New Seasons on Mercer Island to Celebrate Grand Opening on November 10

New Seasons Mercer IslandThe region’s best produce, meats and sustainably caught seafood, a friendly staff, delicious tastings, special grand opening deals and a celebratory “Bread Breaking” await Mercer Island residents with the Nov. 10 New Seasons store opening at 2755 77th Ave. S.E. CEO Wendy Collie, New Seasons’ executive team and store leaders will be joined by local producers and nonprofit organizations to welcome the community to the B Corp certified company as it opens its first “ultimate neighborhood grocery store” in Puget Sound. Continue reading “New Seasons on Mercer Island to Celebrate Grand Opening on November 10”

Experienced Mercer Island Entrepreneur Shares Keys to Success in Business and in Life

Fortune and Freedom by Jim HirshfieldJim Hirshfield brings more than 30 years of prosperous entrepreneurial experience to his new self-help book “Fortune and Freedom: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Success.”
Any budding entrepreneur with questions about a business dilemma or how to balance personal and business life will find some tried-and-true, applicable wisdom in Jim Hirshfield’s new book, “Fortune and Freedom: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Success” (ISBN 9780979812705, Millennium Ventures Press, 2008). Hirshfield’s qualifications include an MBA from Harvard and 26 years experience as the CEO of a cable company he founded.
“Fortune and Freedom” outshines the myriad of other available Continue reading “Experienced Mercer Island Entrepreneur Shares Keys to Success in Business and in Life”

Business Leaders Inspired to Make a Positive Ripple Effect Gather on Mercer Island

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM PST at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center, the second gathering of business leaders will meet for Motivated Mornings featuring 4th Avenue Media’s Founder and CEO, Lucas Mack.

In his talk titled, “The Why Revolution: How to Find Purpose in Everything You Do,” Lucas will elaborate on the perils we face as humans in our current state of business. He will challenge our perception of what it means to be human at our very core, and how what we find reflects and causes a positive ripple effect in our local business community.
Take a look at the promo video to get a glimpse at the inaugural event’s great success featuring retired US Navy Seal and CEO of Sealed Mindset, Larry Yatch.
HOW TO REGISTER
If you’re a business professional who wants to inspire others and make a positive ripple effect in your community, visit Motivated Mornings onlineto learn more and register for this event! 4th Avenue Media is sponsoring the event and covering all costs for attendees. There is limited space, so claim your spot now!
ABOUT 4th AVENUE MEDIA
Founded in August 2008 by then-TV-reporter Lucas Mack, 4th Avenue Media was created to help companies define their authentic story and boldly share it with an audience of impassioned and inspired people, who in turn become brand advocates. Avenue Media now serves B2B companies nationwide looking to differentiate themselves and clearly communicate their value.

NEW SEASONS MARKET TO OPEN MERCER ISLAND NEIGHBORHOOD STORE

First Puget Sound Area Location for Pioneering Natural Grocer
Committed to Organics, Community, Local Sourcing and Friendly Staff
PORTLAND, Ore. – July 15, 2015 – A certified B Corporation with a reputation as the friendliest store in town, New Seasons Market today announced plans to bring its unique neighborhood grocery shopping experience to the Puget Sound region. Its first area store, at the former Albertsons Town Center location on Mercer Island, will feature the company’s signature fresh, local produce, organic artisan breads, sustainably sourced meats and seafood, deli selections and chef-prepared specialties alongside everyday classic brands. New Seasons will remodel the building at 2755 77th Ave. S.E. and hire friendly, knowledgeable staff to welcome Mercer Island to its new store in fall 2016.

