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Fairwood Featured Business – Shakey’s!

With this post, I am happy to be continuing my “Fairwood Featured Business” series with installment #6.shakey's blog pic

My ongoing passion is to highlight and celebrate the neighborhood I live in, raise my kids in and work in.  I believe that a big part of what enhances our quality of life is when we enjoy our surroundings.  So I’m taking an opportunity to focus on our neighborhood specifically and to appreciate all that we have here, so close to home.

Previously on this blog, I have featured Plaza Cleaners, Fairwood Thai Cuisine, and Cosmo Nail Parlor and Fairwood Golf & Country Club and Fire District #40, Station 17.

For the month of MAY, I am proud to highlight Shakey’s Pizza Parlor!

Only 2 in Washington State

Did you know that our Fairwood Shakey’s is one of only two in Washington?  You’ll have to drive to Pasco to find the other! Shakey’s was founded in 1954 and has been a center point of West Coast culture since then.  Shakey’s has a long history in Renton and I am glad that Fairwood is home to this classic family restaurant.

New Owner

In February, 2016 Lori Bender took over the reins as the new owner.  A Fairwood resident herself since 1977 and longtime restaurant owner, Lori is passionate about revitalizing our Shakey’s.  Here are just some of the exciting changes underway:  remodel of restaurant and kitchen, revamped menu, improved beer & wine selections, larger game room, and some lower prices.  With such a long history in Fairwood, Lori wants to ensure that Shakey’s is going strong for years to come.

Family Friendly

Shakey’s has always been a great gathering place for families. It’s kid friendly and comfortable with selections for adults as well. Our sports teams have long enjoyed after game meals and banquets there.  Lori showed me the reconfigured party room, and it is a great gathering place.  Shakey’s has hosted engagement parties, baby showers, sports team banquets, birthday parties and even a wedding reception!  If your group really needs the party room, it is best to make a reservation, but Lori said that Teams are ALWAYS WELCOME – just c’mon in!

Take a New Look!

I am excited to take a new look at an old favorite!  Shakey’s is open daily from 11-9pm and until 10pm on Friday and Saturdays.  Lori has generously offered  to take $2 off of any large pizza order if you mention Rosie Rourke anytime in the month of May.

Thank You Lori!  And thank you Shakey’s for continuing to be our Fairwood family gathering place!

~Rosieshakey's blog pic 2




blog pic recycle eventI am so happy to be able to give back to the community in small ways.  One of my FAVORITES is our annual Family Green Fest at Fairwood Greens!!

Each year I sponsor a recycle celebration coinciding with the Fairwood Greens community garage sale.  This year the SALE is on July 9th.  If you can sell it – sell it!  If it doesn’t sell… bring it to the RECYCLE EVENT on July 16th!!

We will have 1 Green Planet for your bigger items.

We will have Confidential Data Shredding for your paper and confidential items.

We will have a HOT DOG cart, a BOUNCY HOUSE and FACE PAINTING for the kids!!!!

Save the date ~ and your recyclables!!  July 16th from 12-3pm.

Allen Park in Fairwood Greens: at the corner of 145th Ave. SE and SE 167th St.)


~ Rosie


Fairwood Featured Business: Fairwood Golf & Country Club

Happy February!

I am excited to continue the “Fairwood Featured Business” series on my blog with installment #4.

I am committed to sharing what I LOVE about the Fairwood area. I believe that a big part of what enhances our quality of life is when we enjoy our surroundings. So I’m taking an opportunity to focus on our neighborhood specifically and to appreciate all that we have here, so close to home.

Previously on this blog, I have featured Plaza Cleaners, Fairwood Thai Cuisine, and Cosmo Nail Parlor.

For February I am proud to highlight the Fairwood Golf & Country Club.

fairwood pic 2Family Friendly

The Fairwood Golf course was established in 1967 as part of the Fairwood Greens neighborhood development plan. It is a gorgeous, tree-lined, rolling course that serves as a beautiful centerpiece to our Fairwood neighborhood.

