Garden Gear & Gallery owners announce retirement

Don and Lili Hall of Garden Gear & Gallery announced Tuesday they are retiring after 27 years in business. Garden Gear, located at 102 5th Ave. N., carries metal sculptures, glass art pieces and cement statuary along with gardening essentials like pruners and Japanese hand tools. “We are truly grateful to all our customers for your…

Sponsor spotlight: Fork in the road — repair or replace your vehicle?

Deciding whether to put more money into an aging car or to replace it with a new or used vehicle is rarely a simple decision. Plus skyrocketing vehicle prices and economic uncertainty are making the decision process even tougher. Signs it is time to replace your car To help you decide if it is time…

Sponsor spotlight: New year, time for a new kitchen

It’s no secret that kitchens are one of the most popular spaces in homes. If your kitchen is dated or no longer fits your lifestyle, you may want to consider remodeling. An upgraded or modern kitchen also can increase the value of your home. According to Zonda’s recent Cost vs. Value Report, home owners who…

Frequency Collective salon now open in Edmonds

Sarah Sewalelot has opened a new salon, Frequency Collective, at 8304 196th St. S.W, in Edmonds. “We’re focused on four Cs at Frequency Collective: craft, culture, community and commerce,” Sewalelot said. “We invest in continued training, stay high vibe, provide big city treatment in the small town our clients love, and sell only the best products…

Sponsor spotlight: Ingredients of a successful business partnership

Like a bundle of sticks, good business partners support each other and are less likely to crack under strain together than on their own. In fact, companies with multiple owners have a stronger chance of surviving their first five years than sole proprietorships, according to U.S. Small Business Administration data. Yet sole proprietorships are more…

Sponsor spotlight: Irons Brothers Construction says cheers to a fantastic 2022

As we celebrate a successful 2022, it is of utmost importance that we acknowledge and thank our amazing team. Pictured above are our team members and three of our favorite business consultants at this year’s Leadership Retreat – All Systems Go! Thank you to our team members for their loyalty, dedication and tireless work to make…

Comcast donates laptops to veterans at Edmonds College

Comcast recently donated laptops to several veterans services organizations and groups in Washington state in partnership with Operation Military Family. Leadership from each organization met with Comcast at the Edmonds College Veterans Resource Center to receive the 40 laptops and share stories of the impact they will make for the veterans they serve. The organizations…

Sponsor spotlight: Five essential year-end tax tips

Before 2022 comes to a close, take some time to review these essential items to ensure you are not missing something that could cause tax trouble when you file your tax return: 1. Take required minimum distributions (RMDs). If you are age 72 or older, you need to take RMDs from certain retirement accounts before…

Sponsor spotlight: BIAW President Joseph Irons celebrates successful year

As 2022 comes to an end, Building Industry Association of Washington President Joseph Irons, president and general manager of Irons Brothers Construction, Inc., celebrates a successful year of leadership. Throughout the year, Irons led the association through legal victories, grew the Certified Builder program, encouraged diversity in the industry and bolstered workforce development efforts. Working…

Sponsor spotlight: Fund your retirement or your child’s college?

Toward the end of the year, many are undergoing an annual review of their retirement funds. It certainly was a tough year and one of the decisions many parents are grandparents are facing is the difficult decision to either save for retirement or use funds to pay for their children’s or grandchildren’s college education. Here…

Sponsor spotlight: Strategies to consider in a volatile market

This fall, we see the markets continue to rattle investors with increased volatility. Inflation, higher gas prices, the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict and midterm elections are adding to a market under pressure. Over time, we have experienced ups and downs in the market, and one thing has remained constant — have a plan — to keep…

Sponsor spotlight: Year-end tax-cutting ideas

Here are moves you can make to reduce your taxable income. But the year is quickly coming to a close, so plan accordingly. Tax loss harvesting. If you own stock outside a tax-deferred retirement plan, you can sell your under-performing stocks by Dec. 31 and use these losses to reduce any taxable capital gains. If your…

Sponsor spotlight: Last-minute gift ideas sure to make you a holiday hero

The 12 Days of Christmas countdown has officially begun, and if you’re one of the many out there who has yet to finalize your holiday shopping list, this is for you. Although Christmas is just around the corner and the heat of the holiday rush is upon us, there’s still time to shop for that…

Sponsor spotlight: Five ways to prepare your home before a freeze

The cooler weather conjures up images of fireplaces, holiday gatherings and hot chocolate. While it may be easy to prepare your lifestyle for the winter months, as a home owner it is important not to neglect essential pre-winter home maintenance. To keep you and your home safe and ready for cold temperatures, consider taking the…

Sponsor spotlight: One-of-a-kind gifts

At times it is difficult to find that special holiday gift. With so many options and crowded stores, how can you share something that is unique? You can always try a different approach, one that saves you from mall shopping or online ordering deadlines. Estate sales offer a great opportunity to give items that can…

Edmonds’ Workhorse Coworking to host holiday vendor fair Dec. 10

Workhorse Coworking in downtown Edmonds is hosting a holiday shopping event on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Coinciding with the Edmonds Holiday Market, this free shopping event invites locals and visitors alike to stroll, shop, listen to music and enjoy the parking lot food truck. The vendor lineup includes Nerdly Goodness,…

Sponsor spotlight: Avoid dirt and distress — choose JCS Refresh

Licensed, insured, and proudly serving King County and Snohomish County community members, JCS Refresh offers commercial and residential pressure washing and exterior cleaning services. About JCS Refresh Since its inception, JCS Refresh founders have been hard at work connecting with the community and saving homes or businesses from distress. As three high school friends reconnect…

Meadowdale HS receives 2022 Local Heroes Grant from Gesa Credit Union

Meadowdale High School is receiving a $5,000 Local Heroes Grant from Gesa Credit Union. The money will be used to create a Maverick Shoe Closet, a program to provide free access to athletic shoes for students in need at the high school. In the program’s second year, Gesa will award more than $500,000 in grants to…

Sponsor spotlight: ‘Tis the season for gift card fraud

With supply chain snarls still plaguing parts of the U.S. economy, many consumers are turning to gift cards as the holiday present of choice this year. In fact, according to the website Research and Markets, the U.S. gift card industry is expected to reach $188 billion in 2022. Why is gift card fraud such a…

Book a tour through Dec. 31 and Rick Steves will give back to nonprofits

Edmonds-based Rick Steves’ Europe has a Season’s Givings holiday offer that gives you the opportunity to support nonprofit organizations when you book a Rick Steves tour. Book a seat on any 2023 tour between now and Dec. 31, 2022, and save $100 when you enter the promo code: GIVE23 (new bookings only). Then pick one…