Janice Podsada

The Best Puzzles and Gifts of Everett was started as an online puzzle supply business based in Lynnwood for the last three years before becoming a brick and mortar store.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

New puzzle store opens in downtown Everett

Jigsaw puzzle sales have surged during the pandemic. The Best Puzzles & Gifts has hundreds of designs.

The Best Puzzles and Gifts of Everett was started as an online puzzle supply business based in Lynnwood for the last three years before becoming a brick and mortar store.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Ben Corey, left, and Ross Jinkens owners of Pops Skateshop on Friday, Jan. 22, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

This new skateboard store in downtown Everett really ‘pops’

Is Rucker Avenue undergoing a retail revival? The owners of the Pops Skate Shop think so.

Ben Corey, left, and Ross Jinkens owners of Pops Skateshop on Friday, Jan. 22, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Morgan Zehrung, owner of Forecast Solar, takes measurements for solar panel on the home of Brian Aikins Friday morning in Everett on January 29, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Pandemic slows growth of the clean-tech sector — for now

With economic uncertainty, homeowners and businesses have put the brakes on alternative energy plans.

Morgan Zehrung, owner of Forecast Solar, takes measurements for solar panel on the home of Brian Aikins Friday morning in Everett on January 29, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A man walks past a parking lot roof made up of solar panels at Hopeworks Station on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 in Everett, Washington. HopeWorks Station has been awarded a Platinum LEED certificate for its environmentally-friendly design and features.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A green Everett architecture firm teams up with Housing Hope

Dykeman Architects has designed sustainable buildings for more than a quarter-century.

A man walks past a parking lot roof made up of solar panels at Hopeworks Station on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 in Everett, Washington. HopeWorks Station has been awarded a Platinum LEED certificate for its environmentally-friendly design and features.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A Boeing 777X airplane flies over Moscow, Idaho. during a test flight Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The new model of airplane had its first flight on Jan. 25, 2020, from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The 777X will be the world's largest and most efficient twin-engine jet, according to Boeing. (Geoff Crimmins/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)

Tax break proposed for manufacturers, but it needs a sponsor

Port of Everett CEO Lisa Lefeber hopes to boost manufacturing across the state with a new incentive.

A Boeing 777X airplane flies over Moscow, Idaho. during a test flight Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The new model of airplane had its first flight on Jan. 25, 2020, from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The 777X will be the world's largest and most efficient twin-engine jet, according to Boeing. (Geoff Crimmins/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX, poses with a production electric engine, the magni500, at the  company's new office on Seaway Boulevard on Monday, Jan. 18, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Electric aircraft developer magniX moves HQ to Everett

The company builds electric motors, and it’s teaming with Arlington’s Eviation to launch a fully electric plane.

Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX, poses with a production electric engine, the magni500, at the  company's new office on Seaway Boulevard on Monday, Jan. 18, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Garry Clark

Economic Alliance Snohomish County names new CEO

After nationwide search, Garry Clark, a Nebraska business advocate, will take the helm in February.

Garry Clark
Project Roxy is a proposed 2.8 million square foot distribution center that would be built on a 75-acre parcel at the Cascade Industrial Center. The rendering depicts the proposed project at 4620 172nd Street in Arlington from a northwest perspective.

Arlington leaders won’t say if Amazon is behind huge project

Officials say they’re under a non-disclosure pact until permits are issued for a five-story, $355 million project.

Project Roxy is a proposed 2.8 million square foot distribution center that would be built on a 75-acre parcel at the Cascade Industrial Center. The rendering depicts the proposed project at 4620 172nd Street in Arlington from a northwest perspective.
Arthur Sepulveda, 32, has been looking for his first home since July. He put in bids for four houses and finally found one last month in Lynnwood directly from the builder. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Low mortgage rates fuel a frenzied, revved-up housing market

Home prices are soaring and bidding wars are back, and Snohomish County “Zoom towns” are hot locations.

Arthur Sepulveda, 32, has been looking for his first home since July. He put in bids for four houses and finally found one last month in Lynnwood directly from the builder. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Adam Ling works securing rebar reinforcement for a set of stairs on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

With lots of people working at home, a rush for renovations

Homeowners with remodeling plans are keeping local contractors busy. Winter hasn’t slowed them down.

Adam Ling works securing rebar reinforcement for a set of stairs on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kim Williams, CEO of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and Providence Northwest, will retire July 1. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Kim Williams, the local Providence CEO, will retire July 1

She was born at Providence in Everett and leads the health care provider’s northwest Washington group.

