportation LLC, 5583 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226. Align Build LLC, Align Build LLC, 1310 10th St., Unit 407, Bellingham, WA 98225. Holman Insurance LLC, Holman Insurance LLC, 4061 Eliza Ave., Bellingham, WA 98226. Oxford Suites Bellingham, OSB, LLC, 4051 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA, 98226. Sign Me Up! Whatcom LLC, Sign Me Up! Whatcom LLC, 2310 Yew Street Rd # B,
Bellingham, WA, 98229 Skippered Yacht Services, Inc., Skippered Yacht Services, Inc., 1006 Lone Tree Court, Bellingham, WA 98229 Divine Flow, Divine Flow, LLC, 1155 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Specified Fittings, SFI Acquisition LLC, 164 W. Smith Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Washington Technology Institute, LLC, WAshington Technology Institute, LLC, 1305 Fraser St., Suite D6, Bellingham, WA 98229. Remote Power & Supply, LLC, Remote Power & Supply LLC, 3850 Mustang Way, Bellingham, WA, 98226 Lindsay, Lindsay, LLC, 3860 Lindsay Ave., Bellingham, WA, 98229. Audiocomics, LLC, Audiocomics, LLC, 16 Little Strawberry Lane # B, Bellingham, WA 98229. Through Life Stages: Professional Counseling Services, Isabel E Kaufman, 1805 Lakeside Ave., Bellingham, WA 98229. The Bellingham Woodwright, Christian B. Muenscher, 3620 Irongate Road Suite 105, Bellingham, WA98226. Mad Cat Salsa, Mad Cat Salsa Inc, 1 Granite Cir, Bellingham, WA 98229. DS Worlwide Services Llc, DS Worlwide Services Llc, 1501 St. Paul St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Diamonds From The Rough, Inc, Diamonds From The Rough, Inc, 1600 Kentucky St., Ste C # 3-4 Bellingham, WA 98229. Squalicum Valley Craftsman Llc, Squalicum Valley Craftsman Llc, 4310 Squalicum Lake, Bellingham, WA 98226. NWRE Investments, Inc., NWRE Investments, Inc., 515 W. Bakerview Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Benn Design, Llc, Benn Design, Llc, 2106 22nd St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Raney’s, Raney J. Poirier, 2920 Cedarwood Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Alder wood Park Health And Rehabilitation, Empres At Alderwood, Llc, 2726 Alderwood Ave., Bellingham, WA, 98225. Highland Health And Rehabilitation, Empres Highland Care, Llc, 2400 Samish Way., Bellingham, WA 98229. Thoughtful Cleaning, Melanie Marcia Schramer, 221 S. Ashley St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Nw Network Techs Llc, Nw Network Techs Llc, 2234 Valencia St. Apt .2, Bellingham, WA 98229. Healing Eats, Healing Eats Llc, 456 Manley Road, Bellingham WA 98229. Ladybuggs L.L.C. Ladybuggs L.L.C., 3060 Northwest Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Raining Brains Design, Bryan Shepard, 1003 34th St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Magnetic Legal Marketing, Ingrid Anya Taylor, 2458 Yew Street Road, Bellingham, WA 98229. Essential Lactation, Essential Lactation Pllc, 2332 Lindsay Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. DLK Exports, Daryl Lee Kaiser, 4717 Parkhurst Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229. Anthony Teer, Anthony Teer, 2620 Sunset Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225. Mt. Baker Blueberry Farm Llc, Mt. Baker Blueberry Farm Llc, 564 Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Tarot Of Empowerment, Tarot Of Empowerment, 1202 Kenoyer Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229. DB Sales, Daniel C. Young, 2230 Cornerstone Lane # 214, Bellingham, WA 98226. Juliet Ann Kerr, Juliet Ann Kerr, 1155 N. State St., Ste 520, Bellingham, WA 98225. Lauren Beyer DBA, The Sandwich Odyssey Lauren D Beyer, 2001 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225.
