Cutting through Washington’s tax maze | Don Brunell’s Business View

"Keep it simple." This old saying is more than a bumper sticker slogan, it's a principle that is especially important when it comes to taxes and regulations. Washington employers have been working for decades to simplify our state's tax and regulatory policies. Currently, employers must work their way through a maze of complex, overlapping and often contradictory regulations and tax rules that differ from one city to the next, one county to the next.

CrossFit aiming to get clients in shape

Enthusiasts gravitating toward the new CrossFit Enumclaw Gym at 1713 Garrett St. in Enumclaw, are working toward a healthier lifestyle.

Salon La Bell sets grand opening

Sarah Bell dreamed of starting a salon with her sisters. At one time, all three were studying massage, cosmetology or to be an aesthetician.

Enumclaw resident drinking in benefits of water filtration system

In 2008, Trenton Harbour says he hit bottom. At the time a private, portfolio manager and investor, he was nearly bankrupt and a bout with Lyme disease was taking a toll on his health and personal life. A simple glass of water changed his life. Part of the process of gaining back his health included eating better. Water was important – pure, clean water.

BUSINESS COLUMN: SBA can help when starting a business

With a new year on the horizon, it’s a perfect time to dream about the future and set new goals and resolutions. If your plans include starting a business, the best place to begin is with the U. S. Small Business Administration.

  • Jan 13, 2012

Heritage House to add Alzheimer’s facility

While most companies are having a tough go of it in the current downturned economy, Buckley’s Heritage House is going to be refurbishing the existing facility as well as expanding to accommodate a new category of residents. Peggy Jensen, a licensed practical nurse serving her fourth year as administrator of the 40-unit facility, explained that while a 37-unit addition will be built adjacent to the existing facility along state Route 410, the new space will involve an entirely different type of care. Jensen noted there is an ever-growing need to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and facilities to house such patients while furnishing professional, medical and compassionate care, are limited in western Washington.

Twisted Kitchen wraps up breakfast and lunch dishes

When Cheryl McGuffin owned Latte Da in Chelan, patrons raved about her cinnamon rolls. Some of those same customers have tracked her down to Twisted Kitchen, the cafe she and Craig Porria have opened on Cole Street in Enumclaw. “We’re kind of famous for our cinnamon rolls,” McGuffin said.

For sale: One successful barbecue restaurant, slightly used

The Bonney Lake location of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, a franchise chain of Texan meat cuisine, is listed for sale online at a steep discount. Confounding matters is the fact that the restaurant only opened in November, and has appeared to do brisk business in that time.

It’s the economy, stupid: Why Washington state can’t forget the mistakes of ’93 | BUSINESS VIEW

In 1992, Bill Clinton's campaign slogan was, "It's the economy, stupid." In 1993, Washington employers modified the slogan to, "It's the economy, don't kill it," and emblazoned it across a huge banner draped from AWB's building near the state's capitol campus, where it could be seen by elected officials driving by.

Nature’s Inventory products booming, for a second time

By the time LouAnn Brandjes was finally diagnosed with Lupus, she’d had enough. The chronic inflammatory disease that affects various body parts, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys, was taking a toll and she was ready to fight back.

Enumclaw’s Rockridge Orchards on list of business winners

An Enumclaw company was among the winners when King County Executive Dow Constantine celebrated the importance and the accomplishments of small businesses by presenting the first annual King County Executive’s Small Business Awards in October.

  • Dec 12, 2011

T-Bonz offers big, beefy burgers

Gary Zesiger is savvy enough to realize steak houses are folding all over the country, largely because the average Joe can no longer pick up the hefty tab for a steak dinner with all the trimmings.

Three new options for clothing, home decor in downtown Enumclaw

Those who fancy themselves as expert shoppers for both clothing and home decor have three fresh options in Enumclaw.

Gamblin Motors announces remodel project will begin next week

Enumclaw's Art Gamblin Motors has announced a remodel to the Chevrolet and Buick dealership on state Route 410.

  • Oct 13, 2011

House of Denim looks to teens for fashion-forward insight

Retail fashion can be a fickle business: tastes shift all the time, constantly driving interest to new styles and products. That's why Dorothy Pearson and Traci Norris get their fashion 411 from the source: local teenagers. "We look for what kids want," Pearson said. "A lot of teens come into the store and we ask them what they're looking for. What's got bling? What's in style? "Right now, it's dark, dark denim."

Couple turns economic blues into berry farm

Similar to an old-fashioned barn-raising, more than 50 volunteers turned out at Sue and Dave’s White’s Plateau area farm on a cool, misty Saturday morning to plant blueberries – 4,617 tender, young bushes.

Reflexology, massage find room at Intent Yoga

Dawn Tingvall, Jennifer Usher and Fae Swetz are friends and now business partners sharing a reflexology and massage studio inside Intent Yoga’s Enumclaw Cole Street studios.

  • Oct 11, 2011

Living Court quality honored

Living Court Assisted Living has been recognized as a 2011 recipient of the Bronze-Commitment to Quality National Quality Award for its performance in the health care profession.

  • Oct 11, 2011

MacRaes Indian Bookstore leaving Enumclaw, joining Tacoma cultural center

MacRae’s Indian Bookstore has been a fixture in downtown Enumclaw since 1971, a beacon at the corner of Cole Street and Griffin Avenue. Now, that’s about to change, as the family owned and operated store is moving to Tacoma and becoming part of a gathering place for all things honoring Native American culture.

Enumclaw’s PartyPail in state’s top 100 leaders

Enumclaw-based PartyPail Inc. has been included in the list of 100 fastest-growing private businesses in Washington state. Recipients of the honor were determined based on year-over-year revenue growth from 2008 to 2010.

  • Oct 11, 2011