Announcements: Diamond Knot opens newest brew pub

  • Fri Feb 7th, 2014 11:48am

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing celebrated the grand opening of a new brew pub Saturday at 5602 232nd St. SW, No. 106 in Mountlake Terrace.

A full-scale brewery is planned for the site with plenty of viewing options. Diamond Knot’s original brewery and alehouse is still located in Mukilteo and there is a location in Camano Island.

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The City of Snohomish has introduced Imagine Snohomish, a MindMixer site where citizens can engage, communicate and collaborate with community decision makers and other residents on the future of the community. Citizens are encouraged to register to participate in the conversation. Visit www.SnohomishWA.gov and click on the Imagine Snohomish icon.

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Nominations are being accepted for executive and entrepreneur of the year. These people should be dedicated private- or public-sector individuals who excel in business, community involvement and support Snohomish County’s economic development.

The winners will be honored during the Economic Alliance Snohomish annual recognition luncheon in May. Nominations entry forms can be found at www.theheraldbusinessjournal.com.

Nominations can also be sent to HBJ editor Jim Davis at PO Box 930, Everett, WA 98206 or email to jdavis@heraldnet.com. Please include name, title, reason for nomination and the name of the person submitting the nomination. More info: 425-339-3097.

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Soup’s On Cafe in Edmonds celebrated its grand opening on Feb. 7. Owners Theresa Williams and Will Carhuff worked at the original Soup’s On! Restaurant that was once located in Old Milltown mall. Many of the original recipes are featured at the new cafe. Soup’s On Cafe is located at 8402 Bowdoin Way in Edmonds.

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Kohl’s Department stores are accepting nominations for the 2014 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded to more than 2,300 young volunteers, ages 6 to 18, who have made a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism. Parents, teachers, neighbors and friends can nominate outstanding youth now through March 14 at kohlskids.com.

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Foggy Noggin Brewing announced a new beer program — their House Ale. Each batch is fermented in a Hungarian oak barrel with a perpetual yeast, making each batch different from any other. The Hungarian oak barrel was made to the brewer’s specifications, with oak sourced from the Zemplen Forest — some of the most sought after wood in the world.

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Skydive Snohomish has announced the installation of a new Blackhawk turbine engine in their Cessna 208 Grand Caravan skydiving plane. The new engine produces 850 horsepower and results in climbs to the 13,000 foot exit altitude at 1,500 feet per minute. Skydive Snohomish is a family owned and operated skydive center located on Harvey Field in Snohomish.

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Students age 16 to 21 who have dropped out of high school can earn a high school diploma and college credit at the same time through Everett Community College’s Youth Re-Engagement U3 program. For students accepted into the program, tuition and books are free. Call 425-259-8738 to sign up for an information session.

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The Puget Sound Regional Council is accepting nominations for its annual VISION 2040 Awards program until March 31. The awards recognize the superb work being done to achieve the region’s growth, economic, and transportation strategy, VISION 2040. Award nomination materials are available online or by contacting Michele Leslie Potter at 206-587-4819, mleslie@psrc.org.

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Zumiez total net sales for the four-week period that ended Feb. 1, 2014 decreased 24.3 percent to $38.1 million, compared to $50.3 million for the five-week period that ended Feb. 2, 2013. Comparable store sales decreased 7.6 percent for this period compared to an increase of 2.6 percent for the five-week period that ended Feb. 2, 2013.

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The Smith Travel Research report for December 2013 noted that, compared to the previous year, Snohomish County was down 6.2 percent in occupancy, up 0.4 percent in ADR and down 5.9 percent in RevPar for the month. Overall demand was down 6.2 percent compared to this month last year and revenue saw a 5.9 percent decline compared to 2012.

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According to the Washington State Department of Revenue’s quarterly analysis, an increase in business and consumer spending boosted the state’s taxable retail sales by 7.6 percent for the third quarter of 2013. Taxable retail sales between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2013 reached $31 billion — a $2.2 billion increase over the same period in 2012.

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According to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, small business owners are the most optimistic they have been in five years and expect their businesses to increase cash flow and hire more employees in 2014. In a recent survey, the overall score increased to a positive 45 in January, up from a positive 24 in October 2013.

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Many drivers may pay rising gas prices this spring as refineries conduct seasonal maintenance, but the peak may be less expensive than last year, according to AAA. The West Coast and the Northeast likely will have the most expensive gas prices due to higher taxes and because local refineries rely on more costly, imported crude oil and gasoline.