By Kayla Schroader
You voted. We tallied. There were close calls, surprises, upsets and a few clean sweeps. Months of online voting helped to create the 2013 best of 425, the ultimate, reader-generated list of some of the best places to eat, drink, shop, stay and play on the Eastside. The people have spoken and now you have the inside scoop on the Best of 425.
Check out photos from our Best of 425 party!
Arts & Entertainment
Elizabeth Shriner of Palettes and Pairings
Elizabeth Shriner and her mother Amanda began the creative journey of opening Palettes and Pairings a little over a year ago. Shriner’s gentle touch and keen eye make her a joy to work with. She loves to share the color in her life and is revered for the acrylic painting techniques she hands down to her guests and local community.
Family-Friendly Activity + Gallery
Palettes and Pairings
Kirkland and Issaquah
Release your inner artist at this open, interactive gallery. Whether you are a kindergarten-level painter or a practiced art connoisseur, there is a blank palette waiting to become your very own masterpiece. Walk away with an experience and a self-produced souvenir you won’t soon forget.
700 110th Ave. N.E., #295, Bellevue
Some come for the tapas, others to mingle on the moonlit patio bar, and still others for the pure bliss of a specialty cocktail. This swanky party place markets itself with weekly events and performers, along with a daily happy hour. Locations span across the country and 425 readers are proud to claim stake to this address.
The Parlor Collection
700 Bellevue Way N.E. #300, Bellevue
The best comedy and night club, pool hall, first date or single safari meeting place according to a long list of local publications and news outlets. If these honors came in the form of golden trophies, The Parlor Collection — which includes the UltraLounge — would have wall-to-wall shelves full of ’em. And now, one more.
37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie
Who needs Vegas when there’s so much fun, food and entertainment to be had nearby at the Snoqualmie Casino? It offers a wide range of gaming tables and machines, five diverse restaurants, a stylish cigar lounge and live entertainment on both indoor and outdoor stages. Fun is closer than you think.
Don’t Talk to the Cops
The upbeat style of this local favorite band morphs old-school hip-hop with new-age electronic vibes for an all around good time. The professional DJ and dancing duo stir up unorthodox lyrics and a rhythm that will beg the body to break down and dance.
Village Theatre Issaquah
Issaquah and Everett;
Village Theatre has been pulling back the curtain and filling its Issaquah and Everett stages with lively performances and musicals since 1979. Thanks to over 18,000 subscribers, it is currently one of the leading theaters in the region.
Bellevue Festival of the Arts
10300 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue
Cross Lake Washington from Seattle the last weekend in July and find yourself among 200 innovative artists, musicians and craftsmen. Attendance numbers for the upcoming 29th annual celebration of the arts are expected to skyrocket to approximately 15,000. All proceeds from the festival are donated to support local nonprofits.
The Rock Box
1603 Nagle Place, Seattle
If you like karaoke, you’ll love The Rock Box. This Japanese-themed evening destination is like a Rubik’s Cube made up of 11 private rooms available for parties up to 15 people. The “party room” is also an option for gatherings upward of 35 guests. Each space, including the entrance bar and stage, feature high-tech screens which play countless current hits and classic musical favorites.
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue
An emphasis on Northwest artists with an open-ended capacity for worldwide creativity is the beauty of the Bellevue Arts Museum. Visit Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a cultural and enriching encounter. Entrance is free the first Friday of every month.
Lincoln Square Cinemas
700 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue
Plush seats, clean bathrooms, lots of screens, free parking and close proximity to dozens of places to eat and drink, it’s no wonder people vote Lincoln Square Cinemas as the best year after year. And here’s another treat. Moms head here on Thursdays at 10am with their little ones for “mommy movies.” Enjoy films without the stress of getting the dreaded stink eye if your baby fusses.
Live Music Venue
161 107th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
What began as one couple’s dream for a small, private jazz club more than 14
years ago has grown into a leading hotspot on the Eastside. His experience in the music industry coupled with her culinary passion, resulted in the perfect harmony for a well-executed business endeavor.
