2012 Best of 425

 Arts & Entertainment

Bellevue Arts Museum image by Jennifer Richard Photography

Best Movie Theater
Lincoln Square Cinemas
Whether you’re going on a date, planning a family outing or flying solo, a movie never fails to be a good bet. Check out Lincoln Square Cinemas for a quality cinematic experience. 700 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue 

Best Live Music Venue (tie)
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Chateau Ste. Michelle is well known for bringing live performances to its Woodinville winery, and its annual Summer Concert Series is especially worthwhile. 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville

Triple Door
This venue is steeped in history, with roots in 1920s vaudeville. Today it offers some of the best shows. 216 Union St., Seattle

Best Casino
Snoqualmie Casino
Lavish and thrilling, Snoqualmie Casino is the place to try your luck at the slots or the cards. With 1,700 slot machines, 50 Vegas-style table games and a poker room, it offers plenty of opportunities to win. 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie

Best Family Friendly Activity
Canvas! Paint and Sip Studio
Get creative and try something new at Canvas! Kids and parents can participate in a group painting class while sipping on a delicious beverage. Canvas! offers beer, wine, champagne, non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of fun for the whole family. 122 Central Way, Kirkland

Best Night Club
Blue Martini
With live entertainment, a swanky ambiance and an impressive array of specialty martinis, Blue Martini takes the prize for best night club. Its live music, special events and a top-of-the-line lounge make for a vibrant atmosphere that promises a sophisticated and lively night out. 700 110th Ave. N.E. Suite 295, Bellevue

Best Live Theater
Village Theatre
Village Theatre has been blowing away critics with its musicals, children’s programs and other productions since 1979. It is nationally recognized for supporting new musical works, and it is one of the leading musical theater producers in the Pacific Northwest. From the hilarious to the poignant, Village Theatre’s live performances never disappoint. Multiple locations

Best Band
Don’t Talk to the Cops!
Don’t Talk to the Cops! is an energetic, sharp duo whose catchy beats makes them the best band on the Eastside according to 425 readers. Members djblesOne and emecks use a unique blend of pop, electro, punk, soul and hip-hop in their music and their dynamic choreography makes their shows unforgettable. They recently released their second album, “Let’s Quit.”

Best Artist (Tie)
Elizabeth Shriner
She recently opened Palettes and Pairings in Kirkland and teaches people how to paint. Palettes and Pairings, 504 Park Place Center, Kirkland

Mozelle Spencer
Give artist Mozelle Spencer a blank space and she will go to town, whether she is creating a painting, a mural or the perfect living space. Spencer specializes in decorative painting for the home and office in addition to creating stunning, larger-than-life murals and paintings. Mozelle by Design, 11810 N.E. 8th Suite H, Bellevue

Best Art Gallery
Palettes and Pairings
Palettes and Pairings allows you to become the artist, hosting painting classes and displaying beautiful work by locals. 504 Parkplace Center, Kirkland

Best Karaoke
Rock Box
This Japanese-style karaoke club offers a full bar as well as rooms for private parties. Belt it out at this rocking Capitol Hill joint. 1603 Nagle Place, Seattle

Best Festival
Boats, airplanes, parades and a month-long community barbecue — and that only begins to describe Seattle’s Seafair festival. With races, athletic events, the Miss Seafair scholarship contest and more, Seafair turns downtown Seattle into an irresistible carnival.

 Business & Services

BECU image courtesy BECU

Best Credit Union 
Boeing  Employees Credit Union (BECU)
BECU helps you save, borrow and bank with its personal and small business services and wealth management and money education resources. Various locations

Best Large Business
Cobalt Mortgage
Purchasing a home can be tricky, to say the least. Put your trust in a local business and let Cobalt Mortgage take care of you. Various locations

Best Small Business
The Bar Method
The Bar Method has been widely lauded for its power to sculpt and tone. Its popularity just keeps increasing on the Eastside. Multiple locations

Best Bank
Wells Fargo
Managing money is stressful enough without having to worry about trusting your bank. Eastside readers agree that Wells Fargo is the place to go. Multiple locations

Best Car Dealership
Ford of Kirkland
Ford of Kirkland will help you finally find that new car you’ve been dreaming of. 11800 124th Ave. N.E., Kirkland

