After nearly 30 years on Ambaum Boulevard, owners Eileen Freed and Rebecca Grady as well as the their staff at Highline Audiology have packed up and moved to a bigger office in downtown Burien.
The business name has also changed to Highline Hearing Professionals with the move to 457 S.W. 148th St. The office is located between Ace Hardware and Burger King—across the parking lot from Bartell Drugs.
For more information, call 206-246-8677.
Olde Burien sizzles with a summer street party Saturday, July 16 packed with diversions ranging from an ice-cream-eating contest to live music.
From noon to midnight, the Olde Burien Block Party will also feature a sausage-eating contest, a fashion show and a drawing for a $500 shopping spree, plus a live wedding onstage. The free event is a thank you from the Olde Burien merchants to customers and community for their support.
Be sure to enter the drawing to win a $500 Olde Burien shopping spree. Every time shoppers make a purchase at participating businesses that day, they will be entered in the drawing. The shops will offer special deals, so it’s an ideal time to shop the unique wares of Olde Burien.
Until 10 p.m., catch live entertainment on an outdoor stage while savoring the food and drink of various Olde Burien eateries in their extended outdoor. Don’t miss the live wedding onstage of a member of Uncle Ernie. Or become part of the action by competing in the ice-cream-eating and sausage-eating contests.
In the street party’s entertainment lineup are:
12-2 p.m. - Greg Parke (easy listening acoustic & electric guitar)
2-2:30 p.m. - Fashion Show
Discover Burien is now accepting applications for their Event Partnership Program.
Discover Burien will partner with up to two new or established nonprofit organizations each year. The relationship will be as a supportive partner, not as the lead or event organizer. The partners will be selected by the Board of Directors at its November meeting.
The partnership may include but not be limited to:
Color and black-and-white copies at the Discover Burien office-- For an amount determined by the Board. (Additional copies can be made at the Discover Burien office and paid at the established rate.)
Promotion-The event will be listed on the annual Event Calendar, newsletter announcements, Facebook, etc.
Marketing-Assistance will be provided on a case-by-case basis.
Supplies-Tent, tables, chairs, etc.
Flat dollar amount sponsorship option
To apply for the event support opportunity, send a letter describing your event, how you would like Discover Burien to be a partner and why you believe your organization should be selected.
The Des Moines City Council is holding two open houses to gather the community's thoughts and ideas on proposed zoning changes for the Marina District neighborhood. Interested parties are invited to attend an open house on Saturday, April 30th from 9 a.m. to Noon and Wednesday, May 4th from 5-8 p.m. at the Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 S. 216th St.
The council wants to improve the economic health of the Marina District and accelerate positive change by removing development obstacles; providing flexibility in the city's development regulations; and identifying tools and incentives to spur economic investment. These economic development goals seek to create a thriving business district that provides a variety of goods, services, activities and events for the community and visitors to enjoy.
In order to realize these goals, the council is looking at changes to the D-C Downtown Commercial Zone that would include:
Raising building heights along 7th Avenue South to 45 feet;
Establishing building height bonus areas that would allow some buildings of 45 to 75 feet if certain public benefits are included in a project;
The Mailbox in Ballard is inviting the community to participate in a contest to name its new canine mascot as part of its new company brand and the launch of its new retail line.
The naming contest runs until Nov. 19. The name selectionwill be announced at an open house Nov. 20. The contest winner will receive a $100 gift certificate from one of a selection of local businesses.
The Mailbox is located at 2400 N.W. 80th St.
This week, Ballard's Majestic Bay Theatres is celebrating 10 years and more than 1.8 million customers.
"It's been very exciting and exhilarating to watch our business and community change in the last 10 years," said Aaron Alhadeff, president of Elttaes Theatres, whose father built and opened the Majestic Bay.
Ken Alhadeff bought the old Bay Theatre property in 1998 with the idea of a simple renovation. He ended up starting from scratch and creating a business that has been a source of a lot of pride for his entire family, Aaron Alhadeff said.
