11 Rosé-Drinking Events in Seattle This Summer 2018

Parties and Happy Hours Where You Can Get Your Fill of Pink Wine

by Stranger Things To Do Staff | Courtesy of TheStranger.com

 Last year's  Charles Smith Wines Jet City Rosé Experience  sold out extremely quickly, so don't miss your chance to buy tickets to the  second annual event  and taste 25 varieties of pink wine. PRATT

Last year's Charles Smith Wines Jet City Rosé Experience sold out extremely quickly, so don't miss your chance to buy tickets to the second annual event and taste 25 varieties of pink wine. PRATT

Think pink! Warm weather is finally here and it's officially rosé season. Here are 11 events where you can get your fill of "summer water," so you can rosé for days. For more ideas, check out our complete food & drink calendar or our bar listings.

SATURDAY MAY 19

Rosé, Flowers and Live Music Party
Drink pink wine and pick up some posies to match from the Valley & Rose pop-up flower truck. There will also be live music.
Elsom Cellars

 

FRIDAY MAY 25

Rosé Spring Happy Hour
Romantic French Pike Place hideaway Maximilien will pour plenty of blush-pink wines, including local, sparkling, and champagne varieties, and cocktails alongside fancy small plates and shared appetizers like charcuterie, chilled crevettes, steak tartare, salade niçoise, and more. If weather is nice enough, their patio will be open. 
Maximilien

 

THURSDAY MAY 31

Rhinos and Rosé
Raise a glass to Seattle's first-ever Assam rhinos. Ethan Stowell Restaurants and Theo Chocolate will keep you sated while you sip many glasses of bubbly pink wine and learn about the critically endangered species.
Woodland Park Zoo

 

Rosé All May Cocktail Party!
Drink pink at this rosy cocktail soirée, which will supply a steady flow of still and sparkling rosé and rosé cocktails, like strawberry rhubarb rosé sangria. For sustenance, snack on fresh, Vietnamese-inflected bites like chicken larb salad cups and banh mi tea sandwiches. $20 of each ticket sold will be donated to Chef Cycle to help fund No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger run by non-profit Share Our Strength. 
The Bookstore Bar & Cafe

FRIDAY JUNE 1

French Rosé Tasting
Live la vie en rose with six French rosés, complemented by confections from Alexandra's Macarons to continue the Francophile theme.
Sound & Fog

 

SATURDAY JUNE 2

2nd Annual Rosé Experience
A week before Rosé Day, taste varieties of pretty-in-pink wine from 25 different wineries, including Charles Smith's CasaSmith ViNO Rosé, K Vintners Rosé, and Charles & Charles Rosé, and take in tunes from indie rocker Lucy Dacus and indie folk rock five-piece Vetiver.
Charles Smith Wines Jet City

 

Le Grand Aïoli & Pink Wine Fair
Cool off with 24 pink wines from around the world, a Provençal-style spread of fresh, raw spring vegetables, salmon, cold shellfish, grilled meats, and crusty bread with garlicky aioli for dipping/slathering, and shaved ice for kids.
Bar Ferd'nand

Summer of Rosé
To celebrate opening their garden and patio for the season, Bottlehouse will have over 25 wines in pretty "summer sunset hues" from all over the world to sample. There will also be live music, raffles, VIP giveaways, and special food menu options.
Bottlehouse

THURSDAY JUNE 7

Cafe Campagne Annual Drink Pink
For 14 years running, French bistro Cafe Campagne has celebrated its annual "Drink Pink" event in Post Alley with a variety of seasonal rosé. They'll have rosé by the glass and the bottle, as well as food available for purchase.
Cafe Campagne

 

THURSDAY JUNE 21

Rosé Solstice Soirée
On the longest day of the year, use that extra sunlight to your advantage with tastings of rosé from Tranche Cellars, Upsidedown Wine, aMaurice Cellars, Latta Wines, Ancestry Cellars, COR Cellars, Betz Family Winery, Cedergreen Cellars, Isenhower Cellars, and more. There'll also be food specials, raffles, and a live DJ. 
Mr. West

 

JULY 20, AUG 17, SEPT 21

Rosé on the Patio
Lounge on the patio, sip a selection of Italian rosé, and nibble on summery picnic snacks while a DJ provides background music for these three Friday evenings.
Cuoco

SIFF comes to Kirkland

The Kirkland Performance Center will host SIFF films. 

Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

 Image Courtesy of  Kirkland Performance Center

Image Courtesy of Kirkland Performance Center

The 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the United States.

Its mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world.

The Seattle International Film Festival is once again bringing films to Kirkland. The Kirkland Performance Center will host 11 screenings of festival films between Friday, June 1 and Sunday, June 3.

