Kent’s East Hill merchants want people to shop the ‘high ground’

For the members of the East Hill Partnership Steering Committee, the main goal is simple: Change the public perception of East Hill to encourage the… Continue reading

Hard-candy Christmas for downtown? Merchants wonder

As shoppers all across the country are expected to tighten their belts for this holiday season, many businesses in Kent’s downtown are nervous as to… Continue reading

Kent downtown yarn business making move to Kent Station

After more than two years in the city’s historic downtown, Renaissance Yarns has moved from its location on East Meeker Street and reopening in Kent… Continue reading

Kent family business chosen as the big cheese

A local Kent business was recently named the 2008 medium-sized family business of the year and they are, um, udder-ly thrilled.Medosweet Farms, a local-sourced dairy… Continue reading

Kent moving company sees penalties from state

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission on Nov. 14 canceled the residential moving permit of Kent-based company All My Sons.The decision comes after an investigation… Continue reading

Children’s Bookshop: 20 years of keeping kids literate

Angie Martinez and her 14-year-old daughter Marissa make the trek to Children’s Bookshop and Teaching Supplies from their home in Renton several times a year. Mom is looking for books to help supplement Marissa’s studies and likes the selection available at the Kent mainstay.

Business briefly

Kent business receives awardA Kent-based business was one of three statewide to receive the 2008 Associate of the Year honor from the Utility Contractors Association… Continue reading

  • Nov 18, 2008

Kent names REI ‘Green Business of the Year’

City of Kent officials named the local headquarters of Recreational Equipment Inc. Friday as the Kent Green Business of the Year for the second consecutive… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2008

Chamber comes out against rail measure, caregiver measure

The Kent Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced its opposition to two measures on next week's general election ballot. The chamber opposes Proposition 1, the Sound Transit measure, as well as I-1029, regarding long-term caregivers.

  • Nov 2, 2008

Keeping it raw: Kent gym is old school all the way

At first glance, the new Imperial Fitness gym is sparse, especially compared to the monster fitness facilities being built in some parts of the region. There are no televisions, no smoothie bar, no espresso stand, no stationary bikes, no steam room, no stair-climbers and only one treadmill.

East Hill meeting seeks to give businesses a voice

Harpreet Gill of Punjab Sweets knows that if the businesses on the East Hill would just work together, they could promote the area better as a shopping destination.

‘We are our brother’s keeper’: Local merchant aids homeless in Kent

Nearly 50 homeless people arrived for a free hot meal of ham and mashed potatoes on a rainy Thursday night at a business parking lot along Railroad Avenue South in downtown Kent.

More than clowning around: Kent outfit makes fun its business

From the outside, it looks like any other warehouse in Kent's industrial area, north of downtown (well, except for the climbing walls and train caboose out back). But inside, the shelves are stocked with colorful bags, filled with giant inflatable toys and labeled like a kid's dream.

Networking opportunity

Mark Burns, with Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors of Tacoma, talks Sept. 16 with Shannon Sommers, a security consultant with Sonitrol of Bellevue.

  • Oct 3, 2008

No more fish pedicures, state tells Kent salon owner

The State of Washington Thursday shut down the region's only fish pedicure procedure after determining it did not meet state codes requiring all pedicure implements to be sanitized or disposed of after use.

New York bank purchases troubled Washington Mutual

After more than 100 years in business and as part of the local landscape, Washington Mutual filed for bankruptcy Sept. 25 and was acquired for $1.9 billion last week by JPMorgan Chase.

Local salon dives into new pedicure fad swimmingly

There’s something fishy going on down at the Peridot Nail Salon. Inspired by a report on NBC’s “Today” show she saw several months ago, Peridot owner Tuyet “Tweety” Bui has imported to Washington the newest fad in the health and beauty industry: Fish pedicures.

Sprouts with salmonella linked to Kent company

Alfalfa sprouts distributed by a Kent-based company are to believed to be the source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 13 people.

  • Sep 16, 2008

At long last, Kent Rite Aid pharmacy opens

After a year of construction and nearly a year of sitting unused, the Rite Aid at the corner of Meeker Street and Washington Avenue finally opened Sept. 11.

Kent Chamber offers insurance to membership

The Kent Chamber of Commerce is rolling out a new program to allow members to join together to offer health insurance for their employees at a reduced rate.