You voted for them, and here they are: the stars of our Best of 425. From your favorite local band to where you like to bank, Eastside residents told us their favorite places to eat, play, stay and more and Moss Adams helped us with the tallying. Congratulations to all who made this coveted reader-generated list!
Arts & Entertainment
A quintet of ukulele strumming, rock ’n’ roll-loving musicians, The Castaways merge the dreamy island sounds of the ukulele with an upbeat rock tempo to entertain their fans. Covering everything from favorites like Green Day’s “American Idiot” to the Van Morrison’s classic “Brown Eyed Girl,” The Castaways unique sound has placed them front and center as a local favorite.
37500 S.E. North Bend Way Snoqualmie
Test your luck without traveling far at nearby Snoqualmie Casino. With fun, food and entertainment, everyone is a winner at this Northwest hotspot. Guests can play games for a chance to win big, or just kick back in the casino’s upscale cigar lounge.
In July, downtown Bellevue is transformed into an art-centric celebration of more than 300 juried artists from around the continent, making the BAM ARTSfair an Eastside favorite. The festival boasts other activities, including public installations, KIDSfair, food and much more.
Issaquah and Everett
With the help of more than 18,000 subscribers, Issaquah’s Village Theater has been exhilarating theater-goers for more than 30 years. Performing productions of everything from “Fiddler on the Roof” to “Xanadu,” this beloved Eastside fixture is a favorite for live entertainment.
Best Artist + Gallery
Elizabeth Shriner of Palettes and Pairings
504 Parkplace Ctr., Kirkland / 15620 Hwy 99 Suite 6B, Lynnwood
Sharing her colorful talents and visionary eye with the Eastside community along with her team, Elizabeth Shriner has been revered for her mastery of acrylic paint and her ability to teach others. With multiple Best of 425 awards under her belt, Shriner now owns two Palettes and Pairings locations in Kirkland and Lynnwood, giving Eastsiders more options the learn to create their own masterpieces. 425 readers also voted Palettes and Pairings their favorite art gallery — perhaps because much of the art is made by them when they attend paint parties, girls’ night out events, date nights and kids’ birthday parties.
Lincoln Square Cinemas
700 Bellevue Way N.E., #310, Bellevue
Who needs Hollywood when you have the comfortable seats, pristine accommodations and a bounty of big screens provided at Bellevue’s Lincoln Square Cinemas? The Eastside’s favorite blockbuster destination is now a part of Cinemark, the third largest and one of the most respected motion picture circuits in the United States.
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way
Individuals in search of creative inspiration find their fuel at the Bellevue Arts Museum. Featuring works from Northwest-based artists, as well as installations and exhibitions from internationally acclaimed names, Bellevue Arts Museum is a cultural hub for all things art and a favorite gathering place for people of all ages.
Businesses & Services
Laura Hoexter of Helsell Fetterman
1001 4th Ave. #4200, Seattle
Specializing in business, estate planning and probate, real estate and taxation law, Laura Hoexter loves helping people achieve their dreams of owning their own business. And, as the chair for Helsell Fetterman’s estate planning and probate group, Hoexter is a regional leader when it comes to helping people with managing wills, trusts, estates and more. Readers have named her the best several years in a row.
Sarah Steblay of Marsh USA
1001 Fourth Ave., Seattle
Sarah Steblay provides personal risk management advice and brokerage services to high net worth clients and their families and helps them develop an asset protection plan. 425 readers voted her the best. Before Marsh, she worked at Wells Fargo.
Auto Body Shop
Bel-Kirk Body Shop
12232 N.E. 116th St., Kirkland
The experts at Bel-Kirk Body Shop are trained professionals ready for any job. Whether you’ve been in a recent collision or just need a simple tune up, Bel-Kirk Body Shop is the Eastside’s dependable choice when it comes to caring for your car according to readers.
Double Eagle Automotive
19727 144th Ave., N.E., Woodinville
When folks find their favorite skilled and trustworthy mechanic, it’s something they want to talk about. And 425 readers say they found the best at Double Eagle Automotive in Woodinville. Owner Bo Crouch started his business in his Everett garage in 2010 and it has since grown. He is a master technician with several GM courses and more under his belt — continuing education for his craft is a passion.
