Beware of unfair practices related to flood prep | Briefs

City officials urge residents to be aware that some unfair business practices have been reported relating to flood preparations. They recommend using a contractor who is licensed and bonded as required by Washington State law.

Also, when selecting a contractor, be sure to ask them about their familiarity with Auburn city codes and procedures, and their Auburn business license number.

To find out if a contractor is licensed to work in Auburn, call the City of Auburn permit center at 253-931-3020 or e-mail It is also suggested that residents contact the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce at 253-833-0700 or the Better Business Bureau at 206-431-2222 or to inquire about an individual contractor.

• South Correctional Entity (SCORE) – misdemeanant corrections facility scheduled to open in two years – awarded the general contractor bid to Lydig Construction.

The new $80.5 million regional jail, to be located in Des Moines, will serve its founding cities of Auburn, Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila. The cities are pooling resources to build the 164,000-square-foot, single-story jail on a 14-acre site at 1801 S. 200th St., part of the Sea-Tac Airport noise abatement area. The new jail will open in July 2011

• Auburn’s Solei Day Spa, Lakeland’s new urban spa center, was chosen second in the Best Day Spa category from the KING-5’s Best of Western Washington contest.

Solei was second to Tacoma’s Savi Day Spa based on a popular online vote. Solei Day Spa, located at 1418 Lake Tapps Parkway E., Suite C104, was a top-five selection of those businesses nominated in the beauty category.

“It just makes me really excited because we are in a community we love,” said Jennifer Shires, Solei Day Spa owner. “(The award) justifies that we can give fantastic services with a quality staff. In our first year (of operation), I’m very proud of everybody here.”

Solei offers an extensive menu of services, including specialized massage, facials, natural nail care, custom-blended mineral make-up artistry and exclusive spa parties.

For more information, call 253-447-7578 or visit

• Kid Savvy, a resale children’s clothing shop, has opened in downtown Auburn at 121 E. Main St. The store offers clothing for newborns to size 10, plus strollers, swings and toys.

Owner Melanie Dobbins said she always wanted to do something with children, citing her five grandchildren as “her life.”

Store hours are noon-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, 10-6 Saturday and 10-6 Sunday.

For more information, call 253-735-2309.

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