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New Adventure Tour Company Launches
May 2016

Together with members of the public, Stephanie Fernandez of Skagit Guided Adventures celebrated the founding of her business with a ribbon cutting and short guided walk to view wildlife and wildflowers on May 25. The company is a small, owner-operated, eco tour company based in Anacortes. Fernandez will offer small group nature tours and guided day hikes around Skagit County, Mt. Baker and the North Cascades. Nature tours include birdwatching as well as viewing wildflowers and tulips. “I’m inviting people to get outdoors to ‘re-wild’ their spirits by connecting with nature,” Fernandez explains. “Along the way, guests will learn about the natural and cultural history, marine and terrestrial habitats, flora and fauna, and ways of life in Northwest Washington.” Keeping tours small allows for a more intimate connection with nature, Fernandez says. “Our small group sizes offer a more personalized service from your adventure guide, plus flexibility to modify the itinerary to accommodate your particular interests, and minimizes your impact on the environment,” she continues. Pick ups can be arranged in advance for a fee from area bed and breakfasts, Amtrak stations and ferry docks, among other locations. Guests are asked to dress appropriately: comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots if hiking, layers and rain gear for hikes, snacks and a water bottle, and to bring their camera and binoculars.

For more information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 360-474-7479.

 
Second Use Hosts Annual Handmade & Homegrown Market
March 2016

Second Use market

Second Use Building Materials is hosting their second annual Handmade & Homegrown Market on Saturday, April 16 from 10–4 p.m. This free, all ages indoor-outdoor market features the work of over 50 local artists, craftsmen, and plant vendors of all varieties, providing artists an opportunity to sell their work and the public a chance to interact with their community and shop small. There will be a food truck and coffee on site, as well as a storewide sale.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to get your garden growing, snag a one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day gift, or finally make it down to our expansive, treasure-filled store,” says Mary Anne Carter, outreach coordinator for Second Use.  “It has been an incredible experience to watch the markets grow, and our SODO store become a hub for community engagement and cultural exchange,” Carter continues. “This event is ideal for a wide range of people – families looking for a free activity in a unique location, shoppers dedicated to supporting local artists, creatives interested in the work of fellow makers, homeowners who have heard about Second Use but have yet to make it down to the store, and more.”

The event is curated by a team to ensure variety, quality, and opportunity for artists. No two markets are the same, so even if attendees have been to previous events, there will be something new to see every time, Carter explains. Second Use diverts waste from the landfill through salvaging reusable materials from homes and commercial spaces slated for remodel or demolition and selling it to the public at our SODO retail outlet.  Previous markets have included three Handmade Holiday Markets, the Handmade & Homegrown Spring Market, and the Handmade & Reclaimed Fall Market. Each market has been attended by over one thousand guests and continue to grow.

The Handmade & Homegrown Market takes place at Second Use Building Materials, 3223 6th Ave S, Seattle on Saturday, April 16th from 10–4 p.m. Free. For more information: 206-763-6929 or SecondUse.com.

 
Mighty Energy Solutions Announces Infrared Heating Panel Success
March 2016

Infrared heating panelsThe owners of local green heating company, Mighty Energy Solutions have announced their sales of infrared heating panels tripled last year. Laura and Doug Elfline say they are thrilled that the green, cost-saving heating method is becoming increasingly popular. 

“We created Mighty Energy Solutions as a sister company to our remodeling business, Mighty House Construction, after falling in love with this easy to install, healthy and sustainable heating option,” Laura Elfline says. “It’s exciting to see the demand increase as more homeowners and contractors become aware of infrared radiant ceiling panels.”

The panels are mounted to ceilings and work by emitting infrared rays that heat objects directly, which then release heat back into the room. With no moving parts, they eliminate the circulation of allergens and dust, save space, and heat more effectively and quickly as compared to other heating systems. 

 For more information: MightyEnergy.net or 206-715-0893.

 
New Healthy Vending Machine Options
March 2016

Healthier Vending NW logo

A new company has recently launched with a mission to provide healthy vending machine choices. Healthier Vending NW provides, stocks and services healthy vending machines to qualifying businesses and community organizations from Seattle to Bellingham, all at no charge to the business. 

“The machines come stocked with healthy snacks and beverages, delicious alternatives to what the majority of traditional vending machines offer and exactly what health-conscious consumers are looking for,” says founder Laurie Albrecht. “Healthier Vending NW also donates a portion of the sales from each machine to local non-profits that assist with food security, such as your neighborhood food bank, or improving childhood nutrition.”

Albrecht says the mission of the business is “creating healthier communities one snack at a time, and notes there is no other company providing the same sort of healthy vending service in the Puget Sound area.  The vending machines are provided at no cost to qualifying businesses, although there are a limited number of machines available. The company is currently reviewing requests for machines in King, Snohomish and Skagit counties. “Together we can improve the nutrition and health of our local communities by providing better access to healthier choices,” Albrecht finishes.

For more information: 206-355-6359 or HealthierVendingNW.com.

 
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