Master Builder foundation paints, repairs 9 shelters

The fourth annual Master Builder Care Foundation’s “Painting A Better Tomorrow” event helped put a fresh face on nine shelters that help the homeless and others in need in King and Pierce counties, including Vision House in the Renton Highlands.

  • Nov 13, 2008

Renton center offers alternative vein care

Valley Radiologists, a leading area medical practice specializing in diagnostic and interventional radiology services, will open the Vanishing Veins Northwest Center in Renton on Monday to provide alternatives to major surgery for patients with varicose veins, spider veins and related conditions.

  • Nov 13, 2008

Three Renton businesses picked for ‘best’ list

Three Renton businesses finished first and seven others finished in the top five in their categories in Evening Magazine’s The Best of Western Washington.

  • Nov 7, 2008

Two companies honored for growth

Two Renton companies, JayMarc Development and The Mosaic Co., have been named two of the “Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Washington” by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

  • Nov 7, 2008

McDonald’s on Rainier is open again after devastating fire

Big Mac has risen from the ashes of a storm-related fire last December that destroyed the McDonald’s restaurant on Rainier Avenue. Although the restaurant opened for business on Oct. 21, dignitaries, including state Sen. Margarita Prentice, and well-wishers gathered Wednesday for a grand opening. The roughly 50 in attendance received tours of what’s touted as one of McDonald’s new state-of-the-art restaurants. Of course, there were samples.

Golf Galaxy opens Nov. 14 at The Landing

An interactive golf retailer – Golf Galaxy – gets into the swing of things with its grand opening Nov. 14 at The Landing. The store is the first Golf Galaxy in Washington state.

City housing repair program helps residents stay in homes

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Terry Higashiyama, community services administrator for the City of Renton, and she told me about a program that the city runs that was new to me. I thought if I hadn’t heard about it, some of you might not have. It’s the Housing Repair Assistance Program (HRAP), which has been in existence since 1978.

Regal Cinema grand opening is this Friday

Regal Cinemas The Landing Stadium 14 opens Friday. To celebrate, the new movie theater is holding four days of ticket, popcorn and soft drink deals.

  • Oct 14, 2008

Food Bank shelves run lean

With all the talk about the economy recently, the plunging stock market and soaring gas and food prices, it is hard NOT to be a little bit nervous about the future these days. We’ve even heard the words “next Great Depression” more than once in the past several weeks. My parents were children of that era and it was an awfully scary time according to them — food and gasoline were often hard to come by. My uncle in his later years refused to eat jelly from that “darn Mrs. Smuckers” (I cleaned it up a bit), because he ate so much of it during the Depression. Being the eternal optimist, I am a believer that it won’t get to that anytime soon. But, unfortunately, there are a lot of Renton citizens among us whose cupboards ARE bare right now and you can help them.

Little pieces of pure joy

It has been 26 years, but Annie Boyington still remembers her first truffle. It was 1982, and she was at Sal Anthony’s Restaurant just north of New York City’s Greenwich Village. The truffle came with an espresso after the Italian meal.

  • Oct 9, 2008

Shop Renton. It’s easy to do, downtown and at The Landing

I’ve been doing a lot of shopping and dining out recently, and the good news is almost all of my dollars have been spent in Renton. This is a good thing because I always shop Renton first. The choices at The Landing are expanding almost every time I drive there. I bought a wedding gift at Target, a household item at Lowe’s, pet food at PetSmart and computer supplies at Staples – without even having to move my car! If there are parties in your future — or entertaining over the holidays – check out the new Everything Party! It has an array of items, including tropical, Halloween costumes, and any theme idea you can possibly imagine. A huge addition to Renton!

Renton’s Greenfresh Market picks up vendors as Farmer’s Market closes for season

Renton Farmers Market ended its season Sept. 16. But several vendors continued hawking their wares at an After Market Market the following Tuesday — not at The Piazza, but at Greenfresh Market.

  • Sep 30, 2008

Clothing on school list for kids

It’s hard to believe that Renton schools are already back in session. I was one of those very weird kids who liked going back to… Continue reading

Renton Business Expo, Harvest Festival are Oct. 11

The Renton Chamber of Commerce will host the fourth annual Business Expo Oct. 11 in conjunction with the Fall Harvest Festival at the Spirit of Washington Event Center and Piazza Park downtown.

  • Sep 16, 2008

Mirante named a vice president for city chamber

Sabrina Mirante, who began working at the Renton Chamber of Commerce five years ago as a part-time administrative assistant, has been promoted to administrative vice president.

  • Sep 15, 2008

Creative Kitchen Works a place where caterers grow business

Question: what does cheesecake, passion fruit cake and lemon-dill chicken have in common? Answer: It’s all prepared in the same spot: Creative Kitchen Works LLC.

  • Sep 12, 2008

Maury still flying with gusto at 90

Two weeks ago, I told you about my tour of Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre. I told you that I had met some delightful folks — each one with a story, each with a life well-lived. I promised to tell you about Maury. Maurice Marler to be exact.

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There’s something that dentists like to say.

Joe’s is open at The Landing in Renton

Joe’s Sports & Outdoor has opened its doors at the The Landing in north Renton.

  • Aug 28, 2008

This is not my grandparents’ retirement home

Gourmet food, concierge services, espresso café, e-mail accounts and rooftop terraces. Not exactly the retirement homes my grandparents feared being “sent” to in their older years. Last week, I had a three-hour tour of Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre. My guide was Linda Asaif, their community relations director. Within minutes, I knew that this was some special place.