Hidden satisfaction awaits at Back of Bella Deli

October 19, 2010

Easy to miss but not easily forgotten, Back of Bella Deli is a charming local spot with simple-yet-elegant food and a comforting atmosphere.

With its exposed brick walls, small tables and casual environment, the building provides a comfortable space for lunch, dinner or a cup of coffee.

Located off of Front Street in Issaquah, behind counterpart wine bar Vino Bella, the deli is hidden from view on the main street but is worth searching for. Open daily from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., all meals are covered with a menu that is sure to please a varied crowd.

Try one of the paninis and you will receive a sandwich grilled to perfection and served with a flavorful pickle and scoop of fresh egg salad. The options range from chicken breast with Swiss cheese, bacon, Dijon and tomatoes or the perfect concoction of roasted vegetables and caramelized onions in the veggie panini.

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Thundering Angels rumble back in town with charity ride

July 13, 2010

Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in has been known for its root beer, burgers and car shows, but four years ago, Eastside Harley Davidson of Bellevue started a motorcycle rally there. Since then, the Thundering Angels Motorcycle Club has taken on the responsibly of hosting the event.

Last year, the event expanded, making it a two-day event with a charity ride the first day and the rally the second day.

“We wanted to get together and do something for the community,” organizer Larry Rudé said. “Something that is fun for a group of motorcycle riders, and worthwhile.”

This year’s charity ride will be July 17; registration begins at 11 a.m. at Downtown Harley in Renton. The ride costs $25 per bike. Downtown Harley will supply soda, coffee and snacks before the ride beings at noon.

“All motorcycles are welcome,” he said. “Not just one style motorcycle group. Everybody is welcome.”

The money raised during the ride will benefit two local charities, the Issaquah Food Bank and a second charity that has not yet been picked, according to Rudé . Read more

Front Street closes to traffic Sunday

June 19, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 19, 2010

Front Street will close to traffic from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Father’s Day, Sunday, as the DownTown Issaquah Association hosts the annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise, a part of Mountains to Sound Greenway’s annual Greenway Days celebration.

Northwest Alder Place adjacent to Vino Bella will close from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. to host a band and beer garden as part of the festivities.

A bike ride for the LIVESTRONG Challenge will travel near and through Issaquah from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., but no roads will be closed for the ride.

Drivers should watch for riders along Southeast May Valley Road, Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Southeast Tiger Mountain Road, Second Avenue Southeast, East Sunset Way, Highlands Drive Northeast, Southeast Black Nugget Road, East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Village Park Drive.

Cyclists will be required to adhere to the rules of the road, but drivers should expect possible delays.

Candidates file for legislative races

June 15, 2010

The candidates to represent Issaquah in Olympia include some familiar faces and political newcomers.

June 11 marked the deadline to file as a candidate for federal, state, county, city, judicial offices. No city posts will be decided this year.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson announced his re-election campaign late June 10, a week after Democrat Dean Willard kicked off his bid for the seat. Anderson, a Fall City Republican, has held the 5th Legislative District post for a decade.

“In spite of the drastic downturn in the economy, the Legislature and governor ignored the effects on regular people outside of Olympia,” Anderson said in a campaign news release. “We need to get Washington back on track with a ‘live-within-our-means’ budget and no new taxes. We should not be following California down the road to bankruptcy.”

Willard, a Sammamish information technology consultant and a former T-Mobile executive, launched his campaign at Vino Bella in downtown Issaquah on June 3.

The race also includes 2008 Democratic candidate David Spring, although the local party has endorsed Willard.

Incumbent GOP Rep. Jay Rodne will face Sammamish Democrat Greg Hoover, a real estate agent and attorney, for the other 5th Legislative District seat.

King County Council members appointed Rodne, a North Bend attorney, to the seat in 2004 when then-5th District representative Cheryl Pflug became a state senator. Rodne has been elected and re-elected since.

