Issaquah Highlands retail lineup adds coffee, liquor

February 7, 2013

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 7, 2013

The latest announced tenants for the long-planned Issaquah Highlands retail center, Grand Ridge Plaza, offer shoppers a chance to catch a buzz — spirits at BevMo! and coffee at Starbucks.

The recent additions to the $70 million highlands project add recognizable names alongside the Regal Cinemas multiplex, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and HomeGoods, and Safeway.

The project developer, Regency Centers, estimated for offerings to open starting in the summer and fall. Expect the movie theater and some restaurants to open initially.

BevMo! — a chain based in Concord, Calif. — intends to expand to Issaquah after opening outposts in Bellevue and elsewhere in the Puget Sound region after the state privatized liquor sales in June 2012.

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Officials warn of measles exposure at Issaquah-area businesses

January 30, 2013

NEW — 5:10 p.m. Jan. 30, 2013

Customers at businesses in Klahanie could have been exposed to measles in recent days, local public health officials said Wednesday.

The case is the second person with confirmed measles in King County since Jan. 25. The infected person is a King County resident and contracted measles from a contagious traveler at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Before receiving the measles diagnosis, the local resident might have exposed others to measles at QFC and Starbucks in Klahanie Center.

Measles is easily spread and highly contagious, although most people are immune to the disease due to vaccinations.

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County officials wager Starbucks, Coke on playoff game

January 12, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 12, 2013

Leaders in the home communities for the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons made a friendly wager before the teams clash on the gridiron.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Fulton County, Ga., Chairman John Eaves each put iconic beverages on the outcome. Constantine put up coffee from local roasters, including Seattle-based Starbucks and several smaller companies. Eaves wagered a gift basket from Atlanta-based Coca-Cola.

“The whole region is excited for the game on Sunday, and I want to thank Chairman Eaves for joining me in this friendly wager to highlight our local companies, and our winning teams,” Constantine said in a statement. “Go Hawks!”

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County executives engage in friendly football wager

January 8, 2013

Leaders in the home communities for the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins engaged in a friendly rivalry in the days before the teams met on the gridiron Jan. 6.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Prince George’s County, Md., Executive Rushern Baker each put up a case of coffee on the outcome.

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County executives make friendly football playoff bet

January 5, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 5, 2013

Leaders in the home communities for the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins engaged in a friendly rivalry in the days before the teams meet on the gridiron.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Prince George’s County, Md., Executive Rushern Baker each put up a case of coffee on the outcome.

The java comes from from local producers — Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Diva Espresso and other locally roasted coffees from King County, and 8 O’Clock Bean Coffee from Cheverly, Md.

The county CEOs also agreed for the loser to wear the winning team’s jersey to community service events in January. The effort is meant to promote National Mentoring Month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects.

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Kiwanis Club of Issaquah coat drive continues

November 20, 2012

For some people trying to keep the rent paid and the electricity on, the need for a warm coat or new shoes goes to the bottom on the list.

Residents can help by cleaning out their closets and donating new or gently used shoes and coats through the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah’s annual drive.

The coat and shoe drive runs through Nov. 30. All donations go to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. Donations should be cleaned before donating. All sizes from toddler to adult are welcome.

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Off the Press

November 13, 2012

Campaign tests candidates’ — and voters’ — mettle

Warren Kagarise
Press reporter

Throughout campaign season, as the insults zinged back and forth across screens and in mailboxes, I often hoped for Election Day to arrive as soon as possible.

But now, as the election recedes into memory I feel wistful, maybe even a little nostalgic.

Though the process often degraded the candidates and, in the process, voters, I found the contenders dedicated and focused on the task at hand.

Candidates knock on thousands of doors in the run-up to Election Day, a process referred to in candidate-speak as doorbelling. The exercise tests the candidates’ mettle and offers voters a grassroots introduction to the person behind the political sign.

Besides the usual pitfalls — unfriendly dogs, voters pretending not to be home — everybody on the doorbelling circuit, state Sen. Steve Litzow told me in a pre-election interview, encountered at least one naked voter at the door.

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Kiwanis Club of Issaquah coat drive opens

November 6, 2012

For some people trying to keep the rent paid and the electricity on, the need for a warm coat or new shoes goes to the bottom on the list.

Residents can help by cleaning out their closets and donating new or gently used shoes and coats through the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah’s annual drive.

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Swedish/Issaquah hosts community arts celebration

October 30, 2012

Swedish/Issaquah is showcasing the Seattle Art Museum — and local artists — at a Nov. 1 community celebration in the medical center’s majestic lobby.

The event is meant to highlight Elles at the Seattle Art Museum. Elles showcases exhibitions and programs featuring women artists.

In addition to the Elles connection, attendees can embark on docent-led and self-guided tours highlighting Northwest women’s artwork on display throughout Swedish/Issaquah.

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Issaquah store is unaffected in Tully’s Coffee tumult

October 16, 2012

Tully’s Coffee filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Oct. 10, but the chain founded by Issaquah High School alumnus Tom Tully O’Keefe does not plan to close its local store.

The chain announced the filing and the closing of underperforming stores in Seattle, Kirkland and Redmond, plus plans to renegotiate leases for the remaining stores.

Tully’s operates a local store in Pickering Place, 1171 N.W. Sammamish Road.

O’Keefe founded Seattle-based Tully’s in 1992, just as rival Starbucks Coffee started to whet consumers’ appetites for specialty coffee. Tully’s struggled for years to earn a profit and stand out in a crowded coffee marketplace dominated by Seattle-based Starbucks.

O’Keefe stepped down as Tully’s CEO in 2001 and retired as board chairman in June 2010.

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