Donate sweaters to neighbors in need at PCC Natural Market

January 24, 2012

The spirit of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” has come to Issaquah and the Puget Sound region during a sweater drive for neighbors in need.

PCC Natural Markets and KCTS 9 teamed up for the annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive to collect thousands of sweaters for local nonprofit organizations.

The greatest need is for children’s items, but the drive accepts all new and gently used adult and children’s sweaters and coats. Find collection bins at PCC Natural Markets and the KCTS 9 lobby through Feb. 12.

Donors can drop off sweaters and coats at the Issaquah store, 1810 12th Ave. N.W., or other locations.

The sweaters go to Wellspring Family Services, a group formed to help families achieve self-sufficiency.

Donors dropped off more than 6,000 coats and sweaters during the 2011 drive.

The drive is a takeoff on Fred Rogers and the cardigan he donned at the start of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” episodes. The famed red cardigan is enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution.

Halloween pumpkin’s beauty is in the eye of the beholder

October 18, 2011

Picking perfect jack-o’-lantern comes down to preference

Glenn Dutro hoists a pumpkin on his shoulder in the u-pick pumpkin patch at the Trinity Tree Farm in Issaquah. Photo By Greg Farrar

About 50,000 pounds of pumpkins dot the landscape as far as the eye can see.

There are oblong gourds with ample, flat surface areas for carving.

Others are rotund, boasting a sturdy stem and a thick, perfect shell.

Glenn Dutro, who has offered families a chance to pick their own pumpkins for the past three years at the u-pick pumpkin patch at the Trinity Tree Farm near Issaquah, wants something else out of his Halloween pumpkin entirely.

“The perfect pumpkin is all just a matter of personal preference,” he said. “Most people want a big, bright, beautiful thing. I want one with scars on it. I want it messed up and nasty.”

Ken Allison, a produce manager for PCC Natural Markets, said the perfect pumpkin is all in the eye of the beholder.

“It’s all in a person’s aesthetic judgment,” he said. “Typically, what I look for to carve or to sell is the stem to be attached still. That way you know it’s not knocked or kicked around. You want the pumpkin to feel firm so it won’t rot and collapse right away.”

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Port Blakely announces plan to build highlands shopping center

July 12, 2011

A view east toward Ninth Avenue Northeast shows the 14 acres being considered by Florida-based Regency Centers for a 175,000-square-foot shopping center in the Issaquah Highlands. By Greg Farrar

The plan to add more stores to the Issaquah Highlands, a subject responsible for much grumbling among neighborhood residents and city leaders, lurched ahead July 5, as highlands developer Port Blakely Communities announced a deal to sell 14 acres for a proposed shopping center.

If the deal is completed, as executives hope, construction could start as early as next year. The announcement also prompted some residents to point to similar — albeit unsuccessful — attempts in the past.

The agreement calls for Regency Centers, a real estate investment trust based in Florida, to purchase about 14 acres of highlands land and build a 175,000-square-foot shopping center along Northeast High Street and Northeast Park Drive — a site once set aside for a stylish retail destination called The High Streets.

Regency Centers also plans to acquire a retail-and-office building along Northeast Park Drive. Caffe Ladro and other businesses occupy the building’s 39,000 square feet.

The companies did not disclose terms of the transaction. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

Jacksonville-based Regency Centers owns almost 400 shopping centers from coast to coast, including Pine Lake Village and Sammamish Highlands on the Sammamish Plateau.

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Issaquah family bids bittersweet goodbye after decade in business

June 28, 2011

Goodfellas Sandwich Shop, a decade-old gathering spot for Issaquah High School sports teams and office workers on lunch breaks, closed June 24 after owners Steve and Melinda Sanelli stacked the last sandwiches.

Jessica Crites (back row, from left), Mario Sanelli, Julie Donate, Stephen Sanelli, Sicily Sanelli, Nolan Graham, Angelina Edwins and Tyler Edwins join Melinda Sanelli (front row, from left) Brody Edwins and Steve Sanelli for a last lunch at Goodfellas Sandwich Shop on June 21. Contributed

Steve Sanelli, a longtime South Cove resident and Issaquah High assistant baseball coach, said business was good, but the impending closure stems from a disagreement between the eatery and the building owner.

“It would be one thing if I was failing in business and we had to close,” he said. “This is something that’s not my choice.”

