Topic: Business

Merri Ann’s Video Series

Written on July 1, 2020 at 7:24 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson has a new entry in her San Juan Island Lifestyle Video series. This one is about San Juan Island Real Estate and COVID

Business Assistance Deadline June 30th, 2020

Written on June 26, 2020 at 10:29 am, by

The last day to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is June 30th, 2020. As of today, June 26th, there is plenty of money in the program, and restrictions which may have deterred some businesses have been loosened. To apply for this program, contact your banker. If your bank is no longer offering these  Continue Reading

Keeping the San Juans Safe: A Partner Pledge & Visitor Guidelines Checklist

Written on June 26, 2020 at 8:05 am, by

A note from the Visitors Bureau… Friday Harbor, WA – Summer is here, and that normally means an increase in visitors to our Islands. While 2020 is redefining what ‘normal’ is, there are steps the tourism industry is taking to safely welcome visitors back to the Islands. One of our most important goals is to  Continue Reading

San Juan County Requests Phase 3 Approval

Written on June 24, 2020 at 2:02 pm, by

June 24, 2020: Following a recommendation from San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James, both the County Board of Health and the San Juan County Council approved submitting an application to the WA State Secretary of Health to enter a modified version of Phase 3 of the Governor’s four-phased Safe Start Washington plan. The timing  Continue Reading

New Business in Town: San Juan Striping LLC

Written on June 24, 2020 at 9:23 am, by

Reyes Rodriguez initially moved to San Juan Island in 1991 from Mexico. After living here for more than a decade, he found his calling working overseas doing Relief Work around the world, in 2003 he married Martha Alvarado, after a few years working abroad they dreamed of returning to the island and having children, the  Continue Reading

Merry-Ann Keane to leave PeaceHealth

Written on June 23, 2020 at 2:14 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., June 23, 2020–Charles Prosper, chief executive of PeaceHealth, Northwest, announced today that Merry-Ann Keane, chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, had informed him of her decision to leave PeaceHealth to be closer to family abroad. Keane’s last day will be July 17, 2020. In a statement that was sent  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center thanks community for overwhelming support

Written on June 22, 2020 at 4:25 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., June 22, 2020– PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center (PIMC) wants to express its gratitude and appreciation to the San Juan County community. Over the past several months since COVID-19 began impacting our region, this community has never wavered in expressing its support to PeaceHealth healthcare workers. To date, nearly 15 businesses, organizations  Continue Reading

Be a Virtual Vendor at the San Juan County Fair

Written on June 22, 2020 at 4:21 pm, by

A call to action for all San Juan County businesses, restaurants, non-profits, organizations, service groups, cottage industries, artist and more.  Become a virtual San Juan County Fair vendor and join the “2020: A Fair Odyssey”.  This is a new opportunity for local organizations and businesses as the San Juan County Fair transitions into a virtual  Continue Reading

A Letter From Roche Harbor Resort

Written on June 22, 2020 at 4:07 pm, by

In the mailbag this afternoon we have this letter from Brent Snow, General Manager of Roche Harbor Resort… Dear Friends, Neighbors and Community, The COVID-19 pandemic has put a terrible monkey wrench in all our plans. These are not easy times for any hospitality operation and Roche Harbor is founded and based on hospitality.  We are  Continue Reading

Coho Restaurant Reopens June 23

Written on June 22, 2020 at 7:13 am, by

Coho Restaurant is delighted to reopen on June 23. We will offer on-site dining (five tables inside and five tables outside) plus carry-out of our entire menu. Reservations are strongly encouraged due to limited seating. Current summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 5 – 9 p.m. Learn more and preview the opening menu here.

