New store puts forward local goods

Tucked into a tiny shop space behind Island Quilter is Vashon’s newest retail establishment — and it is dedicated entirely to local goods.“That’s been my… Continue reading

Vashon and Friday Harbor CPA firms merge

R. Peter Lake, a CPA with a firm on Vashon, and Kennedy McCulloch, a CPA firm in Friday Harbor, have merged operations and formed a new company, Lake Kennedy McCulloch, CPAs, Lake announced Monday.

  • Sep 15, 2009

Wendy’s Weather’d Wear moves a block south in town

Wendy Rogers, owner of Wendy’s Weather’d Wear, will move her consignment clothing store downtown to the former Beachcomber office space this month.

Vashon Island Imaging specializes in new art print technology

A new Island business opened this spring with a goal — to bring out the best in every picture and preserve it for display as a work of art.

  • Jul 28, 2009

Vashon Island Travel reinvents itself to fit the changing times

After serving Vashon travelers in the same location since 1994, Vashon Island Travel has moved as well as changed the way it does business.

The tea shop takes on a new life

The Vashon Tea Shop, which has been for sale for some time, got a new lease on life earlier this month when Beng-Imm Low purchased it from Susan Bassett, who started the intimate café in the heart of town.

New counselor uses innovative approach

Islander John Koriath has recently opened a counseling practice at the Full Circle Wellness Center, where’s he’s offering an innovative approach to mental health that blends his 30 years of work in science, psychology and the therapeutic traditions of indigenous people.

Island yoga instructor brings traditional Indian medicine to Vashon

Well-known yoga instructor Ronly Blau has brought a new healing practice to the Island.

Sound Food comes alive with lunch, dinner, music and events

When caterers Nadia D’Aoust and Mardi Ljubich re-opened Sound Food restaurant last year, it seemed as though the restaurant — an Island institution since 1974 — would be relegated to the status of part-timer, open to the community only for special events.

Island Lumber now sells auto parts

Island Lumber and Hardware has stepped into the void left by Vashon Auto Parts’ closing and is stocking automotive essentials, including batteries, fluids, filters, light bulbs, wiper blades and an assortment of other accessories, according to a news release.

  • Mar 4, 2009

Bob’s Bakery starts serving dinner

Bob’s Bakery is now open until 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for take-out dinner and dessert.

  • Mar 4, 2009

Café Luna to offer wine

Café Luna should be able to sell wine by the bottle — as soon as its liquor license application to do so goes through, said café owner Natalie Sheard.

  • Mar 4, 2009

Vashon merchants association works to improve retail climate

Banded together as the Vashon Merchants’ Association, more than two dozen Island retailers have been working this year to strengthen Vashon’s retail sector. They’ve done such things as create a walking map of Vashon town and implement a program where their stores stay open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

  • Dec 16, 2008

Vashon Vintage makes everything old new again

Behind the Vashon Wine Shop, Islander Mathilda Oldham has transformed an old garage into Vashon Vintage, a colorful store where Islanders can find updated, not-so-new items for their homes. Brimming with everything from painted dining tables to dinnerware in bold, primary colors, the store carries a collection of items Oldham intends to fit everyone's budget.

Small retailers work hard to survive on Vashon

Competition and thin profit margins make it especially tough for some.

Back Bay Inn’s owners hope to hold on to a place they love

Signs outside Vashon Island Realty and the Bank Bay Inn advertise that the longtime Island inn is for sale, but owners Victoria Davies and John “Stormy” Storms hope that when the signs come down, they will still be the owners of the inn and their home next door.

New Zoomies owner keeps the classics, adds teriyaki

Under different names and owners, Zoomies has supplied burgers and ice cream to Islanders young and old for decades and will continue that tradition under new owner Kelly Hwang.

Good food for kids: Jennifer Foege delivers

When Vashon kids head off to some of the Island’s day camps this summer, Jennifer Foege hopes that the food she makes will nourish many of them for their days’ adventures and for the years ahead.

Vashon Pizza owners will bring the goods to your doorstep

Islanders Meaghan Sohl and Natalie Harkins responded with a quick “no” when asked if they would have ever imagined themselves owners of a pizzeria, but that is what they are now — and happily so — after buying John Dough’s Pizza earlier this month.