Touchstone, one of the Seattle area’s busiest developers, has acquired another South Lake Union block that is ripe for redevelopment. Click here for the whole story...
The number of houses, condominiums and apartments in Sammamish jumped to 15,736 last year, an increase of 4,137 or nearly 36 percent since 2000, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday evening in newly-released data. (Read whole article)
XXX Root Beer Drive-In: 98 NE Gilman Blvd, (425) 392-1266. See Map
The first drive-in restaurant in the Pacific Northwest was established in 1930 in Renton by A.H. Rutherford. The combination of Triple XXX Root Beer and food turned out to be a great idea which spread nationwide. Of all the XXXs that ever graced our country’s landscape, Issaquah’s is the only one left which sports the traditional barrel. Another Triple XXX still thrives in Lafayette, Indiana.
Issaquah’s original XXX Restaurant was located on Sunset Way near the location of Flintoft’s Funeral Home. That restaurant, which was known by locals as “The Barrel”, operated until the 1950’s when the location was needed for a car dealer’s parking lot. Today’s XXX Root Beer Drive-In opened in 1968 at its current location.
The restaurant serves up 1950’s style hamburgers and dairy concoctions in large serving sizes, and is proud to host frequent gatherings of vintage automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts.
Now is the time to go around your house and prune back any brush or soil touching your house. This situation can dramatically shorten the life of your house siding.
Now would be a good time to think about thatching and aerating your lawn.
- Aeration prevents soil compaction
- Allows air, water, & fertilizer access to the roots
- Reduces runoff & improves drainage
- Promotes healthy, thick, green grass
Core aeration should be performed in the spring and/or fall. Aerating improves your lawn’s health and beauty, optimizes root development, and reduces thatch and associated problems. It also deepens your lawn’s root system for greater resistance to disease, insects, drought, and heat stress. Fertilizing and Over-seeding is often performed in conjunction with core aeration, allowing the fertilizer and seeds to penetrate deep into the soil.
- Rids your lawn of unwanted moss
- Increases the availability of nutrients
- Helps prevent fertilizer and pesticide run-off
- Enhances oxygen levels in the soil
- Increases your lawn’s resistance to disease
- Increases your lawn’s drought tolerance
- Promotes a lush green law
In Western Washington we deal with moss, which seems to grow everywhere and spread quickly. It’s time to “de-thatch” or rather “De-Moss” if you have visible moss growing in your lawn (get it out before it takes over). Also, many lawns have a layer of thatch and dead grass built into them. Your lawn needs thatching if you take your finger and point it down into your lawn and have trouble touching the dirt because of the thatch layer built up. After thatching is a great time to over-seed because there is now room for the new grass to grow and thrive.
Mortgage bond prices rose last week pushing mortgage interest rates lower. The data was mixed. The headline retail sales figure was slightly weaker than expected while the ex-autos figure was higher than expected. Producer prices rose 0.7%, weaker than the expected 1% increase however the core, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, rose a higher than expected 0.3%. Tame core consumer inflation data Friday morning helped end the week on a positive note despite higher than expected consumer sentiment, industrial production, and capacity use data. Mortgage bonds ended the week better by about 1/2 of a discount point