Best Auto Repair
All-Star Auto Glass
Visit All-Star Auto Glass for help from expert technicians, or call them for mobile service. 2930 4th Ave. S, Seattle

Best Auto Body Shop
Lakeside Collision Center of Bellevue
With more than 50 years of experience serving the Eastside, Lakeside Collision Center has certainly earned its customer loyalty. 13310 Bel-Red Road Suite 204,  Bellevue

Best Lawyer
Laura Hoexter of Helsell Fetterman
Laura Hoexter focuses on wills, trusts and estates and helps clients with their new business legal needs. 1001 Fourth Ave., Suite 4200, Seattle

Best Real Estate Agent/Realtor
Daphna Robon, Premier Eastside Group
Daphna Robon is well known across the Eastside for her outstanding service and communication. 200 1121th Ave. N.E. #200, Bellevue

Best Financial Advisor
Annukka Mikkola, Merrill Lynch at Three Bellevue Center
425 readers say Annukka Mikkola is the best financial advisor to help with their money questions. 601 108 Ave. N.E. Suite 2100, Bellevue

Best Office Space
Artitudes Design
This graphic design business has done it again, appearing once again on this best-of list for their uber-cool office space that helps their small staff let the creativity flow. 1180 N.W. Maple St., Suite 180, Issaquah

Fashion & Retail

Nordstorm image courtesy Nordstrom, Inc.

Best Shoe Store
Report Shoes
Flats, wedges, heels and more — Report has stylish shoes galore! Keep up with each season’s fashions and keep your feet happy with shoes from this Seattle-based brand. Multiple locations

Best  Men’s Clothier
Trillium Custom Tailoring and Design
The Eastside’s newest tailor has taken off. Trillium offers tailoring for any occasion, including weddings. Their attention to detail has made them the best men’s clothier in the 425. 10500 N.E. 8th St. Bellevue

Best  Baby Store
Merry Go Round
Stepping into Merry Go Round is like entering a child’s paradise. It carries all the furniture, toys and accessories you could wish for. Merry Go Round has served the Eastside for 50 years, and there’s no better place to shop for baby. 1014 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Best Kids Store
Kids and moms alike adore the children’s section at Nordstrom. Its wide variety of fun, colorful and practical clothing guarantees a successful shopping trip. Multiple locations

Best Thrift Store
You’ll always find a hidden gem in the racks at Goodwill. Snag a bargain and help the environment by buying used. Multiple locations

Best Local Designer
Francisco Hernandez
Francisco Hernandez of Built for Man has crafted a unique line of clothing for the fashion-forward man of today’s world. He combines creativity with functionality. David Lawrence at The Shops at the Bravern, 700 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Best Department Store
From the sale rack to the latest designer pieces, Nordstrom offers clothing, shoes and accessories for you to fall in love with. The top-of-the-line department store has everything you need to keep your look fashion-forward. Multiple locations

Best Boutique
Blue Luna
Blue Luna brings European fashion to the Eastside with handpicked items from stylish designers. Find your sophisticated side at this feminine boutique. 10619 B. N.E. 8th St., Bellevue

Best Jewelry
J. Lewis Jewelry
From traditional diamonds to custom-made pieces, J. Lewis offers an extensive selection of sparkling adornments. 10575 N.E. 12th St., Bellevue

Best Bookstore
Barnes and Noble
Get lost in the stacks at Barnes and Noble, where you can find the latest bestsellers, fiction, nonfiction, magazines, journals and more. Multiple locations

Best  Bridal Shop
La Belle Rêve
La Belle Rêve offers everything you need for your wedding and bridal party, including bridal consultations. It was a 2011 pick for The Knot magazine’s Best of Weddings, and its staff will prepare you for your special day. 900 108th Ave. N.E. Suite 104, Bellevue

Best Antique Store
Haystack Antiques
Find some inspiration and some great deals at Haystack Antiques. Finding the needle isn’t guaranteed, but you will come across some amazing things along the way. 144 105th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Food & Drink

