Snoqualmie Ridge retail a year later

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SNOQUALMIE - Ever since Bibo Coffee opened its doors last August, owner Brandon Kuvara has never regretted any cup he has poured from his shop's location on the corner of Center Boulevard and Mayrand Lane.

As the first retail shop to open in the Snoqualmie Ridge retail area, Bibo's opening was proceeded by a buzz that helped the shop reach its projected six-month daily sales goals by the end of the first week.

"When we got there, we were excited and people were excited and they showed [it] by coming in," Kuvara said.

Not bad for a retail area that has no major thoroughfare and is located in a young community. Kuvara estimates only 5 percent of his business comes from people outside of Snoqualmie, but the city, and especially the Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhood, has been good to him.

"We're not getting a lot of drive-by traffic," Kuvara said. "But we are right where we want to be."

Despite almost exclusively serving Snoqualmie, the Ridge's retail area has been a good place to do business. Craig Hale, who owns the UPS Store in the first Ridge retail building right on the corner of Center Boulevard and Snoqualmie Parkway, has also seen his business reach its goals. He opened last November and said business is about where he expected it to be and steadily improving. The best business month he had was last month.

"I would never say we have too much business, but we have met our expectations," he said. "A majority of customers come from Snoqualmie, but quite a few are from Fall City and North Bend," he said.

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