For a listing of films coming to Kirkland, visit the Kirkland Performance Center website.

Kirkland Proclaims Affordable Housing Week

 Kirkland City Council member Toby Nixon and Mayor Amy Walen present a proclamation for “Affordable Housing Week” to Cassandra Sage, Amber Gmerek and Joy Horbochuk on May 1. Photo via Twitter

Kirkland City Council member Toby Nixon and Mayor Amy Walen present a proclamation for “Affordable Housing Week” to Cassandra Sage, Amber Gmerek and Joy Horbochuk on May 1. Photo via Twitter

Council reviews housing strategy, encourages opportunities for people with a “variety of incomes.” 

By Katie Metzger  |  Monday, May 14, 2018 1:30pm  |  Courtesy of

Earlier this month, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen proclaimed May 14-18 as “Affordable Housing Week” in the city. Communities throughout King County are participating in local efforts this week to inform the public of the critical need to preserve and increase affordable housing.

Affordable Housing Week is an annual initiative sponsored by the Housing Development Consortium, which is comprised of more than 160 member organizations. Consortium representatives Joy Horbochuk, Cassandra Sage and Amber Gmerek attended the Kirkland City Council meeting on May 1 to receive the proclamation.

Horbochuk, a case manager at Hopelink, thanked the city for its commitment to and support of affordable housing. Sage, a Lake Washington School District board member and Eastside Human Services forum board member, stressed the importance of housing for students and families and said she knows a Kirkland mom who spent a year in safe parking with her two children before moving into affordable housing this school year.

Gmerek, who co-chairs the Young Professionals Board at Imagine Housing, invited the community to an event called “The Difference a Home Makes,” organized by Attain Housing, Congregations for the Homeless, Imagine Housing, Lifewire and The Sophia Way.

The five Eastside service and housing providers hope to bring people together to learn and talk about the housing and homelessness crisis. The event will be from 6-8 p.m. on May 17 at Bellevue’s First Congregational Church.

“We live in a strong economy here, but people still experience homelessness for variety of reasons,” Gmerek said.

The 2017 Count Us In survey found 5,485 people in King County living without shelter and found an increasingly high number of families who are considered “housing insecure,” because they are spending more than half of their income on rent and utilities, according to the city’s proclamation.

The council also talked about Kirkland’s Housing Strategy Plan later at the May 1 meeting, which included a discussion of strategies for increasing the amount of affordable housing in the city.

Some ideas from the Housing Strategy Plan Advisory Group included city incentives, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and continuing to support organizations like A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH). Kirkland has invested millions of dollars through the ARCH housing trust fund over the past two decades to preserve existing and build new affordable housing.

Kirkland has adopted a housing element as part of its Comprehensive Plan, which includes goals and policies to address housing needs for all income levels and types of households, including the homeless and people with special needs, according to the city’s proclamation.

Kirkland has also adopted legislation that supports affordable housing by exempting impact fees for affordable housing units, requiring affordable housing units in market rate developments, allowing multi-family tax exemptions where affordable housing units are provided and prohibiting discrimination against use of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.

Walen noted that to preserve open space, cities are planning to take more density, and “to be a complete community, there should be a home for every kind of person in our society.” She also said that affordable housing should be a “compass point” as the city updates its neighborhood plans. The council reviewed the North Rose Hill, South Rose Hill and Bridle Trails plans, along with the 85th Street subarea update, on May 1.

The council discussed adding more housing and development near transit centers such as 85th Street and Kingsgate.

“The combined cost burden of housing plus transportation can be substantially reduced by locating affordable housing opportunities in proximity to transit,” according to the city’s proclamation.

The council, at the suggestion of Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold, requested that each neighborhood plan provide opportunities for housing serving a variety of incomes and explore multiplexes and/or innovative housing types.

See www.kirklandwa.gov for more.

Council Weighs in on NE 85th Street BRT Station

 A three-level interchange on Interstate 405 at Northeast 85th Street in Kirkland would separate cars from buses, cyclists and pedestrians. Image courtesy of WSDOT

A three-level interchange on Interstate 405 at Northeast 85th Street in Kirkland would separate cars from buses, cyclists and pedestrians. Image courtesy of WSDOT

A three-level design would improve access for transit, cars and pedestrians.

By Katie Metzger  |  Tuesday, May 8, 2018 1:34pm

After studying more than two dozen options for the Interstate 405 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station at Northeast 85th Street in Kirkland, staff from Sound Transit and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) presented two design concepts to the Kirkland City Council on May 1.