The clubhouse boasts a beautiful dining room, ballroom, lounge, fine dining and more casual pub fare. The food is amazing and the atmosphere can’t be beat.

Beyond the golf, amazing restaurant, 8 lane pool and fitness room, what I personally love about Fairwood G.C.C. is the FAMILY FRIENDLY atmosphere.  It is a FUN place to be! …and I don’t even golf!!

  • Did you know that memberships start as low as $38/month?
  • Did you know that there are fun family events going on at the club all the time?
  • Did you know that Fairwood supports a championship swim team, youth golf camps and the Kentridge golf team?
  • Did you know they offer a comprehensive Wellness program including swimming, fitness room and personal training? (**ask me about BOOT CAMP – I love it!)

Award Winning Golf Course

You definitely do not need to be a golfer to take advantage of this wonderful community resource we have right here in Fairwood. But if you are even a little bit interested in experiencing the course and what club membership has to offer, the staff will happily offer you a free round of golf & lunch with a club ambassador. No heavy sales pitch – just a great day out on the course.

In fact, right now Fairwood G.C.C. is offering a special 2016 GOLF PREVIEW so you can experience membership with no long-term commitment and no dues until MAY.

Health & Wellness

Take it from me, if you have never experienced the Fairwood Golf & Country Club, you simply must. If you already enjoy the Club and its amenities, I know that you understand what a neighborhood jewel we have!

Thank you to General Manager Tom Frets, Wellness Director Melissa Korda and to ALL of the amazing Fairwood staff who help make each club experience special for my family.

~ Rosie

Rosie Rourke Awarded ‘America’s Most Honored Professional’

I’m so pleased that The American Registry selected me for “America’s Most Honored Professionals” award.

I received the award for “continuous professional recognition – an accomplishment realized by the top 1% of American professionals.”

Rosie Rourke Named America's Most Honored ProfessionalThe American Registry website says:

“The honorees we have selected comprise high achieving professionals including CEOs, doctors, lawyers, local business owners, Internet superstars and more… A Most Honored Professional is part of the top ten, top five, or even top one percent of the most recognized professionals in America. An achievement such as this is considered by American Registry to be one of the most dignified of any individual recognition.”

Fairwood Featured Business: Cosmo Nail Parlor

Happy December!

I am excited to continue the “Fairwood Featured Business” series on my blog with installment #3.

I’m committed to sharing what I LOVE about the Fairwood area. I believe that a big part of what enhances our quality of life is when we enjoy our surroundings. So I’m taking an opportunity to focus on our neighborhood surroundings and to appreciate all that we have here, so close to home.

For December and into January I would like to highlight one of my favorite service-oriented businesses: Cosmo Nail Parlor.

This is an especially exciting blog post for me to write because Cosmo is a NEW business in Fairwood, open for just over a year.

Cosmo Nail ParlorThe owner, Chan, has worked in the industry since 2006. She decided to open her own business because she felt she could do it differently and hopefully, better. Chan’s vision for Cosmo is to combine a lovely spa ambiance with a professional staff of seven nail artists, superb product knowledge and excellent customer service.

Here’s a picture from Cosmo Nail Parlor’s Facebook page that features gorgeous holiday shellac designs by Yen:

Holiday shellac nailsThe salon, located at 14300 SE Petrovitsky Road in Renton, is large, sparkling clean and beautiful. The menu of spa nail services is extensive and designed for luxury & relaxation. I personally LOVE the Classic Pedicure & Shellac Manicure.

Special events

Something you may not know: You can book special events at Cosmo! Think graduation, retirement, ladies’ wine night, birthday, bridal/baby showers… talk to Chan about planning a spa gathering.

Ready for a new year spa day?

For the month of January, Chan has graciously offered a 15% discount to any NEW customer just for mentioning my name. Wow! Thank you so much! To book your spa day at Cosmo Nail Parlor, call (425) 777-6619.

