Popular Wine Walk adds Author Fest

April 28, 2015

The fourth annual Downtown Issaquah Association Wine Walk series continues May 1.

The association’s first Friday event is from 6-9 p.m. and features samples of regional vintners, live music, art exhibits and demonstrations, and snacks, all within easy walking distance along Front Street.

This month, the association is collaborating with the Issaquah Library and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association for the first annual Author Fest. The new feature kicks off in the library meeting room with the following schedule: Read more

Wine Walk series continues April 3

April 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 2, 2015

The fourth annual Downtown Issaquah Association Wine Walk series continues April 3.

The DIA’s first Friday event is from 6-9 p.m. and, in addition to samples of regional vintners, features live music, art exhibits and demonstrations, and snacks, all within easy walking distance along Front Street.

The venues this month participating are artbyfire Glass Blowing Studio, Illuminate, artEAST Art Center,  First Stage Theatre, Pelage Spa, Fischer Meats, So There, Coho Computer, Run Pretty Far, Uphill Running and Uswirl.

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Issaquah Wine Walk has live music, lively boutiques

March 3, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s first Friday Wine Walk returns for its second week of 2015 on March 6.

Support the local community with live music, art happenings, snacks and local boutique wines poured in several destinations along Front Street.

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Issaquah Wine Walk returns tonight

February 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 6, 2015

Cheers! You are hereby invited to the Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk Series.

The monthly events return from 6-9 p.m. the first Friday of the month between February and May.

The first Wine Walk of the year is tonight. Future dates are March 6, April 3 and May 1.

“It’s just a nice Friday night out,” said Karen Donovan, executive director of Wine Walk sponsor the Downtown Issaquah Association.

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ArtWalk returns June 6 to downtown

June 3, 2014

Who says 13 is unlucky?

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual ArtWalk returns June 6 for its 13th season, after having successfully transformed the city’s main corridor into the Eastside’s premier arts destination.

Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said ArtWalk remains as popular as ever after 13 years.

By Greg Farrar A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

“It’s just a great place for families to come down to check out the art and the live music, and kids activities with painting,” she said.

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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.

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August 6, 2012

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Cash mob shoppers needed to purchase school supplies

July 24, 2012

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is directing its next cash mob efforts to help needy students within the Issaquah School District acquire school supplies.

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ArtWalk returns to downtown Issaquah on July 6

July 3, 2012

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s next ArtWalk is from 5-8 p.m. July 6.

Stroll the various businesses that host local and regional artists, including Artists in Action at the artEAST Artist Alley, and a wood carver at the historic Shell Station. ArtWalk venues include artbyfire, Centennial Park, Confetti Cupcake, Christian Science Reading Room, Eastside Audiology, Experience Tea, Fischer Meats, Hailstone Feed Store, Illuminate, Issaquah Valley Senior Center, Issaquah Library, Mills Music, Museo Art Academy, Opus Bank and Thrive.

Scattered along the walking route are musical acts, including Acoustic Couti, Sold Only As Curio and the Kaleidoscope School of Music.

Event maps will be available in front of the library, 10 W. Sunset Way, and the historic Shell station, 232 Front St. N.

To accommodate the ArtWalk, Northwest Alder Place will be closed from First Place Northwest to Front Street from noon to 10 p.m.

Learn more at www.downtownissaquah.com.

Next Issaquah cash mob to descend on Fischer Meats

June 19, 2012

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders have asked merchants and shoppers to prepare for another cash mob.

The event is planned to occur at Fischer Meats, 85 Front St. N., at 4 p.m. June 21, as part of National Small Business Week.

In a cash mob, a group of people descends on a business to buy, buy, buy. The destination is revealed through social media services. Then, the mob pops up at the business to browse and shop.

The organizers — Young Issaquah Professionals, or YIPPIES, 20- and 30-something business leaders in the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce — modeled the cash mob on similar events in other locales.

Learn more about the cash mobs at www.facebook.com/CashMobIssaquah and www.facebook.com/YoungIssaquahProfessionals.

Organizers said most participants spend about $20 apiece, but any amount is acceptable.

The inaugural cash mob in Issaquah unfolded last month at Gilman Village merchant Lucky You. Mobbers purchased almost $3,000 in merchandise. The next cash mob occurred at Sisters Antiques.

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