Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tom Doenges

Tom Doenges owns and operates Computer San Juans which he started nearly 12 years ago. He's been in the computer industry about 25 years total. Many of you know him as a very talented guitarist who plays with the Henry James Blues Band, among others, as well as quite a bit of solo stuff. Being a musician got him involved in beta testing for Yamaha in the early 80's working on the first music computer for performers and also performance software, which ultimately led to the development of the DX7 (you'll have to ask him what that means because I have no idea). Anyway, the rest is history. DOS, Novel, pre Windows and post Windows launch. He worked for another software company for a year before starting his own business.

"I was born with the entrepreneur spirit", he says. "I have always had some sort of business since I was in High School for the most part. I guess I like me as a boss just fine."

He builds, rebuilds and repairs PC computers of any brand, and sets up and maintains networks anywhere from 2 computers to hundreds of computers. The photo above shows him in the nerve center of the new hospital where he's been working for the last couple of months getting things ready for the grand opening in November.

In addition to all this hard core business stuff, he also offers home computer solutions for all the rest of us as well.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

San Juan Pasta Company

These are the people who make the magic happen at the San Juan Pasta Company (well most of them anyway - I guess one of them was in California this week). On the left is Mary Willallen, sorting and packaging fresh pasta from an earlier production run; center is Mike Martin, packaging and assisting the current ravioli run; and on the right is Angel Michaels, operating the Ravioli press as it churns out today's batch of Butternut Squash Ravioli. Check out the the ravioli coming out of the press in the close-up shot. Mmmmmmmm!!! If you've never had fresh pasta you really must give it a try. You can find it at the Farmer's Market. And just think - It's all done right here in Friday Harbor!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

San Juan Hot Shop

Eddie Williams, ladies and gentlemen, from the San Juan Hot Shop and Flavor Emporium. You want something good and tasty with a bit of zing to add to your favorite food? Well then you need to go see Ed and he'll get you fixed right up. The Hot Shop was originally established 10 years ago as part of Amigo's restaurant, and was subsequently moved to its present location next door to the drug store, when Amigo's closed several years ago. Ed and his wife Genie have been running the place since February of 2008 and they know their sauces! (note the official uniform Ed is sporting in the photo). With an almost overwhelming variety of choices, Ed and Genie will use their extensive knowledge to carefully guide you to your perfect sauce. Go check them out and sample some delicious flavors from all over the world.