Businesses & Services
Real Estate Agent/Realtor
Daphna Robon + Andrea Becker of Premier Eastside Group
Andrea Becker is originally from England and moved to the Eastside more than 17 years ago. She knows the challenges involved in relocating and is able to connect with many people who are doing the same. Daphna Robon, a former practicing attorney and a skilled mediator, helps clients navigate through the negotiation process and piles of paperwork with ease and certainty when purchasing a property. Together, this professional duo was voted best (once again) by 425 readers.
This popular local bank is full of happy faces and financial advisement. Not only is Wells Fargo a huge advocate in providing local jobs, they also service each customer with care and attention to detail — a valuable trait when handling your hard-earned money.
“More than just money,” BECU claims. “Not for profit and all for you.” This favored credit union is the key to making your home and automobile dreams a reality. They also feature tax-return aid, small business assistance and financial guidance through college.
Local car shoppers turn to Barrier Motors with faith that they will walk off the lot with a prized vehicle that is not only reliable but also priced fairly. This auto sales company has entire lots reserved for Audi, Volvo, Porsche and Mercedes enthusiasts. Readers head to Barrier for top-of-the-line beauties, to get them from point A to point B and down the scenic routes between.
All Star Auto Glass
2930 4th Ave. S., Seattle
All Star Auto Glass will repair your windshield in their shop — and they also offer mobile service when you can’t get to them.
Auto Body Shop
12232 N.E. 116th St., Kirkland
Just as you rely on your vehicle for freedom and transportation, your vehicle relies on you to keep it in optimal condition, whether in response to an accident or for a simple tune-up. Collision repairs and auto detailing are second nature for your friends at BelKirk.
Laura Hoexter of Helsell Fetterman
1001 Fourth Ave., Seattle
One of the most rewarding parts of Laura Hoexter’s job is helping people realize their dreams of owning a business. She helps make the world of entering into business partnerships, creating LLCs and S-corporations easier. Hoexter is the chair of her firm’s estate planning and probate group, with a focus on wills, trusts and estates, and helps people through the process of administering estates and more. Readers rely on her expertise and say she’s one of the best.
Annukka Mikkola of Merrill Lynch
601 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
Readers voted Annukka Mikkola best financial advisor once again. She is the wealth-management advisor and senior vice-president of wealth management for the Mikkola Small Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch. She and her group oversee more than $200 million in individual, family, trust and corporate assets. She is a University of Washington graduate with more than 20 years with the firm.
10500 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue
This is no single-person, stem-cutting endeavor, but rather a team of floral experts with a sixth sense for color schemes and botanical themes. Meet their tiny, four-legged CEO Jack and VP Bailey.
Large Business + Office Space
425 explorers look to Expedia to help them find fun in the sun, snowy mountains, ocean waves and other adventures. In addition to giving great service, Expedia is big on giving back, like hosting its outdoor concert series in Bellevue called Live at Lunch, and more. Readers say they are the best large business. Employees are proud to have the inside access to their 20-story office downtown, with plenty of natural light, scenic views and a well-designed modern aesthetic.Plus free breakfast cereal and other perks. That’s probably why Expedia also earned the best office space title, too!
Stop Bugging Me
The experts of this pest-control business are scattered across the greater-Seattle-Bellevue area like well-trained superheroes, ready to pounce at the first call of pest-induced distress. When the critters start cramping your style, you’ll know exactly who to turn to. For everything from ants and wasps to rats and bed bugs. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Fashion & Retail
Department Store + Shoe Store + Men’s Clothing
Contained in an oversized Nordstrom shopping bag is a selection of trendy brand name articles, from dapper clothing designs to quality made shoes to accessories and fragrances. The pristine, voguish department store is adequately staffed with professional sales clerks at your service. It’s a Northwest original and defines quality and exceptional service.
Francisco Hernandez, Built For Man
509 13th Ave., Seattle
This Seattle designer has utilized his wander-lusting cultural charm to bring Seattle a material that is rarely seen but often needed — alpaca wool. As a thanks to the Peruvian origins of the wool, Hernandez fathered The Loom Project, a production of poncho-like unkus, scarves, sweaters and more, made with product that is directly purchased by, and benefiting, the people who harvest it.
