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Since 1953, the “Ugliest Mermaid on the West Coast” has welcomed visitors to the Mermaid Inn. On the outskirts of downtown Long Beach and a stone’s throw from the shore, the hotel is an ideal escape. And for those who find it too hard to leave, The Mermaid Inn offers long-term lodging to boot. The...
Robert Vasquez is a jack of all trades. He’s worked in graphics design, Hollywood stage design, videography, and even the yarn industry. In fact, it was a yarn shop where he met his wife Diana. The two have since run a variety of businesses together, and in 2021 they opened BEACH BUBBLE TEA, an artisan...
Casey Barella spent years developing the perfect chowder recipe. Chowder so delicious, it’s turned skeptics into aficionados. “It’s one of my favorite things,” Casey says. “When someone says they don’t like chowder, I tell them to sample mine and they end up asking for more. I enjoy getting people started on their chowder journey.” Casey’s...
Sister-in-laws Kari and Melissa Huddleston didn’t grow up in Long Beach; they married into it. But in the same way they’d adopted Pacific County as their home, they took ownership of a local “quick-bite” restaurant and made it their own. Melissa bought Captain Bob’s Chowder from the captain himself. By then the business was built...
Walking into Hobo Junction, you never know what you’ll find. Besides the skeletons that serve as greeters, you’ll find antiques, refurbished fishing gear, local art, and miscellaneous materials available for your own creations. There’s always something in stock that’ll spark the imagination. Prior to buying Hobo Junction, owners Danny and Yvonne Lee worked in construction...
The first thing Natasha Beals ever painted was a doghouse. Since then she has expanded her portfolio, traveled the world with her trade, and started a business painting homes around Pacific County–for people, not just dogs.   Natasha started AKAW Painting in 2020 as an alternative to the hospitality industry, where she’d worked before the...
Stephanie and Jared Vincench were living in Seattle with their two children when they decided they needed a change. The slower pace of the peninsula was appealing–plus the easy access to nature and the comfort of community. So when they saw the local market was up for sale, they decided not to pass on the...
The scent of sugar greets you before the cases of tempting pastries meet your eye. It’s impossible to choose from such a variety. But, also, how could you go wrong?  The Cottage Bakery had been a staple of the Long Beach community for years. So when the owners decided to sell, Lindy Swain and her...
Jesse Downs is no stranger to the world of business or Pacific County. A member of the Shoalwater Bay Tribe, Jesse grew up in SW Washington. But she’s since crossed the globe, spending sixteen years in the Middle East. Based in Dubai, Jessi ran a business applying smart economics to large-scale planning around the region–while...
Shannon Slayton recognized a need in the community and created a resource for the pets, and pet parents, of Pacific County. When she moved to Pacific County in 2020, Shannon Slayton noticed a lack in the community: A pet supply store. With years of experience managing a pet store then working as a vet tech,...
In the mid-90s, Glenn Trusty was working off the coast as a commercial fisherman. But he was looking to make a change. Specifically, he wanted to spend more time on land with his growing family. So when he and a couple of fellow fishermen were contracted for a roofing job, Glenn had an idea: He...
How a family business stood the test of time with a handful of oddities and a good amount of gumption.  Marsh’s Free Museum is a Long Beach legacy. Any trip to the peninsula would be incomplete without visiting Jake the Alligator Man, playing vintage arcade games, and being serenaded by boxed musicians. Then buying pristine...
Growing up in Pacific County, Jeff Harrell was more interested in basketball than becoming a pharmacist. Let alone a business owner. But he wound up at WSU, where he studied pharmacy and met his wife, Casey. They settled in Seattle–until they heard of an opportunity back home they couldn’t pass up.  In 2006, the Harrells...
While other women wanted bigger diamonds, Sue Svendsen wanted more equipment. Operating a horse farm in Clark County, she worked with her hands and a cache of tools. But before long, it was time to upgrade. So she got herself a tractor.  For 25 years, Sue rode her Kubota tractor on the farm. And when...
Bold Beginnings: Setting Up Shop When the World Shut Down  While the world was isolating in the early days of COVID, Daneka Ewert and Greg Holmes werebusy designing a space for the community to find connection.The pair bought their building in March 2020–days before the world shut down.   With no accessto building permits or subcontractors,...
Washington Craft Distillery – Visit Website Established in 201 as a Certified B Corporation, Adrift Distilling values the importance of transparency in distilling, and remains forthcoming regarding their use of ingredients, their distilling location and process, bottling location and process, and aging process. Adrift Distillers is a Washington State Craft Distillery on the Pacific Coast...
How to Make a Seafood Restaurant from Scratch Downtown Long Beach’s Drop Anchor restaurant is a community staple and a popular dining option for visitors. Once the location of Dooger’s, the restaurant took on a new life when Edward Hillard, also known as Eddie, took over the business in his senior year of high school.
Farming the Tides: How to Build a Shellfish Empire For five generations, Taylor Shellfish Farms has been a staple of aquaculture in the Pacific Northwest. Even as they’ve become the country’s largest farmed-shellfish producer, the Taylor family hasn’t neglected what makes them successful: the health and happiness of their workers and the coastal ecosystems they farm.
The secret’s in the suds: Building a successful business out of soap. Harmony Soapworks has the uncanny ability to transport you places: to a lavender farm, the seashore, an old-growth forest, breathing in the flora and mists … all without leaving the tub. Despite her penchant for the craft, for owner, Diana Thompson, soapmaking wasn’t always the plan.
How to run a successful hotel and restaurant in Pacific County The oldest hotel in Washington State is a gorgeous, landmark structure that sits in Tokeland, a peaceful village that overlooks Willapa Bay. Built in 1885 as a home to Elizabeth Brown and her husband William Kindred, the Tokeland Hotel has been welcoming travelers for well over a century.
Mastering the craft of beer making, how North Jetty Brewing made its mark. Located in the heart of the Long Beach Peninsula, North Jetty Brewing is the place to be if you’re looking for a friendly face and a cold, tasty beer. Home-brewing was at first a hobby, but Michelle and Erik Svendsen have combined their excitement for craft brewing with a desire to create a space for the community to gather, have fun, and connect with one another.
Turning a passion for custom catamarans into a thriving woman owned enterprise. On the shores of Willapa Bay, the folks at Pedigree Cats are hard at work building gorgeous, custom catamarans. As their website states, “We do not build catamarans to sell, we build each client their dream.” Kelly Habersetzer and her amazing crew are hands-on, so you won’t get an empty sales pitch here.
Located in the beautiful Naselle River Valley, Fred’s Homegrown Produce gives Pacific County restaurants and residents a chance to enjoy the benefits of fresh, local produce. The farm is also home to a salmon habitat restoration project that spans nearly 20 acres.
More Than Aging Grapes: How to Grow a Successful Winery WooHoo Winery’s welcoming atmosphere, variety of wines, and gorgeous location attract visitors from all over the US. For owners, Donna and Mike Franks, making wine started out as a hobby. Their passion for wine and desire to be self-employed sparked an idea that grew into a full-time business.
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