Tully’s drive-thru opens

Now open, Tully’s Coffee drive-thru will hold a grand opening at its new location at 3077 78th Avenue S.E. on Nov. 17.

Alpenland Delicatessen for sale

Local restaurant listed for sale on Craigslist for $195,000.

Mercer Island mom becomes entrepreneur with own children’s clothing line

Elysia Sloan said her now 8 1/2-year-old son inspired her to start a children’s clothing line called ZB’s.

Branch of driver’s education school opens here

A new branch of Defensive Driving School has opened at 3045 78th Ave. S.E. next door to Cascade Frames. The driver’s education business based in Seattle offers classes in cities in Northwest Washington state from Kent to Woodinville to Everett.

Mercer Islander’s religious jewelry collection online

Amen Jewelry, founded by Lisa Novak of Mercer Island, has launched its retail Web site. The jewelry company aims to combine commerce and charity, and has pledged to give 10 percent of each sale to organizations that assist those in need in the community.

Bahner earns ‘Distressed Property Expert’ designation

Ina Bahner of RE/MAX Preference on Mercer Island has earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales.

Microsoft technical achievement award goes to Mercer Island resident

Craig Wittenberg, a 35-year resident of Mercer Island, was honored with the Microsoft 2011 Technical Achievement Award for legendary work.

  • Mar 16, 2011

Dong named to President’s Export Council

The law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP has announced that Nelson Dong, a Mercer Island resident and a partner in the firm’s Seattle office and head of its National Security Practice Group, has been appointed to the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration (PECSEA).

  • Mar 2, 2011

Mercer Islander honored by Barron’s magazine

Erin Scannell of Mercer Island has been honored as a top financial advisor by Barron’s magazine, one of America’s premiere financial magazines. He is listed in the magazine’s top 1,000 financial advisors in a recent issue.

  • Mar 1, 2011

Mercer Island’s Studio 904 is 2010 Business of the Year

Kay Hirai is a multifaceted woman. She is a business woman, a leader, an employer, a mother and a philanthropist. Nothing came easy for her, and she wouldn’t have had it any other way. Hirai was honored Jan. 6 with the “Business of the Year” award by the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, for her business, Studio 904. Walking into Studio 904, you get a pleasant sense of calm with the minimalist yet tasteful decor and sweet smells. They only do hair at Studio 904, but they are trained to do it well.

The Tax Man cometh

The Internal Revenue Service has released its new tips for taxpayers for the upcoming tax return season.

  • Jan 4, 2011

‘Finders’ gift shop to close

This was the final Christmas season for Finders, a Mercer Island fixture for 30 years. The quaint gift shop owned by Judy Olson will close forever on Jan. 15 due to the strain of the recession. “It’s the economy,” Olson said. “Since the middle of 2008, it’s been going down. The last couple of years have been really tough.”

New wine store opens for the holidays

Flora Brier, owner of the Olde Wine Store, looks through her stock during the week before Christmas. The wine shop opened this month on S.E. 28th Street.

Investor Frederick Darren Berg indicted

Losses to investors estimated to be more than $100 million in alleged Ponzi scheme.

  • Nov 24, 2010

Six Walls opens holiday store

Mercer Island design store Six Walls has opened a holiday store in its former location in Tabit Village Square. The shop offers holiday decorating ideas and and furnishing as well as gifts for the coming season. Six Walls' new location is at 2630 77th Ave. S.E., Suite 102. The shop is holding special events on Nov. 18 and Dec. 20. For more information, go to

  • Nov 9, 2010

Island coffee culture brewing

Signs of change are showing among the Mercer Island coffee culture. One business changed hands, while another will soon receive a handful of interior and exterior upgrades.

  • Oct 5, 2010

‘Muddies’ business comes to town

Mud Bay, a pet shop specializing in natural, healthy dog and cat food, will soon open on Mercer Island. The store has “all sorts of plans” for its grand opening event, “A Bite of Mud Bay,” said marketing representative Karin Koonings. Events, activities, demonstrations, dog and cat food and treat vendors, and store specials will be available during the official opening event on Sept. 12.

  • Aug 25, 2010

Island Sun tanning salon is closed for business

The Island Sun tanning salon, which was in business for over four years, closed during the first week of August. The space at 3016 78th Ave. S.E. is currently vacant, and at least one person has filed a permit for a new business.

Islander grad at Mercer Island RE/MAX

Cory Brewer has been hired as the branch managing broker at RE/MAX Preference on Mercer Island. Brewer grew up on the North end, played football for the Islanders, and brings over seven years of experience as a member of a top-producing realtor team in Issaquah.

  • Jun 1, 2010

New doctor joins Mercer Island Orthodontic Associates

A third doctor has joined the Orthodontic Associates of Mercer Island. Dr. Kara McCulloch partners with Drs. Bill McNeill and Carol Knaup at Orthodontic Associates, located at 2817 80th Ave. S.E. An experienced professional, McCulloch received her doctoral degree in dental medicine from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Subsequently, in private dental practice, McCulloch focused on pediatric dentistry and care of children with special needs, and took specialty training in orthodontics at the University of Washington.