Land Of Wisdom Llc, Land Of Wisdom Llc, 4258 Spring Creek Lane, Bellingham, WA 98226. Uncomplicated.Net, Scott Shultis 1414 Electric Ave., Bellingham, WA 98229. Electric Beet Juice Co., Electric Juice, Llc, 1530 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Shuksan Overseas Llc, Shuksan Overseas Llc, 356 Viewcrest Road, Bellingham, WA 98229. Crystal Garcia Photography, Crystal Ann Garcia, 2514 Eldridge Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Shadow Company I.T. Services, Patrick Martin, 1512 I St., Apt 102, Bellingham, WA 98225. Jessica Anne Tholmer, Jessica Anne Tholmer, 510 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Funkrock Designs, Sarah Rosina Guenther, 1208 Dupont St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Dobson Enterprises L.L.C., Dobson Enterprises L.L.C. 301 E. Laurel Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Aztech Properties Llc, Aztech Properties Llc, 714 Fieldston Road, Bellingham, WA 98225. Ted Ardans Horticultural Consulting, Theodore Michael Ardans, 1725 James St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Megan Cooper, Megan Cooper, 1155 N. State St. Ste 520., Bellingham, WA 98225. K Consulting Llc, K Consulting Llc, 2149 N. Shore Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. 2319 King Street, Llc 2319 King Street, Llc, 2319 King St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Boardworks Tech Shop, Johnny Lee Lupo, 909 Squalicum Way # 103, Bellingham, WA 98225. Creative Source Studios, Llc Creative Source Studios, Llc, 3480 Agate Bay Ln., Bellingham, WA 98226. Opus Performing Arts Llc, Opus Performing Arts Llc, 114 W. Holly St., Bellingham, WA 98225. The Language Of Work, Johnilee B. Whiteside, 2120 Young St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Poole Holdings, Llc, Poole Holdings, Llc, 2124 James St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Enderle Property Services, Enderle Property Services Llc, 4826 Lookout Ave., Bellingham, WA 98229. Living Well, Holley J Dumond, 3609 Lemon Grove Dr., Bellingham, WA 98226. Karma Krane, Karma Krane, 3900 Deemer Rd Apt 303, Bellingham WA 98226. Eco Stylish Baby, Dash V, Llc 2880 Stormus Way, Bellingham WA 98226. I & Wife Thai Cuisine, Weravich R o n g p r a s e r t k u l, 1 2 0 0 Co r nwa l l Ave.,Bellingham, WA 98225. Corbin Anderson,Corbin Reid Anderson, 1721 Akron Ct, Bellingham, WA 98226. Graham Meltzer, Graham Stewart Meltzer, 2220 C St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Maleauxx, Maleauxx Llc, 505 Larrabee Ave., Bellingham, WA 98229. Iaj Multimedia, Iaj Multimedia, 4614 Celia Way Unit 301, Bellingham, WA 98226. Big Picture, Long Term, Llc Big Picture, Long Term, Llc, 2425 West St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Kettmed, Kettmed Llc, 4430 Fremont St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Campaign For America, Methuselahein Gadfly Llc , 1015 Otis St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Jenai Alexander Llc, Jenai Alexander Llc, 3426 Pinehurst Ct, Bellingham, WA 98226. Nw Door Pro, Northwest Door Pro Llc, 2010 Huron St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Baraa Woodworking Llc, Baraa Woodworking Llc,1428 Ellis St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Mason Harwell, Mason Harwell, 2217 Sweetbay Dr, Bellingham, WA 98229.
Jm Works, Juliette Machado, 527 N. Forest St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Miss Emma’s Classic Shaving, Llc Miss Emma’s Classic Shaving, Llc, 1316 St. Paul St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Ambiance Hair Studio Llc, Ambiance Hair Studio, 5 Green Hill Rd, Bellingham, WA 98229. Cascadia Field Moss, Edward Murry, 2024 Iron St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Green Pants Lawn Care, Ryan Boyd, 1708 E. Sunset Dr Apt 4, Bellingham, WA 98226. Hygentech, Christopher David Moser, 680 32nd St. Apt 212, Bellingham, WA 98225. 123 Holdings Llc, 123 Holdings Llc, 1153 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Baja Bath & Body. Baja Bath & Body Llc, 11 Horizon Hill Ln Unit 7, Bellingham, WA 98229. Your Cab Company Llc, Your Cab Company Llc, 2226 Donovan Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Evergreen Creative, Evergreen Creative, 2651 E Crestline Dr., Bellingham, WA 98226. San Juans And Beyond, San Juans And Beyond Llc , 2615 S. Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham, WA 98225.
BUILDING PERMITS Includes commercial building activity with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center. Status updates on permits are available on the city’s website. 9/15/14 TO 9/19/14 ISSUED PERMITS 2134 Pacific St., $20,000 for tenant improvement: convert former auto repair shop into marijuana manufacturing shop: True Holistic Care. Contractor: Harborside Construction LLC. Permit No.: BLD201400410. 9/15/14. 300 Harris Ave., $45,000 for commercial: install reinforcing beams at the exterior joints of concrete tilt up wall panels along the south and west walls: Port of Bellingham. Contractor: Tiger Construction LTD. Permit No.: BLD2014-00367. 9/15/14. 2200 Rimland Drive, $59,902 for commercial: re-roof over existing system. Contractor: Hytech Roofing Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014-00452. 9/17/14. 408 N. Commercial St., $10,000 for commercial: removal of two interior walls and installation of posts and beams. Contractor: Rise Over Run Construction. Building Permit No.: BLD2014-00435. 9/17/14. 855 Viking Circle North Vault, $332,596 for new 110-by-40-foot detention vault for multifamily development. Contractor: Campus Crest Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014-00337. 9/17/14. 855 Viking Circle North Vault, $151,180 for new 100-by-20-foot detention vault for multifamily development. Contractor: Campus Crest Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014-00336. 9/17/14. 1275 E. Sunset Drive, $150,000 for commercial: re-grade sidewalk adjacent to proposed building entrance to meet ADA and relocate/construct six ADA stalls. Contractor: Robertson & Olson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014-00202. 9/18/14. Pending applications 3000 Lindbergh Ave., $292,000 for commercial: remodel of classroom into chemistry lab. Permit No.: BLD2014-00449. 9/16/14. 1275 E. Sunset Drive, $100,000 for tenant improvement: a new 425-square-foot credit union in existing Safeway: Industrial Credit Union. Permit No.: BLD2014-00453. 9/17/14. 1321 Cornwall Ave., $60,000 for tenant improvement: expand retail use and add snack and game room: ECX LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00459. 9/17/14.