One was the original design, which would retain the large cloverleaf-type interchange, with 85th Street passing below the freeway. Long and steep pedestrian bridges would cross over the I-405 ramps and connect to the BRT station, which would be at the freeway level.

The second is a three-level “separated transit interchange.” The top level would be the I-405 mainline. The middle level would provide access to and from the express toll lanes, along with pedestrian/bicycle circulation, and would be home to BRT stations and local bus stops. The bottom level would carry through traffic on 85th Street.

Sound Transit staff showed the council a video simulation of the walk from local bus stops to the transit stations, comparing the initial 6-10 minute trek to the 1-2 minute stroll in the new design. The separated interchange “improved non-motorized access, [and provided] greater drop-off/pick-up opportunities.”

The new concept is also cheaper, costing $235-260 million, as opposed to the planned $300-330 million. Construction is still scheduled for 2021-24, when the station will open.

Council members praised the new design as “creative” and “bold.” Removing the clover leaf also opens up opportunities for land use and development along the 85th Street corridor, they said.

Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold said he appreciated the level of engagement of Sound Transit and WSDOT with the city, and the opportunities for improved safety. He said he hoped for a similar process as the agencies collaborate on another project: bus-only lanes on 85th Street between I-405 and 6th Street, near Kirkland Urban. Both projects are funded by Sound Transit 3 (ST3), approved by voters on Nov. 8, 2016.

BRT is a key element of the multi-modal I-405 Master Plan, though ridership projections are low, according to the Seattle Transit Blog. Still, the city of Kirkland sees benefits to the project beyond transit, including safer bike and pedestrian connections not only to BRT but also across 85th Street, and improved access to the HOT lanes, said council member Jon Pascal.

Later in its meeting, the city council discussed the neighborhood plans for Bridle Trails, North/South Rose Hill and the 85th Street subarea. They talked about adding density along 85th Street, and how to connect the new station to the Cross Kirkland Corridor.

Next steps for the BRT project include preliminary engineering and environmental review. Staff will present the design to the Sound Transit Board this summer. Contact Sound Transit (brt@soundtransit.org) and the Kirkland City Council (citycouncil@kirklandwa.gov) with project feedback.

Where To Go For Mother's Day Brunch in Seattle

 Image Credit: Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge on Facebook

Image Credit: Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge on Facebook

Mother’s Day is just around the corner: Here’s where to find the best brunches, dinners, and more

BY: AUSTIN IVERSON | Posted May 2, 2018 | Courtesy of SeattleMag.com

Tango
This year, take mom out for tapas downtown instead of the traditional brunch. For Mother’s Day, Tango will be serving up everything from bacon-wrapped dates to Spanish meatballs and plenty of dessert. For reservations, visit tangorestaurant.com or call 206.583.0382. 

Tulio  
Executive chef Walter Pisano will be serving up classic brunch favorites with an Italian twist at this traditional downtown spot. Come for a meal and your favorite brunch cocktail between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The dinner menu will open at 5 p.m. for those looking to celebrate Mom later in the day. For reservations, visit tulio.com or call 206.624.5500. 

Goldfinch Tavern
Stop by for a full-scale, three-course buffet downtown featuring apps and entrées of both surf and turf, like grilled beef tenderloin and seared scallops. Don’t miss out on great cocktails, and a variety of wines by the glass and bottle. $75 for adults, $25 for the kids, brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For reservations, visit goldfinchtavern.com or call 206.749.7070.

Serafina
Celebrate Mom Italian style with a two-course, prix-fixe brunch menu at $35 per person in Eastlake. Featuring a $15 kids menu, so be sure to bring the little ones along. For reservations, visit serafinaseattle.com or call 206.323.0807. 

Andaluca
This downtown Mediterranean staple will be serving up a unique Mother’s Day brunch, featuring one-of-a-kind crab and egg dishes and cocktails. For reservations, visit andaluca.com or call 206.382.6999

BluWater Bistro
For this brunch over in Leschi, come in between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. where Mom can enjoy a complimentary mimosa, Dungeness crab quiche and other breakfast favorites. For reservations, visit bluwaterbistro.com or call 206.328.2233.  

Mamnoon
This Capitol Hill Middle Eastern favorite will be serving up all their classic dishes for Mother’s Day, featuring special house spices and original recipes, putting a modern twist on traditional cuisine. For reservations, visit mamnoonrestaurant.com or call 206.906.9606. 

Toulouse Petit
For a Mother’s Day with a Cajun spin, venture to Queen Anne for a variety of Benedicts, omelets and Creole breakfast favorites. For reservations, visit toulousepetit.com or call 206.432.9069.   