Best Credit Union
Washington’s largest community credit union, BECU, is also an Eastside favorite when it comes to savings plans, small business loans, investing and even just setting up a personal checking account. With various locations throughout the region, this member-owned, non-profit financial institution makes managing your money simple.
Car Dealership (tie)
Lexus of Bellevue
101 116th Ave. S.E., Bellevue
Sleek, functional, fairly priced and dependable vehicles are what you’ll find at favorite car dealerships Lexus of Bellevue and Barrier Motors in Bellevue and various locations. Whether you’re in need of a vehicle for your daily commute or just want cruise the streets in style, both of these Eastside dealers were voted the best by 425 readers.
10500 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue
15100 S.E. 38th St., Bellevue
For weddings, Mother’s Day, or just because, flowers can say what words often cannot. When Eastside residents want to say it with flowers, they call Bellevue’s City Flowers and DeLaurenti Florist in Bellevue. Curating breathtaking arrangements for any occasion, these two best Bellevue florists are at the ready, flowers in hand.
10777 Main St., Bellevue
When you’re in the business of creating happy, healthy, productive work environments, it’s no surprise if your own business is guilty of greatness, like Bellevue-based Limeade. The corporate wellness provider is known for helping other businesses achieve greatness and is a local inspiration itself.
You work hard for every dollar you earn, so it’s important that your money is in safe hands. Readers voted and Wells Fargo and Banner Bank tied for this top honor.
Best Large Business + Office Space
Book hotels, find cheap flights, plan your travels and more with the Eastside’s favorite large business, Expedia. Providing resources and jobs to the Eastside and beyond, the Bellevue-based business is also the region’s favorite office space, too. Taking good care of its employees, Expedia provides in-house perks and a positive work environment to its more than 14,000 employees.
Annukka Mikkola of Merrill Lynch
601 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
Overseeing more than $200 million in individual to corporate assets, Annukka Mikkola is a trusted choice when it comes to wealth management advising. She’s senior vice president of the Mikkola Small Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch and has more than 20 years of experience in the field. People turn to Mikkola for answers to all their wealth management questions. She has won this honor several times.
Real Estate Agent/Realtor
Premier Eastside Group
11400 S.E. 6th St., Suite 100, Bellevue
425 readers turn to Andrea Becker-Aberman and Daphna Robon of Premier Eastside Group when they’re looking for a new home. With their level of professionalism and acute attention to detail, Premier Eastside Group goes above and beyond in helping you find your dream home and readers say they’re the best.
Fashion & Retail
Best Bridal Shop
La Belle Réve
10630 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue
For an occasion as special as your wedding day, you want to look and feel your best. Bellevue’s La Belle Réve makes getting ready for your big day easy with its experienced staff of bridal consultants, expert tailors and a breathtaking selection of bridal gowns.
129 Lake St. S., Kirkland
Luxurious fashion and top names from Seattle and beyond outfit Kirkland’s popular Via Lago boutique. Featuring apparel, lingerie and accessories from some of the most sought after local and international designers, Via Lago provides its clientele with beautiful options for adorning themselves and feeling fabulous. Plus, owner Chapman Fina often hosts popular events and fundraisers for nonprofits at her boutique, making this a true community destination in every sense of the word.
Merry Go Round
1014 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
Established in 1947, Merry Go Round has been serving the Eastside for more than 50 years, providing its customers with brand name children’s clothes, toys, furnishings and more. Since opening their 116th Avenue location in 2005, Merry Go Round has nearly doubled in size, offering an even wider selection of children’s goods sourced from around the world that you won’t find in chain stores.
With hundreds of locations nationwide, Goodwill is a leader when it comes to thrift shopping. And the Bellevue Goodwill, 14515 N.E. 20th St., is a standout. Feel good scoring a Coach bag for $35 while supporting the Goodwill’s mission to benefit those in need and create jobs.
625 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah
Patrons often find themselves in awe as they peruse the hidden trinkets, treasures and historically unique artifacts that fill each corner of Gilman Gallery. Brimming with one-of-a-kind treasures and an abundance of interesting finds, there is always something special to be discovered at this Eastside favorite for antiques.