Beach Café image by Jeff Hobson

Best Lunch
Beach Café
Even on the gloomy days, Beach Café will make it feel like the sun is shining. Try the grilled salmon with pumpkin seed pesto or the smoked turkey club. 1170 Carillon Point, Kirkland

Best Restaurant
Daniel’s Broiler
For the finest steak, tender pork chops and a relaxing atmosphere, visit Daniel’s Broiler. The restaurant serves prime beef and even has a piano bar. 10500 N.E. 8th, 21st Floor, Bellevue

Best Breakfast/ Brunch
Pomegranate Bistro
Every dish at trendy Pomegranate Bistro is scrumptious, made from fresh, carefully chosen ingredients. Brunch is perfect, featuring scrambles, fire breads, waffles and more. 18005 N.E. 68th St.,Redmond

Best Wine Shop
Pete’s Wine Shop
The wines are amazing and the prices are just as good at Pete’s Wine Shop. From white to red, Washingtonian to French, Pete’s offers the perfect sip for every occasion. 134 105th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Best Happy Hour
Ruth’s Chris
Come to Ruth’s Chris for a delicious happy hour. Try the sliders and cocktails for an after-work pick-me-up. 565 Bellevue Square, Bellevue

Best Dessert
Pinkabella Cupcakes
Pinkabella Cupcakes provides cupcakes for every occasion — but you don’t need a reason to enjoy these delicious desserts! Pinkabella’s gourmet cupcakes take the cake (literally) for the best sweet on the Eastside! 320 Bellevue Square, Bellevue

Best Chef
John Howie Steak
Chef John Howie was already a prominent figure in the Northwest dining scene when he created John Howie Steak. He provides a fine-dining experience with top-quality ingredients, including local and seasonal products and carefully crafted recipes. 11111 N.E. 8th St., Suite 125, Bellevue

Best Bar/ Lounge
Joey Restaurant
Joey Restaurant is the perfect place to relax. The bar lounge is swanky, intimate and classy, making it the top pick of Eastside readers. 800 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue

Best Service
John Howie Steak
At John Howie Steak, your expectations won’t be met — they’ll be exceeded. 11111 N.E. 8th St., Suite 125, Bellevue

Best Steak
John Howie Steak
John Howie offers USDA Prime, American Wagyu and Australian Wagyu steaks, each cooked perfectly to order and seasoned just right. 11111 N.E. 8th St., Suite 125, Bellevue

Best Sushi
Flo has all the favorites and more. Their exquisite dishes will satisfy your sushi cravings, and the restaurant’s romantic atmosphere is an added bonus. 1188 106th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Best Kid-Friendly Destination
Red Robin
The fun, friendly atmosphere makes for a perfect family night out, and the kids’ menu offers classic kiddie favorites, like corn dogs, mac and cheese and chicken quesadillas. They offer healthy sides including fruit and veggies, and your little ones will love Red Robin’s signature freckled lemonade. Various locations

Best Pizza
One look at the Pagliacci’s menu will have your mouth watering. From meaty to vegetarian, Pagliacci’s serves up the perfect pie. Various locations

Best Vegetarian
Innovative and delicious, Teapot offers vegan and vegetarian options in traditional Pan-Asian styles. Its dishes promise to be healthy and tasty. 15230 N.E. 24th St., Redmond

Best Burger
Lunchbox Laboratory
The folks at Lunchbox Laboratory love to experiment, and you will be amazed by the original burgers on their menu. Or build your own burger — what’s better than that? Bring on the toppings. 989 112th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Best Hole-in-the-Wall
The Pumphouse Bar and Grill
Eat a burger, sip a beer from the tap and watch a game at the Pumphouse, a hidden gem of the Eastside. 11802 N.E. 8th St. Bellevue

Best Drive-In
What’s more fun than eating at a good old-fashioned drive-in? Pile the whole family into the car and head to Burgermaster. Multiple locations

Best Sandwich
Jimmy John’s
Not only does Jimmy John’s serve up delectable gourmet sandwiches, but they also deliver! Call them up for savory sandwiches on demand. Multiple locations

Best Coffee Shop
St. James Espresso
St. James Espresso outdoes the stiff competition for best coffee shop. The locally owned coffee house is welcoming and cozy, perfect for a relaxing cup of Joe or a quick pick-me-up. 355 Kirkland Ave. Kirkland

