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.
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.