Business

Owner gears up for a major redevelopment of LS Cedar

Loren Sinner can locate that 1x4 tongue-and-groove a customer wants in a matter of minutes, but he might have to move stacks of wood to extract it from the piles of cedar in his small, bustling lumberyard.

Longtime Vashon bakery strives for a profitable path in a tough economy

Bob’s Bakery, a staple of Island life since 1986, hit lean times earlier this year, and after making some cost-cutting measures and devising a program to entice new customers, owners Paul and Jill Beytebiere hope the hardest of the times are behind them.

Homegrown butchery business goes viral, works to expand

As Farmstead Meatsmith gains worldwide attention online, the Vashon-based mobile slaughter and butchery business is working to expand its offerings on the Island as well.

Real estate agent leases inn, but without a restaurant

Longtime Island real estate agent Jeff Lewis has signed a lease to operate the former Quartermaster Inn and hopes to begin booking guests into the four-room Burton establishment as early as next week.

Longtime Islander takes on the Vashon Tea Shop

The Vashon Tea Shop opened on Saturday under a new owner. Islander Elizabeth “Boo” Dinan-Slack purchased the shop on Friday, saving the business in the heart of town from possible closure.

Store featuring local art and goods closes

Good Merchandise, a small shop that sold locally made jewelry, hats, candles and other goods, has closed, according to Heather Brynn, an artist and real estate agent who’s now leasing the space.

  • Mar 27, 2012

Tea shop finds a buyer

Beng-Imm Low, owner of the Vashon Tea Shop, says a longtime Islander has signed an agreement to purchase her small shop in the heart of Vashon town.

  • Mar 20, 2012

Vashon Solar lines up investors for array at school

Vashon Solar LLC has garnered $100,000 from investors to build a community solar project at The Harbor School, the first of its kind on Vashon.

  • Mar 20, 2012

New manager hired to oversee VAA’s Heron’s Nest

The Heron’s Nest, Vashon Allied Arts’ retail outlet for fine art and handcrafted items made by local and regional artists, has a new manager and will soon have a new look.

  • Feb 14, 2012

Well-known restaurateurs decide to plant a new seed

The name — Snapdragon — is new. The look, too, has changed. A pair of large windows along the farthest wall will bring light into what had been a kind of Hobbit’s corner. One wall is now painted chartreuse, another maroon. Beer will be on tap.

Quartermaster Inn and Restaurant owners will not renew their lease

Marie Browne and Troy Kindred will step down as the owners of the The Quartermaster Inn and Restaurant on March 31.

As it looks to the future, Island Lumber wins national recognition

For the last seven years, Island Lumber has held a Ladies’ Night on a Monday in November, drawing hundreds of women to the sprawling building supply store for special discounts, catered food, glasses of wine, drawings and camaraderie.

Business owners create new network

Members of a new business networking group on Vashon say they’ve generated more then $26,000 in profits for each other since forming in early 2011. And those involved in the group — called Vashon Leads because members provide business leads to one another — believe 2012 will be even more successful as the program gains momentum and a second group starts up.

Thai restaurant could open next month

May Chaleoy, who co-founded a popular Thai restaurant in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, said she hopes to open May’s Kitchen on Vashon in February.

Counselor opens a new Vashon practice

Tim McTighe, a licensed marriage and family therapist who worked for 30 years in the criminal justice system, has begun a counseling and mediation practice at Courthouse Square.

  • Dec 27, 2011

John L. Scott adds agent from Ohio

John L. Scott has added a new face to its cadre of Realtors. Ishan Dillon, 29, recently moved from Columbus, Ohio, to join the Island real estate agency.

Ayurvedic medicine now at Full Circle

Ronly Blau, the owner of Meadow Heart Ayurveda & Yoga, is now offering holistic Ayurvedic healthcare, including Ayurvedic bodywork, massage therapy and health consultations, at Full Circle Wellness Center.

Zoomies restaurant for sale

Zoomies Burgers & Ice Cream is on the market, and the owners, Valerie and Clyde Howe, say they are offering the business for half of what they sold it for five years ago.

Islander hopes to boost local economy by making connections

Amy Wolff calls herself a natural-born networker. After retiring from a 30-year career as a travel agent, she found herself continuing to connect people with what they needed. This time she wasn’t recommending restaurants or setting up hotel reservations, but helping friends find jobs and businesses fill open positions.

Island Quilter to move, expand its offerings

Island Quilter will move across the street at the end of the year to the former home of Robinson Furniture, more than doubling its size and adding classroom and exhibit space.