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Membership director and Snoqualmie Valley resident Lizzy Billington is stepping up as new CEO of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, days after Nate Perea announced his departure for a new role. Perea, who has led the chamber for 16 months, gave notice Thursday, August 28. He is now director of membership experience for the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. Perea came to the Snoqualmie Valley chamber April 1, 2013, after serving as the director of membership development for the Issaquah chamber.
Last week saw the opening of the new Visitor Information Center and Mountain View Gallery on Bendigo Boulevard in North Bend. The project is the result of a yearlong partnership between the city of North Bend, BrookWater Advisors and the North Bend Downtown Foundation.
Piccola Wine Cellars in North Bend has postponed its grand opening from this Thursday to Thursday, Sept. 25.
One Snoqualmie business, Lula Ruby, an Organic Salon, was among the 97 companies named “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction” this year by King County’s Solid Waste Division. Lula Ruby (lularubysalon.com), owned by Angela Favero, strives to reduce or eliminate their carbon footprint in the Snoqualmie Valley. Favero works with product supply companies that share their vision to eliminate unnecessary waste in packaging. Since day one, she has utilized Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power program, and recycles everything down to the foils that are used in clients’ hair. Lula Ruby uses glasses to serve water to their guests, and they recently purchased a low-energy washer and dryer combo. They also compost the hair that they sweep up off the floor.
Ready for anything: Former Snoqualmie mayor Fuzzy Fletcher goes into the disaster preparedness business
Randy “Fuzzy” Fletcher is not out to scare you. He just wants to make you think, and better yet, make a plan. Fletcher, the former mayor of Snoqualmie, and his wife, Rebecca Bastian, recently went into business as Fletcher Consulting, offering disaster preparedness for businesses and families. They have operated the business since October out of their Maple Avenue home in Snoqualmie, offering everything from five-day kits to generator installation to plans for keeping a company up and running in a disaster.