February 4, 2014
As Issaquah grows, a team of University of Washington students offered tips for how it can maintain its identity.
Aubri Denevan, Carrie Shepherd, Kim Lichttenegger and Yebin Zhou, members of a “Masters in Communications in Digital Media” program, were assigned the task of offering creative leadership to an area.
“At the beginning of the quarter, we were asked to give three problems we saw,” Lichttenegger said, adding that the students had to then identify recommendations to solve them. As a six-year resident of Issaquah, she saw a real opportunity to examine recommendations for the city. “Because I live in the lowlands, I work in Seattle and I commute up to the highlands, I’ve had a daily snapshot of all the building progress.”
February 4, 2014
Downtown wine walk returns for third season
One of the Downtown Issaquah Association’s main goals is getting more people to enjoy activities in the downtown corridor.
The association hit upon an idea that has grown in popularity and returns for its third season Feb. 7 — the Wine Walk Series.
The formula takes equal parts wine tastings, arts and crafts demonstrations and live music and blends them together for an adults-only crowd. DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said the combination has proven to be a success, filling a need in a section of the calendar left neglected in the past.
December 3, 2013
The Downtown Issaquah Association presents an evening of Christmas caroling from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E.
All ages are welcome to this family friendly event. Bring a ukulele or just yourself and be prepared to sing classics such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas” and more.
Fred Hopkins, city of Issaquah arts commissioner, will lead the singing.
November 26, 2013
Shoppers this holiday season are being asked to join the nation in paying tribute to local venues when purchasing gifts for family and friends.
Several locations throughout Issaquah will participate in the national Small Business Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 30.
In a bit of serendipity, shopping options this year include the new Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands and Gilman Village celebrating its 40th anniversary. The two locations are in addition to the shops in the downtown corridor.
November 26, 2013
Shop Small, Shop Local comes to Issaquah
We have all heard the hype surrounding Black Friday, when big box retailers roll out their lowest sale prices of the year to kick off the holiday shopping season. And then there is Cyber Monday, the big day for online shopping orders.
But Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize the storefronts right in their own hometowns.
Building on the theme of Small Business Saturday, initiated by American Express in 2010, the catchier phrase Shop Small has become a nationwide movement. The Downtown Issaquah Association adopted the movement to get things rolling here, literally.
November 12, 2013
Issaquah’s Gilman Village will celebrate its 40th anniversary in style.
The city landmark hosts the Gilman Village Wine Walk from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 21. Participants can taste products from small local wineries while visiting shops and restaurants in the village. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event.
The Issaquah community has already begun to get excited about the event, sponsored by the Downtown Issaquah Association.
October 29, 2013
October 22, 2013
In 2009, citizens dining in downtown Issaquah spotted a handful of zombies shambling down Front Street. Since then, the group founded by Tom Gotuzzo has grown into a horde and added a few dance moves to the annual event.
The fourth annual Zombie Walk returns to Issaquah from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said all ages of creepers are invited to join the horde.
Become a member of the zombie horde by meeting at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N. Come already dressed or get help being made up and join in on a practice run through of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance moves.
October 22, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 22, 2013
The Downtown Issaquah Association will decorate downtown with lights in celebration of the holidays and is looking for donations to its holiday lighting fund.
As a contributor, you will be able to deduct 75 percent of your donation from your state B&O tax, according to a news release from the association. Other tax benefits may apply.
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.