Trillium Custom Tailoring & Design
10500 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue
When your clothes fit right, not only do you look good, but you feel good. Bellevue’s Trillium is a contemporary tailor company that uses traditional tailoring techniques to achieve modern style. Offering “from-scratch tailoring,” Trillium creates garments designed to make you feel and look your best.
Best Fashion Blog
All Things Kate
Kate Retherford is a 20-something, Seattle-based fashion blogger who flaunts her fashion and proves style has nothing to do with size. Retherford’s often edgy-meets-flirty style and playful prose make her blog a must for any fashion forward reader. She was 425 readers favorite last year, too.
Best Jewelry + Local Designer
J. Lewis Jewelry
10575 N.E. 12th St., Bellevue
Whether you want to wow someone with something they’ll never forget, or treat yourself to something special, Bellevue’s J. Lewis Jewelry has something for any occasion and was voted best jewelry and best local designer by 425 readers. From sparkling diamonds to colorful gemstones and everything in between, J. Lewis Jewelry is the Eastside’s favorite destination for glittering gems and sparkling bands, and their talented designers specialize in making custom pieces unique to the buyer.
Food & Drink
Best Lounge + Service + View
10500 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue
The Olympic Mountains, downtown Bellevue and the Seattle skyline are all within view from the 24th floor at Daniel’s Broiler. Boasting gorgeous views, world class steaks and the Eastside’s best service, this world class steakhouse also offers high end spirits, a full menu of sumptuous cuisine and live piano nightly.
The French Bakery
219 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland
15600 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue
909 112th Ave. N.E. #106, Bellevue
As the name suggests, don’t be surprised if your palate is transported abroad as you sink your teeth into sumptuous sweets and savory sandwiches at The French Bakery. Offering a wide variety of French pastries, Italian style espresso, sweet and savory crepes, fresh made salads, and gourmet paninis, Eastside Francophiles and pastry lovers alike favor The French Bakery when it comes to home baked, French goodness minus the plane ticket. More butter, please.
Lot No. 3
460 106th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
Boasting renowned restaurants like Purple Café and Barrio Mexican Kitchen, Heavy Restaurant Group is known for excellence in dining and beverages, which is why it comes as no surprise that Lot No. 3 is the favorite bar of 425 readers. Featuring unique, handcrafted cocktails made from the finest ingredients, Lot No. 3 features a full menu of original libation creations and all of your favorite classic cocktails. And candied bacon appetizers.
220 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland
Perhaps it’s the afternoon tea service or the “vine-to-table” experience that has made the Eastside fall in love with Trellis Restaurant. Whatever it is, it’s working. Located in downtown Kirkland at the Heathman Hotel, Trellis rests along the shores of Lake Washington, offering gorgeous views, fresh-made organic cuisine, and menus inspired by nearby Woodinville Wine Country. We’ll toast to that.
Best Breakfast/Brunch + Dessert + Lunch
Salty’s Waterfront Seafood Grills
Whether you come in for their mouthwatering weekend brunch, or save room for the “Best Chocolate Cake Ever,” guests of Salty’s Restaurant can find something yummy to munch on, anytime of the day. For lunch, check out Salty’s seasonal menu or market sheet for the catch of the day and other fresh, locally sourced foods. All Salty’s have amazing views, too.
Black Raven Brewing Co.
14679 N.E. 95th St., Redmond
Every year they create about 3,500 barrels of craft beer. You can find it on tap at various locations or head to their tap room next to their brewery to sip a pint or grab a growler to go. You can also buy a shirt, sticker or other merchandise and really show your love.
989 112th Ave. N.E. #105, Bellevue
Cleverly named and craftily concocted burgers overloaded with all the fixings make Lunchbox Laboratory a no brainer when it comes to burgers Eastside style. Curious patrons can chow down on “experimental” foods like Dork Balls (meatballs made from a combination of duck and pork), Cap’n John’s Flyin Frijole (a black bean burger for the non-carnivorous kind), and a variety of other out-of-the-ordinary foods. Oh, and don’t forget the booze-shakes.
Chef John Howie
When it comes to culinary excellence and philanthropy, Chef John Howie is the crème de la crème. Responsible for renowned dining establishments such as the popular John Howie Steak and Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, Howie knows what it takes to create an experiential dining experience that leaves taste buds more than satisfied. For people who want to try their hand at some Chef Howie magic in their own kitchen, they can pick up a copy of Howie’s new cookbook, “Passion & Palate.”