BLD 28 Fuchsia Drive, $515,007 for new three-story multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00458. 9/17/14. BLD 30 Fuchsia Drive, $515,007 for new three-story multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00457. 9/17/14. BLD 27 Fuchsia Drive, $515,007 for new three-story multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00456. 9/17/14. BLD 26 Fuchsia Drive, $515,007 for new three-story multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00455. 9/17/14. BLD 6 Fuchsia Drive, $515,007 for new three-story multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00454. 9/17/14. 1155 Lincoln St., $15,311 for placement of two manufactured trailers with associated ramp, deck, and parking lot for marketing and demonstration: Campus Crest Development. Permit No.: BLD2014-00436. 9/18/14. 1009 Larrabee Ave., $55,300 for remodel of existing garage and house for new brewery: Stones Throw Brewing Co. Permit No.: BLD2014-00373. 9/19/14. 9/18/14 to 9/12/14 Issued permits 3001 Cinema Place, No calculated valuation for commercial: replace existing storefront with new roll down door. Contractor: Scoboria Construction Inc., Permit No.: BLD2014-00434. 9/9/14. 3227 Northwest Ave., $48,000 for commercial remodel: create consultation room in existing waiting room area; relocate waiting room to sales floor; re-organize shelving, new counter: Rite Aid. Contractor: Corstone Contractors LLC, Permit No.: BLD2014-00396. 9/9/14. 222 36th St., $45,996 for commercial: build new CMU trash enclosure. Contractor: Wilcox Construction. Permit No.: BLD201400429. 9/11/14. 1530 Cornwall Ave. 111, $12,000 for commercial: relocate and expand existing juice bar within grocery store. Tenant: Electric Beet Juice Co., Contractor: Lookabill General Contracting, Permit No.: BLD201400426. 9/12/14. Accepted permits 400 E. McLeod Road., $281,526 for new commercial shell building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00439. 9/8/14. 3930 Affinity Lane, $17,097,862 for new construction: four-story 154-unit multifamily building: Affinity at Bellingham. Permit No.: BLD2014-00286. 9/8/14. 2705 Barkley Boulevard, $12,000 for commercial: divide existing leasable storage area in basement. Permit No.: BLD201400441. 9/9/14. 1600 Carolina St., $1,200,083 for commercial: new 16,178 square-foot two-story office and warehouse building: Transition Bikes. Permit No.: BLD201400363. 9/9/14. 3920 Affinity Lane, $505,379 for new construction: new one-story pool amenities building. Contractor: Inland Washington LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00287. 9/9/14. 1155 N. State St., $35,000 for tenant improvement: basement improvements for future tenant. No change to exterior. Permit No.: BLD2014-00444. 9/10/14. 1026 N. Forest St., $60,000 for tenant improvement: repair/replace existing showers on second and third floor, miscellaneous framing work associated with installation of new ventilation system. Permit No.: BLD2014-00443. 9/10/14. 202 E. Holly St. 110, $30,000 for tenant improvement: interior modifications for new sushi restaurant: Jun Sushi and Bento. Permit No.: BLD2014-00445. 9/11/14. 557 W. Bakerview Road, $2,776,759 for new mixed-use development with 42-unit apartment building and three commercial spaces. Contractor: Arrow Construction &
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RECORDS, FROM 18 Excavation Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014-00057. 9/12/14. Demolition permits 3209 Northwest Ave., no estimated valuation for demolition of gas station: canopy, dispensor islands, piping and underground tanks: 7-11. Contractor: Cowlitz Clean Sweep. Permit No.: Dem2014-00032. 9/1/14 to 9/5/14 Issued permits 3955 Primrose Lane, $975,474 for new threestory, nine-unit multifamily apartment building with common areas and office on ground floor. Permit No.: BLD2014-00277. 9/3/14. 300 Harris Ave., $27,011 for commercial: install ground mounted racking system for solar array. Contractor: Ecotech Energy Systems LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00397. 9/4/14. 1275 E. Sunset Drive, $40,000 for commercial alteration: structural upgrade under existing mezzanine floor. Contractor: Robertson & Olson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014-00420. 9/5/14. 3112 Newmarket St., $16,000 for tenant improvement: install restroom and T-bar ceiling for vacant office space. Contractor: Scoboria Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014-00418. 9/5/14. 4370 Meridian St., $48,000 for tenant improvement: remodel existing retail store into a restaurant, including new kitchen area and restroom. Permit No.: BLD2014-00276. 9/5/14. Accepted permits 1530 Cornwall Ave. 111, $12,000 for commercial: relocate and expand existing juice bar. Permit No.: BLD2014-00426. 9/2/14. 2134 Pacific St., $20,000 for tenant improvement: convert former auto repair shop into marijuana manufacturing shop: True Holistic Care. Permit No.: BLD2014-00410. 9/2/14. 4355 Fuchsia Drive, $365,501 for construction of community building for future multifamily buildings, includes site improvements for phase 1. Permit No.: BLD2014-00433. 9/3/14. 800 Viking Circle, $2,734,041 for new clubhouse for student housing complex to include fitness center, offices, a model unit, lounges, reception, cafe and eight-unit apartment units. Permit No.: BLD201400273. 9/3/14. 870 Viking Circle, $860,000 for new 16-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00240. 9/3/14. 860 Viking Circle, $860,000 for new 16-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00239. 9/3/14. 840 Viking Circle, $860,000 for new 16-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00238. 9/3/14. 820 Viking Circle, $860,000 for new 16-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00237. 9/3/14. 