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As private liquor stores open, prices could go up

As private liquor stores open, prices could go up

You might want to stock up on tequila and rum if margaritas or mojitos are on your summer menu, because prices are likely going up at many local retailers this week - and prices are just one of several big changes in store when Washington state abandons its long-held place in the liquor business.

Voters approved Initiative 1183 last fall, allowing stores larger than 10,000 square feet and some smaller stores to sell liquor. Supporters touted the initiative, backed by warehouse giant Costco Wholesale Corp., as a free-market reform for an industry monopolized by the state since the end of Prohibition.

Under the measure, restaurants and bars were allowed to begin buying liquor directly from distributors March 1, and they can begin buying directly from retail stores June 1.

Get free coffee at 7-Eleven Thursday

Get free coffee at 7-Eleven Thursday

You can enjoy a free cup of joe Thursday at any 7-Eleven store!

7-Eleven stores throughout the country will mark National Coffee Day – Thursday, Sept. 29 – with National CofFREE Day, its own caffeinated version of a celebration. 

Between 7 and 11 a.m. everyone can make a morning stop at participating 7-Eleven stores to receive a free medium-size cup of hot coffee, cappuccino or latte, while supplies last.

Of all its proprietary products, 7-Eleven sells more fresh-brewed coffee than anything else – 1 million cups each day.  That’s more than 10,000 pots of coffee an hour every hour of every day of the year.  

Vote for the best!

Vote for the best!
Between July 11th and August 7th, we are asking you to take a second (today or once a day) and vote for the favorites in your community. All you had to do is choose your community, write in your nominations and submit. Yep, that easy. You’ll vote for these categories: Eat, Drink and Be Merry, It’s All About the Art and Entertainment, Shop ‘Til You Drop, Look and Feel Your Best, It Is Your Business and Pet Projects plus we might ask a little about you.

Don’t worry, we won’t spam you. Your votes are all confidential unless you check that little opt-in box and then you may receive some awesome emails from us after this promotion ends.

More small details: You were welcome to enter votes for multiple communities as we know we all have favorites in other places but you can just vote once per day. Now that you have the voting thing down, don’t forget to vote in this year’s November election.

Markets at Lakeway to be Completed by June; Renovations Causing Business Decline

Markets at Lakeway to be Completed by June; Renovations Causing Business Decline

BELLINGHAM, Wash- The Markets LLC plans to install a new The Markets location at the former Cost Cutter site in Lakeway Center by June 2011. The Lakeway Cost Cutter, which was owned by The Markets, closed with a liquidation sale in early December, letting go of more than 25 employees.

Sue Cole, spokesperson for The Markets, said more than half of the employees were let go, leaving less than 20 who were moved to other stores.

“We try to keep as many as we can,”  Cole said.

Mocha on your mobile: Starbucks rolls out wireless payment nationwide

Mocha on your mobile: Starbucks rolls out wireless payment nationwide

Next time you order that venti, half-skinny, half-1 percent, extra-hot cappuccino (with whip), perhaps the least complicated part will be how you pay.

Starting today, Seattle-based Starbucks has launched mobile payment in all of its company-operated stores in the United States. The technology allows customers to pay for their in-store purchases using a smartphone.

Currently, 20 percent of all Starbucks purchases are paid for using a mobile device, according to the company. The way it works: customers download the Starbucks Card Mobile App and register a Starbucks card (like a gift card). Customers then pay for their mochas (or lattes, or Americanos) by placing a cell phone or wireless device in front of a scanner on the counter, and scan their App's barcode to pay.

Mobile payment "elevates the customer experience by delivering convenience, rewarding loyalty and continuing to build an emotional connection with our customers," said Brady Brewer, vice president Starbucks Card and Brand Loyalty, in a statement.

County Exec. presents 2011 budget

At 10:00 this morning Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon presented his 2011 balanced budget to the Snohomish County Council and public.

The $203 milllion dollar general fund budget contains no new taxes. While close to 200 jobs have been eliminated from the budget, only 20 filled positions have been reduced out of the 2700 employees in the County. And 2011 cash reserves will grow at 11%. 

The cooperation of all Snohomish County Elected officials over the past two years allowed this budget to come to fruition for 2011.

While virtually all government entities are making service cuts for 2011, Snohomish County continues to provide quality service to its residents and looks forward to better times.