Topic: Business

Join County Statistics and Demographics Virtual Event

Written on November 21, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By EDC This year, more than ever, business owners and community leaders and legislators need data and information to make knowledgeable decisions. Join the Economic Development Council for our fifth annual “Datapalooza!” event from 11-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, via Zoom. Participants can learn more about how the pandemic affected area industries and employment  Continue Reading

$300K Awarded to San Juan Businesses, Nonprofits

Written on November 20, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By EDC San Juan County, the Washington State Department of Commerce, and the Economic Development Council have awarded over $300,000 in COVID-19 relief grant funds directly to locally-owned and -operated small businesses, community nonprofit organizations and childcare facilities in San Juan County. These funds will help business owners pay expenses such as rent, utilities, safety  Continue Reading

Deck The Halls, Win a Prize

Written on November 19, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Local Holiday Decorating Contest By Becki Day, Executive Director, San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce The holidays are just around the corner. What better way to brighten things up than to have a “Let’s Light up Friday Harbor” campaign, beginning Friday, Nov. 27 to start off the shop local holiday? This is a Christmas decorating  Continue Reading

Shop By Appointment At Griffin Bay Bookstore

Written on November 19, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Laura Norris, Owner, Griffin Bay Bookstore To all of our loyal friends and customers, a huge thank you for making it possible for the bookstore to survive these difficult times.  It is our main objective at Griffin Bay Bookstore to bring joy to our friends and customers, to provide a respite and escape from  Continue Reading

Holiday Craft Market at Brickworks

Written on November 16, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By SJI Farmers Market The San Juan Island Farmers Market is hosting three holiday craft markets this year. Support local vendors and stock up for the holidays. The markets will take place from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19.  Join farmers, crafters, makers and artisans for a safe and socially  Continue Reading

Pick Up Free Meal At Cynthia’s Bistro

Written on November 16, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Cynthia Burke, Owner, Cynthia’s Bistro Cynthia’s Bistro is offering free takeaway meals to anyone who needs a meal or wishes to have a home-cooked meal. No questions asked, just free food. Stop by Cynthia’s this Thursday, Nov. 19, from 4:30-6 p.m. to pick up your meal. When we run out of food, we will  Continue Reading

Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions Last Four Weeks

Written on November 15, 2020 at 3:53 pm, by

Most Restrictions Start Nov. 16; For Restaurants, Nov. 18 By Washington’s Governor’s Office On Sunday, Nov. 15, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a four-week statewide set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country. The new restrictions come as Washington sees consistent increasing daily case  Continue Reading

Alisha Merrick of FERN Celebrates Storefront

Written on November 13, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By SJI Chamber of Commerce On Nov. 12, the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and Friday Harbor Mayor Farhad Ghatan hosted a socially distanced ribbon cutting for local artist Alisha Merrick. Merrick, an active chamber member for many years, opened her shop, FERN, in June. The shop features local art, jewelry, pottery, toys, stickers,  Continue Reading

Celebrate the Holidays with WaterWorks

Written on November 13, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By WaterWorks WaterWorks Gallery hosts its 35th Annual Holiday Showcase: Red and Gold from Nov. 19-Jan. 9 at 315 Argyle Ave. in Friday Harbor. The show is free to the public. The reception for the show will be from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19. WaterWorks Gallery, a contemporary light-filled gallery, continues to evolve as it  Continue Reading

Islanders Look to Map Resources for ‘Makers’

Written on November 11, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By EDC Islanders interested in makerspaces, fablabs and community labs are invited to join the Economic Development Council of San Juan County to hear more about the San Juan Makers Guild’s asset mapping initiative from noon-1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13 on Zoom. Presenters are Marcy Montgomery and Stephen Shrader, co-founders of the San Juan Makers  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Gift Card Options

Written on November 10, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Need a gift card for the holidays? Check out Islands Strong for gift cards from San Juan Islands’ businesses, as well as Orcas Strong for businesses on Orcas Island. The Washington Tourism Alliance also has a website called, where people can support their favorite local businesses by purchasing gift cards for future use. If  Continue Reading

