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NOVEMBER • Nov. 5/12: Port Commission Meetings • Nov. 5: Public Hearing for 2020 Budget • Nov. 12: ESPS Using GPS Seminar


The Port of Everett released its Draft Strategic Plan for public comment. The Plan incorporates input received during the nearly two-year stakeholder engagement process

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On Oct. 17, the Port of Everett and shipping partner, Brusco Tug and Barge, completed the 1,000th direct container-on-barge transport of aerospace cargo between the Port’s Pacific Terminal and its satellite shipping facility, Mount Baker Terminal.


The Port of Everett is the proud recipient of the Marina Dockage Large Marina of the Year Award! The publication awards a yearly winner based on a range of factors from business operations to facility improvements.


SeaLevel + GRACORP, builders of the Waterfront Place Apartments, celebrated their groundbreaking at a ceremony on Oct. 30. The 266-unit apartments, the first waterfront housing in the Port's 100-year history, feature two distinct but connected buildings inspired by Everett’s unique marine, industrial, and timber experiences. Construction is expected to take 18-24 months, with a Spring 2021 opening.

Port of Everett Commission Authorizes Purchase and Sale Agreement for Former Kimberly-Clark Mill Site On October 22, the Port of Everett Commission unanimously authorized Port CEO Lisa Lefeber to enter into a Purchase and Sale Agreement with KimberlyClark Corporation for the acquisition of 58 acres of the former mill site for maritime development and 19 acres of tidelands north of the boat launch for river management and public access. The negotiated sales price for the 77 acres, 31 of which are tidelands, is $33 million. As part of the agreement, Kimberly-Clark will conduct the upland cleanup work and removal of the crushed materials using methods approved by the State of Washington’s Department of Ecology. The Port will support this effort by providing Kimberly-Clark with clean fill material, not including transportation, to backfill the site after the crushed material is removed. This work will be mobilized no later than April 1, 2020; and complete no later than the end of 2020.

The former Kimberly-Clark mill site is in the heart of the Port’s federally-secure, urban deep-water maritime complex. It has been under significant growth pressure, and the protection of port operations is mission critical to the Port and the area’s economic stability. “I am thrilled to see that negotiations have led to a Purchase and Sale Agreement, which not only ensures that the former mill site is cleaned up, but also paves the way for job growth on our working waterfront,” City of Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin said. The parties reached terms through negotiation under threat of condemnation. The sale closed October 31.

Additionally, Kimberly-Clark will provide the Port with a $17 million credit to address environmental impairments in the 12 acres of tidelands in the East Waterway. Further, no existing site leases will carry forward with the acquisition. “I am very pleased the Port and Kimberly-Clark were able to reach a negotiated agreement,” Port of Everett CEO Lisa Lefeber said. “Our respective teams did amazing work in a short amount of time to make this very complex land transaction come together. This property is critical to support our working waterfront for decades to come, and we will continue to work expeditiously to restore family wage jobs to the site, enhance trade and ensure compatible land use with Naval Station Everett.”

Port of Everett Commission Authorizes $11 Million Purchase and Sale Agreement to Acquire North Waterfront Property On October 8, the Port Commission unanimously authorized the Port CEO to execute an $11 million Purchase and Sale Agreement with Norton Industries, Inc., owned by the Schack family, to acquire nearly eight acres of adjacent waterfront property. The deal includes five parcels at 7.91 acres and associated site improvements, including 122,500 square feet of light industrial buildings, located at the northeast corner of Waterfront Place near 10th Street and West Marine View Drive. A 367-foot portion of frontage on State Route 529 is also included. Upon execution, current site leases will be assumed by the Port, including Walters and Wolfe, Harbor Marine and Dunlap, as well as a commercial sign lease with existing Port tenant Bayside Marine. “Norton and the Schack Family are very pleased with the sale of this property to the Port of Everett,” said James Schack, owner of Norton Industries. “Over the years we have worked closely together with the Port on a number of improvement projects. We know that the Port will carry on the tradition and legacy of John and Idamae Schack, and we are confident that all of our tenants will continue to prosper under the Port’s ownership.”


Throughout the years, these parcels on the north waterfront have been home to a variety of light industrial users and marine businesses. The Port has conducted extensive environmental due diligence to better understand site risk related to legacy contamination and cleanup need. A $1.25 million credit back to the Port has been worked into the agreement as mitigation for future environmental liability. The property aggregates with the more than 200 acres of Port holdings at its Waterfront Place neighborhood and will further support the maritime industries as part of the Port’s strategic mission. Norton Industries, Inc. was started by John and Idamae Schack in 1983 with the purpose of revitalizing and creating jobs on the Everett waterfront. This was accomplished with construction of over 100,000 square feet of new buildings and continuous investment. “Adding these key Norton Industries properties and quality tenants to our tenant portfolio is an exciting prospect for the Port,” said Terrie Battuello, Port of Everett Chief of Business and Economic Development. “With this transaction, the Schack family adds another priceless piece to their Everett legacy as it protects precious marine-dependent business for generations to come.” The sale is expected to close in early December 2019.

