RAM Restaurant & Brewery opens Sept. 30

September 24, 2013

The Issaquah Highlands’ RAM Restaurant & Brewery will open its doors to customers Sept. 30.

Known for legendary hand-crafted burgers and award-winning craft beers, the newest restaurant is at 965 N.E. Park Drive.

The company’s 11th Puget Sound location will span more than 6,500 square feet, and accommodate seating for 260 diners.

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BevMo! opens Issaquah Highlands store Sept. 27

September 24, 2013

BevMo!, a specialty beverage retailer, will open its Issaquah Highlands store Sept. 27.

The first 500 people lined up prior to the store’s 9 a.m. opening will receive a gift bag filled with store products worth $50.

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Swedish development agreement revised

September 24, 2013

Economic Development Director Keith Niven presented a revised Swedish Hospital development agreement to the City Council Land & Shore Committee Sept. 10.

Over the past six months, the city has worked with the hospital on an agreement for Swedish to expand into the 10 acres north of its existing location. Specifically, Swedish wishes to include a number of medical-related service providers, such as physical therapists and additional staff offices within the proposed development. In the draft agreement, the hospital also included a number of sky bridges it would build, connecting the buildings.

Because the Issaquah Highlands’ development agreement expires in 2017, it may not be enough time for Swedish to build the project. The city has moved quickly to come up with a new contract.

Niven said that the council hoped to approve the agreement by the end of October. The revised agreement can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1gTCE4F.

 

 

Grand Ridge Plaza brings jobs to city

September 24, 2013

As Grand Ridge Plaza construction begins to open new stores, many jobs have become available. Stores are advertising for positions, leading to a prospective growth of jobs in Issaquah.

Though it could not give exact numbers, the city’s Economic Development Department said that an estimated 300 to 400 new jobs were expected to be created from Grand Ridge Plaza. It did not have information on how many would be part-time or full-time employees.

 

 

Co-founder stops by Ben & Jerry’s

September 17, 2013

Jerry Greenfield, the titular co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, stopped by the Issaquah Highlands Sept. 13 to share his support for labeling genetically modified foods.

Hosted by State Sen. Mark Mullet, who owns a Ben & Jerry’s franchise on 10th Avenue Northeast, Greenfield showed up to lead an event bringing attention to state Initiative 552, which would mandate food producers to label genetically modified foods if passed on the November ballot.

By Greg Farrar Jerry Greenfield (second from left), co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, poses Sept. 13 with Sabath and husband State Sen. Mark Mullet with daughters Penelope, 3, and Caroline, 4, during the I-552 event at Mullet’s Issaquah Highlands franchise.

By Greg Farrar
Jerry Greenfield (second from left), co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, poses Sept. 13 with Sabath and husband State Sen. Mark Mullet with daughters Penelope, 3, and Caroline, 4, during the I-552 event at Mullet’s Issaquah Highlands franchise.

“We’ve been in the area for a week, scooping out free Ben & Jerry’s and having a grand time,” Greenfield said. “Ben & Jerry’s is courting yes on I-552.”

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The Fire Inside to perform in Issaquah Highlands

September 17, 2013

The Fire Inside Celtic band brings their energetic, Irish music to a free concert in the Issaquah Highlands at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

The Fire Inside has performed regionally for nearly three years, including at 20 festivals, pubs and events this year alone. As a recent feather in its cap, the band will open for the Young Dubliners at the Yachats Celtic Music Festival in November. They will also perform at the west Gilman Boulevard Starbucks and Salmon Days.

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RSVP now for candidate forum tonight

September 17, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 17, 2013

Meet mayoral and school board candidates tonight at a candidate forum at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands.

The Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah Highlands Council have partnered to organize the communitywide forum to provide businesses and residents with an opportunity to hear directly from candidates about the topics of creating a strong economy, education/workforce development and community success.

The forum will feature the candidates from the local races who have declared competitors, including mayoral candidates Fred Butler and Joe Forkner, and school board candidates Lisa Callan and Alison Meryweather.

The event format is organized by the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee and will be moderated by Erin McCallum, of Strategic Campaign Group.

The forum is from 4-6 p.m. at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.  The public is invited, but RSVP is mandatory to ensure sufficient seating. Make your reservation here.

Editorial

September 10, 2013

Now hiring! Local opportunities abound

Looking for a job? Issaquah has become the land of opportunity!

When the Growth Management Act was adopted by the state more than 20 years ago, one goal was to encourage job growth near homes, with the aim of cutting down on traffic and new roads.

This fall, Issaquah’s growth at Grand Ridge Plaza, as well as new businesses spurred by a rebounding economy, have led to numerous new job positions being created.

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Swedish hospital eyes 2014 expansion

August 13, 2013

City planners expect to finalize a Swedish/Issaquah development agreement to expand the hospital in October.

Executives introduced plans to convert 28 acres adjacent to the existing hospital into an additional facility this past spring. To accomplish the goal, Swedish seeks the establishment of a new development agreement that will allow the addition of 150,000 square feet to 180,000 square feet in the form of a new multi-use building.

Talks with the city continued during the Aug. 6 Urban Village Development Commission meeting. City planners and Swedish leaders had hoped to come to an agreement by the end of the summer. However, the timeline has since shifted, according to city Development Services Land Development Manager Lucy Sloman.

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Bellevue College campus plan is moving forward

July 2, 2013

Bellevue College is slowly but surely still coming to the Issaquah Highlands.

Though the project was prolonged due to the economic recession and the replacement of college President Jean Floten with David Rule, Bellevue College has continually expressed its intention to move forward and develop an Issaquah campus.

Public Relations Manager David Sandler said the campus, now referred to as the East Campus, has begun to pick up speed in its realization. In a couple of weeks, Bellevue College is expected to seek a site development permit from the Development Service Department.

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