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State Rep. Glenn Anderson announces re-election bid as deadline nears

June 10, 2010

UPDATED — 7:40 a.m. June 11, 2010

Candidates to represent Issaquah in Olympia readied campaign plans as the Friday deadline to file for election approached.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson announced his campaign late Thursday, a week after Democrat Dean Willard kicked off his bid for the seat. Anderson, a Fall City Republican, has held the 5th Legislative District post for a decade.

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Walk, run, spring into summer with a women’s night on the town

May 11, 2010

As the days get longer, it’s time to shape up, so on May 12 you’ll want to sprint to the Women Spring into Summer! event sponsored by Evergreen Ford of Issaquah.

“It’s going to be a really fun event with lots of great things to do,” organizer Lynn Rehn said.

“We’re really excited about any event that promotes local businesses,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matthew Bott said. “This event is really helping consumers rediscover some of the great businesses that we have here in Issaquah.”

Massages, nights out on the town with dinner, pedicures, drinks and cocktails — 60 Issaquah businesses are pulling out the stops to entertain the women who come to the event, Rehn said.

The free event runs from 6-8 p.m. at Evergreen Ford, 1500 18th Ave. N.W.

Each of the night’s sponsors has created gift packages worth $50 or more and there are so many prizes, Rehn said, she’ll give one, or several, away every five minutes during the two-hour event.

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Walk, run, spring into summer with a women’s night on the town Wednesday

May 9, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 9, 2010

As the days get longer, it’s time to shape up, so on Wednesday, you’ll want to sprint to the free Women Spring into Summer! event sponsored by Evergreen Ford of Issaquah.

“It’s going to be a really fun event with lots of great things to do,” organizer Lynn Rehn said.

“We’re really excited about any event that promotes local businesses,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott said. “This event is really helping consumers rediscover some of the great businesses that we have here in Issaquah.”

Massages, nights out on the town with dinner, pedicures, drinks and cocktails — 60 Issaquah businesses are pulling out the stops to entertain the women who come to the event, Rehn said.

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Come laugh to save lives at Seattle Children’s

May 4, 2010

It’s not every day you get to laugh for a good cause, but on May 6, that’s exactly what Issaquah residents can do.

The Clare Beckett Guild and Vino Bella are hosting a comedic event to raise money for Seattle Children’s.

Proceeds from the show and silent auction will go to the Uncompensated Care Fund at Seattle Children’s, which allows families with children unable to cover the cost of medical care access to care for free, said Judy Gaffney, the guild’s president.

The guild is named for Gaffney’s and co-founder Brooke Shumaker’s children, who were both treated at Children’s in the first days of their lives.

“We feel blessed by our experience at Children’s,” Gaffney said. “They did a tremendous amount of caring for us. And though we were there with 19 other families, they made it seem like we were the only people in the unit.”

Gaffney’s daughter Clare was born at 28 weeks with a very rare chromosome condition July 4, 2006, which necessitated that she be cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s. That condition took her life four days later, Gaffney said, but with the help of the medical team at Children’s, she and her husband were able to hold their daughter and hear her cry prior to her death.

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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.”

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Musician presents ‘anti-radio’ CD ‘Rum of Faith’

January 19, 2010

Jeremy Owen strips down to just his voice and his guitar in his new CD, ‘Rum of Faith.’ Julianne Masters

Jeremy Owen has worked hard to train his voice to be his best instrument. If, instead, he’d allowed his career track to be influenced by his failures, he might not be releasing his fourth CD, let alone his first.

“I have been humiliated off more stages on open mic nights than I can count,” said the Issaquah resident. “And each time, I said I’d never do that again. Then, one day, no one was complaining.”

Having performed for just about every type of audience, Owen said his latest CD, “Rum of Faith,” marks a return to the music best enjoyed by a smaller, more intimate audience. That’s why he chose to debut it at Vino Bella, with its intimate café setting.

While “Rum of Faith” is a return to an all-acoustic set, Owen described his music that can be tweaked to be enjoyed by any crowd, from heavy metal to country. Read more

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