Press release:

The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Tukwila will present a seminar, "Ecommerce for Southcenter Businesses," on Thursday, August 4.

Some electronic marketing strategies can only be performed on an individual business basis. Others can be accomplished collaboratively. In this seminar, Southcenter businesses will receive an overview of:
*Free e-marketing opportunities available to businesses in Tukwila's Southcenter district
*Local examples of collaborative membership based electronic marketing
*Electronic coupon and offer-based marketing such as Groupon, Living Social, Deal Find and Google Offers
*Electronic event reservation marketing
*Social media marketing

Elizabeth Paulson of Cascade e-Commerce Solutions will lead the seminar. It will be targeted to business owners, managers, and marketing and sales professionals who want to bring in more sales and expand their outreach. Participants will learn how to build a community among their customers and fans, attract new customers, move ahead of their competition, and further expand their reach.

Undergoes name change to Highline Hearing Professionals

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


Press release:

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.
Event logistics
Supplies-Tent, tables, chairs, etc.
Flat dollar amount sponsorship option
Other assistance

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.

Ballardites can submit name ideas for The Mailbox mascot by visiting The Mailbox, voting at or posting on Facebook at

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.

Ballard's movie theater celebrates majestic decade
Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

The Majestic Bay Theatres on Market Street is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week.

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.

Brothel-themed Madame K's closing up shop
Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

Madame K's, the brothel-themed Ballard pizzeria, will be closing its door Oct. 28.

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.

Bladesmith's shop a sharp idea for Ballard
Photo credit: 
Steve Shay

Paul Inman sharpens a blade at Vulcan Knife Works in Ballard while wife Dee Button and business partner Thomas Gregory look on. CLICK IMAGE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS.

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.

Ballard company revolutionizes bicycle braking
Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

David Hawkins and Ballard resident David Krafchick with a bicycle installed with Brake Director, their invention that allows both front and rear brakes to be controlled with one lever.

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