Herald Business Journal

The last of two cranes is slowly moved into its final position on the Port of Everett's South Terminal on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Everett coffee heirs get $590K over crane color, ending saga

The Port of Everett promised to paint two giant green cranes blue, then didn’t. The Bargreens took issue.

The last of two cranes is slowly moved into its final position on the Port of Everett's South Terminal on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Sarah Calvo pours icing on to a cinnamon roll at the Maltby Cafe while Kylie King checks take out orders on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 in Maltby, Washington. A GoFundMe fundraising page continues to grow, raising more than $80,000 from 1,200 people in just a few days. Owners Tana Baumler and Sandra Albright thought they were going to closed before the website donations made them pause their decision. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Miracle in Maltby: Community support saves small-town cafe

Owners of the Maltby Cafe feared closure, but a wave of business and donations has thwarted the end.

Sarah Calvo pours icing on to a cinnamon roll at the Maltby Cafe while Kylie King checks take out orders on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 in Maltby, Washington. A GoFundMe fundraising page continues to grow, raising more than $80,000 from 1,200 people in just a few days. Owners Tana Baumler and Sandra Albright thought they were going to closed before the website donations made them pause their decision. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

More deadlines loom for local small-business grant programs

Those in Everett and Stanwood must apply by Monday. Monroe and other cities are giving more time.

Boeing lands crucial Max deal from Ryanair as grounding ends

The Dublin-based carrier will add to an existing Max purchase by taking 75 more 737-8s.

Pilots Peter Gamble, left, and John Konstanzer talk with journalists and crew members after flying a Boeing 737 Max from Dallas and arriving at the American Airlines Tulsa maintenance facility Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 in Tulsa, Okla.. Earlier the plane had flown a group of journalists and American Airlines employees from Dallas to the American Airlines Tulsa maintenance facility. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Waiting for passengers, American puts Boeing Max in the air

American Airlines is likely to be the first carrier to put passengers on Max jets, beginning Dec. 29.

Pilots Peter Gamble, left, and John Konstanzer talk with journalists and crew members after flying a Boeing 737 Max from Dallas and arriving at the American Airlines Tulsa maintenance facility Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 in Tulsa, Okla.. Earlier the plane had flown a group of journalists and American Airlines employees from Dallas to the American Airlines Tulsa maintenance facility. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)
A Boeing 737-8AS aircraft, operated by Ryanair, taxis passed an EasyJet passenger jet at Schoenefeld airport in Berlin on March 13, 2019. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Krisztian Bocsi.

Boeing nears Max deal with Ryanair in win for embattled jet

The order would help repnlenish a backlog that’s been depleted since the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

A Boeing 737-8AS aircraft, operated by Ryanair, taxis passed an EasyJet passenger jet at Schoenefeld airport in Berlin on March 13, 2019. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Krisztian Bocsi.
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)
Amethyst Skeels and Alexander Walsh pick out cannabis products at Kushman's Everett Cannabis Dispensary on Evergreen Way on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Cannabis sales surge, proving pot is pandemic-proof

There are more customers, and some regulars are stocking up — just in case there’s a shortage.

Amethyst Skeels and Alexander Walsh pick out cannabis products at Kushman's Everett Cannabis Dispensary on Evergreen Way on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / 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)

Shop local without leaving your home: Merchants go online

It’s more important than ever to support area businesses, and it’s now easier to find them on the web.

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)
A passenger aircraft at Ciudad Real International Airport in Ciudad Real, Spain, on Oct. 27, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Paul Hanna.

Airlines face ‘mission of the century’ in shipping vaccines

Cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, bikes and even donkeys may be needed to get the drug to rural areas.

A passenger aircraft at Ciudad Real International Airport in Ciudad Real, Spain, on Oct. 27, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Paul Hanna.
Anastasia Allison poses with samples of her Kula Cloth, a pee cloth for women to use outdoors, near her home on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 in Arlington, Washington. Allison's invention has caught the eye of outdoor retail giant REI and will being selling them in stores soon. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Kula Cloth tries to wipe away the mountains of toilet paper

An Arlington woman’s “spiritual awakening via pee cloth” led to a popular product for outdoorsy women.

Anastasia Allison poses with samples of her Kula Cloth, a pee cloth for women to use outdoors, near her home on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 in Arlington, Washington. Allison's invention has caught the eye of outdoor retail giant REI and will being selling them in stores soon. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Port of Everett, state offer new small business grants

Port tenants and companies affected by COVID-19 health restrictions are encouraged to apply.

New Snohomish County online guide aims to boost businesses

County officials have launched an online business directory to help shoppers find local food and wares.

A boat drives out of the Port of Everett Marina in front of Boxcar Park, which is one of the sites set to be elevated in preparation for rising sea levels on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

How the Port of Everett is preparing for a rising sea level

Big and little changes are in the works along the north Everett shore, though they are easy to overlook.

A boat drives out of the Port of Everett Marina in front of Boxcar Park, which is one of the sites set to be elevated in preparation for rising sea levels on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
View of trees at 5th Avenue S and Main Street in Edmonds. (City of Edmonds)

Edmonds council: Home developers, put down those chainsaws!

A new moratorium halts the subdivision of land that has more than eight trees per 10,000 square feet.

View of trees at 5th Avenue S and Main Street in Edmonds. (City of Edmonds)
The Point Wells industrial area next to Woodway, where a developer proposes to build more than 3,000 condos. (BSRE Point Wells)

Point Wells plan should abide stricter rules, critics say

Landslide hazard regulations drew scrutiny at a public meeting this week on BSRE’s longtime proposal.

The Point Wells industrial area next to Woodway, where a developer proposes to build more than 3,000 condos. (BSRE Point Wells)
An artist’s conception of a Zunum Aero hybrid-electric plane. (Zunum Aero)

Collapsed hybrid-electric Bothell plane-maker sues Boeing

Zunum alleges that Boeing, an investor, improperly used intellectual property and trade secrets.

An artist’s conception of a Zunum Aero hybrid-electric plane. (Zunum Aero)
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 20, 2017 file photo a Boing 737 MAX 9 airplane performs a demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show, in Le Bourget, east of Paris, France. Europe’s aviation regulator has taken a step closer to letting the Boeing 737 Max fly again. It published a proposed airworthiness directive on Tuesday that could see it clear the aircraft within weeks to resume flying after nearly two years and a pair of deadly crashes. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)

European regulator moves to clear Boeing 737 for flight

The move comes after the FAA already cleared the Boeing 737 Max earlier this month.

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 20, 2017 file photo a Boing 737 MAX 9 airplane performs a demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show, in Le Bourget, east of Paris, France. Europe’s aviation regulator has taken a step closer to letting the Boeing 737 Max fly again. It published a proposed airworthiness directive on Tuesday that could see it clear the aircraft within weeks to resume flying after nearly two years and a pair of deadly crashes. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)