Topic: Business

Bait Shop Open

Written on July 6, 2016 at 4:01 pm, by

There’s a new Fish & Chips bar in town. It’s that place next door to Haley’s on Spring Street. It’s called The Bait Shop and it’s owned by Bobby and Stacie Tangney – owners of Haley’s. They just opened about 3 weeks ago and had their official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 2 weeks ago. It has an  Continue Reading

Electrolysis San Juan, LLC Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Written on June 28, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

This July marks one year of successful operation in Friday Harbor for Danielle Wheeler at Electrolysis San Juan, LLC. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and completed her Electrolysis Certification in Seattle at Washington Women’s Anti-Aging Clinic. She continued her education by working under Allison Lance in Friday Harbor as an electrolysis apprentice. In July  Continue Reading

New San Juan Puzzles

Written on June 17, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Just got this note from Tom over there at… Our newest puzzles have arrived! Thank you Chris Teren, Matt Pranger and Ken Balcomb for these wonderful photos! Thank you to Tim Dustrude for your fabulous designed boxes. Support the Toy Box, Cotton Cotton Cotton, Bonnie’s Creative Passions, Pelindaba, WSF terminals soon, Shaw Store and  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Written on June 16, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

It’s time once again for our monthly Chamber Chat column, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Here comes summer and with the season come the visitors. The summer season is a really fun and energetic time on our island. It is a time to show off all that  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Written on June 15, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Kim Wickman of Be Chic Boutique is the SJI Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month. Congratulations Kim! Here’s a bit more about the shop in Kim’s words… Be Chic Boutique has been around as long as we can remember… at least 15 years. I took over 4 years ago in August and have  Continue Reading

And They’re Open…

Written on June 13, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

In case you missed the announcement the other day – there’s a new store in town. “My RC Vision”. It is located at 135 Spring Street. That’s just inside the arcade there between Spring Street General Store and Spring Street Deli. They just had a ribbon cutting celebration on Friday with the Chamber of Commerce  Continue Reading

My RC Vision

Written on June 10, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Ribbon Cutting for New Business in Town! The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Friday Harbor are welcoming My RC Vision to the business community of Friday Harbor and hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, June 10th at 11:00am. My RC Vision is owned by Debbi Staehlin and Heather Easley, mother and  Continue Reading

How Are We Doing?

Written on May 28, 2016 at 10:29 am, by

A quarterly review of County Finances by County Auditor F. Milene Henley First quarter 2016 If you’ve ever wanted to be a plumber, now’s the time. Judging from the number of radio ads I’ve heard recently for plumbers, HVAC technicians, and other tradesmen, business is booming. That’s good news, and it’s evident in retail sales  Continue Reading

Custom Construction or Buy Existing and Remodel?

Written on May 26, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares this… 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? On San Juan, home prices peaked in 2007 and bottomed out in 2012. During that period, approximately 30% in median home price was lost.  Continue Reading

EDC Offers Sales Processes for Profitability Workshop

Written on May 25, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for their upcoming FREE workshop, Sales Processes for Profitability on Tuesday, June 7th from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Orcas Island. Participants will learn to plan strategically in order to increase sales for their businesses. Studies show that nearly 60% of companies lack a well-defined sales process – the  Continue Reading

The Tour

Written on May 24, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

Julie Corrie has teamed up with Kraig Hansen of San Juan Transit to bring you “The Tour San Juan Island”. Here she is with more… Hi Tim, Just wanted to let your readers know that “The Tour” is up and going. I have partnered with Kraig Hansen from San Juan Transit to provide locals and  Continue Reading

Joe’s Shoes

Written on May 21, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

There’s a new store in town. It’s Joe’s Shoes on First, and it’s right there where Cotton Cotton Cotton used to be next door to the Rumor Mill. It is an extension of the clothing store Joe Friday’s upstairs at King’s Market. When they heard the space was available, they took most of the shoes  Continue Reading

Learn to Increase Profits

Written on May 21, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Do you want your business to grow? Learn to increase sales and develop business in our FREE upcoming workshop, Sales Processes for Profitability! In this exciting class, you will learn how to help customers arrive at informed final purchasing decisions, how to understand your buyers and the buying processes, and how to design a strategic  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Insider

Written on May 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm, by

Exploring the islands? There’s an app for that… Well – there’s an app coming soon, like in about 2 weeks or so. You may remember from a previous post on the SJ Update, that Lopez resident, Tim Fry of 468 Communications, won a portion of the grant from the EDC’s Launch San Juan Islands business  Continue Reading

Chamber Member of the Month

Written on May 17, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan Island Featured Chamber Member of the Month is the Office Center NW Inc. (dba Office Supplies PLUS!) Roy & Anne Clauson purchased the office supply store in 2011. It has been serving the island at different Friday Harbor locations for over 30 years. They have expanded the office supply business, adding balloons, party supplies, professional  Continue Reading

Wine Dinner Benefit for Wolf Hollow

Written on May 14, 2016 at 7:20 am, by

Coho Restaurant in Friday Harbor will be hosting a special wine dinner with Côte Bonneville at 6pm on May 20th, 2016 to benefit Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Côte Bonneville produces great wines that begin in the vineyards. They planted Washington’s acclaimed DuBrul Vineyard in 1992 and founded this estate winery in 2001. Coho will  Continue Reading

May Chamber Chat

Written on May 14, 2016 at 7:19 am, by

It’s time again for Chamber Chat, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Here comes summer. Are you ready? Be sure to let the Chamber of Commerce know if you have any events or specials that you would like us to promote for the quickly approaching visitor season. Also,  Continue Reading

For Sale: Seasonal Picnic Stand at Limekiln Point State Park

Written on May 12, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Do you want to own a seasonal business (Memorial Day to Labor Day) in a beautiful setting located on San Juan Island – Limekiln Point State Park? Do you want to meet people from all over the world as they come to visit the Orcas! Do you want to see Orcas on a regular basis?  Continue Reading

Community Treasures Supports Local Programs

Written on May 9, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Community Treasures is a 501(c)3 public charity thrift shop (dba CT Recycling) and known as “CT”.  CT provides items free of charge to nonprofit and service organizations, as well as some occasional services for organizations and individuals, to the tune of about $2,000 a month.  In addition, CT provides funds for community programs and projects  Continue Reading

So Where Was Becki, Anyway?

Written on May 6, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Answer: Becki was visiting chamber member businesses all month. If you hadn’t heard… The Chamber of Commerce, along with Islanders Bank, sponsored a “Scavenger Hunt” of sorts, where Chamber Executive Director Becki Day would visit chamber member businesses and snap a “selfie” photo of herself, once each day all month, and post them to the Chamber’s  Continue Reading

A Wine Event at Duck Soup Inn

Written on April 28, 2016 at 6:28 pm, by

Emily from the Duck Soup Inn writes to share an invitation to their upcoming event this weekend…  We have a fun wine event happening this Sunday that I thought Islanders might be interested in. Next Sunday May 1st will be our first wine social of the season featuring Brooks Winery of Willamette Valley, Oregon. This  Continue Reading

Locally Sourced Happiness

Written on April 27, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

If you see a bright purple wildflower on the side of a yellow truck roaming the streets of Friday Harbor, it’s probably the new flower business in town. Erin & Robert Shackelford have started Camas Designs, a floral design and artwork company based in Friday Harbor. Erin has been arranging flowers for years while working her  Continue Reading