CleanScapes prepares to start Issaquah garbage service

May 29, 2012

Customers can expect to see green-and-orange CleanScapes garbage trucks along Issaquah streets after July 1 and, in the meantime, postcards from the company in mailboxes.

The next hauler for Issaquah garbage launched a community outreach campaign in recent days, as the city prepares to change from Waste Management to CleanScapes. The effort is meant to inform residents about options for curbside recycling and cart sizes and, for about 1,000 customers, a collection day change.

The changeover affects most Issaquah customers. Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — hauls garbage in South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish.

In October, City Council members selected Seattle-based CleanScapes to haul Issaquah garbage from July 2012 until June 2019.

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Sisters Antiques is destination for Issaquah cash mob

May 17, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. May 17, 2012

Sisters Antiques is the destination for the next Issaquah cash mob, organizers announced Wednesday.

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 action is due to unfold at Sisters Antiques, 615 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at 4 p.m. May 23.

The organizers — Young Issaquah Professionals, or YIPPIES, 20- and 30-something business leaders in the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce — modeled the cash mob on similar events in other locales.

Organizers said most participants spend about $20 apiece, but any amount is acceptable.

The inaugural cash mob in Issaquah unfolded last month at Gilman Village merchant Lucky You. Mobbers purchased almost $3,000 in merchandise.

Get ready, set, shop for Young Issaquah Professionals cash mob

May 15, 2012

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders asked merchants and shoppers to prepare for another cash mob.

The event is planned to occur at a still-unknown business at 4 p.m. May 23, as part of National Small Business Week.

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

Learn the cash mob destination May 16 at www.facebook.com/CashMobIssaquah and www.facebook.com/YoungIssaquahProfessionals.

Organizers said most participants spend about $20 apiece, but any amount is acceptable.

The inaugural cash mob in Issaquah unfolded last month at Gilman Village merchant Lucky You. Mobbers purchased almost $3,000 in merchandise.

“We’ll be trying different times, days and locations for our mobs.” YIPPIES Chairwoman Audrey Slade said. “Moving this mob to an early evening start time, will hopefully allow more people to take part at the end of their workday.”

120 years of Issaquah

April 24, 2012

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1892

  • Issaquah is founded as Gilman. The city is named for railroad baron Daniel Hunt Gilman.

1893

  • The postmaster called for mail sent to Gilman to be addressed to Olney, Wash., to avoid confusion between Gilman and Gilmer, another city in the state.

1895

  • Townsfolk start calling the frontier town Issaquah, or “the sound of water birds” in the language of the American Indians native to the region.

1899

  • State lawmakers approve official name change from Gilman to Issaquah.

1900

  • Wilbur W. Sylvester founds the Bank of Issaquah in a clapboard building.

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Lucky You is lucky destination for inaugural Issaquah cash mob

April 12, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. April 12, 2012

Lucky You indeed.

Lucky You, a Gilman Village boutique, is the destination for the inaugural Issaquah cash mob, organizers announced Thursday.

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 action is due to unfold at Lucky You, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. 35, at 11 a.m. April 16.

The organizers — Young Issaquah Professionals, or YIPPIES, 20- and 30-something business leaders in the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce — modeled the cash mob on similar events in other locales.

Organizers said most participants spend about $20 apiece, but any amount is acceptable.

Issaquah designer Lizzie Parker is NBC ‘Fashion Star’

March 27, 2012

Lizzie Parker works in her Gilman Village clothing store as her English bulldog, Angus, sits on the wood floor next to a space heater. By Lillian Tucker

Lizzie Parker’s clothing shop is tucked away in Issaquah’s Gilman Village surrounded by wooden sidewalks and flowers sprouting out of weathered barrels. Inside, Angus, an English bulldog, lies on the wood floor looking up at the racks of clothes his owner designed and made herself.

Used to make herself, that is. Demand is far too great for the designer to handle on her own now that Parker’s line of modern knitwear gained national attention since NBC’s reality show “Fashion Star” premiered March 13.

Thus, Parker’s waxed jersey leggings, dresses, tops and asymmetrical jackets are all being put together in Los Angeles — a long commute for this Sammamish mother of two.

To get her designs for the show, Parker draws a pattern of what she envisions, and from that she sews and perfects a first sample. The sample is sent to Los Angeles, where Parker regularly travels to consult with everyone from the person who treats the jersey item — made from Parker’s fabric of choice — to the person who sews on the tag.

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Designer Lizzie Parker, Issaquah store owner, is NBC ‘Fashion Star’

March 14, 2012

'Fashion Star' contestant and designer Lizzie Parker reviews clothing at her eponymous Gilman Village store. By Lillian Tucker

NEW — 2 p.m. March 14, 2012

Lizzie Parker’s clothing shop is tucked away in Issaquah’s Gilman Village surrounded by wooden sidewalks and flowers sprouting out of weathered barrels. Inside, Angus, an English bulldog, lies on the wood floor looking up at the racks of clothes his owner designed and made herself.

Used to make herself, that is. Demand is far too great for the designer to handle on her own now that Parker’s line of modern knitwear is set to gain national attention since NBC’s reality show “Fashion Star” premiered Tuesday.

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The Farmhouse School moves into Gilman Village

February 14, 2012

The Farmhouse School recently moved into the former Wold farmhouse space in Gilman Village.

The Farmhouse is a new preschool learning environment where children are immersed in a discovery-based, Reggio Emilia-influenced curriculum. The goal at The Farmhouse School is to help each child develop lifelong joy in learning, belief in himself or herself, self-responsibility, drive to follow his or her passions, and a desire to contribute to his or her community.

The Farmhouse School is at 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 41. Call 391-4400 or go to www.thefarmhouseschool.org.

Teen actors examine faith in Village Theatre’s ‘Godspell’

January 3, 2012

Regan Morris (front row, third from the left), featured in ‘Turn Back O Man,’ sings during rehearsal with the ensemble in the Kidstage production of ‘Godspell.’ By Jean Johnson/Village Theatre

Months after professional actors re-imagined “Jesus Christ Superstar” on the Village Theatre Mainstage, teenage performers plan to raise the curtain soon on “Godspell” — a similar musical from the same era.

Both shows opened in 1971 and offered a contemporary — critics said blasphemous — perspective on the Gospels. In the years since, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Godspell” became rooted in pop culture.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” depicts the last days in Christ’s life. “Godspell” is structured as a series of parables.

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Take a holiday carriage ride at Gilman Village

December 6, 2011

Santa and free horse-drawn carriage rides are coming to Gilman Village.

The Gilman Village Merchants and Cascade Team Real Estate are the primary sponsors for a holiday happening from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 10 at St. George’s Square in Gilman Village, 355 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

The event, co-sponsored by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, features free horse-drawn carriage rides and the chance to visit Santa’s Gilman Workshop, Chamber CEO Matt Bott said.

While at the workshop, visitors can have a free picture taken with Santa himself, according to information released by the Cascade Team. Free coffee and hot chocolate also will be available.

Visitors are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to support Santa’s efforts with the Childhood Cancer Care Line. Cash donations to the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund also will be accepted.

Other sponsors include Extraordinary Mama and the Issaquah Coffee Co.

Learn more at www.thecascadeteam.com.

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