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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
August 6, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 24, 2012
- Issaquah is founded as Gilman. The city is named for railroad baron Daniel Hunt Gilman.
- The postmaster called for mail sent to Gilman to be addressed to Olney, Wash., to avoid confusion between Gilman and Gilmer, another city in the state.
- Townsfolk start calling the frontier town Issaquah, or “the sound of water birds” in the language of the American Indians native to the region.
- State lawmakers approve official name change from Gilman to Issaquah.
- Wilbur W. Sylvester founds the Bank of Issaquah in a clapboard building.
April 3, 2012
Questions about ground beef fly more often across the counter at Fischer Meats since the issue of “lean finely textured beef” — more recognizable by the headline-grabbing nickname “pink slime” — captured the media zeitgeist late last month.
“I’ve probably had a half a dozen people that have mentioned it and said, ‘We’ll never buy ground beef in the grocery store again because of that,” owner Chris Chiechi said April 2. “We have been selling a little more ground beef in the last month. I wouldn’t call it a huge impact.”
Fischer Meats does not use the additive.
The product is made from beef trimmings treated in ammonium hydroxide to eliminate pathogens. The additive is used in ground beef and beef-based products.