Topic: Business

Celebrating 40 Years

Written on January 22, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Kings Market will be celebrating its 40th anniversary of the Howard Family owning the store. We will have a special event day happening on the 25th of January. From 11 to 3 we will have giveaways, raffles, face painting, hot dogs and much more. Be sure to check out these old newspaper articles about the  Continue Reading

EDC presents Creative Careers Forum

Written on January 17, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

This announcement has been updated since it was first published, to include an additional supporting organization… The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) invites students and career-seekers to their first Creative Careers Forum, a free informative session on working in careers such as design, applied and performing arts, architecture and more on Saturday, February  Continue Reading

Late Start for Islanders Bank

Written on January 14, 2020 at 7:34 pm, by

Due to inclement weather, Islanders Bank branches will open at 10:00 am on January 15th.  Night Drop is available for deposits.  ATM is available for withdrawals. Stay safe and thank you for understanding.

Continuity and Emergency Planning

Written on January 14, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County DEM is hosting a one day no-cost training on continuity and emergency planning for small businesses. When disasters strike, small and medium sized businesses often endure the worst of the impacts. In the islands, our geographic isolation and economic reliance on a few key industries make the challenge even greater. This no-cost  Continue Reading

Chamber Member of the Month

Written on January 13, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month for January is: Vic’s Drive-In Vic’s Drive-In is a classic drive-in restaurant. Founded in 1958 Vic’s enters its 62nd year as the longest operating restaurant in Friday Harbor. Offering a familiar yet often creative menu of quick serve food – Vic’s takes pride  Continue Reading

Thank You!

Written on December 24, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Sheila Martin… Dear Ashley and Market Place, I would like to say thank for all that you have done for my cause in feeding families in need. I put the advent calendar out on FH Rants and Raves and it garnered little interest.  Continue Reading

Griffin Bay Bookstore Award Announcement

Written on December 19, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Laura Norris and Griffin Bay Bookstore are lucky winners of one of James Patterson’s $500 Holiday Bonus awards. All across the country, 500 booksellers from Maine to California, Florida to the Dakotas, were each awarded the special bonus, 100 of them going bookstores specializing in children’s literature or with an outstanding children’s collection. This award  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Real Estate Tips

Written on December 16, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with more real estate tips and information for you… Custom Construction or Buy Existing and Remodel? In the current market it is much more affordable to buy an existing home than it is to purchase new or custom construction.  Why is that?  The costs of materials and labor did not  Continue Reading

Chardonnay Shopping

Written on December 14, 2019 at 12:55 pm, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another video in her San Juan Island Lifestyle series… This video features our Chardonnay Shopping event. Shop local!

Change your luck on Friday, the 13th!

Written on December 12, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Please join Cotton Cotton Cotton, Island Studios and Friday Harbor Chocolates for our Friday the 13th Holiday Open House from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  We will be offering refreshments from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM along with special holiday pricing. Cotton Cotton Cotton will have a special sale –  25% off entire store (excluding  Continue Reading

New Digs for SJ Oriental Medicine

Written on December 12, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

After 20 years at 50 web Street in downtown Friday Harbor, Sandy Richard has moved the San Juan Oriental Medicine Clinic out to 517 Douglas Road. The clinic will be up and running this week and looking forward to seeing new and old patients.

Glass Artist Darleen Nixon Demonstrates Her Craft at Island Studios Trunk Show

Written on November 23, 2019 at 6:31 am, by

Island studios will be featuring glass artist Darleen Nixon… Join Island Studios on Friday, November 29 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at 270 Spring Street in Friday Harbor for a holiday trunk show featuring beautiful glass jewelry and fun, functional glass pieces for your home created by Darleen Nixon of Nixon Art Glass. Find the  Continue Reading

Chardonnay Shopping in Friday Harbor December 5

Written on November 22, 2019 at 6:15 am, by

Save the date of December 5th for Chardonnay shopping in Friday Harbor.  This is an annual event where ladies shop local and perhaps have a beverage in between the stores.  Last year we had over 40 ladies starting off with lunch then the shopping began.   This year, many of the stores are offering discounts for  Continue Reading

POSTPONED Mayor Invites Local Businesses to Solar Presentation

Written on November 20, 2019 at 6:01 am, by

Postponed – The Solar for Business presentation previously scheduled for today at Town Council has been postponed until next month. We will let you know the date as soon as we hear! Friday Harbor’s Mayor Farhad Ghatan would like the local businesses to know that on (This date postponed) there will be a Solar for  Continue Reading

San Juan County Economic Development Council Upcoming Events

Written on November 14, 2019 at 6:00 am, by

NEXT WEEK!   Cross-Industry Symposium Connect with San Juan County businesses on Wednesday, November 20th, from 1 to 3 PM, in the San Juan Island Library meeting room. For more info, see: All are welcome and the event is free of charge. NEXT WEEK!   Business Entities Workshop SCORE, the SJICF and the EDC invite business owners  Continue Reading

EDC presents Cross-Industry Symposium for Knowledge Workers and Business Owners

Written on November 12, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Knowledge workers can meet with San Juan County business owners at the EDC’s Cross-Industry Symposium. The symposium is designed to connect entrepreneurs with people from other industries who have skills and ideas that could help their businesses grow. The event is on November 20th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library, 1010 Guard  Continue Reading

Free Business Entities Workshop

Written on November 9, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

SCORE, the SJICF and the EDC invite business owners and nonprofit leaders to a workshop on reducing risk Over 40% of small business owners in the U.S. report having been involved in or threatened with a civil lawsuit, and many business owners are at risk for losing their personal assets, simply as a result of  Continue Reading

40th Anniversary Open House

Written on November 7, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Make sure you get to Griffin Bay Bookstore’s shindig—our big 40th Anniversary party this Saturday, November 9, 10:00 am—6:00 pm. Join the crowd of well-wishers and shoppers who eagerly await our annual Open House and Sale. The bookstore will be decorated to the hilt with bunting made from repurposed books to celebrate 40 years of  Continue Reading

New Owners for Island Airporter Shuttle

Written on November 6, 2019 at 9:09 am, by

Islandairporter, San Juan islands Seatac shuttle has been sold. John Ness who began the service in 2003 has sold the business to retire. The new owners, Tamara and Ray Weigeshoff will continue the shuttle service using the same schedule, phone number, and website.  Tamara will do the majority of the driving with Ray as backup.  Continue Reading

Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Written on November 5, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Friday Harbor’s Own Toy Box Joins The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (Astra) In Tenth Annual Celebration Of Small Businesses Nationwide On November 9, 2019 Friday Harbor’s own Toy Box will be one of hundreds of retailers across the country celebrating Neighborhood Toy Store Day on November 9, 2019. Spearheaded by the ASTRA, the annual  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Written on November 4, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Cotton Cotton Cotton is the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month and they’re also celebrating Celebrating 10 Years! Randy and I moved to the island from Orlando, Florida in October 2009 and purchased Cotton Cotton Cotton in November of that year. We came here on vacation in 2005 and fell in  Continue Reading

10 Year Celebration!

Written on November 1, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Cotton Cotton Cotton is having a 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Sale this Saturday November 2nd. It will be from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – 20% off entire store (excluding jewelry and consignment items) (Extra 20% off Sale items) Raffle entry with each purchase to win a 4 Ocean Bracelet,  Seahawk Scarf and hand warmer  Continue Reading