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A6 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS BUSINESS BY WARREN KAGARISE The former Allen's Furniture space, at 131 Front St. N., will be the new home for a bicycle shop and restaurant. Old Allen's Furniture space will be revamped By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter The former Allen's Furniture store -- a vacant space in down- town Issaquah -- will be remod- eled and reopened as a bicycle shop and a restaurant. City Senior Planner Jerry Lind said the 7,795-square-foot for- mer furniture store would be repurposed. Crews will add rest- rooms and a dividing wall to sep- arate the bicycle shop from the restaurant. The developer will be required to adhere to Olde Towne design standards in order to blend with the quaint downtown surroundings. Lind said the revamp would be accomplished with "more of a light touch." The plate-glass windows will go, and workers will add windows with smaller panes, Lind said. City planners received the site develop- ment permit request in mid- October. The building, at 131 Front St. N., was built in the 1950s and needed updates, Lind said. Bicycle Center of Issaquah will move into half of the old Allen's Furniture space. Lind said the move for the bicycle center would occur because the store needs more space. The proposed restaurant next door will likely serve Italian cuisine. DownTown Issaquah Association Executive Director Greg Spranger said he welcomed the addition of a new building to Front Street. The building occu- pied by Bicycle Center of Issaquah, at 111 Front St. N., is "a great old building," Spranger said. He said the building would make a fitting space for a gallery. Spranger said he hoped the businesses would be ready by the time the next ArtWalk returned in May. "Having a new restaurant downtown, that's always a plus," Spranger said. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpress, com. Chamber debuts seminar series The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is hosting upcoming seminars on financial manage- ment and using the power of social media tools in business. "Our goal is to bring business experts from across Puget Sound to Issaquah to help local businesses and individuals ben- efit from their advice, experi- ence and ideas," chamber CEO Matt Butt said in a news release. A financial management work- shop will be at noon Dec. 9 at Timber Ridge at Talus. The social media workshop is scheduled for Jan. 27; no venue has been selected yet. Butt said the seminar series would help business owners ready themselves for the econom- ic recovery. "We want Issaquah businesses to be on the leading edge of this recovery, and we believe that these educational seminars can be a critical component of this success," said Butt. Tickets are $30 per seminar for chamber members and $50 for nonmembers. Lunch is included with each seminar. R.S.V.P. by calling 392-7024. Chamber members win awards for excellence Rogue wins world's best pale ale Rogue Ales' dry-hopped Saint Rogue Red, featured at the Rogue Issaquah Brewhouse, was named World's Best Pale Ale at the World Beer Awards in London this year. This award comes after the firm's famous ale was awarded a Goal Medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival. Evergreen Ford wins President's Award This summer, Issaquah's Evergreen Ford received the Presidents Award from Ford Motor Co., for outstanding cus- tomer relations, marketplace rep- resentation and superior cus- tomer service. Shlrey Contracting owner named Remodeling Advocate of the Year Donna Shirey, owner of Shirey Contracting Inc., was named the remodeling advocate of the year by the National Association of Home Builders. The award honors individuals who promote green initiatives, and advance sustainability in building and development strate- gies in their community. ~tta Bella wins Hot Concept Award Tutta Bella, serving authentic Neapolitan pizza in four locations, including its new Issaquah loca- tion, was awarded with the Hot Concept Award by the Nation's Restaurant News publication. The award recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit of the food- service industry and honors Tutta Bella forits innovation and high quality products and service. Rowiey Properties Inc. recognized for recycling and community giving King County's Solid Waste Division has named Rowley Properties Inc. to the third-annu- al Best Workplaces for Recycling & Waste Reduction. The firm is being recognized for strong internal recycling pro- grams and for its commitment to waste reduction. Secretary of State Sam Reed has announced that Rowley Properties Inc. is receiving the 2009 Corporations for Communities Honorable Mention, honoring the company for its extraordinary community involvement efforts. ..... ii~" 5~ ........ ~:'$ :~'~ " "~::~%~ ~:~ .... .....~ " i ....... i Assists clients with wills, trusts and estate transfer planning Counsels family members regarding estate settlement and probate Structures complex estate planning strategies involving trusts, tax planning and charitable giving Nancy S. Whitten Call 425.837.4717 ext 103 or emall at nancyw@carsonnoel corn Carson & Noel PLLC IEa' www carsonnoel com 22525 SE 64th Place, Suite 140, Issaquah Franchise coach maps capital opportunities By David Hayes Issaquah Press reporter Franchise coach Phyllis Pieri clearly remembers her first busi- ness venture -- a lemonade stand. "When I was a child visiting my grandparents, I remember us driv- ing past the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco," Pieri said: "It needed to replace a broken stain-glassed window." Determined to help, eieri opened a lemonade stand and sold an impressive $285 of the thirst quencher. That entrepreneurial spirit fol- lowed her into adulthood. With only a degree earned from the school of hard knocks, eieri has parlayed years of managerial expe- rience in running local franchises (Sir Speedy and Automotive Lube & Tune) into an international con- sultation agency, MatchPoint, headquartered in her Issaquah Highlands home. "I've been consulting now for around 20 years," Pieri said. "My goal is to quit being the best-kept secret." The way franchise con- stilting works, P i e r i explained, is she helps a ~y[[~[~ client chart his or her path into the business world. "Too many people go into their venture not as a CEO," she said. "Then, when their business doesn't grow, they don't understand why they're not making it." As a franchise coach, she helps steer the client toward what they would be best