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Orders pour in after Everett startup appears on ‘Shark Tank’ The family of the founders of Squid Socks are pitching in at their living-room headquarters. By Janice Podsada Herald Writer

EVERETT — On a recent morning, Gabe and Jessica Miller, the founders of Squid Socks, were fretting over an overdue shipment of mesh laundry bags. Dozens of sock orders had been packaged and stacked on the couch at the couple’s South Everett home, ready to be shipped. But the late laundry bags had touched off a crisis. “We like to add a little gift to every order, a sock bag, to keep them together in the wash,” Jessica said. Should they wait another day in hopes the bags would arrive or ship the orders without them? “You’re constantly playing a waiting game,” Jessica said. “You have to try and build in that buffer.” Ever wonder what happens when a business appears on “Shark Tank,” the ABC television show? The Millers can tell you. Gabe, an aerospace engineer, and Jessica are the developers of Squid Socks, a line of kids’ socks they say won’t slip off your baby’s or toddler’s feet. And last month, the couple appeared in an episode of the TV show, filmed earlier this year. The orders began flowing in. “Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from “Shark Tank … our Squid Squad is swimming in orders,” the Millers posted on the company website, The influx has put the crunch on their home-grown business, the main offices of which are the kitchen and a spare room. Since the show’s airing, operations have spilled into the living room. This particular morning, the couch served as a temporary holding dock. It would have to be cleared by evening so the couple’s two children, Casen, 3, and Claire, 2, would have a place to sit down when they returned from daycare.


Gabe and Jessica Miller, with her father, Greg Raab, assisting, fulfill orders for their line of children’s socks, called Squid Socks, in their Everett garage. Days after appearing on the TV show “Shark Tank, the Millers are busy keeping up with a big increase in orders.

Silicone dots keep Squid Socks from slipping down on kids’ feet.

To deal with the spike in sales, Gabe, an aerospace engineer at

Boeing, took a two-week vacation to fill orders.

The Millers also enlisted help from parents, siblings and friends. Jessica’s father and mother, Greg and Lisa Raab, pitched in. Gabe’s parents, Lynn and Lisa Miller, showed up at noon with a hot lunch. Jessica’s sister, Kristen Raab, was scheduled to arrive at 3 p.m. “She’s awesome,” Jessica said. “She has a day job and two little kids,” Jessica said. Deciding whether to wait on the mesh bags was a real concern. Online purchasers expect their package to be on the doorstep in two or three days. Holding an order for even a day or two can try their patience or send them elsewhere to shop, retail experts say. “Customers are becoming accustomed to the ability to

quickly acquire their goods, and if they aren’t able to acquire it with one retailer, they will move on to another,” advised a blog post on Afflink a supply chain management service. Judy Matheson, the owner of J. Matheson Gifts, Kitchen & Gourmet, decided to give Squid Socks some shelf space at her Everett store. “My daughter used to kick off her socks all the time when she was young. So I thought this was the perfect item,” she said. “These have a non-skid bottom so they can wear them around the house. I know they’ll be a hit,” Matheson said. In June, when the episode was taped, investor Daymond John offered them $125,000 for a 33% stake.

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was complaining about his son’s socks slipping off his feet. After searching online for a solution and finding none, they decided to try and solve it themselves. The couple didn’t yet have children of their own, so they enlisted their neighbors’ children to test their products. “We live in a great (Everett) neighborhood where people have lots of kids,” Jessica said. “We would run to neighbors’ homes and ask to borrow their kids to see if our latest version held up.” When it came time to christen the company, the silicone-like properties of what else — squids — came to mind.



A stack of orders that came in after the Millers appeared on “Shark Tank.”

The investment arrived just in time. “The account was getting pretty empty,” Gabe said. “We invested our entire savings in the business.” “We had so many manufacturing problems that we didn’t have money for advertising. We were starved for inventory.” The couple plans to use the money to restock. John or his assistant check in every few weeks to gauge progress, the Millers said. The couple first encountered sock retention problems about five years ago. On their honeymoon in 2014, they visited Gabe’s cousin, who

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If Squid Socks looks like an overnight success because of “Shark Tank,” it is not. When they appeared on the program, they’d invested “hundreds of thousands of dollars” and had sold $40,000 worth of Squid Socks, Gabe said. Their patent-pending design includes applying dabs of specially formulated silicone — “squiddy dots” — to the inside cuff of each sock. It took time to get the right silicone formula — one that wasn’t too thin or thick and was skin-safe. The Millers tapped a Redmondgraphic designer to create squid artwork for the socks.

