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Red Ticket offers incentive to shop local

As people gear up for the holiday season, Coupeville merchants are giving…

 

Marc Aparicio

Penn Cove Taproom opening on So. Main

Two Coupeville natives, brothers Marc and Mitch Aparicio, this week expect to see the first tangible result of their long-standing interest in beer and brewing. The Penn Cove Taproom plans to open for business at 103 S. Main St. in their home town.

 

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Coupeville consignment shop thriving

Coupeville business owners Kimberlly and Thomas Hoctor celebrated the grand opening of their second Front Street business last week.

 

Andrew Schultz

Coupeville grad starts Greenbank tattoo shop

That little red building off the highway in Greenbank has a new tenant and, unlike some recent renters who seemed to last there only a matter of days, this one said he’s home to stay.

Andrew Schultz

Sip ’n’ Shop highlights Small Business Sat.

Get tickets now for the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce’s Sip ’n’ Shop On the Cove, Saturday, Nov. 28.

  • Nov 4th, 2015

Whidbey Examiner staff earns 14 awards

The Whidbey Examiner took home 14 awards at the Washington Newspaper Publisher Association’s Better Newspaper Contest awards banquet this month.

  • Oct 21st, 2015
Coupeville business owner Beth Kuchynka is celebrating 15 years in business with her specialty food shop

Coupeville’s bayleaf celebrates 15th anniversary

When bayleaf owner Beth Kuchynka opened her store in 2000, the young entrepreneur wanted to create a connection to the community through food education and enjoyment. And now, while celebrating 15 years in business this month, bayleaf finds itself with the same business model — just bigger and better.

Coupeville business owner Beth Kuchynka is celebrating 15 years in business with her specialty food shop
Sean Callahan

Coupeville photographer is a jack of all trades

It’s tough to pigeon-hole Sean Callahan, a Coupeville photographer who’s also a clothing-maker, website developer and would-be art gallery owner. He seems to come up with new business ideas even while describing what he’s doing now.

Sean Callahan
David and Pat Howell have returned to Coupeville after 23 years and are the new owners of Local Grown.

New coffee shop owners no strangers to Coupeville

After 23 years away from Coupeville, former Concerts on the Cove founders David and Pat Howell returned this month with plans for getting back involved with the community.

David and Pat Howell have returned to Coupeville after 23 years and are the new owners of Local Grown.

Coupeville Chamber of Commerce looks to connect members with nonprofits

The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce is exploring ways to better serve its membership.

Sibyl Ward discusses loganberry wine with a customer at the Greenbank Farm wine shop.

Greenbank to sell wine shop

The Greenbank Farm Management Group is looking for interested parties to take over its wine shop.

Sibyl Ward discusses loganberry wine with a customer at the Greenbank Farm wine shop.
Kim Christianson opened a new antique store in Mariner’s Court. The store also sells unique items including art created from salvaged tin.

New Coupeville antique store aims for novelty

Collecting things with unique histories has been an occupation for Kim Christianson nearly her entire life.

Kim Christianson opened a new antique store in Mariner’s Court. The store also sells unique items including art created from salvaged tin.
Former sheriff’s deputy Mike Beech stands in his new bike repair and sales shop which opened Saturday in his garage on Fort Casey Road.

Bike shop to keep cyclists spinning

Mike Beech, a former sheriff’s deputy who has worked on some of the county’s most grizzly crimes, admits his new bike shop in Coupeville will be a change of pace.

Former sheriff’s deputy Mike Beech stands in his new bike repair and sales shop which opened Saturday in his garage on Fort Casey Road.
Lisa Bernhardt

Coupeville Chamber honors business leaders

Members of the Coupeville business community recognized outstanding leaders and welcomed a new batch of board members Thursday during the annual installation and Excellence in Business Awards Dinner.

Lisa Bernhardt
Woodworker Gary Leake

Gallery closed for remodel

Sometimes, being an artist in a cooperative gallery involves painting walls as well as canvases.

Woodworker Gary Leake
Stephanie Struthers

Yarn shop focuses on sustainable practices

Dena Royal said she has eight to 10 people a week come into her store asking to copy documents.

