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Couple brews up their happiness at new coffee shop

Here’s a story I wrote about a Newcastle couple that opened a coffee shop at the Renton Landing. Read it below or at The Issaquah Press’ website here!

elly and Ron Stilwell have dreamed of opening their own coffee shop ever since backpacking through France 15 years ago and visiting European coffee shops.

“We said, ‘This would be really cool to do someday,’” Kelly Stilwell said.

They were in their late 20s at the time, and both were working in banking.

“It kind of went on the dream back burner,” Kelly Stilwell said.

In 1998, they moved to Newcastle’s Windtree neighborhood, and in 2001, Kelly gave birth to their son Tyler. She stayed home to raise and homeschool Tyler, and life continued as usual until Ron lost his job in the Washington Mutual collapse of 2008.

For many, losing a job is a curse, but for the Stilwells, it was somewhat of a blessing.

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Newcastle News’ July 2 issue now online!

The July 2 issue of Newcastle News (the paper I write) is now online! Woohoo! You might not find it to exciting unless you live in Newcastle, Wash., but it’s more or less a list of all the stuff I’ve been working on for the last month at work! Check out the pdf of the full paper here, or visit Newcastle News’ website here.

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Keep your deck looking like new this spring and summer

With the weather getting warmer, it’s time to take care of the back deck. Here’s what the experts have to say about keeping your deck looking good. This story was published in the May 7, 2010 Newcastle News in the Home and Garden section. Read it on Newcastle News’ website here.

As the weather gets warmer, most people search for more outdoor activities in which to take part. Some go to the pool and some head to the mountains, but some just head to the back porch to relax.

No matter what kind of deck you have, there are a few easy steps you can take to keep your deck looking good for the spring and summer. The first thing to do is clean your deck, said Ron Spillers, president of West Coast Decks in Issaquah.

“Probably the easiest way will be using deck detergent, which you can find at any home improvement store,” he said.

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