Janice Podsada

Owners of Country Rose/The Paint Bungalow, Donna Mains (left) and Kathleen Shalan in the shop on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in Arlington, Washington. The gift store also stocks Annie Sloan paint as well as being a women's apparel boutique. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Arlington: Where small retailers survive and even thrive

The Country Rose store’s owners give credit to the downtown association for drumming up business.

Owners of Country Rose/The Paint Bungalow, Donna Mains (left) and Kathleen Shalan in the shop on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in Arlington, Washington. The gift store also stocks Annie Sloan paint as well as being a women's apparel boutique. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Nicola Smith

Lynnwood mayor among Leadership Snohomish County honorees

Also receiving awards this year were a Snohomish Health District communicator and The Everett Clinic.

Nicola Smith
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)

Maker of electric airplane engines gets $74M NASA grant

MagniX of Everett is one of two companies tapped to advance electric propulsion systems to power aircraft.

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)
David Simpson (left) and Scott Murphy.

Port of Everett candidates spar over transparency

An incumbent, David Simpson, is challenged by Everett City Councilmember Scott Murphy.

David Simpson (left) and Scott Murphy.
Rendering of the new terminal that Propeller Airports plans to build at Paine Field in Everett. The terminal, which will serve the general aviation community, will replace Castle & Cooke Aviation's existing building at the Snohomish County-owned airport. (Propeller Airports LLC)

Propeller Airports to acquire Castle & Cooke at Paine Field

Propeller, which owns the nearby passenger terminal, plans a new complex for private aviation.

Rendering of the new terminal that Propeller Airports plans to build at Paine Field in Everett. The terminal, which will serve the general aviation community, will replace Castle & Cooke Aviation's existing building at the Snohomish County-owned airport. (Propeller Airports LLC)
With the Olympic mountains in the background, the first passenger flight by Alaska Airlines Flight 2878 departs for Portland on opening day of the Paine Field Terminal on Monday, March 4, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Alaska Airlines stalls plan for extra flights in Everett

Business has been sluggish, but the airline says it will offer 12 flights a day at Paine Field in the new year.

With the Olympic mountains in the background, the first passenger flight by Alaska Airlines Flight 2878 departs for Portland on opening day of the Paine Field Terminal on Monday, March 4, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Ryan Welch, a produce clerk, restocks grapes at the Sno-Isle Food Co-op on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett’s Sno-Isle Food Co-op approaches its 25th anniversary

The enterprise hopes to add more square footage and more classroom space to the store on Grand Avenue.

Ryan Welch, a produce clerk, restocks grapes at the Sno-Isle Food Co-op on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jeff Wagner and son Casey Wagner at their store, Wagner Jewelers, on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After 41 years, Wagner Jewelers in Marysville still shines

When the Wagner brothers opened it in 1981, they were the only game in a pretty small town.

Jeff Wagner and son Casey Wagner at their store, Wagner Jewelers, on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Balconies are built in the shape of film strips at the Marquee Apartments on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 in Everett, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

With 77 new apartments, more residents for downtown Everett

The 56-year-old Skotdal Real Estate company built the Marquee Apartments a block north of Funko.

Balconies are built in the shape of film strips at the Marquee Apartments on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 in Everett, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Adriana Reedy and her "foster fail" Juniper at Hamlin Park on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021 in Shoreline, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Animal shelters turn to fostering to help meet demand for pets

Foster parents help Snohomish County shelters care for animals — and find them forever homes.

Adriana Reedy and her "foster fail" Juniper at Hamlin Park on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021 in Shoreline, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Workers build the first all-electric commuter plane, the Eviation Alice, at Eviation's plant on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

All eyes on Alice, the electric plane made in Arlington

If all goes well, Eviation’s battery-powered airplane will make its debut test flight later this year.

Workers build the first all-electric commuter plane, the Eviation Alice, at Eviation's plant on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Commercial Aircraft Interiors General Manager James Barnett stands in a warehouse aisle of 777 overhead bins at the company's new building on Monday, May 20, 2019 in Arlington, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Commercial Aircraft Interiors General Manager James Barnett stands in a warehouse aisle of 777 overhead bins at the company's new building on Monday, May 20, 2019 in Arlington, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A drawing of the giant Funko Pop! balloon depicting Baby Yoda, which will wind through the streets of New York during this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Funko) 20210912

It’s OK to Pop! this balloon: Funko to join the Macy’s parade

Funko’s incarnation of Baby Yoda will float by in this year’s Thanksgiving Day event.

A drawing of the giant Funko Pop! balloon depicting Baby Yoda, which will wind through the streets of New York during this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Funko) 20210912
Heather Van Slageren waits for a Community Transit bus to Stanwood at the Lynnwood Transit Center on September 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

As offices reopen, some former ‘super commuters’ aren’t happy

After a pandemic respite working at home, they dread resuming a one-way commute of 90 minutes or more.

Heather Van Slageren waits for a Community Transit bus to Stanwood at the Lynnwood Transit Center on September 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Port of Everett is fermenting plans to attract wine and spirit vendors to Waterfront Place as part of its "Wine Walk" initiative.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Port of Everett hopes to mix some wine with the water

A plan to create a “wine walk” at the port would add tasting rooms offering wine, beer and spirits.

The Port of Everett is fermenting plans to attract wine and spirit vendors to Waterfront Place as part of its "Wine Walk" initiative.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A Vashon Aircraft Ranger R7 in flight. (Vashon Aircraft) 20210902

Another airplane manufacturer relocates to Arlington airport

Vashon Aircraft, which produces a sport plane, is consolidating work previously done in Woodinville and Everett.

A Vashon Aircraft Ranger R7 in flight. (Vashon Aircraft) 20210902
The new Amazon fulfillment center under construction along 172nd Street NE in Arlington, just south of Arlington Municipal Airport. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210708

5 big transportation developments in 2021 to keep us rolling

New bus routes, toll lanes and highway upgrades: Here are the region’s top pending transportation projects.

The new Amazon fulfillment center under construction along 172nd Street NE in Arlington, just south of Arlington Municipal Airport. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210708
Darby O"Neil, left, and Stanislav Ryakhovskiy practice riveting as Apprentice Instructor John Kraft watches on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. ATS, which repairs and overhauls passenger jets for Southwest Airlines and FedEx among other customers, offers a unique 18-month apprenticeship program. Once a month, ATS puts about 10 new apprentices through a orientation. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Airplane mechanics are few, so this company trains its own

The paid apprenticeship program at Aviation Technical Services is helping rebuild a skilled workforce.

Darby O"Neil, left, and Stanislav Ryakhovskiy practice riveting as Apprentice Instructor John Kraft watches on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. ATS, which repairs and overhauls passenger jets for Southwest Airlines and FedEx among other customers, offers a unique 18-month apprenticeship program. Once a month, ATS puts about 10 new apprentices through a orientation. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
An employee sands down a board inside Ironwood Manufacturing's new Arlington location on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

One door closes, another opens for this Arlington company

Ironwood Manufacturing designs high-privacy doors for restrooms at hotels, arenas and airline lounges.

An employee sands down a board inside Ironwood Manufacturing's new Arlington location on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Madison Bauer mixes drinks Wednesday afternoon at Bluewater Organic Distilling in Everett on August 25, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Challenges remain for the area’s recovering tourism industry

Revenue picked up this year at restaurants and hotels, but the delta variant could blunt further gains.

Madison Bauer mixes drinks Wednesday afternoon at Bluewater Organic Distilling in Everett on August 25, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)