Macky’s Dim Sum is shut down again for health violations

December 11, 2012

NEW — 3 p.m. Dec. 11, 2012

Public Health – Seattle & King County closed Issaquah restaurant Macky’s Dim Sum for health violations again Monday after a similar shutdown in October.

Health officials cited the restaurant for keeping potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures, improper cooling of potentially hazardous food, inadequate facilities to control temperatures for potentially hazardous food, and failure to correct repeated violations.

The agency shut down the restaurant at 3:40 p.m. Monday, and the eatery remains closed.

Public Health – Seattle & King inspectors often issue warnings to restaurant owners before a closure is ordered.

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Santa Claus collects gifts at charity-focused cash mob

November 27, 2012

Al Krush returns as Santa Claus for a charity-focused cash mob Dec. 5 at Gilman Village’s White Horse Toys. File

Santa Claus is coming to town — to a cash mob, to be exact.

The next cash mob is due to descend on Gilman Village’s White Horse Toys on Dec. 5, just in time for the pre-Christmas rush. The event is meant to reflect the holiday spirit, because organizers asked cash mob participants to purchase something for themselves, and something extra for charity.

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 20- and 30-something business leaders in the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce — Young Issaquah Professionals, or YIPPIES for short — modeled the cash mob on similar events elsewhere.

The concept for the upcoming cash mob is BOGO — buy one, give one — and customers can donate toys to the Wounded Warrior Project. The toys then go to children of military personnel killed or wounded in action.

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Santa Claus is coming to town for photos

November 27, 2012

Take photos and meet Santa Claus through Christmas at popular locations.

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Maria Cantwell discusses jobs, stumps for votes in Gilman Village

November 13, 2012

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell focused on the economy and education during a campaign stop at Issaquah’s Gilman Village early Nov. 2, and urged voters to return ballots by the Election Day deadline.

Maria Cantwell

Cantwell’s 26-city “Jobs for Washington” bus tour across the state stopped at the Issaquah Coffee Co. In remarks to a group of sign-toting Democrats and local dignitaries, she emphasized efforts to aid small businesses since the economy collapsed in 2008.

“In my opinion, a lot of money went to Wall Street and the five big banks, and Main Street got the short end of the stick,” she said. “Well, we worked hard to try to correct that by passing a new bill to help support community banks who would lend to small business. In fact, that program helped banks from Issaquah to Bellingham increase their lending to small businesses by as much as 24 percent.”

Cantwell said Eastside residents — and a workforce defined by Boeing engineers and Microsoft programmers — value quality education.

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Maria Cantwell discusses jobs at Issaquah campaign stop

November 2, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 2012

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell focused on the economy and education during a campaign stop at Issaquah’s Gilman Village early Friday, and urged voters to return ballots by the Tuesday deadline.

Maria Cantwell

Cantwell’s 26-city “Jobs for Washington” bus tour across the state stopped at the Issaquah Coffee Co. In remarks to a group of sign-toting supporters and local dignitaries, she emphasized efforts to aid small businesses since the economy collapsed in 2008.

“In my opinion, a lot of money went to Wall Street and the five big banks, and Main Street got the short end of the stick,” she said. “Well, we worked hard to try to correct that by passing a new bill to help support community banks who would lend to small business. In fact, that program helped banks from Issaquah to Bellingham increase their lending to small businesses by as much as 24 percent.”

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Halloween happenings abound in Issaquah, nearby

October 23, 2012

Revelers explore a hay maze during the 2009 Green Halloween Festival. File

Enciso Family Farm, featuring you-pick pumpkins and fresh Christmas trees; an old country store with snacks, cozy fireplace and a selection of specialty gourds and pumpkins; a barn from the 1800s; tractors from past and present; and more, 19417 196th Ave. S.E., Renton, 206-595-5845

Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Tree Farm, featuring pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, open daily through Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 14237 228th Ave. S.E., www.trinitytreefarm.com

Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Oct. 24-31, Beaver Lake Park, Southeast 24th Street, Sammamish; The family scare runs from 7-7:45 p.m. nightly. The full scare runs from 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $10 per person for a family scare; $16 per person for a full scare. Donate a can of food and receive a $1 discount on tickets. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.nightmareatbeaverlake.com.

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The White Board co-working center opens soon

October 23, 2012

The White Board, a co-working center, opens in Issaquah on Nov. 1.

The concept of co-working provides workspace in an open room without private offices, to encourage collaboration and community. The White Board’s co-working environment is designed to offer an alternative to the seclusion and distractions of working at home or a coffee shop.

Located in Gilman Village above The Flat Iron Grill, in Suite 29, White Board features 1,700 square feet of space with an open area for private desks and tables, and another area for casual seating for meetings and conversation.

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Macky’s Dim Sum closed for health violations

October 9, 2012

Public Health – Seattle & King County briefly closed Issaquah restaurant Macky’s Dim Sum last week for a series of health violations.

Health officials cited the restaurant for hand-washing facilities, foods not protected from cross contamination, improper cooling of potentially hazardous food, potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures and failure to adhere to the approved risk control plan.

Hilary Karasz, a spokeswoman for Public Health – Seattle & King, said agency inspectors often issue warnings to restaurant owners before a closure is ordered.

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Macky’s Dim Sum in Issaquah is closed for health violations

October 3, 2012

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Oct. 3, 2012

Public Health – Seattle & King County closed Issaquah restaurant Macky’s Dim Sum on Tuesday for a series of health violations.

Health officials cited the restaurant for handwashing facilities, foods not protected from cross contamination, improper cooling of potentially hazardous food, potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures and failure to adhere to the approved risk control plan.

The agency closed the restaurant, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. 43, at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The reasons for closing a food establishment can vary, and include such issues as failure to follow the permit process and unsafe food handling.

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CleanScapes opens Gilman Village store

September 25, 2012

The garbage hauler for most Issaquah neighborhoods, Seattle-based CleanScapes, is also a tenant at Gilman Village.

CleanScapes renovated a space in the iconic retail center for a customer service center and store. CleanScapes President Chris Martin and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger cut the ribbon on the facility Sept. 21.

Customers can stop at the center — 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. 22 — to ask questions about service and drop off difficult-to-recycle items, such as cellphones.

CleanScapes also offers items meant to help consumers reduce waste — such as stainless-steel water bottles and cloth diapers — and products made from recycled materials, including a bike messenger bag fashioned from inner tubes.

The company started garbage and recycling service in Issaquah on July 1.

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