Because design was on equal footing with function, it took several tries to find the right manufacturer. A manufacturer’s initial run turned out well. The socks’ silicone dots and the designs, which employ a special printing process, looked good. It was a promising start. “Just when you think everything is worked out, there is something that surprises you,” Jessica said. The manufacturer’s next shipment fell short. They rejected the majority for quality issues. “We sell these socks for $8 a pair,” Jessica said. “The quality has to be there.”

That meant a search for another manufacturer and nine months to restart production. “We’re running two startups, our family and Squid Socks. If not for the help of our family, we’d be sunk,” Gabe said. As for waiting for the mesh bags to arrive, “we did decide to hang on for another few days,” Gabe said. “It’s a little gift that’s an important part of our brand.” Squid Socks sell for about $24 for three pairs. Their products are available on, and through the couple’s website, Janice Podsada; jpodsada@; 425-339-3097; Twitter: JanicePods


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It’s a store, a studio, a gallery and a hangout for artists JAG Artworks in Everett is a labor of love by an artist who still has a day job. By Janice Podsada Herald Writer

EVERETT — When is an art supply store not just a store? When it’s a studio, art gallery and hangout for local artists. Independent JAG Artworks in downtown Everett opened two years ago, but a recent a move to a first-floor location has raised its visibility. Still, it’s easy to stroll past and not notice the 800-square-foot store at 1806 Hewitt Avenue — especially on weekdays. Owner Jason Andrew Grim (the J.A.G. in JAG), doesn’t unlock the door until after his day job ends.

JAG Artworks is open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Saturday hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday hours are noon to 6 p.m. For working and weekend artists, it’s a match. Everett resident Kevin Patrick stops by the store once or twice a week in the evening with his dog, Oscar. “I’m here to buy acrylic paint and canvas,” Patrick said. Lately, he’s added spray paint to his palette. “Just to have fun,” Patrick said. On the fine arts side of the store, Grim was showing a set of Blackwingbrand drawing pencils to a traditional artist. Behind the counter, Josh Robinson was setting up a display of neon spray paint and markers geared toward See JAG, Page 8


The JAG Artworks storefront on Hewitt Avenue in Everett. Owner Jason Andrew Grim balances the shop with a full-time job.

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A fluorescent painting on display in a black-light gallery at JAG Artworks in Everett.

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street artists. “I love it here — I just wander in and draw,” said Robinson, who volunteers at the store. Grim has been on the 11-member Everett Cultural Arts Commission for nearly two years. “I want to bring more awareness to the city about the smaller, less-known art

community and encourage the city to support murals made by local artists,” Grim said. The Schack Art Center in Everett is pleased to see the independent store take up residence. “We are so happy to see JAG in the downtown Everett area,” said Schack spokeswoman Abby Powell. “We’re excited for their classes and the community that they’re bringing to Everett. We can’t wait to watch them grow.”

Street-inspired art, which takes cues from graffiti, tagging and urban murals, “can be anything — it can be small,” said Grim, holding up an example the size of a car license plate. Last month, JAG added 300 square feet of gallery space — small, but enough to stage a “Glow Show” exhibit of black-light paintings. Andrea McLean, an Everett resident whose work seeks symmetry in fine lines and precision, was one of

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JAG recently added space and hosted a “Glow Show” of black-light paintings.

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Customers browse pieces of art for sale at JAG Artworks.


The interior of JAG Artworks. After two years, the shop is paying for itself, the owner says.

local artists, musicians and poets. “It’s a little bit of everything,” said Grim, who moved to Everett in 2013 from Los Angeles. A self-taught streetinspired artist, Grim was

buying 100 cans of spray paint at a time when he began to wonder: Could he do it cheaper? Local artists who got together at his home to barbecue and talk shop encouraged him to open an

art supply store in Everett. Grim opened the tiny store in March 2018 with savings he’d socked away to buy a house. In its new downstairs location, colorful murals and paintings brighten

the walls. With more than a dozen distributors on tap, Grim said he’s able to compete, selection-wise and pricewise, with big box art supply stores. “They’re willing to work with some pretty low minimums,” he said. A supplier that typically asks for a minimum $2,000 order “lowered it to $600,” Grim said. “We can price-match and give discounts to working

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artists,” Grim said. Sonja Kinzer, an Everett resident who admires tattoo art, drops in a couple times a week with markers and a drawing tablet. Comfy chairs and a community drawing table are all that’s needed tfor her sketching. “There’s something so cool about this place,” she said. Janice Podsada;; 425-339-3097; Twitter: JanicePods


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She convinces companies to hire ‘amazing’ disabled people By Janice Podsada Herald Writer


Executive director Janet Bruckshen at Washington Vocational Services in Everett.

