Spiritwood at Pine Lake’s company honored

December 24, 2013

Village Concepts, a third generation family-owned business that owns and operates retirement and assisted living communities throughout Washington state, including Issaquah’s Spiritwood at Pine Lake, was honored as a “Silver Winner” in the 2013 “Seattle Business” magazine’s Family Business Awards.

Village Concepts is one of the 13 family-owned businesses recognized in seven categories for their sense of responsibility, legacy, dedication and contribution to the local economy. Selected as a “Silver Winner” for large firms with more than 250 employees, Village Concepts was recognized at an awards gala Nov. 19.

Spiritwood at Pine Lake is located at 3607 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

 

Gilman Village celebrates 40th anniversary

November 5, 2013

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Gilman Village is partnering with CleanScapes to present a shopping experience for ladies from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 8.

In addition to discounts, shops will have special experiences including:

  • Flat Iron Grill — 2-6 p.m., special Happy Hour pricing, featuring a “Gilman Girl” prosecco cocktail.
  • Pelage — 4-7 p.m., live demonstrations of the latest laser hair removal technology and drawings every 30 minutes for services and products

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Entrepreneur honored at Goddard School convention

November 5, 2013

Catherine Callan, of The Goddard School in Issaquah, joined more than 350 Goddard School franchisees at the company’s 2013 convention in Nashville, Tenn., to discuss the latest innovations and advancements for providing the highest quality, play-based educational childcare programs in a technology-driven age.

A highlight of the gathering was the award ceremony, where Callan received a business award.

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Joe Heslet named GM of Issaquah Press

November 5, 2013

Joe Heslet has been named general manager of The Issaquah Press. He will focus on the business side, primarily in advertising sales.

Joe Heslet

Joe Heslet

Heslet’s more noteworthy career experiences include his tenure as director of sales and advertising at the Puget Sound Business Journal, general sales manager for Fisher Communications’ KOMO and KVI stations and founding and leading his own research firm.

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Businesses honor veterans

November 5, 2013

  • Get a haircut for Veteran’s Day! Great Clips salon in the Klahanie Shopping Center will honor active or retired U.S. military members with a free haircut on Nov. 11 as part of the company’s “thank a veteran” promotion.
  • Issaquah dentist Theresa Cheng will once again provide dental services at no charge to qualifying veterans and their spouses. Call to learn more at 392-8992.

Brown Bear Car Wash will offer free “Bear Essentials” tunnel car washes to all current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The Issaquah Brown Bear is located at 22121 S.E. 56th St.

Downtown street to close for ArtWalk

September 3, 2013

On Sept. 6, Northwest Alder Place will be closed from First Place Northwest to Front Street between the hours of noon and 10 p.m. to facilitate the last ArtWalk of the season. Front Street will remain open.

Swedish hospital eyes 2014 expansion

August 13, 2013

City planners expect to finalize a Swedish/Issaquah development agreement to expand the hospital in October.

Executives introduced plans to convert 28 acres adjacent to the existing hospital into an additional facility this past spring. To accomplish the goal, Swedish seeks the establishment of a new development agreement that will allow the addition of 150,000 square feet to 180,000 square feet in the form of a new multi-use building.

Talks with the city continued during the Aug. 6 Urban Village Development Commission meeting. City planners and Swedish leaders had hoped to come to an agreement by the end of the summer. However, the timeline has since shifted, according to city Development Services Land Development Manager Lucy Sloman.

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Microsoft to leave one of three Issaquah offices

August 13, 2013

Microsoft will vacate at least one Sammamish Park Place building.

The software giant let its lease expire recently on one of the three buildings it inhabits in the campus.

It was unclear what effect the departure would have on the local economy. City officials said they could not disclose how many employees worked within the property.

“Our employment numbers we get from the Department of Revenue,” Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner wrote in an email. “In order to get this information from them, we must sign an agreement requiring nondisclosure of, among many things, employee numbers.”

She said the city expects some change to financial numbers, but highlighted what she viewed as positive signs within Issaquah’s economy.

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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens in Issaquah

July 2, 2013

Texas-based Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened a franchise in Issaquah June 27 at 5704 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway, directly behind Bartell Drugs.

The new restaurant is owned and operated by mother-and-son duo Sarah and Alex Forest.

Dickey’s serves beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, polish sausage, turkey breast and chicken, with an extensive array of home-style sides from jalapeno beans to macaroni and cheese. Buttery rolls are served with every meal along with complimentary ice cream and dill pickles.

Learn more by calling 296-1425 or go to www.dickeys.com.

Squak Mountain timber plan concerns conservationists, neighbors

February 8, 2013

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Feb. 8, 2013

High on Squak Mountain, pink plastic strips tied to trees mark 216 acres of forest as a timber harvest area.

Since a timber company purchased the forest and started the process to permit logging on the site, conservationists and nearby residents mobilized to fight the proposal to clear cut the land. The logging opponents said cutting trees on the land could lead to more flooding downhill, damage sensitive fish and wildlife habitat, and add a timber harvest site near conservation lands.

The proposal from Eatonville-based Erickson Logging to harvest timber on 216 acres on the mountainside above Renton-Issaquah Road Southeast galvanized residents on Squak Mountain and near May Creek, a destination for runoff from the mountain.

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