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Burien is an exciting community and there seems to always be something fun, exciting and interesting happening in here. Whether it’s exciting news about new businesses coming to town, special events, or other items of interest.

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Page 2 Books Has New Owners & A New Location Soon!

Gayle Collins and her daughter Karen Ziegler, who have run Page 2 Books for nearly 12 years, have agreed to sell the store and its inventory to Jenny Cole and Bill Virgin.

The transaction is scheduled to close Oct. 24. After a brief closing period to move, Page 2 Books will reopen in its new location at 457 Southwest 152nd St. in downtown Burien. The reopening is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 1.

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed running this store, getting to know our customers over the years and helping them find the right book,” said Collins. “But now it’s time to turn the business over to someone new. We believe we’ve found new owners who share our appreciation for this business and will continue to provide customers great selection and service.”

“Gayle and Karen deserve applause for sustaining Page 2 and building a loyal customer base, not only during some rocky years in the economy but through tumultuous times for book publishing and retailing,” Virgin said. “We appreciate both the opportunity and responsibility of taking over Page 2 and building upon the legacy they’ve created.”

We share with our customers a love of books and the stories they tell,” added Cole. “We hope to continue being the place people think of when they think of books, and to become a center of activity for those who share an enthusiasm for books.”

With more than 35,000 volumes in stock, Page 2 Books offers breadth and depth of selection in popular fiction, romance, mysteries, science fiction, paranormal tales and westerns. Virgin and Cole plan to expand the children’s books section and non-fiction selections including cooking and titles of local and regional interest. They also plan to offer selected new books, and to offer book ordering and search services for retail customers and educators.

Page 2 Books will continue to display and sell works of local artists, and to host author book-signings and other cultural events. “We’re looking forward to being a part of the vibrant scene of downtown Burien,” said Cole, who will be the store’s manager.

The store will continue its program of providing store credit for books brought in by customers, and will honor credits now held by customers.

Page 2 Books, currently at 15706 First Ave. South in Burien, began in 1989; Collins and Ziegler purchased the store in 2002.

Collins will be retiring to enjoy travel, while Ziegler will be working with a friend at Finally Found Books in Auburn.

Cole, who will be the store’s manager, has worked in Burien for 13 years as dental practice coordinator for Dr. William Schmidt. She holds an education degree and a current teaching certificate, and has run a small Montessori school. She also has an interest in nutritional education, holding bachelor’s and master’s degrees in that field.

Virgin is a long-time business journalist. He is founder, publisher and editor of the newsletters Washington Manufacturing Alert and Pacific Northwest Rail News, and a contributing columnist to The News Tribune (Tacoma), Seattle Business magazine and the utility and energy newsletter Clearing Up. For more than 18 years he was a business reporter with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Page 2 Books Website

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Burien Gets Bike Racks

Special Thanks to WABI Burien
WABI Burien and the City of Burien held a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday, Saturday the 29th, to mark the success of the Downtown Burien Bike Rack Project.

The ceremony was attended by Burien Mayor Brian Bennett, City Councilmember Rose Clark, Department Director of PaRCS Michael Lafreniere, the 6 WABI Board members, some of the bike rack sponsors and folks from all over town. The ceremony was held in front of Bumbershoot Books in the heart of Burien. The book shop is one of the bike rack sponsors and represents the type of small, local business that benefits from the “Buy Burien By Bike” idea. By providing bike racks to lock to, we’re encouraging people to hop on their bikes and “shop local”.

The business and greater community was very generous in its support of this project. Folks clamored to quickly sponsor all 41 bike racks and will have their custom plaques mounted to the rack(s) they chose. Funds from their sponsorships will go toward furthering this and other projects for the benefit of cyclists and walkers in Burien. Some businesses sponsored bike racks AND gave discounts AND donated raffle items AND provided refreshments! Such a testament to the generosity of this community…

Visit WABI Burien for more information

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Discover Burien Welcomes Newly Elected Board Members

Discover Burien’s Annual meeting and Board of Director Election April 23rd 2013, five new members were elceted to the Board.

