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Woman Owned Everett Business Wins National Award

October 18, 2014

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Shirley Allen

Shirley Allen, owner Mercy Transportation

Shirley Allen, owner of Mercy Transportation recently received national recognition for her Everett, WA based company. Here’s the press release announcing the award…

The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) is pleased to announce it has named Shirley Allen as the 2014 Paratransit and Contracting Operator of the Year.

Shirley Allen and her husband of twenty years, Les Allen, started Mercy Transportation in Everett, Washington in 2006. They decided to get involved with the transportation industry seeing it as a rewarding opportunity that would allow them to give back to the community.

“I am humbled and honored,” Shirley said.W “To be given this honor feels like validation for all the hard work I’ve put in learning this industry and building our company.”

Alfred LaGasse, Chief Executive Officer of the TLPA, said Allen was selected for this award because of her progressive attitude and dedication to expanding all facets of her business.

“Shirley is a true innovator in the field of paratransit transportation,” LaGasse said. “Her eagerness to implement technological advancements within her business is a true inspiration for transportation leaders everywhere.”

Allen says utilizing real-time vehicle tracking, integrated GPS dispatch and reporting software has helped distinguish Mercy Transportation as such a successful company. She also attributes the success of Mercy Transportation on its focus of treating clients as if they are family and providing an environment where employees can take pride in their work.

In her spare time, Allen volunteers with the American Cancer Society and a philanthropic organization that provides educational assistance for women.

Allen was presented with the award on October 16th at the TLPA’s annual convention. This year marks the TLPA’s 96th Annual Convention & Trade Show, the world’s largest gathering of for-hire fleet executives.

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Everett City Council Votes To Extend Ban On Major Marijuana Growing Operations

October 16, 2014


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Rules for recreational marijuana in Everett, WA will remain the same for another 6 months.

The Everett City Council Wednesday night voted to extend the city’s ban on major marijuana growing operations within the city limits for another six months. Citing a lack of available data and no funding source from the State to regulate, inspect or enforce the operations, city council members agreed to keep the current rules for recreational marijuana in place. Currently the rules prohibit Tier 2 and Tier 3 large-scale production and processing facilities from opening and also limit the distance one marijuana retailer can be from another to 2500 feet. Last October the city passed the temporary rules to allow time for evaluation of how retail marijuana would work in Everett. Since that time, there have been no Tier 1 producers or processors open within the city limits and the only retailer granted a license…High Society, just opened two weeks ago. City Council member Brenda Stonecipher said she would agree to the six month extension this time but wants to move forward to making permanent rules. “We have to remember that 57% of voters in Everett approved legal marijuana,” said Stonecipher. “We also need to address any concerns about odors or other impacts that large-scale processors may bring to the neighborhoods.” Other council members spoke out about the need to respect the voters wishes while weighing the financial impact that leaves the State getting the money from recreational marijuana while the city has to deal with the local impacts. Jessica Jordan, addressed the city council saying she hopes to open her retail marijuana store, MariJ’s Highway Pot Shop, in the old Orchid Thai Restaurant/JR’s Sports Bar in the Eastmont neighborhood by the end of the year. Jordan told the council she wants to keep her money in Everett but can’t if she has to turn outside of the city limits to buy enough product to keep her doors open. The current rules will stay in place through April.

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Citing Need For More Data, City of Everett Wants to Extend Temporary Pot Zoning Rules

September 29, 2014


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Everett wants more data before making retail pot rules permanent.

As just the first of its five retail marijuana stores opens today, the City of Everett is looking at extending its zoning laws for retail pot merchants. The current temporary ordinance was passed last October but since the city hasn’t yet had retail marijuana sales, they don’t really have data to see of the ordinance will work as intended. On Wednesday the Everett City Council will hear a briefing on the extension. There really aren’t any substantial changes to the ordinance other than to clarify that Everett will not issue an application to a marijuana retailer until that retailer has a letter of approval in hand from the Washington State Liquor Control Board. While there are more than four-dozen applications pending with the State right now, only one licensee had been approved. You can see a copy of the proposed ordinance here.

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1st Retail Marijuana Store in Everett, WA To Open Monday at 2:00pm

September 28, 2014


Everett marijuana store

This is the first and so far only licensed retail marijuana store in Everett, WA. It opens at 2:00pm Monday.