Alhadeff said the Majestic Bay has brought the community together as a source of great escape and entertainment, which was especially needed during a decade when there were a lot of "not-so-great" headlines.
The Majestic Bay has a true community feel to it, evident through the Ballard High School students it employees or the little league team it sponsors or by watching employees greet family and friends when they come to see a film, Alhadeff said.
After two years with an uncertain future, Madame K's, Ballard Avenue's brothel-themed pizzeria, will be closing for good Oct. 28.
"Our lease is up again, and it finally feels like it's time for Madame K's to make its grand finale," owner Kirsten Burt said in a Madame K's press release.
Burt announced she was selling the restaurant in February 2009. But in March of that year, she said issues with her landlord would force her to stay open for another 17 months.
In the press release, Burt characterized her relationship with Madame K's landlord as turbulent. But now, more than 20 months after the initial announcement, the restaurant will shut its doors.
"We are sad but satisfied that this is the right time," Burt said in the press release.
Burt opened the restaurant 12 years ago after moving to Seattle from Ohio and becoming intrigued by Ballard Avenue's tawdry past. She heard there had once been a brothel in her future restaurant's space at 5327 Ballard Ave. N.W., spawning Madame K's theme.
A few years ago, Burt opened a second restaurant, Lazy K's, in Carnation. That business will remain open.
A new edgy shop – Vulcan Knife Works – has opened in downtown Ballard. With 30 years of experience, Paul Inman and partner Thomas Gregory forge and sharpen custom knives, swords, axes and tools while Inman’s wife, Dee Button, a longtime leather crafter, designs sheaths and helps run the business.
Gregory, who lives on his sailboat in Ballard, mentored with Inman for 10 years. Inman learned from the late William F. Moran Jr., world-renowned bladesmith known as "the father of the modern Damascus knife.”
One needn’t be a sharp-eyed customer to first notice the more than 70 shiny steel knives, including two-handed great swords, Japanese Katana blades, a "Three Musketeers"-like rapier sword blade, Bowie knives and daggers, suspended from magnetic strips in the shop, located at 2419 N.W. Market St.
Button said her father used to feed her family while they were in Alaska in the late 40s by hunting outside Anchorage and indicated a mounted sheep head on the wall.
Back in the 80s, Ballard resident David Krafchick's girlfriend at the time enjoyed bicycling. But, Krafchick's physical disability prevented him from using his right hand to properly apply a bicycle's brake, keeping him from joining in on her rides. He needed a solution.
Twenty-two years later, Krafchick is the co-creator of Brake Director, a power-braking system that utilizes a single hand control to engage both the front and rear brakes on a bicycle, allowing cyclists with physical disabilities, as well as other riders, to get on the road with greater safety and ease.
Krafchick met his partner in Brake Director, David Hawkins, when a number of bicycle shops told Krafchick they couldn't help him find a one-handed solution for his braking problem, but they knew someone who could.
For more than 15 years, Krafchick funded the development of Brake Director himself while Hawkins, who has more than 30 years of experience in bicycle technical service, designed and engineered prototypes, which Krafchick tested and analyzed.
When Rizzo's French Dip opened on 15th Avenue Northwest in July 2009, it created a buzz with its small space, smaller menu and the larger-than-life family that owned it. Now, the restaurant is for sale as the Rizzo family prepares to leave Seattle.
About a month ago, owner Frank Rizzo moved back to Los Angeles to take care of family business and got stuck there, son and Rizzo's employee Anthony Marks said. Now, the rest of the family is preparing to join him, Marks said.
Though business at Rizzo's has been good, Marks said it would be too difficult for them to continue to manage it from California.
"It's been doing pretty good," he said. "It's just one of those things we can't take care of anymore."
Frank Rizzo said it has been tough to keep the business up to his standards while he has been in California, but he has savored his time at the helm of Rizzo's
"I enjoyed it," he said. "It's not hard work, and we sell a lot of sandwiches."
Rizzo said he is hoping to sell the business, not just the space, in order to make some money and because he believes there is a future in the Rizzo's brand.