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The Piazza Renton Spring Festival

We are wiggling with anticipation for this year’s Family Fair. We have a great lineup of activities, music, and entertainment that kids of all ages will enjoy!

The Rely On Renton Family Fair is part of Piazza Renton’s Spring Festival, a tradition in it’s thirteenth year of celebration of spring in downtown Renton. Piazza Renton is an volunteer organization that organizes seasonal celebrations in our central downtown area park, The Piazza. Other events Piazza Renton helps organize include the Return to Renton Car Show in July, Fall Harvest Festival in October, and the Tree Lighting ceremony in December.

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2014 Rely On Renton Family Fair

We are proud to bring the Rely On Renton Family Fair back to the Renton Pavilion Event Center! It is one of the many exciting, family-oriented activities at the Piazza Renton Spring Festival. It’s all happening May 3rd from 10am-4pm at the Piazza in downtown Renton.

Our Family Fair features small businesses and local non-profits for families with kids ages 2-14. Eric Ode will be performing at 11am on our stage, which will have kid-friendly demos and entertainment all day long. Each booth has kid activities, so bring the whole family down and learn what great resources Renton has to offer for families!


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Plaid Is the New Black

Celebrate “Plaid Friday” instead of “Black Friday”

Show your support for independent, locally owned businesses


Thanksgiving Day comes late this year. For those of us who don’t own small retail businesses, it probably has no other meaning than rent is due mere hours after turkey time. For small business owners, however, it means there are fewer shopping days till Christmas. Did you know that many small retailers take in 50% or more of their annual revenue during the holidays? Without intentional local shoppers, a short holiday shopping season could break some of the small businesses we hold dear!

Instead of risking life and limb at the big box stores this year, why not shop at your local indie stores instead? Many of them are welcoming customers through their doors with food, special events, and offering special deals. Below is a list of some “Plaid Friday” events in Renton. Do you know of others? Comment or email me, and I’ll add them to the list!







Chici Baby’s Consignment Boutique

  • 10% off everything

Old Renton Book Exchange

  • Extended hours: open from 10am to 8pm
  • Raffle and door prizes on Friday, as well as specials on select items.

Antique Country Station

  • 20% off everything

Little Quadoo Consignment

  • Extended hours: open 9am to 5pm
  • 20% off storewide!
  • 30% New select baby carriers, Yummi Pouches, and Buttons Diapers!
  • Sale excludes locally handmade items. Maximum 20% discount on consigned items is $10 per item.

Maker’s Mercantile (The storefront where Ryliecakes is located)

  • Early Bird Doorbuster Goody Bags for each customer that pops in before 12pm, ’til we run out!
  • Buy any 4 skeins of Stash-quisition yarn, get the 5th free.
  • Between 12 and 4 Free Make & Take: Addi Express Headbands & Hats, with over 50 colors to choose from!
  • Don’t forget to bring your Local Rewards card to get a buy-one-get-one-free gluten-free bakery item at RylieCakes!

The Wine Alley

  • MEGA Beer Tasting featuring 10 beers from 4p – 7p. $5 tasting fee includes keepsake beer glass.

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Maya Whole Health

  • 20% off Lululemon apparel

Sierra Fish and Pets

  • 10% OFF Store wide
  • 30% OFF Freshwater & Saltwater Livestock

Chici Baby’s Consignment Boutique

  • 10% off everything

Little Quadoo Consignment

  • Extended hours: open 9am to 5pm
  • 20% off storewide!
  • 30% New select baby carriers, Yummi Pouches, and Buttons Diapers!
  • Sale excludes locally handmade items. Maximum 20% discount on consigned items is $10 per item.

