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Huyen Martin’s teas are so fresh, they make noses recoil. “People always go, ‘Ooh, that’s strong!” says Martin. Her family’s company is called Pacific Mist Tea. “They’re not used to it. That’s always the reaction. People don’t know when they put their nose in.” Noses descend often into the small sample tins of teas on Martin’s table at the Renton Farmers Market.
When I returned home from the Return to Renton car show on Sunday, I saw a story on the news about citizens in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, rallying around the town in the wake of a natural disaster. The truth is, almost every day seems like that in Renton. I am not someone who “does” car shows. In fact, I probably could take them or leave them. But, I can’t imagine when I have had a better day in Renton than last Sunday’s car show (and with a cracked rib that is really saying something)! Close to 4,500 people were walking the downtown streets of Renton! It doesn’t get any better than that! The spirit of Renton was alive and well everywhere I looked.
Before you even taste anything on the menu at Renton’s newest restaurant, Blossom Asian Bistro, you are struck by how fresh and “pretty” everything sounds on the menu. There’s the Blossom roll, with papaya, sun-dried tomato and Japanese pesto wrapped in soy paper. Or, the bamboo princess roll — a combination of shrimp tempura, cucumber, avocado and daikon, also wrapped in soy paper. The selection of salads and sushimi is also equally fresh and tempting—noodle salads, fresh oysters, seaweed salad and marinated salmon served Japanese style.
Yoga in an air-conditioned gym is hard enough for someone whose life goal is touching her toes. But yoga in a 105-to-110-degree room? I was expecting the worst.
For 85 years, First Savings Bank of Renton has stayed close to its roots – the people of Renton who need a loan to buy a home. That is the traditional role of the “thrifts,” the savings and loans where people pool their money in their savings accounts and then it’s loaned out to others.
For the second year in a row, Valley Medical Center has been chosen by Seattle Business Monthly Magazine as one of the best places to work in the 2008 Best Places to Work Issue.
A recent ballet rehearsal at Spotlight Dance Center begins with grand plies, stretch plies and just plain plies, all which consist of bent knees and out-turned feet. Then it’s to the bar. This is the warm-up for the upper ballet class at Spotlight Dance Center in downtown Renton. Each of the four girls, ages 14 through 19, has been dancing for 10 or more years.
The Renton Chamber of Commerce presented its 2008 Business Excellence Awards on June 4, which included naming chamber board member Roxanne Hanson as its volunteer of the year.
Bob Bridge Toyota in Renton has won Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.’s President’s Award for outstanding sales and service – now for the sixth time.
Many Renton residents were born at McLendon Hardware. Not now as the store that sells hammers and nails, but when it was Renton Hospital.
The largest Harley-Davidson store in the Northwest, measured by size, will open in south Renton next January, a key part of a destination retail area for those who like to feel the wind in their face.
When was the last time you played a tourist in your own city? For the past two years, I have had the best time doing just that by participating in the “Poker Tour” held in downtown Renton, in conjunction with our beloved Spring Festival sponsored by Piazza Renton. For those of you who haven’t been yet (shame on you!), the Spring Festival is a wonderful way to spend the day in the park, visiting vendors that provide handcrafted items such as jewelry, clothing and handmade goodies. The Spring Festival and Poker Tour are April 19 this year.
The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors® and industry professionals from several decades will mark the association’s centennial on April 17 at the Museum of Flight in Tukwila.
Red Robin will open is newest restaurant in the state – one of 33 – at The Landing on Monday.
• According to Washington Department of Ecology, compact fluorescent light bulbs use mercury vapor to create light, whereas incandescent bulbs heat a small wire until it glows hot, making light. About 90 percent of the energy produced by an incandescent bulb is wasted as heat.
The Renton Chamber of Commerce will honor 18 outstanding Renton-area businesses and name the winners of the Business Excellence Awards at an awards ceremony on Thursday, June 4.