Cause of Front Street fire remains unknown

April 6, 2010

Work continues on the downtown Issaquah businesses damaged in a January fire, even as investigators remain puzzled about the cause of the blaze.

Authorities said a small fire scorched the inside of El Abuelo — a Mexican grocery at 147 Front St. N. — in the early morning hours Jan. 11. The adjacent Troy Salon sustained smoke and water damage.

Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Marshal Bud Backer said authorities believe the fire started behind the counter in the grocery. The investigation will remain open as building insurers continue to search for the cause of the fire. Backer said the agency did not consider the fire to be suspicious.

“This is kind of a perplexing case,” he said.

Troy Kline, the proprietor of Troy Salon, said he and other stylists are set up at Innervisions along Northwest Gilman Boulevard after the fire. The salon could reopen in May, he said last week.

Meanwhile, plywood covers the damaged storefronts and a tarp remains draped across the roof of the building. Read more

Crooner Troy Kline debuts new, polite CD

March 30, 2010

If you’re looking for life on the sunny side of the street, then Troy Kline’s new CD, “Please and Thank You,” is the pick for you.

With catchy tunes that hark back to the days of big band, a little doo-wop and some bluesy ballads thrown in, you’re bound to get into the swing of spring.

“It’s a fun, bouncy album that has a lot to it,” Kline said. “The theme is really escapism. I wrote it at a point when I hadn’t had a vacation in five years, so I felt tied down. It’s all about where I’d like to be.”

It’s been a 14-month labor of love for the Issaquah-based hair stylist, who started moonlighting as a self-professed crooner about three years ago.

“I’ve always loved music,” he said. “But it wasn’t until really I turned 40 that I reached that turning point in my life where I felt I have to do this. It wasn’t a choice anymore and I haven’t stopped since.”

Stepping into the recording studio for the first time, he laid down tracks for many memorable songs, like “My Funny Valentine,” “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.”

What came from that session was his first recorded CD, appropriately titled “Crooner.” Read more