What’s cooking in Federal Way business: Produce, chicken, wigs

• Rick Burns and John Wolf, former Seattle Pike Place Market high stall produce vendors, opened Northshore Quality Produce Market on the corner of 21st Avenue SW and SW 356th Street.

The two co-own and co-manage the store and employ three people. They designed and constructed the store’s interior 2,500 square feet and hand-built the wood display tables, which show an artful arrangement of colorful fresh produce. Customers will find 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables as well as such specialty food items as nuts, cheeses and vegan cookies, plus staple groceries like milk, eggs and bread.

Striving to bring customers the freshest produce possible, Wolf, who has 28 years of produce retail experience, travels daily in the early morning hours to wholesalers in Seattle where he handpicks the store’s fruits and vegetables, said Burns, a Federal Way resident. The store’s priority is locally grown produce. When that is unavailable, it turns to California grown produce, keeping non-U.S. grown produce to a minimum, said Burns, who has 15 years of produce retail experience. This holiday season, the store will offer special order fruit baskets and freshly cut noble and fir Christmas trees from a nearby tree farm, Burns said.

• Loray Rainwater is the new owner and operator of Bluewater Wireless, located at 27205 Pacific Hwy S. “The company is a leading provider of Sprint/Nextel and Verizon wireless services, with a full range of solutions for business and consumers,” Rainwater said.

The store also features a private meeting room, fax and copy services, free Wi-Fi and a full service cafe. “This setup is perfect for a business meeting or a place to have a cup of coffee with a friend in a modern and relaxing atmosphere,” Rainwater said. Other Bluewater Wireless store locations are Longview, Tacoma, Bonney Lake and Maple Valley.

• Church’s Chicken, a quick-service fried chicken restaurant, announced the opening of its newest location at 31717 Pacific Hwy S. In addition to fried chicken, the establishment also offers an array of side items.

Founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 1952, Church’s is one of the largest quick-service chicken concepts in the world. As of December 2007, the Church’s system had grown to more than 1,600 locations worldwide in 19 countries, with system sales exceeding $1 billion.

• An evening of “Beauty for the Holidays” for cancer treatment patients is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at the Salon Ina, 32921 1st Ave. S., Suite C. Patients are asked to bring a wig and past photos, which will help salon staff design a hairstyle that resembles the patient’s former hair. Then, staff will cut and style the wig. Also, eyelash and makeup application will be available. These services are complimentary although donations are accepted. All proceeds will go to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Patients may call the Salon Ina at (253) 661-2700 to make an appointment . The salon is owned by Kathy Hansen and employs one aesthetician, two nail technicians and eight hairstylists.

• Show Biz Kids moved into its own space at the Campus Business Center, 33747 9th Ave. S., Building D. Here, kids ages 5 to 16 sing and dance once a week in preparation for themed performances held on local stages. Lauren Libby, a former performer and longtime Federal Way resident, is the company’s owner and operator. She also creates, directs and choreographs the performances. Her goal with Show Biz Kids is to promote each child’s talents within a non-auditioned, fun show experience. She also runs a Teen Idols program for 13- to 19-year-olds, but they must audition.

Show Biz Kids started in the 1980s in Federal Way by Libby’s mother, Susan Apple, a veteran stage performer and current Federal Way resident. Libby was a Show Biz Kid at age 11. Visit

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