EVERETT — Janet Bruckshen always has a new elevator pitch ready. Sometimes it’s to woo a business owner. Other times it’s intended to challenge the beliefs of new staff members at the nonprofit she leads. Bruckshen is executive director of Washington Vocational Services, which pairs job-seekers with physical or intellectual disabilities with employers in the Puget Sound area. It’s a position she’s held for six years. Previously, she spent 30 years at Work Opportunities in Lynnwood, which provides similar services. “These are the only two jobs I’ve had,” Bruckshen joked. Washington Vocational

Services (WVS) was founded in 1976 by parents who were concerned that their children weren’t getting the help they needed to find jobs. WVS is headquartered in Everett but has offices in King, Skagit, San Juan and Whatcom counties. Last year it served 940 clients with disabilities and placed 136 in jobs. It also provides job support to clients who are already working. For years, disabled workers toiled in so-called sheltered workshops — supervised workplaces removed from the larger business community, Bruckshen said. There workers often earned less than minimum wage in dead-end jobs. In the early 2000s, Washington and other states began moving away from

the workshop model. Now the goal is to place disabled workers in competitive wage jobs with local companies, Bruckshen said. But matching a disabled job candidate with an employer isn’t simple. It requires creativity and the chutzpah to knock on doors, Bruckshen said. Sometimes merely pointing out a pile of shoes can start the ball rolling. “I was out shopping at a Burlington Coat Factory and there was a woman complaining to the manager that there were shoes all over the floor,” Bruckshen said. “And he was like, ‘I know, I know,’” she recalled. “I told him afterwards that he could pay someone to work two hours a day, See BRUCKSHEN, Page 12

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straightening up. I wrote up a proposal and they hired someone.” Is the secretary you pay $25 dollars an hour stuffing envelopes? Bruckshen has a job candidate in mind who’s comfortable with that kind of repetition. “How about you pay one of our job candidates so the secretary can spend their time doing more productive things?” she said. Putting it in financial terms is an attention-getter, she said.

WVS routinely carves out custom and part-time employment options for clients who don’t have the physical stamina to work full time. “There’s not a lot of employers that hire for eight hours a week, but if we go in and write a costbenefit proposal, we can often change their minds,” Bruckshen said. WVS, which is partly funded by state and county sources, also supports clients who are already employed and offers programs for 18-to-21-yearolds who are transitioning from school to work. A graduate of Mariner

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High School in Everett, Bruckshen intended to become a teacher. But when she needed money for college, she took a job helping disabled people improve their jobs skills at Stevens Hospital, now Swedish Medical Center Edmonds. It was familiar territory. “My mother was employed by a disabled person,” Bruckshen said. “She would go to a movie theater, see spilled popcorn on the floor and then corner the manager to say she had someone who could clean.” A job can transform someone’s life.

“We see individuals who’ve lived at home with their families their whole lives.” Bruckshen said. “Not even family members would have guessed their potential.” Confidence, a paycheck, an apartment, money to buy lunch or pay for the movies — “that’s a big deal for so many of our clients,” she said. A low jobless rate has helped boost employment among disabled people. Still, last year’s unemployment rate for disabled workers — 8% — was twice the national rate, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Daniel Haistings, who is is deaf, was hired last year by Valence Surface Technologies, an Everett aerospace firm. The company has hired 10 deaf workers in the past two years, Bruckshen said. “They started out with a couple people and it grew and grew. A lot of these

people have been turned down by so many employers,” Bruckshen said. Haistings, who is in his 50s, can attest to that struggle — he’s faced a lifelong challenge finding work. Companies aren’t always willing to pay an interpreter to serve as a “bridge between deaf and hearing people,” Haistings said in an email. Employer misconceptions about what deaf workers can and cannot do can block them from moving up the ladder, Haistings said. The deaf community is comprised of intelligent, capable people who want jobs, he said. “There are many amazing deaf people. You do not know until you give them a chance. I DO believe deaf people CAN work,” Haistings wrote. Bruckshen’s elevator pitch has also been honed to challenge the beliefs of new WVS workers.