Babies R Us
Cherish the early years with the help of Toys R Us and Babies R Us.
625 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah
Possessions don’t warrant happiness, but a lucky find is certainly reason to celebrate. By shopping at this antique gallery, you are sure to stumble upon a piece of treasure, backed with history and presence that will catch the neighbor’s eye
and plant a smile on the buyer’s face.
This well-mannered corporation fills hundreds of nationwide stores with low- cost, second-hand goods. Funds from purchases go directly to positively impacting the lives of others. Be a part of the movement.
129 Lake St. S., Kirkland
In business for more than 16 years, Kirkland’s Via Lago is a local boutique that is constantly taking the pulse of its clientele and always delivering what they want and need to feel beautiful. Owner Chapman Fina oversees the boutique’s selective inventory of wardrobe must haves. Revamp your style in a posh location with premium fashion. The second Thursday of each month marks a Via Lago open house, complete with champagne and goodies.
There is a broad scope of outfits for any occasion to encourage a display of your child’s developing persona. By unveiling exclusive lines of clothing, Gymboree suggests value in authenticity and eccentricity while allowing your child to feel comfortable in the clothes they’re in.
107 Park Lane, Kirkland
At the heart of downtown Kirkland, Simplicity ABC caters to both the social and shopping needs of families. What may sound like a run-of- the-mill clothing store is additionally a community-gathering place busy with classes and open activities. The name represents what the owner believes to be the key to happiness, while the letters A, B and C stand for the family behind the business and the memory of their mother, a woman of creativity.
Barnes & Noble
Barnes and Noble continues to deliver the artful essence of reading inked font on thin, crisp pages. Escape from the spinning buzz of life and dive into the bind of hard-copied literature.
Bridal Shop + Jewelry
J. Lewis Jewelry
10575 N.E. 12th St., Bellevue
Whether for the biggest day of your life or one like any other, J. Lewis Jewelry has custom-made jewelry, and diamonds and colored gemstones from simple to lavish. And the customer service is top-notch, according to 425 readers.
Food & Drink
Purple Café & Wine Bar
They are known as a wine bar for a reason, including their diverse and thoughtfully paired wine flights. Featuring refined American cuisine made with added flair. Artisan ham pizza with caramelized apples gruyere and rosemary earns soaring reviews.
Bakery + Sweets
New York Cupcakes
15600 N.E. 8th St. A-4, Bellevue
The name might conjure a false inkling that New York Cupcakes is a major franchise, but this lone operation is far from chain-business cheekiness. Featured baked goods are available in 40 different flavors on daily rotations, with gluten-free options also available. Try them all. The owner’s motto is: “You are what you eat, so eat something cute.”
Restaurant + Steak
SeaStar Restaurant and Raw Bar
Bellevue and Seattle
Chef and proprietor John Howie is a local celebrity. The Seastar specializes in cooked seafood, steak, poultry, pasta and raw seafood. Customers rave about impeccable service, an extensive wine list and fantastic happy hour. Try their porcini mushroom soup with black truffle crème and a Chilean sea bass, or the local favorite lobster mac and cheese. Yes, please.
Pete’s Wine Shop
Great prices and a knowledgeable staff help earn Pete’s the top spot on this year’s Best of 425 list. Vino lovers in the know buy in bulk — half and full cases are 10 percent off.
Ruth’s Chris steakhouse breaks the mold of traditional happy hours by discounting an American fine-dining menu — and drinks to match! Good drinks like Ruth’s Manhattan or a classic Cosmo paired with New England lobster rolls with fries — $7 each. Happy Hour in Bellevue fills up fast. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
John Howie Steak in Bellevue, Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar and Sport Restaurant & Bar in Seattle
No doubt about it, chef John Howie has skills. Anyone who has dined in any of his many establishments can see that quality food, ambience and a high standard of customer service are Howie hallmarks. And this chef is big on giving back. Chances are if you attend a local charity event, he might have donated, prepared or could even be seen serving something scrumptious.
