Search Results

Former Blog Sales Manager Janet Grella has passed away; memorial March 10

Former Blog Sales Manager Janet Grella has passed away; memorial March 10

Janet Garrott Grella: October 2, 1949 – February 23, 2017 Janet and her husband Michael. On a scooter in Italy. We’re incredibly sad to report that Janet Garrott Grella – South King Media’s... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: An Update On The Health Of Our ‘Sales Diva’ Janet Grella

FOLLOWUP: An Update On The Health Of Our ‘Sales Diva’ Janet Grella

On Sept, 28th, The B-Town Blog’s ‘Sales Diva’ Janet Grella had a very serious open chest surgery repairing an aortic arch aneurism discovered earlier this summer…

Our ‘Sales Diva’ Janet Grella Announces Retirement & Serious Health Issue

Our ‘Sales Diva’ Janet Grella Announces Retirement & Serious Health Issue

Janet Grella, the “Sales Diva” for our network of local blogs, has announced her retirement from advertising after nearly 40 years in the biz! This announcement took us all by surprise, and followed on the heels of another even more-shocking announcement…

A Revealing Interview With Discover Burien’s Patty Sader

A Revealing Interview With Discover Burien’s Patty Sader

Discover Burien President Sarah Slaughter, left, and
outgoing Executive Director Patty Sader.

Story and Photo by Janet Grella

The B-Town Blog has acquired a copy of the resignation letter that Discover Burien’s (DB) Executive Director Patty Sader read to her board at their June 2nd meeting.

We sat down with Patty and DB President Sarah Slaughter (Executive Director of BTB Advertiser El Dorado West)…

Notes From This Month’s Discover Burien Meeting

Notes From This Month’s Discover Burien Meeting

by Janet Grella

Discover Burien, a local non-profit organized seven years ago to address all things about Burien businesses, has a monthly board meeting the second Wednesday of every month. It is in these meetings that Board members, comprised of individuals from local businesses address the issues of, well, Burien businesses.

From my seat in what I’ve long referred to as “the peanut gallery” (any resident or business in Burien are not only invited to attend, but comment from the gallery) I announced the B-Town’s Blog intention to report things big and small from this meeting…

Wizards Casino Closes, Blames Smoking Ban & Economy

Wizards Casino Closes, Blames Smoking Ban & Economy

Story and Photo by Janet Grella

A reader tipped The B-Town Blog this morning that Wizards Casino in Burien was closing today. After an investigation, we found out that is indeed true – the doors are closed, and Wizards employed 130 people.

“The city’s (Burien) been great to work with,” said General Manager Pat Hosier.

The decline of Wizards “started with the smoking ban in 2005, where the Casino lost 17% of their customers, and didn’t make them up, and then the economy finished us off,” explained Pat…

Burien Library Branch Holds Sneak Peek Opening

Burien Library Branch Holds Sneak Peek Opening

Story and Photos by Janet Grella

Burien’s new King County Library branch held a sneak peek opening Wednesday night (June 3rd) at its shiny digs in the new Burien Town Square complex, and the BTB was there.

Nearly 150 residents, assorted councilmembers, Library Foundation members and, of course, librarians enjoyed wine from Bookwalter Wines of Woodinville, appetizers provided by Tony’s Events & Catering in Seattle along with self-guided tours of the new library…

BREAKING NEWS: Burien Nissan Is Now Officially Closed

BREAKING NEWS: Burien Nissan Is Now Officially Closed

Story by Janet Grella
Photos by Michael Brunk

UPDATE 8pm 5/12/09: According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, a company called MD Johnson is advising Burien Nissan’s owner, Rainier Automotive, on the sale of this as well as the Auburn Nissan dealership.

PREVIOUSLY: It’s official – Burien Nissan is now closed.

When we attempted to reach John Antonelli, Sales Manager, he actually hung up on us!

That’s right – rather than talk with us about what’s going on, he hung up the phone. The last time we spoke with Mr. Antonelli (March 30th), he claimed “It’s still business as usual. Should have some good news on financing in a few weeks…”

We then called the dealership’s number and received the following recorded message – listen closely as the woman’s voice cracks on the last sentence (“…and wish you all well.”):

[display_podcast]

“Thank you for calling Burien Nissan. At this time our dealership is closed. We have enjoyed being a part of your lives and a part of the Burien community. We appreciate your business over the years and wish you all well.”

According to manta.com, Burien Nissan employed 40 people and had estimated sales of $14.3 million in 2008.

