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Archives: Aug. 2012

Aug.
31st

Tacoma’s Milgard Windows & Doors creates free app

A Tacoma-based supply company has created an iPhone app it hopes will be useful especially to architects and contractors.

Milgard Windows & Doors, based in Tacoma, announced the app today in a news release.

“Through this new app, consumers will be able to browse through all Milgard product brochures and view a comprehensive video library, which includes product, installation, testimonial, and how-to videos,” the release said.

The app is free and available in the iTunes store.

Aug.
31st

Foss Hotel still on track to ground-breaking

There’s no date certain yet for the ground-breaking for the much-delayed Foss Waterway hotel, but processing of permits is moving forward, says the hotel’s architect.

The hotel, now being planned by its third developer in a decade, has been repeatedly postponed by financing issues, political bottlenecks, permit and courtroom challenges.
Foss Hotel
Marriott Residence Inn on the Foss Waterway

The last legal impediment was removed earlier this summer when the Washington Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the issuance of shoreline permits for the hotel.

Developer Hollander Investments of Bellingham

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Aug.
31st

Odds in your favor for Tehaleh home giveaway, spokeswoman says

Winging into my inbox this week was a note from Liv Faris, a spokeswoman for Tehaleh – the massive planned community in East Pierce County that used to be called Cascadia.

We’re still calling it Cascadia around here. Then we correct ourselves. It’s a process.

Faris reminded me that Cascadia’s new owners, Newland Communities, announced in August that it planned to give away a home as part of Tehaleh’s grand opening in late September.

The deadline for entry is next Thursday, Sept. 6. It involves a race that will whittle the field to six finalists. Go to www.tehaleh.com/homefree

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Aug.
31st

Lufthansa cancels Sea-Tac flights as cabin attendants strike

Lufthansa passengers bound to and from the German airline’s Frankfurt hub were left without a non-stop flight today as the airline cancelled flights because of a cabin attendant strike.

The airline said it had cancelled some 190 flights today after flight attendants were unavailable to work them.

The strike also disrupted other airlines’ flights at Frankfurt when the airport authority there closed the airport because there was no apron or gate space to park additional planes.

Lufthansa has yet to cancel its Saturday flights. The cabin attendants’ union initially said Friday’s strike would last eight hours and then would be

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Aug.
31st

Kent seeking residents’ opinions on next phase of downtown redevelopment

Kent has already accomplished much of what it sought a dozen years ago for downtown.

Kent Station retail is busy. Sounder is operating with near capacity trains and new downtown parks and fountains are well used.

Now the city wants to know what Kent residents want in the next phase of the city center’s renaissance.

To that end, the city has posted a survey online at VentureDowntownKent.com.

A steering committee made up of local business owners, community groups, city leadership and interested residents is providing creative ideas and acting as a sounding board as the city

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Aug.
31st

Entrance to Stadium Way, next to The Harvester and Stadium High School, to open this week

The first part of the $10.2 million renovation of Tacoma’s Stadium Way is almost complete, the City of Tacoma reports, with plans to reopen the north end of Stadium Way this week.

The road will open on time for school to start next week, the city said in a news release. Final touches, like landscaping, ornamental lighting and other improvements will be installed later based on the season, or as the materials become available, it said.

Work began this summer on the north end of the road and the south end, around Commerce Street in downtown. That portion of the

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Aug.
30th

Federal Way speech and language therapy clinic celebrating opening of Tacoma location

Class Inc., a speech and language therapy clinic, is celebrating the opening of its second clinic on Tacoma’s Dock Street with a Sept. 15 open house.

The open house is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon at the new clinic location, 535 Dock St., #104.

The clinic has been in operation for many years in Federal Way. Class Inc. treats patients ranging in ages from birth to 21.

Aug.
30th

Two Puget Sound-based retailers report August sales boosts

August was a good month for two of Puget Sound’s biggest retailers.

Nordstrom’s report of a 21 percent increase in same-store sales during August blew past analyst’s predictions of an 11 percent increase.

The high-end fashion retailer attributed at least part of the increase to the timing of its anniversary sale. Eight days of that sale fell during August this year compared with just one day in 2011.

Meanwhile, at Issaquah-based Costco, same store sales were up 7 percent. Part of the increase was due to higher gas prices, which were countered by lower exchange rates.

Costco stock closed up

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