It was the neighborly feel that first made this Southwest-inspired eatery a hit, but the intriguingly quirky style and interior design of the now five locations (now coming to Bel Square) has certainly played a part in the sustainable success. People dig their food — try the tortilla soup, or the butternut enchiladas. Save room for the three-milk Cuban flan, so good they will give your money back if you don’t agree.
Bellevue and Seattle
When 425 readers want to get their burger fix, they head to Lunchbox for big, messy, creative concoctions like the Tear Jerker, a beefy burger topped with melted pepper jack cheese, spicy peppers, and ketchup they dubbed Satan’s tears. Another favorite is the Dork, a burger made from duck and pork meat. Anything topped with their bleu cheese crumbles make folks weak in the knees. And now they deliver.
Din Tai Fung
700 Bellevue Way, N.E., Bellevue
A giant black-and-white canvas adorns a wall inside this sophisticated restaurant. A group of men in good spirits sit at a dinner table with chopsticks hugging the food they share. This snapshot represents the beginnings of Din Tai Fung, now with two trendy locations in Los Angeles and Bellevue.
This delivery pizza joint attributes a sought-after secret dough recipe and addicting topping combos for its win this year. The “rowdy pizza” comes in versions like classic buffalo chicken, Portobello alfredo, and one-to-five-star spiced Thai.
800 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue
Joey’s reputation is one where “upscale” and “casual” agreeably collide. What originated as a simple pizza, pasta and wine restaurant has grown to incorporate food from around the world. It’s a sassy, fun place that is hopping almost every night.
The functionality of this sushi spot and the delicious, diverse rolls themselves justify Blue C as the best of 425, according to readers. On the Eastside at Bel Square, a stocked conveyer belt runs through the restaurant while guests pick and choose from color-priced plates ranging from $2-$5.50. Their Facebook page is a great resource for accessing newly released special offers, the perfect excuse to make it a regular hang out.
Maybe it’s the logo-stamped balloons, the activity page kids menu featuring classic childhood favorite dishes, the mini arcade, or the occasional visit from Red Robin himself, but the young ones are hooked. Red Robin helps take the pressure off mom and dad and the kids will be happy to finish their food.
31 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue
It is a rare treat to find healthy, vegetarian and gluten-free choices on a Thai-specific menu. Various fruits and vegetables, coconut milk bases, tofu and bean thread noodles are just a few of the ingredients that make up the divine meals served at Araya’s — you won’t even miss the meat.
Food Network star Rachael Ray called Volterra “One of my favorite restaurants in the world.” Innovative chef Don Curtiss recently opened Volterra Kirkland at 121 Kirkland Ave. Start with the lamb meatballs, next the warm potato and charred onion salad, and any one of the delectable entrees, like crab ravioli or braised lamb shank. Don’t forget to order some wine.
Tropea Ristorante Italiano
8042 161st Ave. N.E., Redmond;
Tropea’s is a small, family-run restaurant that has gained the reputation of being the best by 425 readers. Nibble on fresh bread and oil before your meal is served. Try the gnocchi, your favorite pasta dish and make sure to save room for dessert. Owner Lorenzo Scordamaglia and staff will treat you like family.
601 108th Ave. N.E. #100A, Bellevue
This is an upscale Thai restaurant. The bartenders are serious with their cocktail crafting, infusing tinctures and fresh herbs to shape a treasury of offerings. While the menu incorporates traditional, well-known recipes like America’s crush, Pad Thai, the presentation of the meals and ambience of the restaurant makes it impressive. Readers love their Thai tea, and heavenly beef that comes to the table sizzling.
Hole in the Wall
11802 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue
The “Hole in the Wall” appeal is qualified by the down-to-earth, humble demeanor of the business, but this bar and grill is no cardboard box establishment. Nice TVs airing sports and shows, 18 brews on tap and a lot yummy food. Comfortable like your own living room, but way cooler.
With five locations, including Bellevue, Everett and Mill Creek, Burgermaster has been serving delicious burgers, fries and shakes since 1952. Their meat is locally-sourced and hormone-free and 100 percent delicious, according to our readers, who like it simple — combo one, two or one burgermelt, please.
