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State of the city, chamber addresses

Stanwood Chamber of Commerce will host Mayor Leonard Kelley’s annual State of the City address during a lunch meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11, 11:30 a.m. in Stanwood Camano School District’s administration conference room, 26920 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. Chamber President Renae Kettler will present a State of the Chamber address. Catered lunch is $15 at the door. RSVP to or 360-629-0562. 


State of Camano chamber address

Camano Island Chamber of Commerce will host a lunch meeting Thursday, Jan. 18, 11:30 a.m. in Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. New Chamber President Jim Ayers will present the annual State of the Chamber address. Catered lunch is $15 at the door. RSVP to chamber@camanoisland.orgor 360-629-0562


Stanwood car company seeks to expand

Mission Motors applied Dec. 18 for a site development permit along with a shoreline substantial development and a floodplain development permit to construct a 912-square-foot addition to a commercial building at 9922 SR 532 in Stanwood. The proposed addition will be built on existing asphalt and will not increase the site’s impervious surface, according to the legal notice in today’s newspaper.

The city of Stanwood is accepting comments (include a return address) on the permit application until Feb. 7 at City of Stanwood, 10220 270th St. NW, Stanwood, or

The application and case file are available for review at the City of Stanwood Community Development Department. A decision on this application will be made within 120 days. For more information, contact Amy Rusko, 360-629-2181 or


Travel specialist opens online service

A Stanwood resident launched an online service in 2017 to help area residents with their travel plans. Stacie Filler is owner and travel specialist of All Heart Travel, Filler can books flights, arrange for rental cars, reserve hotel rooms and resorts, book cruises or tours and help purchase Broadway or sightseeing tickets. She can be reached at 360-333-3587 or


New owners at Wayne’s Corner Café

Nothing much has changed at Wayne’s Corner Café in Stanwood except the ownership. Patrons at the downtown cornerstone can continue to dine at their favorite restaurant. 

Keith Walsh took over Wayne’s Corner Café on Dec. 16. “Nothing’s changing,” Walsh said. “Anyone who comes and goes won’t notice anything different. I want this to be a seamless transition.” 

Staffing and menu remain the same as Walsh honors café founders Wayne and Yvonne Washburn, who had been in the food industry together more than 50 years.

Walsh, a Yakima Valley transplant, has lived in the Stanwood Camano community for 20 years, part of that time as the Washburn’s neighbors. 

It was by pure chance that he took this path, he said. In November, Walsh was in a commercial broker’s office, looking for a project. He saw a photo of the café on a broker’s screensaver. The broker said the café had been for sale but wasn’t any more. Walsh made a call that led to buying the business.


Veracruz closing after three decades 

Veracruz Mexican Restaurant will close Jan. 15. Laura and Fermin Robles owned and operated the restaurant at 8715 271st St. NW in Stanwood for 30 years. When it was time to renew the lease, the building owners called to say they had a plan for the building. 

“It surprised us,” Laura Robles said. “We’re going to take a little time off, and maybe reopen, but we don’t know when.”

Farmers Café to re-open in bigger digs

Farmers Café is moving to a larger location, the old Burger King building at 26710 Lindstrom Road, Stanwood. Owners Maria and Alex Luepanos say they will keep the same menu and all the features that customers like. 

On Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. they will close the door on their small café on the corner of 90th Avenue and 271st Street NW in downtown Stanwood. They hope to reopen within two weeks in the new location. 

“We’re working hard to open at the other location but don’t have a specific date,” Maria Luepanos said, adding they thank all their customers for making it possible. “We’re expanding into a better, more comfortable location to serve our customers.”


Bento Time is open

Bento Time Teriyaki is off to a good start since it opened two months ago at 9730 SR 532 Suite G, near Dos Reales in Stanwood. In addition to Bento boxes and teriyaki, they offer wok, soup and sushi rolls. They are open Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

“I’ve been here three times,” said customer Randi Johnson, who ordered a 911 Roll, all spiced up. “Every time I see an order come out, I say, ‘What’s that?’” 


Send announcements about grand openings, new hires and other business changes to or call 360-629-2155.

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