Burien Nissan was part of the Rainier Automotive Group that included Auburn Nissan, along with Eastide Subaru and Eastside Hyandai, both in Kirkland.

At Auburn Nissan the phone rang so long it went to busy (they are closed for business also). At Eastside Subaru we were told that “parts and service are still open and we’re going through a change of ownership and should be open for sales in the next couple of weeks.”

At Eastside Hyandai we got only a voicemail box.

Here’s a photo slideshow of what Burien Nissan looks like now, shot Tuesday afternoon by Photographer Michael Brunk, who says that while he was there, a locksmith was changing the locks on the doors:

Click to View Slideshow

All the associated websites are still functioning, with no mention of any closings, as if it’s “business as usual,” when in reality, it’s not.

Previously, we broke the news that Burien Nissan lost its entire inventory when their “flooring” fell through and the financing company basically repossessed their entire car lot over a 24-hour period around March 13th.

No word yet on what will become of this business, nor of the large lot it sits on.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

PHOTOS: A Sunday Night Rainbow Off Three Tree Point

PHOTOS: A Sunday Night Rainbow Off Three Tree Point

Sunday night (May 3rd) around 7:30pm, BTB Sales Diva Janet Grella happened to capture these images of a vivid rainbow over the water off Three Tree Point:

Click to View Slideshow

Janet says:

“Diva,” our Olympic swimmer wanna-be, dived into the sound and swam two miles to the end of the rainbow in Normandy Park Cove only to find a leprechaun being choked by a neighbor.

She tried mouth to mouth on the little guy only to find the swine flu of her rainbow.

Our Community Volunteers Are “The Best”

Our Community Volunteers Are “The Best”

by Janet Grella

As the sun sets on the last day of National Volunteer Month, The B-Town Blog wanted to highlight some of our local volunteer efforts in the community.

These unsung heroes deserve a pat on the back, as well as the ongoing praise and thank-you’s for their volunteer efforts that keep such entitities running as our own regional hospital Highline Medical Center, the Highline School District, Des Moines Senior Center and Des Moines Food Bank.

Highline Hospital recently celebrated their 300 volunteers at a luncheon at the Normandy Park Cove. One hundred were able to attend the party, which was catered by Emerald Cove Catering.

“One of our volunteers has supported us for 31 years….and has given more than 13,500 hours of service. Incredible!” noted Mara Burke, Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Services…

Burien Honors Arbor Day & Dottie Harper With Tree Planting

Burien Honors Arbor Day & Dottie Harper With Tree Planting

Photos and Story by Janet Grella

A small group of people from the Burien Arts, city and Parks communities, as well as friends of the late Dottie Harper gathered on Wednesday in Dottie Harper Park to plant a commemorative tree in Dottie’s honor.

By proclamation of the city council, Mayor Joan McGilton proclaimed April 8th as Arbor Day in Burien. She also shared a story about Dottie and said from the parks to the arts:

“Dottie made it happen in Burien”

Burien Women Strip Clothes Off To Benefit Hospitality House

Burien Women Strip Clothes Off To Benefit Hospitality House

by Janet Grella

To Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, local resident Maureen Hoffmann organized a “clothing swap” party at her Burien home, where numerous area women donated unused clothing.

Burien city councilmember Sally Nelson and BTB Sales Diva Janet Grella were among the 14 women who swapped clothes, shoes and accessories. The left over clothes were delivered to two local charities over the past two days – Hospitality House and Community Clothing Closet…

Welcome Our Latest Advertiser: PilatesBurien.com!

Welcome Our Latest Advertiser: PilatesBurien.com!

by Janet Grella

Everyone here at The B-Town Blog stretches out and gives a big welcome to our latest Advertiser: PilatesBurien.com!

It’s a website, a blog and an instructor that’s all about Pilates. Founder Scott Miller is a dynamo of a man who has a mission in life – to get everyone in B-Town and beyond to enjoy the many benefits of Pilates.

To attract newcomers (and non Highline Athletic Club members) Scott and HAC are offering member rates to non-members. That’s a savings of over $100, depending on your class level and length of classes.

Just mention you heard about the offer on The B-Town Blog when registering.

