Business

Vice president and branch manager of Columbia Bank in Redmond Greg Todd (left) says a few words to the crowd at the branch's ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening. The event celebrated the opening of Columbia's new location at 16200 Redmond Way. The new location will have all of the same employees from the previous location

Columbia Bank relocates to downtown, shows permanent commitment to Redmond

Columbia Bank in Redmond has moved to a new, more visible location.

Vice president and branch manager of Columbia Bank in Redmond Greg Todd (left) says a few words to the crowd at the branch's ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening. The event celebrated the opening of Columbia's new location at 16200 Redmond Way. The new location will have all of the same employees from the previous location

Chamber annual award luncheon slated for Jan. 19

The Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce annual awards event is Jan. 19 at Matts' Rotisserie in Redmond Town Center, 16551 N.E. 74th St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Jan 13, 2011

Redmond business donates complete home furnishings to displaced families of fatal fire

Redmond-based ABODA Furnishings announced Monday that it is donating complete home furnishings to five of the families who have been forced to relocate as a result of the Sammamish Ridge fire.

  • Jan 11, 2011
Jill Esau is the owner of Jill’s Olde World English Toffee in downtown Redmond. The store is located in the old Brown Bag Cafe building at 8412 164th Ave.

Toffee shop opens in old Brown Bag Cafe building

Jill Esau started making toffee when she and her family moved to Redmond about 20 years ago. Someone had given her a cookbook at a holiday party and while flipping through the book on the drive home, she found a toffee recipe with only a few ingredients and thought it seemed doable.

Jill Esau is the owner of Jill’s Olde World English Toffee in downtown Redmond. The store is located in the old Brown Bag Cafe building at 8412 164th Ave.
John Hughes

After 30 years, Redmond Carpet still going strong

When John Hughes started working in the carpeting and flooring business in 1975, it was just a way to pay for college. He had no idea his side job would turn into a career. Hughes, who was attending the University of Washington at the time, worked for University District property owners for a few years before moving to Redmond in 1979 and opening Redmond Carpet & Interiors in October of the same year. Although he opened the business in 1979, Hughes said the showroom was not fully complete until 1980, which is why they are celebrating Redmond Carpet’s 30th anniversary this year. “(Working in the University District) was a great experience to learn the business,” he said. “It’s kind of funny how you turn around and it’s 30 years later.”

  • Dec 9, 2010
John Hughes
Brian “Gerk” Gierke

Snowy forecast a hit with local ski shops

The same La Nina snowfall that wreaked havoc on commuters last week in the greater Seattle area also got another group of people quite fired up. Winter sports enthusiasts have been coming out in droves for ski and snowboard tune-ups and are getting ready to

Brian “Gerk” Gierke

Ken’s Redmond Auto Body shop mentors other shop owners on new cutting-edge paint system

Ken’s Redmond Auto Body shop recently opened its doors to mentor other shop owners and government agency staff on a new water-borne vehicle paint system. The collision repair facility, located at 18138 Redmond Way, offered an inside look at how the state-of-the-art system works and answered candid questions about how other shops can transition to water-based systems.

  • Nov 30, 2010
Vinaya Kulkarni

New math program gives kids a head start: Abacus West to open Redmond classes in January

Vinaya Kulkarni said she believes she has the program that will help grade-school age children gain confidence and competence in arithmetic. Kulkarni is the founder and head teacher of Abacus West, which started classes in February at campuses in Sammamish and Issaquah. Starting next January, she will start a program in Redmond.

Vinaya Kulkarni
Elevation Exhibits

Elevation Exhibits helps expand businesses’ horizons

Elevation Exhibits, an award-winning firm that specializes in exhibit design, marketing and event planning around trade shows, has recently opened up shop in a new Redmond office located on 166th Avenue Northeast.

