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.

Longtime Island flower shop blooms under new owners

The aroma of fresh flowers greets customers at Vashon’s longstanding flower shop Blooms & Things, but customers might detect something new in the air as… Continue reading

Renowned authors visit Vashon to discuss ‘greening’ the local economy

Vashon’s local farmers, nursery owners and “green” entrepreneurs have diverse ideas and products, but could be even more powerful if they worked together, say a group of Islanders hoping to strengthen the Island’s local food system and green economy.

  • Jun 1, 2010

A café with an eye on health opens

Pure, Vashon’s newest café, opened last weekend, giving Islanders a venue for vegetable juices, smoothies and small bites for breakfast and lunch.

Vashon intuitives open up shop

The newly painted electric blue walls of the former carpet shop are testament to the transformation that is taking place inside the modest retail space in downtown Vashon.