Donate to fund new downtown flower baskets

February 18, 2014

With the help of community donations, the Downtown Issaquah Association was able to bring back flower baskets to downtown last year. Donations directly affect how many baskets can be purchased.

“These beautiful baskets have been a delightful addition to our downtown throughout the years,” the association said in a news release. “Our goal for this year is $10,000 to fund 40 baskets. This cannot happen without your support.”

File Greg Spranger installs a banner on a Front Street lamppost in 2002 to complement the hanging flower baskets at the Mercantile Building. The Downtown Issaquah Association brought them back last year.

File
Greg Spranger installs a banner on a Front Street lamppost in 2002 to complement the hanging flower baskets at the Mercantile Building. The Downtown Issaquah Association brought them back last year.

There are three ways people can participate:

$1,000 donation — Receive a banner placard 24-by-16 with your logo on it to hang on Front Street. The donor will be recognized in a thank you press release and on the DIA website. The association will send a Mother’s Day card to the donor’s mother of choice.

Read more

Downtown Issaquah First Friday Wine Walk / Feb. 7, 2014

February 14, 2014

UW students offer Issaquah ways to preserve identity

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.”

Read more

Perambulation of the oenophiles

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.

By Greg Farrar Wine steward Troy Etley (left) pours a Columbia Valley merlot from Lodmell Cellars for local Issaquah resident Dan Menser in 2012, as visitors on Front Street enjoyed wine tastings, snacks and live music during the Downtown Issaquah Association’s inaugural Wine Walk. The annual event is now in its third year.

By Greg Farrar
Wine steward Troy Etley (left) pours a Columbia Valley merlot from Lodmell Cellars for local Issaquah resident Dan Menser in 2012, as visitors on Front Street enjoyed wine tastings, snacks and live music during the Downtown Issaquah Association’s inaugural Wine Walk. The annual event is now in its third year.

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.

Read more

Join a night of caroling in downtown

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.

Shop small businesses Saturday

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.

Read more

Editorial

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.

Read more

Gilman Village celebrates 40 years with Wine Walk

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.

Read more

Downtown Zombie Walk / Oct. 26, 2013

October 29, 2013

Zombie hordes happen

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.

Read more

« Previous PageNext Page »