Business

Athletic club continues upgrades

Kevin Allman, owner of the Vashon Athletic Club, has added nearly $100,000 of new cardiovascular and weight equipment to the small fitness center, his largest investment in the club since he purchased it eight years ago.

Naturopath to join Plaza Medical Clinic

Dr. Angela London, a Vashon naturopath, will become part of the Vashon Plaza Medical Clinic, joining Dr. Gail Fulton and two nurse practitioners at the Island’s longest running medical center.

  • Nov 15, 2011

A bookstore closes, and an era ends

Books by the Way has had many incarnations over the years, opening first in the Old Fuller Store at Center and then moving into town, where it claimed at least four locations.

A new salon offers more than hair care

When she was 6, Sarah Lake St. Germain recalled, she got in trouble for cutting someone’s hair and charging for it.

New Indian restaurant to open Friday

Nirvana, a new Indian restaurant that will occupy the high-traffic corner where the Spice Route operated for four years, will open Friday night, offering what owner Rohit Sharma calls “very authentic” Indian food.

New Vashon family grows its dream business from the ground up

On a sunny day last week, 3-year-old Quentin Cherry hung what he called “fake apples” — brightly painted red rocks — on the branches of some of his family’s 400 young apple trees

Spanish preschool offers kids a new language and a window into the larger world

Come September, the sounds of the Spanish language will fill a north-end home when Sarah Bunch opens a Spanish language preschool there.

Vashon’s only tea shop is again in search of an owner

When Bing Imm Low purchased the small tea shop in the center of town two years ago, she had no background in business and little in the world of tea. But she knew she didn’t want to see the Vashon Tea Shop close, so she stepped forward — coming out of semi-retirement to try to keep the intimate café, a failing business at the time, afloat.

Monkey Tree owner opens Seattle pizzeria

Former Monkey Tree owner and longtime Island baker Adam Cone has opened a pizzeria in Seattle’s International District.

  • Jul 26, 2011

Quartermaster Inn owners look for a new restaurant operator

Marie Browne and Troy Kindred, owners of the Quartermaster Inn & Restaurant, are looking for someone to take over the restaurant side of their business in Burton.

  • Jul 26, 2011

Vashon’s new credit union grows faster than expected

After opening its doors nearly five months ago, Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union’s Vashon branch has reported a stronger beginning than anticipated.

A new service on Vashon provides home care to seniors, the disabled

When Marilyn Oswald’s mother was battling cancer not long ago, the family turned to professional caregivers to help tend to her needs and ease some of the family’s challenges. Partially because of that experience, she and her husband Rob Oswald recently opened a new service on Vashon and the Kitsap Peninsula that provides home care for seniors and adults with disabilities.

Vashon wineries garner several awards in regional competition

Three Vashon wineries garnered a passel of medals in the Seattle Wine Awards earlier this month, considered the most prestigious wine recognition program in the state.

New massage therapy office opens in Vashon town

Nestled in the back of the yellow house that is home to the Vashon Youth Council is a new massage therapy office: Daydreams Massage. Owner Alyce Kellogg has spent the last several weeks painting and carpeting the space and will open for business July 1.

Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie’s brew to be served on ferries

By the end of this week, java brewed by the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie will be sold on the Washington State Ferry run serving Vashon’s north end.

  • Jun 28, 2011

Chamber to relocate to former Windermere site

Vashon’s Chamber of Commerce will move into the office on the north end of Vashon town recently vacated by Windermere Real Estate, converting the building’s spacious lobby into a visitor center, said Debi Richards, the chamber’s executive director.

  • Jun 22, 2011

Island Quilter wins award, hopes to draw more customers

At a time when the owner of Island Quilter was thinking of moving her store off-Island to increase business, she won a much coveted-award in the quilting world: Her shop will be featured in the fall issue of Quilt Sampler magazine, published by Better Homes and Gardens.

Robinson Furniture, an Island fixture for 58 years, will close soon

After 58 years as part of the Vashon business community, Robinson’s Furniture will close later this spring, and owners Chuck and Mary Robinson will focus their energy on their new venture, the Vashon Floor Store.

Sporting goods retailer expands its shop and its offerings

Northwest Sports began to expand at the beginning of April, taking on the space next door vacated by Phil Spencer of Flash Photo.

Works by local artists grace Blooms & Things

It’s been almost a year since Carol and Chuck Ahlfors purchased Blooms & Things, a cozy flower shop located on Vashon’s busiest corner.