The co-directors of Sassy Mei Home and Gift Show are Cadie Brockbank (left) and Bianca Collings

It’s not ‘your typical craft sale’

Bianca Collings and Cadie Brockbnk are co-directors of the Sassy Mei Home and Gift Show. They created the organization – which is based in Maple Valley, as are most of their vendors and sponsors – when fuel prices started to climb and consumers were looking to stay local. Sassy Mei hosts two large gift shows each year for participating artisans and businesses to sell their goods at Elk Run Golf Course. The next show is scheduled for Oct. 10-11. To find out more about Sassy Mei, the Reporter talked to Collings.

  • Oct 4, 2008
The co-directors of Sassy Mei Home and Gift Show are Cadie Brockbank (left) and Bianca Collings


Covington hosts business event

  • Oct 3, 2008

PSE’s natural gas rates increasing today; add $8.49 to monthly home bills

Puget Sound Energy‘s natural gas rates will rise about 10 percent beginning today, adding an estimated $8.49 to the monthly bills of residential ratepayers.

  • Oct 1, 2008

Target in Covington? City, school district have conditions

Target wants to build a store in downtown Covington, but the idea is easier said than done. The property Target wants to set up shop on is a 20-acre parcel next door to Covington Elementary School, which is part of the Kent School District. The city would like the school site, which is 17 acres, and the neighboring site owned by Ashton Development to be developed together as a mixed-use commercial and residential project.

New Covington economic development manager looks to tap ‘edge city’ potential

Shalini Bansal is the new economic development manager for the city of Covington. The new position, funded through the city’s utility tax, is a key in planning for Covington’s growth. She talked to the Reporter about her new duties, which she started Aug. 11.

  • Sep 26, 2008

No more weight-loss surgery at Valley Medical Center

After several years of operations and more than 600 patients, Valley Medical Center’s Washington Bariatric and Weight Loss Center is closing.

  • Sep 12, 2008
On Good Neighbor Day
On Good Neighbor Day

Maple Valley Safeway one of 30 state grocers to offer wine/beer tastings

Safeway in Maple Valley is among 30 grocery stores in Washington where shoppers will soon to be able to sample wine and beer.

  • Sep 2, 2008

Covington hires new head of economic development manager

Shalini Bansal, who has worked in city or state governments in five states, has been hired by the city of Covington as its new economic development manager.

  • Aug 29, 2008
For a town hall-style discussion of the state of public transportation in the southeast King County area
For a town hall-style discussion of the state of public transportation in the southeast King County area

Hand surgeon added to clinics

Dr. Niket Shrivastava, a hand surgeon, has joined Valley Orthopedic Associates at its Covington and Renton clinics.

  • Aug 15, 2008

Unemployment at 4.1 percent in King County

King County’s unemployment rate in July was 4.1 percent, better than the statewide rate that increased from a month earlier, according to the state Employment Security Department.

  • Aug 15, 2008
Employees of Palmer Coking Coal

Palmer Coking Coal has evolved from its early days

It was in 1933, during the depths of the Great Depression, when Welsh coal miners founded Palmer Coking Coal. Tomorrow, the company will mark its 75th year in business.

  • Aug 12, 2008
Employees of Palmer Coking Coal

Nutrition-on-menus restaurant rule begins

Requirements for food nutrition labeling at restaurants in King County began taking effect yesterday.The regulations, first adopted in July 2007 by the county's Health Board… Continue reading

  • Jul 31, 2008
Walls in their preliminary state
Walls in their preliminary state

MultiCare Health System gives high schoolers crash course in nursing

More than 100 students from 47 high schools throughout south King County and Pierce and Thurston counties will participate in MultiCare Health System’s fifth annual Nurse Camp beginning July 29 by learning firsthand from doctors and nurses about careers in nursing and healthcare.

  • Jul 18, 2008

Chamber tees up a tourney

The Covington Chamber of Commerce has organized a golf tournament for Aug. 22 at Elk Run Golf Course. Entry fees are $95 per player or $380 for a team of four. Fees cover gifts, a prime rib or salmon dinner, and raffle tickets. Additional information is available at (253) 631-6117.

  • Jul 18, 2008

King County home sales top 2,000 in June

More than 2,000 home were sold in King County last month, part of a trend around western Washington in which housing sales reached the highest level for any month since August 2007, according to real estate industry analysts.

  • Jul 15, 2008

Four Corners’ viability to be topic of July 16 forum in Maple Valley

Maple Valley will a Four Corners developer’s forum at 6 p.m. on July 16 at the Tahoma School District central facility. Citizens and business representatives can hear input from leading development firms on the viability of the city’s future plans for Maple Valley’s Four Corners sub-area, city officials said.

  • Jul 10, 2008
Manager Bill Haytack (middle

Covington Home Depot to feature mostly locals on staff

As the new Home Depot in Covington approaches its grand opening on Thursday, it’s obvious to store manager Bill Haytack that the community is excited. “I had to put signs up on the windows that said ‘Grand Opening June 26th’ because there are so many people coming by,” Haytack said. “I actually caught a couple people in here shopping not too long ago and I had to say, ‘Gosh, I’m sorry, we’re not open yet.’”

  • Jun 24, 2008
Manager Bill Haytack (middle