Topic: Business

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

New Physician for PIMC

Written on November 25, 2016 at 10:33 am, by

Family Medicine physician joins PeaceHealth Medical Group in Friday Harbor Shawn Vainio, MD, recently joined PeaceHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. He is available two weeks a month to provide clinical care to patients of all ages, as well as care to patients who are hospitalized. Dr. Vainio has provided  Continue Reading

Luxel Sends Products into Space

Written on November 23, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Travis Ayers, the president of Luxel Corporation shares this news with you… Dear Editor, I had the privilege of seeing the launch of the GOES-R satellite in person this past weekend! More products made in Friday Harbor are headed for geostationary orbit approximately 22,000 miles away from earth. From NOAA’s Next Generation of Geostationary  Continue Reading

Shop San Juan Island

Written on November 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm, by

During the off-peak season, shopping on-island during the holidays is a powerful way for residents to invest in our local economy. The San Juan Islands Insider app and Instagram are great tools that help our local businesses engage and reward their customers throughout the entire year. Friday, November 25th is the start of the San  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Written on November 18, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

It’s time for the November issue of Chamber Chat, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-owner San Juan Canvas, LLC and Chamber of Commerce Board President… Wow… it seems like we were just talking about our busy summer and here we are with the holidays right around the corner. The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Board of  Continue Reading

Writing for Business

Written on November 17, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

EDC offers free workshop on Writing for Business Effective business writing is not only a key tool, it defines one’s image as a business person or entrepreneur. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE workshop on the topic of Writing for Business, on Tuesday, November 22nd from 1-2:00 p.m. on San Juan  Continue Reading

New Shoe Repair Business

Written on November 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm, by

Members of the the SJI Chamber of Commerce along with Mayor Carrie Lacher and Town Administrator Duncan Wilson welcomed Blaine Schmidt and his new shoe and leather repair business with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, November 15. Blaine opened the doors to Schmidt’s Shoe & Shine LLC in early October over in the Surina  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Written on November 8, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

Nancy Young of  Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands is this month’s San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month.   Nancy’s accomplishments include REALTOR® of the Year in 1997 and 2003. Community Service Award 1997. Member of the Million Dollar Club. Licensed since 1984, and currently a Managing Broker. Coldwell Banker Production Achievements:  Continue Reading

Griffin Bay Bookstore Annual Sale

Written on November 2, 2016 at 7:32 pm, by

Anniversary Open House on Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am—6:00 pm 20% off on all books in the store It’s that time of year again, and Griffin Bay Bookstore will hold its annual Open House and Sale on Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am—6:00 pm to celebrate 37 years of bookselling. You’ll find the bookstore brimful of  Continue Reading

LinkedIn Workshop

Written on October 30, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

EDC offers free workshop on LinkedIn for business and career development Many people have joined LinkedIn, but how can it be used for career enhancement and to generate business? Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE workshop on the topic of LinkedIn for Business & Career Development, on Tuesday, November 8th  Continue Reading

Ribbon Cutting for SSL Building

Written on October 28, 2016 at 3:44 pm, by

The official ribbon cutting ceremony happened today at the Spring Street Landing building. A good crowd of about 100 or so people showed up to get a first glimpse of the inside of the new Downrigger’s Restaurant and also check out the businesses below. According to Debbie Rishel, Downrigger’s is planning to open for business  Continue Reading

Spring Street Landing Nears Completion

Written on October 19, 2016 at 11:10 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor wraps up construction on the new waterfront building located at 10 Front Street Friday harbor, WA. The Port will celebrate with a ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening ceremony Friday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. The building replaces 1960’s construction that was destroyed by a fire in August of 2013. The state-of-the  Continue Reading

SJI Real Estate Market Summary

Written on October 19, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

By Merri Ann Simonson – Due to the fact that Real Market Data no longer produces a report containing all of the transactions in the County, effective this quarter I am forced to use the NWMLS as my data source. The County’s site is too cumbersome but complies with State regulations. The site reports property  Continue Reading

New Propane Business

Written on October 18, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

Donny Galt of Ace Hardware and Jimmie Lawson of Jim’s Heating have partnered together to create a new business offering propane to the islands. Inter Island Propane and Mechanical will be the only locally owned propane business on the island. “With the recent buyout of VanderYacht Propane by AmeriGas (DBA San Juan Propane) we both  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Written on October 17, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

It’s the October edition of Chamber Chat, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-owner San Juan Canvas, LLC and Chamber of Commerce Board President… Fall has arrived on San Juan Island. This truly is such a beautiful time of year here. It is great to see so many visitors on the island especially on the weekends. All  Continue Reading

Business Planning & Financing Workshop

Written on October 12, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

EDC offers FREE workshop on business planning and financing The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Monday, October 17th from 12:30-4:00 p.m. Advance registration is required. The business and financing workshop course material will be presented by Tony Salas of the  Continue Reading

Mindfulness for Business

Written on October 11, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

EDC offers workshop on mindfulness for business The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop on the topic of mindfulness in business, on Monday, October 17th from 1-2:00 p.m. on San Juan Island. Advance registration is required. Mindfulness was once considered a fringe movement in the Western world, but is now being  Continue Reading