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• Valley Community Bancshares, Inc., the parent of Valley Bank, reported record operating earnings for the six-month period ended June 30. For the period, earnings increased 29 percent to $1,242,000, or $1.08 per diluted share compared to $961,000 or $0.83 per diluted share during the same period a year ago. Assets at June 30, 2008 totaled $205 million.
• Auburn’s Cheryl J. Bidleman was hired as the new human resource director at Tacoma Goodwill, effective July 7.
The Auburn Downtown Association is currently seeking volunteers to fill openings on the board of directors and formulate
• Roy Putra is the new store manager at Stone Mountain Flooring Outlet of Auburn.
An ambitious Auburn couple has a dream, and their refreshing concept – dinner by the train – hopefully will succeed in the months ahead. Cyndi and Bruce Fields are determined to complete the final steps that would open the doors to a 2,900-square-foot, 65-seat full-service restaurant at the Auburn Transit Station. The project – Fields & Co., at 110 Second St. SW, Suite 125 – is about 90 percent done.
• Player’s Sports opened for business on July 1 at 620 Auburn Way S. in Suite E. Owner Jeff Hulse invites customers to “find something for the player in you.”
A look at what's happening in the Auburn business world.
The boys are back. The popular produce stand along West Valley Highway – Fresh Finds: Fresh Fruit & Vegetables – is open with a larger inventory of fruits and vegetables. “The main reason we came back is the relationships we created. We had many people asking us to come back,” said Joe Brandt, one of the stand’s chief operators who introduced the business to Auburn-area customers last spring.
A jingle of vintage jazz fills the room as Chuck Paulson surveys his musical museum, a shop of widespread collections.