Stephanie Struthers
Bruce Stevens and Emily Norris opened Emily’s Sweets & Treats last week in the Mariti Chocolate Building. The bakery offers cupcakes

Couple hopes to fill sweet niche

A new business on Front Street is hoping to satisfy downtown’s sweet tooth.

Bruce Stevens and Emily Norris opened Emily’s Sweets & Treats last week in the Mariti Chocolate Building. The bakery offers cupcakes
Jerry Bell has been helping run the Bell’s Farm strawberry business since 1950. The berries are popular with islanders.

Bell’s Farm offers weeks of sweet treats

When strawberries are in season on Whidbey Island, Colleen VanDyke knows that her phone will start ringing between 7 and 7:30 each morning.

Jerry Bell has been helping run the Bell’s Farm strawberry business since 1950. The berries are popular with islanders.

Hot dog stand opening daily

Coupe’s Last Stand, the town’s only mobile food vendor, will be open seven days a week starting this week, said owner Vickie Chambers.

  • Jun 18th, 2014

Hospital board approves $49 million budget

Whidbey General Hospital recently approved the 2014 Operating Budget during a regular board meeting.

Doug Kroon

Knead & Feed owner reflects on 40 years

Whenever Doug Kroon wants to reminisce, he just has to glance at a wall inside his restaurant.

Doug Kroon

Armstrong featured artist at Christopher’s

Detailed patterns adorn dramatic landscapes and natural elements in Armstrong's linocut and woodcut prints

  • Apr 16th, 2014
The Victoria Clipper brings nearly 200 people each time it visits.

Clipper visits bring boost to economy

Once again, the Victoria Clipper will be making stops this spring, bringing hundreds of visitors for two-hour stops to downtown Coupeville.

  • Mar 28th, 2014
The Victoria Clipper brings nearly 200 people each time it visits.
Pati and Paul Schmakeit are the new owners of Coupeville’s Back to the Island.

New owners take on Coupeville’s Back to the Island

There’s a new face running one of the businesses on Coupeville’s historic Front Street. Pati Schmakeit recently bought Back to the Island, a small boutique located next door to the Penn Cove Gallery. Back to the Island sells clothes and novelties popular with tourists and neighbors alike. She had a casual journey to becoming a business owner.

Pati and Paul Schmakeit are the new owners of Coupeville’s Back to the Island.
Deep Harvest Farm seeds are on display at Bayview Farm and Garden.

Whidbey grower starts selling organic seeds

Gardeners will have a new source for seeds that should thrive in Whidbey’s climate. Deep Harvest Farm located on South Whidbey Island is offering a selection of organic vegetable seeds at Bayview Farm and Garden located in Langley. Nathaniel Talbot, owner of Deep Harvest Farm, has been developing organic seeds since he was a student at the farmer training center located at the Greenbank Farm. He has 20 varieties of vegetable seeds he has available for sale at the south end garden center.

Deep Harvest Farm seeds are on display at Bayview Farm and Garden.

Chamber honors Coupeville’s business stars

Coupeville Chamber of Commerce honored several members Feb. 6 during its annual awards banquet. The big winner of the night was Dan Miranda and Front Street Grill, which won Business of the Year.

  • Feb 14th, 2014

Nominations sought for Coupeville chamber awards

Coupeville Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for our 2014 Excellence In Business Awards, sponsored by Whidbey Island Bank. Categories are: Business of The Year, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Business Leadership and Lifetime Achievement Award. Winners of the 2013 Excellence In Business Awards were: Business of The Year: Whidbey Island Bank; Entrepreneurial Spirit: Lavender Wind; Business Leadership: Janice Vaughan; Lifetime Achievement: Coupeville Festival Association.

  • Jan 10th, 2014

Navy beefs up OLF security; closes Maylor trail

More than 1,000 large cement blocks connected by thick cable are being installed around the perimeter of the Navy’s Outlying Field Coupeville.

Jamie Sastre

Coupeville couple catches restaurant

Years toiling in the restaurant industry paid off for one Coupeville chef. Tyler Hansen, who recently moved to Whidbey Island, is the new owner of the Oystercatcher, a cozy little bistro located in downtown Coupeville.

