April 9, 2013
The Downtown Issaquah Association has qualified to join The Main Street Tax Incentive Program through the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation.
The Main Street Tax Incentive credit program provides a business and occupancy or public utility tax credit to businesses that contribute to the Downtown Issaquah Association.
In 2005, legislation was passed creating a state B&O Tax Credit Incentive Program for businesses investing in local downtown revitalization programs. A tax credit equal to 75 percent of a charitable contribution can be claimed in the calendar year following the contribution. By redirecting B&O taxes to the Issaquah Main Street Program, a contribution invests directly in the health and vitality of Issaquah’s downtown.
March 26, 2013
The flower baskets in downtown Issaquah will return to Front Street soon.
Thanks to contributions from local residents and businesses, 20 baskets will be hung along Front Street. Each year, the Downtown Issaquah Association campaigns for donations to hang flower baskets in downtown Issaquah.
Several local businesses donated $250 for the cost of one basket and maintenance for five months. Amante Pizza on Front Street will receive a plaque to hang downtown for its $1,000 contribution.
March 5, 2013
There’s still time to help the Downtown Issaquah Association bring hanging flower baskets back to downtown.
Due to budget constraints, the city hasn’t been able to fund the baskets along Front Street.
The DIA is working with a local nursery and maintenance company to bring the baskets back in time for Mother’s Day. The group hopes to raise $10,000 to fund 40 baskets.
February 19, 2013
The Downtown Issaquah Association wants to bring hanging flower baskets back to downtown, and is asking for your help.
Budget constraints in the past few years have meant the city hasn’t been able to fund the baskets along Front Street.
“These beautiful baskets have been a delightful addition to our downtown throughout the years,” DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said in a press release. “Many individuals and merchants want them back.”
January 29, 2013
Revelers can sip, snack and shop as the Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk series returns.
The popular winter and springtime event launched last February to attract people to downtown merchants even as the weather turns gray and soggy. Organized by the Downtown Issaquah Association, merchants host musicians, and offer sips from Washington vintners and hors d’oeuvres, during the monthly event that launches Feb. 1.
Though the event is designed to appeal to oenophiles — the 1-ounce wine pours remain limited to the 21-and-older crowd — creativity is showcased in arts-focused downtown, too. Highlights at the opening event include demonstrations by master glass blower Lenoard Whitfield at artbyfire and artEAST’s latest exhibit, “Stitch,” at UP Front Gallery.
January 15, 2013
The second annual Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk series returns Feb. 1 and continues on the first Friday of the month through May 3.
The event is presented by the Downtown Issaquah Association.
Participants can enjoy live music, art happenings, snacks and local wines poured in tasting locations up and down Front Street.
January 8, 2013
Skyline twins to dance at inaugural ball
Skyline High School sophomore twins Karishma and Aishwarya Mandyam will be performing the Bharatanatyam dance, an ancient classical dance art form of South India, in the rotunda during the Governor’s Inaugural Ball at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Capitol campus.
December 25, 2012
Entertainment came to Issaquah in some surprising forms throughout 2012.
Besides the usual retinue on the page, stage and screen, a documentary peeled back the layers at Costco and big-name authors signed books for local readers.
The city hosted celebrities, spotlighted residents on the national stage and celebrated big debuts in recent months. The boldface names earned cred through stints on reality TV, titles on bestseller lists and hardware aplenty — a Tony Award, a National Book Award.
Reality TV plugs in local contestants
Lindzi Cox pursued “The Bachelor” and Lizzie Parker competed for the title “Fashion Star” as local women added grace to reality TV contests.
Cox, a 2003 Liberty High School grad, competed against 24 other bachelorettes to win a rose from the titular bachelor, Ben Flajnik, and reached the final round on the ABC dating game.
November 27, 2012
Downtown merchants invite the public to head to Front Street North for some holiday cheer Dec. 5, as the Downtown Issaquah Association hosts a holiday open house.
The event runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the historic Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., and other locations downtown.
Participants can listen to children sing Christmas carols and a performance from Violet Oroboros. Sip hot chocolate, coffee and tea, and then meet Santa Claus and a reindeer. Santa is available for free family photographs, too.
November 27, 2012
Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army’s Toy ‘n’ Joy drive through Dec. 14, accepts new, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 14, or shoppers can chose a gift request tag item in the store and put it in the donation barrel in the store. The Issaquah Bartell is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Learn more at www.bartelldrugs.com.
Toys for Troops seeks donations for Christmas presents for children of service members. Drop off donations through Dec. 15 at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way, or make financial donations at www.operationbaldeagle.org.
Small Works Holiday Exhibition, through Dec. 29, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., 392-3191, www.arteast.org
Downtown Issaquah holiday lights work party, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St., a lunch break at noon features donated pizza from Flying Pie Pizza, call 391-1112 to volunteer