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

Kirkland art gallery celebrates 36 years

The Howard/Mandville Gallery in downtown Kirkland is celebrating its 36th anniversary by featuring 36 of the gallery’s usual roster of artists, plus several special guests, throughout the month.

  • Jun 11, 2008

Juanita High grad joins Seattle health clinic

The Polyclinic, one of the largest multi-specialty clinics in the Puget Sound with 130 locations in the Seattle area, has added Meghann Mellon, a 1996 graduate of Juanita High School, to its staff. Mellon, a dietitian, will help the clinic add nutritional services to its offering of health care specialties.

  • Jun 11, 2008

Windermere staff to clean Juanita beach June 20

Agents and staff from Windermere Real Estate’s Kirkland Northeast office are volunteering their time next week as part of the 24th Annual Windermere Community Service Day on Friday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Jun 11, 2008

‘Green’ car dealership leaving Kirkland, headed to Bellevue

The Green Car Company, a Kirkland car dealership specializing in electric and biodiesel cars and other environmentally friendly vehicles, is relocating to Bellevue. The dealership plans to open its new location at 345 106th Ave. N.E. in Bellevue by the end of the week.

  • Jun 11, 2008

Tips for small businesses on how to hook the media

In my last column I focused on finding your “business hook.” But after moderating a panel of editors from the Kirkland Reporter, Puget Sound Business Journal and the Seattle Times a few weeks ago, I realized that, while many small businesses might understand the concept of a strong story hook, they may struggle to actually pitch the story. So here’s what I’ll do: Pitch to you, the reader, the story of one of my favorite local businesses.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Downtown Kirkland shops to stay up late through Labor Day

Many downtown businesses will stay open until 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights from now through Labor Day.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Kirkland’s Ashram yoga studio celebrates two years

The Ashram yoga studio, which specializes in teaching hot yoga classes, celebrated its second anniversary earlier this month. The Ashram opened its doors on May 18, 2006, and has grown to offer more than 35 hot vinyasa and Bikram style classes per week. The studio marked the occasion May 18 by offering free classes to first-time clients, a raffle and a reception.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Seattle women’s organization nominates Kirkland CEO for award

A Seattle-based women’s professional organization has named Kirkland resident Jean Thompson as one of five finalists for the 2008 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year Award.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Juanita Beach market opening this week

Now entering its second year, the Juanita Beach Friday Market will open for the first time in 2008 this Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. The market, located at Juanita Beach Park, goes through Oct. 10.

  • May 30, 2008

Toys you can sink your teeth into

ome girls have all the luck. Kirkland’s Shankar family has two -- girls with all the good fortune, that is.

  • May 30, 2008

Pathway Medical secures $24.5 million

Kirkland-based Pathway Medical Technologies, Inc., an innovator of endovascular treatments for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), announced last week it had secured a $24.5 million in financing to used to prepare for commercialization -- specifically to build a sales and manufacturing organization in anticipation of the market introduction of its Pathway PV Atherectomy System.

  • May 30, 2008

To change or not: Is your image working for you?

I am always intrigued by the number of TV advertisements that promise a whole new look, feel or image simply by purchasing their product. But is a new image really necessary to stand out from the crowd? And when it comes to business, is there a right time or wrong time, right way or wrong way, to change your business image, especially when you’ve invested heavily in the current one?

  • May 30, 2008

Community answers bookstore’s page

A plea for help sent out to about 1,600 local residents last week has saved Kirkland’s Parkplace Books -- for now.

  • May 30, 2008

Business Briefs

Kirkland businesses interested in bidding on public construction projects, providing professional services or supplying goods and products can now register online with a shared procurement portal,

  • May 30, 2008

Is your business newsworthy?: A simple rule to follow

At a recent business networking event a nice gentleman (with a business that helps parents fund college educations without, as he said, “going broke”) approached me and pitched his business in the hope that I might get him coverage in the paper. Trying not to embarrass him, I explained I am a columnist (as opposed to a reporter) and have no influence over the type of business stories that get covered. I listened politely and thanked him for saying hello. But on the way home I realized that, although I couldn’t officially help him get his story in the paper, I could help him pitch his story in a way that might get results.