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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Help fund downtown Issaquah holiday lights campaign

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.

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DIA qualifies for tax program

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.

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Donated flower baskets will brighten 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.



Help bring flower baskets back to downtown

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.

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