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potlight

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A supplement to the Snoqualmie Valley Record

Who’s who

in Valley business and local service


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Meet the people who make the Valley work

Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce We exists for one reason – To help the communities of The Valley thrive.

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his week sees the return of our popular Spotlight on Business section. It is an annual yearbook of Valley businesses, and it also shines a spotlight on the people who work behind the counters, windows, cubicles and corner offices of our businesses. Spotlight also underscores how we here in the Valley are all connected. The smiling people on these pages are the owners, managers and employees who keep our communities running and working every day. With only ‘three degees of separation’ here in the Valley, most of the people on these pages are probably your neighbors, friends or relatives. Chances are that your families attended school together. They are your community. We hope you enjoy this tour of local business. As we must all support each other, the next time you need a certain product or service, please take the next step and visit one of our Spotlight advertisers, see what they have to offer and better get to know their faces and their businesses.

Nate, Lizzy, Kaylee

We do this by: • Providing networking opportunities for our local businesses • Offering business education opportunities • Marketing The Snoqualmie Valley to the outside world • Working with local and state government to make sure businesses can succeed • Producing events for the communities

Our staff is here to help! Member Services Manager Kaylee Hardman can help you utilize our fantastic website, answer community questions, help you publicize your event – and much more! Our Director of Events and Membership, Lizzy Billington is happy to chat with you about the benefits of membership or about one of our great community events that brings activity to our Valley. Nate Perea is the CEO and for 2014 he is focused on exploring new ways that The Chamber can support this amazing region. Please reach out to any of us with questions or ideas!”

38767 SE River Street • Snoqualmie

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425.888.6362 • www.snovalley.org

KUNG FU CLUB FALL CITY

The Blue Iris

Serving Fall City, Issaquah and the Eastside since 1993.

Collectibles & Furniture Consignments

Real Skills, For Life!

The Blue Blue Iris Iris The

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Tigers grow Mighty, Mighty Leads to Justice.

shān shān yŏu dòng tiān dòng tiān néng xiū xíng

Mountains have Heavenly Fairyland, Heavenly Fairyland enables practise. Internal Kung Fu: Hallmarks of the Dao Dan Pai (Internal Elixir Style) and Tai Ji Chih (Great Pivot Ruler) Qi Gong teaching Health, Longevity and Resolution of Illness. Qi Gong is suitable for all ages and are not Martial in their intent.

Collectibles & Furniture Consignments

Stop by and see what’s new! 4645 Tolt Avenue Carnation Washington 98014 425.549.0219

969662

969659

kungfuclubissaquah.com

32841 SE 47th Pl. • Fall City • 425.392.4712

what’s new! what’s new! 4645 Tolt Avenue Carnation 4645 Tolt Avenue Carnation 4645Washington Tolt Avenue98014 Carnation Washington 98014 Washington 98014 425.549.0219 425.549.0219 425.549.0219 The Blue Iris

969689

Stop by and see Stop by and see what’s new! Stop by and see

External Kung Fu: Hallmarks of the Xiong Jiang Wing Chun (Raging River Beautiful Spring) system. Tremendous speed and power, Economy of effort, Efficiency of motion, and unusual controlling abilities Qi Sao (sticking hands) and Mook Jong (Wooden Man) Training.


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2014

Your Trusted Local Partner

Carmichael’s

We take pride in our Snoqualmie Valley community Your Trusted and the people and local businesses who place their Local Partner trust in us. We take pride in our Snoqualmie Valley commun

Free Case Evaluations

READY FOR ANYTHING...

p. 425.831.3100 w. www.pearsonlawfirm.com a. Pearson Law Firm, P.S. 35131 S.E. Douglas St. Suite #103 Snoqualmie, WA 98065

and the people and local businesses who place the trust in us.