When able, this writer likes to participate in what I’m writing about; some even call me “Georgia Plimpton.” Therefore PilatesBurien Instructor Scott Miller invited me to try a private Pilates session at HAC. Dressed in my workout clothes, we entered a state-of-the-art, fully equipped Pilates Studio at the club. He introduced me to all his weird-looking “friends” (aka equipment) including Gratz equipment like:

  • Reformers (the centerpiece of Pilates)
  • Cadillac
  • Barrels
  • Wunda Chairs
  • Electric Chair
  • Ped-o-Pul
  • Magic Circles
  • Wall Units
  • Foot Corrector
  • Mats

For the purpose of my workout we used the Reformer–to warm up–and the Cadillac to pull me every which way but loose. Seriously, the Cadillac worked my core and legs, and Scott told me that the trapezey-thingy would tighten and sculpt my sagging arms (move over Michelle O!). Nice thing about a private lesson is the amount of personal and professional attention I received from Scott. As a matter of fact, Scott told me that in order to get into semi-private or group classes the student should first have 10 private sessions.

Great thing to me about the workout was that the next day I knew I’d had some exercise, but I wasn’t hurting! Under Scott’s tutelage I was guided through each exercise slowly, carefully and correctly. Scott helped me build confidence with every move! You can check out the testimonials here to see what his students think of Scott as an instructor.

From the Highline Athletic Club website, Pilates has earned a feature spot in the world of fitness due to its effectiveness and its many benefits including:

  • A healthy, supple spine
  • Kinder, gentler conditioning
  • Better balance, more coordination
  • Less pain and stiffness
  • Faster return to pre-pregnancy figure
  • Sports performance & other benefits

Meet Scott Miller, Pilates Instructor, Pilates Promoter, Pilates Devotee:

Scott has played sports from the age of 8. At the age of 18 he began his dance career in Washington DC. After two years he moved to New York City where he was on scholarship at the Martha Graham School and the Alvin Ailey School. He also studied at the Merce Cunningham Studio, Finis Jung Ballet Studio and danced with the June Lewis Dance Company as well as other New York area artists. He is a martial arts enthusiast and has studied kung fu and kickboxing.

Scott is also a Licensed Massage Practitioner who is the vice chair of the Washington State Board of Massage and chairs the nominating committee for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. He has been in the massage business for 13 years. Scott started and completed his Pilates certification when he met Dorothee VandeWalle co-owner of Metropolitan Pilates and a world-class teacher/trainer who could help refine and strengthen his skills as an instructor as well as challenge his abilities as a practitioner. He has taught at Metropolitan Pilates, Momentum Dance Academy and at the Sonia Dawkins Studio. He is the director and lead instructor at Highline Athletic Club Pilates Studio in Burien Washington.

Scott tells BTB that thanks to Pilates, he is in better shape now (at 52 years young) than he was as a young dancer in New York. He also shared with us that he loves Salsa dancing, and he will soon become a mentor to students at Franklin High School in Seattle.

Pilates seems to have burst on the scene out of nowhere in the last 10 years. After decades as the workout of the elite, Pilates has entered the fitness mainstream. Today, over 10 million Americans practice Pilates, and the numbers continue to grow.

What’s the fascinating story behind how Pilates began, and why the recent “overnight success”? To learn how Pilates was developed, as well as Joseph Pilates and the History of Pilates, click here.

If you are interested in including Pilates in your exercise regime, please give Scott a call at 206- 696-2161 or click on his Ad in the right sidebar (you can also check out www.highlineathleticclub.com. You can also read Scott’s blog here.

The Highline Athletic Club has been part of the Burien community for over 20 years, and now would be an excellent time to try them as well as PilatesBurien.com.

You’ll find them at 125 South 156th Street (map below).

For more information, call 246-9000.


View Larger Map

[Are you interested in getting a “Blogvertorial” Ad like this for your Business? Email us for more info, or check out our Advertise page!]

City Of Burien Releases Its First Email Newsletter

City Of Burien Releases Its First Email Newsletter

by Janet Grella

Wednesday (March 18th) marked a new era in the City of Burien’s ongoing effort to upgrade their communications system with residents.

Approximately 1,800 citizens received the city’s first-ever online monthly newsletter.

By email.

All residents will continue to receive the quarterly, printed newsletter via snailmail.

If you are interested in receiving the online newsletter email your interest to [email protected] or call 206-241-4647

Burien Nissan Loses Entire Stock, Now An Empty Lot

Burien Nissan Loses Entire Stock, Now An Empty Lot

Story and Photos by Janet Grella

BREAKING NEWS: Burien Nissan, located at the Five Corners intersection of First Ave South and SW 160th, has lost its entire stock of cars and is now basically an empty lot.

Since Wednesday, numerous auto carrier trucks have been hauling vehicles away from the lot, with a total of 100 new cars removed, which we estimate to be between $2 and $3 million in inventory.

