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The Boarding House Restaurant

The Boarding House, Gilman Village -- a Flavor of the Restaurant

The Boarding House, Gilman Village — a Flavor of the Restaurant

The Boarding House is a long-time lunch restaurant at Issaquah’s Gilman Village.

It is located on the south side of the Village, accessible most easily from the Juniper Street side.

The old house with porch — and something like a lean-to addition on the side — provides a venue very reminiscent of an old boarding house.

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Gilman Village to Host Wine Walk

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The 2nd Annual Gilman Village Wine Walk will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy the live music of the Dave Card Trio, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations at Gilman Village retail shops. Come early, beat the rush, get an early start on your holiday shopping and enjoy specials at participating retail shops and restaurants.

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Boehm’s Candies: A New Generation Arising

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Boehm’s Candies is an Issaquah staple.

They have only one store, the same Issaquah store established by Julius Boehm in 1956.

Beginning in 1971, Bernard Garbusjuk worked as Julius’ assistant. Bernard later became head candy maker, running the daily production.

Following Julius’ death in 1981, Bernard took over ownership and has operated Boehm’s Candies for over 30 years.

Bernard is now passing this legacy on to his children, Tyson and Narissa, who are learning the company just as he did – from the ground up.

Other changes have occurred over the recent years.

Over the past several years, balancing the distinct tastes of sweet and salty has become a customer favorite. Boehm’s has responded with caramels and chocolates sprinkled with sea salt. Trendy sea salt caramels are currently outselling traditional truffles as much as three to one.

The down economy of the last few years has made chocolate competition even keener. Chocolate makers compete on the basis of quality of materials and price.

Consumers willing to pay the prices at which Boehm’s sells its chocolate want to make healthy choices. They also look for up-to-date flavors.

Hydrogenated oils used by the grocery store competition are known to have health risks. Boehm’s is now exclusively using coconut oil instead of hydrogenated oils. This has required Boehm’s to alter all of their recipes.

Health benefits of dark chocolate (as compared to milk chocolates) are now commonly mentioned by such physician groups as Mayo Clinic, WebMD and Dr. Weil. Many of Boehm’s products are dipped in milk chocolate. Responding to this health oriented trend, they also now offer the same items dipped in dark chocolate.

Past initiatives to increase sales have added online sales and independently operated stores in Yakima, Richland and Poulsbo. There are also a few Idaho and Montana Safeway stores that carry their full line.

Even with all of these changes, continuity is accomplished by keeping all the past favorites and trend responsiveness is achieved by adding to their product line.

 

Boehm’s Candies, Inc. is located at 255 NE Gilman Blvd Issaquah, WA 98027. Their telephone number is (425) 392-6652.

Red Corner Chinese Restaurant

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At the urging of one of Issaquah360’s readers, recently we found and visited the Red Corner Chinese Restaurant.

We say “found” because we had never seen the place. We put the address into our GPS and it led us on a long circuitous route, certainly the fault of the GPS.

In any case, you won’t find it unless you’re looking for it. It’s located in a small Gilman Boulevard shopping center between Taco Time and Gold’s Gym – facing Rite Aid. There is simply no drive-by traffic there.

Oh, and don’t be misled by the sign. It is green, not red.

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How to Select an Issaquah Music Teacher to Engage Your Child’s Interest

 

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Part 1 – Preparing for the Selection

Most parents recognize the value in a child’s development of learning to play a musical instrument.

Selecting a teacher has become all the more difficult today with the availability of multiple schools and websites. Not knowing how to process the available information can lead to information overload and failure.

In Issaquah, we have six music schools:

In this part of this article, we’ll discuss how to better prepare yourself to process the information available about these schools and their teachers.

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Issaquah Neighborhood Guide — South Cove

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South Cove is a neighborhood in Issaquah, WA built along the southwestern shore of Lake Sammamish.

History

This community was initiated in 1976 and built out during the late 1970s and early 1980s, originating out of a lakeside farm. The developer was Fred Burnstead and Burnstead Construction Co.

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Saturday: Zombies Walk on Downtown Issaquah

 

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Downtown Issaquah will again be overtaken by zombies on October 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

They will arise at the Hailstone Feed Store (historic Shell station) and make their way to the corner of Sunset Way and Front Street.

At 5 pm, they will perform a flash mob-type choreographed dance to Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” song.

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Future Development of Issaquah Mini-Storage Site?

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This article for Issaquah360.com concerns the growth and development event that has begun to implement the Central Issaquah Plan.

For many years, this triangular shaped property has been the home of the Issaquah Mini Storage since about 1977. Quite obviously, the mini storage units are temporary building, placed there inexpensively.

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It’s a beautiful day for a daydream …

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On the bridge over Issaquah Creek looking for the returning salmon.

As the old song goes, “It’s a beautiful day for a daydream …” It couldn’t have been a nicer day for Issaquah’s Salmon Days Festival.

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Similan: Great Thai Cuisine in Issaquah

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Similan is a very attractive Thai restaurant in Issaquah that serves great food.

It is located in the shopping center anchored by Bartell’s Drug and 24-Hour Fitness on East Lake Sammamish Boulevard north of Best Buy.

Even though I’ve dined there many times, I’ve never had to wait for a table.

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