May 21 2019
Photography by Mark Gardner

Chamber Spring Social Gathering

The revised date for the May Social is Wednesday May 22, 5:30pm, at Aurora Farms. Lori Ann is excited to show us all around her farm so mark your calendars.

There’s lots of goodness cooking at Coho Restaurant!

May Holiday  & June Hours for Coho Restaurant
Coho Restaurant will be open on Sunday, May 26th of Memorial Day Weekend, serving dinner 5 – 9 p.m. 
May  - Tuesday – Saturday 
June 1 – 15 – Monday – Saturday – closed Sunday 
June 16 – 30 – Monday - Sunday
 First Seating 5 – 5:45 and 5 course Chef’s Tasting offered daily.
Pho Lunch Countdown!
You have two more opportunities to enjoy our delicious pho, spring rolls and macaroons for dessert. Lunch is available for carryout from 11:30 – 1:30. Our vegetarian pho starts at $10. Please call ahead to place your order and we’ll have it ready for pick up. 360-378-6330. For more details or for our Pho Menu:

Cotton Cotton Cotton Hours

Cotton Cotton Cotton will be open 7 days a week. Our hours are 10:00 - 5:00 Monday - Saturday and 11:00 - 4:00 on Sundays. Look forward to seeing you soon! Gail and Randy Schnee


Whale Museum Extended Hours

Special Hours for Memorial Day Weekend!
Friday, May 24th: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 25th: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 26th: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Our summer schedule will start on May 27th in 2019.
Sunday-Thursday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Friday-Saturday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.


We’re putting the finishing touches on the Mullis Center’s annual coupon book and still have time and space to include your business.  This local coupon book has been around for nearly two decades. It encourages folks to shop locally and will bring new customers to your business while raising funds needed to operate our Community Center.  


2019 Pod Nods

Pod Nod overnight marine adventures return this summer to The Whale Museum! These popular “pajama party” sleepovers are geared for children ages 6 to 11 and will be held on the following Fridays: July 12, August 2, and August 23. Pod Nods are led by Museum Educators with assistance from other adult professionals.  Youth participants will learn to value whales and their environment through art projects, science labs, games, the traditional flashlight tour of the Exhibit Hall, and a bedtime movie.  We promise a high adult/child ratio and a whale of a good time!


Time for 2019 Friday Harbor July 4th Parade!


The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the theme for the 2019 4th of July Parade in Friday Harbor: “Parade of Stars”, past and present…
The event has been rated one of the top 10 small town 4th of July celebrations in the USA.  The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 4th. A full day of food, entertainment and music, will culminate with a glorious fireworks extravaganza over the scenic Port of Friday Harbor


A Survey Invitation News


Dear Chamber Members:
Tomorrow morning you should be receiving an email from us inviting you to participate in a survey about tourism in the San Juan Islands. 

This survey is possibly one of the most important tasks that we work on in the short term.  The San Juan Island Chamber Board of Directors, myself and the staff strongly believe we need to put together a coordinated effort to ensure that our island businesses, and specifically chamber members, fill out one of these surveys which will be shaping the County's Tourism Master Plan, and future public policy on tourism and funding.

Some of you that are members of the Visitors Bureau, Lopez Chamber or Orcas Chamber might have already received the survey. If so you would not need to fill out the survey again.

If  you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us at 

Best of the Fest Tonight - Documentary The Bleeding Edge


The Friday Harbor Film Festival is pleased to present yet another important film produced by our own islander Amy Herdy who will attend, introduce and answer a Q&A after the film is screened. "Medical  companies are responding to a critical new documentary on the health care industry. "The Bleeding Edge" speaks with patients suffering apparent complications from medical devices such as cobalt hip replacements and the Essure permanent birth control device. The Bleeding Edge is an 2018 original documentary film that investigates the $400 billion medical device industry. May 21 7:00 PM at the Grange

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Month  Emily and Margie Aipopo
The Cheesecake Cafe and Bakery, located in the heart of the water front in Friday Harbor, is the Chamber’s Featured Member of the Month. Opening at 6:30 every day, they serve full breakfast and don't forget about the cheesecake! It is a very casual environment, where one can sit down next to a stranger and make a friend while enjoying a cup of their custom Salish Sunrise coffee blend. Also featured is the hand battered fish and chips at the Fish + Brew location. It is located directly between the Cheesecake Cafe and the ferry landing. According to Margie and Emily “it is such a joy to share this beautiful space with visitors and our locals”. 

Meet the Authors

Have you written a book? Do you like to read works by local authors? There’s a new group in town you might want to get to know. The Authors of the San Juan Islands is a community of writers living in and around the Salish Sea. Their mission is to raise awareness of our local author community and to educate new writers in the pursuit of better craft and business practices. You’ll find representatives at the San Juan Island farmer’s market on the first Saturday of each month with an ever-changing display of books for sale. The group is also presenting a Meet the Author event on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Mullis Center from 4 to 7pm to give you a chance to meet and greet many of the island’s talented wordsmiths. To participate as an author, visit the website or contact Chamber of Commerce member Gail Kretchmer ( If you’re a reader, please stop by our booth at the farmer’s market and mark your calendar for the Mullis Center event.

Barbershop Bonanza

For 22 years we have had a 2pm matinee on the first Sunday in June, but this year The Island Chordsmen Plus chorus is sponsoring our 23rd annual "Barbershop Bonanza" on a new day and time.  Please set aside the evening of Saturday, June 1st at 7:30pm for "Pop on the Rock!"    


Friday Harbor Bike Fest

The upcoming Friday Harbor Bike Fest is the third annual bike ride sponsored by the San Juan Lions Club. In the past this event was known as the Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew. This year’s event is being held on June 1st to coincide with the 30th annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour.


San Juan Island Artists Studio Tour

June 1-2, 2019, and be one of the hundreds who attend this year’s annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. Plan a fabulous art weekend in the San Juan Islands!
This will be the largest, most exciting and fun-filled island event yet! Expect to find lots and lots of new studios for 2019 with 22 mutually supportive island art studios, and over 50 total artists featuring glass blowing, etchings, mixed media, handmade knives, kaleidoscopes, wearable art and jewelry, fused glass and fine art. Take the self-guided tour to visit personal studios around the island and watch great art in the making.


Whale Museum Lecture Series

On June 25, Joan Drinkwin, Natural Resources Consultants, and Monica Shoemaker, Washington Department of Natural Resources, will present information about an innovative new project that will bring Army soldiers to dive deep to help improve wildlife habitat in Puget Sound. Their lecture “Army Deepwater Derelict Net Removal Project will remove derelict fishing nets from Puget Sound” will be held at the Whale Museum at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, as part of The Whale Museum’s Summer Lecture Series.

Spring 2019 - May 21 2019