Din Tai Fung
700 Bellevue Way N.E. #280, Bellevue
A dumpling house for the ages, this popular restaurant was selected as one of the top 10 restaurants in the world by The New York Times, and as the Eastside’s favorite too according to our 425 readers. With the renowned restaurants located across the globe, Eastsiders know they’re lucky to have Din Tai Fung conveniently located in their own backyard.
Balloons, birthday songs, and endless baskets of fries are just a few reasons kids (and their parents) like going to Red Robin for lunch and dinner.
Innovative Southwest, Mexican and Spanish-style cuisine is what Cactus was founded on, and what has led it to expand. Now with five locations, including its most recent addition in Bellevue Square, the popular restaurant is a favorite for seasonal menus, sensational tapas, fresh cocktails and nightly specials.
Victor’s Celtic Coffee Co.
7993 Gilman St., Redmond
Located in the heart of downtown Redmond, Victor’s Celtic Coffee Co. is a light-hearted destination to recharge or relax. With several 100 percent fair trade organic roasts, a selection of popular teas and more, Victor’s is a neighborhood favorite for grabbing a jolt of java.
Woodinville Whiskey Co.
14509 Woodinville Redmond Road N.E., Woodinville
Debunking the myth that the only good whiskey comes from Kentucky, Woodinville Whiskey Co. is proud to produce Washington-made whiskey using pure ingredients and state-of-the-art distilling equipment. Take a pull from one of their micro-barreled spirits or age your own with one of their take-home aging kits — they even offer barrel-aged maple syrup.
Good for You by Kathryn Hilger Kingen
This Salty’s Restaurant health food blog authored by Salty’s co-owner Kathryn HilgerKingen is full of wisdom designed to make your body feel good from the inside out. Kingen tells you how you should be picking corn, why kale is good for you, how eating oysters will give your brain a boost, and more.
Best Steak + Happy Hour
John Howie Steak
11111 N.E. 8th St. #125, Bellevue
Whether you come in for a succulent steak (you can cut these steaks with a butter knife) or opt for Chef Howie’s gourmet happy hour, John Howie Steak will sate your appetite and leave your taste buds wanting more. With happy hour served seven days a week, it’s easy to find something special to nibble and sip on, like spicy habanero butter shrimp, prime tenderloin bites, Sunday’s special bacon burger and pints, martinis and other refreshing libations to wash it all down. You can even order your steak to go, to enjoy the flavors of John Howie Steak anytime.
Hole in the Wall
10636 Main St., Bellevue
Homestyle charbroiled burgers, homemade onion rings and messy Philly cheesesteaks make Broiler Bay a Bellevue favorite for mom-and-pop style burgers, fries and more. Serving the city of Bellevue for more than 20 years, this small-time burger joint has a big-time following, but don’t worry, they have no intentions of expanding their operation and losing their beloved “hole in the wall” feel.
Tropea Ristorante Italiano
8042 161st Ave. N.E., Redmond
Don’t be surprised if there’s a line out the door at Tropea Ristorante Italiano. The beguiling Redmond eatery is always bustling with hungry patrons all eager to devour plates of authentic Italian cuisine. If their extensive menu spares any room for dessert, try the homemade tiramisu — it’s sensational.
Established in 1952, this Eastside favorite drive-in pays homage to the simpler days of yore, featuring a minimalistic menu that boasts mouth watering burgers, fries and shakes. The Seattle-born drive-in has grown to include three Eastside locations in Bellevue, Everett and Mill Creek.
155 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
Craig and Laura Baker know that food and music are an undeniably compatible pair, making it no wonder that the two opened the wildly popular bistro, Bake’s Place. Renowned for its live music, bar and food selection, Bake’s Place has made an instant imprint on the Eastside community.
31 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue
Delectable entrées for vegan and vegetarian diets, Araya’s Place features an extensive menu of meat- and dairy-free foods. The popular restaurant, which features classic Thai food dishes and a full menu of vegan desserts, is a favorite dining destination for vegetarians and carnivores alike.
