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.

The Dirt Yard closes after King County health inspection

The Dirt Yard, a commercial enterprise that took in construction debris and sold fill, has apparently closed after an inspection by King County’s health department found that the operation violated county codes.

Vashon merchants hold equinox celebration

Vashon merchants will light up the Village Green and welcome Islanders to an equinox celebration heralding the arrival of spring on Friday evening.

  • Mar 9, 2010

Business briefs

Curves to close at end of monthCurves will close on March 31, according to the fitness center’s owner Mary Krell.“It’s been coming,” Krell said about… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2010

Vashon restaurants use creativity to bring in patrons

As the economic doldrums have lingered and consumers have cut back on spending, several businesses have retooled and revamped in the hopes of luring people in. Vashon restaurants are part of this trend, with many of Vashon’s establishments making changes to keep their doors open and customers coming.

Sound Food revamps to make ends meet

At Sound Food, where Mardi Ljubich of Shefidgets Catering has been serving dinner four times a week for the last several months, changes are in the works.

With the advent of Netflix, Vashon’s Movie Magic finds a new path

For more than 20 years, one Vashon business has enlivened Islanders’ rainy afternoons, weekends and sick days with the magic of home film viewing. But Movie Magic has struggled in the last few years to compete with mail-in DVD service Netflix and cable TV movie offerings, so much so that co-owner Jackie Merrill said the business is shaking things up to stay viable on Vashon.

  • Jan 26, 2010

After a successful year, Vashon Bookshop begins expansion

Vashon Bookshop, which has been in business for nine years, is expanding — adding enough space to increase its inventory by 10 to 15 percent, owner Karen Barringer said.

  • Jan 20, 2010

Hilary Emmer offers tax help Feb. 1

The Washington State Combined Excise Tax Return is due Feb. 1 for small businesses.

  • Jan 19, 2010