Business

Clearwire brings in industry veteran as new CEO

Wireless broadband communications provider Clearwire Corporation announced on March 9 telecom industry veteran William (Bill) T. Morrow, 49, was joining the company as Chief Executive Officer.

  • Mar 11, 2009

Clearwire confident in WiMax expansion

Counting on the promise of increasing demand for hi-tech portable devices, streaming video and interactive media, local telecommunications firm Clearwire said they will continue to expand their network.

  • Mar 11, 2009

Kirkland’s historic Shumway Mansion defines a century of community service

At first glance the Shumway Mansion looks out of place among its smaller neighbors.

  • Mar 11, 2009

Organized Spaces to move locations

Organized Spaces owner Paul Valley is moving his 7-year-old custom closet company to a new and larger facility. Currently the company’s‚ showroom and warehouse are in separate locations in Kirkland about four miles apart. Now Valley and his 10 employees will enjoy being under one roof, right next to 405, just south of the 116th on-ramp in Kirkland. The company has four sales people and three install trucks that serve King and Snohomish Counties installing closets, garage, pantry, home offices, entertainment centers and all sorts of creative storage solutions.

  • Feb 24, 2009

BIZ BRIEF Keller Williams Realty bucks trends

Keller Williams® Realty Inc., the fourth largest real estate company in North America, recently announced that it outpaced the market in 2008, while remaining free of debt, and gave back more than $30 million in profits to its agents.

  • Feb 24, 2009

Businesses hang on as sales fall

Civic and business leaders are fighting to stay above water as the ripples of an economic recession hit Kirkland’s shores.

  • Feb 24, 2009

Children’s clothing brings new edge to shop

Seeking a new edge during hard times, Designer’s Consignment in Kirkland has taken off with the addition of children’s clothing lines.

  • Feb 23, 2009

Kirkland car dealers look to move merchandise

Amidst December’s heavy snow, Ford of Kirkland dealer Jim Walen was busy brushing off his cars and trucks and directing a snowplow to clear a path for potential customers to reach his business.

  • Feb 19, 2009

Google manager blames recession for scaled-back Lakeview plans

Rumored for months but never confirmed publicly until now, Google’s ambitious expansion plans in Kirkland have been scaled back for the foreseeable future.

  • Feb 17, 2009

DECA students market for Ten Grands fundraiser

DECA chapters from Interlake, Issaquah and Lake Washington high schools have adopted “Ten Grands-Seattle” as a marketing and community service project. Between now and mid-March these associations of marketing students will have a chance to demonstrate their marketing, entrepreneurial and leadership skills as they help promote “Ten Grands,” a benefit concert scheduled for April 3 at Benaroya Hall. Concert proceeds fund music education for K-12 students.

  • Feb 17, 2009

LWTC partners with local businesses to train workers

Education is the key to employment and economic stimulus, said Dave Cunnigham, associate dean of workforce training and grants for Lake Washington Technical College.

NEWS BRIEF Costco investigation closed

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington closed a two-year investigation of Costco Wholesale Corp. that included allegations the company issued backdated stock options to employees, including executives.

  • Feb 17, 2009

Microsoft to open line of retail stores

Microsoft Corp. has announced that it will open its own line of retail stores with David Porter at the helm. Porter, whose title will be corporate vice president of retail stores, comes to Microsoft from DreamWorks Animation SKG, where he was head of worldwide product distribution. He also spent 25 years at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in the roles of increasing responsibility and seniority in store operations, merchandising and information technology.

Peanut recall affects Kirkland

Crown Pacific Fine Foods of Kent is recalling sugar free milk chocolate peanuts distributed between April 3, 2007 and February 6, 2009. The peanuts could be contaminated with Salmonella.

  • Feb 17, 2009

SIMPLICITY DECOR THANK YOU SALE

Through March 1, Simplicity Decor is holding its third anniversary and thank you sale. Everything in the store is 20-80 percent off.

  • Feb 10, 2009

Davis Elected MLS treasurer

Doug Davis, who was board secretary in 2008, will serve as 2009 treasurer for the Northwest MLS board of directors. A real estate professional since 1973, he is the president and designated broker of Hallmark Realty Corporation in downtown Kirkland and holds leadership positions with both the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors and the Independent Broker’s Association.

  • Feb 10, 2009

Evergreen ranked top in nation

Evergreen Hospital Medical Center is ranked among the nation’s top five percent of hospitals, according to an independent study of mortality and complication rates by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company. Nearly 5,000 hospitals were included in the study.

  • Feb 10, 2009

Books by the bushel

ooksellers Barnes and Noble recently organized and delivered over 900 books to Evergreen Hospital.

  • Feb 5, 2009

Stocks: Savvy investors can still make money

Editor’s note: First of two parts.

Organization seeks new leadership KDAs interim Director Metteer to step down

After Kirkland Downtown Association (KDA) head Dick Beazell retired last month, businesses and civic boosters could at least take comfort that his assistant would remain behind to continue its work. But no longer.

  • Jan 27, 2009