Topic: Business

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Tips Video Series

Written on January 10, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another San Juan Island Lifestyle Tips video. This one is about what islanders do in January.

Women’s Business Boot Camp

Written on January 7, 2017 at 5:34 am, by

EDC Offers Women’s Business Boot Camp Women entrepreneurs are invited to attend the EDC’s Women’s Business Boot Camp, a half-day workshop specifically designed to tune up existing businesses and to start new ones, on January 19th on Orcas Island. Participants will learn how to write or revamp a business plan, find funding, learn about marketing and  Continue Reading

SJI Brewing Company

Written on January 5, 2017 at 7:07 pm, by

What’s all the commotion going on there at the end of the field in town behind the Backdoor Kitchen? It’s the future home of San Juan Island Brewing Company, a new brew pub and restaurant, a collaboration by partners Verne Howard, Sean Aylward-General Manager, Tim Aylward-Brewery Assistant & Distribution, and Jesse Visciglia-Head Brewer. Site prep and  Continue Reading

Job Opening at the Food Co-Op

Written on January 5, 2017 at 5:38 am, by

The San Juan Island Food Co-op is seeking a part-time employee whose primary focus will be to work collaboratively with existing staff and volunteers to coordinate our Bulk Foods Department. Those basic duties will involve tracking inventory, ordering, receiving, repackaging, and stocking of bulk goods, as well as researching new products and maintaining professional vendor  Continue Reading

Three Kings from Friday Harbor

Written on January 4, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

SJ Historical Museum checks in with their first history column entry for 2017… This photo in the San Juan Historical Museum’s archives is titled simply “Three Kings.” These particular Kings are Blair, Steven and Richard. Although the photo is not dated, we can guess that it may have been taken in the early to mid  Continue Reading

Help Wanted: Fish for Teeth

Written on January 4, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Fish For Teeth, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing dental services to those who cannot otherwise afford dental care is looking for people to fill some volunteer positions: Clinic Manager and Clinic Support Team After five years of dedicated volunteer service, Margaret Johnson has stepped down as the coordinator of the dental clinics sponsored by Fish For  Continue Reading

Serendipity Books

Written on December 31, 2016 at 1:52 pm, by

Just heard that Serendipity will be closing for a week… Here’s Carol with more: Hi Tim! Could you possibly put in a little blurb to say that Serendipity will be closed January 2nd through 6th?  We are having new carpet installed! We have never been closed for more than a day in 21 years,  so  Continue Reading

Notable Stories of 2016

Written on December 30, 2016 at 5:26 am, by

As things slow down like they usually do in the winter, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the past year and take a look at some of the events that affect us and shape us as we move into 2017. So in no particular order, (other than grouping similar things by category) here are some  Continue Reading

And the Winner Is…

Written on December 23, 2016 at 9:03 am, by

The winner of the “Where’s that Elf”, Shop San Juan Island’s Joey contest is Tanja Williamson!  Starting November 25th, Chamber Executive Director Becki Day began posting a photo of an Elf on the Shelf at a different local business every day. Followers of @SanJuanIslandChamber on Instagram were invited to guess the location by commenting on the Chamber’s daily post. Every correct  Continue Reading

Welcome Daniel Schwartz

Written on December 22, 2016 at 9:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this announcement from Loren DeShon at Westwind… Westwind Aviation adds new San Juan resident to staff Westwind is pleased to announce that Daniel Schwartz has joined our staff. Dan and his wife Kathy recently moved to San Juan Island from the Seattle area where he was a flight  Continue Reading

Prepare for Take Off

Written on December 22, 2016 at 9:38 am, by

Mark your calendar to explore the world of entrepreneurship! Good news. Here’s a chance to pursue your dream of owning your own business. Worksource is offering a free workshop for entrepreneurial training. Get the answers to these questions at this free workshop: What does it take to become an entrepreneur? How can you secure funding  Continue Reading

Barking Bird Closing

Written on December 20, 2016 at 5:11 pm, by

Sad news from Judith Carter at Barking Bird… After more than five years, The Barking Bird is leaving the nest! Jack and I have loved meeting people from all over the world, but mostly we treasure our local customers and their animals. We’ve watched puppies grow up, grieved with folks when their dogs and cats  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Written on December 15, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

This Chamber Chat for December, 2016 is written By Lauren Cohen, Co-owner San Juan Canvas, LLC and Chamber of Commerce Board President… It is hard to believe that another full year has passed and the holiday season is upon us once again. The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff certainly hope that all  Continue Reading

LTAC Positions Open

Written on December 15, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Town accepting applications for open positions on Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. The Town of Friday Harbor is seeking individuals to fill two positions on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). Committee members advise the Town Council on distribution of a portion of the funds received from the two percent Hotel Motel excise tax. Three-year terms  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Island Lifestyle Video Series

Written on December 15, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

Here’s another of Merri Ann Simonson’s San Juan Island Lifestyle videos. This one offers tips on installing holiday lights and the marital discussion that accompanies them.

Certificate of Excellence Awards

Written on December 14, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce held their annual Certificate of Excellence Awards meeting and holiday social on Monday night. The certificate of excellence is awarded to chamber members who are recognized as a Chamber business member that excels in quality service and or/products, upholds the Island Friendly Spirit, practices the highest business ethics and  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Written on December 8, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Post San Juan is the Chamber’s Featured Member for the month of December. Here’s more about that from owners Jim and Pam Cromer… Pam & I first ventured to San Juan Island in mid-1990 when we were married at a bed & breakfast in Friday Harbor. We were both working for a major Home Center  Continue Reading

Cattle Point Light Repair Project: Information Update

Written on December 2, 2016 at 9:01 am, by

Heads up to island contractors – this is from the Coast Guard about upcoming improvements to Cattle Point Light… The Coast Guard is preparing to contract work to correct foundation deficiencies at the Cattle Point Light using our established Regional Multiple Award Construction Contractors including a number from Washington State. A pre-proposal information meeting and  Continue Reading

Help Wanted

Written on December 1, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

We have an immediate opening for a Chief Scientist. The Chief Scientist is responsible for the technical direction of Luxel’s ultra-thin film deposition processes. The position is hands-on in the lab, while also including extensive customer contact and sales support. Domestic and international travel is required several times per year. The ability to juggle multiple  Continue Reading

Salty Fox Coffee

Written on November 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm, by

Andrea Hampton is the new owner of the coffee shop down there by the ferry landing. It used to be Far North Cafe owned by Eric Bienenstock and The Doctor’s Office owned by Mary Nash before that. Andrea, who worked for Eric for about a year and half, and who you may also know from  Continue Reading


Written on November 30, 2016 at 9:26 am, by

Addie Miller took first place and a $2000 prize in the Economic Development Council’s 2nd Annual Business Plan Competition for her women’s comfort clothing company, Tush & Bush. Kris Brown of Printonyx took second place and $1300 for an online printing-ordering business, tentatively named Isle Print (but don’t write that name in ink just yet). Third  Continue Reading

Rental Investment Options for San Juan Island

Written on November 29, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares these real estate tips with you… If you are contemplating buying a rental investment on island, one of the Roche Harbor Resort homes or parcels should be on the list for consideration. In 2005 I purchased a two bedroom rental house in the resort and have been very pleased with my  Continue Reading