810 Viking Circle, $,2377,074 for new 16-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00234. 9/3/14. 865 Viking Circle, $1,550,000 for new 32-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00233. 9/3/14. 855 Viking Circle, $1,550,000 for new 32-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00232. 9/3/14. 850 Viking Circle, $1,550,000 for new 32-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00231. 9/3/14. 830 Viking Circle, $4,307747 for new 32-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00229. 9/3/14. 408 N. Commercial St., $10,000 for commercial: removal of two interior walls and installation of posts and beams. Permit No.: BLD2014-00435. 9/4/14. 1009 Larrabee Ave., $55,300 for remodel of existing garage and house for new brewery: Stones Throw Brewing Co. Permit No.: BLD2014-00373. 9/5/14. 8/25/14 to 8/29/14 Issued permits 405 32nd St., 305, $225,000 for tenant improvement: interior renovations to office space. Contractor: Dawson Construction. Permit No.: BLD2014-00384. 8/12/14. 710 Birchwood Ave. 103, $600,000 for tenant improvement: new ambulatory surgery center with new emergency back-up generator that includes concrete pad and concrete fence. Contractor: Wellman & Zuck Construction LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00294. 8/25/14.
The Bellingham Business Journal 625 Cornwall Ave., $40,000 for commercial: install new roofing system over existing torch down roof over loft restaurant portion of building: Port of Bellingham. Contractor: Hytech Roofing Inc. Permit No.: BLD201400401. 8/27/14. 1801 Roeder Ave. 120, $27,000 for commercial: install new roofing system over existing torch down roof over loft restaurant portion of building. Contractor: Hytech Roofing Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014-00400. 8/27/14. 2117 Walnut St., $159,000 for commercial: new terrace and columbarium walls and landscaping. Contrctor: Pearson Construction Corp. Permit No.: BLD2014-00135. 8/27/14. Western Washington University, $20,000 for commercial alteration: repair retaining wall outside of humanities building. Contractor: Rod Steele Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014-00135. 8/27/14. 1716 E. Sunset Drive, $22,000 for residential: repair damage to one unit of four-plex due to police activity: includes window, door, sheetrock, and insulation replacement. Contractor: Nordic Services. Permit No.: BLD2014-00423. 8/29/14. pending applications 3112 Newmarket St., $16,000 for tenant improvement: install restroom and T-bar ceiling for vacant office space. Permit No.: BLD2014-00418. 8/25/14. 3930 Affinity Lane Garage 6, $102,963 for new construction: one-story garage building accessory to apartment. Contractor: Inland Washington LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00293. 8/25/14. 3930 Affinity Lane Garage 5, $99,935 for new construction: one-story garage building accessory to apartment. Contractor: Inland Washington LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00292. 8/25/14. 3930 Affinity Lane Garage 4, $111,038 for new construction: one-story garage building accessory to apartment. Contractor: Inland Washington LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00291. 8/25/14. 3930 Affinity Lane Garage 3, $111,038 for new construction: one-story garage building accessory to apartment. Contractor: Inland Washington LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00290. 8/25/14. 3930 Affinity Lane Garage 2, $122,142 for new construction: one-story garage building accessory to apartment. Contractor: Inland Washington LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00289. 8/25/14. 3930 Affinity Lane Garage 1, $111,038 for new construction: one-story garage building accessory to apartment. Contractor: Inland Washington LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00288. 8/25/14. 4370 Meridian St., $24,000 for tenant improvement: remodel existing retail store into a restaurant, including new kitchen area and restroom. Permit No.: BLD2014-00276. 8/25/14. 310 E. Magnolia St., $624,240 for new two-story office building to replace existing one story building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00387. 8/26/14. 1275 E. Sunset Dr., $40,000 for commercial alteration: structural upgrade under existing mezzanine floor. Permit No.: BLD2014-00420. 8/27/14. 4318 Pacific Highway, $180,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel including partial change of occupancy of warehouse space to retail area. Permit No.: BLD2014-00419. 8/27/14. 8/11/14 to 8/22/14 Issued permits 405 32nd St., 305, $225,000 for tenant improvement: interior renovations to office space. Contractor: Dawson Construction. Permit No.: BLD2014-00384. 8/12/14. 2020 Humboldt St., $32,089 for commercial addition: 576 square-foot one-story storage addition to bakery facility. Permit No.: BLD2014-00318. 8/12/14. 2124 James St., $25,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel to existing salon for new tenant: Kaur Lounge. Permit No.: BLD2014-00386. 8/14/14. 2410 James St., $99,000 for tenant improvementL expansion to adjacent space for stock and employee break area: Trader Joe’s. Contractor: J. Hughes Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014-00339. 8/14/14. 1 Bellis Fair Parkway 122, $150,000 for tenant improvement: cosmetic remodel of existing store: Ben Bridge Jeweler. Contractor: Shrader & Martinez Construction Co. Permit No.: BLD2014-00226. 8/14/14. 805 Home Lane, $80,000 for new hotel: Construction of swimming pool and spa: Hilton Home. Contractor: Ken’s Pool Service. Permit No.: BLD2014-00163. 8/15/14. 1297 E. Sunset Drive, $338,803 for commercial: new restaurant with drive-thru: Taco Bell. Contractor: George H. Pastor & Sons Inc. Permit No.: BLD201400383. 8/15/14.