R&D Thriftstore

  • 10% off everything with one-day-only RelyLocal Coupon

Old Renton Book Exchange

  • Extended hours: open from 10am to 8pm
  • Bake Sale
  • Raising money for RAYS (Renton Area Youth & Family Services)
  • Children’s book drive for RAYS

Antique Country Station

  • 20% off everything

Poggi Bonsi

  • Complimentary treats all day
  • All Henkel’s knives will be 50% off
  • Customers will receive a free tea towel with their $100 purchase.
  • Many other in-store specials

Maker’s Mercantile (The storefront where Ryliecakes is located)

  • Early Bird Doorbuster Goody Bags for each customer that pops in before 12pm, ’til we run out!
  • All felt, fabric and roving is 15% Off.
  • Between 12 and 4 Free Make & Take: Felt, Pom-pom and Tassel Cap Ornaments or Garlands, using roving, yarn, buttons, acorns and beads!
  • Don’t forget to bring your Local Rewards card to get a buy-one-get-one-free gluten-free bakery item at RylieCakes!

The Wine Alley

  • We are doing a Cote Bonneville Tasting from 12p – 4:30p. Great high end wines. Perfect for the holidays!



Stimulating Downtown Renton

_DSC0017When I think of Enumclaw, I think of the King County Fair. As a child I attended each year. I remember eating fun fair food, seeing out of the ordinary things like rodeo and rides, hearing concerts, and entering my own creations to be judged. The fair created life long fond memories and positive associations with the city of Enumclaw.

As we were conducting our “Fixing Renton’s Future” series, one of the things we heard from those who care about Renton was the desire to beautify and enliven our Downtown core. Events create memories. Having fantastic events that bring people to downtown Renton is of great importance to the beautification of Renton.

Two great places to be involved are through the “downtown events committee” and Piazza Renton. A sub-committee of the downtown committee through the Renton Chamber of Commerce, the downtown events committee creates events to bring more people into our downtown area, and particularly to the businesses there. They organize, promote, and host the Downtown Poker Run during the Spring Festival in May, the Halloween party in October, and the Santa House in December. They usually meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at 8:30 am at the Chamber of Commerce. This month, however, they will be meeting on Thursday, August 29th at 8:30 am. Contact Amy Farnham at for any more questions.

The Piazza Renton is a group of volunteers that brings special events certain times of the year to the Piazza park in downtown Renton, such as the Spring Festival in May (coinciding with the Downtown Poker Run), the Fall Harvest Festival, and the Holiday Tree Lighting in December. They also provide volunteers for the Farmer’s Market, and the Return to Renton car show. Piazza Renton meets every third Friday morning at 8:30 am at McLendon’s Hardware in Renton. Contact Brian Larson at for more info.

Do you enjoy the events downtown? Which ones? What would you do differently? Would you add to an event? Create a new event?

If these questions inspire your creativity, or otherwise tickle your organizational/administrative spot, there is a place for you to be involved! Whenever we visit these groups, members express openness to new ideas, and a desire to attract more volunteers to the planning and creation of downtown e vents. In order for for downtown events to draw all kinds of people, all kinds of people need to be represented when they are planned. Please thoughtfully consider being involved in one or both of these groups. Downtown Renton needs you!

Shop Local to Support Children’s Hospital

523571_586941094664576_1874657739_nThere are times in life where winning is a sub-optimal outcome, because it means a worthy party loses. There are also times when one win leads to another win, which leads to a big win-fest around the room. Local Rewards cards, sold as a fundraiser, is one of those things. Small businesses benefit, an important charity benefits, and our local economy benefits. Triple Win!!!

Danielle Gould, owner of Little Quadoo Children’s Consignment, is partnering with RelyLocal Renton, Skyway, Newcastle, to benefit Clare Beckett Guild, a non-profit that covers uncompensated care for Children’s Hospital of Seattle. She is selling the cards at $15 each at her store at 601-A S 3rd St, Renton, WA 98057. A special fundraiser Sidewalk and Bake Sale to benefit the Clare Beckett Guild will be held this Saturday, July 20th, 2013, from 11am-5pm at Little Quadoo Consignment.

Children’s Hospital provides about $100,000,000.00 per year in uncompensated care. The Clare Beckett Guild, founded by two mothers whose children received care at Children’s Hospital, helps to offset some of those costs. Their mission is to see that every child who needs care at Children’s can receive it, regardless of ability to pay.

