Archive for August, 2011
On Saturday, Aug. 20, Johnny’s Donuts opened at 2201 Cornwall Ave., near Bellingham High School (across the street from Assumption Church).
John and Karin Koons opened the 440-square-foot shop, which has more than 30 varieties of doughnuts.
John Koons has a long history of making doughnuts in Bellingham, starting at the Albertson’s store in the 1960s, as well as the Mt. Bakery on Nugent’s Corner and Mt. Bakery 2 on Northwest in the 1980s.
Johnny’s Donuts is open Tuesday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The doughnuts are made fresh each morning by 6 a.m. by John Koons.
I’ll get some further details and post it as a story on The Bellingham Herald’s main page later today.
Below is a press release from a new Bellingham company that wants to help people tackle the “What’s for dinner?” question by putting together recipes for a shopping list. Here are the details:
Danielle Hanson and Bonnie Kaemingk, two Bellingham moms have launched their menu service, www.ohdinner.com to solve this problem!
Here’s how Oh! Dinner works:
1. Subscribe to Oh! Dinner for $6.99/month
2. Select your meals from 10 choices each week.
3. Shop with an instant grocery list.
Basically, they’ve taken the planning out of making dinner. Their goal is to help people eat good food, save time & money and have some extra time to spend with family. Bonnie Kaemingk says “Oh! Dinner is for anyone stuck in the dinner rut. I think that people just do the same things over and over because they’re just too busy.” Oh! Dinner is full of delicious, creative, simple recipes and New subscribers get 2 weeks free to check it out!
Danielle Hanson, mother of two, was born and raised here in Bellingham. She’s always had an entrepreneurial bent, baking bread to sell at her father’s job to buy a horse at age 9. Bonnie Kaemingk has been a resident of Whatcom County for 9 years and loves everything about this place!
For more information, visit the website by clicking this (link).
Here’s a few interesting permit applications filed at the City of Bellingham:
– 1 Bellis Fair Parkway, Suite 206 (Bellis Fair), A tenant improvement permit to give Spencer Gifts a remodel.
– 408 Lakeway Drive (near the Chevron gas station), A new four-unit townhouse.
– 263 W. Bakerview Road (near Bellis Fair), a 35-unit, four-story multifamily building.
– 311 E. Holly St., Suite 101, a tenant improvement to put in a new cafe called Time in Play, which will also have a children’s area. It’s near the YMCA.
Lynden-based Peoples Bank and Bellingham’s Logos Bible Software both made the list of Washington’s Best Workplaces in the large company category.
The lists were compiled by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Readers would nominate companies, then employee surveys were conducted to determine the top workplaces.
Peoples Bank, which has 307 employees throughout Washington, pays 100 percent of the health premium for full-time employees, including dental and vision and also offers a 401(k) program, according to the PSBJ.
Logos has 199 employees and pays 90 percent of the health premium for full-timers, along with dental and vision. It also offers a 401(k) and mentoring program. The company has a Read for Cash program, paying employees to read business-related books, as well as regular employee events to sporting events and picnics.
… First Choice Bank in Illinois, making it 68 in 2011. Estimated cost to the FDIC: $31 million.
Three banks (First Southern National in Georgia, Lydian Bank in Florida and Savings Bank in Pennsylvania) were shut down by government regulators on Thursday and Friday, making it 67 so far in 2011. Estimated cost to the FDIC for the three closures: $343.8 million. I’ll update with a new post if other closures take place before I leave the office.
Here’s a list of Bellingham business registrations between July 27-Aug. 1. Registration is required to do business in the city; some listed are new businesses in town, while some are changes of address/ownership:
Abstract Electric Inc., 407 E Harvard Ave., Shelton
Bravo Environmental NW Inc., 6437 S 144th St., Tukwila
DoggiezBest LLC, 2218 King St., Bellingham
Vacation Internationale, a Bellevue-based vacation club, has announced the opening of Phase 2 at its Homestead Resort in Lynden.
In January, the Vacation Internationale Board of Directors approved the acquisition of the Farmhouse Hotel at Homestead Golf Resort in Lynden. The hotel was then purchased by Vacation Ownership Sales, Inc., the development and sales company for VI. Located next to the current VI building at Homestead and connected by a covered walkway, this addition will add 19 condominiums to VI’s existing nine units.
Last month Bellingham International Airport topped 50,000 passengers for the first time ever.
The exact total for passengers flying out of Bellingham in July was 51,421, according to data collected by the Port of Bellingham. It easily broke the previous record set in March, when 45,640 passengers took flights out of Bellingham.
Much of last month’s growth took place on Allegiant Air, which increased its monthly total from 24,373 in June to 30,704 in July. Alaska/Horizon increased its monthly total by 985 passengers.
July is typically the busiest month of the year at the airport, said Airport Manager Dan Zenk. The airlines averaged 104 flights per week, a slight increase compared to June. The airlines also experienced an increase in the number of passengers on regular flights.
Zenk said the airport parking has kept up with demand, and additional spaces should be available in the coming weeks through its expansion project.
Year-to-date, 296,300 passengers have flown out of Bellingham, a 27.2 percent increase compared to the first seven months of 2010.
A longtime bar known for its live music is closing this weekend.
The Fairhaven Pub and Martini Bar at 1114 Harris Ave. will have its final events on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20, said Brian Tines, owner of the pub for the past 10 years. Tines said he made the decision to close earlier in the week; he had been trying to sell the pub in the last six months, but said he wasn’t pressured to close.
“It has been slow the past one-and-a-half years, but it was particularly slow this summer,” said Tines, adding that he wanted to focus on the three other establishments he operates: Main Street Bar & Grill in Ferndale, The Royal in Bellingham and The Big Fat Fish Co. in Fairhaven.