Free Case Evaluations

p. 425.831.3100 w. www.pearsonlawfirm.com a. Pearson Law Firm, P.S. 35131 Douglas St. 165 NES.E. Juniper Street #103 Suite 200 Snoqualmie, 98065 Issaquah, WAWA 98027

WITH ALL YOUR HARDWARE NEEDS

967235

Wrongful Death • Collisions Automobile Collisions Wrongful Death • Automobile • Serious Injury Insurance Claims • Product Liability • Civil Litigation Insurance Claims • Product Liability •

• Serious Injury Civil Litigation

967236

425-888-1107

8150 Falls Ave. SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Wrongful Death • Automobile Collisions • Serious Injury Left to Right: Insurance Claims • Product Liability • Civil Litigation

Mike Salgado - Restaurant Manager David Doty - Director of Golf Jeff Groshell - Head Professional John Groshell - Owner Dani - New Facilities Manager

Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course

18 - Holes • Par 71 • Public Golf Course

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GET YOUR DAY OFF TO A GREAT START AT HUXDOTTER.

ocated on the Snoqualmie River one mile east of Fall City. Beautiful views of Mt. Si, the Snoqualmie River and the foothills of the Snoqualmie Valley. Opportunities to spot wildlife at our flat, easy to walk golf course in great condition. Golf course has a fully stocked pro shop with PGA professionals available for lessons. Full service restaurant open during daylight hours.

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HOURS: Mon-Fri: 5:00am-7:00pm Sat: 6:00am-7:00pm • Sun: 7:00am-6:00pm

425.888.4678

101 W Park St • North Bend, WA

967240

Best of

We are a family business with the greatest customers in the golf business. We have been fortunate enough to attract golfers that are exceptionally friendly and helpful. Our golfers make the whole place feel like one big family.

425-392-1276 • 425-222-5244

35109 SE Fish Hatchery Road • Fall City Family owned since 1972

www.snoqualmiefallsgolf.com

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HALF OFF SALE Nancy, Steve & shop dog Ollie welcome you to our shop. Come in for fabulous gifts, local jewelry, contemporary apparel, unique cards & books, and inspired home furnishings. Steve is a former tree house builder with Treehouse workshop in Fall City as well as a first mate with Linbad Expeditions. Nancy worked as the Visual Merchandising Manager for G. Fox & Filene’s, received a BFA from the University of Rhode Island, and managed an art gallery for several years before opening Birches. Steve and Nancy have lived in the valley for over 20 years and are dedicated to providing the valley with a fun & unique shopping experience close to home. ENDS SUNDAY 11/11

buy one get one half OFF ! ! !

Dr. Cody Mast

Accessories, Boots, Sweaters, Jewelry, leggings, Cammi’s & Christmas decor

Dr. Jenny Lee

Our offices are committed to supporting you and your child with the tools needed to give your child a positive experience for current and future dental visits. Our practice specializes in dentistry for children. We believe that kids are special.

2150 112th Ave NE, #A Bellevue, Washington 98004

425.396.1011

425.455.0784

967950

Bellevue Kids Dentist

34929 SE Ridge St., Suite 220 Snoqualmie, WA 98065

967639

Snoqualmie Valley Kids Dentist

with ad ,HURRY IN SALE

Open everyday 425-292-9390, Birches 202 North Bend Way downtown North Bend 292-9390 M-F 9:30-6:30, Sa 10-6, Sun 11-5

967642

Enjoy the BEST Coffee, and service. We have breakfast sandwiches, burritos, melts, cookies, muffins, donuts, oatmeal and more. Don’t forget to try on our famous “Beast Mode” before the SUPER BOWL!


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742 SW Mt. Si Blvd., North Bend (next to Burger King)

M-F 4:30am to 7pm. Sat. & Sun. 6am-7pm

Peter J. Ristuben, D.D.S. Anna P. Lee, D.D.S. “The Gentle Dentists”

Sabrina, Tami, Nikole, Jessie, Tessa, Christina & Vanessa (not pictured: Amanda) Left to right: Gina Coleman, Cindy Spencer, Leanne Higgins, Dr. Peter Ristuben, Dr. Anna Lee

In July 2012, we added a drive-thru coffee stand, Wanted Espresso, to our gas station, Mt. Si Shell. Shopping locally is important to us, which is why we have partnered with several terrific local vendors: Pioneer Coffee, Steve’s Doughnuts and Rose Ridge Café & Deli. We also have a fantastic staff of experienced, friendly baristas that you will enjoy getting to know. Some unique items we offer are “Bacon In A Bag” (yes, just 4 pieces of delicious hot bacon!), “Bull Shakes” (Red Bull frappe) and “Muscle Mochas” (iced protein drink with 2 espresso shots). We want the locals to know that weekday traffic at the Interchange is not bad, come on out and give us a shot! Thank you! ~ Tessa & Bryan Wyrsch