Best Sweets
New York Cupcakes
Winning Best Sweets for the second year in a row, New York Cupcakes is a haven for sugar lovers. 15600 N.E. 8th St. Suite A4, Bellevue

Best Barbecue
3 Pigs Bar B-Q
Dig in to your favorite barbecue while watching a game at 3 Pigs Bar B-Q. Don’t miss the All-You-Can-Eat beef ribs on Wednesdays. 1048 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Best Brewery
Redhook Brewery
Redhook has been brewing smooth, refreshing beers for over 30 years. Their Woodinville brewery hosts tours, private parties and the Moonlight Cinema Series, where visitors can enjoy a beer while watching a movie on an outdoor screen. 14300 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville

Best New Restaurant
Bradley and Mikel’s Koral Bar and Kitchen
This new eatery deserves its rising popularity. The menu is extensive, the food is trendy and the desserts are luscious. 900 Bellevue Way N.E. Suite 100, Bellevue

Best Bakery
New York Cupcakes
Cheery, cute and delightful, New York Cupcakes deserves its title of Best Bakery. They bake every kind of cupcake imaginable — the only problem is choosing which one to order! 15600 N.E. 8th St.Z Suite A4, Bellevue

Best Chinese
Seven Star
Everyone loves Chinese food, and Seven Star is the No. 1 Eastside pick. Seven Star offers everything from spring rolls to sweet and sour chicken and you can even order from their website. 2885 78th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island

Best Thai
Chantanee is elegant, peaceful and, most importantly, flavorful. The inviting restaurant serves savory Thai food from a large menu. 601 108th Ave. N.E. Suite 100A, Bellevue

Best Italian
Tropea Ristorante Italiano
Tropea Ristorante offers the real thing. Owner Lorenzo Scordamaglia is from Tropea, Italy, and he trained in Genova. Here, you’ll find authentic, comforting Italian dishes and a homey atmosphere. 8042 161st Ave. N.E., Redmond

Best Winery
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
At the winery, guests have the opportunity to explore the world of wine with their guided tours and wine tastings. The historic grounds themselves are tour-worthy, too, with beautiful gardens surrounding the winery. 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville

Health & Beauty

Julep  image courtesy Julep and Yuan Spa

Best Doctor
Dr. Erik Suh, Eastside Primary Care & Wellness
Dr. Suh, founder of Eastside Primary Care & Wellness, combines Western and Eastern medical traditions to bring the best care to his patients. Working in clinical and family medicine, Dr. Suh works for overall wellness, specializing in nutrition, weight management, sports medicine, pain and addiction. 1601 116th Ave.n N.E. Suite 111, Bellevue

Best Dentist
Dr. Wendy Spektor, Spektor Dental
Winner of the 2011 award for Best Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Wendy Spektor opened Spektor Dental in Bellevue in 1982. She focuses on restorative, cosmetic dentistry and helping patients get a beautiful smile. 1545 116th Ave. N.E. Suite 100, Bellevue

Best Naturopath
Dr. Michael Corsilles, Eastside Primary Care & Wellness
Dr. Corsilles is a trained naturopath. He works at Eastside Primary Care and Wellness, providing a unique view on health that is valued by patients across the Eastside and he specializes in digestive issues, obesity and more. 1601 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Best Physical Therapist
Olympic Physical Therapy
This local company helps patients get back on track and back in the game with its top-notch physical therapy services. Multiple locations

Best Orthodontist
Dr. Karen Clements, Clements Orthodontics
Dr. Clements has been practicing in the area for 15 years. 12817 120th Ave. N.E., Suite D, Kirkland

Best Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Dr. Heather Moore, Bellegrove OB/GYN
Dr. Moore is trusted by 425 readers as the best OB/GYN on the Eastside. After training in Arizona, Indiana and Missouri, she returned to practice in the Pacific Northwest. 1200 112th Ave. N.E., Building C, Suite 115, Bellevue

Best Massage
Yuan Spa
Choose from a variety of massage therapies at Yuan Spa, where the masseuses use Asian and European styles to bring you ultimate relaxation. Try their hot and cool sea salt pools, hydrotherapy, eucalyptus steam room and other unique offerings, too. 1032 106th Ave. N.E. Suite 125, Bellevue

