Business News

Chamber members favor larger retail store

According to a new survey, two-thirds of the members of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce favor a medium-sized dry-good retailer in Anacortes.

Shell refinery moves ahead with new rail plan


The Shell refinery at March Point has filed for permits to allow construction of a rail yard to receive crude oil from North Dakota, much like Tesoro, the other March Point refinery, has already done.

Small Business Saturday

BlueThis Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day set aside since 2010 between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage shoppers to spend their holiday money at local mom-and-pop stores.

Five applicants want to grow pot on the island

The state Liquor Control Board has received five applications from businesses on Fidalgo Island to grow marijuana and only one application from the island to sell it.

Making Dough


Johanne Schmidt starts her day at 5:30 to do the morning bake. Her business, Jalillah’s Cookies, is located in the back of the Penguin coffee shop on Commercial Avenue.