July saw the addition of many new and interesting local reads to the pages of WhatcomTalk. Each month we like to take a look back at what most resonated with our community. Here are some of WhatcomTalk’s most read stories in July:

Neighborhood Notes—The Best Bartender in Bellingham

Come chat with Lori, the (unofficial) best bartender in town. Photo credit: Dan Burwell.

WhatcomTalk writer Dan Burwell has been frequenting the Waterfront for years. He finally had a chance to sit down and chat with his favorite bartender, Lori. The resulting conversation was both fun and fascinating.

Let’s Cooperate! How A-1 Builders Owners Successfully Sold to the Most Qualified Buyers: Their Employees

From left to right: Maggie Bates, Patrick Martin, Justus Peterson, Bobbi Plata and Shawn Serdahl. Photo courtesy: A-1 Builders Inc.

The idea of selling A-1 Builders Inc. to their employees made a lot of sense to Rick Dubrow and Cindi Landreth. But while worker-owned cooperatives are becoming increasingly popular—due to their many benefits, including impressive productivity and high staff morale—the process of transitioning from a standard business to a worker-owned model is less common. Yet the forward-thinking duo thought the end result would be worth the effort and they made it happen. Those interested in an innovative business succession plan will learn a lot from their example.

Jaramie Thomas – Medical Marijuana Advocate at Satori

Jaramie Thomas has found a niche at Satori. Photo credit: Dondi Tondro-Smith

Jaramie Thomas, a State Certified Medical Marijuana Consultant at Satori, has turned his passion for assisting clients in obtaining medical marijuana into a side consulting business and a full-time job as one of Satori’s most knowledgeable and experienced staff members.

Editor’s Pick: Mulu Belay—Ambo Ethiopian Cuisine and Author of Ethiopian Feast

Mulu serving up her delicious lentils. Photo credit: Dan Burwell.

Mulu started cooking at age five in Ethiopia. As was typical for her region, Mulu began to learn to cook for her family at an early age with her mom and grandma. There was no electricity and no running water. Today she is the creator of Bellingham’s  Ambo Ethiopian Cuisine and the author of Ethiopian Feast. She is an inspirational example and a true success story.

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