Six Seven
Venture down to the Belltown waterfront between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a brunch buffet of epic proportions, prepared by executive chef Jesse Souza for $80 per person. For reservations, visit edgewaterhotel.com or call 206.269.4575. 

Hitchcock
For Mother’s Day, hop over to Bainbridge where Hitchcock will open for special brunch hours, featuring seasonal dishes and complimentary champagne. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., stop in for special takes on pork lion, salmon eggs Benedict, cocktails and much more. For reservations, visit hitchcockrestaurant.com or call 206.201.3789. 

Volunteer Park Café
This family-style Mother’s Day dinner just blocks away from Volunteer Park features bites like chilled sweet pea bisque, seafood stew with a variety of proteins and lemon chevre cheese cake for dessert. Starting at 6 p.m., this supper is available for $45 per person. For reservations, visit alwaysfreshgoodness.com or call 206.328.315. 

Feed Co.
For a big Mother’s Day brunch, head over to Madrona where Feed Co. will be featuring all the favorites, and not just burgers. Start with bottomless mimosas ($17), and dive into chicken and waffles, breakfast bowls, French toast and much more. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For reservations, call 206.726.6000. 

Hotel Sorrento
This buffet lunch in First Hill, featuring Belgian waffles, salted caramel glazed ham on brioche rolls, omelets and freshly baked pastries, will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $34 per person, and don’t forget about the mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. For reservations, visit hotelsorrento.com or call 206.622.6400.

Roads close for Kirkland Mother’s Day Half Marathon

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The half marathon will take place on Mother’s Day morning and afternoon on May 13.

Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com | Friday, May 4, 2018 12:30pm

Commuters should expect traffic delays due to the Kirkland Mother’s Day Half Marathon and 5K run to be held at Juanita Beach Park on May 13.

A course map is posted online at www.kirklandwa.gov/specialevents. Course impacts will include lane closures and/or delays from approximately 6:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. Detours will be in place.

Road closures include:

6:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

  • 97th Ave. Northeast between Northeast Juanita Drive and Northeast 120th St.

7:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.

  • 110th Ave. Northeast between Northeast 58th Way to Northeast 59th St.
  • Northeast 59th St. between 110th Ave. Northeast to 108th Ave. Northeast.
  • Northbound 108th Ave. Northeast/6th St. South from Northeast 59th St. to the Cross Kirkland Corridor/5th Place South.

7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.

  • Northbound 110th Ave. Northeast from 12th Ave. to Cross Kirkland Corridor.
  • Northbound 6th St. from 10th Ave. to 12th Ave.
  • Eastbound 12th Ave. from 6th St. to 110th Ave. Northeast.

7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.

  • City boat launch.
  • Southbound Lakeshore Plaza from Market St. to Kirkland Ave.
  • Eastbound Kirkland Ave. from city dock to Lake St.

7:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

  • Northeast Juanita Drive between 93rd Ave. Northeast and 98th Ave. Northeast.

Event organizers expect 1,000 athletes will participate in the event which includes a Kids Dash, 5K run/walk and Half Marathon run/walk. Event goers are encouraged to carpool and plan for parking in advance.

For bus transportation, event goers can go to http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/. For event information, go to www.explorekirkland.com. For permit information contact, Sudie Elkayssi, Special Projects Coordinator, City of Kirkland Parks and Community Services Department at 425-587-3347 or selkayssi@kirklandwa.gov.

2018 Best of 425

By 425 staff | May 1, 2018

 By Kirsten Abel, Zoe Branch, Lauren Foster, Joanna Kresge, Emily Manke, Todd Matthews, and Shelby Rowe Moyer / llustrations by Jorgen Burt

By Kirsten Abel, Zoe Branch, Lauren Foster, Joanna Kresge, Emily Manke, Todd Matthews, and Shelby Rowe Moyer / llustrations by Jorgen Burt

ookmark this page for when you’re in need of date-night ideas, weekend inspiration, or ways to mix up your daily routine. Thousands of you voted for your favorite places, people, and services. So, whether you’re looking for the best place to grab a drink, seeking health services, or just want a beautiful place to unwind, it’s all right here. Thank you for voting, and thanks to Moss Adams for tallying them up!