at and how to best utilize what skills they have. About 95 percent of franchise proposals center on the food industry. With the market saturated with "ma and pa" startups that eventually fail, eieri said she has helped tap into that 5 percent. The service busi- ness is one example. "I had a guy from Idaho who actually said he would want a maid business. He didn't want to be a cleaning person," she said. "But I helped turn it around for him. He enjoyed managing, mentoring teams. And that's what the maid cleaning business was, teams that performed the work. It's all how you look at it." She pointed to another model franchise from the service sector-- Great Clips. Once the business is set up, it can be run absentee. The owner doesn't have to be a hair stylist to keep it running, she said. With technology, you can log on to the Web and monitor it from there. eieri has also helped venture capitalists tap into other sectors, including the burgeoning senior services business. "Senior business is huge," eieri said. "Senior helpers, or compan- ions, is a very scalable franchise. CNAs (certified nurses assistant) are plentiful and are perfect for this franchise opportunity." Through Matcheoint, Pieri has also helped many women entre- preneurs. "I have a lot of empty nesters, with husbands who work long hours. What better opportunity for them than going to work in a fran- chise?" eieri asked. "They are very passionate about having autono- my, being able to grow something without asking the husband for help." eieri said she feels assured that it's the small businesses that are going to help lead the way back to economic recovery for the country. She is really enjoying helping oth- ers be a part of the bigger pict~,,e. "I love what I do," she said. I m very passionate about helping peo- ple make the right decisions." David Hayes: dhayes@isspress.com, 392- 6434, ext. 237. Comment at www. issaquahpr ess. com. Chamber of Commerce launches shop-local effort Local business leaders debuted the Shop Issaquah program last week, describing the effort as a way to support the economy, promote businesses and emphasize the role commerce plays in the city's quality of life. Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders organized the program. Shop Issaquah is designed to raise awareness about buying from local merchants and how buying local supports jobs, families and services, as well as the local econ- omy. "We can make a huge differ- ence by banding together, sup- porting each other and promoting our community and our business- es," Tony Rehn, chamber board member and Evergreen Ford gen- eral manager, said in a news release. Organizers said the program would also provide additional exposure for Issaquah businesses, in order to attract new customers. Shop Issaquah was formed with input from business leaders, and support from city officials. "The success of our local eco- nomic recovery depends in large part on the success of our busi- nesses," chamber CEO Matt Butt said in a news release. "Businesses provide jobs, commerce, tax rev- enue, livelihoods for our citizens, critical services such as public safe- ty, parks and recreation support, etc." As part of the program, chain- ber officials will develop a Web site to help local businesses show- case special offers to consumers. They will also develop pieces to communicate the role businesses play in aiding economic recovery and supporting the community. Other tools under development by chamber leaders include ways for Issaquah consumers to assess the amount they spend outside the community and encourage them to return the spending to Issaquah. "The chamber hopes that this information will help encourage consumers to rediscover the out- standing goods, services, products and businesses we have ~ght in our backyard," Butt said. If this program helps save even a few jobs, a few small businesses or sim- ply brings consumers a greater awareness of the options available locally, we will count it as a major SUCCESS." Antique Gallery gets new owners, name The Gilman Antique Gallery, under new ownership, is chang- ing its name to Gilman Antique and Design Gallery. Assuming ownership are John Ovenell, a longtime antique deal- er of other antique malls in the Puget Sound area, and Darlene Cohen, a dealer of fine Asian art and antiques. The new name reflects their emphasis on both fine antiques and collectibles, as well as quality art and interior design. The facility is undergoing a major remodel in its look and space enhancement. Dealers will represent a broad variety of American, Asian and European antiques and art. The gallery at 625 N.W. Gilman Blvd. is open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. dally. Goddard School now enrolling The Goddard School in Issaquah has received its certifi- cate of occupancy and is now enrolling children in anticipation of its opening this week. The new state-of-the-art 9,800-square-foot building, at 5716 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., has been designed to accommodate about 150 chil- dren from 6 weeks to 6 years old. The new school will offer flexible year-round schedules, including a summer program, for children from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Each classroom is arranged in learning centers of math, music, creative art, blocks and puzzles, science and computers. The new school also has two play- grounds. Curves raises $1,793 to fight cancer During November, Curves of Issaquah participated in breast cancer awareness fundraising to benefit the American Cancer Society and breast cancer aware- ness. Staff and members collected $1,793 with a recipe contest, silent auction and raffle at its second annual Girls Get Together fundraiser. Rowley Properties receives state business honor Secretary Sam Reed honored Rowley Properties last week for the company's commitment to giving. The company received honorable mention for the Corporations for Communities Award, a recognition program within the Secretary of State's Corporations & Charities Division. Rowley Properties, along with other honorable mention recipients, received certificates from Reed during a Nov. 4 cer- emony. Citizens were able to nominate any Washington business demonstrating a commitment to giving and a drive to improve local or regional social condi- tions. Rowley Properties, based in Issaquah, is a family-owned and operated property management and development firm that pur- chases, develops, leases, and manages property throughout Western Washington. Treat Yourself this Holiday Indulge. In style.