What to Give Those that Already Have it All This Holiday Season: A Guide from Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind Holiday Gift GuideThe holiday season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. But, what do you give to those who already have everything?
Give them something you can’t buy in stores. Donate to Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) in their name. Not only will this support these special furry friends, it will also allow GDB to continue to provide their services free of charge to people with blindness or visual impairments. Some important things to know about GDB: Continue reading “What to Give Those that Already Have it All This Holiday Season: A Guide from Guide Dogs for the Blind”

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena Offers Free Admission on “Library Appreciation Day”

Bellevue Magic Season Ice ArenaKing County Library System card holders receive free Bellevue Ice Arena admission on November 28

Begin your holidays and skate into Bellevue’s “Magic Season” for free at its ice arena on “Library Appreciation Day,” held on Tuesday, November 28, 3-9pm.

For the second year in a row, the Bellevue Downtown Association (BDA) is offering “Library Appreciation Day” during its annual Bellevue Magic Season in partnership with King County Library System (KCLS). Continue reading “Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena Offers Free Admission on “Library Appreciation Day””

Google and Walmart Partner to Battle Amazon

This post first appeared at Local Business Scoop
Google and Walmart Partnership to Battle Amazon
by Sridhar Ramaswamy, Senior Vice President of Ads & Commerce at Google

Shopping isn’t always as easy as it should be. When was the last time you needed to pick up something from the store but didn’t have the time to make the trip? Or you went to the store only to realize they didn’t have the brand you wanted? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get what you want, however you want, from the stores where you already shop? We launched Google Express and shopping on the Google Assistant to do just that: make it faster and easier for you to shop your stores like Costco, Target and now Walmart.

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Costco, Target and Walmart Partner with Google to Go to War Against Amazon

Google and Walmart Partnership to Battle Amazonby Sridhar Ramaswamy, Senior Vice President of Ads & Commerce at Google

Shopping isn’t always as easy as it should be. When was the last time you needed to pick up something from the store but didn’t have the time to make the trip? Or you went to the store only to realize they didn’t have the brand you wanted? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get what you want, however you want, from the stores where you already shop? We launched Google Express and shopping on the Google Assistant to do just that: make it faster and easier for you to shop your stores like Costco, Target and now Walmart. Continue reading “Costco, Target and Walmart Partner with Google to Go to War Against Amazon”

francesca’s to Open New Boutique at Redmond Town Center

francesca'sfrancesca’s has announced the opening of a new boutique in Redmond at Redmond Town Center. The boutique is set to open in August and will offer the latest in women’s apparel, jewelry, shoes, accessories, and gift items.

Since opening its doors in Houston, Texas in 1999, francesca’s has expanded to over 670 boutiques and outlets across the United States. Guests can also shop the unique assortment of items at francescas.com. Continue reading “francesca’s to Open New Boutique at Redmond Town Center”

THE BUTCHART GARDENS ‘BANS THE BOTTLE’

Move will eliminate 80,000 single-use plastic water bottles each year from the environment

March 22nd, 2017 Victoria, B. C. – In recognition of World Water Day, The Butchart Gardens has removed the sale of all single-use plastic water bottles as an extension of their existing environmental practices. Instead, The Gardens is encouraging visitors to bring their own water bottles to fill at one of four double-filtered water stations located around The Gardens. Each water station boasts a drinking fountain, bottle filler and a doggy water dish.
“With this initiative we aim to drive awareness of the serious threat plastic poses to our environment, in particular single-use plastic water bottles,” Continue reading “THE BUTCHART GARDENS ‘BANS THE BOTTLE’”

Alexa Voice Shopping Now Includes Prime Now Delivery Option

Amazon AlexaToday, Amazon launched its fastest and easiest way to shop: Alexa voice shopping through Prime Now. Tens of thousands of daily essentials are available for free two-hour delivery by simply asking Alexa to order from Prime Now. Alexa can order multiple items at once, make recommendations and will automatically choose the next available 2-hour delivery window. Whether customers are in the middle of a game night with friends and family, have their hands full with a baby or are too sick to get out of bed, Alexa makes it easy to get what they need right away through Prime Now without taking out a phone or logging into a computer. Just say, “Alexa, order tortilla chips from Prime Now” and pair with salsa and a videogame or ask “Alexa, order Nyquil from Prime Now” and add tissues and chicken noodle soup. The customer skips a trip to the store and the items arrive within the next available two-hour delivery window. Additionally, starting today, customers in select cities can use Alexa to voice order cold beer, wine and spirits from Prime Now with free two-hour delivery. To learn more, visit www.amazon.com/needitnow. Continue reading “Alexa Voice Shopping Now Includes Prime Now Delivery Option”

6 Ways to Secure Enough Money for a Happy Retirement

Ways to a Happy RetirementAs the song goes ‘You load sixteen tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt.’ Well, it doesn’t need to be that way.   In fact, having enough money for a happy retirement is not a mirage. It just takes some planning, hard work, and dedication to make it happen. With that in mind, here are six ways to turn that dream into a reality.

  • Start Investing Early

Don’t wait until your 50’s or early-60’s to start socking money away. Get into the habit of investing early on. Maybe all you can afford is $10 per week, but at the end of the year that is $520 and after 10 years, you will have $5,200 and that is not counting any returns on your investment. Continue reading “6 Ways to Secure Enough Money for a Happy Retirement”

Business News Changes for Bellevue and Eastside of Lake Washington

It has been our pleasure to support Bellevue and the Eastside over the last 12 years.

Unfortunately, we were not able to build mutual support from local businesses and can no longer spend the time and resources on promoting local businesses for free.
The following domains and sites are available for sale, trade or partnerships:
I am open to offers and/or partnership proposals.
Joe Kennedy
News(at)VirtuallyFamousMarketing.com

Uber Under Investigation For Not Paying Sign-Up Bonuses, New #BoycottUber Initiative

Boycott Uber they rip off driversSan Francisco-based ride share company Uber, is currently being investigated for not paying drivers bonuses promised for signing up.  These bonuses are supposed to be paid to the drivers and can be as much as $750.
Local Business Scoop has more about #BoycottUber.
The public is being urged not to use Uber because of their shady business practices.  Any drivers who have not been paid what they are owed by Uber are urged to contact Ride Share Right Now, share their story and discuss a possible class action lawsuit.
If you know someone who does need a job or wants to make extra money, tell them about driving for Lyft.  Go to this link to be eligible for a signup bonus with Lyft or get up to $50 in free ride credits.