Fairwood Featured Business: Fairwood Thai Cuisine

Fairwood Thai Cuisine 14252 SE 176th St, Renton, WA 98058Hi friends,

I am excited to continue the “Fairwood Featured Business” series on my blog.

I’m committed to sharing what I LOVE about the Fairwood area. I believe that a big part of what enhances our quality of life is when we enjoy our surroundings. So I’m taking an opportunity to focus on our neighborhood surroundings and to appreciate all that we have here, so close to home.

Last month, I introduced you to Plaza Cleaners and Alterations.

For November I would like to highlight one of my favorite restaurants: Fairwood Thai Cuisine.

Fairwood Thai Cuisine has been a strong feature in the neighborhood for almost 13 years. Dan, the owner, runs a family-friendly business. His menu has been developed over the years through collaboration and testing, and he consistently receives great reviews.

I personally appreciate Dan because, after meeting him years ago, he has remembered my name and makes a point to welcome my husband and me each time we eat there.

I love Phad Thai. Once when I ordered it, Dan suggested that I try the Kee Mao noodles instead. “If you like Phad Thai, you will LOVE the Kee Mao.” He was right! If you’re a Phad Thai fan like I am, you will love the Kee Mao noodles too!

Dan has graciously offered a free appetizer to anyone who comes in and mentions my name! Yay!

Fairwood Thai Cuisine has a lovely dining room and is open for lunch and dinner every day. They also offer DELIVERY after 4pm every day.

Fairwood Thai Cuisine is in in the Fairwood Shopping Center at Fairwood Shopping Center, 14252 SE 176th St, Renton, WA 98058.

Fairwood Featured Business: Plaza Cleaners and Alterations

Plaza Cleaners and AlterationsI frequently talk about my favorite neighborhood of Fairwood. I work here; I live here; I raise my kids here… It’s the people, and the neighborhoods, and the schools, and the easy proximity to everything we like to do, right? It’s also the local businesses that we know and love!

I thought I would take the coming year to appreciate OUT LOUD some of my favorite spots – those local businesses that really make a difference for my family. I will be posting a new business here every month, as a way of sharing the love about the places that provide great service and help make Fairwood the best place to live!

First, I would like to present Plaza Cleaners and Alterations.

Mike and I have used them for years because of the way they make us feel each and every time. The owner, Kay, calls us by name whenever she sees us come in! I am so impressed by what I have learned about their business that I want to share a little here:

The owners, Kay and Young Sim, have been in the business in Renton since 1984. They use “green drycleaning” practices, and have a 5-Star EnviroStar Certification (out of a possible 5 stars). Knowing that they run an environmentally conscious business makes such a big difference for me!

I encourage you to check out their website, and check out the BUSINESS! Please give them a try! Tell them that Rosie Rourke sent you and they will take off 10% just for using my name! (I love them!)

We’re #66! Renton Ranks in Top 100 Best Places to Live

You’ve heard the “We’re #1” chant at high school football games. I personally believe Renton is #1 when it comes to great places to live and work. According to Livability.com, Renton is the 66th best place to live in the U.S. Okay, so it ain’t #1, but close enough!

So, how’d Renton make #66? Livability ranked more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000. They ranked the cities in areas such as amenities, demographics, economy, education, health care, housing, social and civic capital, transportation and infrastructure.

Of Renton, Livability said:

Population: 93,601

Median Household Income: $64,141

Median Home Price: $285,800

Residents Who Own Their Homes: 20,148

Median Monthly Mortgage: $2,024

“Located just southeast of downtown Seattle, lining the shore of Lake Washington, is Renton, a city with magnificent views of the Cascades and Mount Rainier. Adding to the beauty is Cedar River that runs through the downtown district.

The city is best known for assembling Boeing 737 commercial airplanes, while other key industries are information technology and service companies.

