Now Hiring: Jobs at Grand Ridge Plaza

The RAM Issaquah

The RAM IssaquahJob hunting in Greater Issaquah? Many Grand Ridge Plaza merchants are currently hiring full-time, part-time and seasonal employees. Carter’s, The RAM Restaurant and Brewery, Regal Cinemas and HomeGoods are among the merchants with job openings, including opportunities for teens ages 16 and older. Many roles are entry level and allow first-time job seekers, including with a limited amount of experience, to gain employment. Shopping center hours also offer scheduling flexibility for part-time employees on evenings and weekends.

With convenient access to I-90 and Sound Transit routes at the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride, Grand Ridge Plaza offers opportunities to work close to home on the Eastside. Many full-time positions also include medical, dental and vision programs, plus life insurance, 401(k) plans and advancement opportunities.

Grand Ridge Plaza merchants with employment opportunities include:BevMo Issaquah

  • Allegro Pediatrics
  • barre3
  • BevMo!
  • Caffe Ladro
  • Carter’s
  • DICK’S Sporting Goods
  • Great Clips
  • HomeGoods
  • La Boutique Jolie
  • Marshalls
  • MOD Pizza
  • Soma Intimates
  • Safeway
  • Seattle Sun Tan
  • Regal Cinemas
  • The RAM Restaurant & Brewery
  • Ulta Beauty and The Salon at Ulta
  • Zumiez

Allegro Pediatrics IssaquahTo learn more, visit each merchant’s website or ask in-person at Grand Ridge Plaza.

Job seekers also have the opportunity to meet potential employers at the City of Issaquah Job Fair on Tuesday, May 2 from 2 to 5 pm. Held at Pickering Barn, the annual job fair welcomes people of all ages seeking full-time and part-time employment. The event is sponsored by the City, the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, the Issaquah School District and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. Pickering Barn is located across from Costco at 1730 10th Avenue NW in Issaquah.


Meet Belle at Sip’s Enchanted Lunch Event

Belle Sip Enchanted LunchJoin Sip at the wine bar & restaurant for an enchanted lunch that you and your little prince or princess will never forget!

Sip invites you to an Enchanted Lunch on Saturday, March 18 featuring an appearance by Beauty and the Beast’s Belle, magical surprises and a special menu for children and adults.

Enjoy a meet and greet with Belle, photo opportunities and à la carte lunch from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Celebrate the story of Beauty and the Beast and share fairy tale moments. Guests are welcome to dress up as princes or princesses for the event. Entertainment will be provided by Seattle’s Princesses.

Belle Sip IssaquahSip is known for its outstanding service, elegant setting and delicious menu. Chef Emran Chowdhury has developed child-friendly lunch offerings for the Enchanted Lunch, which will also feature adult menu favorites.  For reservations, please call (425) 369-1181 or book online:

Enchanted Lunch and a movie: Beauty and the Beast opens this weekend at Regal Cinemas Issaquah Highlands. Located adjacent to Sip, Regal is showing the film in 3-D IMAX and 3-D throughout the day on March 18.

Photos courtesy Princess Parties by Palettes and Pairings


Make it at home: Big Fish Grill’s Pan-Seared Halibut

Chef Timothy Chism Alaskan Halibut Recipe

Chef Big Fish Grill Grand Ridge PlazaAlaskan Halibut season is upon us and it’s a great time to try a new recipe. For inspiration, we turned to Chef Timothy Chism of Big Fish Grill, which specializes in perfectly prepared seafood with a Northwest twist. Chef Timothy shared his personal recipe for pan-seared halibut with blueberry-blackberry chutney, a preparation that accentuates the fish’s light flavor by pairing it with a sweet sauce. This recipe is easy enough for a weeknight, but perfect for an elegant weekend dinner.

With its mild flavor, halibut is a wonderful fish to cook at home. The fishing season, which runs from mid-March to mid-November, offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy halibut’s subtle flavors at peak freshness. The only trick is to avoid overcooking. Halibut cooks quickly and is done when you can flake it with a fork. (And if you want to take the night off from cooking, Big Fish Grill is currently serving Alaskan Halibut. Ask your server about the daily special.)

Big Fish Grill’s Pan-Seared Halibut with Blueberry-Blackberry Chutney
Serves 4

Blueberry-Blackberry Chutney

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. raspberry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • ¾ tsp. grated ginger
  • ½ cup minced onion

Combine liquids and sugar in a saucepan, and dissolve over medium heat. Add berries, onion, lemon juice, and ginger. Simmer 20 minutes or until thick. Set aside.

Halibut Preparation

  • 4 skinless halibut fillets (each fillet should be 4 to 6 ounces, and 1 to 1 ½ inch thick)
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Pat the fish dry. Heat a sauté pan until it is hot. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the halibut. LightlyBig Fish Grill Issaquah season with salt and pepper. Cook on one side for 2 minutes. Turn the fish over and cook for an additional 2 minutes; this should take no more than 6 minutes cooking time total. Remove from heat and transfer to a plates Drizzle with chutney.

Chef Timothy’s Recommendation: Serve with rice and seasonal vegetables. Fresh asparagus is a particularly flavorsome complement to halibut.

Alaskan Halibut will also be available at Safeway Issaquah Highlands in late March. Availability and price may vary. Please call the Meat Department for more information: 425-369-3113

The Big Fish Grill is located at 984 NE Park Drive. For reservations, call 425-369-4334 or visit You can make reservations on OpenTable, too. Free parking is available in the adjacent parking garage. Street parking is also available.

Photo credit: Shubha Tirumale Photography LLC


Sunless Tanning Offers “Just Back From the Beach” Glow

Sunless Tanning Issaquah Highlands

Sunless Tanning Issaquah HighlandsDreaming of a beautiful sunless tan that will leave your skin glowing from head to toe? Seattle Sun Tan’s sunless tanning options can help you achieve a natural looking tan in minutes. To banish Northwest pastiness, Seattle Sun Tan’s Grand Ridge Plaza spa offers two options: VersaSpa, which is applied in a booth with an automated system, and SunFX Airbrush, which is applied by a technician. Each is designed to complement your skin tone and color can be adjusted to achieve the desired result.

After booking your appointment, here’s how to perfect your sunless tanning experience:


Exfoliate and shower: immediately before your treatment, exfoliate with a non-oil-based scrub and remove any lotions, perfumes, deodorants and makeup, which create a barrier between the tanning solution and your skin. Remember to then shave using a new razor.

Clothing: pack loose fitting, dark colored clothing to wear home, as well as sandals or flip flops. Tight clothing causes friction that could affect the evenness of your tan. Avoid nylon and wool, which may absorb tanning solution.


Schedule: avoid showering or getting wet for up to eight hours while your tan develops. Evening appointments are recommended to allow you to sleep in your tanning treatment.

Workout: avoid workouts that make you sweat.

Weather: don’t risk getting wet; bring an umbrella to your appointment.

Nighttime: wear baggy clothing if you choose to sleep in your sunless tanning treatment.

Around the house: if you have children that need help bathing, remember not to get your hands wet. You can also skip doing the dishes.

Shower and moisturize: once your wait time is up, shower with lukewarm water, pat dry and moisturize.

Seattle Sun Tan IssaquahThe staff at Seattle Sun Tan can offer expert advice on the best options for your sunless tanning experience, plus recommendations for your skin tone. Open seven days a week, the spa also offers wellness treatments such as infrared body wraps, LED body sculpting and infrared sauna. Learn more at or call 425-961-0856.