• Lance McIntosh - Bumbershoot Books
• John White - Statements Home Decor
• Brent Volle - Creative House Branding
• Suzanne Greive - Puget Sound Home Inspections
• Virginia Wright - Phoenix Tea

Contact Discover Burien today for more information

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Discover Burien Annual Election Nominations & Voting Rule Update

Discover Burien’s Annual meeting and Board of Director Election is scheduled for Tuesday April 23rd 2013 5:30 PM at Southgate Masonic Hall, 1004 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA 98166.

The official nominations for Discover Burien Board of Directors as selected by the nomination committee are as follows:

• Lori Alden
• Ali Levich
• Lance McIntosh
• John White
• Brent Volle

Additionally, running for election by petition are as follows:

• Patricia Eslava Vessey
• Suzanne Greive
• Virginia Wright

Membership Voting Update and Clarification

Discover Burien is updating and clarifying the voting rules for the upcoming election. To be in line with the spirit of "one person, one vote" each person will have to be present at the election, a member in good standing, show id, and sign the registration sheet to receive their voters ballot. For individuals that are involved with Discover Burien through multiple memberships due to having their business (es), not-for-profit (s), and an individual membership, they must cast their individual ballot and designate one person to represent each additional membership. Each designated person must be present at the election, show id, and sign the registration sheet to receive and cast the ballot.

The member who needs to designate voters for any additional memberships can contact the Executive Director by email, phone, or mail prior to the election or in person at the time of the election.

Contact Discover Burien today for more information

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Discover Burien Annual Member Meeting

Discover Burien’s Annual meeting and Board of Director Election is scheduled for Tuesday April 23rd 2013 5:30 PM at Southgate Masonic Hall, 1004 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA 98166.

At this annual meeting, we will conduct the election for five Board positions. Current board members whose terms expire in 2013 are:

• Lori Alden (Current Board Vice President)
• Dave Elliott, DG Elliott Financial Services (Current Board Treasurer)
• Bill Reid, Tellit Production
• Joseph Bridenbach, Attorney at Law
• Ali Levich, The Levich Agency

Any member in good standing of the Association has a right to run for a position on the Board of Directors. Nominations to the ballot slate shall be made either: 1) by petition submitted to the Discover Burien office more than 20 days in advance of the annual meeting, signed by nine [current Discover Burien] members; or 2) by the nominating committee, which shall consist of the outgoing Board members and the President. This year’s annual meeting is scheduled for April 23, 2013. Petitions must be submitted to the Association’s office no later than 5:00 PM, April 3, 2013.

Download a petition here.

Contact Discover Burien today for more information

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Discover Burien Named One of Constant Contact’s 2012 All Stars

Discover Burien recognized for achieving exemplary marketing results

BURIEN, WA— March 14, 2013 –DISCOVER BURIEN ASSOCIATION, has received the 2012 All Star Award from Constant Contact®, Inc., the trusted marketing advisor to more than half a million small organizations worldwide. Each year, Constant Contact bestows the All Star Award to a select group of businesses and nonprofits who are successfully leveraging online marketing tools to engage their customer base, and drive success for their organization. Discover Burien’s results ranked among the top 10% of Constant Contact’s international customer base.

At Discover Burien we are here to connect business, people and organizations through engaging partnerships, innovative experiences and relevant programs. -Discover Burien Mission Statement

We are happy to be recognized by Constant Contact for achieving strong marketing results and connecting with our customers. Constant Contact’s tools have helped us manage user engagement, streamline event registrations and promotions and provide a useful avenue for sharing information about important information in our community.
Constant Contact customers using either the company’s Email Marketing or EventSpot tools are eligible for this award. Constant Contact looked at the following criteria to select this year’s All Stars:

• Level of engagement with email campaigns and events

• Open, bounce, and click-through rates

• Event registration rates

• Use of social sharing features

• Use of mailing list sign-up tools

• Use of reporting tools

“We’re always delighted when small businesses and nonprofits are successful,” said Gail Goodman, CEO of Constant Contact. “We’re honored to recognize Discover Burien as an All Star, and to be able to shine the spotlight on its achievements in 2012.”

