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Issaquah Elks Club Property For Sale

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The Elks Club building is on the left, the mobile home in the middle and a vacant lot on the right. All of it is for sale.

The Issaquah Elks club meets at 765 – 785 Rainier Blvd N, Issaquah, WA 98027.

They have just placed their property on the market, listing it for sale with a local broker at $1,800,000.

Included is the club building and the lot to the north. That lot has mobile home on it. The two parcels total 0.55 acre

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Issaquah’s Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

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Issaquah Turkey Trot

The Issaquah Turkey Trot is a fun and casual 5K (3.12 miles) on Thanksgiving morning. The trot is conducted north of I-90 in and around Pickering Place.

There are no prizes, bibs, time chips or numbers.

The purpose is to come together as a community during the Thanksgiving holiday and help those in need.

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Featured Listing: Blaine Avenue, Renton Home

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Issaquah Lumbering Roots

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Native Americans were the first to inhabit Issaquah, and the first homesteaders arrived in the 1860s. They named it Squak. It slowly grew into a small coal mining town that serviced the neighboring mining industry, and was officially incorporated in 1892.

When the mining deposits depleted in the second half of the decade, it was soon realized that Issaquah was the perfect fit for the lumber industry.

Lumber companies arrived in town during the late 1890s and began transporting lumber from Issaquah, as well as smaller neighboring communities, to larger and rapidly growing towns like Seattle.

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Issaquah’s Tutta Bella

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Tutta Bella focuses on pizza made with a wood-fired oven. This permits a very thin, slightly crisp pizza crust.  It is exceptional, the best thing about Tutta Bella.

It’s a large restaurant.  Typically, you can get seated pretty quickly, even on a Friday or Saturday night.  Some of the other locations are small, but not Issaquah’s.

We’ve never had a wait for a table and they can seat large groups. They accept reservations Monday thru Thursday but only for parties of 8 or more.

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Veterans: Thank You for Your Service

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“You are, the veterans of America, the most trusted among us, and the most tested of all Americans,” Vice President Joe Biden said today, November 11, 2014.

“Collectively, you represent generations of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who have served and sacrificed for all of us.

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The Restaurant Revolving Door Continues in Issaquah

Denny's Restaurant has closed.

Denny’s Restaurant has closed.

The restaurant revolving door continues in Issaquah. Spin, spin away. It’s not that Issaquah is unique in this way. It isn’t. But my attention was drawn to this because of activities on Gilman Blvd. this week.

I didn’t have breakfast yesterday. Of course, I got hungry before lunch. My wife and I work together and I suggested that we have an early lunch at a place where we could get breakfast. Denny’s was the best indicated place to accomplish that.

We hopped in the car and drove over to Denny’s. Since it was well before lunch, but well after breakfast, the empty parking lot didn’t surprise us.

But the sign on the door did.

“THANK YOU

for your Patronage

Unfortunately

This Denny’s

Has Closed”

No eggs, no hash browns and no English Muffins for us. It was disappointing.

But as we thought about it, we realized that we had had warning signs. The building hasn’t been well maintained. There were few patrons when we visited. Sections of the restaurant hadn’t been used in years.

Maybe there are other places in town that are warning us that things are in the process of changing. I’m sure there are. We’ll begin to notice and report those places. Then we can watch and wait and see if changes are, in fact, coming in that place.

I have no information why Denny’s closed. I can just imagine. We’ll learn at some point what will happen to the building and we’ll let you know.

The second part of the revolving door is east of the former Denny’s. Some months ago, the Mexican restaurant, La Costa, closed and has been unused since.

'Ohana is Coming to Town

‘Ohana is Coming to Town

Now however, signage is being installed for ‘Ohana, a Japanese / Hawaiian Sushi Bar and Grill. ‘Ohana has had a location in Seattle’s Belltown since 1999.

The La Costa signage is removed and 'Ohana's is being installed.

The La Costa signage is removed and ‘Ohana’s is being installed.

Denny’s has left and ‘Ohana is coming to town. The revolving door is turning. Welcome to ‘Ohana. I hope Denny’s comes back. But so long for now.

 

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Issaquah High School

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Issaquah High School serves grades 9-12 in Issaquah and some parts of Sammamish and Bellevue. The attendance map is available online. It is part of the Issaquah School District. Students at Issaquah High School come from Issaquah Middle School and Pacific Cascade Middle School.

Issaquah High School is located at 700 2nd Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027.  The main phone number is 425-837-6000.

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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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