Lia Bardeen, experienced chef and daughter of longtime islanders, is planning to open a new restaurant on the north edge of town.

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Vashon family winery opens, begins sales

Eight years ago, Rebecca Lanphear and her husband Damon planted 1 acre of grapevines on their property on SW 159th Street with the hope of creating local wine. Now, on the heels of two warm summer seasons and local record grape harvests, Alli Lanphear Vineyard and Winery is ready to officially open its doors Saturday.

  • Dec 9th, 2015


Islanders urged to shop in town, support Vashon businesses

At Vashon Bookshop last week, islander Robin Branstator paused while purchasing two books to talk about why she makes an effort to shop locally.


Under new ownership, liquor store moves down the street

Vashon’s liquor store has a new owner and has moved to the southern edge of town.

New business with many spokes opens in old bike shop

A new business called Spoke recently rolled into the old bike shop by the post office. The three owners have been renovating the building’s interior to fit their multi-use vision for the large space and plan to welcome the public with an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Couple hinges new shop on gallery, gifts and framing

The brown paper that for weeks covered the windows of the former Raven’s Nest came down last Thursday, revealing the new Hinge Gallery, which includes a frame and gift shop and a small art gallery.

Travel and Leisure names Thai restaurant one of country’s best

Travel and Leisure magazine recently named May Kitchen + Bar to its list of the best Thai restaurants in the United States.

Longtime consignment shop closes, another expands into its space

Wendy’s Weather’d Wear has closed its doors after 15 years selling clothing on consignment in Vashon town, and Luna Bella’s will expand into its former space.

Vashon Intuitive Arts expands into former tech shop

Vashon Intuitive Arts (VIA) has recently expanded into the space vacated by Vashon Tech Support.

A homegrown tamale business takes off

Islander Patty Freebourn’s dream of sharing Hispanic culture and traditional food with Vashon reached a major milestone this week, as both IGA and Thriftway began selling Patty’s Tamales.

New clothing line encourages self empowerment

Islander sells her apparel out of an iconic island building

  • Jul 31st, 2013

Enterprising partners milk their love of farming

Natalie Sheard and Bethany Dilworth are not your typical milkmaids. And tiptoeing through cow pies is a long way from pirouetting across the stage.

Islanders put local bakery up for sale

After nearly six years running Bob’s Bakery, the owners have put the longtime island business up for sale.

The Little House put on the market

Bettie Edwards, owner of The Little House, has put her building up for sale.

  • Apr 10th, 2013

Local arts shop to close

A small shop with a distinctly local flair will be the scene of a farewell party during this Friday evening’s Gallery Cruise.

La Boucherie to close to walk-in diners

George Page closed La Boucherie, his highly acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, last week, saying it made more sense to focus his efforts on two Seattle-based farmers markets.

  • Mar 12th, 2013

After 31 years, owners of Fair Isle Animal Clinic sell to a colleague

Don Wolczko’s early days at Fair Isle Animal Clinic were trying ones.

New pizza restaurant slated to open in April

A pizzeria that will fire made-to-order pies in a brick oven in 60 to 90 seconds is slated to open in April at the former site of Movie Magic.

Training center expands to meet growing demand

Core Centric, faced with a growing demand for its personal training classes, has rented an additional space in Vashon Village to hold its individual training sessions and group classes.

Popular island dentistry practice changes hands

Vashon’s longest-serving dentist has sold his practice to a young man who once shadowed him as a high school student — a passing of the torch that both men say they’re ready for.

Wings Birdseed to shutter its doors by Christmas

Anne Theiss and Sandy Blake announced last week that after more than two years on the Vashon business scene, Wings Birdseed Company would shutter its doors.

Roasterie coffee makes it to high-end restaurant

A decades-long dream for Jim Stewart, who founded a coffee company and now serves as a mentor to the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie, recently came true.

Coffee shop opens with an eye on variety

the former home of Movie Magic, and the drive-through business is open, under new ownership and with a new name, The Ravell’d Sleeve Espresso Bar.

Schleigh launches second Giraffe shop in Tacoma

Giraffe, Vashon’s popular shop for fair-trade housewares and gifts, has expanded off-Island. Last month, shop owner Priscilla Schleigh opened another Giraffe store in Tacoma.

  • Dec 4th, 2012

Edwards announces the end of an era for The Little House

Stop by The Little House for some holiday shopping, and chances are the conversation will be about how some of the Island’s magic will fade after this Christmas season, when Bettie Edwards, the store’s owner, moves on.

Williams Heating opens its pumps to the public

After 15 years of selling gas to account holders at below Vashon’s prevailing prices, Williams Heating has opened its gas station to the general public.

Nirvana to reemerge as a restaurant offering world cuisine

Nirvana restaurant has been shuttered recently, undergoing an extensive remodel inside and a complete reinvention of its menu.

IGA store now under local ownership

After 12 years of off-Island ownership, Vashon Market is again in local hands.

Islanders invited to forum to learn about Affordable Care Act

A community forum on The Affordable Care Act, the health care bill signed into law by Pres. Obama in 2010, will meet next week and include a panel with expertise in a variety of health issues.

Popular taco stand finds a new home in town

Zamorana, a Mexican restaurant that opened in a taco truck about a year ago, has hung a shingle in town.

Publicly supported solar effort gets OK from state

After a five-month delay imposed by state regulators, Vashon Solar LLC is once again ready to seek investors for a publicly supported solar array it hopes to install at The Harbor School.

Vashon spirits? Get ready for a new kind of juice

Vashon’s first distillery has yet to produce a drop of alcohol. But one would never know that based on the attention and anticipation surrounding the small operation.

After 14 years of serving coffee, Movie Magic is slated to close

Movie Magic Espresso, in business for 14 years, will close Sept. 30.

Dentist buys two Vashon practices

After 23 years as the owner of her own practice, dentist Ann Mayeda has sold her business but will continue to practice there for the foreseeable future.

  • Aug 14th, 2012

Vashon’s only vegan café faces a tough go

A line three-people deep felt like a crowd last week at Vashon’s tiny Pure café, where owner Stephanie Morris took lunch orders and prepared the food with the help of a volunteer assistant.

Vashon woman honored by business journal

Jennifer Olsen, president of Resourceful HR, was named one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 under 40” — a prestigious award that identifies influential business leaders under age 40 who demonstrate dynamic leadership and excel in their industry and communities.

Locally brewed hard cider now available at Thriftway

First Cliff Goodman offered up his popular microbrews, and now Vashon’s only commercial cidery has its first bottles on the shelf.

Palouse wins wine awards

Judges at this year’s Seattle Wine Awards recently selected Palouse Winery’s 2009 Black Pearl Petite Sirah for a Double Gold Medal, the highest award given. The competition includes only wines produced in Washington state, and 16 judges evaluate each one on color, aroma, flavor, palate, balance, finish and overall impression.

Several new vendors join Vashon’s thriving Farmers Market

The Farmers Market is a busy place each Saturday, when Islanders and visitors alike stop by to peruse a rich array of Island-grown or Island-crafted items, from fresh-picked produce to hand-carved wooden bowls.

Vashon Vacations aims to link visitors to the Island’s best people and places

Two women with deep roots in the Vashon community have joined forces to help visitors experience the best the Island has to offer through their new business, Vashon Vacations.