Local Rewards cards allow you to receive special cardholder-only discounts at your favorite independent, locally owned businesses. For instance, you can use your Local Rewards card to save at Little Quadoo Children’s Consignment, which offers a 20% discount on Wednesdays to Local Rewards cardholders. New Local Rewards offers and discounts at businesses around Renton are being added all the time. In time, your Local Rewards card will only get better!

See for more information about Local Rewards.


Family Fair Follow-up

Here’s a little report on the Rely On Renton Family Fair. In case you missed it, it was awesome! Thirty-four local businesses and nonprofits came together to share their vision for families in our community. It was a chance for families with kids to see what kinds of services are being offered right in their backyard. It was also a great opportunity for small businesses to get some face-to-face contact with people that might not find them otherwise. Win-win!

Many small local businesses and nonprofits were represented at the Rely On Renton Family Fair

We had lots of businesses with things that kids love, like RylieCakes, serving up their gluten-free brownies and cookies!

RylieCakes served up some gluten free goodies for the kiddies

Many of the booths hosted activities for kids. Blossoming Hill Montessori, for instance, made catapults from rubber bands and popsicle sticks. Their projectiles? Neon colored pompoms, of course!

Blossoming Hilll Montessori

Our favorite children’s entertainer, caspar babypants, played to a captivated audience. His silly songs appeal to a wide audience. This is what one grandma had to say about his performance…


caspar babypants packed out the house!

We had other acts on our stage as well, from dancing, to martial arts, to product demos. One highlight of the day was when CryOut stepped up to the stage and brought in a little dubstep to downtown Renton! Way to step it up Renton!!!

CryOut brought some positive urban vibes to our event

The crowd loved CryOut’s addictive urban beats and positive message!

Even the Grandmas got into CryOut's addictive dubstep beats

The best part for me was to see families flocking to downtown Renton, and even the TRANSIT CENTER (what what?) to a fresh, lively, vibrant,family event. Moments like these help us as residents of Renton to balance our concerns for safety of the downtown area with a greater understanding of the potential for good and positive experiences in these beautiful spaces.

Someone's been enjoying RylieCakes!

Think about this for a minute: If you can dream it, it can happen. If you never dream it, how can it ever come about? Change starts with imagination. Positive change starts with imagination AND faith enough to carry through to the end.

Press Release: Rely On Renton Family Fair Joins Annual Downtown Spring Celebrations

Rely On Renton Family Fair Joins Annual Downtown Spring Celebrations

By Amanda Liddle
May 2, 2013

Renton, WA– Adding an event to the 11th Annual Renton Spring Festival and Downtown Poker Run, Rely On Renton community campaign managers, Ian & Amanda Liddle, are hosting a family resource fair for Renton-area families on May 11, 2013 from noon to 5pm. The event will take place in the Pavilion Event Center, at 233 Burnett Ave. S, adjacent to the Piazza. Popular children’s entertainer, Caspar Babypants, aka Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the United States of America, will be headlining the event stage, joined by other acts such as dance, martial arts, music, and jump rope. There will also be food trucks, door prizes, and free gifts to the first 400 families who register.

“We created this event because we heard families complain that there is no central location to find resources for kids in Renton. That’s why we’re bringing all these people together under one roof for the day!” says Ian Liddle. “The response has been nearly overwhelming; we knew it would be a great event, but we certainly didn’t expect to fill up all our exhibitor spots in the first year.” The event will feature nearly forty small businesses and non-profits from the Renton area that are resources for families with kids ages 2-14. All ages are welcome. The event is free of charge to attendees.

Piazza Renton will hold its 11th annual Spring Festival in Piazza park in downtown Renton at 3rd and Burnett. This arts and crafts show will feature over 50 vendors showcasing handcrafted goods including jewelry, clothing, items for children, furniture, cosmetics, food, and housewares. The festival is run by a team of volunteers from Piazza Renton, the group that spearheads volunteer efforts for many downtown events, including the Farmers Market, Return to Renton Car Show, the Fall Harvest Festival, and the annual tree lighting.

