Business Briefs: Kuh joins Craft3, new PA hair salon, upcoming meetings and workshops
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Jefferson Transit operator John Maiden recently received a plaque for 30 years of service from the Jefferson Transit Authority Board. Maiden started his career with Transit on Jan. 25, 1983, and board members said he continues to provide exceptional service to Jefferson County residents. From left are Maiden; board Vice Chairman David Sullivan, Jefferson County commissioner; Chairwoman Catharine Robinson, city of Port Townsend; board members John Austin and Phil Johnson, both Jefferson County commissioners; and board member ATU No. 587 representative Alice Lane.

BUSINESS GROUP MEETINGS on the North Olympic Peninsula this week (all these meetings are open to the public):

Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce — Weekly ­luncheon meetings are held Mondays at noon in the second-floor meeting room of the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St.

This Monday's featured speaker will be Kyle Cronk, executive director of the Clallam County Family YMCA, who will discuss the Y's Power of Community Campaign.

Luncheon tickets are $13 and can be purchased at the front door.

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce — Weekly ­luncheon meetings are held Mondays at noon at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St.

This Monday's featured speaker will be Lisa Iverson, head of school for Jefferson Community School, who will discuss independent schools in general and the Port Townsend-based school in particular.

The meeting sponsor will be the Jefferson County Family YMCA.

Lunch will be catered by Jordini's.

Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce — Luncheon meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at noon at SunLand Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, Sequim.

The chamber this Tuesday will hold its annual Citizen of the Year luncheon, emceed by 2011 Citizen of the Year Dick Hughes.

Finalists for the 2012 honor are Al Freiss, a volunteer at Sequim's schools and Olympic Theatre Arts; Kevin Kennedy, a member of the Lions Club and founder of the Irrigation Festival's logging show; and Larry Klinefelter, vice president of the Sequim Veterans of Foreign Wars post and longtime Santa Claus.

The chamber's meeting sponsor Tuesday will be Fern Hollow wedding and events venue.

Luncheon reservations closed Friday, but seats are available for those who are not having lunch. Coffee or tea is $3. Phone 360-683-6197 or email for information.

Forks Chamber of Commerce — ­Luncheon meetings are Wednesdays at noon at JT's Sweet Stuffs, 80 N. Forks Ave.

This Wednesday's speaker will be Linda Rotmark, executive director of the Clallam County Economic Development Council.

Lunch costs $8; a bowl of soup, $4.75; and a cup of soup, $4. The entree will be meatloaf.

Port Angeles Business Association — Breakfast meetings are Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Joshua's Restaurant, 113 ­DelGuzzi Drive, Port Angeles.

The speaker this Tuesday will be Rebecca Lawson, state Ecology Department regional manager for toxic cleanup.

She will update PABA on the Rayonier site cleanup as well as other Port Angeles-area projects, including Port Angeles Harbor, bluffs below the former city landfill and cleanup of the Peninsula Plywood site.

There is a $2.16 minimum charge by Joshua's for those who do not order breakfast.


Kuh joins Craft3
PORT ANGELES — Business lender Brian Kuh has joined Craft3 and will manage the organization's lending activities on the Olympic Peninsula.

“Brian brings a diverse background from his banking career, and civic and community involvement,” said Chief Lending Officer, Walt Postlewait.

“Craft3 believes in building a presence in our communities through active 'feet on the ground' and Brian definitely strengthens this approach,” “Brian has a very solid credit underwriting base that allows him the ability to craft loans to meet a borrower's specific need.”

Kuh comes to Craft3 from Columbia State Bank where he served as a manager and commercial banking officer for the Olympic Peninsula region.

He is president of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of directors of the Clallam County Economic Development Council and Peninsula Young Professionals Network. He and his family live in Sequim.

“What attracted me to work with Craft3 was the organization's desire to meet unmet financing needs in the community,” Kuh said.

“Working in concert with other lenders ensures that local businesses have the best access to capital,” he added.

“Successful businesses create local jobs and contribute directly to a vibrant community. Craft3 is dedicated to strengthening our community's resilience, and I'm excited to be a part of the team here.”

Craft3 (formerly Enterprise Cascadia) is a non-profit community development financial institution with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities.

They provide loans and assistance to entrepreneurs, non-profits, individuals and others who don't normally have access to financing.

