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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Issaquah hosts forum to focus on employment

June 12, 2012

Citizens can join state legislators and business leaders soon at a local forum to discuss the dearth of young adult employment in Washington.

The employment rate is only 43 percent for young adults age 16 to 24 in Washington — the ninth-lowest in the United States, according to government labor statistics. Community Forums Network is hosting forums and promoting a survey to collect feedback on how to fix the problem.

The local forum is hosted by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Issaquah History Museums and Community Forums Network.

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Employment is focus for state legislators, business leaders at Issaquah forum

June 4, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. June 4, 2012

Citizens can join state legislators and business leaders soon at a local forum to discuss the dearth of young adult employment in Washington.

The employment rate is only 43 percent for young adults age 16 to 24 in Washington — the ninth-lowest in the United States, according to government labor statistics. Community Forums Network is hosting forums and promoting a survey to collect feedback on how to fix the problem.

The local forum is hosted by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Issaquah History Museums and Community Forums Network. The event scheduled for 3:30 p.m. June 14 at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

The forum is free and open to the public. RSVP and find more information at the Community Forums Network website about the event.

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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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Eastside falls short in Dick’s Drive-In contest

September 20, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 20, 2010

Sorry, Eastside.

The next Dick’s Drive-In appears to be headed for North King County or South Snohomish County, after voters cast online ballots to encourage the restaurant chain to build there.

The north region — including Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Edmonds and South Everett — netted 53,810 votes, or 46 percent of the vote, in the contest. The south region placed a distant second, and the east region — including Issaquah — brought up the rear.

The poll closed at 10 p.m. Sunday after almost three weeks.

“This is an historic time for our family’s small business,” Jim Spady, Dick’s Drive-Ins vice president and the son of cofounder and namesake, Dick Spady, said in a news release. “The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and humbling. North received the most votes, and that is where we will now focus our efforts.”

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Eastside lags in Dick’s Drive-In poll to determine location

September 14, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 14, 2010

The online poll to help determine the location of a Dick’s Drive-In has accumulated more than 100,000 votes — but the effort to bring the burger joint to the Eastside lags.

The poll is due to remain open until Sunday, so Eastside residents retain a chance to make up ground.

The contest separates Greater Seattle into three regions. The east region includes Issaquah, Bellevue, Bothell, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond and Sammamish.

The north region — Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Edmonds and South Everett — has outpaced the competition by almost 20 percent.

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Dick’s Drive-In asks residents to pick restaurant location

September 7, 2010

Sure, Issaquah has a Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, but someday soon the city could host another iconic burger joint: Dick’s Drive-In.

The longtime Seattle chain announced plans last week to open a sixth location in the Greater Seattle metropolitan area. The location hinges on votes cast at www.dicksdrivein.com. The poll closes Sept. 30.

Votes could be a deciding factor as the 57-year-old chain picks a location.

The contest divvies up Greater Seattle into three regions. The east region includes Issaquah, Bellevue, Bothell, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond and Sammamish.

Dick’s has not opened a restaurant since the Queen Anne location 36 years ago. The chain includes the original restaurant in Wallingford, plus outposts in Capitol Hill, Crown Hill and Lake City.

“We are very excited to make this historic expansion after 36 years,” Jim Spady — vice president of Dick’s Drive-Ins and son of co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady — said in a news release. “And we want to involve our customers and the community, asking everyone to help us find the best location for our next restaurant.”

Dick’s Drive-In plans new restaurant, asks residents to pick location

August 31, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 31, 2010

Sure, Issaquah has a Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, but someday soon the city could host another iconic burger joint: Dick’s Drive-In.

The longtime Seattle chain announced plans Monday to open a sixth location in the Greater Seattle metropolitan area. The location hinges on votes cast at the chain’s website.

The contest divvies up Greater Seattle into three regions. East includes Issaquah, Bellevue, Bothell, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond and Sammamish. North includes Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline and South Everett. South includes Burien, Renton, SeaTac, South Seattle, Tukwila and West Seattle.

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