Visitors Bureau Awards $3000 in Scholarship

Written on June 19, 2020 at 8:03 am, by

The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the recipients of its 3rd Annual Tourism/Business/Communications Scholarships, awarded to four members of the Class of 2020 who are graduating from island high schools. Congratulations to Tyler Sovelove (Lopez Island High School), Camryn Thompson (Orcas Island High School), Josephine Crosby (Friday Harbor High School), and  Continue Reading

Affordable Peace of Mind Covid-19 Testing

Written on June 18, 2020 at 1:56 pm, by

As we move forward through the re-opening phases and begin to welcome back neighbors, friends and visitors to our beautiful islands, we know that the presence of the COVID-19 virus in our communities is a real concern. Living Medical Arts would like to extend you and your business some peace of mind. Dr. Gulla is  Continue Reading

Department of Health situation report shows increased virus activity

Written on June 18, 2020 at 11:45 am, by

Significant increases seen in Eastern Washington, some milder spikes noted in Western Washington. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released its latest statewide COVID-19 situation report. The report shows a significant increase in viral activity in Eastern Washington with concentrated spikes in Yakima, Spokane, Benton and Franklin counties. A rising positive test rate means  Continue Reading

Self Directed Retirement Accounts For Real Estate

Written on June 16, 2020 at 9:51 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with another Real Estate tips column… Do you realize that you may use all or a portion of your retirement funds to invest in real estate?   Retirement accounts are basically Trust accounts for your benefit when you retire.  In the 1970s, the IRS approved real estate as an investment option  Continue Reading

Happy Anniversary San Juan Bistro!

Written on June 15, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

This week begins our 8th year and our next iteration! We appreciate your kindness and support since opening our doors in June 2013. And we are especially grateful for your support of our “Take Out” only Lunches and Dinners this Spring. We are excited to announce our new Take Out Dinner menu! Our Takeout Dinners  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center adjusts visitor policy to allow for limited visitor access

Written on June 11, 2020 at 2:10 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., June 11, 2020– PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center has adjusted its visitor policy to allow for limited visitor access until COVID-19 is no longer a public health threat. Patients who are not COVID-19 suspect or positive are allowed one designated visitor during their stay. Two visitors are allowed on a case-by-case basis  Continue Reading

Businesses and Guests Must Work Together to Safely Reopen

Written on June 9, 2020 at 11:54 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag today we find this letter to you from the Visitors Bureau… Dear Fellow Islanders, The world may no longer resemble the one we knew in early March, but San Juan County has risen to the occasion of meeting the COVID-19 challenge head-on. Now, as we start to take steps to  Continue Reading

Why Buy Local?

Written on June 9, 2020 at 11:31 am, by

Although this is always true in our small community, because of Covid-19 it is now more important than ever to shop local right here in Friday Harbor whenever possible to help support our neighbors. This extensive article from Groom and Style explains a lot about how and why this is so important… Buying Local: Benefits,  Continue Reading

Big Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

Written on June 8, 2020 at 1:39 pm, by

Businesses should take a second look at the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in light of substantial revisions signed into law on Friday June 5th. The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act makes several major changes to the PPP. These changes may make the program more attractive to businesses that had decided against using it and more  Continue Reading


Written on June 8, 2020 at 6:47 am, by

And another letter, this one from Laura Saccio… To My Fellow Islanders, More than 20 years ago, my grandfather, a New Mexican farmer, rescued me from a life of impersonal work in the financial industry. I had been hired to work at an investment firm in Portland, and would see my family, including our two  Continue Reading

Webinar on Bankruptcy

Written on June 5, 2020 at 1:50 pm, by

The Economic Development Council, an islands non-profit, is hosting a webinar on bankruptcy with Mary Schmitt, attorney at law. Attendees will learn about Title 11 of the United States Code as well as potential changes if the Heroes Act, H.R. 6800, currently under consideration in congress, becomes law. The webinar will be Monday at 2:30PM,  Continue Reading

Sidewalk Art Sale at Friday Harbor Atelier

Written on June 5, 2020 at 10:44 am, by

Local Artists to Feature Original Works at Outdoor Show, Saturday, June 13 Friday Harbor, Washington… A group of San Juan Island artists, members of the Friday Harbor Atelier, will host a Studio Sidewalk Art Show on Saturday, June 13 in front of the Atelier at the corner of Spring Street and Argyle Avenue from 10:00  Continue Reading