Car show, Make Music Day are both June 21

June 17, 2015

Sometimes, the stars align to bring together two things to make one memorable union, from love-struck youths Romeo and Juliet to food pairings surf and turf.

Issaquah residents will be the beneficiary of a quirk of the calendar, when two of the Downtown Issaquah Association’s biggest events of the year fall on the same day.

The car show Fenders on Front Street is always on Father’s Day, which just so happens to fall on June 21, the same date for the annual Music Day.

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Participate in Kids Toy Swap at Recology CleanScapes store

June 9, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 9, 2015

Families can donate toys through June 26 for the Recology CleanScapes Toy Swap, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 27 at 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 22, in Gilman Village.

The event provides families an opportunity to bring in unwanted toys in good condition (no stuffed animals, please) and receive a donation ticket for each toy donated.

On June 27, all children with donation tickets can come to the Toy Swap and pick up toys with their tickets. All unclaimed toys will be donated to the Issaquah Food Bank and Eastside Baby Corner.

Learn more at www.cleanscapes.com/news/toy_swap_2015.

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Commission studies anchor development in central area

April 21, 2015

Adopted in late 2012, the Central Issaquah Plan has been described as a long-term vision for the city that would bring about a dense urban core, a mix of residential and commercial development.

While a few projects are already underway, at the behest of the Issaquah City Council, the city Economic Vitality Commission has identified a number of locations and issues that eventually could receive some extra attention from the city leading to development of anchor projects within the plan area. Regarding the development sites, that extra attention will likely consist of some form of economic incentive.

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Beat the winter blues with winter brews Feb. 27

February 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 26, 2015

The Beat the Winter Brews Fest is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Gilman Village, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Possibly because of the close loss of the Seattle Seahawks in the Big Game, the winter blues seem to be extra potent this year. Luckily, according to the sponsoring Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, there is an antidote in the form of beer, wine and spirits in a festive indoor/outdoor setting.

Bring on the nasty weather, promoters say, dress warm and help your friends and neighbors toast the warmer, drier days to come.

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Let Tantalus take you on a culinary cruise to Greece

February 3, 2015

The Issaquah dining scene has quite the selection of international flair, covering the standard in Italian, Chinese and Mexican. But if you’re craving a little Mediterranean cuisine, your choices are limited.

By Greg Farrar The Olympus Plate at Tantalus offers a wide variety of Greek standards from the restaurant’s menu.

By Greg Farrar
The Olympus Plate at Tantalus offers a wide variety of Greek standards from the restaurant’s menu.

Luckily, you can’t go wrong with The Tantalus Restaurant in Gilman Village, which features a menu of Greek standards.

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Garbage service rates will increase Jan. 1

December 28, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 28, 2014

Recology CleanScapes is planning a rate adjustment for its customers.

The rate adjustment, effective Jan. 1, stems from an increase in the Consumer Price Index and other fees.

Issaquah customers can expect to see a small rate increase on their January bills. Learn more about rates in Recology CleanScapes’ service guides for Apartments and Condominiums, Commercial and Residential.

Learn more about Recology CleanScapes services by calling 837-1234, clicking here or visiting the Gilman Village store and service center, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. 22.

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Saint Lucia Day at Gilman Village

December 16, 2014

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Opening the Archives

December 9, 2014

2002.027.011 Riders on the Issaquah Valley Trolley Inaugural Run, 2001 p121, #191 Arcadia book caption: Various dignitaries attended the Issaquah Valley Trolley’s inaugural run on April 30th, 2001. These included King County Executive Ron Sims (left-hand seat, third from front), Issaquah’s Chief of Police Dag Garrison (standing at back of car, in sunglasses) and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger (across the aisle from Sims). The trolley runs from the depot to the Issaquah Visitor’s Center; in the future, the Issaquah Historical Society hopes the trolley will continue to points beyond. Actually, as of 2012, the trolley itself is in the process of being restored. It is anticipated that it will eventually run between the Depot and Gilman Village.

2002.027.011
Riders on the Issaquah Valley Trolley Inaugural Run, 2001
p121, #191 Arcadia book caption:
Various dignitaries attended the Issaquah Valley Trolley’s inaugural run on April 30th, 2001. These included King County Executive Ron Sims (left-hand seat, third from front), Issaquah’s Chief of Police Dag Garrison (standing at back of car, in sunglasses) and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger (across the aisle from Sims). The trolley runs from the depot to the Issaquah Visitor’s Center; in the future, the Issaquah Historical Society hopes the trolley will continue to points beyond. Actually, as of 2012, the trolley itself is in the process of being restored. It is anticipated that it will eventually run between the Depot and Gilman Village.

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Editorial — Shopping local helps you in the long run

November 25, 2014

The weekend after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping weekend of the year, and many small businesses rely on the holiday shopping period to ensure a successful year on the books, according to the federal Small Business Administration.

That’s why the day is known as Black Friday, because heavy sales often move a business from out of the red financially into the black.

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Downtown association’s Shop Small program connects the community

November 25, 2014

“You get out and support your community, the dollars stay local and you find unique items you won’t find elsewhere,” said Karen Donovan, chairwoman of the Downtown Issaquah Association.

Inside her White Horse Toys in Gilman Village, owner Debra Lewis said there are mass-market products and there are specialty markets.

“We try to stick with the specialty items,” she said, adding that bigger chain stores or online retailers can’t match her in terms of customer service and overall shopping experience.

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