More information To learn more about Washington Vocational Services go to “We have a thing we call philosophy training for our new employment consultants,” Bruckshen said. “I might throw out a question like, ‘Tell me what jobs you think a blind worker can’t do?’” Can’t be a cashier. “Not true. We have blind people working as cashiers,” said Bruckshen. Can’t be a hairdresser. “No, we’ve placed individuals as hairdressers,” she said. Can’t be a mechanic. “We’ve got mechanics,” she said, “not just changing oil, but doing repairs.” Janice Podsada;; 425-339-3097; Twitter: JanicePods


Willie K Holiday Show

Saturday, November 23 | 7:30 pm | $34–$69 “Willie K can play or sing almost anything an American audience might ask for” (Honolulu Pulse) — anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country, even opera. Prince was a huge fan, calling Willie K “a funky mother#%@&er,” and another is a fellow Hawaiian named Barack Obama. Willie K and the Warehouse Blues Band will perform a Special Holiday Show, along with Edmond’s own Halau Hula O Moani Mokihana. Willie K will also perform songs from his new CD, Tropical Plantation Blues.

CeCe Winans Christmas Show

Wednesday, December 11 | 7:30 pm | $39–$74 The best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, CeCe Winans has cemented her status as one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in modern music history. Recording and performing as both a solo artist and as a duo with her brother BeBe, CeCe has influenced a generation of gospel and secular vocalists during her astonishing career. 425.275.9595 | 410 Fourth Ave N., Edmonds | |

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Business Licenses From Page 3 Programs & Services Cascadia Lawn Svc, 9328 Holly Dr, Everett, Lawn & Grounds Maintenance Concentra, 3311 Wetmore Ave, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Continuum Hospice, 1000 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett, Hospices D J’s Auto Inc, 2202 El Capitan Way, Everett, Automobile Body-Repairing & Painting Everett Mall Security, 1402 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett, Security GuaRoad & Patrol Service Falcon Construction, 7100 Evergreen Way, Everett, Construction Companies Felix Painting Svc LLC, 115 124th St. SE, Everett, Painters Fierce Love Yoga LLC, 2916 Hewitt Ave, Everett, Yoga Instruction Friendship Adult Family Hm LLC, 11120 23Road Drive SE, Everett, Marriage & Family Counselors Funston Productions, 15114 50th Ave. SE, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments G Strong Construction LLC, 11311 19th Ave. SE, Everett, Construction Companies Geico Insurance, 2828 Colby Ave, Everett, Insurance Glm Wine Consulting, 3801 99th St. SE, Everett, Wine Consultants Good Fist Custom Knives LLC, 7909 Timber Cir, Everett, Cutlery-Retail Grace Construction Svc, 1520 W. Casino Road, Everett, Construction Companies

Graceful Designs, 701 75th St. SE, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Hebron Care Adult Family Hm, 11320 27th Ave. SE, Everett, Homes-Adult Hero House Everett Clubhouse, 1901 Wetmore Ave, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Hotel Indigo, 1028 13th St, Everett, Hotels & Motels House Plants Galore, 15 SW Everett Mall Way, Everett, Plants-Retail I Transform Healing Ctr, 9028 7th Place W, Everett, Health Care Facilities Ivar’s Original, Everett Mall, Everett, Restaurants Jvl LLC, 6610 Cady Road, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Kettwig Customs, 5612 Commercial Ave, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments King Excavation, 2812 LombaRoad Ave, Everett, Excavating Contractors KLEN LLC, 4712 Bayview Ln, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Kokojo Designs, 2231 75th St. SE, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Kracht Co, 13415 Meadow Road, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Las Fridas, 1907 Grand Ave, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Latin Hit Entertainment, 11005 16th Ave. SE, Everett, Entertainment Bureaus

Le Nails & Spa, 6520 Evergreen Way, Everett, Manicuring Loren’s Mexican Food, 1225 W. Casino Road, Everett, Restaurants Magnify Ministries, 1926 Highland Ave, Everett, Religious Organizations Meader Consulting Svc LLC, 8111 E. Glen Dr, Everett, ConsultantsBusiness Nec Mill Town Solutions LLC, 1020 35th St, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Molly Maids, 12403 17th Ave. SE, Everett, House Cleaning Monoria Tattoo Studio, 2425 121st St. SW, Everett, Tattooing Nomadtec USA, 905 132nd St. SW, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments North Fork Soap Co, 3329 Oakes Ave, Everett, Soaps & DetergentsManufacturers Osher Shop LLC, 10121 Evergreen Way, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments P H Balance LLC, 2722 97th Place SE, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Palazzo, 12404 E. Gibson Road, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Parrish Construction-Cleaning, 1507 Wall St, Everett, Construction Companies Paulette Deckers Hypnosis LLC, 1321 Hoyt Ave, Everett, Hypnotists Perfection House-Ofc Cleaning, 3633 Federal Ave, Everett, Janitor Service Purple Patch Farm & Crafts LLC, 2431 Gibson Road, Everett, Farms Quality Home Builders LLC, 2008 Monroe Ave, Everett, Home Builders S & S. General Contracting LLC, 6204 East Dr, Everett, General

