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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“The Loop,” a twice-monthly publication on Vashon, recently changed ownership.
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
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 Restaurant owner Melinda Sontgerath opened a new restaurant near the University District in Seattle last week to good reviews.
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.
Vashon’s rich variety of health care providers now includes licensed hypnotherapist Diana Labrum, who works out of an office in Courthouse Square.
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.
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.
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
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.
Pure, Vashon’s newest café, opened last weekend, giving Islanders a venue for vegetable juices, smoothies and small bites for breakfast and lunch.
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.