Business

Owner Linda Wiley and son

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
Owner Linda Wiley and son
Ford of Kirkland managing owner Jim Walen stands in front of a row of Ford vehicles laden with snow during the recent snowstorm.

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
Ford of Kirkland managing owner Jim Walen stands in front of a row of Ford vehicles laden with snow during the recent snowstorm.
Google’s Peter Wilson.

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
Google’s Peter Wilson.
Lake Washington High School DECA club members (left to right) Quinn McCorkle

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
Lake Washington High School DECA club members (left to right) Quinn McCorkle

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
Evergreen Medical Center CEO Steve Brown and Brenda Gurung of Barnes and Noble peruse some of the 900 books donated by the store’s customers to the medical center. The books will be given to children in the Emergency Department

Books by the bushel

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

  • Feb 5, 2009
Evergreen Medical Center CEO Steve Brown and Brenda Gurung of Barnes and Noble peruse some of the 900 books donated by the store’s customers to the medical center. The books will be given to children in the Emergency Department

Stocks: Savvy investors can still make money

Editor’s note: First of two parts.

Kirkland Downtown Association Interim Director Julie Metteer

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
Kirkland Downtown Association Interim Director Julie Metteer

Merrill Gardens at Kirkland opens

Senior residents are starting the year in their new homes with the opening of Merrill Gardens at Kirkland. The state-of-the-art community is the newest addition to the Merrill Gardens family of retirement communities. Merrill Gardens at Kirkland offers 115 private luxury apartments, just steps from Lake Washington in downtown Kirkland, at 201 Kirkland Avenue.

  • Jan 20, 2009
Josh Underhill is a third-generation business owner of Underhill’s Fine Wood Furniture

Underhill’s Fine Wood Furniture to close all stores March 31

Underhill’s Fine Wood Furniture, which had previously announced that it would close its Redmond store at the end of January, has since announced that it will also close its Totem Lake, Bellevue and Lynnwood stores on March 31. It’s Kirkland location is at 12510 120th Ave. N.E.

  • Jan 19, 2009
Josh Underhill is a third-generation business owner of Underhill’s Fine Wood Furniture
Josh Underhill is a third-generation business owner.

Underhill’s Fine Wood Furniture to shut down all stores by March 31

Underhill's Fine Wood Furniture, which had previously announced that it would close its Redmond store at the end of January, has since announced that it will also close its Totem Lake, Bellevue and Lynnwood stores on March 31.

  • Jan 18, 2009
Josh Underhill is a third-generation business owner.
Eco-friendly mothers now have two Kate Quinn locations to choose from.

Kate Quinn Organics opens new Kirkland boutique

Kate Quinn Organics, the popular eco-friendly baby and children’s clothing and bedding company, has just opened a second boutique/showroom in Kirkland. Aside from selling their full collection of organic clothing and accessories, the new store will also carry other earth-friendly products, like Born Free bottles, Bla Bla dolls, as well as natural pacifiers and teethers.

  • Jan 13, 2009
Eco-friendly mothers now have two Kate Quinn locations to choose from.
An asbestos sign at the former Pace site warns of potential health hazards.

Pace National clean-up stirs old enmities in Moss Bay

Operating under a unique agreement reached earlier this year, the Washington State Department of Ecology (WSDOE) is seeking public comment until Jan. 20 on how to clean up pollution at a former industrial site in Kirkland.

  • Jan 7, 2009
An asbestos sign at the former Pace site warns of potential health hazards.
Attendees at a workshop on sustainability learn how the concept can be good for their bottom line.

MBA U panel discusses how to ‘green’ small businesses

A panel of industry experts recently gathered at the MBA University in Bellevue to share innovative ways to integrate ‘Green’ practices into small business. The guest speakers were part of a Breakfast for Champions Workshop presented by Sustainable September, a local nonprofit organization focused on promoting sustainable practices throughout the Eastside.

Attendees at a workshop on sustainability learn how the concept can be good for their bottom line.