Brides, marketing, glasses, noodles

• Former Federal Way resident Alice Kulik has established Alisa Bridal and Formal at 1414 S. 324th St., Suite B207.

“Brides and others looking for a special dress that reflects their unique personality and style will receive personal attention in gown design selection, fit, alterations and customized accessories,” said owner Kulik, who also has an experienced seamstress.

The store carries 12 designer wedding gown labels, including Eve of Milady, Justin Alexander and Private Label by G.

Kulik advises brides to start shopping early as companies can take four to five months to fill orders and alterations can take an additional six to eight weeks.

The store also carries holy communion dresses, and in about two months, it will offer conventional and contemporary tuxedos for rent and colorful, flounced, full-skirted dresses for girls celebrating their Quinceañera (15th birthday), said Kulik. Spring will bring even more dresses for prom. Kulik has planned a variety of lines from affordable to top-end designers like Jovani, Scala and Air by Victoria.

Originally from Ukraine, Kulik spent nine years in Federal Way where she attended high school, then earned an associate degree in business administration from Highline Community College. To learn more, visit

• kmConsulting, a marketing communications agency based in Federal Way since 2004, is changing its name to in | house communications and re-branding itself with more services, provided by local experts with national experience. Its services include branding, messaging, advertising, public relations, Web development and design, video/multimedia, Web 2.0, viral and social marketing and more.

The in | house team consists of Kelly Maloney, owner/president; Bridget O’Connor, brand strategist; Mike Dziak, video producer; Linda Sholberg, graphic designer; and Helena Johnson, graphic designer. Visit

• America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses has opened a store in the Sea Tac Village on South 320th Street. “The company is the largest buyer of designer overstock frames,” said Nina Lucio, “which means we can offer substantial savings to our customers.” Lucio, a nine-year company employee, was promoted from assistant manager of the Tukwila store to general manager of the Federal Way location, which employs six people. Also, independent optometrist Dr. Kuljeet Singh practices here. America’s Best 195 U.S. stores are equipped with state-of-the-art optometric equipment, with new equipment constantly being tested, said Lucio, a licensed dispensing optician. The company’s eyeglass manufacturing lab, located just outside Philadelphia, is one of the highest volume eyeglass production facilities in the country, Lucio said. Visit

• Vietnamese cuisine is served at the new Asian Noodle House, 34029 Hoyt Road SW, next to the 8th Day Spa. Owner Tam Phan operates the restaurant, which specializes in pho or rice noodle soups with 10 varieties offered. Popular among the rice menu choices is the spicy lemon grass chicken, Phan said. Among the five appetizers offered, a favorite is spring rolls.

In addition to the various rice noodle soups and menu items with steamed rice, other variations of egg noodle soups, vermicelli noodles, fried rice and chow mein may include chicken, prawns and other seafood, pork, beef or tofu. Overall, the menu totals over 41 items with more coming soon, Phan said. Beverages include Vietnamese coffee. Customers can eat inside the casual restaurant or take out orders.

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