Best Mani/Pedi
Julep boutique nail salon has quickly risen to star status. Their luxurious manicures and pedicures use their toxin-free nail polish, which has been featured in national women’s magazines. 221 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue

Best Eye Care (tie)
Dr. Rick McManus, Bellevue Optometry Clinic
Born and raised in the 425 area, optometrist Rick McManus has been treating eyes since 1986 and took over the Bellevue Optometry Clinic shortly after earning his doctorate. 2020 116th Ave. N.E., Suite 200, Bellevue

Overlake Eye Care
Overlake Eye Care understands the importance of good vision, and its doctors go the extra mile to provide patients with efficient, effective service. 1837 156th Ave. N.E., Suite A-201, Bellevue

Best Pediatrician
Dr. Donald Shifrin
Dr. Donald Shifrin has been caring for kids for more than 30 years and is often interviewed as a medical expert. Pediatric Associates, 2700 Northup Way, Bellevue

Best Cosmetic Surgeon
Dr. Sam Naficy, Naficy Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center
Dr. Naficy is skilled in facial plastic surgery, having worked with a variety of hospitals and universities. 1110 112th Ave., N.E. #150, Bellevue 

Best Hospital
Overlake Hospital
Overlake Hospital is a longstanding institution in the Eastside community, and it has received numerous awards for its exceptional care. With its roots in the community, it continues to be patient-oriented today. 1035 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Best Salon
The stylists at Seven Salon offer cuts and colors to suit every personality, and they are ready to help you define your personal style. 101 Bellevue Square, Bellevue

Best Place to Buy Beauty Products
Going to Sephora is like stepping into a candy store. From eye shadow to perfume, nail polish to skin care products, Sephora sells everything you might need — and more. Multiple locations

Best Tanning
Desert Sun
Try sunbed tanning, sunless spray tanning or cocktail tanning at Desert Sun and keep that golden summer glow all year long. Multiple locations

Best Personal Trainer
Marisa Mancke, Happy Hour by Marisa
Marisa Mancke, who runs her fitness studio Happy Hour by Marisa, has been voted top personal trainer by “Evening Magazine” and now by readers of 425! She offers personal training, group classes and even a cardio striptease class. 13615 N.E. Place, Suite430, Kirkland

Best Chiropractor
Dr. Austin Hsu, Back 2 Health
Dr. Hsu has been practicing for more than eight years. He not only helps people feel better by aligning their spines, but he also promotes overall well being by encouraging overall wellness and life balance. Multiple locations

Best Yoga Studio
SHAKTI Vinyasa
SHAKTI Vinyasa hosts dynamic, challenging yoga classes in Redmond and Bellevue. The studio boasts renowned master teachers and also offers workshops, retreats and trainings. Multiple locations

Best Workout
The Bar Method
For a tough workout that pushes the body and the mind, visit The Bar Method at Redmond Town Center or its sister studio in Seattle. The workout combines the principles of dance, interval training and isometrics to help reduce body fat, improve posture, elongate and firm muscles and more. 7551 166th Ave. N.E. Suite D240, Redmond

Best Gym
The Bar Method
The Bar Method boasts a beautiful facility, perfect to inspire your workout. 7551 166th Ave. N.E. #D240, Redmond

Best Spa
Relax, rejuvenate and repair at Calidora. The skin clinic offers facials, peels, laser therapies, Botox and other treatments to help your skin look its best. 10708 Main St, Suite 310, Bellevue

Home & Garden

Masins Furniture image courtesy Masins Furniture

Best Builder
Lakeville Homes
Lakeville Homes of Bellevue has been building gorgeous homes on the Eastside since 1985 with quality construction and remodeling. 425.453.8388

Best Landscaper
Evans Creek Professional Landscape Services
This family-owned business has been making Eastside spaces beautiful since 1976 with earth-friendly gardens and an eye for design. 20745 S.E. 3rd Way, Sammamish

Best Interior Designer
Albee Interior Design
Wendy Albee of Albee Interior Design will turn your kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom into your dream space. 425.489.5926