Kim Williams, CEO of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and Providence Northwest, will retire July 1. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
FILE - In this Thursday, May 15, 2014, file photo, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 lands at the Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Delta Air Lines, Inc. reports earnings, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Boeing’s rebound ought to include a new jetliner, experts say

The lead time is great, and the company has a history of launching new programs during hard times.

FILE - In this Thursday, May 15, 2014, file photo, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 lands at the Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Delta Air Lines, Inc. reports earnings, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
Claire Vondemkamp (left) and Jami Sollid check out customers Saturday afternoon at Just James Boutique in Stanwood on November 28, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Crazy or just brave? These folks opened businesses this year

In spite of the pandemic, the number of new businesses is up sharply compared to last year.

Claire Vondemkamp (left) and Jami Sollid check out customers Saturday afternoon at Just James Boutique in Stanwood on November 28, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Colors of Hawaii gift store Saturday afternoon in Everett November 21, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

If you can’t go, a new Everett shop sells Hawaiian sunshine

The Colors of Hawaii gift store has relocated to Broadway. Yes, of course, they sell grass skirts.

The Colors of Hawaii gift store Saturday afternoon in Everett November 21, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Sofia Drogomiretskiy sets up an example of what she would photograph for a Decorent Instagram photo on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Bothell, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

They rent you a merry Christmas — the tree trimmings, that is

Tired of storing holiday decorations, a Bothell couple launched a company that rents tree ornaments.

Sofia Drogomiretskiy sets up an example of what she would photograph for a Decorent Instagram photo on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Bothell, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Burton Clemans, an employee at Sisters for 8 years, packages up a Sisters cookie on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sisters closes, for now, as eateries enter another lockdown

The four-week ban on indoor dining has local restaurants pondering whether to shut their doors for good.

Burton Clemans, an employee at Sisters for 8 years, packages up a Sisters cookie on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Alicia Crank, chair of the Snohomish County Airport Commission, at Paine Field on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in Everett, Washington. The Snohomish County-owned airfield is due to update the Airport Master Plan, considered a blue-print for long term development, anticipated land use and a requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Time to update the airport’s master plan, and you can help

The new chair of the Snohomish County Airport Commission wants everyone to get acquainted with Paine Field.

Alicia Crank, chair of the Snohomish County Airport Commission, at Paine Field on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in Everett, Washington. The Snohomish County-owned airfield is due to update the Airport Master Plan, considered a blue-print for long term development, anticipated land use and a requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Berry Sign's owner, Don Gerould, hopes to use his lighted sign-making skills to build ultraviolet lighting systems that can disinfect delivery vans, offices and restaurants. Shot with the new UV lights at the office on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 in Everett, Washington. Gerald is participating in Project Reinvent, a new program through a local business incubator and Workforce Snohomish. The program aims to help existing small businesses pivot to make new products.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

There’s help for local companies to reimagine product lines

Project Reinvent is working with Workforce Snohomish to help businesses weather the downturn.

Berry Sign's owner, Don Gerould, hopes to use his lighted sign-making skills to build ultraviolet lighting systems that can disinfect delivery vans, offices and restaurants. Shot with the new UV lights at the office on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 in Everett, Washington. Gerald is participating in Project Reinvent, a new program through a local business incubator and Workforce Snohomish. The program aims to help existing small businesses pivot to make new products.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Dr. Kale Eckland, along with his two brothers are local dentists. He and his two brothers developed a private dental plan while their offices were shut due to COVID-19 this spring.  Dr. Eckland's plan is also for people who've lost their jobs or are retired and still want to make sure they're teeth are taken care. Adult plans run about $70 per month. At his Everett office on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Lost your job and dental insurance? Here’s an alternative

An Everett dentist and his two dentist brothers have created their own in-house dental plan.

Dr. Kale Eckland, along with his two brothers are local dentists. He and his two brothers developed a private dental plan while their offices were shut due to COVID-19 this spring.  Dr. Eckland's plan is also for people who've lost their jobs or are retired and still want to make sure they're teeth are taken care. Adult plans run about $70 per month. At his Everett office on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A thank you to healthcare workers at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett is display on the skybridge at the medical center on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The doctor will see you now — on your computer or smartphone

Virtual visits are helping Providence and Compass Health see more patients safely and promptly.

A thank you to healthcare workers at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett is display on the skybridge at the medical center on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)