Overlake Golf & Country Club Completes Renovation

Overlake Country Club MedinaBraytonHughes Design Studios, a design firm based in San Francisco, has unveiled the new design of Overlake Golf & Country Club Clubhouse in Medina.  Completed in September 2017, the renovation of the clubhouse brings a modern design inspired by the region’s natural beauty and history.

“At BraytonHughes, we believe in helping our clients design environments and spaces that free people to live, learn, work and play,” said Joel Villalon, partner at BraytonHughes Design Studios. “Design opens up valuable opportunities for nurturing relationships and businesses. Good design creates meaningful first impressions, help differentiate the property from its competitors, and boost the membership and the bottom line eventually.  We are honored to play our part in the evolution of this beautiful property in Washington.”  Continue reading “Overlake Golf & Country Club Completes Renovation”

Washington Bikes Ride in the Rain Challenge kicks off Wednesday, November 1

Get your fenders in place and take on the rain!

This November 1-30, Washington Bikes is inviting everyone in the state of Washington to participate in the Ride in the Rain Challenge, a friendly competition among two-wheeled teams to bike as much as possible—for fun, for work or for just getting around town.  

Ride In the Rain WA BikesParticipants log bike trips throughout the month of November while competing for bragging rights and prizes—and to prove that no one embraces the rainy season like the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading “Washington Bikes Ride in the Rain Challenge kicks off Wednesday, November 1”

The Shade Store Opens Bellevue Showroom

The Shade Store BellevueThe Shade Store, a resource for premium custom window treatments, has announced the opening of its second showroom in the Northwest area in Downtown Bellevue, at Venn at Main. The new showroom lives in the heart of the thriving community and is conveniently located in walking distance to Bellevue Collection and Bellevue Downtown Park. The Bellevue Shade Store will be the first custom window treatment company to enter the area.

“This new location – in the center of the Bellevue – brings the design possibilities and ease of use of The Shade Store to customers on the East side of Lake Washington. 

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Petco Announces “Make a Scene” Photo Contest Winners Ahead of Spooktacular Holiday

Petco - Grand Prize @justmangobrown
The $10,000 grand prize was awarded to @justmangobrown, depicted in a photo scene as a chef with his pet parent disguised as his cravable burger creation. (PRNewsfoto/Petco)

Ridiculously adorable photos from the annual Instagram contest are proof Halloween is better with pets

Just in time for the Spooktacular holiday, Petco has announced the winners of their annual “Make a Scene” photo contest. The contest invited pet parents to post photos of their costumed pet in a “scene” that matches their pet’s costume using the hashtag #HalloweenSceneContest – and the resulting photos from the year’s top cultural moments (including a reenactment of the year’s most iconic pregnancy announcement) are the definition of extra.

The $10,000 grand prize was awarded to @justmangobrown, depicted in a photo scene as a chef with his pet parent disguised as his cravable burger creation. This year’s contest drew more applicants than ever before, with more than 3,400 pet parents submitting photos of their costumed pet in a unique scene.       Continue reading “Petco Announces “Make a Scene” Photo Contest Winners Ahead of Spooktacular Holiday”

TwitchCon2017 Focuses On Celebrating Community

twitchcon2017 bellevuebusinessjournal.comThe annual TwitchCon2017 event kicked off this weekend October 20-22nd, 2017 in Long Beach, California. Twitch is a live streaming video platform owned by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Amazon.com.
The keynote was presented by CEO Emmett Shear and hosted by Director of Programming Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham, and featured other key executives, including EVP Broadcaster Success Jonathan Shipman, VP Developer Success Kathy Astromoff, and SVP Commerce Ethan Evans.
The theme for the 3-day weekend event was “our stage, your story.” The focus was on bringing everyone together who’s made Twitch such a vibrant place, with a spotlight on creators, publishers, and developers.
It’s a very smart move for a company/service like Twitch to focus on celebrating the community that has helped them thrive. If it wasn’t for the community they wouldn’t be as successful as they are today bringing in more than 45 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast, watch and chat…
In addition to celebrating creators they announced new features and tools:

  • Stream summary: Creators want to know how their stream went after it ends and starting in November, Stream Summary makes that a reality. This summary will include the most relevant stats around viewers, follows, and chat activity, surface top clips, and show how their last stream impacted progress towards becoming an Affiliate or Partner. Timing: November, 2017
  • Achievements: Achievements help creators trace the path to Affiliate and Partner status by showing them their progress toward each requirement. Achievements also help creators learn Twitch streaming basics, improve their channel, connect with their community, and more! Timing: November, 2017
  • Raids: Raids–a way that creators help each other grow by sharing their community with another channel–are now easier than ever. A new /raid feature allows streamers to seamlessly let their viewers join a raid and then drive traffic to another streamer. This new feature also includes tracking to see who raided your channel and improved moderation features, such as the ability to choose who can raid your channel through new settings. Timing: November, 2017
  • Rituals: Rituals make it easier for creators to celebrate special moments that bring their community together. The initial Ritual enables creators to signal to their community in chat that a visitor is new to the channel and to welcome them. Timing: November, 2017.
  • Premieres: Premieres allow creators to maximize the excitement, anticipation, and viewership around new uploaded content by creating live first-viewing events. Similar to how people gather around the TV for the debut of a favorite show, fans can now do the same virtually for a creator’s new uploaded content. Creators can watch along with their community to provide insights, commentary, or just enjoy the show with their community. Timing: Q4 2017
  • Rooms: With Rooms, creators can develop smaller, parallel chat groups for users with shared interests, including moderators, subscribers, followers, and other community members. Timing: Q4 2017
  • Subscription gifting: Subscription Gifting allows anyone to gift 1-month subscriptions to any streamer’s channel to anyone on Twitch. Timing: Pre-holiday, Q4 2017
  • In-Extension purchases: Enables partners and affiliates to earn revenue from developer-created digital items that viewers buy within Extensions. Timing: Beta in November, 2017

The following milestones were also announced:

  • Twitch’s commitment to building the most means of monetization for creators has resulted in a massive year-over-year increase in revenue. In 2017, more than double the amount of money was paid to individual Partners with 71% more money generated on average.
  • Twitch Prime, which was announced at TwitchCon 2016, has been a huge success, bringing in 50% more subscriptions for streamers. That works out to one new sub every four seconds.
  • Representing one of the most successful discovery features Twitch has launched is Clips, which are up to 60 second snippets of video. There have been more than 1 billion views of Clips on Twitch since launch, including over 2.4 million views for the most-watched Clip of all timeby JurassicJunkie.
  • Earlier this year, Twitch expanded monetization support to tens of thousands of non-partnered streamers with the Twitch Affiliates Program.Within six months after its launch, over 110,000 creators have joined the program.
  • To ensure the best quality of service, video delay has been reduced an average of 60%.
  • AutoMod, the machine-based learning chatbot that ensures creators can effectively mitigate inappropriate behavior in chat, currently scans over 320 million chat messages a month.
  • Twitch Extensions are a new set of tools that allow developers to help creators customize their channel pages with interactive experiences. They’re flexible, dynamic, easy to build, and easy to use. In the six weeks since launch, streamers have shared their extensions with over 15 million viewers, and more than 1100 developers have registered to create an Extension.

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TwitchCon 2017 Keynote Celebrates Creators, Reveals Upcoming Features, and Shares Latest Milestones

TwitchCon 2017Social video service Twitch kicked off TwitchCon 2017’s keynote touting a new theme–“our stage, your story.” The theme is about bringing everyone together who’s made Twitch such a vibrant place, with a spotlight on creators, publishers, and developers. The keynote was headlined by CEO Emmett Shear and hosted by Director of Programming Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham, and featured other key executives, including EVP Broadcaster Success Jonathan Shipman, VP Developer Success Kathy Astromoff, and SVP Commerce Ethan Evans. 

In addition to celebrating creators, the keynote spotlighted the following community 

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US Obesity Problem Not Improving According to the Numbers

US Obesity Epidemic WorsensNEW YORK (AP) — America’s weight problem isn’t getting any better, according to new government research.

Overall, obesity figures stayed about the same: About 40 percent of adults are obese and 18.5 percent of children. Those numbers are a slight increase from the last report but the difference is so small that it could have occurred by chance.

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Show Off Your Steve Aoki HIIT Routine to Over 15 Million People

Steve Aoki Champion Strong ZumbaGrammy-nominated producer Steve Aoki partners with STRONG by Zumba to challenge everyone to upload their workout videos to his latest track “Champion” with the tag #SBZAoki

Steve Aoki just released an exclusive track for the new, non-dance, high-intensity workout STRONG by Zumba, and he’s challenging the internet to do these seriously hard workout moves. Starting Monday, October 16, Aoki and SBZ are challenging their 15+ million combined fans to upload a 1-minute video of themselves doing a workout sequence to “Champion”.

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