 

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Art Gallery
Ryan James Fine Arts

This Kirkland gallery offers a vast collection of contemporary artwork by more than a dozen known and emerging local artists. The gallery also is a popular venue for a range of events. Kirkland

Casino
Snoqualmie Casino

Take your evening up a notch. Snoqualmie Casino offers fast-paced gaming, star-studded performances, exceptional restaurants and one of the Northwest’s only cigar lounges. Snoqualmie Casino is the destination to stimulate your senses and treat yourself to a night you won’t soon forget.  Snoqualmie

Karaoke
Rock Box

When Eastsiders want to belt out a tune, they journey across the lake to Seattle to jam at Rock Box on Capitol Hill. Stop by the bar for some liquid courage or enjoy a menu of charcuterie and cheeses before you hit the high notes on the venue’s main stage. If you’re shy, croon from one of Rock Box’s private party rooms. Seattle

Radio Personality
Brooke & Jubal

The average commuter spends close to 40 hours each week behind the wheel. Maybe that’s why our readers couldn’t imagine a slow morning commute on I-405 without the antics of Brooke & Jubal in The Morning. With segments like Jubal’s Phone Taps, Missed Connections, Awkward Tuesday Phone Call, and Watcha Doin’ at the Courthouse, how can we blame them? Bellevue

TV Personality
Steve Pool of KOMO

Longtime locals might pride themselves on knowing that Steve Pool once hosted Front Runners, a Saturday evening magazine television show that aired between 1986 and 1995, amassed nearly 100 Emmy Awards, and achieved national syndication. But most of us know Pool as our favorite weatherman on KOMO 4 (even if he keeps telling us it’s going to rain).

Movie Theater
iPic Theaters

No wonder Eastsiders have voted iPic Theaters as their No. 1 movie theater for the last few years. iPic in Redmond offers gourmet food that is easy to eat in the dark — like lobster rolls or cheesecake brulee — and it also serves wine, cocktails, and beer. They bring it to you. And no worries: classic candy and popcorn are available, too. Redmond

Local Celebrity
Ciara

Popstar Ciara and her husband, Russell Wilson, could raise their children — daughter Sienna Princess and her older brother, Future — anywhere, but they decided on Bellevue, and we couldn’t be happier. We love catching glimpses of Ciara out and about with her kids or enjoying a meal at an Eastside eatery with her husband.

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Athlete
Russell Wilson

We can’t get enough of the other half of this power couple, either. After all, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback did lead our team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. When he’s not wearing the No. 3 jersey, he can often be found visiting patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital or working on his Why Not You Foundation, which endeavors to inspire kids to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Band
The Herding Cats

An area cover band that dates back to 2001, The Herding Cats — Jon Bolton, Mike Mattingly, and Pete Ortega — shared stages with Huey Lewis and Roger Daltrey, and performed at corporate events for the Seattle Seahawks, Microsoft, and Susan G. Komen. Seattle

 Village Theater. Photo by Mark Kitaoka

Village Theater. Photo by Mark Kitaoka

Live Theater
Village Theatre

The Village Theatre has been producing quality productions in our region for close to 40 years. During that time, it has grown its audience to more than 20,000 subscribers, launched more than 160 original works, and mentored more than 57,000 students and families annually through its youth education programs. Everett and Issaquah

Nightlife
Bake’s Bar & Bistro

The recipe for the best nightlife venue on the Eastside? Combine a creative seasonal menu with the largest outdoor patio in downtown Bellevue. Add a pinch of live music performances, and a dash of special sporting events on a big screen. Bellevue

Museum
KidsQuest Children’s Museum

We totally get what parents and children alike love about KidsQuest Children’s Museum — an educational museum where little ones can splash, toss, count, brush, and drive the exhibits. Bellevue

 Kirkland Oktoberfest. Photo by Stephen Wong

Kirkland Oktoberfest. Photo by Stephen Wong

Festival
Kirkland Oktoberfest
Foosball, stein races, keg rolling, live entertainment, and let’s not forget about all the bier and brats. Held at the end of September, the annual Kirkland Oktoberfest celebrates all things German along the Kirkland waterfront for the 21-and-over crowd. Kirkland

BUSINESSES AND SERVICES

 Photo courtesy BitTitan

Photo courtesy BitTitan

Large Business + Office Space
BitTitan
For four years in a row, our readers have chosen Bellevue-based BitTitan as both the best business (medium-sized in 2015 and 2016, and large-sized in 2017 and 2018) and best office space on the Eastside. How does this global cloud-computing business do it? Unlimited vacation days and biannual bonuses, perhaps? But it probably has more to do with the free candy station. It always comes down to free candy, doesn’t it? Bellevue

Medium Business
The Gardens at Town Square

Thirty years ago, Eli and Rebecca Almo left the real estate development business and opened their first assisted living facility in Seattle. Today, the couple’s portfolio is spread throughout the Puget Sound region, including locations on Mercer Island and in Issaquah. The Almos’ Gardens at Town Square in Bellevue offers comprehensive healthcare services in a facility that includes chef demonstrations, art shows, and more. Bellevue

