Made in Issaquah

June 28, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Go ahead, sample some local products.

Boehms Candies

Boehms Candies

In 1956, Julius Boehm opened Boehms Candies in Issaquah, 17 years after the former Olympian fled Nazi-occupied Austria.

The iconic chocolatier offered a taste of Issaquah to chocoholics attracted to the city to see candy makers in action.

Nowadays, the chalet-inspired chocolate factory turns out caramels, cordials, truffles and candy bars in a distinctive gold wrapper.

Connect: Boehms Candies offers chocolate at

Fluff Marshmallows

Fluff Marshmallows

Forget the store-bought marshmallows as pale as a ghost and as flabby as a sumo wrestler.

Fluff Marshmallows proprietor and self-styled “certified aerated- confection engineer” Kathy O’Neill creates batches of boutique marshmallows in flavors such as lavender, mimosa and hot buttered rum.

The idea originated as a DIY Christmas gift for friends.

“I made marshmallows and then my boyfriend said, ‘These are wonderful. Can you put alcohol in them?’” O’Neill said.

So, after rounds of trial and error, O’Neill developed a formula to spike some marshmallow flavors to create treats for grown-ups.

Connect: Fluff Marshmallows offers sweet treats at


Evergreen State dairy farmers send milk to the Darigold plant to transform into butter, cottage cheese and sour cream — products recognizable in the dairy case by a familiar red-and-gold logo.

The plant — founded as the Northwestern Milk Condensing Co. — started churning out dairy products in 1909 and has remained in continuous operation.

Connect: Read about the Darigold butter in Almond Roca at

Applied Precision

The technology to help scientists decipher AIDS, cancer and other diseases is manufactured in Issaquah.

The biomedical imaging systems company Applied Precision manufactures high-tech microscopes and other equipment for pharmaceutical giants, medical research institutes and universities. Clients include the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Lakeside Industries

Lakeside Industries’ most notable product hides in plain sight.

Roads do not demand much attention from motorists, but many thoroughfares in Washington started as gravel mined from a local hillside.

Lakeside Industries specializes in road paving. So, sand and gravel from the Issaquah mine below the Issaquah Highlands is used to build roads in the Pacific Northwest.

Marketing Masters

Inside each modern jetliner is a piece of Issaquah — several thousand pieces, in fact.

The fasteners connecting pieces in each Boeing and Airbus jetliner originate at a small Issaquah manufacturer.

Marketing Masters creates inserts and fasteners from Torlon — a substance cheaper, lighter and more resistant to corrosion than the titanium used in earlier-generation aircraft fasteners.

The fasteners hold together pieces in the behemoth Airbus A380 — the largest passenger jetliner in service — and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a next-generation plane assembled mostly from composite materials.

Connect: Discover more about Marketing Masters at

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