For Sanelli and other family members, the closure is about more than the bottom line.

“When you’re in business this long, it kind of becomes who you are,” Melinda Sanelli said. “In a way, you feel like you’re being stripped of your personality and how everyone sees you and what you stand for.”

The closure announcement came as a surprise to employees and customers.

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Issaquah family bids bittersweet goodbye to business

June 22, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. June 22, 2011

Goodfellas Sandwich Shop, a decade-old gathering spot for Issaquah High School sports teams and office workers on lunch breaks, is due to close Friday after owners Steve and Melinda Sanelli stack the last sandwiches.

Steve Sanelli, a longtime South Cove resident and Issaquah High assistant baseball coach, said business is good, but the impending closure stems from a disagreement between the eatery and the building owner.

“It would be one thing if I was failing in business and we had to close,” he said. “This is something that’s not my choice.”

For Sanelli and other family members, the closure is about more than the bottom line.

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Chef to sign sustainable-fish cookbook at PCC

June 1, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. June 1, 2011

Chef Becky Selengut is signing copies of “Good Fish” — a cookbook dedicated to sustainable fish — at PCC Natural Market in Issaquah.

Selengut, a private chef based in Seattle and founder of local food database Seasonal Cornucopia, is due to appear from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the store, 1810 12th Ave N.W.

“Good Fish” focuses on sustainable Pacific Coast fish and includes 75 recipes for home cooks. The cookbook is accompanied by a website featuring a how-to guide for preparing sea creatures.

Celebrate the ’80s — and pedal to blend smoothies — Friday

March 30, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. March 30, 2011

Hop on a bike and use pedal power to blend a smoothie Friday.

Though the stunt sounds like a prank fit for April Fools’ Day, the promotion is part of a 25th anniversary celebration for Lifeway Kefir, a creamy, milk-based beverage.

“The Lifeway 25th Anniversary Tour” lands in Issaquah at PCC Natural Markets, 1810 12th Ave. N.W., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour also stops at other PCC locations in the area.

The tour stretches 11 weeks in a nonstop party from coast to coast. The party celebrates everything fun and funky about the ’80s.

Participants can pedal customized human-powered blender bikes and blend tasty Lifeway Kefir smoothies, and sample limited-edition Birthday Cake Kefir and other flavors. Other activities include taking a blast-from-the past 1980s-styled photos using green screen technology, participating in digital games and enjoying Foursquare check-in prizes.

Lifeway Foods is also donating $25,000 to Healthy Kids Challenge, a nonprofit organization set up to help school, health, business and community leaders take action for children to eat, move and enjoy a healthy balance.

Help the Issaquah History Museums

February 22, 2011

Grocery shop at PCC Natural Markets and help the Issaquah History Museums, including Gilman Town Hall, Issaquah Depot and Historic Downtown Issaquah museums.

For every $25 PCC Script card purchased, the museums will receive 5 percent back, a value equal to $1.25. Every time a history museums member puts more money on a card, the museums will receive 5 percent of the recharge total.

Purchase the cards at Gilman Town Hall, 165 S.E. Andrews St., or buy them online.

Donate sweaters to neighbors in need

December 31, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 31, 2010

The spirit of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” comes to Issaquah and the Puget Sound region soon during a sweater drive for neighbors in need.

PCC Natural Markets and KCTS 9 teamed up for the annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive to collect thousands of sweaters for local nonprofit organizations.

The greatest need is for children’s items, but the drive accepts all new and gently used adult and children’s sweaters and coats. Find collection bins at the nine PCC Natural Markets and the KCTS 9 lobby from Jan 10 to Feb. 13.

Donors can drop off sweaters and coats at the Issaquah store, 1810 12th Ave. N.W., or the other locations. Or, drop off donations at KCTS 9, 401 Mercer St., Seattle.

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Cascade Water Alliance offers conservation message — and freebies

December 4, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 4, 2010

Learn how to conserve water — and pick up free high-efficiency shower heads and aerators — as the Cascade WaterSense Road Show comes to Issaquah.

The award-winning conservation program arrives at PCC Natural Market, 1810 12th Ave. N.W., from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

In October, the federal Environmental Protection Agency named the alliance as the WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year for the program.

The alliance joined retailers and plumbers to promote water efficiency and rebated more than 3,000 WaterSense-labeled toilets for households and businesses. WaterSense is a labeling system used to denote water-efficient products.

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