Contact Discover Burien today for more information

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Space is Limited for the 2013 Discover Burien Visitor Map

Visitors, new & current residents now can experience the treasure chest for shopping, restaurants and services by referring to this fun & user-friendly resource!

15,000 Maps Distributed by Discover Burien

• Local Visitor Information Center & Chambers of Commerce

• Area Hotels

• Burien businesses & More!

• Graphic Map of Burien

• Colorful Display Ads

• Business name at location

• Calendar of Events

• Categorical Directory

• Interactive Map website displaying your business with an optional half minute Video by Tellit Productions.

• Posted at and shared with local media

Interactive Mobile Map Each advertiser will be listed on the online mobile map by category, with optional special offers, display ad, pictures, video commercial and link to their site.
Contact Discover Burien today for more information

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Discover Burien Rolls Out Secret Shopper Program


Has your business ever received a rave review? Or had a customer give you critical feedback about potential growth areas for your service, products, atmosphere or staff? Consumers vote with their money and the winners are the places they are loyal too. Often times shoppers have an experience they feel could have been improved or even want to thank someone for an execllent experience. Our Secret Shopper Program, free to Discover Burien Members, can provide owners with customized feedback on exactly where the busienss is excelling and what areas are growth potential.

This free service provides a valuable resource to your membership and your business.

How our program works; a mystery shopper will make inquiries and observations according to the specifications of each project, noting specific details and measurements about the location and level of customer service provided. The shopper then submits a report with a numbered scale of 1-10 on their impression of the items identified for focus in the pre-visit evaluation. A summary will be provided in a format of those reflecting an online review site. We ask our shoppers to freely write as if they would speak to their friends, family or online review site to give an idea of the impressions they would share with the world. We recommend a follow up visit to gauge the accuracy of the evaluation. Email us here for more information.

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Discover Burien brings Miss Burien Unlimited Hydroplane home for the 4th of July.

Marching/rolling in the 91st Annual Burien Indepandence Day Parade.

After the original Miss Burien became “kindling” wrecking in a race in 1959, owner Peter Woeck wanted to continue the legacy of his boat. Woeck and his supporting cast of Greater Burien Inc. commissioned Ted Jones to build a larger, more competitive Miss Burien.

Taking 3rd in her first race in 1960, Miss Burien continued to strive for gold while placing as high as second despite having limited equipment and financial capacity.

The Miss Burien never raced east of the Rockies, but she always put up a find on the Western circuit. She campaigned as the Tempest in 1962 and ’63. She continued to be competitive, but never sustained the pressure to earn the winner’s circle. In 1964 she raced under three different names with results similar to her past. In 1965 her registered number was changed to U-50 and she competed as Savair’s Probe and was finally known simply as Probe. The boat was retired in 1980 and later donated to the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum.

She was restored by the Museum in 1996 as the Miss South Park and finally completed her return to her roots by representing the ageless dream of every racing fan under her given name: Miss Burien, U-4. More on Miss Burien HERE.

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Cash Mob Burien

A top secret group of highly motivated locals founded Cash Mob Burien, with a nod to the model from the original founders nationwide. More about them below.

As most of you have heard by now, our cover is blown... but that's a great thing. Discover Burien is the official "Top Secret" group behind the Cash Mob Burien Events. We love our local businesses and want to keep them in town and thriving. If ever you would like more information please email us at

Who Started Cash Mobs?
Andrew Samtoy, an attorney at Dworken & Bernstein and member of the Bridge Builders Class of 2012 in Cleveland, OH, organized our first "Cash Mob" on November 16, 2011. Although at the time we thought the name was original (and some in the media gave us credit for it), we later learned that the first gathering called a "Cash Mob" appears to have been held in Buffalo, NY, on August 5, 2011, and was organized by blogger, Christopher Smith.