38475 SE River St.

888-2684

www.snoqualmiedentist.com

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967962

The employees of the Snoqualmie Tobacco Company and Liquor store are dedicated to bringing you the best selection and prices possible on a wide variety of Tobacco and Liquor products. Come by and visit our friendly and knowledgeable staff to explore our huge selection of locally crafted liquors and see just much you can save on your favorite tobacco products.

967964

On the Corner of River & Silva Streets 967954

www.wantedespresso.com

Snoqualmie Family Dentistry

Open Late 7 Days a week • 7am - 10pm Daily • SUNDAYS TOO!

(Next to the Snoqualmie Casino)

www.SnoTobaccoandLiquor.com • 425.888.3071

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Motorhomes Gas or Diesel All Towable RV’s• Large Trucks • All Pickups

Add We redhave bulletthe points best and replace existing text to include: view in the Valley! -Scheduled Maintence and Service -All Diesel Repairs -Drive Train -Brakes and Suspension -Engine Exhaust Brakes -RV work Interior / Exterior - Generators and Electrical - Extended Service / Insurance We are open to the public!

left to right: Scott, Nicole, Brian, Mark, Karen, John and Steve.

Not just for Golfers!

Cascade Diesel Truck

We are also available for private parties such as birthdays, end of year sports banquets, holiday parties and reunions.

and RV Repair

967966

9010 BOALCH AVE SE • SNOQUALMIE 425-888-1541 • www.mtsigolf.com

www.cdtrv.com

•• Scheduled Maintenance and Service •• All Diesel and Gasoline Repairs •• Drive Train •• Brakes and Suspension •• Engine Exhaust Brakes •• RV work Interior / Exterior •• Generators and Electrical •• Extended Service / Insurance

(425) 888-1886 45830 SE North Bend Way North Bend, WA

967970

967960

37500 SE North Bend Way • Snoqualmie


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Spotlight on Business Help your efforts to reduce weight, stop smoking, and enhance healing with clinical hypnotherapy!

Call now

425-831-2000

Snoqualmie Falls Dental recently turned 5 years old! We love doing the latest high quality dentistry for Valley residents. We've also recently added Botox and Dermal Fillers to our already great options for dental care such as same day white crowns! Come by and get to know us better.

38579 SE River Street Snoqualmie, WA 98065 967972

www.SnoqualmieFallsDental.com

Sheila M. Hunter

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

MA-Psych

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36017 SE FISH HATCHERY RD FALL CITY, WA 98024

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Co-owners Vicki Deshaies and Mark Fanning are the driving force behind Bayan Mongolian BBQ. Located next to the Shell Station on Snoqualmie Ridge, Bayan features a self-service buffet of over 20 vegetables, a wide variety of house-made sauces, and a selection of meats and tofu. Watch the Bayan crew stir fry your creation and in minutes deliver a satisfying and delicious meal. Bayan also offers vegetarian and gluten-free fare. Visit us today!

NORTH BEND MATERIALS "YUP! We're Here." The friendly folks at North Bend Materials are ready to assist you with your soil, sand, gravel, cedar chips & bark needs. We also carry propane, RV, spa & hot tub supplies, hay, straw and shavings, as well as heating pellets. Join our Punch Card Club! Gift Certificates Available. We Deliver.

43300 SE North Bend Way • North Bend Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm • Sun. 10am-4pm

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969648

35018 SE Ridge Street • Snoqualmie

425-888-6502 969494

Fred Seemann, Owner, Tammy Seemann, Co-Owner, Jeff Roth

The Snoqualmie Valley YMCA staff welcome you to join our growing community. We inspire all to reach their fullest potential with programs focused on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility!


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NORTH BEND is the small town that is creating the premiere outdoor adventure destination in the Puget Sound region.