Small Business
The Riveter

Eastside co-working spaces such as Cowork Box, ExtraSlice, Orange Studios, and WeWork increasingly appeal to freelancers, small-business owners, and the gig economy workforce. The Riveter is a female-forward workspace and community built for business and impact. Beyond just a desk and hot coffee, The Riveter offers its members the opportunity for professional development, networking, and business resources through on-site programming (like negotiations, VC pitching, or marketing), brand partnerships, and member benefits. The Riveter’s 15-member team operates two locations on the other side of Lake Washington and, soon, Los Angeles. But the company plans to continue expanding its operations (hopefully to the Eastside). Seattle

Tattoo Artist
Skin and Soul Tattoo

Skilled artists Michael Adelstein, Mikol Jon, Brad Simmons, Brittany Sinclair, and Wil Spaedt (voted best tattoo artist by 425 readers last year) have made this full-service tattoo and piercing studio in downtown Bellevue a favorite among ink-inclined Eastsiders. While the ink dries, be sure to browse Skin and Soul Tattoo’s eclectic retail shop, stocked with local art, body jewelry, and vintage clothing. Bellevue

Car Dealership
Lee Johnson

This automobile dealership has been owned by the Johnson family for decades, with its roots dating back to the 1930s. Today, the Lee Johnson Auto Family employs more than 100 people and sells Chevrolet, Hyundai, Kia, and Mazda vehicles. Kirkland

Auto Repair
Jeff’s Auto Repair

Jeff Geitzen and his trusted team of skilled automobile technicians have fixed cars and trucks on both sides of Lake Washington for nearly 40 years. Bonus: Jeff’s Auto Repair is eco-friendly, and Geitzen and his staff contribute to local school fundraisers and participate in community cleanups. Various locations

Attorney
Laura Hoexter

Attorney Laura Hoexter is a trusted resource when it comes to two of life’s toughest — yet wildly divergent — financial decisions. Whether it’s helping an entrepreneur start her own business or settling an estate after a loved one passes away, 425 readers have consistently turned to Hoexter for expert legal advice. Her judicial acumen even spills over to community service, where she volunteers at the Wills for Heroes Foundation, which helps local police officers and firefighters prepare their wills. Seattle

Realtor
Daphna Robon

In the Eastside’s white-hot and competitive residential real estate market, 425 readers turn to the knowledgeable and responsive attorney-turned-Realtor Daphna Robon to stay apprised of the details associated with buying or selling a home. Bellevue

CPA/Wealth Planner
Renee Hawkes
CPA Renee Hawkes brings more than 20 years of income and estate tax experience to the table when she helps clients plan their estates and model their finances. “I strive to bring the best, highest-touch service to all of my clients,” said Hawkes. “I don’t just want to help you — I want to be your partner in building your future.” Bellevue

 Courtesy Park Place Auto Salon

Courtesy Park Place Auto Salon

Auto Detail
Park Place Auto Salon

Treat your car like you love it. That’s the motto at Park Place Auto Salon, where your car will be hand-washed and pampered while you relax in a luxury lounge on-site. Bellevue

Best City
Kirkland
The city’s vibrant waterfront downtown attracts locals and visitors to shop, dine, and play. The north-south Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail connects the State Route 520 Park & Ride to The Village at Totem Lake for walkers, runners, and cyclists. Add cutting-edge workplaces and a great school system, and you have this year’s Best City.

 Little Bit Therapeutic. Photo by Cara Freeberne Photography

Little Bit Therapeutic. Photo by Cara Freeberne Photography

Nonprofit
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

Hundreds of volunteers and nearly two dozen horses help children and adults living with disabilities to lead more enriched lives through adaptive horseback riding. Founded in 1976, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center offers equine-assisted therapies and activities that change lives one stride at a time. Redmond

Bank
HomeStreet Bank

What started as Continental Mortgage and Loan Company in 1921 has grown into HomeStreet Bank, which offers a portfolio of consumer, commercial, and private banking services, and is headquartered in Seattle with six branches located throughout the Eastside. What’s more, HomeStreet Bank recently donated more than $1 million to local nonprofit organizations, and its employees spent more than 18,000 hours volunteering their time and energy in local communities. Various locations

Credit Union
BECU
The nonprofit financial co-op started out lean in 1935, with a $2.50 loan between Boeing employees. Today, Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU), the largest credit union in Washington state, has just shy of 1 million members (both Boeing and non-Boeing employees), more than 1,500 employees, and more than $14 billion in assets. Various locations

 Photo courtesy BECU

Photo courtesy BECU

Florist
Fena Flowers

This Eastside floral company is celebrating its 30th anniversary and shows no signs of wilting. Customers consistently turn to Fena Flowers for spectacular centerpieces and beautiful bouquets to illuminate any event and elevate all occasions. Kirkland