525 Harris Ave., $25,000 for commercial: refurbish Fairhaven boat launch restrooms with new siding and doors. Contractor: Tiger Construction LTD. Permit No.:BLD2014-00366. 8/18/14. 4299 Meridian St., $99,000 for commercial alteration: mezzanine addition over employee break room. Contractor: Ferguson Construction. Permit No.: BLD2014-00199. 8/18/14. 2126 E.Bakerview Road, $219,198 for commercial: renovation of and addition to existing industrial building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00118. 8/18/14. 2124 E. Bakerview Road, $289,692 for commercial: renovation of and addition to existing industrial building: Arrow Marine Services. Permit No.: BLD201400117. 8/18/14. Pending applications 2227 Midway Lane, $15,000 for commercial: install narrow aisle pallet racking for chemical storage. Permit No.: BLD2014-00394. 8/12/14. 300 Harris Ave., $27,011 for commercial: install ground mounted racking system for solar array. Permit No.: BLD2014-00397. 8/12/14. 3930 Affinity Lane Garage 6, $102,963 for new construction: one-story garage building accessory to apartment. Contractor: Inland Washington LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00293. 8/12/14. 3930 Affinity Lane Garage 5, $99,935 for new construction: one-story garage building accessory to apartment. Contractor: Inland Washington LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00292. 8/12/14. 3930 Affinity Lane Garage 4, $111,038 for new construction: one-story garage building accessory to apartment. Contractor: Inland Washington LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00291. 8/12/14. 3930 Affinity Lane Garage 3, $111,038 for new construction: one-story garage building accessory to apartment. Contractor: Inland Washington LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00290. 8/12/14. 3930 Affinity Lane Garage 2, $122,142 for new construction: one-story garage building accessory to apartment. Contractor: Inland Washington LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00289. 8/12/14. 3930 Affinity Lane Garage 1, $111,038 for new construction: one-story garage building accessory to apartment. Contractor: Inland Washington LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00288. 8/12/14. 125 Samish Way, $1,600,000 for commercial: new Walgreen’s Pharmacy with drive-thru. Permit No.: BLD2014-00399. 8/13/14. 405-09 E. Holly St., $750,000 for commercial: renovate existing building for new offices, cafe, production bakery and community room: Food Co-op. Permit No.: BLD2014-00268. 8/15/14. 4120 Irongate Road, $575,000 for commercial addition and tenant addition for metal blasting and painting company in former bug spraying business space. 8/21 deferred plan sheets specific to new addition required. Tenant: Performance Contracting. Permit No.: BLD2014-0406. 8/15/14. 2117 Walnut St., $159,000 for commercial: new terrace and columbarium walls and landscaping. Permit No.: BLD2014-00227. 8/18/14. 2134 Pacific St., $20,000 for tenant improvement: convert former auto repair shop into marijuana manufacturing shop. Contractor: Harborside Construction LLC. Permit No.: BLD2014-00410. 8/19/14. 8 Bellis Fair Parkway, $650,000 for tenant improvement: new retail shoe store. Permit No.: BLD2014-00412, 8/19/14. 935 14th St., $1,866,931 for commercial: Interior remodel and addition of new gym, cafeteria, and music room to Elementary School. Permit No.: BLD201400411. 8/19/14. 925 N. Forest St., $100,000 for tenant improvement: convert existing educational occupancy to 17 dorm room units with common shower rooms, laundry, and kitchen area. Permit No.: BLD2014-00413. 8/20/14. 3715 Irongate Road, $175,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel of existing building: Mount Baker Vapor. Permit No.: BLD2014-00360. 8/21/14. 3825 Primrose Lane, $2,335,383 for new four-story 28-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD201400330. 8/22/14. 2720 W. Maplewood Ave. building 4, $460,509 for new two-story six-unit multifamily building. Contractor: Z Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD201400334. 8/22/14. 2720 W. Maplewood Ave. building 3, $460,509 for new two-story six-unit multifamily building. Contractor: Z Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD201400333. 8/22/14. 2720 W. Maplewood Ave. building 2., $460,509
for new two-story six-unit multifamily building. Contractor: Z Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD201400332. 8/22/14. 2720 W. Maplewood Ave. building 1., $460,509 for new two-story six-unit multifamily building. Contractor: Z Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD201400331. 8/22/14.