Encompass Pediatric Therapy Services Offered

• Speech & Language Therapy • Social Communication Skills • Occupational Therapy • Feeding Therapy • Autism Spectrum Disorder • Physical Therapy • Child & Family Counseling • Wired for Reading

Gina Estep, City of North Bend Community and Economic Development Director,

The city of North Bend is partnering with a strong volunteer Marketing Team, determined local business owners and Si View Parks District through the Community and Economic Development Department, to enhance the economic vitality of North Bend and promote our local businesses through branding and marketing our natural assets and recreational opportunities.

425.888.7640

969496

gestep@northbendwa.gov

For a list of the North Bend community and recreation events scheduled this year aimed to drive up visitors and capture dollars, go to: www.ci.north-bend.wa.us

Pediatric Therapy Office 209 Main Avenue S. North Bend, WA 98045 425.888.3347

Back Row: Annalisa Roy, SLP; Darlene Logan, OTR/L; Missy Budworth, SLP Front Row: Kim Hall, OTR/L; Jen Cramlet, SLP

www.encompassnw.org

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HAIR CARE SKIN CARE MASSAGE HYPNOTHERAPY REFLEXOLOGY HOME ● FLOOD ● AUTO LIFE ● BUSINESS

SERVING THE SNOQUALMIE VALLEY SINCE 1985

425-292-3488 located at 43438 SE North Bend Way • North Bend

Fall City Branch 33410 SE Redmond-Fall City Rd (425) 222-5881

Snoqualmie Branch 8050 Railroad Ave SE, Ste B (425) 888-0016

Duvall Branch 15315 First Ave NE, Ste 215 (425) 788-9176

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The Hauglie Insurance Agency has over 185 years of combined experience helping families and businesses plan and protect their future.

www.farmersagent.com/khauglie

J. KHERA, DVM

‘Not to hurt our humble animal brothers is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them wherever they require it.’ - St. Francis

www.svah.com

COME SEE OUR NEW LOCATION!

House Calls Available 970451

32020 SE 40th St. • Fall City Conveniently located 1 mile West of Fall City on Hwy 202

142 Main Ave. N., PO Box 372, North Bend, WA 98045

967968

425.888.0867

425-222-7220 • SVAH@hotmail.com


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Collision Repair Secured Facility All work is guaranteed* Service with a smile We’ll work with your insurance to get your car back on the road.

“The Mission of Tanner Electric Cooperative is to Provide our Communities With Exceptional Customer Service and Competitive Costs.”

Since 1991

Clayton, Kelly, and Jerry Moe. 970445

(425) 888-4343 SNOQUALMIE, WA

Nature’s Marketplace Nutrition Center

The Cleaning Authority • Snoqualmie Valley Our mission is to be the best residential house cleaning company in the area, striving to provide the highest level of quality and service to our customers. The Cleaning Authority is family-owned and operated by Paul and Stephanie McMahon along with their two sons who also are in business with them. Paul and Stephanie are also are very involved in their church, the Chamber of Commerce, One Voice, Cleaning for a Reason, and other local charities. Community involvement is very important. Along with their housecleaning business Paul and Stephanie take pride in service, communication with their customers, and in their professionallytrained and dedicated housecleaning staff.

Angelique, Jo, Patrick, Jean and Eileen

Discount supplements

Herbs • Essential Oils • Aromatherapy Natural Body Care • Books Natural Body Care • Orthodox Christian Icons 970447

125 E North Bend Way • North Bend • 425-292-9643 http://snoqualmievalley.thecleaningauthority.com

45710 SE North Bend Way, P.O. Box 1426, North Bend 425-888-0623 or 1-800-472-0208 Fax: 425-888-5688 • Email: steve@tannerelectric.coop

Scott’s has been in business since 1951. Ken Hearing has owned it for over 20 years.

Downtown North Bend • 125 W. North Bend Way • 425.888.3222

35501 SE Douglas Street

His motto: Good Fast Food At A Reasonable Price.

Ken Hearing – Owner

Come see why we’re the oldest hamburger establishment in the Puget Sound. Leslie Cranwill and Ron Davis

234 E. North Bend Way • North Bend

970449

Check out our New Expanded Menu

(425) 888-2301

970448

Steve Walter, General Manager

uhaul.com

970451

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Power For People Not For Profit!