Contractors S R Construction, 12522 8th Ave. W, Everett, Construction Companies Seattle Legal Messengers, 1904 Pacific Ave, Everett, Messenger Service Seattle Shading LLC, 11404 23 Road Drive SE, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Sherryl’s Beauty Lounge, 11419 19th Ave. SE, Everett, Beauty Salons Shining Siding, 1408 Hollow Dale Pl, Everett, Siding Contractors Simply Spotless, 9931 18th Ave. W, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Sisters Of The Heart, 1018 112th St. SW, Everett, Convents & Monasteries Slumber Hiro, 11500 Meridian Ave. S, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Snohomish Healthcare Inc, 10530 19th Ave. SE, Everett, Health Services Snohomish Texaco, 13116 39th Ave. SE, Everett, Service StationsGasoline & Oil Stephen Gould Northwest, 715 100th St. SE No. C1, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Sunny Teriyaki, 902 N. Broadway No. D, Everett, Restaurants Susan Ringstad Emery LLC, 5632 10th Drive W, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Total Solutions, 12721 50th Ave. SE, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Tracy Southwell Footwear Mfg, 122 Forest Ct, Everett, ShoesManufacturers Transformation Landscaping, 5912 140th St. SE, Everett, Landscape Contractors

Truclips Haircuts, 9810 30th Drive SE, Everett, Beauty Salons Un-Believable Martial Arts, 8 120th St. SE, Everett, Martial Arts Instruction Weisfield Jewelers, 1402 SE Everett Mall Way No. 184, Everett, Jewelers-Retail Y K Sound Solutions Ink, 2826 107th Place SE, Everett, Nonclassified Establishments Yan Tea LLC, 120 W. Casino Road, Everett, Coffee & Tea

GOLD BAR Frank’s Creations, PO Box 1371, Gold Bar, Nonclassified Establishments Golden Glow, 712 1st Ave. W, Gold Bar, Nonclassified Establishments Its Magic Cleaning Svc, 44925 Fir Road, Gold Bar, Janitor Service Let’s Go Espresso, 41811 170th Place SE, Gold Bar, Coffee Shops Xxx LLC, PO Box 350, Gold Bar, Nonclassified Establishments

GRANITE FALLS Nutrend Clean, 9926 146th Ave. NE, Granite Falls, Janitor Service Savory Oak LLC, 10815 189th Ave. NE, Granite Falls, Nonclassified Establishments

INDEX Just Cbd, PO Box 175, Index, Natural Oils/Cbd’s & Etc (Thc Free)

LAKE STEVENS Balanced Justice Analytics, 9912 2nd Place SE, Lake Stevens, Nonclassified Establishments Bnt Group LLC, 611 125th Ave. NE, Lake Stevens, Nonclassified

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Establishments Bounce House Celebration, 8514 12th St. NE, Lake Stevens, Moonwalks Bright Future Childcare, 122 118th Drive SE, Lake Stevens, Child Care Service Creative Home Design & Svc, 1314 113th Ave. SE, Lake Stevens, Home Design & Planning Service Cup A Joy, 11324 34th St. NE, Lake Stevens, Nonclassified Establishments GeRoady & Flo LLC, 16410 84th St. NE No. 304, Lake Stevens, Nonclassified Establishments Jann Finley Lmhc Ccht Inc, 2106 110th Drive SE, Lake Stevens, Nonclassified Establishments Kings Creations, 14623 75th St. NE, Lake Stevens, Nonclassified Establishments Lucky Ducky, PO Box 1271, Lake Stevens, Nonclassified Establishments Mak Ventures LLC, 7921 S. Lake Stevens Road, Lake Stevens, Nonclassified Establishments Precision Cut Landscaping, 12515 16th St. NE, Lake Stevens, Landscape Contractors Scem, 12123 44th St. NE, Lake Stevens, Nonclassified Establishments Tj Maxx, 523 State Route 9 NE, Lake Stevens, Department Stores Tlc Boutique LLC, 802 116th Ave. SE, Lake Stevens, Boutique ItemsRetail Union Holdings LLC, 8011 20th St. SE, Lake Stevens, Holding Companies (Non-Bank)


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LYNNWOOD A C Personal Fitness Training, 3730 204th St. SW, Lynnwood, Personal Trainers-Fitness A1 Septic Svc Inc, 19618 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood, Septic Tanks/ Systems-Cleaning/Repairing Adonay General Constr LLC, 704

