Topic: Business

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Written on October 11, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

This month’s SJI Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month is San Juan Wireless, Inc. San Juan Wireless began as San Juan Cellular in 1998.  At that time, they were located at the Technology Center and were exclusive AT&T and DirecTV dealers.  Since then, they have moved to the Guard Electric Building on Mullis Street and  Continue Reading

Business for Sale

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

Right of Way Driving School is for sale. Owner Sam Leigh says it’s time for the school to “take it to the next level”, and that’s not something she is able to do. Sam opened the business in 2011 and has been training young San Juan Island drivers ever since, and has even spent a  Continue Reading

Mary Earns CAPS Education Designation

Written on October 4, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Mary Haselow, Interior Designer and owner of Island Shades , is now one of the select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying her as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist with the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and design home modifications to meet the unique needs of the older population, disabled  Continue Reading

Welcome Vic’s New Owners

Written on October 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm, by

As promised, here’s a bit more about the new owners at Vic’s Drive-In – Brian Carlson is a former island resident who worked at the courthouse from 2002 to 2007. He has 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry mostly as Resort Manager for a number of different companies. He and Theresa owned a  Continue Reading

Seafood Competition Winner

Written on September 30, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Vinny’s Ristorante has a Sous Chef named Gerren Allen who has a big deal coming up soon. He’s been all over the country in his career with many different food and cooking related achievements under his belt. He was a semi-finalist on Hell’s Kitchen in 2009 (and would have been on the nationally televised competition  Continue Reading

Vic’s Restaurant Changing Owners

Written on September 29, 2016 at 4:16 pm, by

After 17 years of operating Vic’s Drive In Restaurant, owners Kevin Widmayer and Linda Jensen have sold the business. New owners Brian and Theresa Carlson will take over on October 1st. But you can get a chance to meet the new owners and say goodbye to the old owners on Friday September 30 – they  Continue Reading

Business Plan Competition

Written on September 26, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

SJC Economic Development Council Business Plan Competitition Entrepreneurs, launch your business idea into profitability! Got a business idea? Bring it to the 2nd annual EDC Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition, brought to you by the San Juan County Economic Development Council. Featuring mentoring, workshops, business plan advisors, cash prizes, media exposure and more! Launch  Continue Reading

Williamson Elected Chairman of CBW

Written on September 22, 2016 at 9:33 am, by

Brad Williamson, President and CEO of Islanders Bank was elected Chairman of the Board of the Community Bankers of Washington (CBW) during the group’s annual meeting held September 16th in Vancouver WA. Mr. Williamson is President and CEO of Islanders Bank and also serves as a Trustee and Treasurer of the San Juan Community Theater and  Continue Reading

Business Planning & Financing Workshop

Written on September 10, 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 San Juan Island, on Monday, September 19th from 11 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. The business and financing workshop course material will be presented by Tony  Continue Reading

Launch San Juan Islands

Written on September 6, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

EDC invites entrepreneurs to participate in business plan competition, “Launch San Juan Islands” Entrepreneurs can bring their business ideas to the next level in the second annual EDC Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition, created by the San Juan County Economic Development Council and sponsored by local businesses. Participants will receive instruction in business  Continue Reading

Workshops on Board Practices

Written on August 22, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

EDC and the San Juan Island Community Foundation partner with Washington Nonprofits and the Washington Secretary of State to offer workshops on board practices The San Juan County Economic Development Council EDC and the San Juan Island Community Foundation have partnered with Washington Nonprofits and the Washington Secretary of State to offer workshops on excellent  Continue Reading

Orca Friendly Products at Ace!

Written on August 18, 2016 at 11:46 am, by

Pacific Whale Watch Association and Ace Hardware stores in Anacortes and Friday Harbor, WA Launch “Orca Friendly Products” Ace is the place for… saving orcas! In a unique partnership, Ace Hardware is partnering with the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) in helping its customers find “Orca Friendly” products in its stores. The pilot project will  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Written on August 18, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

It’s time once again for Chamber Chat, this one is for August 2016 and was written by Lauren Cohen, Co-owner of San Juan Canvas, LLC and Chamber of Commerce Board President… It is hard to believe that we are already in the second half of August and autumn is right around the corner. The Chamber Board of  Continue Reading

Black Fish Bistro & Martini Bar

Written on August 16, 2016 at 3:43 pm, by

Black Fish Bistro & Martini Bar officially opens Wednesday, August 17, and will feature farm-to-fork and tide-to-table Pacific Northwest cuisine with a rustic French flair. The Bistro seats approximately 40 customers upstairs and downstairs, will be open from 5:00-11:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and is located in the alley off First Street, opposite The Bean.  Continue Reading

Rental Property Options

Written on July 14, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares this detailed information for rental properties… San Juan County currently has several mechanisms for legally renting a home in the County. The information below is meant for informational purposes only, and does not incorporate all of the rules and regulations. It will however provide those who want to learn more about  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor School of Massage

Written on July 11, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Richard Davenport, owner of Lavendera Massage, is happy to announce the opening of the new Friday Harbor School of Massage. The Washington State Board of Massage and the Workforce Training Board approved the curriculum and catalog for the new school last Friday. Friday Harbor School of Massage is officially a state approved school for training  Continue Reading

Simply Wright

Written on July 10, 2016 at 4:20 pm, by

Carla Wright has just opened a design/consulting business. Here she is with the scoop… I am now providing design consultation for those needing help with restyling their home or business, closet attacks (my speciality) and personal shopping (targeting men who normally need help in this category). All things to help make your life easier and more enjoyable.  Continue Reading

Trunk Show at Surina Business Park

Written on July 8, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Erin Heydenreich shares this invitation with you… Come shopping at Heather B Munro Yoga Studio in the Surina Business Park on Saturday, July 9th! We have tons of beautiful handcrafted items from Oaxaca, Mexico and Betina Roza Jewelry! Baskets, hammocks, clothing, textiles, bags, jewelry and more! This is also a great time to come check  Continue Reading

They’re Moving In Already

Written on July 7, 2016 at 5:34 pm, by

It seems it will be near the end of August before Downriggers Restaurant opens in their new location at Spring Street Landing, however there are 3 businesses downstairs that are open already and have been for about a week or so. San Juan Safaris / San Juan Outfitters is moved in and has added a coffee & snack  Continue Reading

Ferry Tail LLC

Written on July 7, 2016 at 12:43 pm, by

This just popped into the SJ Update mailbag today. Take a look… Hello San Juan Update, I thought you might be interested in, our new website that allows owners of expiring ferry passes to post them online for sale. We were featured on the channel 7 Kiro news last week, and are on the front  Continue Reading

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