LIQUOR AND MARIJUANA LICENSES Records include license activity in Whatcom County. They are obtained from the Washington State Liquor Control Board, online at www.liq.wa.gov. New license applications Beach Store Cafe, Kinfolk and Fodder LLC, Jason Brubaker, Tess Winds-Johnson, Craig Miller, and Ines Maureen Pitti Miller applied for a new license to serve beer/wine in a restaurant at 2200 N. Nugent Road, Lummi Island, WA 98262, and for catering, to serve beer/wine off-premises. License No.: 076795. 9/19/14. Perfectly Paired, Matt & Robin Enterprises LLC, a partnership of Matthew and Robin Hungerford, applied for a new license to sell beer/wine off premises and at a restaurant at 1200 Old Fairhaven Parkway, Suite 101 B, Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 402048. 9/18/14. Point Roberts Texaco, Point Roberts Chevron LLC, Fereydoon and Mahin Pakzad applied to make changes to an existing license to sell beer/wine in a specialty shop and beer/wine in growlers, at 1557 Gulf Road, Point Roberts, WA 98281. License No.: 072735. 9/17/14. Jun’s Sushi and Bento, Jun Wom Bark and Yeong Kim applied for a new license to sell beer/wine in a restaurant at 202 E. Holly St. Suite 110, Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 418555. 9/16/14. Haggen Market Street Catering, Haggen Inc., applied for a new license to be a direct shipment receiver (in WA only) for catering spirits/beer/wine at 210 36th St. Suite A, Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 081103. 9/12/14. New York Pizza Place, New York Pizza and Bar; Michael and Rachael Novak applied for an addition to a license to sell spirits/beer/wine in a restaurant and lounge and kegs to go at 8874 Bender Road Suite 101, Lynden, WA 98264. License No.: 086125. 9/11/14. New York Pizza and Bar, New York Pizza and Bar LLC applied for a change to an existing license to sell spirits/ beer/wine in a restaurant lounge and kegs to fo at 902 S. State St. suite 106, Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 087093. 9/11/14. Recently approved licenses I & Wife Thai Cuisine, at 1200 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225, received approval for a new license to sell beer and wine in a restaurant. License No.: 084811. 9/15/14. Recently discontinued license No licenses were discontinued between 9/9/14 and 9/19/14. 8/20/14 to 9/9/14 New license applications Probably Shouldn’t Distillery, Steven and Mariah Butenschoen applied for a new license to operate a fruit and/or wine distillery at 3595 Breckenridge Road, Everson, WA 98247. License No.: 418539. 9/8/14. Maikham, Usanee and Scott Klimo applied for a new license to serve beer/wine in a restaurant at 1311 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 410072. 9/4/14. Safeway Store #3285, Robert Edwards, Bradley Fox, Robert Gordon, Donald Johnson, and Gregg Maxwell applied for a new license to sell beer/wine in a grocery store at 1189 E. Sunset Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. License No.: 075092. 9/2/14. Safeway Fuel #3285, Robert Edwards, Bradley Fox, Robert Gordon, Donald Johnson, and Gregg Maxwell applied for a new license to sell beer/wine in a retail store. License No.: 418516. 9/2/14. Brewsters, 49th Parallel LLC, Richard and Sandra Procter applied for a new license to serve beer/wine off premises and in a restaurant at 1379 Gulf Road, Point Roberts, WA 98281. License No.: 361442. 8/27/14. Indian Flavors, RG Bahia LLC, Gurdeep Kaur and Rurh Sungh applied for a new license to serve spirits/beer/wine in a restaurant and lounge at 3930 Meridian St. Suite 107, Bellingham, WA 98226. License No.: 072758. 8/26/14. Haggen Market Street Catering, Haggen Inc, Derrick Anderson, Clarence Gabriel, and Ronald Stevens applied for a new application to serve spirits/ beer/wine in a catering operation based at 210 36th
St., Suite A, Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 081103. 8/26/14. Recently approved licenses Birch Bay Restaurant and Lounge, at 7876 Birch Bay Drive, Blaine, WA 98230, received approval for a new license to serve spirits/beer/wine in a restaurant lounge. License No.: 358634. 9/5/14. RX-Mart Pharmacy, at 300 Sunset Drive E. Bellingham, WA 98225, received approval for an assumption on a license to sell beer/wine in a grocery store. License No.: 352701. 9/5/14. Stone Mountain, at 916 Kentucky St., Bellingham, WA 98225, received approval for a new tier 1 marijuana producer license. License.: 414200. 9/5/14. Coconut Kenny’s, at 1740 La Bounty Suites 1-3, Ferndale, WA 98248, received approval on an addition/change of class/in lieu to an existing license to sell beer/wine in a restaurant. License No.: 408183. 9/3/14. 13 Nails & Salon Company, at 907 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225, received approval for a new license to sell beer/wine in a restaurant. License No.: 406348. 9/2/14. Coconut Kenny’s, at 2220 James St., Bellingham, WA 98225, received approval on an addition/change of class/in lieu to an existing license to sell beer/wine in a restaurant. License No.: 079605. 9/2/14. Northwest Organic Nursery, at 6283 Noon Road Suite A, Everson, WA 98247, received approval for a new application to operate as a tier 3 marijuana producer. License No.: 413719. 8/29/14. GTech, at 456 W. Horton Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, received approval on a new license to operate as a tier 2 marijuana producer. License No.: 412656. 8/27/14. Old School, at 3110 Standard Road Suite B, Deming, WA 98244, received approval on a new license to operate as a tier 2 marijuana producer. License No.: 413377. 8/27/14. Pyramid Green Houses, at 425 W. King Tut Road, Suite A, Bellingham, WA 98226, received approval on a new license to operate as a tier 2 marijuana producer. License No.: 412587. 8/22/14. Discontinued licenses Mi Casa Mexican Food, at 505 32nd St., Suite 103, Bellingham, WA 98225, had a license to serve beer/wine in a restaurant discontinued. License No.: 407408. 8/22/14.
