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.
September 16, 2014
The Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums will host a Halloween-styled Historic Pub Crawl from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 30.
The event starts at the Train Depot. Make your way through five of Issaquah’s downtown establishments, each featuring a small cocktail or appetizer, lively narratives and juicy tidbits about the people of Issaquah and times gone by. The event ends at the Hailstone Feed Store with champagne and chocolate.
September 4, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 4, 2014
Join Issaquah History Museums Director Erica Maniez Sept. 6 on a walk through the history of Issaquah, from the American Indians to the present day.
Maniez will lead an exploration through Issaquah’s downtown, the location for many of its oldest buildings and early stories. Check in at the Train Depot, 78 First Ave. N.E., five minutes prior to the 11 a.m. guided tour.
The walk will cover roughly two miles of level sidewalk and will last about two hours, rain or shine. Bring water and snacks, and leave animal companions at home.
Register in advance here. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for members (does not include fees).
Call 392-3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 3, 2014
Who says 13 is unlucky?
The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual ArtWalk returns June 6 for its 13th season, after having successfully transformed the city’s main corridor into the Eastside’s premier arts destination.
Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said ArtWalk remains as popular as ever after 13 years.
“It’s just a great place for families to come down to check out the art and the live music, and kids activities with painting,” she said.
May 13, 2014
The vintage Issaquah Valley Trolley resumes service downtown May 17.
The car will run from the Train Depot to the east fork of Issaquah Creek and back from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Passengers purchase boarding passes at the depot ticket window, 78 First Ave. N.E. Fares, a suggested $5 donation per person, includes admission to the Depot Museum and Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children 5 and younger are free, as well as History Museums members with membership cards.
May 13, 2014
The Issaquah-based Puget Sound Gunners FC soccer team will open its season with a May 17 matchup against the Portland Timbers U-23.
The team, led by head coach and Issaquah resident Jimmy Ball, features athletes from across the Northwest region and beyond, including Issaquah High School graduate Michael Roberts.
Players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University will suit up for the Gunners.
December 3, 2013
The Downtown Issaquah Association presents an evening of Christmas caroling from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E.
All ages are welcome to this family friendly event. Bring a ukulele or just yourself and be prepared to sing classics such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas” and more.
Fred Hopkins, city of Issaquah arts commissioner, will lead the singing.
November 26, 2013
Shoppers this holiday season are being asked to join the nation in paying tribute to local venues when purchasing gifts for family and friends.
Several locations throughout Issaquah will participate in the national Small Business Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 30.
In a bit of serendipity, shopping options this year include the new Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands and Gilman Village celebrating its 40th anniversary. The two locations are in addition to the shops in the downtown corridor.
August 6, 2013
The Issaquah Valley Trolley, a committee of the Issaquah History Museums, invites the public to hop on renovated streetcar No. 519 as it begins 2013 service Aug. 10.
Traveling a half-mile from the Issaquah Train Depot to the bridge near the Darigold Creamery, the trolley will carry passengers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends through summer and into fall.
July 23, 2013
Issaquah is about to get a bit more colorful, thanks to the annual Chalk Art Festival.
This year, the festival, sponsored by the Issaquah Arts Commission, will hit the sidewalks around the Issaquah Community Center on July 30. From noon to 5 p.m., anyone can show up and create some art.
According to Amy Dukes, the arts coordinator for the commission, most of the participants are elementary school age, although kids and adults of all skill levels come out to draw. Many are there just to doodle, while some come with a fully formed idea in mind, complete with sketches and outlines.