Get a free Brown Bear car wash tomorrow

August 20, 2014

NEW – Noon Aug. 20, 2014

Brown Bear Car Wash celebrates its 57th anniversary with free car washes Aug. 21.

Brown Bear will give away free “Bear Essential” car washes at 21 of its automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area.

For the past eight years, the Seattle-based, family-owned Brown Bear has provided more than 200,000 free washes on the company’s anniversary and Veterans Day. Last year’s anniversary event generated 27,223 complementary washes.

The local wash is at 22121 S.E. 56th St.

Businesses offer Veterans Day freebies to honor military service

November 8, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 8, 2012

Freebies abound for veterans and active-duty military personnel for Veterans Day, as local businesses seek to honor military members’ service.

The offerings include complimentary burgers, car washes, haircuts and more. Other businesses rolled out programs to aid veterans and active-duty personnel.

Brown Bear Car Wash is offering free Bear Essentials car washes to all current or former military members on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The company operates car washes in Issaquah at 22121 S.E. 56th St. and in Sammamish at 3050 228th Ave. S.E.

“The event is our way of demonstrating appreciation for those who currently serve our country and have made sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, a U.S. Marine veteran, said in a statement. “It reflects our bond to the communities we serve, including a large armed services presence here.”

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Brown Bear to offer free car washes Aug. 25

August 23, 2011

Brown Bear Car Wash celebrates its 54th anniversary with free “Bear Essential” car washes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 25.

The Issaquah Brown Bear is at 22121 S.E. 56th St. Learn more at

City opens bids for dangerous intersection safety upgrade

May 3, 2011

City planners opened bids for upgrades to the accident-prone Southeast 56th Street and 221st Place Southeast intersection April 18.

The city received bids from four contractors to upgrade the intersection near the Brown Bear Car Wash and a FedEx center. Engineers estimated the cost of the construction from $95,000 to $100,000. The city received bids from $80,963.03 to $111,086.05. The low bidder is North Bend-based Judge Electrical.

The city then plans to check the proposals for accuracy and completeness prior to awarding the contract in accordance with state bidding laws.

Plans call for crews to add a dual eastbound left-turn lane and convert the northbound and southbound traffic signals to include dedicated turn signals.

The intersection is the site of the highest number of accidents in the city. In 2009, City Council members authorized the municipal Public Works Engineering Department to design safety improvements for the intersection.

Holiday means freebies for veterans and active duty personnel

November 10, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 10, 2010

Freebies abound for veterans and active-duty military personnel Thursday, Veterans Day.

Brown Bear Car Wash offers free tunnel car washes to veterans and active-duty service personnel. Find the local Brown Bear outlets at 22121 S.E. 56th St. in Issaquah, and 3050 228 Ave. S.E. in Sammamish. In order to receive the offer, veterans and service members should identify themselves to the wash attendant in order to receive a free wash.

“This program is designed to show our support and gives us a unique opportunity to say thank you to people who sacrifice for our freedom,” Brown Bear President Victor Odermat said.

Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants offers free hamburgers and cheeseburgers to veterans and active military personnel.

Veterans and service members who military identification or wear their military uniform can receive a free hamburger or cheeseburger at every Dick’s Drive-In Restaurant. Find a complete list of restaurants here.

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Brown Bear offers free car washes Thursday

August 25, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Aug. 25, 2010

Brown Bear Car Wash has decided to treat drivers to free car washes Thursday as the chain turns 53.

Get a free “Bear Essential” car wash in the automated tunnel at the Issaquah location, 22121 S.E. 56th St. The free offer runs from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Brown Bear has washed almost 79,000 vehicles for free during the annual free car wash days to celebrate the company’s founding.

Victor Odermat opened the first Brown Bear in Seattle in 1957. The chain has since expanded to 38 locations throughout Washington.

Free carwashes, doughnuts available for veterans, service members today

November 10, 2009

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Nov. 11, 2009

Freebies will be available for veterans and active-duty military personnel as the nation marks Veterans Day.

Brown Bear Car Wash will thank military veterans and men and women serving in the armed services Nov. 11 with a free carwash.

The free carwashes are also offered to spouses who have a military spouse who is deployed. The local Brown Bear is located at 22121 S.E. 56th St.

The offer will operate on an honor system and no verification or documentation will be required. Drivers should identify themselves to the wash attendant as a current or former member of the military.

“Our organization is proud to honor veterans and service personnel,” Brown Bear president, founder and Marine Corps veteran Vic Odermat said in a news release. “While the washes are free, we know that freedom is not. This is a way for us to show our support and gives us a unique opportunity to say thank you to people who sacrifice so incredibly for our freedom.”

Krispy Kreme will honor service men and women by giving away doughnuts to all veterans and active-duty military personnel. Veterans and active military personnel are invited to visit any Krispy Kreme store in Washington to enjoy a free doughnut of any variety.

Off The Press

August 18, 2009

Kathleen Merrill Press Editor

Kathleen Merrill Press Editor

Ahh, the joys of hiring. Sure, jobs are hard to come by, but if you’ve seen some of the résumés I get here when a position is open, you might not be surprised why some people are out of work.
I have laughed hard and sometimes just shaken my head when reading a cover letter or résumé I’ve received. I often share these stories with my co-workers. After all, who doesn’t like a good laugh?

So, in the spirit of passing that on to you, dear reader, I am writing about a few of my favorite applicants, in a manner of speaking, from the past few years. Names have been left out to protect the guilty. However, the bad grammar and spellings actually belong to those who applied. Read more

Survey: 70 percent favor gas station

July 21, 2009

Issaquah Highlands residents could someday fill up vehicles with gasoline or alternative fuels without leaving the hillside community. But they may find it difficult to grab a snack or late-night fill up at a highlands gas station. Read more

Highlands gas station plan sputters forward

July 15, 2009

UPDATED — 1 p.m. July 16, 2009

Issaquah Highlands residents could someday fill up vehicles with gasoline or alternative fuels without leaving the hillside community — just not anytime soon.

Council Land Use Committee members approved plans for a highlands gas station Tuesday night, but voiced reservations about the plan during the process. Officials cited concerns about the environmental impact of a gas station and the construction of a fueling facility in the highlands while other promised retail options have lagged.

“It’s the pinnacle of my disappointment of how we haven’t gotten what we were hoping to get in the highlands,” Councilman John Traeger said. “I’m very frustrated about that.”

Officials will likely review the proposed agreement to allow a gas station in the highlands when the full City Council meets Aug. 17.

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