Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Ken, his wife Kathy and their kids moved here from Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the spring of 2010. They had family here and always liked the area. It seemed the timing was right to downsize his business life a little... In Jackson Hole, he owned and operated a 6,000 sq. ft. store & deli from 1992 to 2005 and then started two other deli operations in Pinedale which he ran from 2005 to 2010 - each with around fifteen to twenty employees. Here in Friday Harbor, he can run things with only two or three people in the Summer. Or, he can do it all alone in the Winter but he hopes this will change with the new larger dining area, free Wi-Fi, DirecTV on the wall, and some new menu items he's recently added.
He's been working in the food industry since his younger days, beginning with his family's restaurant and then choosing to go to culinary school in 1991. Maybe he realized that working as a ski instructor by day and cooking at nite, might not be enough!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Adam and Deanna Eltinge recently purchased Island Petroleum Services from longtime friends Jim and Kate Schuman. Adam is the friendly guy who's been working behind the counter for the past two years, always eager to help in any way. He and Deanna met at Washington State University and started their family on the mainland, but they've always yearned to move to the island. When they did, it was a return home for Deanna. She was born and raised here as a Sundstrom and is excited the sixth generation will grow-up in the original farmhouse.
In Adam’s former life, he was a construction project manager of large communities in the Seattle area where he honed his business sense and appreciation of exceptional customer service. He now brings that tradition of customer service to IPS when providing fuel and oil at the Carter Station (as well as Free Air for your tires), the Port of Friday Harbor fuel pier, and customized deliveries.