When busy Eastside residents don’t have time to leave the office, they call Jimmy John’s or order online fresh deli sandwiches delivered right to their door.
Mouthwatering, gooey slices of pizza, heaping bowls full of fresh-made pastas and more make Pagliacci’s a favorite Eastside pizzeria. Try a seasonal slice, build your own, or opt for a Pagliacci’s favorite at any of their many Seattle and greater-Seattle area locations. Try the 12th Man Primo.
58 Front St. N., Issaquah,
On any given day, expect to smell the rich aroma of hickory smoked ribs, links, brisket and turkey as it wafts from the entrance to Stan’s Bar-B-Q. This Issaquah-based restaurant is a local favorite for Kansas City-style barbecue and is made with a traditional rub, served with sauce on the side. Stan’s expertise, which dates back to his childhood, makes his barbecue a cut above the rest.
Chateau Ste. Michelle
14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville
With so many Woodinville wineries, Eastsiders are spoiled when it comes to their reds and whites. But, for obvious reasons, one Woodinville winery stands out from the rest. From its breathtaking chateau to its award-winning wines, Chateau Ste. Michelle boasts more than just good wine. Guests of the chateau will enjoy touring the grounds during a tasting, or attending for one of their popular summer concerts. It’s simply a gem.
FLO Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar
1150 106th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
Traditional-style sushi and fully stocked sake bar make Bellevue’s popular FLO Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar a must for sushi lovers. The sleek and stylish restaurant is alive with the smells and sights of traditional Japan, creating a truly experiential dining experience. Sashimi, udon, tempura and other traditional cuisine emerge on your table to tantalize your taste buds. Don’t be surprised if you become a regular.
Chantanee Thai Restaurant & Bar
601 108th Ave. N.E. #100A, Bellevue
The critically acclaimed upscale dining experience at Chantanee’s is one marked by all your traditional Thai food favorites enjoyed in the restaurant’s impressive setting. Pad Thai and panang curry are a few of the usual suspects, but you’ll also find more obscure dishes and a full menu of vegetarian entrées. While you’re there, be sure and try one of Chantanee’s signature craft cocktails.
Total Wine & More
Washingtonians love their wine, and with a Bellevue location of the country’s largest independent fine wine retailer, people living on the Eastside have easy access to more than 8,000 varietals produced from around the world. Of course, you can stock up on beer and spirits, too.
Whether you buy one for yourself or dozen for the office, Cupcake Royale’s made-from-scratch cupcakes are unlike any cupcake you’ve had before. Conceived in Seattle in 2003, now includes seven Seattle-area locations, including a sweet spot in Bellevue. They also have mixes so you can make cupcakes at home. You will be a sugar star!
Health & Beauty
Best Gym + Mani/Pedi + Massage + Personal Trainer + Physical Therapist + Salon + Spa
PRO Sports Club
For people living on the Eastside, PRO Sports Club is a no brainer when it comes to improving their physical health and appearance. From intensive workouts, motivational trainers, expert physical therapists and premier salon and spa services, PRO Sports Club is a one stop shop for pampering your body in more ways than one. Taking home seven Best of 425 awards (again) we’re pretty sure 425ers heart PRO Sports Club.
Dr. Richard Rand of Northwest Center for Aesthetic
1135 116th Ave. N.E. #630, Bellevue
Formerly the chief of Plastic Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center, Dr. Richard Rand now owns and operates Bellevue’s Northwest Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery where he transforms the lives of his patients. Rand is experienced in performing quality procedures that leave his patients looking younger and feeling more confident.
Dr. Donna Kachinskas
1601 116th Ave. N.E, #100, Bellevue
Staying healthy is important, but conventional Western medicine isn’t for everyone. For those seeking a more natural approach to their health, Dr. Donna Kachinskas is an experienced professional who provides individualized care to help her patients achieve natural healing and balance through herbs, supplements and other natural approaches.
Evergreen Health Medical Center
12040 N.E. 128th St., Kirkland
Setting the standard with stellar services and a team of knowledgeable and experienced healthcare professionals, Evergreen Health Medical Center puts the health of its patients front and center. From their 24-hour nurse help line to their online health navigator to help you diagnose your symptoms before you even go in, Evergreen Health is trusted when it comes to providing premier healthcare services.
