Veteran entrepreneurs breathe life into Gilman Village

March 16, 2010

Sean Quinn, raised in Boston (which explains the Red Sox cap and Absolut Boston vodka bottle) sits in the Flat Iron Grill restaurant he and wife Barbara Paxa have opened in Gilman Village. By Greg Farrar

It’s been a long haul for some businesses in Gilman Village amid the clutch of an economic recession. Tried and true spots, like restaurant Sweet Addition, have left and other new ones have come and gone so quickly you can’t remember the names.

Yet, the quaint village remains a place where dreams are started.

Scrubbing and cleaning, painting and decorating — that’s the tough part for Snoqualmie resident and regionally renowned chef Sean Quinn.

“She’s doing the painting,” he said about his wife and co-owner Barb Paxa. “That’s her job and we’re getting there.”

By far, Quinn said he prefers being elbow deep in ingredients and manning the grill to create delectable dishes — it’s what he’s been doing for the past 26 years.

The couple opened The Flat Iron Grill, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., on Feb. 10, at the village’s heart, with a mission to bring adventurous twists to Northwest cuisine. Read more

‘The Gypsy King’ makes world debut

March 16, 2010

Village Theatre Eric Ankrim performs as Prince Alphonse in the Village Theatre production of ‘The Gypsy King.’ By John Pai

This world premiere will leave you rolling in the aisles, if it hasn’t already.

From a groundswell of passionate Village Theatre officials and test audiences, Emmy Award-winner Randy Rogel’s musical “The Gypsy King” debuts on Village’s Mainstage March 17.

It is “an airtight farce with hilarious well-drawn characters and a plot full of twists and turns that rival the classic comedies of the 1930s and 1940s,” Director Richard Gray said in a press release.

Theater officials first spotted the show at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s new works festival in 2007.

“We loved it and immediately brought it back with us to workshop further, in hopes that we would one day be able to put it up on the mainstage,” Executive Producer Robb Hunt said in the release. Read more

Dr. Seuss helps make reading fun for students

March 16, 2010

Liberty High School senior Alexis Court and Alexander Munson (above) enjoy the annual Read Across America Read Aloud, held March 4 to coincide with the birthday of ‘The Cat in the Hat’ author Dr. Seuss. Below, elementary students and their families from Apollo, Briarwood, Maple Hills and Newcastle attended the event. Contributed

With more than 300 students reading, March 4 was a night at Liberty High School to do Dr. Seuss proud — after all, it was the famed author’s birthday

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City councilman enlisted to envision future of mass transit

March 16, 2010

King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler to the new Regional Transit Task Force meant to advise county leaders on the future of Metro Transit services. Read more

Community calendar

March 16, 2010

Carey for charity Comedian Drew Carey will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Celebration of Youth Luncheon to support Friends of Youth, from noon – 1:15 p.m. March 25 at the Bellevue Hyatt Hotel. Go to

– Malarky’s, 1025 N.W. Gilman Blvd., hosts Issaquah singer/songwriter Jeremy Owens, and will serve corned beef and cabbage and other drink specials, including green beer, black and tan, and Guinness. Call 392-6356 for times.

– Gaslamp, 1315 N.W. Mall St., offers corned beef and cabbage and drink specials all day. Call 392-4547.

– Joker Pub, 5614 E. Sammamish Parkway S.E., Suite A, offers corned beef and cabbage and drink specials all day. Call 392-1225.

– Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., hosts Seattle musicians The Cutters playing Celtic music from 4 p.m. on, an Irish menu (including corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and Bailey’s Irish cream cheese cake) and other drink specials. Call 392-5550.

– Wear green into any Chipotle in Washington on St. Patrick’s Day and receive a free order of guacamole with your burrito, tacos, bowl or salad. The Issaquah Chipotle is at 775 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 837-9100.

Aegis of Issaquah hosts a St. Patrick’s Day Craft Bazaar from 4-6 p.m. March 17 at 780 N.W. Juniper St. There will be local vendors and a buffet of traditional Irish food and green beer. The Comerford School of Irish Dance will perform from 5-5:30 p.m. Tickets for food and drinks are $1 to benefit the staff’s Potato Soup Foundation. Call 392-8100. Read more

To The Editor

March 16, 2010

Stream teams

Volunteers help make city’s program of monitoring waterways successful Read more

Health Support Groups

March 16, 2010

Eastside Alcoholics Anonymous hosts the following meetings, for more information, go to or call 454-9192: Read more

Sports calendar

March 16, 2010

Adult Sports

Issaquah Alps Trail Club Read more

Ladies’ night: ‘The Women’ comes to Issaquah High School

March 16, 2010

By Greg Farrar Sylvia, played by Amanda Thornton, leaps upon Miriam, played by Becca Allen, as other cast members look on during the fistfight scene in a Reno hotel room, from the Issaquah High School drama production of ‘The Women.’

Sylvia, played by Amanda Thornton, leaps upon Miriam, played by Becca Allen, as other cast members look on during the fistfight scene in a Reno hotel room, from the Issaquah High School drama production of ‘The Women.’ By Greg Farrar

Gather your favorite women, grab some dinner and maybe a few mocktails — or cocktails — and head to see Issaquah High School’s production of “The Women,” premiering at 7 p.m. March 18.

“We think it’s a really great show, with a lot of comedic parts,” said sophomore Audrey De Luca, who plays divorcée Countess De Lave. “It should be something everyone can enjoy.”

The production will be at Skyline High School, since Issaquah High’s theater is under construction.

The classic production is Clare Boothe Luce’s famed 1936 play, dramatizing the complex lives and interpersonal relationships among a group of wealthy Manhattan women.

The perceived perfection of their worlds comes crumbling down as scandal, lusty affairs and divorce envelop their lives, forcing them to turn to each other — and on one another.

“Everyone has experienced something like this, gossip and cattiness,” said Emily Berensohn, a sophomore who plays adulteress Crystal Allen. “You turn to your friends to get through it, but not everyone has your best interests in mind.” Read more

Press Editorial

March 16, 2010

The census count should matter to you

Look in your mailbox this week for your household’s census count.

Oh, that’s right, you already know about that, thanks to last week’s letter notifying you that another letter is coming. That first letter cost $57 million to send, in hopes that fewer in-person census takers will be needed.

The Census Bureau is employing other marketing tools to pump up awareness, including a televised Super Bowl ad last month, printed ads in 28 languages and subtle referrals to printed inside fortune cookies — including some found here in Issaquah.

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