Andy Hobbs

BUSINESS BUZZ: Austin Chase gets new owners; Sportsman’s Warehouse moves in

As of Tuesday, Federal Way residents Brian Todd and Russhele Arreola are the new owners of Austin Chase Coffee, located at 32901 1st Ave. S. in the Quad Shopping Center.

Downtown park idea generates interest from developer

A proposed park with a "town square" in downtown Federal Way is generating interest among residents, city leaders and even a developer.

Federal Way’s economic action from 1996-2040 | Hobbs

Even in 1996, Federal Way explored options for an economic savior like a downtown performing arts center. The city had been trying for years to build such a project, according to a 1996 report in the Seattle Times.

WE DAY: Federal Way schools to send 1,200 students

The upcoming star-studded youth empowerment festival We Day Seattle is coming to KeyArena on March 27. More than 15,000 students gain admission not with tickets, but through community service.

‘I Just Want to Pee Alone’ features local mommy blogger

One of the essays, "Bubble Baths and Shaved Legs," was written by local blogger Rebecca Gallagher, a 1990 graduate of Federal Way High School and a resident of Renton.

Motorcycle crash victim hits physical therapy milestone

With his glove stuck on the throttle, Andy Foss skidded toward the curb on a purple motorcycle that wouldn't slow down.

‘Shark Tank’ generates buzz for local Sub Zero franchise

The TV show "Shark Tank" generated a positive ripple effect for a Federal Way ice cream shop.

Second-graders study lost art of letter writing | Andy Hobbs

Dear Lake Dolloff Elementary second-graders: Here are a few pointers for writing a letter that people will want to read.

The Commons mall nets investment from Magic Johnson

The Commons at Federal Way received an assist from an investment company whose partners include NBA legend Magic Johnson.

State of the City 2013: Mayor focuses on development

Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest called for transforming downtown with a performing arts and conference center (PACC) and a town square development.

State Rep. Roger Freeman prepares for chemo

The former Federal Way City Councilman said he will not call it the "c" word - cancer - just yet. He awaits more information from doctors on an official diagnosis.

Mary Jane’s House of Glass hires full-time street dancers

Mary Jane's House of Glass opened its ninth store last November in Federal Way. Based in Vancouver, Wash., the shop specializes in glass pipes, incense and scented candles.

Police reveal speed traps and lost dog info on Facebook

Want to know where police are watching for leadfoot drivers? Is your dog lost? Need an update on human bones discovered in the woods?

South King Fire honors citizen heroes for saving lives

South King Fire recently recognized heroes in three life-or-death situations from 2012.

Big Lots to close Federal Way store

Located at 1211 S. 320th St. next to Safeway, the department store will close April 15 due to not being able to work out a leasing deal for the property, according to corporate spokeswoman Toni Fink.

Ball company Baden Sports quietly moves to Renton

After 20 years in Federal Way, Baden Sports Inc. moved its world headquarters so quietly that city officials found out after the fact.

One Day Federal Way: Teens pledge to end bullying

Positivity is the best way to end bullying and violence in schools, according to the Advancing Leadership Youth Class of 2013.

Federal Way flirts with park ideas for vacant downtown site

The latest proposal for the former AMC Theatres property on 20th Avenue South? A park that could potentially serve as a "town square."

Tourism legislation could hamper Federal Way’s economy

Federal Way leaders are concerned about the consequences of losing money for tourism promotion.

Federal Way arts center: Costliest project in city history?

Supporters of a performing arts and conference center (PACC) say the project will transform downtown Federal Way.