Since then, Cash Mobs have been sprouting up all across the U.S., Canada, and around the world. While organized by many different groups of people, all appear to have the same goal in mind: to support local businesses that they love!

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Discover Burien Annual Dinner, Awards & Silent Auction Fundraiser

You're Invited! Discover Burien is hosting our Annual Dinner, Awards & Silent Auction & Fundraiser March 2, 2012 at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW.

Leaders in our community will be recognized in the areas of Volunteer, Clean Sweep, Business Leader, Non-Profit Leader, and Student Leader of the year whom will also receive a $500 Scholarship on behalf of Discover Burien. For nomination forms please see our event Forms Page HERE.

Tickets can be purchased from the Discover Burien office at (206) 433-2882 or visit us weekdays 11 AM – 3 PM at 620 SW 150th Street, Suite B Burien, WA 98166.

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1st Avenue South Improvement Project Phase II

Construction is now in full swing for the rest of the year. DPK, contractor, has installed all large vaults for Seattle City Light within the travel lanes. Inclement weather has put a delay in construction but will be up and running as soon as possible. There are still several vaults to be installed along the sides of the roads. Once these are completed, then trenching work will commence for duct bank installation. Please note all construction signs and drive slower especially in this weather.

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March with Discover Burien in the Independence Day Parade!

Are you a member of Discover Burien? We want you to march with us in the 90th Annual Independence Day Parade. We want to show how great our local business community members are. To be a part of our group, or for more information call our office at (206) 433-2882.

City of Burien and Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce to Present 90th Annual Burien Independence Day Parade

The City of Burien and the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce are excited to present the 90th Annual Burien Independence Day Parade, on Monday, July 4, 2011.

The Burien Independence Day Parade has gained a reputation as one of the most enjoyable and spirited community parades in the region. Community pride will shine with marching bands, energetic dance teams, elaborate floats and vintage autos! Downtown Burien boasts a charming mix of business, retail and restaurants, coupled with the impressive new Town Square and City Hall. Everyone is invited to come and be a part of this longstanding Burien tradition.

The parade begins at 3:00 pm on Monday, July 4, 2011, at Ambaum Blvd. SW and SW 149th St. The route will head south on Ambaum, east on SW 153rd, north on 4th Ave. SW, then west on SW 152nd. Partners for this event are the City of Burien and the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce.

For questions about the parade, contact the Chamber at (206) 575-1633 or email

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Welcome New Board of Directors!

At our Annual Members Meeting on April 26 an election to the five available positions on the Board of Directors was held from seven possible candidates. Welcome to our five elected members: Sue Bean of the Highline Medical Center Foundation, Lynn Wallace Southwest Chamber of King County, Lynn Coleman of Seahurst Dental Design, Doug Moreland Attorney at Law and Jim Hughes of Sal's Deli.
See Our New Board!

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Vision Burien - Our Future. Our Choices.

The City is engaging in a community-wide effort to shape the long-term future of Burien. Our community enjoys a rich and unique history that continues to define who we are today. We're asking all our residents to help create a common, unifying vision for our city. The goal of the visioning effort is to provide the Burien community with a sense of direction and a framework for evaluating future policy decisions. The vision that emerges will provide a critical foundation for upcoming City planning efforts:
Comprehensive Plan Update
Transportation Master Plan
Parks and Recreation Open Space Plan
Drainage Master Plan

The City has hired the team of Brian Douglas Scott - Planning and Urban Design, to facilitate a planning process that will engage and involve community members in redefining their vision for the future of Burien. A volunteer Steering Committee of Burien residents will guide the process through interviews with key stakeholders, Affinity Groups to identify top issues, Community Meetings to envision our future, and City Council Work Sessions to refine the final vision.
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Citizen Awards Nominations

Residents can nominate outstanding citizens in the annual Outstanding Citizens Award Program in the following categories: citizen, business person, educator or environmental leader. Winners will receive recognition at the City's annual awards ceremony, scheduled for March 4, 2011, at the Burien Community Center.