Catchy Jimmy Johns advertisements suggest that sandwich orders are delivered faster than the speed of light. This may be a slight overstatement, but all the same, Jimmy Johns prides itself on the timely arrival
of your unbeatable hand-held meal on a fresh baked loaf of bread.
Across the globe, Starbucks is filling up coffee cups and sending people on their way. It’s also a great place to plop down with your laptop and surf the Web while indulging in a dark, tall pick-me-up.
It’s all about you when you enter Daniel’s Broiler in Bellevue or one of its Seattle locations. Located on the 21st floor of the Bank of America building in Bellevue, the view is breathtaking, the food is divine and the spirited service will make the whole experience, well, perfect. Vegetarian? Not a problem. They have a menu just for you, too.
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar
From the back-of-the-house kitchen staff to the bubbly hosts and respectable servers, this team is like a well-running machine. Every precaution is taken, from the menu, to the table, to the bill, to ensure that yours is a premium dining experience.
18005 N.E. 68th, St., Redmond
This is a sassy Eastside bistro that serves fresh food. Guests can watch the attentive preparation of their preferred dishes through a large glass wall. Be sure to request seating in the PomBar for a more intimate dining experience. One enthusiastic reviewer on Yelp says, “I want to bathe in the sauce that was part of the shrimp and grits.” Enough said.
14208 Woodinville Redmond Rd. N.E., Redmond
Washington State bordeaux wines have Chris Upchurch to thank for their local popularity. His efforts were rooted in a European travel endeavor in his youth, during which time he nurtured his palate to recognize tastefully fermented grapes. Today, he spends countless hours wandering the plant-paved paths of his Yakima Valley and Red Mountain vineyards, sharing a sweet serenity with the fruits of his labor.
Chateau Ste. Michelle
14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville
This remarkable winery sells its bottled batches in general stores near you. But the real objective is to make a trip to the winery itself for tastings and tours of where the magic takes place. The grounds are open for daytime retreats and during
the summer they host outdoor concerts.
14300 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville
The Seattle concept was born out of a Ballard transmission shop back in 1981. The flavor profile has developed substantially since those early years when an exotic softness earned it the nickname “banana beer.”
1048 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
3 Pigs barbecue was brought to the Eastside from people down south. It’s the real deal. A majority of mesquite wood-smoked entrees are even served with a side of Texas toast. Barbecue sauce available in mild, medium and hot. Slather it on.
Health & Beauty
Alive & Shine Center
2255 140th Ave. N.E. #F, Bellevue
Yoga intercedes routine to produce physical fitness and flexibility, a greater sense of self and refined definitions of the meaning of life through meditation. Group meetings cultivate an unusual environment for relaxing personal time and self reflection. Get to know your body in a new light.
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center
12040 N.E. 128th St. Kirkland
Evergreen’s free 24-hour nurse- help line is on call to answer medical questions and aid in deciding when medical attention is necessary. The front desk staff commits to finding the best physician for your needs. Families rave about the high-tech roomy maternity area with soaking tubs. The nurses and doctors also get high marks for being knowledgeable and friendly.
Dr. Yongyi Zhu
The Washington Center for Pain Management
Imagine a life without physical pain. That is the driving motivation with which Dr. Zhu handles his patients. He uses a multidisciplinary approach and has taught others at the University of Washington. He has many years of experience and enjoys helping people live their best lives. The Washington Center for Pain Management has several clinics on the Eastside and a team of health professionals.
Dr. Wendy Spektor, Spektor Dental Center
1545 116th Ave. N.E. #100, Bellevue
Dr. Spektor’s patient testimonials say a lot, but their beautiful smiles say even more. Discoloration is seemingly reversed, alignment is perfected and tooth and gum health improved. Spektor and her team have a Bellevue office and specialize in cosmetic dentistry, periodontal dentistry and more.
Dr. Michael Corsilles, Eastside Primary Care & Wellness
2100 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
Dr. Corsilles graduated with his naturopathic medicine degree from Bastyr in 2003. After several years of practicing, he earned his physician assistant certification as well as a bachelor of clinical health services degree from the University of Washington. Today, he merges both educations and approaches to create well-rounded care for his patients. He not only focuses on treating illnesses and disease, but also promotes healthy living.
