Tully’s Coffee files for bankruptcy protection; Issaquah store is unaffected

October 10, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 10, 2012

Tully’s Coffee filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, 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 Chapter 11 filing and the closing of underperforming stores in Seattle, Kirkland and Redmond, plus plans to renegotiate leases for the remaining stores. Executives said rising commodity prices and challenging lease economics contributed to the bankruptcy decision.

“The company will continue to have a formidable presence in the Puget Sound area, focusing on our core mission of serving the highest quality coffee in a warm and comfortable environment with outstanding customer service,” CEO Scott Pearson said in a statement.

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

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Only minor injuries reported after SUV crashes into Starbucks

July 17, 2012

Starbucks customers experienced a jolt July 9 after a sport-utility vehicle crashed into a Sammamish Plateau store.

In the accident, a 49-year-old Sammamish man, an 18-year-old Sammamish woman and a 26-year-old Kent woman inside Starbucks suffered lacerations and other minor injuries after the Nissan Pathfinder crashed into the storefront at Pine Lake Village, 2902 228th Ave. S.E., at about 5 p.m.

The driver, a 52-year-old Issaquah woman, sustained a minor burn from the airbag deployment.

Medics transported the people inside the store to Swedish/Issaquah as a precaution.

Police did not cite the driver in the crash, because a mishap with a protective medical boot led to the crash.

Sammamish Police Administrative Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said the accident occurred as the driver attempted to park in a handicap spot outside the store. The protective boot slipped off the brake pedal and hit the accelerator.

“This was an accident in the truest sense of the word and we are relieved the injuries to those inside the store were not more serious,” Sullivan said in a statement.

Starbucks offers complimentary fruit beverages

July 13, 2012

NEW — 9 a.m. July 13, 2012

The coffee titan Starbucks rolled out a different sort of buzz in recent days — Starbucks Refreshers, a fruit-based energy drink.

Come Friday, customers can try the drinks — in flavors Cool Lime or Very Berry Hibiscus — from noon to 3 p.m.

Starbucks operates standalone stores in the Issaquah area in the Meadows complex, 1460 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite K1; at East Lake Center, 6170 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.; and at Pine Lake Village, 340 228 Ave. N.E.

The ingredients include green coffee extract and fruit juice served over ice. Blackberries dot the Very Berry Hibiscus flavor. Lime slices bob in the Cool Lime flavor.

Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra to perform at Starbucks

February 29, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 29, 2012

Customers can listen to the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra — and sip some java — Wednesday at a Starbucks in Issaquah.

The orchestra is scheduled to play at the Starbucks in the Meadows complex, 1460 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite K1, from 6-8 p.m. The coffee shop often features live music.

See the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra’s String Ensemble led by alumna and coach Angie McConkey, and the Woodwind Quartet led by coach Yuh-Pey Lin.

In 2008, the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra started the group Debut East to better serve students in the Issaquah community.

The orchestra, a nonprofit organization, is the largest and longest-running youth music performance organization on the Eastside.

The venue debuted late last year as the only Starbucks to serve beer and wine in a suburban setting.

Issaquah police crack down on liquor sales to minors

January 17, 2012

Issaquah police and the Washington State Liquor Control Board joined forces late last month to crack down on businesses serving alcohol to minors.

Officers cited six people for furnishing liquor to minors during the Dec. 21 operation. The crackdown encompassed businesses throughout Issaquah.

Such enforcement is part of the routine compliance checks conducted by the liquor board and law enforcement agencies.

“Enforcement of all of the liquor laws — not just these — are important,” Police Chief Paul Ayers said. “They’re there for the purpose of making sure that a person can go into a bar and have a drink if they want, but that they’re not driving after being overserved or that they’re not underage and having alcohol. It’s just important that we enforce all of those laws.”

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Swedish/Issaquah hosts holiday open house

December 6, 2011

Celebrate the season at Swedish/Issaquah as the hospital hosts a daylong holiday open house Dec. 8.

Stop by The Shops at Swedish — the retail offerings in the hospital atrium — for holiday activities and treats. The event is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive.

Celebrants can see a 7-foot-tall gingerbread house. Children can also help decorate the gingerbread house.

The restaurant at Swedish/ Issaquah, Café 1910, plans to offer free cookie decorating, plus free apple cider and hot cocoa. Enjoy free Starbucks Christmas Blend brewed coffee and 20 percent off most merchandise at the shops Lily and Pearl, Comfort & Joy, Be Well and Perfect Fit.

Storytelling for children is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ex-Issaquah insurance agent pleads guilty to swindling seniors

November 15, 2011

The former Issaquah insurance agent responsible for stealing more than $1 million from elderly clients to spend on clothing, online psychic advisers and more pleaded guilty Oct. 31.

Jasmine Jamrus-Kassim, 49, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree theft in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors reduced the number of charges from 21 as part of a plea deal.

The victims approved of the plea deal, said Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. In some cases, victims’ family members agreed, because the victim had since died.

Prosecutors said Jamrus-Kassim stole at least $1,052,088 between late 2007 and late 2009. The seniors — ranging in age from 74 to 90 — made out checks to Jamrus-Kassim. The clients thought she intended to reinvest the money for them.

Instead, she funneled the money into a personal account for clothes, jewelry and a trip to Mexico.

Court records also show she made large payments to online psychic advisers, including $20,000 to a psychic website in a single month.

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Kiwanis Club of Issaquah seeks coat donations

November 1, 2011

The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah is holding a coat and shoe drive throughout November.

The drive runs from Nov. 1-30 and donations benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

Coats and shoes — in adult and child sizes — should be clean, and new or gently used.

Donation sites include The Issaquah Press, KeyBank, AtWork!, Eastside Audiology, Hilton Garden Inn, Sammamish Club, Columbia Athletic, Liberty High School, Footzone and Starbucks by Safeway.

Ex-Issaquah insurance agent pleads guilty to bilking seniors

November 1, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. Nov. 1, 2011

Jasmine Jamrus-Kassim, a former Issaquah insurance agent, pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $1 million from elderly clients.

Investigators said she then used the money to pay for online psychics and more.

Jamrus-Kassim pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree theft in King County Superior Court for stealing retirement funds. Investigators said five victims — Bellevue, Renton and Seattle seniors ranging in age from 74 to 90 — made out checks to the agent because they believed she intended to reinvest the money for them.

Instead, investigators said she funneled the money into a personal account for clothes, jewelry and a trip to Mexico.

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Kiwanis Club of Issaquah seeks coat donations

October 25, 2011

The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah is holding a coat and shoe drive throughout November.

The drive runs from Nov. 1-30 and donations benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

Coats and shoes — in adult and child sizes — should be clean, and new or gently used.

Donation sites include The Issaquah Press, KeyBank, AtWork!, Eastside Audiology, Hilton Garden Inn, Sammamish Club, Columbia Athletic, Liberty High School, Footzone and Starbucks by Safeway.

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