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Lake Stevens' first visitor information center taking shape

LAKE STEVENS — The city is turning the empty house at Lundeen Park into its first official visitor center.Though Lake Stevens is the fifth largest city in Snohomish County, and includes the county's largest lake, it hasn't had a dedicated information center for...

Date: 02/12/2016 | Local News

Madison’s Jewelry to close up shop, but the work continues

STANWOOD — It’s been 44 years of gold dust and diamonds for Robert Madison.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Business

Public restrooms planned for downtown Edmonds

EDMONDS — Visitors may soon be able to linger longer in the downtown shopping district.The city plans to have new public restrooms installed by this summer, the busiest season for local merchants."Public restrooms are one of the top issues for...

Date: 01/18/2016 | Local News

Small business center seeks long-term funding solution

EVERETT — The small business development center for Snohomish County cobbled together enough money to keep the doors open in 2016 but needs to find a stable source of funding to last beyond this year.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Business

Making good on second chance

Salvation Army program helped shop owner kick cocaine habit

Date: 12/23/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

State’s Liquor and Cannabis Board to boost number of pot stores

OLYMPIA — Marijuana stores could multiply in Everett, Arlington, Edmonds and other cities in Snohomish County under a plan to allow more retailers statewide.Washington's Liquor and Cannabis Board has decided

Date: 12/21/2015 | Local News

What to do for Stilly Valley and who can do it

Clearly, thankfully, the Stillaguamish Valley and its communities from Darrington to Arlington have not been forgotten in the months following the March 22, 2014, Oso landslide that killed 43 people, destroyed 36 homes, obliterated Highway 530 and caused economic hardships throughout...

Date: 12/06/2015 | Editorials

Could malls lose their stores to downtowns?

First there was "Black Friday." Then there was "Cyber Monday." The holiday shopping markers plod through the calendar like a procession of Groundhog Days. The big difference is that Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog sometimes offers surprise. Will he see his shadow...

Date: 12/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Reasons to shop on Saturday

Despite announcements by several retailers that are bucking the trend of stores opening on Thanksgiving for the start of the holiday shopping season, including REI, Nordstrom and Costco, it can seem like a losing battle when Macy's, Sears, Target, Walmart and other major retailers no...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Editorials

Get your buzz on and visit ‘The Wall’ of coffee

The Great Wall of Coffee has arrived in Lynnwood.This weekend, Seattle Coffee Gear unveiled "The Wall," a coffee tasting experience that offers dozens of specialty coffees ready for customers to sample, at its flagship store at Alderwood Mall on Saturday.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Life

U.S. firms added 182,000 workers in October, ADP says

WASHINGTON - Companies added 182,000 workers in October, signaling steady improvement in the U.S. job market, according to a private report based on payrolls.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire

What else isn’t getting a vote?

It's not that surprising that the U.S. House finally passed legislation to take the Export-Import Bank out of the mothballs it was placed in back in June when its authorization expired. The support was there all along.The bank, which guarantees loans between American...

Date: 10/29/2015 | Editorials

California craft beer brewers balance drafts and drought

FALLBROOK, Calif. — Amid severe drought, the water board in this Southern California town imposed restrictions on Fallbrook Brewing Co., just as the tiny brewer doubled capacity to meet demand for its craft beers.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Business Wire

Entrepreneurship 101: Don’t let rising labor costs sink your ship

All signs point to rising labor costs for business in both the short and long term. External forces, like the $15 minimum wage in Seattle and an unemployment rate near 4 percent in the Puget Sound region, mean that workers will begin to demand and receive higher wages.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Business columnists

Viking Fest on Saturday celebrates Arlington’s heritage

ARLINGTON — It’s time to conquer the town.The first Arlington Viking Fest and Pub Tour is Saturday, with daytime activities for all ages and an evening of music, costumes and drinks for adults.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Local News

Lake Stevens mom who’s been there helps those grieving find hope

SNOHOMISH — Michelle Frost knows how tricky it is to balance grief and hope.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Local News

King Clam

Exhibit tells the fascinating tales of Ivar Haglund

Date: 09/13/2015 | Life

5-story building in Mill Creek would include affordable housing

MILL CREEK — If a proposal to build two five-story buildings here is approved, the city will have met its goal for housing development and be able to turn its attention to attracting more businesses.That's according to

Date: 08/31/2015 | Local News

Marine Corps duty was a ‘higher calling’

COOS BAY, Ore. — For some people, life is all about the experiences.

Date: 08/31/2015 | Northwest

Celebrating the family farm

Walking through The Evergreen State Fair can nearly overwhelm the senses: the flickering lights of carnival rides, the bleats of goats and bass thumps from the concert stages, the soft wool of sheep, a Purple Cow's cooling flavors...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Editorials

Drought hits bottom line

Lack of rain drives up businesses’ costs, cuts into revenue

Date: 08/14/2015 | Business

Worker pay shows smallest gain since 1982

WASHINGTON — Wages and salaries rose in the second quarter at the slowest pace on record, dashing projections that an improving labor market would boost pay.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Business Wire

Racism stings at black-owned businesses

PITTSBURGH — When Paulette Still left a career in banking to open Posy Flower Design and Event Decor, she expected to sacrifice a steady and hefty paycheck for the chance to be her own boss. She didn't expect the number of people who would challenge her entrepreneurship based...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Business Wire

Don’t change cannabis buffers

Only a week after setting its regulations and zoning for operation of marijuana businesses, the Everett City Council may be asked to reconsider one aspect of the rules: the rejection of a proposed 1,000-foot buffer...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Editorials

Everett City Council’s decision rejects local businesses, revenue

It’s been just over one year since the marijuana industry opened its first retail store in Washington state, generating more than $143 million, with sales now averaging more than $2 million a day in the state. Despite this success, many applicants are struggling to find state compliant properties...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Commentary

Court win for small businesses

Compared with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the national insurance exchange for the federal Affordable Care Act, a decision earlier this month by a Washington state administrative law judge regarding employee health...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Editorials

Why no vote on export tool?