Best Kitchen and Bath Designer
Kitchen and Bath Design Center
Kitchen and Bath Design Center transforms everyday rooms into magnificent spaces while retaining their functionality. 13433 N.E. 20th St., Suite F, Bellevue

Best Remodeler
Lakeville Homes
Turning your house into your ideal home shouldn’t be stressful — so call in the experts. Lakeville Homes of Bellevue provides you with expertise and efficiency when remodeling your home. 425.453.8388

Best Hardware Store
McLendon Hardware
McLendon Hardware is your one-stop shop for everything you need. From painting to building, hardware to electrical, the store will supply your tools. Various locations

Best Garden Shop/Nursery
You’ll get lost in Molbak’s wide selection of plants, garden supplies and outdoor products. Find inspiration for your garden and yard at this large nursery. 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville

Best Place to Buy Appliances
Arnold’s Appliance
Time for a new refrigerator? Oven? Washing machine? Head to Arnold’s Appliance, where you can find top-of-the-line products that will fit your needs. 1625 132nd Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Best Architect
Gelotte Hommas
Gelotte Hommas brings dreams to life with their artistic, functional architecture. The company brings luxury, practicality and style to every project. 3025 112th Ave. N.E. Suite 110, Bellevue

Best Place to Buy Furniture
Masins Furniture
No matter what room you are furnishing, Masins will be able to supply you with high-quality furniture. It boasts a wide selection and an interior design staff to help you make the perfect choices. 10708 Main St., Bellevue

Sambica image courtesy Sambica


Best Birthday Party Place
Canvas! Paint and Sip Studio
Canvas! is the perfect place for large gatherings and makes for a unique, memorable birthday. 122 Central Way, Kirkland

Best Middle School
Kirkland Junior High School
A 2010 Washington Achievement Award Winner for Overall Excellence, Kirkland Junior High has been recognized as one of the state’s best schools. 430 18th Ave., Kirkland

Best Elementary School
Sunset Elementary School
Trust your young learner to Sunset Elementary, where teachers, students and parents collaborate to make a happy campus. 4229 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. S.E., Bellevue

Best Preschool
Inglemoor Cooperative Preschool
Inglemoor Cooperative lays the building blocks of learning with group activities, the arts, creativity, the outdoors, basic principles for kindergarten and more. 7718 N.E. 141 St., Kirkland

Best Daycare
Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue
There’s never a shortage of things to do at the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue. Put your kids in the Club’s trusted hands. 209 100th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Best Teacher
Dan Alderson, an English teacher at Lake Stevens High, is known for his passion and dedication. He was honored with the prestigious 2011 Milken Educator Award for Washington. Dan Alderson, Lake Stevens High School

Best Youth Group (tie)
The Bellevue Youth Theatre
Kids can come together to learn about performing arts from a professional staff. It is free to kids all year-long thanks to the city, the school district and numerous volunteers. 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue

First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue
First Presbyterian provides a nurturing place for students to interact, talk, learn and just hang out. 1717 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue

Best Summer Camp
This non-denominational Christian camp provides overnight and day camps for kids of all ages. Adventure, personal growth and new friendships are just some of the things kids will find at Sambica. 4114 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. S.E., Bellevue

Best High School
Bellevue High
Bellevue High School provides students with academics, athletics and activities, making for a nurturing high school environment. 10416 Wolverine Way S.E., Bellevue


Best Veterinarian
Dr. Judy Hung, Eastside Veterinary Associates
Dr. Hung decided at age 7 that she would be a veterinarian, and her dedication has helped her become one of the best vets in the Pacific Northwest. She has received other top vet awards and now she has this Best of 425 award to add to the list. 8934 122nd Ave. N.E., Kirkland

Best Groomer
Stacy D’s Grooming
When you can’t get your dog or cat to settle down for a grooming session, entrust them to Stacy D’s instead. Gentle, patient and understanding, Stacy D’s Grooming will take care of your pet. 20915 N.E. 77th St. Redmond, 425.898.7618

Best Pet Store
Mud Bay
Mud Bay offers products for all your pet’s needs, and will provide information, tips and solutions to help you choose what’s best. Various locations