Mon-Sat 9am - 6pm Sun 9am - 1pm “ Leslie and Ron are FANTASTIC! Very helpful, very customer service oriented, and knowledgeable. Moving was a very stressful time for us, however they helped alleviate our worries with their kindness, knowledge, and wonderful attitudes! THANK YOU!” - Dean Seaman, Fall City

425.396.1410

www.snoqualmieridgestorage.com

972329

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966701

Originally this location was BUTTERS SHINGLE & SHAKE Co. and that’s how we got our name, OLE CEDAR MILL. Family owned and operated since July 1989. We provide climate controlled storage units. Also covered or uncovered RV storage. Security is important to us and we now have video surveillance. 24-hour onsite manager

Cindy, Tom & Nancy

Not Pictured: Amber, Gary and Ruth

Other services: • Moving Supplies & UPS • Large Trucks for rent for local moves. • Notary Services

44800 SE North Bend Way, North Bend

all solid Wood owner and designer, richard Jamieson is a fourth generation “wood-man” who for the last 2 decades has designed and manufactured furniture for clients worldwide. His furniture can be seen in resorts, restaurants and homes in dozens of countries from England to Hawaii to The Bahamas. Although he has produced every style imaginable…Shaker, Victorian, Contemporary, etc… he is recognized as one of the leaders in what he calls the “Urban Plank Movement” (also known as “Free-Form Aesthetic”). His showroom artfully blends handcrafted live-edge plank table tops with a wide variety of legs; modern Stainless Steel Omega Legs, industrial Iron Hair Pin Legs, and arts and craft style Wood Slab Legs just to name a few.

Jamieson Furniture Gallery

10217 main street • Bellevue • Wa 98004 Located in Downtown Bellevue’s Old Main District

www.greatroomfurn.com • 425-577-8627

(425) 888-0001

Monday – Saturday 10:00-6:30 • Sunday 12:00-5:00

North Bend Chevrolet ®

2014 Chevy Silverado Truck of the Year We Appreciate Your Business

972514

106 Main Ave N. North Bend • www.Chevyoutlet.com • 425.888.0781

967245

North Bend Chevrolet

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We Appreciate Your Business Chaplins is a family run business. Our mission is to embody the spirit and culture of our auto makers, and personify the spirit of excellence in our store. We strive to provide the highest level of service for our customers. Whether you are buying, selling, or servicing your car, Chaplin's customer service approach will provide you with the peace of mind that your safety and satisfaction is our top priority.

106 Main Ave N. North Bend • www.Chevyoutlet.com • 425.888.0781


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"Come DISCOVER with us!"

At The Discovery Preschool children learn, grow and thrive in an environment that fosters independence, cooperation and a love of learning. We provide a safe and nurturing preschool experience that promotes both social and academic development. We offer: • • • • • •

Preschool classes for children between the ages of 3 and 6 years old Kindergarten Enrichment Classes on Fridays for half-day or homeschooled Kindergarteners Skilled and knowledgable teachers Excellent student to teacher ratio Large Classrooms, Indoor Playroom and Natural Outdoor Play area Curriculum and materials carefully designed to pique curiosity, foster exploration and develop academic skills • Opportunities to develop social skills in a safe environment

VALLEY PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE

Three generations committed to professional cleaning Residential and Commercial Carpet Cleaning Specialists

The Discovery Preschool

RiverTree Dental Care

(425) 890-2874 • www.valleyprofessionalcleaningservice.com

967956

www.thediscoverypreschool.com

966474

(425) 681-4049

Mandi@thediscoverypreschool

VOTED Best of the Valley since 2003

Dr. Brian Mayer, DDS

425.888.2703 38700 SE River St. Snoqualmie

966704

Edge Physical Therapy &Rehabilitation would like to thank the community for it’s strong support over their first year of business. It has allowed us to grow and thrive and we are grateful we have been Owners Anne Kertson able to make a positive The Edge Team and Shilpa Patel healthy impact in our patients’ lives. Edge PT & Rehab offers physical therapy, sports therapy and massage therapy. Edge is owned by 2 local physical therapists whose philosophy is to provide a more personal experience that is often lacking in today’s health care. Edge will guarantee you receive top quality, individualized therapy that is provided directly by a therapist to allow you to not only participate in, but exceed in your active lifestyle. Come let Edge PT & Rehab find “your edge”!

