The Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Lunch and Learn at noon, Thursday, Dec. 11, will feature news on Public Hospital District No. 4. Speaker Rodger McCollum, Superintendent of Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, will present the community benefits and services of the past year and discuss the grand opening of the district’s new hospital.
Puget Sound Energy announced last week “that customers will notice a pleasant surprise on their winter power bills: a one-time credit applied to December and January bills that will save the average residential electric customer about $40.” The bill credit is the mechanism to be used to distribute half of $109 million that resulted from the sale of PSE’s utility operations in Jefferson County, to all PSE customers.
Just three days into his new job as general manager of the North Bend Premium Outlets, midwest transplant Ed Huebner was getting ready for the late shift—6 p.m. to 6 a.m.—as part of the mall’s Thanksgiving rush. The mall was open 36 hours straight, between Thanksgiving and end of day on Black Friday, Nov. 28. That weekend is typically one of the year’s busiest, second only to the weekend before Christmas.
North Bend's Premium Outlets are gearing up for their biggest weekend of the year. The mall will be open on Thanksgiving, and stay open 36 hours straight, to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28.
Ophthalmologist Rebecca Dale and technician Sarah Field from Snoqualmie Valley Eyecare Associates, helped provide eye care at Seattle’s Key Arena Saturday, Oct. 25, at an event organized by Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, or RAM. Many people live in fear of sickness and injury because they have little to no access to basic medical care, said Dale. RAM helps by providing free quality dental, vision and medical care to those who cannot afford it. In less than 24 hours, RAM turns fairgrounds, schools and arenas into mobile medical centers.
After months of anticipation, Piccola Cellars is flinging open its doors for a Grand Opening Party, 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. Located in the old North Bend Fire Station, 112 West Second Street, Piccola will provide a range of hot and cold snacks, live music, raffles and drink and tote specials.
On election day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, staff at Snoqualmie’s Democracy Live gave a short demo of their electronic voting software, Live Ballot, to visiting officials, including Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson, King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, and U.S. Representative Dave Reichert. Company President Bryan Finney and Board President Joseph Brotherton discussed the possibilities for their product, now in use in more than 550 locations worldwide.
On Thursday, Nov. 6, Snoqualmie Casino celebrates its sixth anniversary. As part of the party, the Casino is offering $275,000 in cars, cash and other prizes. Since opening on November 6, 2008, Snoqualmie Casino has made a home in the Snoqualmie Valley, as one of the largest employers in the area, providing jobs to over 1,200 employees.
The Snoqualmie Valley Chamber is ‘taking it to the max’ with a 1970’s themed dance party at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Chamber members and guests can dress in their ‘70s best for Friday Night Fever, starting at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21. Food, a cash bar, dancing and dance lessons will be available.
TPC Snoqualmie Ridge recently announced the completion of a $3 million renovation, featuring new dining spaces, fully re-imagined interiors and golf course updates. The course has also recently appointed a new general manager, Ben Wood, who is a former professional golfer and experienced club leader.
Last April, the huge explosion that wrecked several downtown buildings and forced neighbors out of their homes also badly damaged the Les Schwab Tire Center in North Bend. Now, nearly six months after the natural gas explosion on April 25, 2014, Les Schwab celebrates the grand reopening of its remodeled North Bend store this weekend.
Carpenter Jonathan Seaton walks that fine line between artist and craftsman, crossing into either territory with each piece he produces. At his North Bend workshop—he has no storefront, but then, he has no inventory, either—he builds wood furniture to the exacting specifications of both his customers, and himself.
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.
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.
As a second phase of downtown Snoqualmie improvements starts kicking up dust, downtown merchants have rallied together to ensure tourists know they are still open for business. They started a “Sip, Shop & Savor Summer in Downtown Snoqualmie” campaign to showcase the business district between now and early September.
Teri Clark is the new owner and manager at Snoqualmie Valley Weight Loss Center. A past client and employee, Clark has kept the same location, at 213 Bendigo Blvd. N., North Bend, adding hours and inventory. An open house is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 21. Visitors are welcome to sample products and meet the new owner.
Birches Habitat owner Nancy Wray has opened a new business, Arty Party Place, adjacent to her retail shop. Arty Party Place offers a space for art group classes, private parties and gatherings. “We provide your canvas, supplies and paint and easy to follow lessons,” Wray told the Record. “All we need is you, your enthusiasm and some wine for a really fun night out with your gal pals, neighbors and friends.”