Recycled crayon business embodies Earth Day message

April 15, 2014

Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons.

The vibrant coloring tools undoubtedly lived a life of usefulness at one point, but rather than letting them sit on a shelf reminiscing about the good old days of elementary school, or letting them rot in a landfill, Wong is turning them in to something environmentally friendly and beautiful.

Wacky Crayons takes used crayons, melts them down and, using food-grade molds, crafts new, multicolored drawing tools in various shapes and sizes.

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage. At left, Wacky Crayons come in fully compostable packaging and include a variety of shapes, from flowers to the Millennium Falcon. Photos By Christina Corrales-Toy

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage.
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“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.

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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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Editorial

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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Gilman Village celebrates 40th anniversary

November 5, 2013

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Gilman Village is partnering with CleanScapes to present a shopping experience for ladies from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 8.

In addition to discounts, shops will have special experiences including:

  • Flat Iron Grill — 2-6 p.m., special Happy Hour pricing, featuring a “Gilman Girl” prosecco cocktail.
  • Pelage — 4-7 p.m., live demonstrations of the latest laser hair removal technology and drawings every 30 minutes for services and products

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Swap kids’ Halloween costumes

September 17, 2013

A trio of local businesses are partnering with Macaroni Kid to celebrate National Costume Swap Day on Oct. 12.

Families are encouraged to bring gently used children’s costumes to Gilman Village businesses Small Threads for Kids or CleanScapes Store between now and Oct. 11.

In exchange, families will receive a swap ticket to be used from 8-10 a.m. Oct. 12 at Small Threads for Kids. There, children can peruse the selection for a different costume.

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City of Issaquah presents Feet First tours of downtown

August 27, 2013

Residents and the city of Issaquah are partnering with Feet First to create a series of fun neighborhood walks intended to motivate people who live, work and play in Issaquah to explore their environment, share their observations and encourage people to walk more.

Trained neighborhood ambassadors will facilitate walks and conversation to highlight what they love about their community, and how they can make their neighborhood safer, easier and more inviting to walk in. Information will be collected and incorporated into the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan.

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Bike Rodeo comes to Gilman Village

April 30, 2013

CleanScapes will host a Kids Bike Rodeo at its Gilman Village retail store and customer service center May 11.

The Kids Bike Rodeo will be held at the CleanScapes retail store in Gilman Village, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more at cleanscapes.com/news/kids_bike_rodeo.

The event, held during National Bike to Work Month, provides children with an opportunity to learn about bike safety and maintenance, according to a CleanScapes press release. The Issaquah Police Department is providing a limited number of youth bike helmets, and staff from Bike Works and Compass Outdoor Adventure will be on hand to demonstrate bike handling and how to fix flat tires.

The Kids Bike Rodeo will also include a treasure hunt by bike.

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Beat blues with brews at Gilman Village

February 5, 2013

There is a solution to chase away the doldrums of a rainy, cool Issaquah winter, and if the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is correct, it comes pouring from your favorite wine or pilsner glass.

The chamber will host its inaugural Beat the Winter Brews Fest, complete with spirit, beer and wine tastings, food and music, all scattered along the storefronts and boardwalk of Gilman Village on Feb. 26.

“We were looking to do something in the winter, when people are saying there is nothing to do, and we came up with this unique adult-friendly event,” said Robin Kelley, director of festivals for chamber.

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CleanScapes accepts computers, electronics for recycling

February 5, 2013

 NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2013

CleanScapes is accepting unwanted computers and electronics for donation at the company’s Gilman Village store.

Through a partnership between CleanScapes and Seattle-based nonprofit organization InterConnection, residents can drop off old electronics at 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Each donation is tax-deductible and benefits InterConnection’s technology access programs.

InterConnection then collects the materials and erases the computer hard drives using U.S. Department of Defense protocol. Reusable computers then get refurbished and recycled to nonprofit organizations for use.

InterConnection refurbishes and reuses more than half of the computers it receives. The organization’s refurbished laptops, tablets and desktops benefitted more than 800 nonprofit organizations nationwide and helped thousands of low-income families and students in the Puget Sound area last year.

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