Archive for March 1st, 2020

Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 1, 2003

By Jon Hahn

Jim and Candace Storer have enjoyed creating delicious treats at their bakery in Black Diamond. They have owned the store since 1995.

Black Diamond bakers’ hours don’t bother Jim Storer because he’s always been an early riser.

Before he was old enough to clean his father’s Kent bakery before and after school, he was up before dawn to deliver a Seattle Post-Intelligencer paper route.

Nowadays he’s up and working well before the 4 a.m. opening of his CJs Bakery on the north edge of Black Diamond. “We don’t mind being ‘the other Black Diamond bakery,'” he said, referring to the older and more widely known bakery and restaurant in the heart of this community’s old downtown. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, March 1, 1991

Rural stronghold faces onslaught of new building

By John H. Stevens
Times South bureau

Some Black Diamond residents wonder if development is compatible with the area’s coal mining operations. Chien-Chi Chang/Seattle Times

BLACK DIAMOND—This sleepy little town in the Cascade foothills is about to have a population explosion, and Robert Murphy knows why.

Murphy, a Seattle homebuilder, has come all the way out here to put up six houses in the middle of town because the lots are cheap, and the Black Diamond government receptive.

“It doesn’t take any time at all to get a permit here,” Murphy says. “It’s one of the last receptive areas to growth in King County—a little oasis.” (more…)

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