ArtWalk returns to downtown Issaquah on July 6

July 3, 2012

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s next ArtWalk is from 5-8 p.m. July 6.

Stroll the various businesses that host local and regional artists, including Artists in Action at the artEAST Artist Alley, and a wood carver at the historic Shell Station. ArtWalk venues include artbyfire, Centennial Park, Confetti Cupcake, Christian Science Reading Room, Eastside Audiology, Experience Tea, Fischer Meats, Hailstone Feed Store, Illuminate, Issaquah Valley Senior Center, Issaquah Library, Mills Music, Museo Art Academy, Opus Bank and Thrive.

Scattered along the walking route are musical acts, including Acoustic Couti, Sold Only As Curio and the Kaleidoscope School of Music.

Event maps will be available in front of the library, 10 W. Sunset Way, and the historic Shell station, 232 Front St. N.

To accommodate the ArtWalk, Northwest Alder Place will be closed from First Place Northwest to Front Street from noon to 10 p.m.

Learn more at www.downtownissaquah.com.

Fundraiser is rockin’ and rollin’ for barber’s colon

April 26, 2011

Mark Ashbaugh has cut, trimmed, curled, straightened and styled hair in Issaquah for almost two decades.

Mark Ashbaugh chats with client Allison Smith during her hair-styling appointment. Several businesses and friends are hosting a benefit for Ashbaugh, who just had two surgeries on his colon. By Laura Geggel

After two surgeries in the hospital, his family and friends are asking the community to give back by helping him at a benefit called Rockin’ and Rollin’ for Mark’s Colon.

Since they started the Front Street Salon in 2000, Ashbaugh and his business partner Danielle Abker have amassed more than 600 clients.

Customers call his humor “edgy” and “very funny.”

“People who know him love him,” friend and customer Clinton Fink said. “There will be a family of four and they’ll all be waiting to get their hair cut.”

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Confetti Cupcakes — and craze — reach Issaquah

July 20, 2010

The national cupcake craze — driven by love for the wee cakes and frosted by no small amount of hype — has reached downtown Issaquah.

Confetti Cupcakes & Confections opened at 94 Front St. N. in late June. The shop offers frosting-slathered cupcakes and drinks in a bright, airy space. Linger in the summer sunshine at the bistro table perched outside. During the early weeks after the shop opened, patrons lined up for moist cupcakes capped by a variety of homemade frostings.

The lineup includes classics — think carrot and red velvet cupcakes — and updates on standbys. Chocolate cupcakes, for instance, come bedazzled by crushed Oreos or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Learn more at www.confetti-cakes.com or e-mail info@confetti-cakes.com.

Subway coming to downtown Issaquah; cupcake shop opens

June 29, 2010

The chain famous for $5 foot-longs plans to expand to downtown Issaquah next month.

Subway should open at 98 Front St. N. by mid-July, franchisee Karim Karmali said last week. The city issued a permit for the restaurant June 23 and, by the next afternoon, green “Coming Soon” banners hung in the windows.

Karmali also operates the Subway along Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

Upcoming additions to downtown also include dessert. The nationwide cupcake craze reached Issaquah last week.

The other addition, at the opposite end in the same building as the planned Subway — the storefront at 94 Front St. N. — opened June 28 as Confetti Cupcakes. Employees took to Twitter on June 23 to announce the opening.

Subway and Confetti Cupcakes join other businesses relocating downtown from other storefronts and from elsewhere in the city.

Bicycle Center of Issaquah moved from a downtown space into half of the former Allen’s Furniture this spring. Amante Pizza & Pasta plans to open in the renovated space next door within the next few weeks.

El Abuelo, a downtown Mexican grocery damaged in a January fire, did not reopen, and the owners did not renew the lease for the 147 Front St. N. space. Troy Salon — the adjacent business damaged in the blaze — plans to reopen in the space next door after the space has been renovated.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Subway, cupcake shop coming to downtown Issaquah

June 24, 2010

NEW — 11:35 a.m. June 24, 2010

The chain famous for $5 foot-longs plans to expand to downtown Issaquah next month.

Subway should open at 98 Front St. N. by mid-July, franchisee Karim Karmali said Thursday.

The city issued a permit for the restaurant Tuesday and, by Wednesday afternoon, green “Coming Soon” banners hung in the windows.

Karmali also operates the Subway along Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

The upcoming additions to downtown also include dessert. The nationwide cupcake craze reaches Issaquah this weekend.

The other addition, at the opposite end in the same building as the planned Subway — the storefront at 94 Front St. N. — will open Saturday as Confetti Cupcakes. Employees took to Twitter on Wednesday night to announce the opening.

The owner could not be reached Thursday morning.