Hotseat: Brian Budz

Washington’s legal weed starts moving through stores this week. The owner of New Vansterdam talks price, supply and ambiance.


News Stories
Brian Budz got teased about his name as a kid. This week it finally pays off. On July 11, Budz, 40, and his business partners will open New Vansterdam, one of the first retail marijuana shops    More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Frito Lay's Fake-Local Tortilla Chips Take Aim at Oregon's Juanita's

Cocina de Josefina chips are corporate-made in Washington. Juanita's stands tough.

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Food & Drink
First, they came for Juanita's. Texan snack-food megacorporation Frito-Lay looks to be fighting a proxy war against Oregon's own homegrown, family-run Juanita's tortilla chips, unofficial tortilla chip of the Willamette Week offices. Perhaps you have noticed the La Cocina De Josefina Mexican Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips, front and center in some of the most valuable real estate ...   More
 
Friday, April 25, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Starship Enterprise Zones

Banfield Pet Hospital pocketed a subsidy and got favorable treatment from local governments—then bolted to Vancouver.


News Stories
Most people know Banfield Pet Hospital from its convenient locations in hundreds of PetSmart stores across the United States. The Banfield chain started in Portland, and nine years ago the company   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dr. Know: Viva Vancouverites!

Why do Portlanders abhor Vancouver residents who work in Oregon?


Dr. Know
Can you educate the masses regarding people from the ’Couv working in Portland? We pay Oregon income tax but receive no benefit from doing so. You Portlanders may abhor us, but at least appreciate w   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Asylum Lounge: Free Cookies


Bar Reviews
Vancouver’s just-opened Asylum Lounge (606 Broadway St., Vancouver, 360-433-2205, theasylumlounge.com) wants to bring “chic” nightlife north of the border. In an effort to reupholster Vancou   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Vancouver Light Rail Foes Raising War Chest

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News
Vancouver anti-light rail activists got financial shot this weekend with a fundraiser to pay for legal fees in their fight against extending Portland's MAX to downtown.The activists are leading a petition drive to bring a vote before city voters that would prohibit the city of Vancouver from spending any time or resources on light rail. (Clark County voters already shut down a sales tax ask last fall ...   More
 
Monday, March 25, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

An oral history of the first 76 days of legalized marijuana in Vancouver, Wash.


Featured Stories
“It’s not like the way you think. You’d think everyone would be out smoking and celebrating and having big parties in the street. It’s not like that at all.” —John, recreational mariju   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 WW Staff

Update: Light Rail Will NOT Face Second Vote in Vancouver

Because One "No" on Light Rail *was* Enough

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News
Update 5:30 pm: The petition is actually invalid, Clark County elections supervisors found. After examining 94 suspect signatures, the county office found that some were duplicates, according to The Columbian. The petition now is 32 valid signatures short of the 5,475 it needed to refer the petition to the city council, and to the ballot.Here's the original story:On the heels of a resounding "no" to ...   More
 
Friday, January 4, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Rainbow Connection

Where to get hitched for Vancouver’s first same-sex unions.


Featured Stories
The Clark County Recording and Marriage License Department is preparing for a flood. On Dec. 6, gay and lesbian couples can file for marriage licenses in Washington for the first time.  Rec   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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