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Kent Council members enjoyed the Jan. 2 opening of the ShoWare Center. They are (front row from left) Tim Clark

Mayor Cooke to deliver state of city address March 4 at ShoWare Center

Mayor Suzette Cooke will deliver her annual State of the City Address March 4 at a luncheon sponsored by the Kent Chamber of Commerce at… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2009
  • BY Wire Service
Kent Council members enjoyed the Jan. 2 opening of the ShoWare Center. They are (front row from left) Tim Clark
Owners of Midori Bamboo

It’s bamboo for you at this Kent Web site

Sitting on a desk in the corner of Denise Harig’s home office is a small, glass vase with three strong sprouts of bamboo reaching out… Continue reading

Owners of Midori Bamboo

Martini bar hosts grand opening

Shindig Martini Bar, located on First Avenue in Kent, will host its official grand opening and ribbon cutting Feb. 19.The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m.… Continue reading

  • Feb 6, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

Residents can speak out about Kent shoreline plan

Residents can attend an open house on the city of Kent’s draft Shoreline Master Program from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 9 at the first-floor conference room… Continue reading

  • Feb 6, 2009
  • BY Wire Service
The Butterfly Salon and Spa closed its doors unexpectedly earlier this month due to  what its owner called “flooding problems” inside the store.

Kent Station business closes due to wet floor; owner explains concerns

Customers headed to Butterfly Salon and Spa in Kent Station during the past few weeks have arrived to find the shop unexpectedly closed down and… Continue reading

The Butterfly Salon and Spa closed its doors unexpectedly earlier this month due to  what its owner called “flooding problems” inside the store.
Mayor Suzette Cooke and LA Fitness General Manager Tab Birdsell cut the ribbon at the Kent’s LA Fitness

LA Fitness facility celebrates opening in Kent

The official ribbon cutting of the new LA Fitness facility, located in the old King County Journal press plant on Washington Avenue, took place Jan.… Continue reading

Mayor Suzette Cooke and LA Fitness General Manager Tab Birdsell cut the ribbon at the Kent’s LA Fitness

Facing unemployment? Agency offers tips

With the slumping economy and frequent news about layoffs, employees at the state Employment Security Department are working hard to keep up with new claims… Continue reading

  • Jan 21, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

Business Briefly for week of Jan. 21

New salon and spa opens in KentCaoba Salon and Spa is celebrating the opening of its newest salon in the South King County area. Located… Continue reading

  • Jan 21, 2009
  • BY Wire Service
The new managers and chef at Apna Dhaba restaurant

New Indian eatery opens in Kent

Apna Dhaba Indian restaurant opened its doors this past week at 415 Central Ave., the site of the old Clay Oven.

The new managers and chef at Apna Dhaba restaurant

Business briefly for week of Jan. 14

LA Fitness plans grand openingLA Fitness will celebrate its grand opening 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at 520 Washington Ave. S., Kent. The free… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2009
  • BY Wire Service
Steve Craigue

Look out water thieves: City is watching for you

Kent city officials want residents to help watch for and report mobile fleet-washing companies and others that are reportedly stealing water from municipal fire hydrants.The… Continue reading

Steve Craigue
Karl Beavers

Ka-ching: State’s minimum wage to see increase Jan. 1

There's a slight raise around the corner for Washington workers when a new minimum wage takes effect Jan. 1. As of the first of the year, the new minimum rate in Washington State will be $8.55 per hour, up from the current wage of $8.07. A full-time employee earning the minimum wage in 2009 will earn $17,784 per year - $1,000 more than 2008 and $4,160 more than the federal minimum of $6.55 per hour.

  • Jan 4, 2009
  • BY Wire Service
Karl Beavers
Theresa Chau

Weather puts chill on holiday shopping

In an already difficult economy, a major snowstorm on the weekend before Christmas was not on the wish list of retailers and restaurants around the… Continue reading

Theresa Chau

Storm-stranded workers may qualify for unemployment benefits

Workers who lost pay because their employer closed due to the December snow storms potentially qualify for unemployment benefits, according to officials at the Washington State Employment Security Department.

  • Jan 4, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

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

Kent downtown merchant Carol Schwindt adjusts the window display at her store

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 merchant Carol Schwindt adjusts the window display at her store

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

The Flintoff Family

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

The Flintoff Family

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

Karl Beavers

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.

Karl Beavers