Nominations can be done online

Nomination forms for awards to be given at Discover Burien’s annual Awards Dinner and silent auction fundraiser are due by 3 p.m.,Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Nomination forms can be found online at or Sponsored in part by Waste Management of Washington and Re/Max All City.

The event is March 2 at the Burien Community Center 14700 6th Avenue SW, from 6 – 10 p.m.. Money raised will support the continued efforts “To create and sustain a vibrant Burien business community through promotions and education" -Discover Burien Mission Statement.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the door. Tables seating 8 can be purchased for $240 in advance. Sponsorships are available at the Gold, Silver, Table, Auction Table and Swag Bag levels. Contact Debra George for information .

Auction items are now being accepted. Donation forms are available on the Discover Burien website,


Press release:

Glass Expressions are receiving Makeover Burien's first makeover on the weekend of February 25-27. It is sponsored by Discover Burien.

Makeover Burien volunteers have been working with owners Kathy Johnson and Lael Smidt Bennet on concept, design and strategies to make over their studio and retail space in three days!

Glass Expressions is more than a working studio where over 1500 students have studied glass making for over past 25 years, it houses a beautiful and somewhat unique gift shop. The challenge for the Makeover Burien group is to keep the look and feeling of a working studio, while re-organizing the retail store operation.

UPDATE: Makeover Burien Announces Glass Expressions as First Make Over Candidate
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Photos by Steve Shay

Glass Expressions, 648 SW 152nd, Burien was the first business selected for "Makeover Burien" by Discover Burien to enhance local businesses. Volunteers spruced up the shop. Pictured left to right, Glass Expression owner Lael Smidt Bennett, Healthy Painting's Daryl Whalen, Bennet's partner Kathy Johnson, & Michelle Codd of Pogi Bonsi. Whalen & Codd volunteered. Pictured right: Burien-raised stylist Danielle Sacco of Swenza Salon & Spa, Burien, shampoos Andrea Ficker, also of Glass Expressions. Swenza was one of several to donate its services.

A new online tool for Washington’s business community is opening doors to global markets

Press release:

Through efforts from the Washington Export Initiative comes a new resource developed for business, designed to aid companies who are interested in entering or expanding their reach across the globe. The Washington Export Resource Center (WERC) web portal has been formed by a dynamic partnership between business and education and offers access to a diverse network of stakeholders; products and services all aimed at helping businesses expand their markets.

WERC has been designed with the user in mind and showcases key features that allow the user to enter the export arena on many different levels; whether you are a small business new to export or a small, mid or even large business with current export experience wanting to expand into new global markets.

Expected to be 'business as usual' for Burien, West Seattle offices

Press release:

On Dec. 6, Brookfield Residential Property Services (“Brookfield”), a Brookfield Asset Management Inc. affiliate, announced that it has purchased Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services, a recognized leader in global relocation and real estate brokerage from Prudential Financial, Inc. Prudential Relocation Services operates as Pricoa Relocation in Asia and Europe.

(Prudential has local branch real estate offices in Olde Burien and West Seattle.)

“We are thrilled to join Brookfield, a leader in residential real estate franchising and employee relocation services and a brand name that is synonymous with strength, stability and growth,” said Mike Gain, CEO of Prudential Northwest Realty Associates. “Locally, Prudential Northwest is still the same great company, providing the same great service to homebuyers and sellers.”

The addition establishes Brookfield as North America’s third largest residential real estate brokerage business and the world’s second largest global relocation services provider.


Interior construction started this week at the two-story space on the corner of 17th Avenue N.W. and N.W. 56th Street. A Coming Soon sign was hung in the window, announcing to the community that The Amber Den is coming soon.

Slated for an opening in mid December, the Amber Dens hopes to provide Ballard with what it's been missing.

"We did some research and this part of Ballard lacks a good neighborhood corner hangout to enjoy great food, wine and beer," said owner Nick Simonton.

For lunch, the Amber Den will be serving paninis, soups, sandwiches, and salads and in the evening, the food fare will be tapas style. Good quality craft beer and wines will be served all day.

"Depending on what time of day you come to visit us, we are a lunch destination during the daytime and your neighborhood corner hangout in the evening," Simonton said.

Simonton, a marketer, passionate entrepreneur and wine enthusiast, was previously involved with The WineBar on 24th in 2005.

With the Amber Den Simonton hopes to promote small craft breweries and wineries and make good quality craft beers and wines to all.

Things are brewing in Ballard: The Amber Den to give Ballard what it's been missing
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Anne-Marije Rook

Slated for an opening in mid-December, the Amber Dens on the corner of 17th and 56th hopes to provide Ballard with what it's been missing.
"We did some research and this part of Ballard lacks a good neighborhood corner hangout to enjoy great food, wine and beer," said owner Nick Simonton.

