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Butch Blum says eateries and banks are proliferating in donwtown Seattle while specialty retail shrinks. Also, Amazon’s tech-support people inspire love — the marrying kind — according to Jeff Bezos.
The first IPO in decades by a local microbrewer won’t raise much money. Also, Ukrainian billionaire is indicted on a charge of bribes in mining plan that would have sold titanium to Boeing and others.
Two-time Olympian Kara Goucher will help raise Oiselle’s profile in women’s running. Also, Porch.com adds info on homes’ remodeling history, and Bellevue’s top official makes connections in Japan.
NSA leaker Edward Snowden takes a jab at Amazon. Also: Zillow finds Americans still upbeat about homeownership; lawyer replaced in probe of accounting at L & L Energy; and Costco, Bartell avoid tobacco pressures for now.
Boeing could relocate several thousand engineers to Bothell and the I-90 Corridor. Also, one of Bravern’s oldest retail tenants pulls out; and Seattle group rallies e-commerce companies to grapple with credit-card fraud.
San Francisco’s regional Fed chief has become a hot commodity at dinner parties; a coalition asks Starbucks to use organic milk only.
Starbucks is leasing from CEO Howard Schultz one of the snazziest corporate jets around. Also: Tech entrepreneur David Giuliani aims to put entrepreneurial, data-driven thinking to work on the state’s many challenges.
Eddie Bauer gives a peek at its long-hidden financial performance in preparation for sale to Jos. A. Bank Clothiers; also, penny-stock promoter must pay $4.9 million for hyping Tacoma company.
Seattle rents climbing, but not as much as 5 other Western cities; also, European menswear shop is drawn here by Boeing, Amazon, and Macklemore; and Starbucks tests fizzy drinks.
If Genie is Moses Lake’s Boeing — and in many ways it is — then the SX-180 is Genie’s Dreamliner.