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.
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.
November 18, 2014
Help light up downtown and some key spots around downtown (and get a free lunch) at the annual holiday light-hanging party beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 22.
The event, sponsored by the Downtown Issaquah Association, starts at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.
October 23, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 23, 2014
Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Gilman Village Wine Walk.
The event, from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20 at 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., features live music from the Dave Card Trio, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations throughout Gilman Village shops.
Advance tickets are $25 and available here or $30 the day of the event. Admission includes 10 one-ounce drink tokens.
The wine walk is for ages 21 and older only.
October 21, 2014
The problem with so many family restaurants is how commercialized they have become, from Applebee’s and TGI Fridays to Red Robin and Denny’s.
That’s why Herfy’s was such a pleasant discovery.
No pretensions, no waitresses singing a customized happy birthday song to a slightly embarrassed group of diners, just a large menu full of delicious food.
July 1, 2014
The Recology Clean- Scapes store in Gilman Village is hosting a toy swap.
Bring your gently used toys to the Recology CleanScapes store before July 25 and receive one ticket for each donated toy.
Bring tickets(s) in July 26 and swap them for a “new-to-you toy.” (Size restrictions apply. No stuffed animals please.)
Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 392-0285 or learn more here.
June 10, 2014
Close down an entire city street, line up vintage rides from end to end and pack the sidewalks with classic car aficionados, and you get one of downtown’s most popular events — Fenders on Front Street.
The annual car show, hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association, returns for its ninth year June 15, bigger than ever. Executive Director Karen Donovan said the show set an attendance record last year with about 10,000 visitors.
Unlike specific car shows, anyone with a classic ride may register to sign their car up, even the day of the event. Donovan said they may have to cut off signups by 11 a.m., depending upon the number of participants. Go to www.fendersonfrontstreet.com/registration to learn more about signing up.
June 10, 2014
Someone has to make music and it might as well be the whole community.
For the second year in a row, the Downtown Issaquah Association will lead the city to join the rest of the world in International Music Day on June 21. With festivities highlighting the talents of the community, the day will offer plenty of opportunities to listen to and make music.
“It’s going to be pretty significant,” DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said. “We’re going to have over 25 bands in seven outdoor locations, four regular venues and six nontraditional spots.”
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.