Best Pet Park
Marymoor Dog Park
There’s a reason Marymoor Park is locally known as “Doggy Disneyland.” With 40 acres of space for dogs to roam and play off-leash, it is sure to be magical for any dog. 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond

Best Doggy Daycare
Dana Wilson, Walk Your Dog?
Bring your dog to Dana Wilson for pet sitting, leashed walks and off-leash trips. Let your dogs have fun and exercise while you’re gone knowing they are in good hands. She serves the Redmond, Woodinville and parts of Bellevue. 425.466.7607

Travel & Recreation

The San Juan Island image by Robert Demar

Best Hotel
Woodmark Hotel
There’s no better place for a getaway than Woodmark Hotel. Situated on Lake Washington, the Woodmark goes above and beyond to make your stay luxurious, from the bedding and amenities to the room service and lakeside views. 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland

Best Bed and Breakfast
The Old Hen
This tucked-away B&B is the perfect place to relax and refresh. Enjoy a full breakfast before taking a walk, playing lawn games, relaxing by the river or curling up at the fire pit with s’mores. You’ll never want to leave The Old Hen. 47150 S.E. 162nd St., North Bend

Best Kid-Friendly Destination
Canvas! Paint and Sip Studio
Canvas! Paint and Sip Studio is perfect for kids who want to get their hands a little messy and parents who want to relax — or join in the fun. 122 Central Way, Kirkland

Best Hike
Mount Si, North Bend
Mount Si stands at 4,167 feet, and the 4-mile path to the summit will take you up 3,700 feet and through various ecosystems. Climb beneath the shade of the evergreens, relax at rocky vista points and finish at the summit plateau, where you’ll have a beautiful view of the Pacific Northwest landscape.

Best Park
Marymoor Park Soccer and ball fields, the only velodrome in the state, a 35-foot freestanding climbing structure, bird watching … there is something for everyone at the 640-acre Marymoor Park— even an off-leash dog park. 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond

Best Wedding Venue
Harbor Club
The Harbor Club Bellevue sits on the 25th floor, with perfect views of the mountains and Lake Washington to be the backdrop for your wedding. Intimate, elegant and spacious, the Harbor Club is the perfect setting for your special day. 777 108th Ave. N.E. #2500, Bellevue

Best Golf
The Golf Club at Newcastle
Hit the links at Newcastle, where the 350-acre space holds an 18-hole course, an all-weather driving range, practice facilities and a clubhouse. The views of Mount Rainier and the Olympics don’t hurt, either. 15500 Six Penny Lane, Newcastle

Best Northwest Travel Destination
The San Juan Islands
The San Juan Islands are home to beautiful forests, clear waters, and a variety of wildlife. Head there for a dose of nature, and try your hand at sea kayaking, hiking, boating, whale watching and more. It’s the perfect place to take a break, get lost and explore.

Your Favorite Local

Kirkland image by Rick Takaqi

Best City

Kirkland is a colorful city situated on the shores of Lake Washington, with much to offer locals as well as tourists. From arts activities and galleries to upscale boutiques and restaurants to farmers markets, spas and parks, there’s many reasons to visit and to call Kirkland home.

Best Celebrity
Stop Bugging Me Superhero
This superhero has become famous locally for his role in the commercials for Stop Bugging Me Pest Control, and his heroic ability to exterminate all kinds of pests. One smile from this superhero will melt your heart — and termites, ants and other pests will be sorry. 800 Bellevue Way N.E., Suite 400, Bellevue

Best Blog
Girls Guide to Seattle
Keep up-to-date on Seattle events, get tips for city living and find the best places to hang out with Girls Guide to Seattle. Even Eastsiders who frequent Seattle all of the time will discover a few new destinations thanks to this blog.

Best Event
This festival takes over Seattle in July and August, and you won’t want to miss it. The list of events is long, and there really is something for everyone. Don’t miss the Seafair Pirates and the Torchlight Parade, or push your limits and register for the triathlon. Whatever you do, you won’t be disappointed.

Best Nonprofit
Hopelink helps disadvantaged families get back on their feet. They supply communities with various programs centered on food, housing, family development, adult education, transportation, energy assistance and emergency financial assistance. Multiple locations

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