David Kim, MD Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Treats Injuries and Illnesses Related to: Sports injuries and other conditions that involve the arms, legs, back and neck.

967963

Snoqualmie Specialty Clinic 9450 Ethan Wade Way SE Snoqualmie, WA 98065 Call Today: (425) 831-2313 www.SVHD4.org

1546 Boalch Ave NW ◆ North Bend (425) 831-7782 ◆ www.mtsisports.com

37624 SE Fury St. C-201 Snoqualmie, WA 98065 p 425 292 0223 • f 425 292 9225 www.edgeptandrehab.com

966700

www.rivertreedental.com

FREE Yoga ◆ Spinning ◆ ZUMBA! ◆ Core Strength ◆ Strength & Sculpt & More! XP8 Cross Training ◆ Boot Camp ◆ Fatigue Friday FREE Training Session (new members - a $50 value) Free Weights and Kettlebells ◆ Teachers: Inquire about our SVSD Employee Discount Child Care ◆ Personal Training 967965

Our primary goal is to provide you and your family the most comfortable, relaxing care we would want for our own families. At Rivertree Dental Care you will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental care services to meet the needs of the whole family. We are focused on helping each patient achieve and maintain long term dental health and a beautiful smile.


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In Brief

January Chamber After Hours: Euro Lounge Cafe and hall The Euro Lounge Cafe in North Bend hosts the next Snoqualmie Valley Chamber After-Hours event, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Born in Romania, owner Sinacia Yovanovich opened the cafe, which serves crepes and coffee, in 2011. Part of the establishment serves as a rental hall for special events. The cafe is located at 129 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. Admission is $15, or $10 if you are a chamber member.

Valley Young Professionals host bar trivia, networking The chamber of commerce’s Valley Young Professionals hosts a special event, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Snoqualmie Brewery and Tap Room, 8032 Falls Ave. S.E. At Sips with VYPs and YIPs, enjoy beer, food, networking and bar trivia with the Valley Young Professionals. Admission is $20.

February Chamber Luncheon: U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert to talk In February, Congressman Dave Reichert will join the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce to talk about what is happening in Washington D.C. that will affect small business in 2014. Members from the other Chambers within the 8th District will also be invited to the luncheon, slated for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Washington Filmworks visit Washington Filmworks will be visiting to explore the Snoqualmie Valley and talk about the future of filming movies, TV shows and commercials locally at the March luncheon of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Washington Filmworks is a non-profit whose mission is to encourage growth in the film and video production industry for the economic benefit of Washington state. By offering productions extensive support, from location scouting to financial incentives, they are helping the state reemerge as a premiere destination for motion picture production. At the lunch, learn more about the economic impacts of filming in the Valley, and about Washington Filmworks, Learn more about the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce at http://snovalley.org.

No Joining Fees at Snoqualmie Valley YMCA in January Come to the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA in January to try out a new membership without having to pay a joining fee. While many programs and activities at the YMCA are open to the whole community, membership has extra benefits such as unlimited use of the fitness center and gymnasium, group fitness classes, a complimentary personalized wellness plan, two hours of free childcare per day, reduced fees for special activities, 12 guest passes per year, and more. Monthly membership fees range from $25 to $95 depending on the number of people in the membership. If you cannot afford the full cost of a YMCA membership or program, ask for a scholarship application. Financial assistance is available to those in need. For more information and rates, call (425) 256-3115 or go to the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA. You can also drop by the Y for a tour and information at 35016 SE Ridge Street on Snoqualmie Ridge.

