Businesses react to Issaquah plastic bag ban

July 31, 2012

Local business leaders raised concerns about shoppers bypassing Issaquah after a retail plastic bag ban for retailers of 7,500 square feet or more goes into effect March 1, 2013.

The measure does not go into effect for smaller businesses until March 1, 2014.

In addition to limiting most plastic bags, the legislation requires retail stores to collect 5 cents for each paper bag provided to customers. The fee is meant to help offset the changeover cost as retailers eliminate plastic bags.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders urged consumers to continue shopping in Issaquah.

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Pharmacies offer inexpensive whooping cough vaccine

June 5, 2012

Local pharmacies joined a Public Health – Seattle & King County effort to combat the whooping cough epidemic in Washington by offering inexpensive vaccines to people without health insurance.

Local QFC and Bartell Drugs pharmacies offer inexpensive adult whooping cough booster shots, known as the Tdap vaccine. The vaccination program is made available with assistance from the AmeriCares patient assistance program, a nonprofit humanitarian aid program.

Bartell Drugs, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., offers the low-cost vaccine to patients 14 and older. QFC, 1540 N.W. Gilman Blvd. and 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E., offers the low-cost vaccine to patients 11 and older.

Pharmacies and health care providers may charge a fee up to $15.60 to administer the whooping cough, or pertussis, vaccine. In comparison, the normal cost of Tdap without insurance ranges from $60 to $100. People unable to afford the administration fee can ask to have the fee waived.

Pertussis is highly contagious and spreads easily from person to person through coughing and sneezing. The disease is most serious for infants, especially children too young to receive the vaccination. Pertussis causes cold-like systems followed by a long, severe cough.

Issaquah pharmacies offer inexpensive whooping cough vaccine to uninsured patients

May 30, 2012

NEW — 9 a.m. May 30, 2012

Local pharmacies joined a Public Health – Seattle & King County effort to combat the whooping cough epidemic in Washington by offering inexpensive vaccines to people without health insurance or patients unable to afford the vaccine.

Local QFC and Bartell Drugs pharmacies offer inexpensive adult whooping cough booster shots, known as the Tdap vaccine. The vaccination program is made available with assistance from the AmeriCares patient assistance program, a nonprofit humanitarian aid program.

Bartell Drugs, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., offers the low-cost vaccine to patients 14 and older. QFC, 1540 N.W. Gilman Blvd. and 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E., offers the low-cost vaccine to patients 11 and older.

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Issaquah liquor store closes before changeover

May 29, 2012

The state-run liquor store in Issaquah closed May 29, as the Washington State Liquor Control Board prepares to shift stores from public to private ownership.

Under a state law approved by voters last year, liquor sales by private entrepreneurs can start June 1.

The board auctioned the rights to entrepreneurs to sell liquor at the state-run store in Town & Country Square along Northwest Gilman Boulevard last month. State records show the right to the Issaquah store sold to Seattle merchant Leon Capelouto for $251,000.

“There is a lot of work involved in transferring these stores to private ownership,” Chris Liu, director of retail services for the liquor authority, said in a statement.

The availability of liquor in Issaquah is poised to expand beyond a single storefront.

Bartell Drugs, Fred Meyer, Front Street Market, Rite Aid, Safeway, Target, QFC, Walgreens and Costco received licenses to sell liquor.

QFC received licenses for the Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Klahanie stores.

Issaquah liquor store to close May 29 before changeover

May 24, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. May 24, 2012

The state-run liquor store in Issaquah is due to close May 29, as the Washington State Liquor Control Board prepares to shift stores from public to private ownership.

Under a state law approved by voters last year, liquor sales by private entrepreneurs can start June 1.

The board auctioned the rights to entrepreneurs to sell liquor at the state-run store in Town & Country Square along Northwest Gilman Boulevard last month. State records show the right to the Issaquah store sold to Seattle merchant Leon Capelouto for $251,000.

“There is a lot of work involved in transferring these stores to private ownership,” Chris Liu, director of retail services for the liquor authority, said in a statement. “This method will ensure that our customers have the ability to buy liquor right up until June 1, when private retailers take over.”

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Liquor sales expand in Issaquah, statewide June 1

May 15, 2012

Jeffrey Roh, of Milton, purchased the right to sell spirits at a liquor store under construction in the Klahanie Shopping Center. By Greg Farrar

The availability of liquor in Issaquah is poised to expand beyond a single storefront next month, as major retailers prepare to add spirits to store shelves and the state completes the process to privatize liquor sales.

Bartell Drugs, Fred Meyer, Front Street Market, Rite Aid, Safeway, Target, QFC, Walgreens and Costco received licenses to sell liquor. (QFC received licenses for the Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Klahanie stores.)

Until the transition to liquor privatization is completed, liquor is available only at a state-run store.

In the meantime, entrepreneurs purchased the rights to apply for a retail spirits license at the state-run liquor store along Northwest Gilman Boulevard and a liquor store under construction in the Klahanie Shopping Center.

State records show the right to the Issaquah store sold to Seattle merchant Leon Capelouto for $251,000. The right to the unfinished Klahanie store sold to Milton entrepreneur Jeffrey Roh for $82,100.

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Donate toys at Bartell Drugs for Salvation Army toy drive

December 8, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 8, 2011

Bartell Drugs and the Salvation Army joined forces during the holiday season to provide gifts to children in need.

Bartell’s is collecting new, unwrapped toys during the eighth-annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive through Sunday. The drugstore chain is collecting toys at all 58 locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

The local Bartell’s is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

Bartell’s and the Salvation Army plan to distribute the toys to low-income children and adolescents the week before Christmas the Salvation Army’s toy warehouses.

Founded in Seattle in 1890, Bartell Drugs owns stores in Western Washington. The family-owned and operated drugstore chain is the nation’s oldest drugstore chain.

Issaquah Schools Foundation drive ends, but donations can continue

November 22, 2011

The latest Issaquah Schools Foundation campaign has wound down, ending with the last day of a phoneathon on Nov. 19.

However, those still wishing to support the foundation and the Issaquah School District continue to have several ways to do so.

Lynn Juniel, ISF development manager, said the foundation can and does accept donations after the end of the formal campaign.

There are a couple of different ways for shoppers to help support the foundation. If you are going to shop at Amazon.com for holiday gifts, make a stop first at the foundation website, said ISF Executive Director Robin Callahan.

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Change smoke detector batteries for daylight saving time

November 1, 2011

Local firefighters encourage residents to change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries before 2 a.m. Nov. 6, as daylight saving time ends.

Eastside Fire & Rescue is part of the national Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign. The effort encourages people to change smoke detector batteries at the end of daylight saving time.

EFR firefighters plan to remind people to check the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors from 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

Meet firefighters and receive complimentary 9-volt batteries at Bartell Drugs, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.; QFC, 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E., and The Home Depot, 6200 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

Bartell Drugs holds food drive to benefit needy children

June 9, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 9, 2011

“Bartell Drugs’ Stock the Pantry” food drive continues through Sunday to help out-of-school children and families in need.

The food drive is occurring at all Bartell stores in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Residents can donate nonperishable food items at the Issaquah location, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

In association with Northwest Harvest, the drive by Bartell Drugs focuses on replenishing local food bank, meal program and school food stocks during summer months — when families depending on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide healthy meals at home.

Some child-friendly donation suggestions include canned tuna, instant oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cheese crackers, applesauce and canned fruit in individual serving sizes.

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