May 27, 2014
The city’s ban on plastic bags kicks in July 1 for small businesses.
The ban — passed by the Issaquah City Council in 2012 — went into effect for businesses over 7,500 square feet on March 1 the following year. The council staggered the roll-out of the prohibition, giving other businesses another year before they were expected to comply.
The ban will prohibit stores from providing customers with single-use plastic bags and require a minimum 5-cent charge for paper bags.
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.
“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.