Business

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.

Urban Cottage offers reclaimed furniture, recycled art, decor and more

Two Vashon women have joined forces and opened up an ecletic shop featuring reclaimed furniture, home decor, local art, fair-trade coffee, design services, space for creating one’s own art and more.

Retailer’s new location offers a brighter space

Kathleen Fitch, owner of Vashon’s only office and art supply store, said her new location kitty-corner from Giraffe offers her two key assets in the tough world of Island retail life — parking and visibility.

New restaurant opens in former Monkey Tree space

A new restaurant opened last week in the former home of the Monkey Tree. Called Giuseppe’s, it serves Italian food in a family-friendly environment.

For 30 years, Vashon’s only frame shop thrives

What does it take to start a successful business on Vashon, and then keep it going strong for three decades? Only a small handful of Island merchants know the answer to that question, and Donna Kellum, a energetic 64-year-old woman who owns and operates Frame of Mind, is one of them.

Former Chase manager to helm new credit union branch on Vashon

Long-time Chase bank branch manager Patte Wagner retired from Chase last Friday and will become the manager of the new Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union… Continue reading

Vashon Island publication changes hands

“The Loop,” a twice-monthly publication on Vashon, recently changed ownership.

  • Jan 26, 2011

Chamber backs school measures

The board of directors at Vashon’s Chamber of Commerce voted earlier this month to support the school district’s two bond measures currently before voters for… Continue reading

  • Jan 25, 2011

Flash Photo to shutter its doors after 25 years of photography service

For 25 years, Phil Spencer has staffed his small photo shop in the heart of town, developing pictures, taking passport photos and dispensing advice.When he… Continue reading

The new face of farming

When Dustin Calery first saw George Page manning Sea Breeze Farm’s booth at the Ballard farmers market almost a decade ago, he was surprised and intrigued at the new face in local farming.

Hardware Store owner opens Seattle eatery

Hardware Store Restaurant owner Melinda Sontgerath opened a new restaurant near the University District in Seattle last week to good reviews.

Vashon retailers turn to the Web

Inside the eclectic and colorful Giraffe store, owner Priscilla Schleigh carefully packaged a customer’s purchase — a spruce-green tablecloth block-printed by women in Mumbai, a set of placemats handwoven in Indonesia and a bar of shea butter soap made on Vashon. Rather than passing the fair-trade goods across the counter to a local customer, however, Schleigh put the items into a large box to be shipped to a woman in New York.

Hypnotist returns to practice her craft on Vashon

Vashon’s rich variety of health care providers now includes licensed hypnotherapist Diana Labrum, who works out of an office in Courthouse Square.

A new Island dentist arrives as another retires

A Vashon native has returned to the Island to practice dentistry at Dr. Michael Maki’s dental office, and a beloved dentist there is retiring from the practice.

  • Jul 6, 2010

Vashon Women’s Health Center celebrates first anniversary, adds providers

Vashon Women’s Health Center celebrated its first anniversary this month and welcomed three new providers to the homey downtown clinic: licensed midwife Gail Murphy, physical therapist Andra DeVoght and integrative medicine physician Marcie Hamrick.