Kent-based Alaska Distributors to cut 600 jobs in sell-off; officials hope most will be rehired

Kent-based Alaska Distributors Co. will cut approximately 600 jobs this fall as the company prepares to sell portions of its operations to CoHo Distributing, according to Steve Loeb, president and chief executive officer of the Alaska Distributors.

Kent Hot 100 designed to help local businesses grow Chamber, college partner in program

For a new business, surviving the first five years is the hardest part.

  • Aug 19, 2008

Web site sees upgrade

Anyone who has logged onto recently will have noticed a few changes.

  • Aug 19, 2008

Kent Downtown Partnership’s grant program adds to downtown ‘curb appeal’

Steve Saint Louis had wanted to make some minor enhancements to the outside of his shop, Earthworks Gem Design Studio. Simple things, really. Just something to make his business stand out a bit more.

  • Aug 13, 2008

Pugerudes’ drapes and curtains has long history in Kent Valley

With all the changes in home design and styles over the past half century, one thing has stayed the same for many of the windows that look out onto the Kent Valley: Pugerudes’ drapes and curtains.

  • Aug 9, 2008

Former pastor makes job transition – smoothly

Over the last decade, Sam Harris has gone from shepherding a flock of young believers to blending smoothies.

  • Jul 30, 2008

Business briefly

Kent Station raises funds

  • Jul 29, 2008

Kent Chamber of commerce has new hand on the helm

The new executive director of the Kent Chamber of Commerce is no stranger to the Northwest — the deep Northwest.

  • Jul 24, 2008

Unlikely Kent Bowl owner preps for alley’s 50th anniversary

Kent resident Jack Zaborac never thought he’d make his living in a bowling alley. He didn’t grow up throwing strikes or even spares, he said, and he never imagined a life running the lanes would be very lucrative. But fate would have it otherwise. Now, Zaborac, 83, is the 46-year manager and longtime owner of Kent Bowl, located at 1234 Central Ave. N., and though he says the bowling business isn’t always booming, he’s glad he found his career.

  • Jul 7, 2008

Officials break ground on newest addition to Kent Station

Officials broke ground Tuesday for the latest addition to Kent Station, an 80,500-square-foot building that will add retail space, office space and an extension of the Green River Community College Kent campus to the downtown urban village.

  • Jun 27, 2008

Safety experts crackling over fireworks safety

Urging the public to stay away from what they say is an extremely dangerous product, national health and fire safety advocates joined District of Columbia fire officials at a press conference Wednesday to denounce the use of consumer fireworks and launch new public-service announcements in advance of the Fourth of July holiday.

  • Jun 24, 2008

Mariners, T-birds tickets up for grabs at Kent Downtown auction

The Kent Downtown Partnership has scheduled its annual Anniversary Board Installation for June 21 at the Kent Senior Activities Center.

  • Jun 9, 2008

Wine, Women Wow event a healthy draw in Kent

The Kent Downtown Partnership’s Wine, Women Wow event drew a healthy crowd May 23 at Green River Community College’s campus at Kent Station. The event raised funds for the KDP, as well as the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Program.

  • Jun 9, 2008

Kent Station gets a new store: Marie Haggin Accessories

Debbie Haggin, owner of Marie Haggin Accessories, has scheduled a grand opening in June for her new Kent Station store. Marie Haggin Accessories will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The store will offer refreshments, free gifts, raffle prizes and a new array of merchandise that includes handmade jewelry, scarves, handbags, home décor, homemade soaps, gift items, accessories and more.

  • Jun 3, 2008

Construction work begins on former Journal campus

Work has begun in earnest on a multi-phase project involving the former King County Journal campus in Kent.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Mexican market expanding its borders

You probably won’t find a ripe “chayote con espina” or a juicy “xoconostle” at your local supermarket, but the spiky, potato-like vegetable and the colorful cactus fruit are popular items at La Huerta International Market in Kent.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Just when will Rite Aid open in Kent valley?

Nearly one year after construction of the building, it still remains uncertain when a new Rite Aid drugstore will open in Kent at the corner of Meeker Street and Washington Avenue.

Kent firm has big dreams for small companies

Technology isn’t just for Fortune 500 companies.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Ball Corporation to close manufacturing plant in Kent

Ball Corporation announced April 23 that it will close its aluminum-beverage, can-manufacturing plant in Kent in the third quarter of 2008. A pretax charge of approximately $12 million ($7 million after-tax) will be recorded in the company’s second-quarter results. On final disposition of the facilities, the closure is expected to be approximately $4 million cash positive inclusive of income tax benefits.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Fitness center gets new owner – and new philosophy

Kent Women’s Spa & Fitness Center last month saw a spike in its testosterone levels for the first time in two decades.

  • Jun 2, 2008