Dr. Matthew Bruner, Bruner Orthodontics
17130 Avondale Way N.E., Suite 109, Redmond
Braces require a hefty time and financial commitment, but the results are worth a lifetime. 425 readers say Dr. Matthew Bruner is the best. The long list of testimonials on his website echoes that sentiment.
Washington Pacific Eye Associates
134 Central Way, Kirkland
Founded by Dr. Jennifer Lee, Washington Pacific Eye Associates is located in the heart of Kirkland in a modern building. They treat a variety of issues, from macular degeneration to lens implants, dry eye, and eyelid surgery.
4122 Factoria Blvd., S.E. #101, Bellevue
There is a certain standard that you expect of those you entrust with your child. This group of medical professionals go above and beyond for the well-being of little ones and adolescents, making them (and their parents) feel at ease. Pediatric Associates is a physician-owned practice that began in 1967 and today includes 80 providers serving patients in seven Eastside locations every day of the year.
Gym + Physical Therapist + Mani/Pedi + Spa + Salon + Personal Trainer + Massage + Workout
PRO Sports Club
For many Eastside families, PRO Sports Club is like a home away from home. Actually, more like a really cool vacation home. It’s no wonder it swept a whopping eight categories. The PRO Sports Club in Bellevue is the largest facility — 272,000 square feet. They have every class you could dream of, a top-rated spa and salon, four indoor pools, squash courts … the only question is what doesn’t it offer? There are also PRO Sports facilities in Seattle and Redmond on Willows Road.
Dr. Fredric Stern, Stern Center
1370 116th Ave. N.E., Suite 102, Bellevue
Modern-day cosmetic surgery and treatments have come a long way and Dr. Fredric Stern is one of the pioneers who continues to stay on the forefront in the industry. Popular services include laser eyelid surgery, liposuction, hair restoration and more. They also can remove adult stem cells in fat tissue to store for later regenerative medicine therapies or cosmetic applications.
Inquire with any Sephora consultant and they will give you an earful about ingredients, fragrances, colors and recommended products. The vision for beauty-retail of this caliber comes to us all the way from France where the concept began in 1970.
Seattle Sun Tan
The words Seattle and sun seem like an oxymoron. But this tanning salon supplies the rays for those suffering from seasonal depression and anyone who wants to feel warm and get a sun-kissed look with the help of bulbs or a spray. Get that summer glow year-round at more than 30 locations between Everett and Spanaway.
Adam Tetuán, Tetuán Innovative Chiropractic Care
1215 120th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
Dr. Adam Tetuán is cracking the code of back pain and aligning you in accordance with your best self. As a student, he was in the top 10 percent in the nation for his academic scores and continues to educate himself. He’s received many specialized certifications and is on the cutting-edge in his field. Last year he treated athletes at the 2012 Ironman World Championship.
Dr. James Haines and Dr. Michael Lawler, Overlake Obstetrician & Gynecologist
1800 116th Ave. N.E., Suite 201 Bellevue
Dr. James Haines has been working with Overlake OB/GYN since 1980. He’s the president of the Seattle Gynecological Society and is chairman of the gynecology department at Overlake Hospital Medical Center. His co-worker, Dr. Michael Lawler joined Overlake OB/GYN in 1990. Both enjoy sports and spending time with their wives and kids. The staffs at Overlake OB/GYN also are active staff members at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue and Swedish Issaquah.
Home & Garden
Builder + Remodeler
1261 120th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
A Lake Sammamish stunner and a Mercer Island manor exemplify the upscale, comfortable standard of custom homes the professionals at Lakeville Homes have been designing and building for clients since 1985. They have a long list of awards — including Best of 425 nods. Once 425 readers wish to work their way into a custom built or remodeled home, this is one of the companies they turn to because of the reputation and trust they’ve spent years building throughout the area.
929 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue
Rustic woods with charcoal black and brown leathers, boisterous cherry red and excessive color schemes jumping out of loud patterns, or classic golds and calming eggshell chromatic are just some of the choices for your signature interior look at Greenbaum.
