Business

Twenty years ago

Labor of love — fruits of the sea a life long passion for Jim Oswalt

Twenty years ago, Jim Oswalt took his first job, at the fish counter of his local QFC. The young man had a passion for all things ocean - already a keen fishermen, working with fish just seemed to make sense.

Twenty years ago
Stylist Holly Aronson and client Alyssa Moser at the newly opened Mint Salon and Spa in Issaquah.

Mint green the ‘in’ color for Earth Month on the Eastside

Ladies — looking to do something nice for the environment on Earth Day, April 24? How about a visit to the salon?

Stylist Holly Aronson and client Alyssa Moser at the newly opened Mint Salon and Spa in Issaquah.
Boehm's front counter sales clerk Mindy Reid rings up a sale of chocolate pieces for Sammamish residents Marlene Wissler and her daughter

Proposed ‘sin tax’ not-so-sweet for Boehm’s Candies in Issaquah

But while sales of heart-shaped boxes of confections At Boehm's Candies remain brisk, a state deficit projected to be in the billions has legislators in Olympia preparing to dampen the ardor for chocolate with a so-called “sin tax” to fund local health departments.

Boehm's front counter sales clerk Mindy Reid rings up a sale of chocolate pieces for Sammamish residents Marlene Wissler and her daughter
At the lauch

Chamber launches first ‘Shop Isssaquah’ program

More than 80 Issaquah business and community members gathered at a Nov. 17 luncheon of the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce to launch the “Shop Issaquah” program, which organizers hope will help support the local economy and promote Issaquah businesses.

  • Nov 25, 2009
At the lauch
Mark Wagner and business manager Victoria Boulanger pose in Mark’s Japanese-European Auto’s new Issaquah location.

Mark’s Japanese: Focus on service, not unnecessary frills

Mark Wagner, owner of a smattering of Eastside auto repair shops, recently launched his latest endeavor in Issaquah.

  • Nov 21, 2008
Mark Wagner and business manager Victoria Boulanger pose in Mark’s Japanese-European Auto’s new Issaquah location.
Laura and Craig Baker sit near the grand piano on the stage at Bake's Place.

Bake’s Place: All it’s jazzed up to be

What started in the basement of Craig and Laura Baker’s house has now evolved into a world class jazz venue that attracts nationwide attention.

  • Aug 22, 2008
Laura and Craig Baker sit near the grand piano on the stage at Bake's Place.
From left

Pine Lake Pizzeria: The secret’s in the dough

When all four Salmeri men are in the kitchen together at Pine Lake Pizzeria, it can get a little crazy, to say the least. “It’s controlled havoc,” Andrew Salmeri said of working with his three sons, Joe, 28, Brandon, 26 and Drew, 18.

  • Aug 21, 2008
From left

Rowley Properties wins ‘gold’ for being ‘green’

The John L. Scott Building was recently awarded the LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the system USGBC uses as a rating system for designing and constructing green, energy efficient buildings.

  • Aug 1, 2008
Tom Flintoft and his son

Flintoft’s Funeral Home continues tradition of caring

Tom Flintoft remembers when Issaquah’s border was marked by a sign that said, “Population: 250.” The Flintoft family and the city go back 70 years. In 1938, Tom Flintoft’s parents, Bill and Alberta, founded Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory on East Sunset Way. It has remained in the family for three generations and is still going strong.

  • Jul 25, 2008
Tom Flintoft and his son
Sammamish resident Peter Chee is the CEO and Co-Founder of Redmond based Thinkspace.

Sammamish man creates ‘space’ for home business owners

Like many of his Sammamish neighbors, entrepreneur Peter Chee thought it would be wonderful to work at home. Instead, he felt isolated. He missed the atmosphere of being in an intellectual “think tank.”

  • Jul 10, 2008
Sammamish resident Peter Chee is the CEO and Co-Founder of Redmond based Thinkspace.