Cotton Cotton Cotton has Moved to a New Location

Written on November 9, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Gail and Randy share this location update with you… We are now at 300 Spring Street! (formerly Christy’s Island Salon)  We are right next to Mystical Mermaid.  We are also closer to the public parking lot so never have to worry about finding a parking space! We are all moved in and can’t wait for  Continue Reading

Local Nonprofit News Platform Moves Forward with Two-Month Fundraising Challenge

Written on November 9, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

(Bellingham WA) Salish Current (, a local nonprofit, independent news platform dedicated to reporting news for the civic good in Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties, today announced its participation in the national NewsMatch giving campaign. “Donations made to Salish Current in November and December will be doubled by NewsMatch and applied directly to paying  Continue Reading

Garage/Estate Sale on San Juan Island Saturday

Written on November 7, 2020 at 10:51 am, by

Beth Helstien is having a sale until 4 p.m., today, Saturday, Nov. 7 at 25 Three Corner Lake Road on San Juan Island.  By Beth Helstien, San Juan Island This garage/estate sale includes 40 years of accumulation. Fishing: rods, reels, tackle boxes for freshwater and saltwater. Think of the salmon and trout and halibut and  Continue Reading

New Shop For Quilters On San Juan

Written on November 5, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Debbie Martinez My Rose Cottage Shop is a small but quaint shop in Friday Harbor. We carry a fun variety of precut fabrics, basic fabrics on the bolt, supplies, cross stitch kits, quilting kits and a bit more. We are located at 682 Misty Isle Dr. and our hours are 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays  Continue Reading

WaterWorks Gallery Features Teresa Smith

Written on November 2, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By WaterWorks Gallery WaterWorks Gallery presents Art Aisle with Teresa Smith from Nov. 5-28. Join us wearing your mask for a socially distanced Prosecco Night, from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5. Our featured artist for November is Teresa Smith. Teresa captures the pacific northwest landscape, allowing the oil painting to unfold in a contemplative or  Continue Reading

25 Years With Serendipity Used Books

Written on November 1, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

  By David Bentley   Oct. 31, 2020, was Halloween, but it was also the 25th anniversary of Serendipity Used Books.   Be sure to wish Carole Jackson and Dilys Goodman a happy anniversary. The store opened on Halloween 1995 with about 3,000 titles. You can read more about the history of the store in  Continue Reading

‘Happy Halloween’ From Islanders Bank

Written on October 31, 2020 at 10:39 am, by

The staff at Islanders Bank celebrated Halloween a day early, on Friday, Oct. 30, at the Friday Harbor branch.

Compass Health Celebrates Virtual Building Communities of Hope Gala by Honoring Client Stories on World Mental Health Day 

Written on October 4, 2020 at 5:39 am, by

Non-profit behavioral health agency invites community members to join the virtual Gala, set for October 10, 2020, to support child, youth and family services  EVERETT, Wash. – Compass Health, Northwest Washington’s behavioral healthcare leader, is proud to honor client stories and voices at its fourth-annual Building Communities of Hope Gala fundraiser, planned for October 10, 2020. The virtual  Continue Reading

Awards for Peace Island Medical Center

Written on October 1, 2020 at 12:03 pm, by

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Washington, has been named a 2020 Guardian of Excellence and 2020 Pinnacle of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey. These awards are a nationally recognized symbols of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the awards honor health care facilities who consistently achieved performance in the top five  Continue Reading


Written on September 29, 2020 at 10:45 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we find this letter from Anna Maria de Freitas… As I listen to the rain bounce off my sky light and feel the fall chill settle in the air, I know that the days of outdoor dining for me and my restaurant industry colleagues are quickly coming to an end.  Continue Reading

Island Artisans Holiday Market is Moving to Spring

Written on September 22, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

$12,000 given in scholarships Island Artisans is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to raise funds in support of young artists within our community. We have served San Juan County for approximately 40 years by granting scholarships to graduating students and supporting practicing artists. Island Artisans Holiday Market, our primary fundraiser, has always been  Continue Reading