The NFL’s Seattle Seahawks have a training facility in Renton, and residents have access to quality of life conveniences like Valley Medical Center and an acclaimed Renton School District No. 403.”

Hot Place to Live

The Renton real estate market is still extremely healthy. We’re seeing low inventory, low interest rates, and money to lend. We just sold a home in Fairwood Greens in a bidding war and it went for above asking price.

5-Bedroom Stunner in Renton

Here’s one of our current listings in The Parks neighborhood of Renton:

Renton home for sale in The Parks neighborhood - Rosie Rourke

Built in 2000, this beautifully appointed 5-bedroom home has nearly 3,800 square feet of stylish elegance, with a soaring entry and 9-foot ceilings on both floors.

The home is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in The Parks, a sought-after community with miles of King County trails steps from the back door. There’s easy access to freeways and public transportation, and the neighborhood is close to major shopping amenities such as Renton Landing.

The home features many designer touches. The elegant formal living room has coffered ceilings, crown molding and custom blinds; a marble surround gas fireplace and gorgeous mantel piece.

There’s also a formal dining room; a family room bathed in natural light; a dream kitchen with granite counters, custom raised panel maple cabinets, custom knobs and stainless steel appliances, a commercial grade gas stove and walk-in pantry, double oven, planning desk, breakfast bar, and more.

A guest bedroom and bath on the main floor is a rare feature. Don’t miss the 4-car tandem style garage, air conditioning, stand by generator and air purifier. The fully fenced, private yard with patio has been professionally landscaped for low-maintenance outdoor enjoyment.

If you’re looking to buy a home, this one is definitely a “keeper.” Join us for an open house Saturday, September 26, from 1-4 p.m., or contact me at 206.719.5870; rosie@rosierourke.com, to schedule a walk-through. Ask for listing #843473.

2.5 Tons Shredded During Fairwood Recycle Event

Our Fairwood Family Greenfest was a huge success!

Families visited with neighborhood friends while munching on Hawaiian Hot Dogs (we served 200 delicious dogs!). And the kids had fun in the bouncy house.

Anne - hawaiian hot dog Co

We helped over 500 Fairwood residents recycle metal and computers and shred confidential papers. We did 2.5 tons of shredding and filled two big trucks of recyclables.

Thank you, Fairwood community, for your kindness and your business. The Rosie Rourke Team had a blast giving back to the community.

Here’s a picture of the Hills family – they were so excited to get rid of the boat motor that’s been sitting in their garage for the past 20 years!

Hills family

Save the Date: July 18 – Family Green Fest!

Only 10 days to go until the the Family Green Fest event at Fairwood Greens.

Date: Saturday, July 18

Time: noon-3 p.m., at Allen Park, on the corner of 145th Ave. SE and SE 167th Street in Renton.

Family Green Fest

Bring your recyclables (details below) and munch on a hot dog from the Hawaiian Hot Dog Company while you get to know your neighbors.

Free recycling

Recycling Trucks

1 Green Planet, a non-profit organization, is offering free recycling at the event for the following items:

  • Appliances – washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.
  • Electronics – televisions, stereos, etc.
  • Scrap Metal, machinery, circuit boards, etc.
  • Computers (secure data destruction, PCs, laptops, printers, monitors, etc.)
  • Cell phones
  • Batteries (car, computer, etc.)
  • Medical equipment
  • Ink and toner

Free shredding

Bring your confidential papers for shredding by Confidential Data Disposal. They’ll shred your papers and recycle them – no one will see or touch your materials from the time of removal until they are destroyed in the shredder.

Free bouncy house and giveaways!

There’ll be a free bouncy house for the kids, and free giveaways for the first 200 visitors.

Bouncy House at Recycle Event

The festival is sponsored by the Rosie Rourke Team (John L. Scott Real Estate) as our way of saying thank-you for your real estate business. Be sure to invite you neighbors! See you there.

Rosie at Recycle Event