The Downtown Events Committee is organizing the annual Poker Run—a family-friendly activity that gets participants blitzing through downtown Renton: participating businesses hand out random playing cards to players, with the possibility of winning prizes with the best 5-card hands. There is a suggested donation of $1 or a canned food item for the Salvation Army Food Bank.

For more information, please contact:

Ian & Amanda Liddle
Rely On Renton

Rely On Renton Family Fair


February’s “Love Our Locals” Contest

February’s “Love Our Locals” Contest

Show some love to our local businesses on the RelyLocal – Renton directory and win a pair of tickets to the Renton Civic Theater 25th Anniversary Dinner and Auction
($100 value!)


Here’s how: from now until March 2nd, rate and review businesses that are listed on the RelyLocal – Renton directory. Reviews must be at least 30 characters long. Each action will receive entries in a drawing. Actions include writing reviews on RelyLocal – Renton, publicly promoting reviews on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Google+), and sharing this contest on social media. Drawing will be conducted on March 3rd, 2013. Winner will be notified by email.

Points will be awarded as follows:


  • Write a review on the RelyLocal–Renton for a business. Qualifying reviews must be at least 30 characters long. One review per business only. – 2 entries each.
  • Additional point for being the first review of a busiiness- 1 entry each
  • Publicly post a link to the RelyLocal business listing reviewed on OUR Facebook wall (e.g.…) – 1 entry per review
  • Tweet the link to the RelyLocal business listing you’ve reviewed and tag us (EXAMPLE: I just reviewed Renton Civic Theater on RelyLocal- Renton  @RelyOnRenton) – 1 entry per review
  • Share a link to the RelyLocal business listing you’ve reviewed on Google+ and tag us (EXAMPLE: I just reviewed Renton Civic Theater on RelyLocal- Renton  @RelyOnRenton)
  • Tweet about this contest and tag us (EXAMPLE: Review local Renton businesses and be entered in a contest for a pair of RCT dinner & auction tickets! Details here: – 1 entry total
  • Share about this contest and tag us on Google+ (EXAMPLE: Review local Renton businesses and be entered in a contest for a pair of RCT dinner & auction tickets! Details here: 1 entry total

Good Luck and Happy Reviewing!

Fixing Renton’s Future: Recap!

The room fairly glowed with imagination, enthusiasm, and love of Renton when residents and business owners gathered at Blossom Vegetarian for our first ever “Fixing Renton’s Future” meetup on Saturday January 19th. The attendees ranged from lawyers to auto mechanics, babies to retirees, city officials to brand new residents. They gathered with the common goal of creating a better future for Renton. Hope was spoken and received.

After introducing themselves and setting some ground rules, while enjoying some delicious food from Blossom Vegetarian, they broke into smaller groups at each table to give some thought to the assets Renton has. They answered with the things they really appreciate, love and consider strengths of this city and community.

We love Renton because: Central to the freeway and airport; on-ramp to Talbot; everything is close to home (w/in 5 mi); sound income base / steam to the city; diversity; loyal local customer base; lots of community activities (esp in summer); food! yummy and unique; small town feel; Carco, golf course etc pay for itself; historic buildings, parksWe love Renton's: Seahawks; Museum; Small businesses; Parks; People; Food; Charitable non-profit support; Gene Sens; Farmers Market; Parks and recreation; Positive big businesses like Boeing, Paccar, Frys, Ikea, etc; Oktoberfest; SIFF; Manufacturing; Walkable; Arts support; Diversity; Big city with small town feel; Car show; Location; Hawks!What we love about Renton: Diversity; Weather; History; Accessibility to freeways and location; Strong organizations; Major events (Go Hawks!); Neighborhoods; Scenic views, parks and trails; Great locally owned businesses (good foot and eats); Improvement in schools; Transportation; River and lake; Small town feel with big town amenities; Community involvement; Friendliness; POTENTIAL

