Two employees take over Bellingham's Launching Success store

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 10, 2013 

Launching Success Learning Store Bellingham

Jen Zimmermann, left, store manager of Launching Success, talks with customers Susan Vanbeek and her son Levi Vanbeek, 9, about Qwirkle, which Susan holds in her hands, Thursday, July 26, 2012 in Bellingham. Susan Vanbeek said she likes the game because "it's just shapes and colors," and all three of her children can play.


BELLINGHAM - After 10 years in business, Dan and Barbara Sanford are passing ownership of Launching Success Learning Store to two of their employees.

The new owners are general store manager Jen Zimmermann and business manager Kristen Krumdiack, who have had major roles in the 12-person organization for the past three years, according to a company news release.

Zimmermann is a former schoolteacher, while Krumdiack is active in church and community organizations and is in the process of getting her certification as a public accountant.

The Sanfords co-founded the education store with other teachers on Northwest Avenue in 2003 and moved the store to its present location on Prince Avenue in 2006. In 2009 they took over total ownership of the business after two partners retired.

The Sanfords continue to help at the store and remain on its board.

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