Business

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.

David Waterworth

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.

David Waterworth

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 14, 2012
Stephanie Morris handles the lunch rush at Pure with help from Stephen Knoder.

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.

Stephanie Morris handles the lunch rush at Pure with help from Stephen Knoder.

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.

Mary and Richard Thomas (right) run Midlife Crisis Farms.

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.

Mary and Richard Thomas (right) run Midlife Crisis Farms.

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.

Loren Sinner says the new warehouses will make his business operations much more efficient.

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.

Loren Sinner says the new warehouses will make his business operations much more efficient.
Jill and Paul Beytebiere have owned Bob’s Bakery since 2007.

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.

Jill and Paul Beytebiere have owned Bob’s Bakery since 2007.

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.

Elizabeth “Boo” Dinan-Slack purchased the Vashon Tea Shop.

Longtime Islander takes on the Vashon Tea Shop

The Vashon Tea Shop opened on Saturday under a new owner. Islander Elizabeth “Boo” Dinan-Slack purchased the shop on Friday, saving the business in the heart of town from possible closure.

Elizabeth “Boo” Dinan-Slack purchased the Vashon Tea Shop.

Store featuring local art and goods closes

Good Merchandise, a small shop that sold locally made jewelry, hats, candles and other goods, has closed, according to Heather Brynn, an artist and real estate agent who’s now leasing the space.

  • Mar 27, 2012

Tea shop finds a buyer

Beng-Imm Low, owner of the Vashon Tea Shop, says a longtime Islander has signed an agreement to purchase her small shop in the heart of Vashon town.

  • Mar 20, 2012

Vashon Solar lines up investors for array at school

Vashon Solar LLC has garnered $100,000 from investors to build a community solar project at The Harbor School, the first of its kind on Vashon.

  • Mar 20, 2012
Ellen Parker will manage The Heron’s Nest.

New manager hired to oversee VAA’s Heron’s Nest

The Heron’s Nest, Vashon Allied Arts’ retail outlet for fine art and handcrafted items made by local and regional artists, has a new manager and will soon have a new look.

  • Feb 14, 2012
Ellen Parker will manage The Heron’s Nest.
Adam Cone and Megan Hastings-Cone’s new restaurant will open Feb. 12.

Well-known restaurateurs decide to plant a new seed

The name — Snapdragon — is new. The look, too, has changed. A pair of large windows along the farthest wall will bring light into what had been a kind of Hobbit’s corner. One wall is now painted chartreuse, another maroon. Beer will be on tap.

Adam Cone and Megan Hastings-Cone’s new restaurant will open Feb. 12.