It might only be temporary, but Congress' failure to reauthorize the charter of the federal Export-Import Bank by yesterday's deadline offers an alarming look at the potential effect of its absence.The federal export credit agency, frequently shortened to Ex-Im Bank,...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Editorials

State’s farms, businesses need trade deal

Opening foreign markets to American agricultural exports has provided strong returns to rural communities. When the high-quality products grown and made in rural Washington have a chance to compete on a global scale, every Washingtonian benefits.Expanded exports mean more...

Date: 06/22/2015 | Commentary

GE to move jobs overseas if Ex-Im Bank ends

WASHINGTON — General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt threatened to move U.S. jobs overseas if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the Export-Import Bank’s charter, which expires at the end of June.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Business Wire

5 inbox-worthy email newsletters for small business owners

Do you subscribe to any daily email newsletters?If you don’t, you should.I know what you’re thinking: “NO! I don’t need any more emails into my already flooded mailbox. I’m trying to cut back and have fewer emails to deal with.”

Date: 06/15/2015 | Business columnists

Leveling the showroom floor

Most of us would probably say that we want to see the downtowns and small businesses in our communities thrive. They provide jobs. They provide goods and services we need. And it's enjoyable to buy something from someone you become familiar with, an exchange that adds to our sense of...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Editorials

Economy needs Main Street

Two business professors who write a column for the Washington Post posed this refreshing (or heretical, depending on your view) theory last month: If...

Date: 06/09/2015 | Editorials

Noncompete agreements keep workers' pay low

In olden days, the way you kept good workers was to pay them more. That's no longer the case in many jobs. Companies have been using "noncompete" agreements to stop these workers from seeking better compensation at rival companies.Originally designed to stop tech...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Business ban helps black-market growers

On May 6, Snohomish County Councilmembers voted 4 to 1 to ban legal marijuana business owners from operating in the agriculturally compatible rural 5-acre zone (R5) of the county.The R5 zone is where urban sprawl meets rural protectionism, and has long been the battleground...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Commentary

Talking trash in Stanwood

Businesses team with city to promote cleaning up public spots

Date: 05/08/2015 | Local News

A minimum wage that works

At $9.47 an hour, Washington state has the highest minimum wage among the 50 states, well above the federal minimum wage of $7.25. But even at that rate, a family of three with one wage-earner grossing a little less than $19,700 a year would still fall below the federal poverty level...

Date: 05/01/2015 | Editorials

20 Riverside headlines Record Store Day show in Everett

When 20 Riverside heard that the guys from Everett Music Initiative were organizing a Record Store Day event to support Bargain CDs, Records & Tapes, the members of the band had an idea.Why not make like the Beatles and play on top of Bargain CDs?Well ...

Date: 04/17/2015 | Entertainment

Still spinning

County's last independent record store now a golden oldie

Date: 04/17/2015 | Entertainment

Since when is selling cake a religious act?

This is a tough one. My first reaction, when our neighbor-state baker refused to serve a gay couple, was that she ought to have the right to decide who takes her cake. There's a funambulist in me that still wonders. But the crudely hatched, later revised Indiana law has...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Increase would hit shop owners, the poor

Increasing cigarette taxes, which is under consideration by the state Legislature this year, unfairly burdens lower-income smokers and their households. Cigarette taxes are one of the most regressive forms of taxation because they most negatively affect lower-income...

Date: 04/13/2015 | Commentary

‘Look What’s Local’ becomes a week-long challenge

GRANITE FALLS — You may want to bring a passport to get around town this week. Carrying the right one will give you discounts at restaurants, coupons for shopping and the chance to win a flat-screen television.

Date: 04/12/2015 | Local News

Bradley's Diner

Full-service restaurant is open for business in Darrington

Date: 04/06/2015 | Business

Our response when rights clash

It's worth noting that the authors of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights felt the subject of religious liberty important enough that they addressed it succinctly in the first 16 words of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Editorials

Seattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wage

Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages.The fast food workers who staged walkouts to advance the...

Date: 04/02/2015 | Business Wire

Everett's new sweet spot

Oh Sweet Chocolate shop is a decadent treat

Date: 03/31/2015 | Life

Give distilleries a fair shot

The Small Distilleries Fairness Act, a bill cosponsored by Rep. Rick Larsen, is a sensible, straightforward, non-controversial, needed, economic-driven piece...

Date: 03/09/2015 | Editorials

Distilleries want a break

Lower taxes could give craft liquor businesses a boost

Date: 03/05/2015 | Business

Let Export-Import do its work

Once Congress is through with its latest game of chicken, which threatens to shut down the Department of Homeland Security tonight, it can move on to another episode of brinkmanship as the June 30 deadline approaches to reauthorize the federal

Date: 02/27/2015 | Editorials

Extend tax breaks for film productions in state

With the Oscars airing today — 4 p.m. on ABC, 2 p.m. if you're into the red carpet stuff — let's take a moment to consider Washington state's film industry. And zooming in for a close-up, let's consider Snohomish County's supporting role.Among the recent...

Date: 02/22/2015 | Editorials

Entrepreneurs’ corner: Agency helps small businesses start from scratch

Do you have an idea for a business, but have no idea how to get started?Or maybe you have an invention sitting in your garage but don't know the first steps of turning your invention into a business?For many would-be entrepreneurs, taking the first step is...

Date: 02/16/2015 | Business

Beauty from the inside out

Boudoir photos are sexy, elegant portraits of any woman

Date: 02/14/2015 | Business

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