Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cynthia, of course

Cynthia Burke is the owner of Cynthia's Of Course, a catering and personal chef service here in Friday Harbor. She has been in the food and hospitality business for over 35 years, including owning two restaurants as well as catering companies. Born and raised in West Seattle, she moved to Maui with her husband Christopher Burke in 1984. They moved back to the northwest in 1999 and chose Friday Harbor as the place to raise their family. Cynthia's Of Course was launched in 2001 and has been going ever since. But if that was not enough to keep her busy, she launched XYZ Movement Arts in 2010, a dance/yoga/movement studio, and then Red Checkered Picnics in 2012. It is located out at Limekiln State Park, so now you can get stuff to eat when you're at the park. (well, it's closed for the winter, but she will re-open in 2013 from Memorial Day through Labor Day). If you or someone you know needs some catering or a personal chef for a special event, there's more information on her websites: and

Friday, November 2, 2012

Ted Buganski

You've probably seen his van with the red "Ted's 3-C Carpet Cleaning" on the sides. Ted bought the company in 1981 and says, "I've been loving every minute of it. It's really great to be your own boss - you want a mini vacation somewhere? Just don't schedule any clients and you're free to go!" An avid bowler as well, you will likely find him at Paradise Lanes for merchant leagues. Just a really great guy earning an honest living by making peoples' carpets look like new again. After 31 years, he's pretty good at it. Isn't it time you got your carpets cleaned? Give him a call at 378-5560.