Dr. Yongyi Zhu at the Washington Center for Pain Management
Living with pain can diminish one’s quality of life in a multitude of ways. For people suffering from chronic pain, Dr. Yongyi Zhu uses a multidisciplinary pain management to help alleviate the discomfort caused by chronic pain and improve the lives of his patients and readers say he’s the best.
Bellevue Lasik & Cataract
1135 116th Ave. N.E., #450, Bellevue
More than 75,000 people have sought eye care services from Bellevue LASIK & Cataract, making it a regional leader when it comes to Lasik and corneal procedures. Staffed with a team of experienced professionals, Bellevue LASIK & Cataract promises 20/20 vision with a money back guarantee.
Dr. Adam J. Tetuán
1215 120th Ave. N.E. #100, Bellevue
A graduate of Georgia Southern and Life universities, Bellevue-based chiropractor Dr. Adam J. Tetuán received his continuing education at Harvard Medical School and is one of only a handful of Kinesio Tape practitioners in Washington. Tetuán is a trusted and experienced professional when it comes to helping relieve the Eastside community of their back pain.
Best Cosmetic Dentistry + Dentist
Wendy Spektor of Spektor Dental Center
1545 116th Ave.N.E. #100, Bellevue
Keeping your pearly whites strong and sparkling can be a chore, and for many, a trip to the dentist can be a nightmare. Luckily, for people on the Eastside, Dr. Wendy Spektor is a trusted professional and master of her trade who makes regular checkups and other procedures seem like a walk in the park. From crowns and bridges to teeth whitening, dental implants, periodontal therapy and more, Spektor alleviates the stresses associated with dentist visits by making her patients feel comfortable and relaxed.
Dr. Matthew Bruner of Bruner Orthodontics
17130 Avondale Way #109, Redmond
Readers trust their smiles to Dr. Matthew Bruner, a former Army orthodontist who bought his Redmond practice from his childhood orthodontist, Dr. Stan Gile. His family recently served on a mission trip South Africa where they passed out 10,000 toothbrushes and taught classes about oral hygeine.
1200 112th Ave. N.E., Building C, Suite 115, Bellevue
The team of doctors at Bellegrove offers many health services to women including everything from basic exams and pregnancy care to menopause management and cosmetic procedures, like hair removal and treatment for varicose veins.
Alive and Shine Center
2255 140th Ave. N.E. # F, Bellevue
For more than 20 years, Alive and Shine has served the Eastside as a premier destination for yoga and meditation services. Providing its clients with workshops and teacher trainings, visitors of Alive and Shine are able to achieve an improved quality life through balance, flexibility, strength and more. Namaste.
Parents only want the best for their children, and that’s what they say they get at Pediatric Associates. The physician-owned practice that has been serving the Eastside since the 1960s prides itself in setting the standard when it comes to providing children and adolescents with premium care. And, with its team of 80 experienced and caring providers, parents know their kids are in safe hands. They also have nurses available for phone consultations 24-7.
Home & Garden
Best Architect + Small Business
10801 Main St., #110, Bellevue
With more than four decades of experience and over 100 awards in excellence, Baylis Architects is the premier choice when it comes to creating outstanding spaces for families, businesses and more in the Northwest. Providing custom designs to fit the aesthetic of their clients, Baylis Architects has experienced professionals qualified to carry out your most unique architectural vision.
Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior
10708 Main St., #300, Bellevue
Deep rooted in the Eastside community as the first business established on Bel-Red Road, Masins has since grown from its humble beginnings into a 25,000-square-foot showroom featuring luxury furnishings, art, antiques and more. Backed by an award-winning interior design staff, Masins is eager to provide custom finishes and fabrics to your furniture purchase, making each piece sold from their Bellevue showroom a unique addition to your home.
Garden Shop / Nursery
Molbak’s Garden + Home
13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville
A vibrant collection of flowers and plants is just a snippet of what Molbak’s Garden + Home offers its green-thumbed shoppers. From ornate fountains and planters to herbed lotions and more, Molbak’s is a botanical destination and then some.
Best Builder + Remodeler
1261 120th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
Building and remodeling functional homes for modern dwellers, Lakeville Homes has been a trusted remodeler, designer and builder of Eastside homes since 1985.