New Seasons Market is an independent, mission-minded neighborhood grocer with 15 stores in the Portland-Vancouver metro area and a recently opened store in California’s Bay Area. Founded in 2000, New Seasons has attracted a loyal following of customers who care about their food, where it comes from and the people they share it with. Eager to create a new neighborhood store that draws on its Portland success and also reflects the unique needs of the Mercer Island community, New Seasons will join in community events and talk to locals to learn about what they’d like to see in their new store. Plans are underway to host a casual social gathering in late summer to meet the community. Those interested in learning more can connect on the New Seasons Market Mercer Island Facebook page or email mercerisland@newseasonsmarket.com for updates.
“As a progressive employer, New Seasons is dedicated to taking care of our customers and our staff. Environmental stewardship and sustainability are also at the heart of our mission. I believe our values and sense of community very much align with those of the Mercer Island residents and that’s why we chose to open our very first Seattle store here,” said President and CEO Wendy Collie, who spent nearly two decades in the Puget Sound area, including a year on Mercer Island, as an executive at Starbucks while raising two boys. “We look forward to making our Mercer Island store a welcoming, neighborhood gathering spot where people connect over delicious, quality food, get to know our wonderful staff and build community together.”
New Seasons is dedicated to sharing how food is grown, raised and made so shoppers are able to make informed choices for themselves and their families, as part of its unwavering commitment to building a food system for future generations.
A champion of the local food economy, New Seasons is known for its strong relationships with regional growers and producers, and for offering thousands of regional products. More than one third of its store items are sourced from Oregon, Washington and Northern California. Partnerships with Washington producers include those with Conan’s Hot Sauces and Marinades, Inaba Produce Farms, Kelsey Family Farm, Linda Brand Crab, Loki Fish Company, Lummi Island Wild, Mama Nano’s, Murex Cuisine, My Local Honey, OlyKraut, Pure Country Pork, Starvation Alley Farm, Sugar & Salt Bakery, Sunnyslope Farm and Torque Coffee.  As part of its mission to grow the regional food shed, the New Seasons team looks forward to partnering with more Washington vendors.
New Seasons will hire locally to fill the majority of the store’s approximately 150 positions, from floor staff and department managers to cooks, cashiers and wellness experts. Job openings will be posted online when recruiting efforts begin in the summer of 2016.
“We’ll be looking to partner with Mercer Island organizations working to end hunger, educate youth and protect the environment. We look forward to learning more about Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, its food pantry program and other deserving nonprofits,” Collie noted.
About New Seasons Market

New Seasons Market is the ultimate neighborhood grocery store and a champion for healthy regional food systems. Beginning in 2000 with a single Portland store, today it runs 16 stores company-wide − 15 New Seasons Markets in Oregon and Southwest Washington, as well as one store in San Jose, Calif. It also owns and operates five New Leaf Community Markets in Northern California. New Seasons is dedicated to cultivating community and delivering trademark customer service that lives up to its reputation as “the friendliest store in town.” Its stores offer a wide array of local organic produce at season’s peak, humanely raised meats from animals fed or finished on a non-GMO diet, sustainably harvested seafood, Oregon Tilth Certified Organic artisan breads, handmade freshly prepared foods and unique, artisanal local finds alongside favorite classic brands. It’s also a leader in sustainability, progressive employment and giving back to community, donating 10 percent of after-tax profits to local nonprofits and community organizations. As a result of its mission-driven approach, New Seasons became the first grocer in the world to become a certified B Corporation, which recognizes companies committed to using the power of business for good, taking as much care of staff, community and environment as they do their business.

Symphony of Gardens Tour to Benefit Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra

Symphony of Gardens 2015Symphony of Gardens to Feature Five Eastside Gardens and Benefit Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra’s Symphony of Gardens fundraiser features five exciting private gardens in Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Kirkland and Mercer Island

The Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra is planning its 2nd Annual Symphony of Gardens Tour. This event, which benefits the East Side’s premier orchestra, will be Sunday, June 28th, from 11am to 4pm. The tour will offer garden enthusiasts a rare glimpse of gorgeous private gardens in Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Kirkland and Mercer Island. LWSO musicians will play chamber music in the gardens from 1 to 2pm, weather permitting.

The Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony of Gardens Tour is Sunday, June 28th, from 11am-4pm. Tickets are $25. Tickets are available at Grape Choice, Bellevue Nursery, Sky Nursery and Wells Medina Nursery or through Brown Paper Tickets, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1586858. For information about the LWSO, see http://lwso.org

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Symphony of Gardens Tour to Benefit Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra

Symphony of Gardens 2015Symphony of Gardens to Feature Five Eastside Gardens and Benefit Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra’s Symphony of Gardens fundraiser features five exciting private gardens in Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Kirkland and Mercer Island

The Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra is planning its 2nd Annual Symphony of Gardens Tour. This event, which benefits the East Side’s premier orchestra, will be Sunday, June 28th, from 11am to 4pm. The tour will offer garden enthusiasts a rare glimpse of gorgeous private gardens in Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Kirkland and Mercer Island. LWSO musicians will play chamber music in the gardens from 1 to 2pm, weather permitting.

The Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony of Gardens Tour is Sunday, June 28th, from 11am-4pm. Tickets are $25. Tickets are available at Grape Choice, Bellevue Nursery, Sky Nursery and Wells Medina Nursery or through Brown Paper Tickets, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1586858. For information about the LWSO, see http://lwso.org

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