Press release:

The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce and ACME Bowling, Billiards and Events will present the South Side Young Professionals' (SSYP) VIP Launch Party at Tukwila's ACME Bowling, Billiards and Events, on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

Attendees will be able to mix and mingle with other young professionals at ACME Bowl's stylish, upscale entertainment venue. This will be a great opportunity for young professionals to make business contacts and begin to develop lifelong friendships and work relationships.

Admission will include delicious hors d'oeuvres and two drink tickets per guest, billiards games, and the chance to win raffle and door prizes. There will be opportunity for attendees to give generously to the group's Toys for Tots campaign.

The South Side Young Professionals, or SSYP, were founded in 2011 as an open networking group under the auspices of the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce. The group is open to young business professionals, ages 21-40.


Mike Gain, CEO of Prudential Northwest Realty Associates, is reporting that the pending sales of homes are picking up in Highline and West Seattle.
Prudential Northwest has offices in Olde Burien and West Seattle.

The Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) has noted that August's pending sales volume was at the highest number of mutually accepted offers since April 2010 when the homebuyer tax incentive expired. MWMLS reported a sales gain of 26 percent for August 2011 as compared to August 2011.

However, at the two Prudential Northwest offices, the pending sales gain was 40 percent, according to Gain.

The NWMLS also reported a year to date increase for pending sales of 6 percent compared to last year's number. At Prudential Northwest, year to date pending sales increased by 20 percent.

Closed sales for the year are up 1.6 percent while Prudential Northwest's year to date closings are up 16 percent, Gain noted.

"The biggest problem we have in the marketplace today is not enough inventory," Gain declared. "Our number of homes on the market in the NWMLS has dropped 16 percent compared to a year ago. We really need some well-priced inventory in all areas.

Dunville Gallery closing after 37 years; He and his girlfriend will travel

When Mel Neville was 17 years old, he had already come to understand a lot about his life path. He knew he was detail oriented, and knew had the skills to create beautiful things. But when you are that age, some things are more important, so he completely rebuilt a car, doing all the work himself on the upholstery and interior, the paint and the chrome transforming it until it was truly a work of art. He confesses that it did impress the girls, but more than that, it was evidence that he was clearly headed in the right direction.

His business, the Dunville Gallery, a framing and restoration center at 9025 35th Ave s.w. for more than 37 years in West Seattle is set to close forever in September with a final auction of remaining inventory and other items coming up in October. Neviile, who is consistently ranked among the top twenty frame and painting restoration experts in the nation, somewhat reluctantly came to the decision it was time to retire as he approaches the age of 65.\


SLIDESHOW: Mel Neville has framed a beautiful life
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Patrick Robinson

Mel Neville, owner of the Dunville Gallery on 35th s.w. is retiring and closing the business after 37 years. He and his girlfriend Beth Adkins plan to travel the nation in a new luxurious motor home, but he said he may still dabble in the career he truly loves, art restoration.


Press release:

Join officials in Des Moines to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new four-star Artemis Hotel on Wednesday, July 27.

The groundbreaking for the multi-million dollar, 250-room hotel at 22406 Pacific Highway S. will take place from 11 a.m. to noon. Officiating at the event will be State Representative Dave Upthegrove, Des Moines Mayor Robert Sheckler, City Manager Tony Piasecki, Belay Architects, and Mr. Yang, a majority owner in the project. Light refreshments will be served.

Designs for the Artemis Hotel complex feature a 1930s art-deco influence, spectacular views of Puget Sound and Des Moines' first convention center. The hotel will also include nine deluxe suites, banquet facilities, water-feature spa, workout facilities, poker room, and bar featuring live music.
There will be two full-service restaurants-one authentic Chinese and one American.

The Artemis Hotel is designed by Belay Architecture of Tacoma for Yareton Investment & Management LLC, a Washington real estate developer. Located a convenient 3 miles south of SeaTac International Airport, the hotel is anticipated to open sometime in fall 2013.

New hotel breaks ground July 27 in Des Moines

Healthy Foods Here is hosting a grand reopening event at the SeaTac International Market, 16324 International Blvd., on Friday, July 29 from 4-7 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to sample African dishes, win raffle prizes, and enjoy fun activities and purchase fresh healthy foods provided by United People's Farm.

The Healthy Foods Here project is supporting small local businesses selling fresh fruits and vegetables become certified in the Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. Stores that accept SNAP and WIC increase access to healthy foods for low-income residents.

The SeaTac Healthy Foods Here grand reopening will re-introduce the community to the SeaTac International Market and bring awareness to the new healthy products and produce.

For more information, visit or The phone number is 206-684-0133.

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