Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Scott Olinger

Paradise lanes is Friday Harbor's first and only bowling alley. Scott Olinger bought the business in March of 2008 and has been operating it ever since. A bit of a jack-of-all-trades, he does everything there - Maintenance on the pin setting equipment; upkeep on the lanes to keep them oiled just right;  he runs the full service pro shop, matching gear to bowlers' needs (including drilling the finger holes in your brand new bowling ball); he teaches bowling to beginning and advanced bowlers; and he manages the day to day operation of things including merchant leagues, open bowling and parties & special events. And he's always quick with a smile and a friendly "hello". Bowling leagues start up again for the next season beginning in September. Get in there and sign up! Check out www.paradiselanes.net for more information.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dan Fleming

This has got to be the best dressed gardener I've ever seen. Meet Dan Fleming, our Postmaster. In this photo you see him doing what he likes best. A popular guy at the post office, he left for roughly two years to take a Postmaster job in Oak Harbor. But he came back here in January and has now announced his retirement. Asked what's next, he replied that he's not sure, but that he hopes it includes gardening. Take a look at the landscaping up at 815A Spring Street (that's Dr. Kiraly's office across from the water tank at the top of Spring Street) and you'll see the fruits of his labor.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Loea Design

Loea Design is a local screen printing and graphic design company owned and operated by Jennifer Rigg. A graduate of Friday Harbor High School, Jenn left the island a few times, but always managed to find her way back to Friday Harbor. She's had a screen printing business since 2000 - Before Loea she had Pacific Design but she sold that to some folks who moved it to Anacortes. Loea was started in 2006 and with it she has been mainly printing her own designs. (however, she's been designing T-shirts since the age of 13). If you've been to the County Fair and bought a souvenir T-shirt, chances are Jenn designed it and printed it. Same with many of the shirts you'll find at the Whale Museum, or Crystal Seas Kayaking or King's Marine... She's very good at what she does and is wonderful to work with. If you were hoping to drop by and say hello and were to ask me where her studio is, well I could tell ya... but then I'd have to kill ya. She's pretty busy this time of year and can't be bothered with nuisance visitors as she's prepping for the fair.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jaime Ellsworth

After trying out many careers Jaime Ellsworth stumbled onto art never knowing it would compliment her passion for animals so completely.  Painted dogs, real dogs, little horses and life on an island are just a few of her daily inspirations.  She donates many of her paintings to fundraising events for animal welfare organizations. Jaime's artwork is displayed at annual exhibitions in galleries in Friday Harbor and Bellevue, Washington; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Palm Desert, California and Scottsdale, Arizona.  She shares a studio with her daughter Jennifer Rigg of LOEA Design on Market Street just on the outskirts of town.