City University to offer program at LWTC

City University of Seattle and Lake Washington Technical College (LWTC) have joined to bring CityU of Seattle’s newly developed Bachelor of Arts in Management (B.A.M.) program to the LWTC campus in Redmond beginning this fall.

  • Aug 18, 2008

Kirkland-based Amaze Entertainment sets new branding strategy

California video game developer Foundation 9 Entertainment announced July 21 that it is re-branding Kirkland subsidiary Amaze Entertainment. The move is seen as an attempt to foster individuality and studio autonomy in the company’s new studio-focused strategy.

  • Aug 6, 2008

Building a sustainable community: Are you spending locally? | Column

As a Kirkland resident and local business owner, promoting a sustainable city and business community is important to me. Like anyone that lives and works here, I don’t want to see my taxes raised and my public services cut because we don’t have the revenue to keep our budget balanced.

Pathway Medical Technologies’ artery-clearing system gets FDA approval

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Pathway Medical Technologies’ “PV Atherectomy System,” Thomas Clement, CEO of the Kirkland-based company, announced last week. The system is designed to treat patients with peripheral artery disease by removing hard and soft diseased tissue and restoring circulation in the peripheral arteries.

  • Aug 6, 2008

Designer honored for salon styling

Salon Today magazine last month named a Gene Juarez Salon & Spa designed by Kirkland’s Midori Yoshikawa as a “First Runner Up” in its annual salons of the year competition. The award-winning salon and spa in Southcenter was honored for its “classically chic” design.

  • Aug 4, 2008

Lake Vue Gardens bought for $13.8 mill.

Lake Vue Gardens Convalescent Center operators Life Care Centers of America has purchased the facility at 10101 N.E. 120th St. from a group of investors. The sale price is reportedly for $13.81 million, or about $327 per square foot.

  • Aug 4, 2008

Kirkland energy Co. sells gas plant to PSE

Kirkland-based National Energy Systems Co. has sold a 125 megawatt power plant in northwest Washington to Puget Sound Energy.

  • Aug 4, 2008

Home decor duo still Out of this World in Kirkland, despite housing woes

They can turn a metal door into a handsome mahogany portal or transform a terra cotta tiled floor into travertine marble. In fact, they can make just about anything look like, well, anything else. Practicing a trade commonly known as “faux finishing,” Todd and Susan Allemand are still busy sprucing up home furnishings around Kirkland and the Eastside despite declines in home values and a weakening real estate market.

  • Jul 23, 2008

Jiffy Lube re-opens after October fire

Rose Hill Jiffy Lube service center re-opened for business last month after a devastating fire, which occurred on the evening of Oct. 6, 2007, closed the store for nearly 8 months.

  • Jul 21, 2008

Tech-City celebrates 50th with festivities

TechCity Bowl, a 32-lane bowling and restaurant complex in Kirkland, will celebrate its 50th anniversary July 25 through Aug. 8 with two weeks of events, including: give-aways; free bowling clinics for kids and seniors; free family bingo; a nostalgic ‘50s day with 50¢ bowling; and classic car show.

  • Jul 21, 2008

Six businesses named best places to recycle

Six Kirkland businesses were last week named to King County’s list of the Best Workplace for Recycling in 2008. Google, Chameleon Technologies, Champagne’ Design, Eco Cartridge Store, Otak and Poggemeyer Design Group all made the list.

  • Jul 21, 2008

Parking Advisory Board has opening

Interested in helping the city work out its downtown parking problems?

  • Jul 14, 2008

Nintendo opens new warehouse in Kirkland

Video game giant Nintendo became the latest high tech company to expand to Kirkland when it opened a new warehouse in Totem Lake last month.

  • Jul 14, 2008

Can’t keep local biz open all night? Go online | Susan Burnash

In my last column, I posed the question “are you in business to make a living, or is this just a hobby?” In response to my point about the opportunities retail stores lose by keeping limited hours, I received several comments about how difficult it is for sole proprietors to be open as often as they’d like.

Burnham Nationwide opens Kirland office | Business Briefs

A quick look at what's up with businesses in and around Kirkland.

  • Jun 30, 2008

Kirkland-based party supply retailer sells for $31 million

Kirkland-based retailer Celebrate Express Inc., which specializes in online sales of party supplies and costumes, has agreed to a preliminary deal to join Liberty Media Corp. of Englewood, Colo., for $31 million, the Associated Press reported last week.

  • Jun 30, 2008

Slow business forces Kirkland Santa shop to close

Reasons to Believe, an iconic downtown shop at 92 Kirkland Ave. that sells thousands of one-of-a-kind, handmade Santa figurines, will close at the end of July, owner Dennis Brown said last week. Brown, who can often be seen from the storefront window sitting at his workbench crafting a Santa or a reindeer, cited a problem generating business as the reason for the closure.

  • Jun 25, 2008

Kirkland shops: In it for the biz, or just for fun?

The second Thursday evening of every month in Kirkland is best known for the Kirkland Art Walk. Recently, the downtown galleries, restaurants and local coffee shops have added jazz to this monthly scene. Last month, I decided to roam downtown to see for myself all the evening now has to offer.

Salon helps Kirkland residents bounce back from homelessness | Business Briefs

Salon provides day of pampering to people adjusting to life after homelessness...Kirkland Chamber golf tournament set for Aug. 6.

  • Jun 18, 2008

No theater in alternate Kirkland Parkplace plan

The second plan — or “Office Park” proposal — for Parkplace would not include a theater, sports club or hotel, according to the developer’s Web site at The current Parkplace includes both a movie theater and sports club.

  • Jun 11, 2008