For more information, visit


Low-impact development workshop set
CHIMACUM — A free workshop on LID — low-impact development — for those in the building trades will be held at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, from
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday (March 1).

The workshop will include a field trip to see rain gardens and permeable pavement.

The workshop is designed for builders, Realtors, landscape designers and contractors, engineers, architects, general contractors, paving contractors, designers, excavators, septic designers and installers, and others involved in the building trade.

An overview of LID as it relates to stormwater — including bio-retention, rain gardens, permeable pavement, rainwater collection and reuse, vegetated roofs, minimal excavation foundations — will be presented.

Local professionals will share their practical experience using LID techniques, and agency staff will provide an update on recent and upcoming regulations.

Reservations are re-quested. RSVP to or 360-379-5610, ext. 222.

The free workshop is hosted by Washington State University Jefferson County Extension and the Jefferson County Watershed Stewardship Resource Center.


New thrift location
SEQUIM — The Sequim Serenity Shop Thrift Store will hold a grand opening in its new location, 551 W. Washington St., this coming Saturday, March 2.

The thrift shop has moved to the former Swain's Outdoor location behind Tootsie's.
Grand-opening events will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 
11 a.m.

Free coffee and cookies will be available, and in-store promotions and drawings also are set.

Proceeds from the store will help Serenity House in its mission against homelessness in Clallam County.


Tattoo shop moves
PORT ANGELES — Tall Timber Tattoo Co. recently relocated to Port Angeles after operating for a year in Forks.

The shop, which features tattooing and glass art, is located at 127 E. First St., Suite 4-W.

Hours of operation are Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Owner Victor Janda has been a watercolor and pencil artist for many years and started tattooing about two years ago.

His main influence is Japanese-style tattoo art, but he said he also enjoys modern, Pacific Northwest-inspired native art.

Janda is a longtime resident of the Olympic Peninsula. For more information, phone him at 360-640-4504.


New PA hair salon
PORT ANGELES — Ricki and Kristy's Little Hair House has opened at 105 N. Francis St.

Owners Ricki Niehaus and Kristy Richmond decided to start their own salon after working as hairstylists for many years in the Port Angeles area.

Niehaus has 28 years of experience in hairstyling, and Richmond has worked in the industry for 15 years.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and by appointment Saturdays.

Current, former and new clients are invited to stop in and see the new shop.

For more information, phone the salon at 360-460-8368 or 360-797-4730.


Free stress class
PORT ANGELES — KIC Coaching's Kristin Halberg will teach a free workshop, “Three Habits of Vitality,” through the Port Angeles WorkSource office, 228 W. First St., Suite A, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Halberg, a licensed HeartMath provider, also is offering free 20-minute stress/anxiety consultations.

“The HeartMath system teaches simple tools and techniques that give my clients — and me — greater ability to minimize stress, anxiety and frustration, and expand intuition and higher cortical functioning,” Halberg said.

For more information, email, phone 425-343-2374 or visit


New store hours
CARLSBORG — Barton's Shoe Repair shop has new hours of business.

The shop, which offers tack and boot repair and handcrafted men's belts, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Barton's Tack & Boot Repair is located across from the Carlsborg Post Office at 865 Carlsborg Road, Suite E.

For more information, phone the shop at 360-683-7000.


Nutrition lecture
SEQUIM — Culinary nutritionist and registered dietitian Monica Dixon will present “Change Your Diet, Change Your Life” at Nash's Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dixon will discuss the top 10 best foods that current science recommends for one's health and how to sort fact from fiction in the often-confusing world of food and health.

Dixon is a national speaker, consultant and international author with more than 30 years' experience helping corporations, associations, schools, military and government agencies across America increase their productivity and health.

She says her primary goal with her audiences is to translate the latest science on food and fitness into how and what people put on their dinner table.


Armstrong job fair
PORT ANGELES — Armstrong Marine is partnering on a job fair with the Port Angeles WorkSource office.

The job fair will be held at WorkSource's downtown office, 228 W. First St., Suite A, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.

Armstrong Marine is seeking experienced aluminum welders, aluminum fabricators, mechanical engineers or riggers, a marine plumber, a propulsion or systems worker, a computer numerical control (CNC) operator and finish (interior) workers.

Attendees should have applications, cover letters and resumes completed and ready to turn in at the fair.

Armstrong Marine plans to also hold interviews.

Applications and more information on the company can be found at its website,

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