Kitchen and Bath Designer
Shannon Ackley of United Wholesale
1817 130th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
When Eastside residents want to upgrade their kitchens and bathrooms, they reach out to Shannon Ackley. A trusted professional at United Wholesale, Ackley helps transform spaces, turning dilapidated kitchens and leaky bathrooms into functional and aesthetically pleasing focal points of the home.
Eileen Schoener Design, Inc.
When people ask Eileen Schoener to help transform their homes, Schoener uses her keen eye for style to paint, organize and decorate the home, replacing dull decor with vibrantly updated accents. Her online portfolio speaks volumes, featuring awe inspiring before and after photos that will leave you stunned and amazed.
Albert Lee Appliance
Trusted as a leader in providing functional appliances for the modern world, Albert Lee Appliances’ five area showrooms are all outfitted with quality appliances featuring innovative designs. Family owned and always growing, Albert Lee Appliances’ trained staff is at the ready to help you find the next addition to your home.
Evans Creek Professional Landscape Services
A garden can be a backyard oasis if put in the right hands. Evans Creek is committed to “making the world a better place, one garden at a time.” Integrating elements from life and infusing your garden with those components, Evans Creek cultivates unique and meaningful garden spaces.
Best Birthday Place + Kids Store + Summer Camp
KidsQuest Children’s Museum
4091 Factoria Square Mall S.E., Bellevue
A special place for kids of all sizes, KidsQuest Children’s Museum is a magical place for both children and their parents. Featuring interactive exhibits that encourage learning through fun activities, KidsQuest also offers a summer camp series for extended learning and fun in the sun. And birthdays are made extra special at KidsQuest, where children and their families have unlimited access to the museum and receive other special bonuses to make the day even more memorable. No wonder parents voted it best birthday, kids store and summer camp destination!
Kiddie Academy of Kirkland
12620 N.E. 85th St. #112, Kirkland
At Kirkland’s Kiddie Academy, daycare is a time for nurturing, development, growth and fun. Utilizing the academy’s Life Essentials and New Beginnings philosophies, childcare professionals work with infants and toddlers, immersing them in activities that help them develop emotional, social, communication cognitive and fine and gross motor skills at their own pace.
Pamela Ericson of The Bear Creek School
8905 208th Ave. N.E., Redmond
Parents, students and teachers alike respect and admire Pamela Ericson for her commitment to education and dedication to her students. The beloved kindergarten teacher has been an instructor at Bear Creek for more than 15 years, and is renowned for her work in the classroom.
Best Preschool + Private Elementary School + Private Middle School + Private High School
The Bear Creek School
8905 208th Ave. N.E., Redmond
The Bear Creek School provides its students with a unique approach to education from levels pre-K to 12th grade. Offering rigorous college preparatory courses and encouraging students to be independent thinkers, Bear Creek’s dedicated staff strives to prepare students for the rest of their lives, by supporting them academically during their developmental stages.
Public Elementary School
Hollywood Hill Elementary School
17110 148th Ave. N.E., Woodinville
Beyond providing its students with comprehensive curriculum taught by a team of dedicated educational professionals, Hollywood Hill Elementary School is respected for all the extra leaps and bounds it makes to ensure the enrichment of its students. Providing a wide variety of artistic, social and athletic opportunities, Hollywood Hill Elementary provides a positive and engaging environment Woodinville youth, both during and after school.
Public Middle School
Chinook Middle School
11650 S.E. 60th St., Bellevue
As young middle schoolers prepare for the next chapter of their education and make the transition from elementary school to high school, Chinook Middle School serves to support them in all of their academic and extracurricular endeavors. The winner of two Washington Achievement Awards, Chinook Middle School is a respected institution for the development and growth of Eastside tweens.
Public High School
Bellevue High School
10416 S.E. Wolverine Way, Bellevue
Regarded as a pivotal time in a student’s life, high school is the culmination of one’s youth before they are released into college, adulthood and the rest of their lives. With that in mind, Bellevue High School takes special care to provide challenging curriculum that prepares its students for the future. In fact, Bellevue High School is so impressive, that it even made Newsweek’s list of “America’s Best High Schools” in 2013.