You can see some common themes that arose in these three groups. Rentonites love:

  • Our location. Just outside of Seattle, we are close to everything important in this region, yet without the big city density and traffic.
  • Diversity. Renton’s face has changed dramatically in the last ten years. We’ve gone from being primarily a white city to being a minority majority, and we think it’s awesome!
  • Our parks and trails. Our summers are not complete without picnics at Gene Coulon Beach Park and walks along the Cedar River trail.
  • Great restaurants. Renton has the makings of a foodie destination. We rarely need to leave the city to find a great night out.
  • Unique city-wide events. From Renton River Days to Oktoberfest, there is something for everyone here!
  • Our diverse business community. We’re proud of Boeing, Paccar, and other big businesses that keep so many people our city constructively employed. We also love the small-town closeness we experience in the small business community.
  • We love the historic sections of town. The history museum, even if we don’t go often (or ever), is something we are proud of and smile about each time we drive by.
  • The Seahawks. The Seahawks’ decision to grace our city with their practice facility did more for Renton’s self-esteem than anything since the beginning of the century. Rentonites feel they have a reason to be validated by other cities: if we’re good enough for the Seahawks, we’re good enough for you, thank you very much.

We wrapped up by talking about how it is important for us to move forward keeping in mind our strengths. Rather than trying to recreate our city, we want to capitalize on our assets and allow them to catapult us into a brighter future.

With the ideas heard in the Fixing the Future film as a starting point, we brainstormed ideas for how to improve our local economy. As we unpacked those ideas, we coded them: blue for ideas that we have direct control over and orange for ideas that we can have influence over. We also had a green code for ideas that we had no control over, but there were none of those on our list, thankfully. Such a practical, intelligent group was participating!
How to make Renton Better: Some way to work with landlords (invite to participate); Beautify (clean-up, litter removal, citizen-run, April Event); Share with friends (local pride); Get empty buildings occupied; Local gift card (curve combination, multi-location, rechargeable, social media); parking validation; bicycle ride (works in Mt Vernon, charity); education about local (Sustainable Renton movies - last Fridays 7pm, market Renton to Renton, data for small business owners, interns); Incentivize local shopping (gift certificates); Shop local; Bring outsiders in (advertising, social media); Network with other retail centers (more comprehensive locals-only directory, easy to navigate); Explore alternative currency (gift card); Collaborative workspace (natural networking, shared space, business incubator); Food co-op; Walking map of Renton (South Renton, center on transit center); Take advantage of the River (events, infrastructure);

We consolidated the list of ideas within our direct control and voted on the ideas we considered most interesting.

Our top favorites were:

  • Beautifying our city with more flowers, seasonal decorations, recognition of holidays, such as Independence Day, Veterans Day, etc.
  • Educating the our city about the importance of shopping local, and
  • Expanding the Farmer’s Market.

A close runner up was

  • A local gift card, which is one expression of an alternate currency. It’s another way to keep money in our city, and small businesses in particular.

At our next event we want to focus on the assets that we, as a group of Renton-lovin’ people, bring to the table. Let’s get to know each other in a better way, and see where we each fit in to bring our plans and ideas to fruition!

Between now and then, we can start to take action on the above steps by:

  • Talk to people about the importance of supporting small, local, independent mom & pop shops. I (Amanda) want to coin an acronym, SLIMPS, but Ian thinks it’s stupid. Anyone else have a better way of saying this?
  • Invite neighbors and friends to participate in this important work with us. Invite them to our facebook, twitter, blog, etc., and to our next event. Stefeny Anderson wasn’t here to say “what about the youth?”, so I have to say it for her. I would love to see some teens and mature tweens getting involved as well.
  • Participate in our Facebook Group. Since it seems that the forum didn’t take off (unfamiliar medium? Difficult to navigate? Not enough content?) we have created a Facebook group for discussion. It is open to the public. Please participate and add your friends.

Looking forward to seeing all the great things this group can do as we move forward together!