Reports include bankruptcies involving businessrelated debts only. They are obtained from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington. Chapter 7 Straight bankruptcy; debtor gives up nonexempt property and debts are discharged. Marianne L. Zweegman, 5208 Graveline Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, Date filed: 9/12/14, Case No.:14-16787-KAO, Attorney: James Sturdevant, Estimated assets: $100,000 to $500,000, Estimated liabilities: $100,000 to $500,000. No Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 filings reported
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Liens of $5,000 or more issued by the Internal Revenue Service. Listings include business name, lien amount, document number and filing date. Records are obtained locally from the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office. Marianne Zweegman, $6768.75, 2140702667, 7/28/14. Doug Jay, $262,965.83, 214070266, 7/28/14. Doug Jay, $226,236.66, 2140702669, 7/28/14. S & W Rock Products LLC, $14,039.37, 2140702672, 7/28/14. Terra Organica, $24,704.06, 2140800259, 8/4/14. Arlis’s Restaurant, $15,858.26, 2140800262, 8/4/14. Finau Fotu, $19,107.01, 2140800263, 8/4/14. Richard L & Rochelle M Klinnert, $81,234.93, 2140800264, 8/4/14. Vitamin G Inc., $12,386.10, 2140800265, 8/4/14. B&B Paint Co., $24,658.68, 2140800909, 8/11/14.
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What’s keeping you from marketing your business? Time or desire? I often talk with clients about the need for time and desire when it comes to taking care of marketing tasks like social media, blogging and in-person networking. With enough time and desire, people of all ages can learn to do just about anything they set their mind to. They can learn to fly a plane, they can learn to swim or do yoga, they can learn to develop cool apps for smartphones…and they can learn how to use new tools and strategies to market their business. In a perfect world we’d all have enough time and desire to get everything done each day. But that’s not the case. When either time or desire is lacking, people get stuck and companies have a hard time moving forward.
When lack of desire becomes a factor. Sometimes business professionals have time to attend networking events, they have time to post new content and photos on their company’s Facebook page, and they have time to write a blog article for their website each month. What is actually missing is the desire to tackle those tasks with the skills they currently have, or the desire to learn how to do those tasks better if they are not confident in their abilities. Let’s face it, it’s pretty rare for a building contractor to have the desire to tweet or write SEO-infused blog articles for their website when they don’t fully understand how to use Twitter, they aren’t sure what useful keywords to use in their articles, and they’d much rather be out talking with customers about a construction project or swinging a hammer on the job site. It’s natural to gravitate toward enjoyable tasks, and to ignore those that are not. When lack of desire comes into play, the solution is to delegate marketing tasks to an employee, hire staff to handle the work, or outsource the jobs to a marketing partner so the tasks get done.
What if time is the factor? Sometimes people have the desire to
manage important marketing tasks and to keep up with the latest and greatest marketing trends and tools, but time is a roadblock. Say an insurance agent has a degree in communicaPatti tions and a natural love of writing. Rowlson Generating blog articles and engagOn Social ing with people Media & on social media sites may be easy Marketing and enjoyable for this person. But, at this point in time, they have a young family at home, they are coaching a youth soccer team on nights and weekends, and they are a member of industry trade organizations that require attendance at several meetings each month. In this case, carving out enough time to consistently manage the marketing tasks they enjoy is most likely the limiting factor. When lack of time is identified as a challenge, assess daily activities and reclaiming valuable time. One solution would be to try a time tracking app like Komorian for a few weeks to get a clear picture of what activities are taking up the most time each day. If too much time is spent managing an email inbox, work to clean up unnecessary emails by unsubscribing from newsletters that are never read or adjusting notification settings on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If travelling to and from business meetings takes up more time than it should, look into video conferencing software or replace in-person meetings with phone consultations or Skype video chats. A few subtle tweaks can free up hours each month – that extra time can be used for continuing education, business development and marketing tasks. Think about one marketing-related task
you know you could be doing better. What is preventing you from tackling that task today? Is it a lack of time or desire? Knowing the answer to that question can be empowering, and it can help business professionals make decisions that will move
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Patti Rowlson is a marketing consultant and social media manager at PR Consulting, Inc. Learn more about smallbusiness marketing by visiting www.pattirowlson.com.
