August 2017

From this Issue

Executive confessions with Karl Moehring, CEO of Washington Shoe Company in Kent.


These four loggers with the West Fork Logging Company in Lewis County were among the earliest beneficiaries of health insurance in Washington state. 

Despite its reputation as a seafood mecca, Seattle bases most of that culinary cred on a small segment of the industry: fresh, in-season fish. It hasn’t always been that way. 

Washington state farmers are moving upstream in the retail chain to develop and sell food and drink products and also capture customer appetites for farm-to-table meals.

Many of the 300,000 people in the United States who work at call centers are not happy campers.

A high-tech corridor in the Northwest? Microsoft President Brad Smith says it's time.

Stop and listen. Do you hear it? The roar of the city is just a little louder, more jarring. Drivers are quicker to honk their horns, run red lights and screech their brakes.

A local chef — now retired — once commented that a perfect restaurant would have “no customers and no employees.” A cynical view, perhaps. But it elegantly captures the challenges of running a restaurant. Culinary entrepreneurs have to be so much more than good cooks. 

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A tour through the assembly areas at Therm-a-Rest and MSR (Mountain Safety Research) in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood produces a pleasing array of colors, shapes and textures.

As Pacific Region executive and Seattle market president, Carol K. Nelson has been the face and voice of KeyBank in the Northwest since January 2015, delivering the capabilities of a large bank with the benefits of local decision making.

The big story in American retailing in 2017 is not Amazon, although Amazon figures in the tale.

Editorial cartoonist David Horsey spent 30 years at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he won two Pulitzer Prizes for his biting political commentary. He has worked as a cartoonist and columnist for the Los Angeles Times since 2012.

It took a mixture of luck and dogged persistence for hairstylist De Charlene Williams to secure a small-business loan. It was 1968 and Boeing was about to begin the infamous round of layoffs that would slash its workforce from 142,000 to 56,000. Local banks were therefore willing to give loans to almost anybody who could promise some cash flow.

Think of the people you trust the most at work, at home and in your social surroundings. People in your sphere of influence, whose company you keep. Now think about one of them stealing your money. Hard to imagine, right?

Don’t do it, Mariners! Reject the big payday the way you’ve assiduously rejected sports supremacy.

One of the greatest barriers to growth for a manufacturing startup is finding affordable room to expand.