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The difficulties and limitations of Phase 2 in Mercer Island

COVID-19 business restrictions have eased. Implementation, however, can pose challenges.

 

Tracy Harris (pictured) began pet-grooming 20 years ago. Photo courtesy Tracy Harris

Pet-grooming on wheels: How new Mercer Island groomer’s model is faring amid pandemic

Om Doggies owner Tracy Harris opened her business as soon as Gov. Inslee announced Phase 1.5.

 

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                                From left: a November 2019 shot of Mercer Island Community Fund grant chair Debbie Hanson, treasurer Betsy O’Connell and president Erin Krawiec.

How the WeLoveMI COVID-19-relief campaign has supported Mercer Island businesses

The relief campaign has been integral in supporting small businesses amid the pandemic.

 

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China’s push for high-tech dominance

The country’s control of rare earth metals will give it a key advantage in this fight.

  • Jun 26, 2020
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A new measure from the King County Council could increase flexibility for businesses in rural areas of King County. File photo

County measure would increase flexibility for businesses in rural areas

Staff report Legislation the King County Council passed June 23 could lead to increased flexibility for restaurants, retail shops, and providers of certain personal services… Continue reading

  • Jun 24, 2020
A new measure from the King County Council could increase flexibility for businesses in rural areas of King County. File photo
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Mercer Island business owners discuss Phase 1.5 experiences

With Phase 1.5 in effect, COVID-19 guidelines have been relaxed in numerous industries.

Snoqualmie Casino is located at 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Courtesy photo

Snoqualmie Casino reopens June 11 with social distancing, other safety measures

Staff report Snoqualmie Casino will reopen to the general public at 6 a.m. June 11, following its closure from Washington’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” directives.… Continue reading

  • Jun 10, 2020
Snoqualmie Casino is located at 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Courtesy photo
Sound Publishing will offer matching advertising grants to businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mercer Island Reporter offers matching advertising grants to businesses affected by COVID-19

Sound Publishing is launching a new program to help local companies spread the news that they’re open for business. Sound, which owns the Mercer Island… Continue reading

  • Jun 8, 2020
Sound Publishing will offer matching advertising grants to businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ryan Companies shares plans for former Mercer Island Farmers Insurance building

An exterior building, streetscape renovations and more were announced.

Like similar businesses across King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, Bothell restaurant Hana Sushi closed due to public-health concerns. Sound Publishing file photo

Inslee changes course, says diners won’t have to sign in

Restaurants may still ask customers for information that contact tracers could use to stop an outbreak.

Like similar businesses across King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, Bothell restaurant Hana Sushi closed due to public-health concerns. Sound Publishing file photo
Goodness Grazers’ owner and founder Maggie Dickinson preparing a platter. Photo courtesy Maggie Dickinson

New Mercer Island food company finds success amid pandemic

Goodness Grazers, which launched in January, started operating in Mercer Island a few weeks ago.

Goodness Grazers’ owner and founder Maggie Dickinson preparing a platter. Photo courtesy Maggie Dickinson

Businesses, nonprofits asked to participate in COVID-19 impact survey

Regional effort in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties

  • May 11, 2020

Car wash businesses can now operate in Washington | Update

Brown Bear opens locations May 8

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                                The Boutique Lounge is planning to donate a portion of its profits during the COVID-19 pandemic to the Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club.

Boutique Lounge planning donation to BG

During closure, the business continues online sales, plans 10% donation to Island’s club.

  • Apr 29, 2020
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                                The Boutique Lounge is planning to donate a portion of its profits during the COVID-19 pandemic to the Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club.

Find restaurants open for takeout/delivery in Puget Sound area

Interactive map provides details

  • Apr 28, 2020
Construction worker installs siding to a building in Snoqualmie. File photo

Inslee gives construction a green light

It was unclear when sites would re-open, but employees will have to have PPE and stay six feet apart.

Construction worker installs siding to a building in Snoqualmie. File photo

Report shows severity of COVID-19 impacts on hotels nationwide

70% of employees laid off or furloughed, eight in 10 hotel rooms empty

  • Apr 24, 2020
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                                Kix & Spinz is hoping the community can continue to support its financial rebound during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Island donation campaign launches

WeLoveMI compiles list of nonprofits and businesses that need donations during pandemic.

  • Apr 22, 2020
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                                Kix & Spinz is hoping the community can continue to support its financial rebound during the COVID-19 pandemic.

State processes record number of applications for unemployment benefits

Employment Security Department had challenges with the volume

  • Apr 20, 2020