Insurance Agent
Sarah Steblay

Sarah Steblay is a skilled personal risk management advisor who produces customized insurance plans for individuals and families in order to protect their valuable assets. Seattle

Mortgage Lender
Doug Perry

Doug Perry has helped thousands of clients secure the best home-financing solutions over the past 30-plus years. He is a trusted mortgage manager who is regularly recognized as one of the nation’s top loan originators. Bellevue

Cannabis Shop
The Novel Tree

Chris and Allie McAboy lead a friendly and knowledgeable staff that serves Eastside recreational marijuana customers at The Novel Tree, as well as customers seeking medical marijuana relief at The Novel Tree Medical next door. Bellevue

FASHION AND RETAIL

Boutique
Via Lago

Chapman Fina has been selling stylish clothes to Kirkland locals and visitors for many years. She’s got an eye for upcoming trends and classic looks. Fina is also dedicated to supporting local nonprofits and charities. Kirkland

 Photo courtesy J. Lewis

Photo courtesy J. Lewis

Jewelry Store
J. Lewis Jewelry

Jill Lewis launched her jewelry after branching out from a major jewelry manufacturer. From that day forward, J. Lewis Jewelry has been dedicated to the customer experience, and designing custom pieces that wow clients. Bellevue

Kids Store
Gap
Make sure your mini-me is feeling her best in on-trend and affordable clothes from Gap. Everyone wins. Various locations

Women’s Shoes
Crush
Shoes aren’t just cute; they affect the way you walk into a room. Look and feel your best in heels, flats, or boots from Crush that are high-quality, fashionable, and practical. Edmonds and Kirkland

Men’s Shoes
Nordstrom
If you wore your shoes to the top of Timbuktu and they gave you blisters, odds are Nordstrom will still take them back. Its customer service is incomparable and has been since 1901. Various locations

 Photo courtesy Seattle Thread Company

Photo courtesy Seattle Thread Company

Mens Clothier
Seattle Thread Company
Guys who need a style upgrade should visit owner Konstantin Gorshkov at Seattle Thread Company and browse his curated collection of menswear. From hats to sports coats, there’s a hot new thing for everyone. Kirkland

Thrift Store
Goodwill
Unique items are plentiful at Goodwill, and you’re contributing to a good cause by shopping there. Various locations

Antique Store
Town Hall Antique Mall
Treasure hunt for precious things, from a wide variety of antiques to trendy farmhouse finds. Bothell

 LaBelle Salon. Photo by Empower Photography

LaBelle Salon. Photo by Empower Photography

Bridal Shop
LaBelle Salon
A wedding dress is the centerpiece of your big day. Look your best with help from stylists at LaBelle Salon who will ensure you find exactly what you want. And with several fashion designers, there’s plenty of stunning dresses to choose from. Bellevue

Bookstore
Barnes & Noble

Have you read Big Little Lies, or Rupi Kaur’s new poetry collection The Sun and Her Flowers? Refresh your reading material by perusing the aisles of Barnes & Noble. You can also pick up a copy of 425 magazine there. Just saying. Various locations

 

FOOD AND DRINK

Restaurant + Seafood
Duke’s Seafood & Chowder
No matter your palate preference, there’s a dish for everyone to love at Duke’s — we’re hooked on the lobster chowder. To boot, its menu items are sustainably sourced, from the fish to the herbs that delight your taste buds. Various locations

Mexican
Cactus
For almost 20 years, Eastsiders have been relishing Cactus’ Mexican eats since it opened its Kirkland location, the first outside of Seattle. Come for piping hot fajitas piled high with guacamole and caramelized onions, and stay for the long list of tequilas. Various locations

Burger
Tipsy Cow
Dare we say burgers and fries are the kings of comfort food? So, if you’re planning to indulge, do it at the best place in town. Tipsy Cow Burger Bar offers a variety of grass-fed burgers, many of which have a slice of melted Beecher’s cheese. Oh, and be sure to order a shake! Redmond and Woodinville

 Monsoon. Photo by Geoffrey Smith

Monsoon. Photo by Geoffrey Smith

Vietnamese
Monsoon
Food as art has never been more apparent than it is at Monsoon. With the owners having grown up in Saigon, the dishes are inspired by Chinese and European cooking traditions and blended with traditional Vietnamese fair. Grab a table, or order the lunchbox delivery. Bellevue and Seattle

Brewery
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beaux Bowman established the brewery because he wanted to create excellent craft beer and a workplace he enjoyed being at. He succeeded. The award-winning brewery is a neighborhood favorite with rave reviews from locals. Redmond