Jamie Sastre
Denis Hill checks the app on his phone he uses to monitor Coupeville’s new public wifi system. Many businesses downtown have signs in window directing users how to log onto the system.

Wifi zone goes live in downtown Coupeville

Visitors to downtown Coupeville can now access the Internet free of charge. A free wifi zone was created by the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association with financial partnership with Allstate Insurance and Town of Coupeville. The zone encompasses the downtown corridor from Coupeville Inn to Main Street and down onto the wharf. CWHA started the project earlier last year and has been working to find the best system for the project.

Denis Hill checks the app on his phone he uses to monitor Coupeville’s new public wifi system. Many businesses downtown have signs in window directing users how to log onto the system.
Ebey Bowl Manager Traci Wisdom is excited to become a business partner.

Ebey Bowl back in action with new partnership

After taking a break, Ebey Bowl is back in action. The bowling alley was closed for about a month, and re-opened mid-October. On Sept. 22, Traci Wisdom received a phone call from Matt Iverson and Mimi Johnson, the siblings who own Ebey Bowl. They asked her if she wanted to become a partner. The siblings own an Allstate Insurance Company branch in Oak Harbor as well. Between the business in Oak Harbor and the bowling alley, they were not getting to spend as much time with their families, Wisdom said.

  • Nov 22nd, 2013
Ebey Bowl Manager Traci Wisdom is excited to become a business partner.

Minimum wage in Washington raises in 2014

Washington’s minimum wage will increase to $9.32 per hour beginning Jan. 1. The state department of labor and industries calculates the state’s minimum wage each year as required by Initiative 688. The 13-cent-per-hour increase, from $9.19 to $9.32 an hour, reflects a 1.455 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI‑W) over the last 12 months ending August 31.

  • Oct 4th, 2013
Cheryl Nunn took over Collections Boutique on Front Street last month.

Store collects new owner

A new face is behind the counter of a Coupeville boutique. Oak Harbor resident Cheryl Nunn took over Collections Boutique last month from previous owner Rita Hart, who still works at the popular shop on a part-time basis.

Cheryl Nunn took over Collections Boutique on Front Street last month.
Owner Marie Lincoln labels items in her product line at the Chocolate Flower Farm located in Langley.

Owner of chocolate-themed store in Langley ‘pulls them in by their nose’

At the store, people are drawn in by the wafting scent of chocolate in the air. Online, word-of-mouth has garnered a significant following around the world. Marie Lincoln, owner of the Chocolate Flower Farm in Langley, has developed a successful retail store, online product business and farm based on chocolate.

Owner Marie Lincoln labels items in her product line at the Chocolate Flower Farm located in Langley.

Port to consider cash machine at Coupeville Wharf

Visitors to downtown Coupeville might find an easier time trying to find a cash machine in the future. Officials for the Port of Coupeville are considering a plan to place an ATM on port property. The small port district received a proposal from Premier Merchants Group, based in Kearney, Neb., to place the cash machine in the breezeway of the Coupeville Wharf.

Island County seeking projects to fund with tourism tax dollars

Applications are available for projects looking to be funded by Island County’s 2 percent Hotel/Motel Tax Tourism Promotion. The Isand County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee solicits proposals until Aug. 31.

  • Jul 25th, 2013

Lost dog, leaky hot tub spark calls

The Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office responded to the following calls:

  • Jun 28th, 2013

Outdoor dining proposal sparks discussion with business owners

A proposal by a downtown business to encroach on public parking for outdoor dining has other area businesses talking.

Kimberly Hoctor sets up merchandise at her new handbag consignment shop open in Coupeville on Front Street.

Bag shop owner aims for designer education

Kimberly Hoctor made three sales before she even opened her Coupeville store last weekend. Women saw handbags in a window display and walked right in, excitedly ignoring the signs informing customers of her opening date.

Kimberly Hoctor sets up merchandise at her new handbag consignment shop open in Coupeville on Front Street.

Whidbey General Hospital honors staff during National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. This year’s theme is Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care. There are 200 nurses, certified nursing assistants, emergency department technicians and Health Unit Coordinators at Whidbey General.

  • May 9th, 2013