Best Friends Grooming Salon
2205 140th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
You love getting pampered, and so does your pet. Bellevue’s Best Friends Grooming Salon’s professional staff provides premier dog and cat grooming services to undo the daily wear and tear that can dull your pet’s appearance. Spoil your pooch with a luxury bubble bath or splurge and give them “the works.”
Dana Wilson at Walk Your Dog?
Don’t have time to walk your dog? Dana Wilson does. Redmond pet owners pinched for time call Dana Wilson when they need a surrogate to take Fido to the park. Offering doggy field trips, overnight care and everything in between, Wilson is the Eastside’s own dog whisperer.
Dr. Judy Hung of Eastside Veterinary Associates
8934 122nd Ave. N.E., Kirkland
425 readers are faithful to their favorite Kirkland-based vet, Dr. Judy Hung. The compassionate, critter-loving doctor is widely respected throughout the region for her commitment to caring for the Eastside’s most loveable friends. Dr. Hung’s personalized and professional approach to pet care, whether it be a routine check-up or extensive care due to injury or illness, is service her clients trust and respect.
Travel & Recreation
11200 S.E. 6th St., Bellevue
Luxurious amenities, bourgeois furnishings and impressive architectural design all contribute to making Hotel Bellevue an upscale escape fit for a king. Indulging is easy with the hotel’s multiple restaurants, pools, library and other deluxe accommodations. A one-night stay might not be enough.
6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E., Redmond
King County’s most popular park is also the Eastside’s favorite for sports, dog walking, structure climbing and more. With 640 acres full of recreational activities, live music and other events year round, Redmond’s Marymoor Park is greeted by more than 3 million visitors annually.
Best Golf Course + Kid Friendly + Northwest Travel Destination + Wedding Venue
3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum
Whether you bring the whole family for an extended vacation, head out with friends to try for a hole in one on the Rope Rider Golf Course, or use Suncadia Resort’s picturesque setting as the backdrop for your big day, the Cle Elum resort is a popular destination for people of all walks of life. Featuring year-round activities fit for each season, Suncadia Resort is a family-friendly getaway and a favorite Northwest escape.
A day spent hiking Rattlesnake Ridge is one full of adventure, discovery and breathtaking sights. Visit the Washington Trails Association’s website to find out what hikers are saying about their own journeys, then mark your calendar for your own adventure exploring this North Bend-favorite hiking destination.
Bed and Breakfast
Tucker House Inn
275 C St., Friday Harbor
Overlooking Friday Harbor and Sunken Park, Tucker House Inn boasts breathtaking views along with charming Victorian accommodations. Featuring all the comfort of home in a beautiful setting, guests will enjoy a romantic getaway or a relaxing excursion spent basking in the decadence of Tucker House Inn’s historic homes. After a good night’s rest you can wake up to enjoy delicately prepared meals made from locally sourced produce, meats and more.
Worldwide adventures await at Expedia’s popular Viewfinder travel blog. Here, readers can learn about cultures a world away, stories of historical and geographic interest, and everything they need to know to plan their ultimate vacation. The blog is detailed, accessible, entertaining and informative, making it a favorite for Eastside travel bugs.
Your Favorite Local
The ceiling clearly couldn’t hold Seattle-born Macklemore from musical stardom, four Grammy wins at this year’s 56th annual Grammy Awards, and first place as the Eastside’s favorite local celebrity. Together, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made Billboard Hot 100 history in 2013 with their popular singles “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us,” propelling the Northwest natives into global celebrities. Here Macklemore and Felix Hernandez star with kids from Bellevue in an anti-bullying commercial.
Known for its bustling downtown, charming neighborhoods, luxury shopping and more, Bellevue is a Northwest metropolis and the fifth-largest city in the state of Washington. A vibrant community marked by commerce, arts, education and more, Bellevue continues to grow and diversify, making the city a culturally vibrant destination, conveniently located just minutes from Seattle.
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
18675 N.E. 106th St., Redmond
Margaret Dunlap knows all too well about the difficulties of living with Multiple Sclerosis. After discovering therapeutic healing through horseback riding, Dunlap formed Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center to help others living with similar disabilities. Little Bit, which was formed in 1976, has grown to serve 235 riders each week, and is one of the largest therapeutic riding programs in the United States.
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