Car show to take up all of Front Street

June 10, 2014

Close down an entire city street, line up vintage rides from end to end and pack the sidewalks with classic car aficionados, and you get one of downtown’s most popular events — Fenders on Front Street.

The annual car show, hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association, returns for its ninth year June 15, bigger than ever. Executive Director Karen Donovan said the show set an attendance record last year with about 10,000 visitors.

Unlike specific car shows, anyone with a classic ride may register to sign their car up, even the day of the event. Donovan said they may have to cut off signups by 11 a.m., depending upon the number of participants. Go to www.fendersonfrontstreet.com/registration to learn more about signing up.

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Gunners FC opens its season May 17

May 13, 2014

The Issaquah-based Puget Sound Gunners FC soccer team will open its season with a May 17 matchup against the Portland Timbers U-23.

The team, led by head coach and Issaquah resident Jimmy Ball, features athletes from across the Northwest region and beyond, including Issaquah High School graduate Michael Roberts.

Players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University will suit up for the Gunners.

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Triple XXX hosts its first-ever electric car show May 11

May 6, 2014

For the first time, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in will host a car show strictly for plug-in electric vehicles.

The Spring Electric Vehicle Show on May 11 is part of Triple XXX’s regular Sunday car show roster that typically features classic cars and collections from local car clubs.

By Greg Farrar A Tesla Model S sedan with a storage compartment under the front hood fondly nicknamed the ‘frunk’ by owners of the electric car, is on display in 2013 at the Earth Day Fair in Newcastle.

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A Tesla Model S sedan with a storage compartment under the front hood fondly nicknamed the ‘frunk’ by owners of the electric car, is on display in 2013 at the Earth Day Fair in Newcastle.

At the Spring Electric Vehicle Show, members of the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association will showcase many different vehicles, including classic cars that have been converted to run on electricity as well as production vehicles such as the Tesla, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, Mitsubishi, Fiat 500 and plug-in hybrids. Dealers and other sustainability representatives will be on hand to showcase how driving electric vehicles saves money while also saving the planet.

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Registration opens for Fenders on Front Street

March 11, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association has opened free registration to its ninth annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15, Father’s Day.

The show attracts car owners from across the state showing off their classic cars. There will be live music by the Kaleidoscope School of Music, family activities, and a trophy and awards ceremony with master of ceremonies Lance Lambert. Vinyl Radio will broadcast classic tunes all day with Jeff Shade, the host of the syndicated show “Talk About Cars.” The afternoon will culminate in a cruise to the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In.

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XXX showcases the classics — old and new

February 11, 2014

José Enciso has owned The XXX Rootbeer Drive-in since 1999, and it has turned out to be one of the most popular destinations for car buffs to gather.

Even though his growing schedule of shows is filled throughout the year with classic car clubs, and his own garage is packed with a variety of classic rides, Enciso knows the future of car clubs belongs to the newest aficionados who drive imports.

C0ntributed The 2013 NWCCC meetup  featured 150 classic 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevys. The Tri-Five, as it’s known, is the longest-running car show on the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in’s schedule.

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The 2013 NWCCC meetup featured 150 classic 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevys. The Tri-Five, as it’s known, is the longest-running car show on the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in’s schedule.

Enciso said The XXX became a destination for spontaneous meetups, or flash mobs, of like car owners, especially car clubs for imports, like Hondas and Subarus.

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Issaquah company is finalist for small business honor

October 2, 2012

Issaquah-based Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, is a finalist for a countywide small business honor, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Sept. 5.

The company is nominated in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category alongside Seattle-based Enprecis and Kent-based Pacific Metallurgical.

Trans-NET Inc. is the only Issaquah business nominated. In the inaugural awards last year, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in won Minority Small Business of the Year. Trans-NET Inc. received a nomination in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category last year, too.

Organizers named 21 finalists in seven categories for the King County Executive’s Small Business Awards. The competition received 130 nominations.

Organizers plan to announce the winners Oct. 10 at a ceremony at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

Issaquah company is finalist for small business honor

September 5, 2012

NEW — 3:35 p.m. Sept. 5, 2012

Issaquah-based Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, is a finalist for a countywide small business honor, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Wednesday.

The company is nominated in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category alongside Seattle-based Enprecis and Kent-based Pacific Metallurgical.

Trans-NET Inc. is the only Issaquah business nominated. In the inaugural awards last year, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in won Minority Small Business of the Year. Trans-NET Inc. received a nomination in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category last year, too.

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Japanese fencers join international trend to train in Issaquah

September 4, 2012

A delegation of young fencers and their three coaches came from Japan to Issaquah to train with saber coach Wang Yung (center, standing) at the Washington Fencing Academy the week of Aug. 27. By Christina Corrales-Toy

Issaquah has become quite the destination for elite fencers looking to improve their game.

Fencers from all over the world travel to the Washington Fencing Academy, just to train with saber coach Wang Yung.

Yung has coached national and world champions. In July, the coach hosted Mannad Zeid, an Egyptian fencer who spent time training at the Washington Fencing Academy before he traveled to London for the 2012 Olympic Games.

The parade of international competitors hoping to learn from Yung continued the week of Aug. 27, as eight junior fencers from Japan traveled to Issaquah to train with the coach for a week.

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Olympics-bound Egyptian fencer trains in Issaquah

July 24, 2012

Mannad Zeid, Egyptian Olympic fencer ranked 39th worldwide in the saber, lunges at Washington Fencing Academy expert saber coach Wang Yung July 18 in Issaquah to improve his technique with a few adjustments prior to the XXX Olympiad in London. By Greg Farrar

At just 22 years old, Egyptian fencer Mannad Zeid is just days away from competing on a stage reserved for only the world’s elite athletes.

On July 29, Zeid will grab his saber, put on his mask and prepare for one of the most intense moments of his fencing career when he participates in the men’s individual saber competition at the 2012 London Olympics.

Zeid is from Alexandria, Egypt, and has been fencing nearly all of his life. The road to London took a stop in Issaquah last week when he came to train with Wang Yung, an expert saber coach at the Washington Fencing Academy.

“I came here to train with him for a week because he has a lot of experience,” Zeid said. “He has already improved me within three days.”

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Nominate small businesses for top King County honor

July 10, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine is on the search for the top small businesses in the county.

The county is accepting nominations for the 2012 King County Executive Small Business Awards until July 31. In order to qualify, businesses must operate in King County, have 50 employees or fewer and have been in business for at least three years.

Find the nomination form at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/constantine/BusinessAward.aspx

The nomination categories include Small Business of the Year, Minority Small Business of the Year, Woman Small Business of the Year, Exporting Small Business of the Year, Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year, Workforce Development Small Business of the Year and Rural Small Business of the Year.

Organizers plan to announce finalists Sept. 10. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 10 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

In the inaugural awards last year, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah’s iconic destination for burgers and root beer floats, earned the Minority Small Business of the Year title. Issaquah-based Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, received a nomination in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category.

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