Business

Red Ticket offers incentive to shop local

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

 

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.

 

Coupeville consignment shop thriving

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

 

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.

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’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 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.

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.

Coupeville Chamber of Commerce looks to connect members with nonprofits

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

Greenbank to sell wine shop

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

New Coupeville antique store aims for novelty

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

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.

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.

Gallery closed for remodel

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

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.

Couple hopes to fill sweet niche

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

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.

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.

Knead & Feed owner reflects on 40 years

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

Armstrong featured artist at Christopher’s

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

  • Apr 16th, 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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