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Yansi De La Cruz molds a cheese mixture into bone shapes at Himalayan Dog Chew on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Give a dog a bone? How about a hard cheese chew from Arlington instead!

Launched from a kitchen table in 2003, Himalayan Pet Supply now employs 160 workers at its new Arlington factory.

Yansi De La Cruz molds a cheese mixture into bone shapes at Himalayan Dog Chew on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Inside the new Boeing 737 simulator at Simulation Flight in Mukilteo, Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

New Boeing 737 simulator takes ‘flight’ in Mukilteo

Pilots can test their flying skills or up their game at Simulation Flight in Mukilteo.

Inside the new Boeing 737 simulator at Simulation Flight in Mukilteo, Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
An Amazon worker transfers and organizes items at the new PAE2 Amazon Fulfillment Center on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Amazon cuts ribbon on colossal $355M fulfillment center in Arlington

At 2.8 million square feet, the facility is the largest of its kind in Washington. It can hold 40 million “units” of inventory.

An Amazon worker transfers and organizes items at the new PAE2 Amazon Fulfillment Center on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A computer rendering of the North Creek Commerce Center industrial park in development at 18712 Bothell-Everett Highway. (Kidder Mathews)

Developer breaks ground on new Bothell industrial park

The North Creek Commerce Center on Bothell Everett Highway will provide warehouse and office space in three buildings.

A computer rendering of the North Creek Commerce Center industrial park in development at 18712 Bothell-Everett Highway. (Kidder Mathews)
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Funko president, Brian Mariotti is excited about the growth that has led his company to need a 62,000 square foot facility in Lynnwood.
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Former Funko CEO resigns from the Everett company

Brian Mariotti resigned Sept. 1, six weeks after announcing he was taking a six-month sabbatical from the company.

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Funko president, Brian Mariotti is excited about the growth that has led his company to need a 62,000 square foot facility in Lynnwood.
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Cash is used for a purchase at Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Edmonds, Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Paper or plastic? Snohomish County may require businesses to take cash

County Council member Nate Nehring proposed an ordinance to ban cashless sales under $200. He hopes cities will follow suit.

Cash is used for a purchase at Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Edmonds, Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Members of Gravitics' team and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen stand in front of a mockup of a space module interior on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at Gravitics' Marysville facility. Left to right: Mark Tiner, government affairs representative; Jiral Shah, business development; U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen; Mike DeRosa, marketing; Scott Macklin, lead engineer. (Gravitics.)

Marysville startup prepares for space — the financial frontier

Gravitics is building space station module prototypes to one day house space travelers and researchers.

Members of Gravitics' team and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen stand in front of a mockup of a space module interior on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at Gravitics' Marysville facility. Left to right: Mark Tiner, government affairs representative; Jiral Shah, business development; U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen; Mike DeRosa, marketing; Scott Macklin, lead engineer. (Gravitics.)
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)

Arlington’s Eviation selects Seattle firm to configure production plane

TLG Aerospace chosen to configure Eviation Aircraft’s all-electric commuter plane for mass production.

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)
Original MicroHomebrew owner Tony Ochsner, left, and soon to be owner Corey DeJong, right, at their store on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023 in Kenmore, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Cheers! Last-minute buyer keeps Kenmore home brew store in business

The owner of Micro Homebrew, the only supplier in the area, couldn’t find a successor. Then a customer heard the store was closing.

Original MicroHomebrew owner Tony Ochsner, left, and soon to be owner Corey DeJong, right, at their store on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023 in Kenmore, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Orca Mobility designer Mike Lowell, left, and CEO Bill Messing at their office on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023 in Granite Falls, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Could a Granite Falls startup’s three-wheeler revolutionize delivery?

Orca Mobility’s battery-powered, three-wheel truck is built on a motorcycle frame. Now, they aim to make it self-driving.

Orca Mobility designer Mike Lowell, left, and CEO Bill Messing at their office on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023 in Granite Falls, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Catherine Robinweiler leads the class during a lab session at Edmonds College on April 29, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Grant aids apprenticeship program in Mukilteo and elsewhere

A $5.6 million U.S. Department of Labor grant will boost apprenticeships for special education teachers and nurses.

Catherine Robinweiler leads the class during a lab session at Edmonds College on April 29, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Peoples Bank is placing piggy banks with $30 around Washington starting Aug. 1.
(Peoples Bank)

Peoples Bank grant program seeks proposals from nonprofits

Peoples Bank offers up to $35,000 in Impact Grants aimed at helping communities. Applications due Sept. 15.

Peoples Bank is placing piggy banks with $30 around Washington starting Aug. 1.
(Peoples Bank)
Jim Simpson leans on Blue Ray III, one of his designs, in his shop on Friday, August 25, 2023, in Clinton, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Whidbey Island master mechanic building dream car from “Speed Racer”

Jim Simpson, 68, of Clinton, is using his knowledge of sports cars to assemble his own Mach Five.

Jim Simpson leans on Blue Ray III, one of his designs, in his shop on Friday, August 25, 2023, in Clinton, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A crowd begins to form before a large reception for the opening of Fisherman Jack’s at the Port of Everett on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Seafood with a view: Fisherman Jack’s opens at Port of Everett

“The port is booming!” The new restaurant is the first to open on “restaurant row” at the port’s Waterfront Place.

A crowd begins to form before a large reception for the opening of Fisherman Jack’s at the Port of Everett on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Tanner Mock begins unwrapping new furniture that has been delivered on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In Everett, new look, new name for mainstay Behar’s Furniture

Conlin’s Furniture, based in South Dakota, bought the huge store and celebrates with a grand opening this week.

Tanner Mock begins unwrapping new furniture that has been delivered on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Anisoptera Spa director Sarah Stancik, left, and owner Elizabeth Brooks, right, at their temporary location at the Port of Everett on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

New spa marks sign of what’s to come on Everett waterfront

It’s not all new restaurants. Anisoptera Spa, now near Scuttlebutt, will soon sprawl for 6,000 square feet in a new building near Hotel Indigo.

Anisoptera Spa director Sarah Stancik, left, and owner Elizabeth Brooks, right, at their temporary location at the Port of Everett on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Funko headquarters in downtown Everett. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Funko to eliminates jobs, bobbleheads in cost-cutting plan

The Everett toymaker plans to eliminate 180 positions, trim its product line and run like a “lean startup.”

Funko headquarters in downtown Everett. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Sentry Credit, Inc. co-founders James. L. Stewart, right, and Michael Mathis, left, on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett-based Sentry Credit celebrates 31 years in business

“We’re just the middlemen.” Founded in 1993, the debt collection agency set out to buck the stereotypes.

Sentry Credit, Inc. co-founders James. L. Stewart, right, and Michael Mathis, left, on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Real estate agent Colleen Thorsen poses for a photo in front of a home in Brier, Washington on Friday, July 28, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

In a cooled housing market, starter homes are still hot

Homes under $600k are big sellers in a housing market beset by high mortgage rates and low inventory.

Real estate agent Colleen Thorsen poses for a photo in front of a home in Brier, Washington on Friday, July 28, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Construction on new homes at 19th Ave. SE in Everett, Washington on Thursday, July 27, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Study: 49,000 new homes built last year in Washington not enough

A quarter million new homes are needed to meet current demand. An industry group wants to cut the red tape so more can be built.

Construction on new homes at 19th Ave. SE in Everett, Washington on Thursday, July 27, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)