Merchants use networking to fight downturn

It may be considered one of the most overused and despised catchphrases for some people in recent months, but “economic downturn” has only served to spur creativity among Sumner businesses.

Local artists show crafts in Sumner

Local artists may submit their handmade work to the Sumner Meadows Art and Garden Show, occurring at the Sumner Meadows Golf Links on June 13.

Business Briefs

The Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce has announced its lineup of guest speakers for its June and July events.

Clinic offers a hand to hand therapy patients

Patients of Bonney Lake Physical Therapy and Hand Rehab are in good hands. Especially when it comes to soft tissue mobilization performed by certified hand specialist and occupational rehabilitative therapist Brandy Campbell.

Andres’ Bar and Grill cooks up an appetizing menu for families

Andres’ Bar and Grill is the newest restaurant to open on the Plateau. And along with its eclectic offering of appetizers, drinks and entrees, there’s something else that’s appealing to its patrons: a kids’ menu that assures patrons of its family-friendly atmosphere.

Chamber passes out scholarships

I was amazed at the caliber of students from our area when I attended the Awards Night ceremonies at Sumner and Bonney Lake high schools. Scholarships were awarded and students were recognized for their achievements throughout the years.

Changes are coming to Skeek’s in Wilkeson

Another change is coming to Skeek’s, the Church Street business owned by longtime Wilkeson resident Lambert “Skeek” Gonzales.

A second helping of rhubarb information

I hope you didn’t get sick of reading about rhubarb last week because there’s more to learn, believe it or not. I am just fascinated that I have worked in Sumner for more than 30 years and am just now learning all this information about rhubarb. Guess I was just too focused on all the yellow daffodils we had here in the valley.

Open house follows remodel

Molen Orthodontics invites the public to check out its remodeled Enumclaw office.

  • May 12, 2009

Auto detailer keeps busy

There are a lot of elements of Jorge Espinosa’s job as an automobile detailer that he likes, but the bottom line and the objective that makes him most proud is the “before and after” picture in his mind’s eye.

College, city teaming up to offer May 27 financing workshop

During these uncertain economic times, two things appear clear: first, that many businesses are struggling to make ends meet; and, second, that many business owners have questions about financing options and opportunities.

Helac announces second round of job cuts

Enumclaw’s Helac Corporation, a local success story since 1974, has reduced its workforce for the second time in 2009.

  • May 12, 2009

City is looking at 10-step proposal

On April 27, a proposal to help “Boost Enumclaw’s Economy” was presented at City Council by the chamber’s City Council liaison and chair of the Community Economic Development Committee, Liz Reynolds. As a result, council voted to forward this to the CED Committee to begin looking at options. Given the level of uncertainty in today’s economy and the resulting recession, this 10-step plan to help promote businesses in Enumclaw was a result of feedback from businesses struggling to survive.

  • May 12, 2009

Interchangeable jewelry becomes a magnetic business for Susan Fahsel

Susan Fahsel’s best ideas for her custom-designed jewelry come in the middle of the night.

Chainsaw artist carves out creations

Six summers ago, Jason Smathers visited his dad in North Carolina and ended up face to face with a bear.

City amendment makes it easier to “buy local”

In an effort to keep its dollars close to home, the Enumclaw City Council proposed local legislation that would increase the city’s ability to “shop local.”

Orthodontists hosting open house following remodel

Molen Orthodontics invites the public to check out its remodeled Enumclaw office.

  • May 6, 2009

Graphic artist happy with response to new line of jewelry

Susan Fahsel's best ideas for her custom-designed jewelry come in the middle of the night. "I have a binder full of them," she said. "I call them my 1 a.m. thoughts."Those thoughts have transformed from dreams to paper and into Magnabilities, her six-month-old business that applies art work to interchangeable, magnetic jewelry for necklaces and pendants.

City sets summit for local business

Members of the local business scene are being invited to an economic summit that will seek to identify problems and brainstorm possible solutions to Enumclaw’s current doldrums.

Bike shop honored for work in community

Black Diamond Bike and Back Country earned the Better Business Bureau’s Business of the Year Torch Award in the Community Involvement category.