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The Kirkland Reporter (formerly known as the Kirkland Courier for many years) has proudly served as a local voice for the city and neighborhoods since 1978. Despite growth into an affluent waterfront suburb of Seattle, Kirkland is tempered by a small-town heritage that still resonates with residents and visitors alike. Founded in 1905, the city is adorned with several city parks along Lake Washington and remains the lake's only waterfront downtown. Reflecting the town's unique qualities, warehouse chain Costco adopted the "Kirkland Signature" brand when they were headquartered here, bringing the town's name to national prominence. Kirkland's many restaurants and art galleries, a 400 seat performing arts center, numerous public parks, beaches and good schools make the area one of the most desirable places to live in the Puget Sound.