145th St. SW, Lynnwood, Construction Companies Advanced Window Tint, 3609 174th Place SW, Lynnwood, Glass Coating & Tinting Agooddeal2u.Com, 20133 37th Ave. W, Lynnwood, General Merchandise-Retail Alder S. Blood Apothecary, 18407

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36th Ave. W, Lynnwood, Pharmacies Anh Dao Nails Salon, 14007 Highway 99, Lynnwood, Manicuring Apex Asset Management LLC, 12918 Mukilteo Speedway, Lynnwood, Management Services Aqua S, 20417 11th Ave. W, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Area 51 Cafe, 1104 145th Place SW, Lynnwood, Restaurants Automotive Central LLC, 2126 180th St. SW, Lynnwood, Automobile Repairing & Service Bellevue Global Life Sciences, 4100 194th St. SW, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Blacklight Inc, 16825 48th Ave. W, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Blue Ocean Spa, 4100 194th St. SW, Lynnwood, Health Spas Casa Del Rey Hoa, 19409 56th Ave. W. No. W, Lynnwood, Home Owners Associations Cbpi LLC, 33 Road Ave. W. W, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Creekside West LLC, 19020 33Road Ave. W, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Crosswind LLC, 5217 169th Place SW, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Emarkets Corp, 4620 200th St. SW, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Everett Pet Nutrition LLC, 4718 153Road Place SW, Lynnwood, Nutritionists Glamazonia, 19717 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establish-

ments Gold Horizon Senior Care Inc, 7328 202nd St. SW, Lynnwood, Retirement Communities & Homes Great Cuts Salon LLC, 15016 16th Place W, Lynnwood, Beauty Salons Groggy Anchor LLC, 19031 33Road Ave. W, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Happy Dog-Lynnwood, 19817 Firwood Dr, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Hot Stone Massage, 1020 167th Place SW, Lynnwood, Massage Therapists Human Forge Training, 19019 36th Ave. W. No. B, Lynnwood, Training Consultants Inbay Investments LLC, 20726 2nd Ave. W, Lynnwood, Investments Italian Custom Cabinets, 15008 35th Ave. W, Lynnwood, Cabinets Keeboo Car Wash, 4628 168th St. SW, Lynnwood, Car Washing & Polishing LA Cazuela Mexican Restaurante, 15620 Highway 99, Lynnwood, Restaurants Lightning Cleaning LLC, 20110 60th Ave. W, Lynnwood, Janitor Service Lookout Glass LLC, 5916 181st Place SW, Lynnwood, Glass-Auto Plate & Window & Etc Lynnwood Highway 99 AM/PM, 15631 Ash Way, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments M & M Concrete & Constr LLC, PO Box 551, Lynnwood, Concrete Contractors M Link Transportation, 1322 152nd Lane SW, Lynnwood, Transportation

Magnetika, 15700 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Maple Tobacco N. Vape, 4100 194th St. SW No. 390, Lynnwood, Electronic Cigarettes Marlex Motorsports Detailing, 6624 202nd St. SW, Lynnwood, Automobile Detail & Clean-Up Service Maura Kanuri Property Mgmt, 3333 164th St. SW No. 2132, Lynnwood, Real Estate Management Memore Counseling, 3315 133Road St. SW, Lynnwood, Counseling Services Mind Pros Inc, 14332 11th Place W, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Mody Alteration, 4813 180th St. SW, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Mon Amie Bakery & Cafe, 16014 Ash Way, Lynnwood, Bakers-Retail Motive Tech Solutions, 14720 21st Place W, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Next Gen, 12926 Mukilteo Speedway, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Nimucotta LLC, 5009 176th St. SW, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Pck Properties LLC, PO Box 102, Lynnwood, Real Estate Management Pixel Prism Art & Design, 20108 28th Ave. W, Lynnwood, Art Galleries & Dealers Professional Chemical Dudes, 6824 212th St. SW, Lynnwood, Chemicals-Retail R & R Capital Inc, 4309 196th St.

