Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop celebrates Free Cone Day

April 3, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. April 3, 2012

Score a scoop of Chubby Hubby or Chunky Monkey on Tuesday, as Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop celebrates Free Cone Day.

Head to the Issaquah Highlands shop, 1011 N.E. High St., Suite 103, between noon and 8 p.m. and receive a complimentary ice cream cone. The day is a chance for Ben & Jerry’s — and the local shop owner, Councilman Mark Mullet — to offer a thank-you to customers.

Ben & Jerry’s encouraged patrons to try the Greek Frozen Yogurt, a recent addition to the lineup of Cherry Garcia and New York Super Fudge Chunk.

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Issaquah forum to focus on proposed plastic bag ban

March 27, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. March 27, 2012

Citizens can learn more about a proposed plastic bag ban at a forum Thursday.

The public forum includes the lead backer of the plastic bag legislation, Councilman Mark Mullet, and Robb Krehbiel, a program associate from the nonprofit organization Environment Washington. The forum is meant to educate participants about the impact of discarded plastic bags on Puget Sound wildlife.

The forum runs from 5-6 p.m. at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, 1011 N.E. High St., No. 103. (Mullet is the proprietor of the ice cream shop and Zeeks Pizza.)

Issaquah could join Bellingham, Edmonds, Mukilteo and Seattle to ban plastic bags at local retailers — a step designed to limit garbage headed for the King County landfill and reduce pollution in Puget Sound.

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Local Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop owner is Rookie of the Year

March 6, 2012

The local Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop earned a scoop of global attention, after the ice cream chain named Issaquah proprietor Mark Mullet as Rookie of the Year.

Ben & Jerry’s announced the honor at the company’s annual Global Franchise Gathering in the Bahamas in late January. The gathering in Nassau brought together franchise owners, operators, managers and employees.

“It’s an absolute honor to receive this award and be recognized for the work we’ve done,” Mullet said. “Previous winners have all set great precedents, so it’s really humbling to now be among them. An award like this is never a solo effort, of course; everyone at the Issaquah shop played an important role and contributed to our success.”

In Nassau, Ben & Jerry’s franchisees volunteered Father Marshall Cooper Park and the Woodcock Primary School, — and tasted the 2012 ice cream flavors.

“I’d tell you what the 2012 flavors are, but they haven’t been announced yet — and that might keep me from ever winning an award again,” Mullet said.

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Issaquah Highlands developer lowers expectations for retail

February 9, 2010

About 120 Issaquah Highlands residents attend a town hall meeting Feb. 3 at Blakely Hall to hear and discuss the state of continuing retail development plans by Port Blakely Communities for the planned neighborhood. Photo by Greg Farrar

Port Blakely outlines plan for stores, holds back on timeline

The sales pitch sounded almost too good to be true.

People migrated to the Issaquah Highlands in droves, many enticed by plans for restaurants, a grocery store, a cinema, a health club — enough amenities and stores to allow them to forgo trips to Bellevue and Seattle.

The leasing brochure for The High Streets — a chic retail center planned for the highlands — promised “a highly desirable mix of internationally recognized retailers as well as distinct local favorites and neighborhood retail services.”

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