To nominate a person, describe how the nominee contributes to the community and how these contributions are unique. Submit your nominations by Feb. 7, 2011, to Burien City Hall, 400 S.W. 152nd St., Ste. 300. For information call Adriene Buckley at 206-241-4647.

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Ambaum Blvd.Improvements

The City is in the process of updating its Shoreline Master Program. The Planning Commission currently is formulating a recommendation to the City Council on the draft program after receiving public testimony at a hearing on January 12th. Additional public hearings will be conducted by the City Council and the state Department of Ecology.

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King County Metro Alert - Burien Transit Center parking lot construction

Work began on October 12 for construction of a new parking garage. The Burien Transit Center parking lot is scheduled to close for about 18 months. The five-story garage will have parking for more than 500 vehicles. The Burien Transit Center will remain open for transit service during this time.

During this closure, an interim parking lot will be available about two blocks east of the Burien TC on the northeast corner of 1st Ave S & S 148th St. The interim lot will be served by routes 121, 122, 123, 131 and 132. Temporary bus stops for these routes will be located northbound on 1st Ave S just north of S 148th St (along the west side of the parking lot) and southbound on 1st Ave S just north of SW 148th St.

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Burien Wellness Fair

Burien Wellness is sponsoring a community health fair on Saturday, September 11, 2010, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Medical service providers and other health and wellness organizations will be on hand to showcase how they contribute to Burien's being a wellness center. Medical screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, and an on-site blood drive are part of this year's activities.

King County Library System's TechLab Van will be parked in the Library's parking lot with computers available for learning about the wellness databases available to the public. The library will also have a wellness book display in the lobby.

The fair will be held at Burien Town Square, SW 152nd Street & 5th Place SW.

The fair is free, and there will be a lot to see and do. Attendees can expect to find:
  • Free medical screenings
  • Advice on preventative health care for all ages
  • Healthy cooking demonstrations
  • Give-a-ways and samples
  • Drawings for prizes at many exhibitor booths
  • First 300 attendees receive free digital thermometers

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Burien Welcomes North Highline Area to the City

On April 1, 2010, the North Highline area is to annexed by the City of Burien. The North Highline area is just to the north of Burien and was in unincorporated King County. Burien will gain 1,700 acres for a total of 6,462 acres and approximately 14,100 persons for a total population of about 45,650.

The City of Burien continues its preparations to annex the North Highline "South Annexation Area" as approved by voters in August 2009. A required step is adoption of zoning for the area. The Burien City Council soon will be looking at a proposal to convert the existing King County zoning designations to City of Burien designations. A more formal review of these designations will occur as part of the City's scheduled planning process in 2010 and 2011.
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Shoreline Master Program Update

The City is in the process of updating its Shoreline Master Program. The Planning Commission currently is formulating a recommendation to the City Council on the draft program after receiving public testimony at a hearing on January 12th. Additional public hearings will be conducted by the City Council and the state Department of Ecology.

The City was awarded a $117,000 grant by the state Department of Ecology for this work. The City is nearing completion of an update of the SMP.
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Discover Burien Taps Local Business Minds

Discover Burien is having conversations with local businesses looking for their answers to four basic questions about the community.

  1. What do they like about their community?
  2. What don’t they like about their community?
  3. What would they like to see in their community that is not here?
  4. How would they be willing to help?

Burien is rich in the diversity of businesses. We want to find ways to help them thrive. We have everything from A to Z, from Abyssinian Dance Center to Zizia!

This discussion is designed to look for broad-based opportunities that will help our business community and we are very interested to discover their thoughts, ideas, dreams and needs.
Email: Discover Burien

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