SW, Lynnwood, Restaurants Roberts & Co CPA Pa, 15701 Larch Way, Lynnwood, Accountants S O W-D I S, 20311 52nd Ave. W. No. W, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Seattle Bullies, 514 146th St. SW, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Seaview Caring Adult Family Hm, 15631 Ash Way, Lynnwood, Homes-Adult Seoul Hot Dog, 18415 33Road Ave. W, Lynnwood, Restaurants Sleeper Industries LLC, 18623 Highway 99, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Stump Grind The YaRoad, 2823 144th Place SW, Lynnwood, Tree Service Taqueria Omar, 20801 Highway 99, Lynnwood, Restaurants ThiRoad One LLC, 16115 Larch Way, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Twain Twenty Enterprises, 13826 Lake Road, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Ty Mart LLC, 2624 144th Place SW, Lynnwood, Miscellaneous Retail Stores Nec Unique HaRoadwood Floors, 2327 202nd St. SW, Lynnwood, HaRoadwood Flooring (Mfrs) VA Design, 15122 23Road Place W, Lynnwood, Nonclassified Establishments Veritas Millwork LLC, 5030 208th St. SW, Lynnwood, Millwork (Mfrs) Yes I Can Martial Arts LLC, 7528 196th St. SW, Lynnwood, Martial Arts Instruction



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State trade delegation to China includes county reps They are there to promote state aerospace companies and other manufacturers. By Janice Podsada Herald Writer

EVERETT — Snohomish County business and airport officials are visiting China this week to promote the region’s aerospace and manufacturing industries and take part in an international trade gathering. Representatives of Economic Alliance Snohomish County and Paine Field have joined others from the state Department of Commerce, Washington State China Relations Council, Greater Seattle Partners and the governor’s office for the weeklong trade mission. They’re attending the second China International Import Expo in Shanghai. More than 150,000 participants from 56 countries are expected. Washington exports more products and services to China than any other U.S. state. In 2018, the state exported more than $14 billion worth of products and services to China, including $10 billion from the aerospace sector, according to the state Commerce Department. Washington’s aerospace sector employs an estimated 86,000 workers. Nearly one in three jobs in Washington is tied to international trade. But retaliatory tariffs in the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China coincide with a decline in the value of state exports by $413 million, or 17%, through August.


Paine Field Airport Director Arif Ghouse is taking part on a week-long trade mission in China.

“A healthy trade relationship between our two countries benefits all of us,” said Patrick Pierce, president and CEO of Economic Alliance, who is among those on the trip. Last year, $4 billion of Snohomish County-made goods were purchased

by China, making it the county’s top export market, Pierce said. China, in turn, serves as a key supplier for many of the county’s medical device and aerospace manufacturers, among others, Pierce said. Paine Field, the

Snohomish Countyowned airport, “is responsible for over $20 billion in economic activity, a significant portion of which is trade with China,” said Paine Field airport director Arif Ghouse, who is representing the county.

“By reaching out to our most important trade partners, including China, we can build on our history of economic success,” Ghouse said. The county is home to Boeing’s main wide-body aircraft assembly plant and an estimated 40,000 aerospace jobs. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg said last month that production of the 787 Dreamliner would be cut from 14 to 12 planes a month beginning next year due, in part, to the “lack of orders from China.” “The US-China trade situation has presented challenges for our widebody production plants. In particular, for the 787 program,” Muilenberg said during conference call to discuss the company’s third-quarter earnings report. Production of the 787 is split between Everett’s assembly plant and Boeing’s South Carolina assembly plant. Brian P. McGowan, CEO of Greater Seattle Partners, described the region’s economic connection to China as nothing short of critical. Greater Seattle Partners is a regional nonprofit that aims is to attract business, trade and investment to the Puget Sound region. It promotes the region as a whole while capitalizing on Seattle’s international name recognition. “More than two dozen Chinese businesses already have a presence in our region,” McGowan said. “China is the secondfastest-growing source of foreign direct investment in the U.S. Much of that is focused in the Puget Sound area.” During this week’s visit, some state delegates will split off to participate in a renewable energy

conference in the city of Wuxi. That summit focuses on green buildings, electric vehicles and energy storage technology. Clean energy represents an economic opportunity for Washington businesses, commerce officials say. During a 2013 trade mission to China, Gov. Jay Inslee signed several research and technology collaboration agreements related to clean tech. In 2105, at a Governor’s Forum in Seattle, six U.S. states and six Chinese provinces signed an agreement to collaborate on energy and carbon reduction strategies. “Washington has a rich history of cultural and economic ties with China, dating back to the 1820s, when ships from Columbia River ports first sailed to Guangzhou,” said Lisa Brown, the Commerce Department’s director. “While there continues to be dialogue on a longer-term solution to our trade relationship with China at the national level, we are committed to continue building on important relationships forged over the years,” Brown said. Those relationships, she said, have resulted in “fruitful collaborations in research, education, arts, tourism and all of our key industry sectors.” The Commerce Department will also showcase opportunities to do business with Washington companies. The state’s key industry sectors will be featured under the department’s “Choose Washington” banner. Janice Podsada;; 425-339-3097; Twitter: JanicePods

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