Issaquah drive-in earns King County business honor

October 18, 2011

The Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah’s iconic destination for burgers and root beer floats, earned the Minority Small Business of the Year title in countywide competition Oct. 12.

The drive-in bested other businesses in the inaugural King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.

The honor is the latest for Triple XXX proprietor José Enciso Sr.

The longtime drive-in owner received dual accolades in May, including Business Person of the Year, at the Issaquah Community Awards Luncheon. The city also inducted Enciso into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the community’s highest honor.

Honorees received the King County awards during a Meydenbauer Center ceremony attended by almost 250 people from local chambers of commerce, cities and small business organizations.

King County Executive Dow Constantine, corporations and nonprofit organizations announced the Small Business Awards finalists Aug. 29. Organizers received more than 125 nominations from 30 award partners — including the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Issaquah-based Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, received a nomination in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and city officials nominated the local businesses for the honor.

King County serves up business honor to Triple XXX

October 12, 2011

NEW — 11:20 a.m. Oct. 12, 2011

Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah’s iconic destination for burgers and root beer floats, earned the Minority Small Business of the Year title in countywide competition Wednesday.

The drive-in bested other businesses in the inaugural King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.

The honor is the latest for longtime Triple XXX proprietor José Enciso Sr.

Enciso received dual accolades in May, including Business Person of the Year, at the Issaquah Community Awards Luncheon. The city also inducted Enciso into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the community’s highest honor.

Honorees received the King County awards during a Meydenbauer Center ceremony attended by almost 250 people from local chambers of commerce, cities and small business organizations.

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Parents can learn about education, extracurricular options

October 10, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 10, 2011

ParentMap, a local resource for parents and families, is offering a chance for parents to meet learning specialists and tutors, plus representatives from schools and extracurricular activities, Tuesday.

Listen to local education leaders speak about age-specific topics at the Education Extravaganza at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 Northeast Sixth St., Bellevue, from 5-8 p.m.

Organizers encourage potential attendees to RSVP and learn more about the event.

The event includes schools operating in Issaquah in Sammamish, including Arbor Schools, Cougar Mountain Academy, Dartmoor School, Deerfield Farm, Eastside Catholic High School and Emerald Heights Academy.

Event attendees can also win a $2,500 tuition credit for children’s educational costs, courtesy of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union.

Other programs represented at the event come from Bellevue, Gig Harbor, Kirkland, Medina, Mercer Island, Olympia, Redmond, Renton and Seattle.

Small Business Awards finalists include Issaquah entrepreneurs

September 27, 2011

Issaquah companies specializing in iconic root beer floats and pan-Pacific shipping earned spots as finalists in the inaugural King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.

Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, is nominated in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category. Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in is up for Minority Small Business of the Year.

“Those are two very diverse businesses,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matthew Bott said. “One does niche shipping to Russia and one does burgers and fries and nostalgia. It shows that we have some really unique stories behind our local businesses.”

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Performers reflect rich heritage through traditional Indian dance

September 13, 2011

Abhinay Fine Arts classical Indian dance ‘Kshetram,’ or ‘temple,’ dancers (from left) Lakshmi Sanjay, Supriya Unnikrishnan, Bhavana Kudikala, Preetha Anandh, of Sammamish, and Smitha Krishnan, of Issaquah, will debut their program Sept. 25 in Bellevue. By Abhinay Fine Arts

Issaquah and Sammamish residents are among those involved in an upcoming dance production that details the origins of five holy Hindu temples.

The production, “Kshetram,” features dance, music and poetry from India that weaves together the stories of the beginnings of five of the 108 temples dedicated to Vishnu, the god of Vishnavite Hinduism. The event is organized by Abhinay Fine Arts, an Eastside nonprofit organization that promotes classical Indian art in the Seattle area.

The production includes three different and distinct forms of Indian dance. Sammamish resident Preetha Anandh perfoms “Bharatanatyam,” a fast-paced dance with structured footwork that is said to represent fire.

Issaquah resident Smitha Krishnan performs “Mohiniattam,” a more fluid dance with facial expressions and hand gestures that signifies the “breeze blowing through the paddy fields” of Kerala, a state at the southern tip of India.

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County Small Business Award finalists include Issaquah entrepreneurs

August 30, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 30, 2011

The finalists for the inaugural King County Executive’s Small Business Awards include Issaquah enterprises, TransNET Inc. and Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in.

King County Executive Dow Constantine — along sponsors Microsoft, KeyBank, enterpriseSeattle, Small Business Partners for Prosperity and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County — named 21 finalists in seven categories Monday.

TransNET Inc., a logistics provider, is nominated in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category. The award recognizes a small business for achieving “significant increased international sales” in the global marketplace.

The iconic Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in is up for Minority Small Business of the Year. The honor highlights a minority-owned business for attaining “outstanding business achievement” and exemplifying the contributions made by minority-owned businesses in King County.

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Issaquah ballet studio presents ‘Don Quixote’

May 31, 2011

The Spanish lovers danced a pas de deux — a dance for two — enamored with each other even though the girl’s father forbade their union.

La Yin (left) plays Basil in the ballet ‘Don Quixote’ as he woes the heroine Kitri, played by Sabrina Schulbach. Photo By Laura Geggel

The father believed the young man, a barber, was too poor to marry his daughter. Luckily – or unluckily for them — the fate of the paramours rested on the actions of the ballet’s hero, Don Quixote.

The Issaquah Highlands dance studio MK Ballet is performing “Don Quixote” at the Meydenbauer Center Theater June 10 and 11.

Michiko Black, the studio’s founder, has spent the past year teaching her students the ballet choreography and sewing costumes for their big performance.

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Nominate small businesses for King County honor

May 24, 2011

King County Executive Dow Constantine, alongside corporate and nonprofit partners, has launched a program to honor small businesses.

The partners include the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, as well as chambers of commerce and cities throughout the county.

The nomination categories include Small Business of the Year, Minority Small Business of the Year, Woman Small Business of the Year and more. Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/constantine/businessaward.aspx.

The initial awards ceremony is in October. Organizers intend for the awards program to become a yearly event. Submit nominations to chambers of commerce, cities and business organizations through July 1. To qualify, businesses must be in King County, have 50 or fewer employees, and have been in business for at least three years.

Organizers plan to announce finalists Sept. 15. The awards ceremony is Oct. 12 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

Nominate small businesses for King County honor

May 21, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 21, 2011

King County Executive Dow Constantine, alongside corporate and nonprofit partners, launched a program to honor small businesses.

The partners include the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, as well as chambers of commerce and cities throughout the county.

“I am proud of the entrepreneurial spirit in our region, and these awards are our way of recognizing worthy small businesses that are doing great things,” Constantine said in a release. “I thank our event sponsors and partners for working collaboratively to make the upcoming inaugural awards a success.”

The partners in the inaugural Executive’s Small Business Awards include Microsoft Corporation, KeyBank, enterpriseSeattle, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle – King County, and the Small Business Partners for Prosperity.

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Mineral madness: Science labs boost test scores

March 8, 2011

Sunset Elementary School third-graders Glen McInerney and his rocks-and-minerals partner Catherine Griffin do a streak test to see which minerals leave a mark on paper. By Laura Geggel

Fluorite fluoresces green under an ultraviolet light and graphite leaves a silvery streak across paper. Sunset Elementary School third-graders tried myriad tests on a bagful of minerals, identifying each one for their unit about rocks and minerals Feb. 17.

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