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.

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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.

Owner gears up for a major redevelopment of LS Cedar

Loren Sinner can locate that 1x4 tongue-and-groove a customer wants in a matter of minutes, but he might have to move stacks of wood to extract it from the piles of cedar in his small, bustling lumberyard.

Longtime Vashon bakery strives for a profitable path in a tough economy

Bob’s Bakery, a staple of Island life since 1986, hit lean times earlier this year, and after making some cost-cutting measures and devising a program to entice new customers, owners Paul and Jill Beytebiere hope the hardest of the times are behind them.

Homegrown butchery business goes viral, works to expand

As Farmstead Meatsmith gains worldwide attention online, the Vashon-based mobile slaughter and butchery business is working to expand its offerings on the Island as well.

Real estate agent leases inn, but without a restaurant

Longtime Island real estate agent Jeff Lewis has signed a lease to operate the former Quartermaster Inn and hopes to begin booking guests into the four-room Burton establishment as early as next week.