Herald Business Journal

Neepaporn “A” Boungjaktha (Snohomish County)

Business Briefs: SnoCo appoints new economic development director

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Neepaporn “A” Boungjaktha (Snohomish County)
Frank McCahill, owner and instructor, of Everett 911 Driving School in Everett, Washington on September 29, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Drivers school has taught thousands rules of the road

Owner of Everett’s 911 Driving School says self-driving cars won’t make a dent for at least 20 years.

Frank McCahill, owner and instructor, of Everett 911 Driving School in Everett, Washington on September 29, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Nicole Pelham, owner and player, of the Seattle Spartans runs through drills during practice Saturday morning in Shoreline, Washington on September 3, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett women’s football team owner wants sport to become ‘mainstream’

Nicole Pelham owns the Seattle Spartans, formerly known as the Everett Reign. She wants to grow the sport, but challenges abound.

Nicole Pelham, owner and player, of the Seattle Spartans runs through drills during practice Saturday morning in Shoreline, Washington on September 3, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Travis Lovestedt, the new owner of Broadway Hobbies, inside his shop on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In business since the ’70s, Everett hobby shop gets new owner

Broadway Hobbies’ new owner bought the store “out of the blue” and discovered “it’s tons of fun.”

Travis Lovestedt, the new owner of Broadway Hobbies, inside his shop on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mike Marinez, owner of Mike’s Plumbing, at his workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

It’s a dirty job, but this Edmonds man is up to do it

A plumber’s work is sometimes gross, says Miguel “Mike” Marinez, but for him the rewards outweigh the rats.

Mike Marinez, owner of Mike’s Plumbing, at his workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Think Tank Cowork building located in Everett's historic downtown district has been beautifully preserved and updated.

Bridge the work and work-from-home divide with Coworking

Shared workspace in Downtown Everett offers the amenities you want + flexible packages

The Think Tank Cowork building located in Everett's historic downtown district has been beautifully preserved and updated.
Toggle’s Bottle Shop is closed permanently on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Citing landlord dispute, Toggle’s closes in downtown Everett

The popular taproom shuttered Sunday. “Everett needs a cooperative landlord-tenant relationship in the commercial district,” a co-owner said.

Toggle’s Bottle Shop is closed permanently on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Rick Winter (left) and Gary Yang, the founders of the former UniEnergy Technologies, stand with one their latest batteries, the Reflex, August 10, 2022. (Dan DeLong/InvestigateWest)

‘Chaotic mess’: Clean energy promises imploded at Mukilteo battery maker

UniEnergy Technologies absorbed millions in public funds, then suddenly went dark. The company is accused of providing tech to China.

Rick Winter (left) and Gary Yang, the founders of the former UniEnergy Technologies, stand with one their latest batteries, the Reflex, August 10, 2022. (Dan DeLong/InvestigateWest)
Eviation's all-electric plane in flight Tuesday morning in Moses Lake, Washington, on Sept. 27, 2022. (Eviation)

Arlington’s all-electric plane, Alice, takes first test flight

Eviation Aircraft’s battery-powered plane logs successful first flight from Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake.

Eviation's all-electric plane in flight Tuesday morning in Moses Lake, Washington, on Sept. 27, 2022. (Eviation)
At two stores – in Edmonds and Renton – Wide Shoes Only store owner Dominic Ahn offers more than 600 styles of shoes for people with wide feet. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

These Edmonds and Renton shoe stores could change your life

Wide Shoes Only: Huge selection, expert fitting and superior customer service

At two stores – in Edmonds and Renton – Wide Shoes Only store owner Dominic Ahn offers more than 600 styles of shoes for people with wide feet. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
MyMyToyStore.com owner Tom Harrison at his brick and mortar storefront on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Near-death experience planted seeds for downtown Everett toy store

Former attorney Tom Harrison survived 9/11. It caused him to ask what’s important in life. Today, he runs MyMyToyStore.

MyMyToyStore.com owner Tom Harrison at his brick and mortar storefront on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Amber Weaver, who has worked at the Lakewood Crossing Starbucks for 5 years, with her daughter Melody, outside of her workplace on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Complaint accuses Starbucks of anti-union threats in Marysville

Meanwhile, a mother of two said Thursday that Starbucks refused to accommodate her schedule when she returned from maternity leave.

Amber Weaver, who has worked at the Lakewood Crossing Starbucks for 5 years, with her daughter Melody, outside of her workplace on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snoop Dogg in a video announces the opening of 'Tha Dogg House' in January 2023. (Screenshot).

Dogg toyz: Funko, rapper Snoop Dogg greenlight new retail venture

“Tha Dogg House” opening next year in Inglewood, California, will be Funko’s third U.S. retail store.

Snoop Dogg in a video announces the opening of 'Tha Dogg House' in January 2023. (Screenshot).
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Mountlake Terrace medical transport service will close

Falck Northwest, which provides non-emergency patient transport, will lay off 123 workers around Puget Sound.

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Drivers pick out their helmets before hitting the track at Traxx Indoor Raceway on Friday, Sep. 16, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Vroom! Traxx Indoor Raceway in Mukilteo is for sale

The race track running for 24 years needs a buyer and new site. The deal includes 32 karts, Corvette couches and more.

Drivers pick out their helmets before hitting the track at Traxx Indoor Raceway on Friday, Sep. 16, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Gregory Davis

Arlington’s Eviation makes Gregory Davis its permanent CEO

The interim CEO will continue as president for the electric aircraft maker; Eviation just inked a deal for 50 new planes.

Gregory Davis
Autumn Covington makes all of the bakehouse's six-ounce cookies. (Rachel Rosen/Whidbey News-Times)

Cookie shop stirs up excitement on Whidbey Island

A new family-owned business in downtown Oak Harbor has been whisking up quite a buzz lately.

Autumn Covington makes all of the bakehouse's six-ounce cookies. (Rachel Rosen/Whidbey News-Times)
Logo for news use featuring Snohomish County, Washington. 220118

Snohomish County remote work study echoes national sentiment

Roughly 50% of workers won’t take a job that requires them to be in the office full-time, a survey found.

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Owner and operator Tracy Rice walks up the ramp to the Potleaf Treehouse, one of four available for booking, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Mountain View’s Treehouse Joint in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

This B&B (bud and bong) is a stoner’s forest paradise

Relax and spark up at this cannabis-friendly treehouse BB in the woods outside of Sultan.

Owner and operator Tracy Rice walks up the ramp to the Potleaf Treehouse, one of four available for booking, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Mountain View’s Treehouse Joint in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jim and Karen Staniford have owned the Vintage Cafe on Hewitt Avenue for 40 years.  They have changed the name of the cafe, and the menu over the years, but it has stayed in the same place. (Dan Bates/The Herald)

Karen Staniford, founder of storied Vintage Cafe, dies at 79

The cafe’s former owner was “feisty and independent, a force to be reckoned with when she put her mind to something.”

Jim and Karen Staniford have owned the Vintage Cafe on Hewitt Avenue for 40 years.  They have changed the name of the cafe, and the menu over the years, but it has stayed in the same place. (Dan Bates/The Herald)