Tall orders Snoqualmie woman turns family dilemma into growing online clothes business BY SETH TRUSCOTT

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ighteen boxes of Andrea Williamson’s shirts and pants are lined up along a wall, ready to ship. Windows look out on timberland at her home near the old Snoqualmie Falls mill site. Sewing machines, patterns, a rack of prototype clothes and a file cabinet full of fabric samples are near at hand. Every tee and pair of sweatpants is marked with the logo of Williamson’s business, Altus Menswear, a clothing line and online retail business that she founded in 2011. This month marks a year since she went full time, and Williamson, titled President and Director of Design has proved to herself that her business plan—an online shop for the tall and the very tall—is paying off. “When I was in high school, I wanted to be a fashion designer,” said Williamson, who has sewn since age 8. Instead, she followed another interest, landscape architecture, and was working toward a degree around the same time she founded Altus. The word is Latin, and means “high” or “lofty.” It was family that brought fashion back to the forefront. Her husband, Phil, stands six feet, four inches tall, and Williamson made his shirts for him throughout their marriage. Their son, Carter, grew taller than dad, and at six feet, eight inches, he has had a hard time finding clothes that fit. Shirts and pants that are tall enough were often fitted for a much bulkier man. The idea for Altus was sparked after a frustrating trip to the city to find a tuxedo for Carter. The only tall shirts left on the shelf were extra-large and above. “Traditional ‘big and tall’ stores are focused on the ‘big’ rather than ‘tall’,” Williamson said. Finding tees and sweatpants for Carter were even harder. So, those casual knits are Altus’ focus, aimed at an American market of two million men above six-footthree. Button-down shirts are coming soon, but for now, sweatpants are her biggest seller. She holds up a pair, fit for her son. They come up to her chest. Altus focuses on men who are tall and slim, six-foot-three and up, selling four sizes: Tall Large, Tall Extra-Large, ExtraTall Large and Extra-Tall Extra-Large.

Lessons learned Since founding the business, “it’s been a huge learning curve,” Williamson said. “At first, I thought I was going to make the products myself,” but discovered it’s much more efficient to go with an experienced manufacturer in Auburn. A lot of learning came on the technical side—handling patterns, fits and process.

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Carter Williamson, who stands six-foot-eight-inches, wears his clothing-designer mom’s clothes. Snoqualmie resident Andrea Williamson, who founded Altus Menswear, (new logo, below left) is seeing her online retailer, aimed at tall guys like Carter, take off. When she began, she started with a pattern, then chose a fabric and tried to make it work with the pattern. The reverse is easier, so now, she starts with the fabric. This is how professional fashion designers work, Williamson explains. One file cabinet in her workroom is full of swatches. “I go through them, we look at the colors, we feel them,” and if she decides it might make a good T-shirt, she orders a sample, then works with the pattern maker to adjust size. Introducing new clothes into her line is a slow process that takes a lot of time, money and collaboration. “I want to increase to more products, but I want to do it slowly,” Williamson said. SEE CLOTHING DESIGNER, 19


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it more than once, it’s worth it.” Altus’ line of clothes features a variety of classic T-shirts, sweat shirts, sweat pants and hoodies, with plans to add a button-down shirt and a jacket made from recycled fleece in the coming months. All of Altus’ clothes are made in the USA. You can find it at www.altusmenswear.com.

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“We hope to someday have portable display equipment and signage so we can do temporary pop-up stores if we see the need,” she said. She’s relied on a few fit models, but her main model is her son—he’s the one showcasing her clothing on the webpage. Carter is a reluctant model, but he’s doing his part for what has always been a family business. Williamson got some of her best feedback from former Seattle Sounders soccer player Michael Gspurning. She and Phil met the six-foot-five goalkeeper, who is an Austrian native, at a Bellevue fashion show last fall. He tried their clothes and gave much-appreciated advice. This winter, Altus is launching its European Slim fit, designed with the keeper’s help. Williamson’s business is growing. December was a big month, as was January, and Altus sold clothes all over the United Stated and Europe. Most sales come through online searches. “Since starting this, all kinds of people are sending me their stories,” Williamson said.

Like her son, they’ve always had a tough time finding tall clothes. It’s been satisfying for her to see the customer response, and learn that her decision to start the business is paying off. “If you don’t know somebody who needs that size, (you) have hard time understanding why,” she said. “For me, to spend $30 on a tee—if it’s going to fit, and he’s going to wear

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