Business

Jackie Merrill is trying to find a way to compete in the era of Netflix.

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
Jackie Merrill is trying to find a way to compete in the era of Netflix.

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

Vashon’s Dig-In to close on New Year’s Eve

Citing slow sales and a lingering recession, Dig Floral & Garden owners Sylvia Matlock and Ross Johnson are closing Dig-In, their artful, eclectic home furnishings store adjacent to their nursery. The store’s last day is New Year’s Eve. They opened the shop about four years ago.

Wendy-jo Weston and Joleen Flint

Vashon Island Day Spa opens in town

Vashon Island Day Spa opened its new location in town last month with little fanfare but has already begun serving customers in the shop where Island Thyme was formerly housed.

  • Jan 5, 2010
Wendy-jo Weston and Joleen Flint
Terrence McBride will close his jewelry shop’s doors on Dec. 24.

Longtime jeweler to close shop

Terrence McBride of Terrence McBride Design will soon be closing his doors.From a shop now tucked between The Hardware Store Restaurant and the new liquor… Continue reading

Terrence McBride will close his jewelry shop’s doors on Dec. 24.
Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie's beans can now be ordered and delivered through the Smith Brothers.

Smith Brothers to deliver Roasterie coffee beans

Coffee from Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie will soon be among the products sold by Smith Brothers Farms, a thriving dairy and home delivery service that… Continue reading

  • Nov 23, 2009
Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie's beans can now be ordered and delivered through the Smith Brothers.
Shelley Davis and Tami Renno own Island Thyme.

Gift shop Island Thyme to close its doors at the end of November

Island Thyme, which has sold specialty gifts and tea for the past five years near the heart of town, will close Nov. 30.

  • Nov 3, 2009
Shelley Davis and Tami Renno own Island Thyme.
AnnaLisa LaFayette is hard at work these days

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

AnnaLisa LaFayette is hard at work these days

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.

Douglas Mesney

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
Douglas Mesney

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.

Rose Ellen Albers and Beng-Imm Low share a moment at the Vashon Tea Shop.

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.

Rose Ellen Albers and Beng-Imm Low share a moment at the Vashon Tea Shop.

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.

Ronly Blau

Island yoga instructor brings traditional Indian medicine to Vashon

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

Ronly Blau

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