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Businesses to host recycling event on Earth Day

Mary Lee and Associates with Keller Williams Luxury Homes International and New Seasons Market are hosting a free recycling and shredding event from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 22 at New Seasons.

Other organizations involved are the Mercer Island Thrift Shop, Uptekk Recycling, Frontline Shredding and Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center.

Items in good condition will be donated to the Thrift Shop, benefitting the city’s Youth and Family Services department. Recycling for items such as electronics and home appliances will be available, as well as paper shredding and information about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

There will also be family friendly activities, including a bee workshop at the Solutions Station inside the grocery store, a kids coloring activity in the deli seating area and seed giveaways.

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Dalhousie Square to close

Jish Nath has decided to close his Indian restaurant, Dalhousie Square, after a few months of full operations.

Nath bought Italian eatery and Island mainstay Roberto’s in the summer of 2015, and closed it for a lengthy remodel. When he reopened in 2016, several other pizza restaurant had opened on the Island. So, he decided to start serving both Italian and Indian food, rebranding half of the business as Dalhousie Square.

In December, Nath told the Reporter he acknowledged that splitting the business was a grand experiment. He gave himself only 90 days to see if the concept worked.

He said on social media that it was “ironic” to close now, and that he does so “with a heavy heart.”

“This is happening when things were getting ‘stable,’ if it’s at all possible in restaurant industry. But the menu, the team, the taste, the service — was finally ‘gelling,’” he wrote on NextDoor. “However, the rent is too high for us to survive.”

Roberto’s originally opened in 1974. Dalhousie Square is located at 7605 S.E. 27th St., and will be open for pickup service only through the end of the month.

Chamber lunch to feature media, marketing expert

Social media marketing expert Blake Messer from Newfangled Commerce is the featured speaker at the next Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce luncheon, to be held at noon on May 4 at the Community and Event Center.

Messer will talk about “Social Marketing for Entrepreneurs,” touching on social media strategies, targeting new customers and recycling existing customers, creating compelling content, gauging your market perception, getting a return on your advertising dollar and more.

To register, visit, call the Chamber at 206-232-3404 or email

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