Elevation Exhibits
After just one year in business

Redmond’s Pinkabella honored for its sweet treats

Margo Engberg has been baking for as long as she remembers. Whether it was for a birthday, the holidays or any other celebration, she would mark the occasion with sweets. So, it wasn't too much of a stretch when she decided to open her own cupcake shop in Redmond Town Center.

  • Nov 18, 2010
After just one year in business

Evergreen CEO to speak at Redmond Chamber luncheon

Robert Malte, CEO of Evergreen Medical Center will be the featured speaker at the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

  • Nov 11, 2010

Microsoft awards grants to Bellevue College, other organizations to help give veterans job skills

On Wednesday, Microsoft Corp. announced Bellevue College as one of six recipients of its Elevate America veterans initiative grants, which will help give veterans and their spouses the skills and resources they need to be successful in today’s civilian work force.

  • Nov 10, 2010
Downtown Redmond's Tree Top Toys owner Blanche Snipes and her staff specialize in friendly customer service and 'hands-on

Tree Top Toys features old-fashioned toys that spark imagination

Summer's hit movie "Toy Story 3" was a bit of a tear-jerker, brilliantly capturing themes of how quickly children grow up and lose interest in imaginative play.

Downtown Redmond's Tree Top Toys owner Blanche Snipes and her staff specialize in friendly customer service and 'hands-on

Cartridge World in Redmond marks America Recycles Day with free ink

With America Recycles Day fast on Nov. 15, Cartridge World of Redmond is doing its part to inform and educate local consumers about the importance of increasing their recycling habits at home and at work.

  • Nov 8, 2010

Redmond’s RSC Equipment Rental hosts used equipment yard sale Oct. 28

Dependable equipment originally sourced direct from top-tier manufacturers will be on sale at five RSC Equipment Rental (www.rscrental.com) locations in the Seattle area, including 9045 Willows Rd. in Redmond, from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.

  • Oct 18, 2010

Redmond Eye Doctors collecting funds to buy eye drops for chemotherapy patients

During October, which is Cancer Awareness Month, Redmond Eye Doctors, 16375 NE 85th St., Suite 102, is raising money to help people who suffer from dry eye syndrome due to chemotherapy treatments. Community members are welcome to drop off donations and receive a free lens cleaner and cloth.

  • Oct 14, 2010

Red Mango opens up shop at Redmond Town Center

Red Mango, the fastest growing retailer of yogurt and smoothies, announced it will open its first store in Redmond, with a grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 16. Red Mango's founder Dan Kim will be at the store, at 16515 NE 74th St. in Redmond Town Center, where customers will be treated to free yogurt from 11 a.m-5 p.m.

  • Oct 8, 2010

Redmond-based Physio-Control introduces new refurbished product program, ‘RELI”

Redmond-based Physio-Control introduced its refurbished product program, "RELI," today at EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Expo 2010.

  • Sep 29, 2010

Áegis Living announces new management division

Redmond-based Áegis Living, a national leader in senior living and assisted living communities, announced Sept. 24 that it has created Áegis Performance Management as a new division. Its goal is to bring the knowledge and expertise of the parent company to the broader marketplace through fee-for-service management and consulting. Áegis Living has decided to get involved in managing third-party assets because of three major changes in the marketplace.

  • Sep 24, 2010
Heather Walsh has opened Air Beauty Bar at Redmond Town Center. The shop offers a safe alternative to sunbathing or tanning beds

Air Beauty Bar at Redmond Town Center offers safe, sunless, ‘airbrushed’ glow

We wish we all could be California girls — or at least look like them. Yet, as documented by The Skin Cancer Foundation (www.skincancer.org), tanning can lead to premature aging of the skin or skin cancer. Air Beauty Bar, a new business at Redmond Town Center, offers a safe alternative to sunbathing or tanning beds, which are also linked to skin damage or disease.

Heather Walsh has opened Air Beauty Bar at Redmond Town Center. The shop offers a safe alternative to sunbathing or tanning beds