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.”
Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater launches its 49th season with the tradition-infused “Fiddler on the Roof,” to be performed in an open-air amphitheater, surrounded by woods, meadows and streams. Barbecue dinners are available by reservation on performance days. Performances run July 19 through Aug. 24, with shows on Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
The King County Department of Assessments will host a community presentation, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Mount Si Senior Center, to discuss valuations, taxes and property tax deferral/exemption programs for qualified low-income senior and disabled residents.
The North Bend office of The Cascade Team welcomed its newest real estate broker, Heidi Root. Root was raised on the Eastside and has a background in appraisal and real estate. She enjoys working with people and looks forward to assisting buyers and sellers. The Cascade Team Real Estate office is located at 231 Bendigo Boulevard North, North Bend. Call the office at (425) 654-3722.
North Bend’s The Swirl frozen yogurt shop is excited to announce the celebration of its one-year anniversary. Last June, The Swirl opened in the Mount Si Si Village Shopping Center across from Ace Hardware and El Caporal. In the last year, the shop got involved in many of the community’s activities, including the North Bend Block Party, the Jazz Walk and Blues Walk, supporting the Mount Si High School sports teams and Snoqualmie Valley Little League, and fundraising activities for the area elementary schools.
The question wasn’t meant as a joke, but Sharon Nikko couldn’t stop laughing after being asked how her employees like working at the Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory. “I don’t know, we’ll have to ask!” she finally said, still chuckling, then she called out, “Hey, Barb! She’s asking me if my employees enjoy working here!” Barb McClain an employee of 16 years, gave her employer an exasperated smile and said, “That’s a silly question!”
Throughout much of her career, Peggy McNamara has had the answers, or at least known where to find them. She has been a corporate director of education, a real estate agent and “kind of a clean-up girl” brought in to restructure struggling offices. She teaches online classes on real estate, and in the past year, she finished a major reorganization of the Acres of Diamonds women’s shelter in Duvall. In her newest volunteer role, though, McNamara has none of the answers, “but lots of questions,” she says.
It’s a new year for Snoqualmie Valley Women In Business, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for collaboration, networking, personal growth and community leadership for local business women. Now in its sixth year, Women in Business has adopted the theme of “Up Your Game” for the year, and continues to fine-tune its offerings to meet the needs of nearly 100 members, like the networking exercise that’s been added to each meeting, or the social event and accessory swap planned for June 17 at Glass & Bottle on Snoqualmie Ridge.
Snoqualmie’s Railroad Days festival, which returns in August, brings 15,000 people from across the region. Last year, Waste Management participated by providing trained sorting station staff to help educate the public about how to properly dispose of the garbage, recycling and compost generated at the event.
Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce’s June Lunch Workshop is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 20, at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St. Learn how to use LinkedIn and your connections to find success.
Author and mycologist Tim Leavitt’s new cookbook is for mushroom lovers, haters (or those unsure), and everyone in between. The North Bend man penned “Cooking Wild Mushrooms (for People Who Don’t Like Mushrooms)” as a resource for foraging wild mushrooms. It includes various cooking techniques and more than two dozen recipes.
The next Snoqualmie Valley Chamber After Hours is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Sigillo Cellars in downtown Snoqualmie. Sigillo's tasting room has opened in the Mignone building on Railroad Avenue.