Meet other Valley businesspeople and check out what’s new at North Bend’s Selah Gifts at this month’s Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce After Hours event, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30.
Earl Bell, author of the book, “Winning in Baseball and Business,” speaks at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce’s College of Business Knowledge Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, at the Mount Si Golf Course Restaurant, Snoqualmie. Learn a model for creating a spiral of success in your company.
As a college student and an avid runner, Michael Hughes thought of himself as a hard worker. And, a bit of dark horse. Growing up in Issaquah, Hughes often talked about running his own business. But life seemed to be going down a different path, until an opportunity—printing designs T-shirts on his own press—presented itself. Hughes took it and ran with it.
Fans of the North Bend Bar & Grill, (and there are many) have once again put the restaurant at or near the top of the list in several categories in the Valley Record's Best of the Valley reader survey. This year, the NBBG was chosen Best Bar, and was a finalist for Best Restaurant and Best Brunch. We asked Liz Vollbrecht, a 10-year employee and general manager for the past five years, about what makes the place stand out for customers.
It’s there in the numbers. Since the first of the year, the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce has added 45 new members, bringing the total membership to 305. Readers in the Valley Record’s Best of the Valley poll knew it already, choosing the Chamber as the Best Organization to Join. And everyone can join the chamber. We have non-profit, for-profit and individual members,” said Nate Perea, Chamber Executive Director. “Usually when we have individuals join, they’re very community-minded people. They want to be a part of contributing to the community,” he added.
North Bend dentist Kelly Garwood’s new digs in downtown North Bend are full of surprises, some of which she may show you at her open house, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20. Garwood moved last December into her new location, the former home of North Bend Montessori school. An extensive remodel, a new home in the heart of North Bend, and some smart additions have made for positive changes for Garwood, her team and her patients.
Harry Buhler of John L. Scott has retired from real estate after 41 years, 18 of it affiliated with the North Bend office. Prior to that, he was associate broker and manager of North Bend’s Eastside Realty office for 23 years. “How times have changed since I started selling real estate in 1973,” remembered Buhler. “Beginning that year, I would try to drum up business by going door-knocking in an attempt to obtain a listing. Back in those days, there was very little competition in real estate, as no agents would drive way up to North Bend or Snoqualmie. In meeting potential clients... I would ask if they were thinking about selling. Most were not. However, one neighbor down the street was thinking of selling. Sure enough, the neighbor was ready to sell. That was how I got my first real estate listing.
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, downtown Snoqualmie merchants are hosting “Snoqualmie Go Braugh,” a weeklong event which offers Irish-themed food, drinks, music and promotional specials. The festivities started Monday, and end Saturday, March 15. Part of the fun is the “Quest for Uncle Si’s Lost Gold.” Contestants must obtain a passport, which lists participating businesses, along with a set of limericks describing those businesses.. The lucky winner will receive $100 in golden coins.
Washington Filmworks, in town to meet the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, is touring the Valley in search of potential film sites for movies, TV shows, or commercials. The Chamber is seeking tips from the Valley. Filmworks wants scenic or historical spaces, ideally, privately-owned. Send your info on the property, including where it is located, who owns it, why it is filmworthy, and whether the owner would allow Filmworks to document it on March 21. E-mail your suggestions to Chamber staffer Kaylee Hardman at email@example.com.
Classified staff, including bus drivers, custodians and food service workers in the Snoqualmie Valley School District now have a four-year contract in place. The contract, approved by a vote of the Public School Employees (PSE) union Feb. 13 and the school board Feb. 27, includes a 2 percent pay increase for each of the next four years.
In celebration of St. Patricks Day, downtown Snoqualmie merchants are hosting “Snoqualmie Go Braugh,” a weeklong event which offers Irish-themed food, drinks, music and promotional specials. The festivities start Monday, March 10, with a contest titled “Quest for Uncle Si’s Lost Gold.” The lucky winner of this contest will receive $100 in golden coins.
Bartell Drugs hosts a “Spring Health & Beauty Event” at its North Bend store this week. Cosmetic demonstrations are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 7. Cosmetologists will give free “mini makeovers” that focus on the latest colors and products for spring. From 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, get hair styling tips. Conair representatives will spotlight the latest hair styling tools and tips.
Making real food, and making sure people who need it, get it, is a passion for Rose Mitra, owner of Rose Ridge Cafe and Deli on Snoqualmie Ridge. Mitra purchased the former Spicoli Sub Shop in June of 2011. “My goal is to serve people ‘real food’,” says Mitra. “My goal is to make you feel at home.”
The Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District Lunch and Learn at noon on Thursday, March 6, will focus on ways to secure your financial well-being. Speaker Steve Weaver, of Weaver Financial in North Bend, will discuss risk factors, areas of focus and available resources. Classes are held at Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 Snoqualmie Ridge Trail.
Mount Si High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) has set Saturday, March 29, as the date of its annual auction. The fund-raising event will be at Si View Community Center, and the goal this year is $60,000. All the money raised will go to Mount Si ASB, sports, and clubs. A portion of the price of each ticket sold will benefit the buyers’ designated team or club. All of the auction proceeds will go to ASB, 20 percent, and designated teams or clubs, 80 percent.
United States Congressman Dave Reichert takes the podium at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce's Friday, Feb. 21 luncheon. Reichert will talk about what is happening in Washington D.C. that will affect small business in 2014. Members from the other Chambers within the 8th District will also be invited to the luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
Valley businesses will tempt gardeners with their wares this weekend at the 26th Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. Locals making an appearance include garden creators Adam Gorski Landscapes, Inc. of North Bend, and marketplace vendors The Dahlia Barn of North Bend, Good Medicine of Carnation and Eastside Tree Works of Fall City.
Washington Filmworks will be visiting to explore the Snoqualmie Valley and talk about the future of filming movies, TV shows and commercials locally at the March luncheon of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
In February, Congressman Dave Reichert will join the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce to talk about what is happening in Washington D.C. that will affect small business in 2014.
Eighteen boxes of Andrea Williamson’s shirts and pants are lined up along a wall, ready to ship. Windows look out on timberland at her home near the old Snoqualmie Falls mill site. Sewing machines, patterns, a rack of prototype clothes and a file cabinet full of fabric samples are near at hand.