20745 S.E. 3rd Way, Sammamish
Evans Creek claims to be “making the world a better place, one garden at a time.” By bringing together species of flora and fauna and threading a motif throughout, the space surrounding your home may just become more inviting.
Molbak’s Garden and Nursery
13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville
More than a lush planter’s box, Molbak’s is a boutique collective full of garden treasures and supplies. Just when you thought you’ve seen every plant you could ever want, you find more at Molbak’s. If you have a question, their knowledgeable staff will help. It truly is a destination gardening experience.
Gelotte Hommas Architecture
3025 112th Ave., N.E. #110, Bellevue;
Some of the most extravagant dream homes are made thanks to this celebrated architectural firm. Their custom homes — modern, upscale, classic, and contemporary and whatever else their clients can envision — have been featured in scores of books, magazines and websites.
Modern technology is changing the world of appliances. Albert Lee is stocked with the top 50 brands of the newest gadgets to help make your daily life a little easier and more stylish. Check out their Bellevue showroom. Albert Lee has been serving customers for three generations.
Kitchen and Bath Designer
Kitchen and Bath Design Center
13433 N.E. 20th St., Bellevue
Revamp the old feel of your kitchen and bathroom with the skills of this family-owned and operated company.
Ace is the place that encourages you to take matters into your own handy hands and conquer the leaky faucet for good. All your hardware needs can be fulfilled at this nationwide department store.
Urbanity Home Décor
775 N.W. Gilman Blvd. C-2, Issaquah
At Urbanity Home Décor you can get ideas, buy affordable items and furniture or lean on their designers for direction. They offer free in-home consultations and will help bring your home from ordinary to extraordinarily yours.
Christa Camp: Island Lake and Miracle Ranch
A summer at a Christa Camp is a time to cherish. Extreme adventures like motorcross, paintball and ropes courses take place in a safe, uplifting atmosphere. Fireside chats and daily Bible study encompass the ultimate intent of the assembly. Island Lake Miracle Ranch practices the same beliefs while offering adaptive riding lessons for children with special needs. Through life-changing activities and interactions, the camp facilitates muscle tone, strength and self esteem.
Palettes and Pairings
Children thrive in creative settings where they can break the mold and express their innermost selves. Capture childhood on canvas when you book a birthday party at Palettes and Pairings. They will explore the artistry while picking up helpful painting tips from the fun and friendly staff.
4401 2nd Ave. N.E., Seattle
Young Life’s success has been founded on a purpose of lifting up today’s youth through community involvement, valuable teaching topics and group activities. “Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship,” according to the website.
Loving arms of trained childcare providers welcome your little one to play, learn and explore while you complete work and errands with peace of mind. The mission statement of Bright Horizons exceeds open play and incorporates curriculum to prep learning minds for school. Invest in your child today and lay the foundation for building toward a bright future.
Bear Creek School
Teaching requires patience, wisdom and an ability to connect with and relate to students. Pamela Erickson has passed those tests with flying scores. Her students and their parents are pleased to have her as a role model and educational captain.
High School + Middle School + Elementary school + Preschool
Bear Creek School
8905 208th Ave. N.E., Redmond
This scholarly institute instills gentle discipline, strong social skills, a positive sense of identity and a world of knowledge from that first monumental day of class to the last. Rigorous college-preparatory curriculum and prized extra-curricular programs are backed by a Christian worldview. This private school institution is not lacking on pride — the votes and clean sweep in this category are proof of that.
Travel & Recreation
Northwest Travel Destination + Kid Friendly + Wedding
3600 Suncadia Trail Cle Elum
If you are looking for something special, memorable and beautiful, Suncadia probably can accommodate. It’s fun to go there year round with the kids in tow, for a girls or guys-only getaway or even a romantic trip for two. Here you can experience the four seasons — you can bet your bottom dollar in winter there will be plenty of snow and in the summer plenty of sun and heat. Golf, spa, sled, ski or whatever you want to do. And it’s the perfect backdrop for weddings — because it is gorgeous. No wonder it captured three awards.
