Big Lots opens, donates to Issaquah school

November 13, 2012

Big Lots is opening at Pickering Place, and the closeout retailer is donating $2,500 to Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

Columbus, Ohio-based Big Lots opened in the space last occupied by Leathers Gallery, a local furniture store. Leathers moved to a space across the parking lot, and Big Lots renovated the former furniture store.

Big Lots plans to donate to the school during the store’s ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Nov. 16.

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Big Lots, Spirit Halloween take root in Issaquah

September 4, 2012

The closeout retailer Big Lots is coming to Pickering Place, as months of closings, openings and shuffling continues among tenants at the retail center.

Columbus, Ohio-based Big Lots is due to open the space last occupied by Leathers Gallery, a local furniture store. Leathers moved to a space across the parking lot recently, and Big Lots is renovating the former furniture store.

Big Lots executives could not be reached for details about the store opening.

Before Leathers moved into the then-vacant space, Linens-N-Things operated in the 37,500-square-foot storefront.

Elsewhere, Spirit Halloween opened in the former Albertsons along East Lake Sammamish Parkway. The seasonal tenant offers Halloween makeup, costumes and other holiday items.

Albertsons closed in April 2008, and the space has remained vacant since then.

Furniture store relocates, new businesses open

May 11, 2010

Leathers Home Furnishings & Accessories, the longtime Northwest Gilman Boulevard furniture store, will soon relocate to the former Linens-N-Things storefront in Pickering Place.

Owner Mitch Setlow said he plans to open the new Leathers by May 15 and, for the next several weeks, run a closeout sale from both the Pickering Place and Gilman Square locations. Setlow plans to close the original Leathers in June.

“We’re not going, we’re growing,” he said.

The store will depart the 8,000-square-foot Gilman Square location after 14 years for the 37,500-square-foot Linens-N-Things space. Linens-N-Things closed after liquidators shut down the bankrupt chain in late 2008.

Leathers, as the name implies, offers high-end leather furniture. Setlow said the store also plans to offer mattresses and bedroom furniture, dining room pieces and additional accessories in the larger space.

The store planted a red-and-black balloon on the store roof to announce the closure. Expect to see the balloon on the roof at Pickering Place, too, as the relocated Leathers welcomes shoppers.

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Put some work into a home office makeover

April 13, 2010

When homeowners put a personal touch on each room of the house, designers caution not to forget one of the more important rooms — the home office.

Whether used for a home business, managing personal finances or just having a place to help children with their homework, more and more homeowners are setting aside a space for a desk, computer, cabinet and other office supplies.

Local experts weigh in on what to keep in mind when giving a room in your house a makeover into the ideal home office.

Kathy O’Neill’s home office, converted from part of the garage, features attractive window treatments, a functional shelf of wood file boxes, and her relaxing view of the backyard. By Greg Farrar

Location, location, location

Kathy O’Neill, owner of Kathy Jones Design, said the first key is placement.

“The biggest thing to keep in mind is to keep your home office away from the kitchen and other high traffic areas,” she said, “so mentally, you can leave the daily home life, even if you’re not leaving the building.”

O’Neill heeded her own advice when she designed her own home office — she walled off a section of her three-car garage, built a new exterior window and moved everything into that room.

If the budget is tight, she recommends converting an underutilized space, such as a formal living room or a dining room. She’s also seen guest rooms pull double duty as a home office. Daybeds are used, well, by day and a trundle pulled out for overnight guests.

One of the biggest mistakes many homeowners make, O’Neill said, is sharing a home office space with a bedroom.

“Mentally, you can never truly leave work,” she said. Read more

Flood still causing struggles

January 27, 2009

* Editor’s note: This story contains corrected information.

Owners of Gilman Square shops are asking for you to help keep them from closing and aid them in their recovery.

“Speaking for all of the tenants at Gilman Square, we need to let the entire community know who we are, what we are going through and that we are open for business,” said Patty Green, owner of Sisters Antiques. “We are all cash-flow businesses and without our wonderful customers, we cannot survive.”

The six businesses are Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant, Casual Dining Counterstools and Dinettes, West Coast Armory, Sisters Antiques, Leathers Home Furnishings & Accessories and Graybeard’s Gilman Antique Gallery. All are open except Lombardi’s. Read more

Chamber organizes fund drive to help flooded businesses

January 19, 2009

Businesses at  Gilman Square are swamped with water Jan. 8 at the corner of Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest. By Greg Farrar.

Businesses at Gilman Square are swamped with water Jan. 8 at the corner of Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest. By Greg Farrar.

Issaquah city and chamber officials are asking for your help to aid several Gilman Square businesses severely affected by the January flooding.

“We need to coalesce around these local vendors and help them in any way we can,” said Larry Ishmael, interim president of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. “We want to make sure these businesses are able to continue, because they bring revenue into the city, tax dollars into the city and add to the vibrant economy that we have.” Read more