Earlier this month we first told you about “High Society” the first retail marijuana store in Everett, WA to receive a license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board. At that time the store planned on being open around the 15th of the month. In talking with Neary, the owner of High Society, she said getting a predictable supply of approved marijuana had been holding up the opening. “I didn’t want to open for just a day and have to close and wait for more product,” said Neary. “I wanted to wait and make sure we would be able to be open on a consistent basis for our customers and also the employees we’ve hired.”

I asked if there was anything people should know about buying marijuana in a retail store. “You have to be 21 years old to be inside the store, whether or not you’re buying marijuana,” Neary said. While Washington State law allows those under 21 to be inside a liquor store when accompanied by an adult, the same is not the case for retail marijuana stores. Other facets of legal marijuana use are similar to legal alcohol use. Just like you can’t buy a bottle of gin and then open it up and start drinking it in public, the same goes for marijuana. Initiative 502 states that it is unlawful to open/consume a package of marijuana or marijuana infused product in view of the general public.

After Monday’s opening at 2:00pm, the store will have regular hours of Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday from Noon – 7:00pm. The address is 1824 Broadway in north Everett.

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2 Long Awaited Everett Projects…Downtown Hotel, South End Chevy Dealership…Moving Forward

September 24, 2014

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proposed Courtyard by Marriott

Proposed Courtyard by Marriott at Colby and Wall Street in downtown Everett

Touchstone Development from Seattle has pulled their permits and opened a construction office in downtown Everett to begin work on a long-delayed Courtyard by Marriott hotel at the corner of Wall and Colby. Halvorson Construction Group in Kirkland has opened an office in downtown Everett and is on site. Financial challenges led the Everett City Council to give a total of 11 extensions to Touchstone. The two sides have been working on the project since 2008. Here’s a statement sent out today by Touchstone…

We’re excited to move forward with the City of Everett on this important project and picking up our permits is one step closer to transforming this key location for downtown Everett. Adding a new downtown hotel will further energize Comcast Arena and will provide lodging for visitors to the Everett aerospace cluster. The hotel’s sweeping views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains and convenient access to I-5 will make the venue popular with weekday business travelers and weekend leisure travelers alike.

Project Facts

· Developer: Touchstone (Seattle-based commercial real estate developer)

· Location: Southeast corner of Colby Avenue and Wall Street in downtown Everett

· Description: The 160,000 sq. ft. (eight stories) Courtyard by Marriott hotel features 156 guest rooms, meeting space, a hotel restaurant and three levels of underground parking.

· The project will also include 4,300 sq. ft. of leasable retail space


With regard to the car dealership in south Everett…

Everett Chevrolet

It appears new Chevrolets will again be available in Everett.

The empty lot that was home to Everett Chevrolet at 7300 Evergreen Way will also undergo re-development this fall. The Harnish Auto Family of Puyallup has applied to build a 26,000 square foot Chevrolet dealership with 420 parking spaces. The lot has been empty for several years after General Motors began closing Chevrolet dealerships across the country during the recession. The new automobile dealership should alleviate the hit to Everett’s retail sales tax revenue when Mazda of Everett moves out of the city limits next month.

The project is in the comment phase at the city’s planning department and permits have not yet been issued, but if all goes according to schedule, construction is expected to start in November.

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Another Downtown Everett Restaurant Closing – Fish Tale Brew Pub Ending 3 Year Run

September 19, 2014


Fish Tale sign

Fish Tale opened the Everett location in August of 2011.

Saturday will mark the final day for the Everett location of Fish Tale Brew Pub. They opened three years ago in the former Turner’s location directly across from Xfininty Arena at the corner of Hewitt and Broadway. It was billed as a slice of organic pub life brought to downtown Everett. It was a new location for the folks at Fish Brewing in Olympia. No word yet on the reason behind the closure or if something else is planned for the space. We’ve reached out to the folks at Fish Brewing and will let you know what we hear.

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Quiet Grand Opening For Everett Walmart

September 10, 2014


Walmart ribbon

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick cut the grand opening ribbon for the Everett Walmart.

The new Walmart at the former Top Foods location on Everett Mall Way held its grand opening this morning. There were no big crowds lined up to get into the store and while Snohomish County Executive John Lovick was there, noticeably absent were leaders from the City of Everett. Walmart did present checks to the Everett Parks Department ($1000), Everett Police ($2500), Cocoon House ($1500), Cascade High School ($1500), Boys and Girls Club of Everett ($1500) and Northwest Harvest ($30,000). This Saturday there will be an event called “A Big Family Welcome” from 12 noon – 3:00pm where the public is invited to meet store employees, participate in family activities and get free samples from vendors. A group of protestors has also made public their plans to be at that event.

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