But, according to Sales Manager John Antonelli, “it’s business as usual – we’re still open for business in service, parts and sales. When we get our new financing we’ll re-open in a couple of weeks.”

The hauled-away Nissan cars are apparently being taken to a nearby port, and will be auctioned off in the near future.

Antonelli says that new inventory will likely return in a few weeks, and that Burien Nissan is in the middle of a “financial restructuring.”

Twenty-seven employees have been laid off, with just eight remaining on staff.

Burien auto dealers account for a significant portion of tax revenue for Burien, and Dick Loman, Economic Development Director for the city, said “This sorry economic downturn is just hurting everybody.”

Original owner’s son David Gjersee sits at his desk Friday in-between phone calls with potential buyers. Gjersee’s Father started Burien Datsun on this location in 1969, and he now serves as a Sales Professional. This business is one of the oldest Nissan dealerships in the US.

Gjersee also said it was “business as usual” even though he had no cars to sell.

This Reporter walked on to the empty lot late Friday morning and noticed that while there were no new Nissans on the lot, there were still a few cars present, which were most likely employee vehicles; however, the service department was busy.

As a longtime Burien resident, I found it shocking to see, especially after their $5 million remodel a year and a half ago.

This story is still developing, and we’ll post updates as we get them.

Happy Birthday to us – 10 years ago today, The Blog started publishing!

Happy Birthday to us – 10 years ago today, The Blog started publishing!

Happy 10th Birthday to Us! Ten years ago today – on Dec. 11, 2007 – the first stories were published on The B-Town Blog, with the hopes of providing an effective, frequently-updated, professional... [Read more]

B-TOWN BIZ: ‘Suite Arrangements’ consignment shop closing

B-TOWN BIZ: ‘Suite Arrangements’ consignment shop closing

‘Suite Arrangements,’ a furniture consignment shop located in Burien at 136 SW 152nd Street, announced Saturday (Jan. 18) that it will be closing…

Local man Tim Leahy was in Dallas when JFK was shot

Local man Tim Leahy was in Dallas when JFK was shot

[EDITOR’S NOTE: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we’re re-running this story we first published on Nov. 22, 2008:] by Janet Grella It is... [Read more]

Happy Birthday to Us – The B-Town Blog Turns Five Years Old Today!

Happy Birthday to Us – The B-Town Blog Turns Five Years Old Today!

Five years ago today (at 9:03 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 to be exact), Burien resident Scott Schaefer founded The B-Town Blog, and we’d like to celebrate by thanking YOU – our Readers and Advertisers…

<i>Man, What a Great Country We Live In!</i> Reflections on an Awesome 4th of July

Man, What a Great Country We Live In! Reflections on an Awesome 4th of July

It was a very awesome 4th of July for many, especially this Reporter, who was fortunate enough to have spent the day in two fantastic Burien locations – my own neighborhood, where I was crowned “King of Three Tree Point”…

Herr Backyard Garden Center Owners Retiring; Business Closing June 17

Herr Backyard Garden Center Owners Retiring; Business Closing June 17

Sons William (Bill), Gordy and their father Amos Herr taken at Burien's Herr Lumberyard circa 1970s. Click image for larger version. by Janet Grella Diane Herr Lorella and her sister-in-law and business... [Read more]

‘Pack Your Bags!’ as Burien Arts Awards Raffle Winner 2 Alaska Airline Tickets

‘Pack Your Bags!’ as Burien Arts Awards Raffle Winner 2 Alaska Airline Tickets

“Pack your bags!” was the phrase Carolyn Hart heard over the phone from Laurie Haslund Tuesday afternoon, shortly after her name was drawn as the winner of a fundraiser raffle held by Burien Arts…

Mt. Rainier High Jazz Band to Appear at Highline Classic Jazz this Saturday

Mt. Rainier High Jazz Band to Appear at Highline Classic Jazz this Saturday

Band teacher Mat Montgomery,a lifelong jazz trumpet player playing Billy Strayhorn's 'Take the A Train' in the jazz band rehearsal hall of MRHS. Story & Photo by Janet Grella The organizers... [Read more]

Up Close & Personal with Makeover Burien’s 1st Prospect: Glass Expressions

Up Close & Personal with Makeover Burien’s 1st Prospect: Glass Expressions

Meet Kathy Johnson and Lael Schmidt Bennett, two life-long area artists, totally devoted to the art of working in glass–they are Glass Expressions. Well, they and the award winning artists they’ve trained over the years…