Website features Sammamish business Rent the ToyChest

July 16, 2015

Sammamish online business www.rentthetoychest.com was recently featured and reviewed by the website http://redtri.com/seattle/rent-the-toychest.

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Pay it forward

May 27, 2015

Contributed PayNorthwest has processed its 1 millionth outsourced pay statement. To mark the occasion on the second day of National Small Business Week, the Seattle-based provider of cloud-based human capital management software and services presented client Columbia Athletic Clubs with a giant commemorative check and gift certificate in Sammamish. PayNorthwest helps small- to mid-sized businesses and nonprofits more effectively manage their workforce and streamline their human resources and payroll function.

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PayNorthwest has processed its 1 millionth outsourced pay statement. To mark the occasion on the second day of National Small Business Week, the Seattle-based provider of cloud-based human capital management software and services presented client Columbia Athletic Clubs with a giant commemorative check and gift certificate in Sammamish. PayNorthwest helps small- to mid-sized businesses and nonprofits more effectively manage their workforce and streamline their human resources and payroll function.

Tutoring Center offers free assessment testing

March 25, 2015

The Tutoring Center recently opened in Sammamish and offers free diagnostic assessment testing for children.

The Tutoring Center specializes in helping children master academic skills, get better grades, achieve higher standardized test scores, and gain the confidence, motivation and concentration necessary to succeed.

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Uncle Si’s brings ‘made with love’ pizza to lakefront

January 6, 2015

Rich Radcliffe has a simple business philosophy that has served him well since taking the ownership reins of the original Uncle Si’s Pizza restaurant in 2012.

By Neil Pierson Rich Radcliffe opened a second branch of the popular Uncle Si’s Pizza restaurant in December. The new location in Sammamish also features a breakfast bar with coffee, crepes and smoothies.

By Neil Pierson
Rich Radcliffe opened a second branch of the popular Uncle Si’s Pizza restaurant in December. The new location in Sammamish also features a breakfast bar with coffee, crepes and smoothies.

“Our theme is basically, ‘We treat you like you want to be treated,’” Radcliffe said. “When we go out, we want good service, we want good food, we want to have fun.”

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Skyline High School seniors use their business smarts to help charities

December 31, 2014

When Arjun Narayan began researching search engine concepts, he discovered the humongous profits he could tap into.

Contributed From left, Skyline High School seniors Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

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From left, Skyline High School seniors Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

Google alone makes about $50 billion per year from advertising, money that trickles in from millions of online searches taking place every day.

“I thought, if we could take a small part of that and channel it toward nonprofits, we can create a big social impact,” Narayan said.

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Local business creates furniture fit for a child

December 9, 2014

It’s a familiar story for many parents: the living-room furniture is gradually destroyed by children building forts from cushions, pillows and tables.

By Maria Preciado Seven-year-old Eric Ogren, the son of furniture designer Maria Preciado, demonstrates how his mother’s child-friendly chairs and sofas can take a beating and stay durable.

By Maria Preciado
Seven-year-old Eric Ogren, the son of furniture designer Maria Preciado, demonstrates how his mother’s child-friendly chairs and sofas can take a beating and stay durable.

Marisa Preciado grew weary of the problem, but she couldn’t find any children’s furniture that was functional, flexible and aesthetically pleasing. So the Sammamish resident decided to do something about it.

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Overlake luncheon raises $260,000

December 9, 2014

Overlake Community Partners Luncheon raised more than $260,000 for the hospital’s Ensuring Excellence Fund, which supports a constellation of programs committed to providing patients with the highest caliber of care through the use of the latest technologies.

The 16th annual event featured Seattle biomedical pioneer Dr. Lee Hood, who spoke about how personalized medicine is changing the face of health care.

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Orthodontist is buying candy, donating to charity

October 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 30, 2014

As part of National Orthodontic Health Month, a Sammamish orthodontist will buy children’s Halloween candy for $1 a pound, and make matching donations to charity.

Dr. Robert Trujillo’s office, Orthodontics on the Plateau, will take up to five pounds of wrapped candy per child during his buy-back event, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 3-6. The office is at 22603 N.E. Inglewood Hill Road, Suite 200.

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Art teacher’s influence spreads beyond her garage doors

June 26, 2013

Betsy Matias’ art studio looks like a typical space for creative instruction. The walls are covered in paintings and drawings, aprons and brushes are packed into a corner, and several stools lay upside-down on a large table.

But Matias doesn’t teach art in a normal studio. She teaches in the garage of her Sammamish home, and over the past 18 months, her business has skyrocketed from 10 part-time students to a five-days-a-week gig during the school year.

Surrounded by student artwork and her own painting of a guitar, Sammamish art teacher Betsy Matias is seeing a spike in business for her art studio, Henry and Mei, where she leads a series of classes for children during the school year.  Photo by Neil Pierson

Surrounded by student artwork and her own painting of a guitar, Sammamish art teacher Betsy Matias is seeing a spike in business for her art studio, Henry and Mei, where she leads a series of classes for children during the school year. Photo by Neil Pierson

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Pet store to move

January 8, 2013

New: Jan. 8, 1:53 p.m.

Local pet store Civilized Nature will be moving to Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands this summer.

Owner D’Arcy Dent said the store is planning to move by August. Read more

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