Restaurateur wins small business award

May 12, 2015

Mark Eggen, owner of the local restaurant chain Hop Jacks, was named Washington’s 2015 Entrepreneurial Success award winner at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s awards gala in Seattle on April 30.

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Tutoring Center offers free assessment testing

April 7, 2015

The Tutoring Center recently opened in Sammamish and offers free diagnostic assessment testing for children.

The Tutoring Center specializes in helping children master academic skills, get better grades, achieve higher standardized test scores, and gain the confidence, motivation and concentration necessary to succeed.

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Businesses may apply for Golden Dumpster Award

March 25, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the Golden Dumpster Award 2015, presented by the city of Issaquah and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Recology CleanScapes.

The award recognizes businesses that have made significant achievements in the areas of waste reduction, recycling and tenant education.

Winners will be awarded in the following business categories: Read more

Students promote coffee for cancer research fundraiser

March 25, 2015

For nearly three years, Ryan Lentz has tried to get others to embrace a simple concept — do something for others while doing an everyday activity.

There are about 210 million coffee drinkers in the U.S., Lentz said, and he’s aiming to land 50,000 of them as monthly subscribers to Callie’s Coffee, named for his 10-year-old daughter who created the business.

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Rogue Issaquah BrewHouse donates $1,000 to FISH

March 17, 2015

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery recently received a $1,000 gift from the Rogue Foundation from funds raised during the Rogue Issaquah BrewHouse’s 2014 Frogs & Dogs celebration.

Contributed Stacey Weeks (center), manager of the Rogue Issaquah BrewHouse presents a check for $1,000 from the Rogue Foundation to FISH Board President Ava Frisinger (left) and Jane Kuechle, FISH executive director (right).

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Stacey Weeks (center), manager of the Rogue Issaquah BrewHouse presents a check for $1,000 from the Rogue Foundation to FISH Board President Ava Frisinger (left) and Jane Kuechle, FISH executive director (right).

Rogue’s Stacey Weeks presented the check March 3 to the FISH board of directors.

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Elite basketball academy comes to Newcastle

March 10, 2015

Jasen Baskett and his Emerald City Basketball Academy were homeless.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Pacific Courts, a new gym featuring two full-sized basketball courts, is set to open in Newcastle on March 9. The facility will serve as a headquarters for the Emerald City Basketball Academy.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Pacific Courts, a new gym featuring two full-sized basketball courts, is set to open in Newcastle on March 9. The facility will serve as a headquarters for the Emerald City Basketball Academy.

The elite youth basketball program that counts University of Washington stars Spencer Hawes and Isaiah Thomas among its alumni lost its Seattle headquarters in August.

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Navy vet opens new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

March 10, 2015

NEW — 11:25 a.m. March 10, 2015

Scott and Rachel Tyra grew up in Texas where barbecue is a way of life. Following his retirement from the United States Navy, Scott wanted to pursue his dream of owning a business. On Thursday, March 12 at 11 a.m., Scott and his wife will open their first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Issaquah with a three-day grand opening.

“We have so many people from Texas bringing slow smoked barbecue to their new hometowns,” said Roland Dickey Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “Everyone deserves access to delicious pit smoked barbecue which is why we’re growing across the country.”

Thursday, the first 50 guests get a deal with gift cards worth up to $50. Friday, Dickey’s Barbecue will have all day merchandise giveaways. Saturday, radio station 94.1 KMPS will be on-site from noon to 2 p.m. and guests can score a deal with $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches during the event. One lucky winner will win a $500 gift card and three winners receive free barbecue for an entire year. Read more

Timber Ridge at Talus to expand by 145 homes

February 17, 2015

Resort-style Continuing Care Retirement Community Timber Ridge at Talus is adding 145 independent living apartment homes, expanding its onsite Briarwood Health Center with 26 assisted living/memory care apartments and nine private transitional care suites in addition to new community amenities including an indoor swimming pool and auditorium, to be completed in fall 2016.

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Matt Bott to leave Issaquah Chamber of Commerce

February 3, 2015

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott has resigned from the chamber to accept a position with Sound Transit.

Matt Bott

Matt Bott

Bott has been with the chamber for six years. With the transit system, Bott will serve as East King County government and community affairs officer.

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Vulcan announces sale of Sammamish Park Place

February 3, 2015

Vulcan Real Estate recently announced the sale of the Sammamish Park Place office complex, in Issaquah, to Seattle-based Talon Private Capital for $128.25 million.

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