‘Mom and pop’ businesses recognized this week

Published on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 by By Tara Nelson

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(left) Pat Grubb and Louise Mugar own and operate Point Roberts Press in Blaine. They have been married for 30 years and in business together for 20, publishing The Northern Light, The Mount Baker Experience, All Point Bulletin, Pacific Coast Weddings, WaterSide and various area maps. They were photographed at The Northern Light building on Blaine Harbor. (right) Ken and Jill Peck with Dakota Creek Winery.  Photos by Tara Nelson

Six local “mom and pop” businesses were recognized Tuesday along with 90 other businesses county-wide as part of National Mom And Pop Business Day.

Local business owners include Tim and Grace Lukens of Grace Harbor Farms on Birch Bay-Lynden Road; Kevin and Patti Barton   with Cottages by the Beach in Birch Bay; Steve and Julie Sanders of Sanders Brokerage Services in Blaine; Nancy and Lonny Rhodes of FixEquip in Blaine; Ken and Jill Peck with Dakota Creek Winery; and Pat Grubb and Louise Mugar of Point Roberts Press, publishers of The Northern Light newspaper.

The event was coordinated by the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network and the non-profit Sustainable Connections, and was sponsored by various local business groups.

SBDC director Jennifer Shelton said mom and pop businesses have been a vital, yet not fully appreciated, part of the U.S. economy and that the group wanted to create a way to give them recognition.

She added that during the recent recession, small business owners are struggling more than ever to balance the challenges of work and family life.

For more information about SBDC, call 778-1762.

For more information about Sustainable Connections, visit www.sustainableconnections.org.