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Porcello Estate Buyers will be in your area buying and would like to take this opportunity to invite you to come see us and receive a generous CASH offer. The time to see is now, when you have knowledgeable buyers with over 110 years of experience. Stop by and say hello...let one of our experts educate you about today’s market value of your personal possessions.
NOW IN YOUR AREA!
FRI 10/17 LYNDEN LYNDEN SENIORS CENTER 401 Grover St. Lynden, WA 98264 9am-4pm
SAT 10/18 BLAINE BLAINE BOATING CENTER 235 Marine Dr. Blaine, WA 98231 10am-5pm Our buying standards are not influenced by the fluctuations in the Gold Market. We are not scrappers. We appreciate fine jewelry. We are professional jewelry, watch, coin and silver buyers.
Porcello Estate Buyers BUY • SELL • TRADE
LOCAL FAMILY OWNED & TRUSTED FOR 60 YEARS AND 3 GENERATIONS STRONG
Local Bellevue office phone 425.454.2300 Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm 10222 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004
SUN 10/19, MON 10/20 BELLINGHAM THE LAKEWAY INN BEST WESTERN PLUS 714 Lakeway Dr. Bellingham, WA 98229 10am-5pm
The Bellingham Business Journal
RELEASE OF FEDERAL TAX LIENS
Releases indicate liens that have been lifted or paid. Records include the taxpayer’s name, the total amount of the lien and the date the lien release was filed in the Whatcom County Auditor’s office. Michael V. & Kelly J. Burgess, $6,573.26, 2140702670, 7/28/14. Dyan M. Liden, $6,032.55, 2140702671, 7/28/14. Masons Land Escapes, $8,964.35, 2140800260, 8/4/14. Arlis’s Restaurant, $16,080.20, 2140800261, 8/4/14.
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STATE TAX JUDGMENTS Judgments of $5,000 or more issued by Washington state government agencies and filed locally in Whatcom County Superior Court. Listings include business name, judgment amount, the state agency filing the judgment, originating case number and filing date. Judgments can later be paid and lifted. Listings are only current as of their filing dates. Records are obtained from the Whatcom County Superior Court Clerk’s Office. Colin Kennedy, $7,314.64, Employment Security Department, 14-2-02070-4, 9/23/14. Nancy J. Kromer, $1,110,354.00, Employment Security Department, 14-202072-1. 9/23/14. C hristiphe R. Delaney, $12,215.78, Employment Security Department14-2-02087-9, 9/23/14. Brett A. Wiltse, $9,034.95, Department of Revenue, 14-2-02107-7, 9/23/14. TCM Autobody LLC, $13,036.30, Department of Revenue, 14-2-02108-5, 9/23/14. Halldorson Homes Inc, $7,365.16, Department of Revenue, 14-2-02052-6, 9/22/14. Diller Construction Enterprises, $7,430.39, Department of Revenue, 14-202029-1, 9/17/14. JA Griffin Inc, $6,986.76, Department of Revenue, 14-2-02030-5, 9/17/14. Sweet Leaf Cannabis Collective, $19,336.11, Department of Revenue, 14-201984-6, 9/11/14. The Big Fat Fish Company, $7,587.63, Department of Revenue, 14-2-01985-4, 9/11/14. Miltz Pizza Place, $11,653.04, Department of Revenue, 14-2-01991-9.9/11/14. Jury J Galeas Melendez, $30,252.46, L&I, 14-2-01965-0, 9/10/14. Lawrence E. Deeter, $8,247.22, L&I, 14-201956-1, 9/9/14. Larry B. Musselwhite, $31,697.38, Department of Revenue, 14-2-01950-1, 9/8/14. Claassen Enterprises LLC, $8,416.44, Department of Revenue, 14-2-01927-7, 9/3/14. Way To Go Travel Inc., $10,207.90, Employment Security Department, 14-201876-9, 8/25/14. Kwiat & Kwiat Ent LLC, $13,042.10, Department of Revenue, 14-2-01881-5, 8/25/14. Dale and Heidi Smith, $8,663.51, Department of Revenue, 14-2-01882-3, 8/25/14.
View more public records online at BBJToday.com.
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The Bellingham Business Journal
your business would look great
On November 17, we open our new store in Barkley Village, at the corner of Barkley Boulevard and Newmarket Street. Inside, youâ€™ll find space devoted to showcasing a local Bellingham business. Whether or not youâ€™re a customer, we sell your products and pass on the proceeds. Next month, this ad space will announce our new partner. Nominate yourself or another business who deserves a moment in the spotlight: umpquabank.com/localspotlight Questions? Email Julie Ranson, store manager: email@example.com
October 06, 2014 edition of the Bellingham Business Journal