Wheelhouse Distillery

opens in Anacortes

Wheelhouse Distillery’s small-batch distillery and tasting room is open at 915 24th St., Anacortes.

Wheelhouse creates vodka and moonshine, and is in the process of getting labels approved and printed for its botanical gin and barrel-aged whiskey. Its sources include Eppich Grain in Franklin County; Shepherd’s Grain in Spokane; and Barbie’s Berries in Ferndale.

The distillery’s products are certified organic, non-GMO and low-gluten.

The wall separating the main distillery from the customer area originated from a historic barn in Lynden. The tasting room has an old still with spout and an old tasting cup that were purchased in eastern Washington. Prohibition-era images on the walls are from the Anacortes Museum.

Home prices continue

to climb in Anacortes

The median closing price of a home in Anacortes climbed to $530,000 in May, an increase of $89,500 over the same month last year.

That’s according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, which tracks real estate data in Western Washington.

The median closing price to year-to-date is $483,300, $36,300 more than the same period in 2018.

Anacortes’ median closing prices are the highest in Skagit County, according to the Northwest MLS. The number of homes sold here — 47 in May and 163 year-to-date — is second in the county only to Mount Vernon.

All told, there were 76 new listings in May in Anacortes, up from 65 in May 2018. There were 124 total active listings, up from 102 in May 2018, the Northwest MLS reported.

Fry joins chamber as event,

communications coordinator

Bridget Fry has joined the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce as event and communications coordinator. She was formerly a recreation coordinator for Chandler’s Square Retirement Community.

Fry has a degree in hospitality management and business from Colorado State University and is a certified wedding planner.

Her experience in event management includes military functions, business grand openings and large-scale weddings.

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