Business Bits

Published on Thu, Sep 4, 2003
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Business Bits

West Marine to hold Thursday night slam events
Store manager Debbie Marley said that West Marine has opened its doors here in Blaine with the goal of creating a whole new market. �We have always thought that Blaine is at the doorstep of the best sailing in the world,� Marley said. �We want to bring information to people who are thinking about boating and those who have a small boat and are thinking of upgrading.�
To create this new market, West Marine will be holding Thursday night slam events, essentially informational courses that will cover a variety of topics, including boat safety guidelines and utilizing electronic navigation equipment (GPS). The classes will also act as a social event to allow local boaters and those interested in boating to meet and share information. The slam events will be held on Thursday evenings, and will last about two hours. Marley said there is no set schedule yet, but anyone interested can call West Marine at 332-1918 or stop in. The public, she said, is encouraged to share class ideas with West Marine.

New computer repair business in Blaine
Blaine and Birch Bay computer users have another option for fixing computers when they are technologically challenged. Johnny Rhoades has opened J Lee R Tech, the newest computer business in Blaine. The business will offer many computer services, including system upgrades, diagnosis, repair and custom builds. Rhoades said he has six years of experience in computer repair and service and offers customers the option of bringing in their computer or of him coming to them. Rhoades charges $40 per hour if customers bring the computer to him, and a flat $40 plus $40 per each extra hour if he goes to them. For more questions or to make an appointment, call 332-1012 or email Rhoades at johnnyandkaren@attbi.com.

Two H Street business closed August 29
The Blackberry House and Biz Centre both closed their business doors on Friday, August 29. Theresa Paris, now the former operator of the Blackberry House, announced in the early summer she would be leaving the business due to monetary issues. The Blackberry House, owned by Jim and Mary Rankin, is currently up for sale or lease. Across the street and down a block, Donna Wallace, of the Biz Centre also closed her doors. The Biz Centre offered bookkeeping, copies, fax and other business services.

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