6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy N.E., Redmond
In July and August, visit Marymoor Park on Wednesdays for outdoor film showings. Or, check out the state’s only velodrome, a 40-meter bicycle racing track. There are 101 reasons to spend your spring and summer days at the park.
15500 Six Penny Lane, Newcastle
Gaze out to a Seattle city skyline on the far horizon as you stand atop the 350 acres of rolling greens in the golf course garden surrounding the mansion estate club house of 44,000 square feet. Play 36 holes of championship-designed golf as if you’re on top of the world.
Rattlesnake boasts the ultimate lookout from the ledge of a monolithic block of rock, overlooking Rattlesnake Lake. Up the towering rock to the other side awaits a trail worth bragging about, both in its natural appeal and the willpower it will take you to accomplish it.
11200 S.E. 6th St., Bellevue
You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped foot into a celebrity resort when you take in the stunning architectural and design elements of the establishment along with the included features and amenities. “All the comforts of home, plus all the splurges guests love.” Four restaurants, a fire burning in the library and four different pools are a few of the secrets summoning you for overnight accommodation.
Dr. Judy Hung, Eastside Veterinary Associates
8934 122nd Ave., N.E., Kirkland
When her establishment was first being built in 2006, Dr. Hung refused to turn away her furry clients and instead offered checkups and treatments in her own home. Now that feeling of comfort and assurance is present in her practice. The in-home regimen lasted two years and 425 readers have voted her the best for the fifth year in a row.
Walk Your Dog?
Dogs love field trips with Dana Wilson. She will happily make the commute to your nearby neighborhood and treat Sparky to 90 minutes of on-leash loops around the block or off-leash play at Marymoor Park.
Stacy D’s Grooming
20915 N.E. 77th St., Redmond
Customers marvel at the results of Stacy D’s pet care. One satisfied customer said, “Stacy is truly a dog whisperer and has extensive knowledge of dogs and their behaviors. I don’t trust my dog with any other groomer than Stacy!”
6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy N.E., Redmond
Marymoor is a local attraction for many reasons, including its vast 40-acre land designated as an off-leash dog park. There also is a memorial pet garden to help mark the loss of a loved one.
All the Best Pet Care
The name says it all. As a top-of-the-line specialty store, the food and products sold here represent only the best in ingredients and nutrition. The staff and website provide a resource for information on pet care, from kibble and supplements to non-toxic flee treatments and herbal remedies.
Your Favorite Local
All Things Kate
425 magazine readers have fallen in love with the sweet spunk of a creative, witty redhead named Kate Retherford. Blogging her shared style secrets has made her a hot commodity. She proves being fashion forward has nothing to do with size, and everything to do with attitude.
Stop Bugging Me Superhero
The tall, dark and handsome hero may often come in the form of a cartoon caricature, but what he stands for makes him a local celebrity at large — man with a plan, at the beckoning call for pest removal.
Issaquah Salmon Days
155 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah
The salmon have their own recognized holidays as well as a website. Check it out for details on this year’s most anticipated event paying homage to a Pacific Northwest food great. The first week in October can’t come soon enough.
For more than 30 years, Hopelink has been giving a hand to homeless and low- income families, children, seniors and citizens with disabilities. Times are difficult but it is comforting to know Hopelink takes to heart the interests of those less fortunate.
Kirkland is too often discounted as a destination town, being instead overshadowed by the big- city lights of Seattle and Bellevue. Make a day trip and visit Juanita Bay Park before hopping aboard an Argosy Lakes Cruise, enjoy happy hour at Anthony’s Homeport and wrap up your night at Laugh’s Comedy Club.
From top to bottom photos courtesy Forest Rapczak; Jay Koh; Daphna Robon & Andrea Becker, www.premiereastsidegrou.com; Nordstrom photo courtesy Nordstrom, INC.; Kehrli Photographer, www.katherinekehrli.com; Dan Kezner; Denise Sakaki; Shawn Kinney; Kathryn Barnard; Alive & Shine Center; Lakeville Homes photo by Aaron Leitz; Tyler Scholle; Memory Montage Photography; Brant Photographers, INC.; Rachael Riveira Photography