The Grange hosts next Issaquah Chamber of Commerce cash mob

October 23, 2012

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s next cash mob is at noon, Oct. 25 at The Grange, 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

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 — held earlier cash mobs at Sisters Antiques and Fischer Meats.

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Experience 40 years of Issaquah History Museums milestones

October 9, 2012

In 40 years, the Issaquah History Museums has experienced numerous milestones.

  • 1972 — Issaquah Historical Society is founded.
  • 1972 — Issaquah Historical Society leases Gilman Town Hall from city.
  • 1973 — Gilman Town Hall opens as organization’s historical center.
  • 1983 — Society negotiates purchase of Issaquah Train Depot from city.
  • 1985 — Ground is broken on depot restoration project.
  • 1985 — Work on Gilman Town Hall remodel starts.
  • 1989 — Weyerhaeuser Corp. donates caboose to the organization.
  • 1992 — Issaquah Train Depot is added to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 2004 — Issaquah Historical Society changes name to Issaquah History Museums.
  • 2005 — Puget Sound Energy donates historic Alexander House to the museums. The organization later donates the building to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce for offices.
  • 2006 — Museums’ oral history project captures the stories and memories of about 25 narrators.
  • 2012 — Refurbished Issaquah Valley Trolley Project streetcar returns to Issaquah for service.

Issaquah residents recall Seattle World’s Fair as 50th anniversary of closing approaches

October 2, 2012

Ron Blyth and Beverly Blyth Huntington show off the pop-up souvenir their family produced for the 1962 World’s Fair. By Greg Farrar

In the heady months from April to October 1962, more celebrities visited the Century 21 Exposition than “The Tonight Show” couch.

The boldface names — Walt Disney, George Burns, John Glenn and dozens more — trekked to Seattle to gape at the Space Needle, ride the Bubbleator and snack on a Belgian waffle. Even Lassie came to the fair.

In the hubbub, longtime Issaquah resident Kaaren Mathiesen sold souvenirs at the fair from a booth near the Food Circus, a global food court and a nucleus of activity.

Funnywoman Carol Channing stopped at the booth to purchase a postcard and on another day Mathiesen sold Liberace a giant postcard to send to his brother.

“I kept very calm, cool and collected, but I sure smiled a lot,” she said in a recent interview.

The fair ran 50 years ago, from April 21 to Oct. 21, and by the end, Mathiesen and other local residents involved in the once-in-a-lifetime event said the Century 21 Exposition reshaped the region.

“It brought people to the realization that Seattle was no longer a little fishing village,” she said. “It put us on the map.”

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Salmon Days Festival returns to downtown Issaquah

October 2, 2012

A chinook tries to surmount the weir Sept. 28 at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. By Greg Farrar

The ode to salmon migration, Issaquah’s iconic Salmon Days Festival, returns to downtown Issaquah on Oct. 6-7.

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Local legislative candidates join chambers’ forum

October 2, 2012

Voters can hear from candidates for the state House of Representatives and Senate on Oct. 9 at a forum organized by the Issaquah and Sammamish chambers of commerce.

The lineup includes the contenders for a 5th Legislative District House seat — Republican Chad Magendanz and Democrat David Spring — and the Senate seat — Democrat Mark Mullet and Republican Brad Toft.

The candidates in the 41st Legislative District, state Rep. Marcie Maxwell, D-Renton, and Issaquah Republican Tim Eaves — plus state Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, and Mercer Island Democrat Maureen Judge — also plan to attend.

State Rep. Jay Rodne, R-North Bend, the uncontested candidate for the other House seat in the district, is also expected to attend.

The forum is from 3:30-5 p.m. at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. Organizers plan to focus on business and economic issues.

City seeks tourism grant applicants

October 2, 2012

The committee responsible for doling out lodging tax dollars for tourism projects and programs is accepting grant applications.

The municipal Lodging Tax Advisory Committee plans to distribute about $85,000 in 2013. Past recipients include the Issaquah Visitor’s Center, Issaquah History Museums and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Festivals Office.

The 1 percent lodging tax is collected by three hotels and motels. Under state law, revenue can only be used to pay all or any part of tourism promotion, acquisition of tourism-related facilities or the operation of tourism-related facilities.

Find the application on the city’s website, The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. Oct. 22.

Contact city Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner at 837-3424 or

Salmon Days Festival volunteer sign-up party is Sept. 12

September 11, 2012

Salmon Days Festival organizers need a phalanx of volunteers to offer directions to festivalgoers, sell souvenirs, drive a shuttle bus and, importantly, clean up after the event concludes.

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Issaquah Chamber of Commerce hosts technology SMACKDOWN

September 11, 2012

As a part of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s “Business University” program, Technology SMACKDOWN will provide local community members and business owners with quick tips, tools and apps to help with all aspects of business operations.

“Four technology experts will offer up their top technology apps that you must know about,” said Matt Bott, chamber CEO. “These tools are free or low-cost ways to improve your productivity, your marketing and your businesses’ bottom line. Plus, they are just pretty darn cool apps to know about in the marketplace.”

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Splash!Mob launches Salmon Days Festival fun

September 7, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Sept. 7, 2012

Salmon Days Festival fun started almost a month early Friday, as organizers launched a community game in the run-up to the annual event.

Splash!Mob: The Ultimate Salmon Quest is a scavenger hunt-style game held throughout Issaquah, festival and Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders announced.

Participants search for specially decorated “spawning salmon” at businesses and landmarks. The game ends Oct. 7, during the festival.

The game card is available at the Issaquah Visitors Information Centers, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd., in The Issaquah Press and 24 businesses and locations throughout Issaquah. Or, find the Splash!Mob card at the Salmon Days website.

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Salmon Days Festival debuts Splash!Mob

September 4, 2012

The Salmon Days Festival and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce recently launched Splash!Mob: The Ultimate Salmon Quest, a new, local and interactive community game.

The free scavenger hunt will be held throughout Issaquah and is open to all ages.

Participants will be tasked to search for specially decorated “spawning salmon” located at various local businesses and community landmarks. The game runs from Sept. 7 through Oct. 7, with a $1,000 value grand prize and a $400 value second-prize winner, drawn Oct. 7 at Salmon Days.

Game cards will be available Sept. 7 at the Issaquah Visitors Information Center, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at and at various participating businesses and locations around Issaquah.

Find more information, game details and the Ohfishal Game Card at

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