Susan Bressler

SUSAN BRESSLER: Those without the sparkly Christmas tree need our help

As I write this column, I am sitting near my sparkly Christmas tree, in a warm house, with a warm sweater, with a hot cup… Continue reading


SUSAN BRESSLER: For dinner Armondo has something new

A couple of months ago, I told you about Armondo’s new lunch menu and their new chef, Tom Small — and his philosophy for fresh,… Continue reading


SUSAN BRESSLER: New time, new social circle

Who would have thought that 15th Century theologian Martin Luther’s work during the reformation would have relevance in today’s world? But that’s exactly what is… Continue reading

SUSAN BRESSLER: Renton Clothes Bank in need of clothes, money

A new school year is upon us. My friend Judy describes fall as the time of renewal – the best season of the year, the… Continue reading

Big changes at Armondo’s Cafe in downtown Renton

One of our oldest and dearest friends in Renton is changing; and although change can sometimes be difficult, we have to let them grow and… Continue reading

SUSAN BRESSLER: Make Savvy Traveler your next destination

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Have I found the latest, greatest new jewel in Renton! The Savvy Traveler just opened at The Landing in… Continue reading

SUSAN BRESSLER: Maria’s Law was mom’s quest

I have been following the story of Maria Federici, a local Renton woman, since the first tragic days after she was catastrophically injured when a large heavy piece of board crashed through her car window in February 2004 on her way home from work. The senseless “incident” of a man driving a U-Haul trailer, with an unsecured load, leaving a beautiful woman blind and scarred for life left all of us wondering how this could have happened.

Costco trip leaves Renton kids smiling

In my last column, I told you about all of the wonderful partnerships between businesses and education in Renton. I shared with you many of… Continue reading

SUSAN BRESSLER: Renton’s best teachers honored

The Renton Chamber of Commerce held its ninth annual Ahead of the Class Excellence in Education Awards recently. The program pays homage to the crème de la crème of educators in the Renton community — and this year’s eight winners (one was a team of four) were no exception. I am an admitted sap when it comes to teachers and the subject of education in general, but last Thursday’s program really got to me on several levels.

Renton History Museum looking for Renton High School photos for exhibit

Attention Renton High School graduates! The 100th anniversary of your alma mater is approaching quickly! A team of alumni has much in store for you beginning this fall and extending into next year when a big centennial celebration is planned for May 2011.

SUSAN BRESSLER: Join the walk to fight MS

I’d like to introduce you to two extraordinary women who don’t know one another but are joined together by the love of the same cause — the annual walk to benefit multiple sclerosis. Judy Swanson, 66, a Renton Villa resident, has been walking the four-mile walk in Seattle for 17 years! And, Marsha Baumann, also a Renton resident, has been walking the walk to benefit the MS Society for 12 years — the first year she was diagnosed with MS.

SUSAN BRESSLER: Vino at The Landing; It knows what you like in wine, treats

Remember the old sitcom “Cheers” where when you walked in the door of the bar and everyone knew your name? Well, that’s kind of how I feel when walking into Vino at The Landing. And, now that I’m writing this on paper, I’m wondering if that is such a good thing to admit that the bartender says “Chardonnay?” when you walk in the door. But that is the very nature of the great customer service that owner Rick McMaster has instilled in his wine bar and it is exemplified by every one of his staff. Vino at The Landing is a hip (yes, I know I am dating myself), fun wine bar and retail shop. The atmosphere is cozy; there is a fireplace in the corner of the bar that’s perfect on a rainy evening. If you haven’t been there yet, you need to go.

SUSAN BRESSLER: New focus for column and even a food blog

Happy New Year!I know my New Year’s best wishes are a little late in the month getting to you, but we were stuck under two… Continue reading

SUSAN: BRESSLER: Yes, I am thankful for many things in Renton this year

Merry Christmas!It has been a heckuva year in this United States. Every new story seems to carry a more bleak message than the next. In… Continue reading

Open up pantries for those in need

I had lasagna for dinner last night. The single-serve kind, rather than the homemade kind, because my husband is under the weather and wasn’t in… Continue reading

SUSAN BRESSLER: A chance to help two worthy causes

Renton is definitely a philanthropic kind of town. In just this month alone, I think that we have been invited to five different fundraising events.… Continue reading

SUSAN BRESSLER: Photographer Hudson offers tips on expanding marketing

I just finished a great book that I’d like to tell you about, particularly those of you who are small business owners who are seeking… Continue reading