Distillery
Glass Distillery
Grapes grown in the Pacific Northwest are distilled to a crisp vodka that is unlike anything else on the market. Founder Ian G. MacNeil created Glass Vodka to represent “a taste for curious rebellion.” Seattle

Pizza
MOD Pizza
The founders of MOD Pizza, Scott and Ally Svenson, built the restaurant as a platform to elevate their employees and make the community a better place to live, but MOD also offers a fine slice of pizza. No more fighting over toppings. With the individual-style pies, pick all the toppings you want for one fair price. Various locations

Italian
Tropea Ristorante Italiano
Tropea native Lorenzo Scordamaglia trained in Genova and traveled the world for nine years before settling in the Northwest in 1983. When he opened Tropea Ristorante Italiano in 1996, his promise was to bring true Italian flavors to locals. We thank him for that. Redmond

Vegetarian
Jujubeet
With Jujubeet, you’re never sacrificing taste for nutrition. Founder Bianca Szyperski believes in selecting mostly organic and local produce to help the body heal itself. Grab a juice for on the go, or try a cleanse. Bellevue and Seattle

New Restaurant
Central Bar + Grill
Married duo Joseph and Randi Brazen opened Central Bar + Grill in fall 2017 as a passion project outside of their Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty brand. It’s the Eastside’s sexy new bar, known for its vivacious cocktails, intimate setting, and delicious food. Bellevue

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Food Truck
The Box
Led by executive chef and owner Reis Llaneza, The Box has reinvented the lunch hour with Asian fusion cuisine so good, it’ll become your new lunch staple. Stop by for small bites, fresh salads, burgers, and more. Kirkland

Coffee Shop
Mercury Coffee
What started as a small coffee shop in Woodinville, founded in 1998 by Morgan Harris, has grown to an operation with more than 100 employees and several Eastside locations. The organic coffee beans are among the highest quality sourced internationally, so you know every cup will be magical. Various locations

Bakery
Midori Bakery
The inside of a Midori Bakery may be an exact replica of heaven, with a constant aroma of sweet pastries and racks of freshly-baked treats. Take a moment to yourself with a hot brew and twice-baked croissant. Redmond

French
Le Grand Bistro
Only the highest quality ingredients make it into the kitchen of Le Grand Bistro. The Kirkland restaurant has been luring passersby with the heavenly scent of French cuisine for eight years and has become a staple for impromptu nights on the town and special occasions. Kirkland

Fine Dining
John Howie
The dining experience is unprecedented with a comfortable ambience meant to make you feel at home and a top-tier menu that will leave you wanting more. You must, of course, go for one of John Howie’s premium steaks. It’s sure to be among the best you’ve ever had. Bellevue

 Vivo 53. Photo by Suzi Pratt

Vivo 53. Photo by Suzi Pratt

Happy Hour + Dessert
Vivo 53
With cocktails and the taunting Margherita Pizze, Vivo 53 will be on the minds of many as the end of the day approaches. From 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to closing, there’s plenty of time for a discounted imbibe and tasty treat. Also, if you haven’t tried one of the mile-high sundaes, you’re truly missing out. Bellevue

Outdoor Dining + Cocktail + Romantic Dinner
Water’s Table
There’s no better setting for a night out than a waterfront table with fresh-caught seafood and great conversation over a bottle of wine. Take a night off from the bustle of daily life, and enjoy Water’s Table at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport. Renton

Grocery Store
PCC
Few grocery stores have achieved the same level of community devotion as PCC. The market began with 15 families in 1953 as a food-buying club and has grown into a Pacific Northwest treasure for buying its locally grown products. Various locations

Chinese
Facing East
Grab a table at Bellevue’s Facing East with a group of friends, and order dishes to share so you can get the full experience of the expertly prepared Taiwanese cuisine. Bellevue

Doughnut Shop
Top Pot
There’s no better surprise on a groggy Monday morning than a box of Top Pot doughnuts. It was founded on Capitol Hill in 2002 and offers more than 40 varieties. So, order a dozen or two, because you’ve gotta try ’em all! Various locations

 FLO Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar. Photo by Connor Surdi

FLO Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar. Photo by Connor Surdi

Sushi + Japanese
FLO Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar
If the aesthetics of a perfectly plated sushi roll aren’t enough to bring you into FLO, the unbelievable flavors of a uniquely curated meal will. And they will keep you coming back again and again to share the experience with others. Bellevue

Chef
Junichiro Ise at FLO Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar
The artful mind of executive chef Junichiro Ise is behind the beautifully crafted dishes at FLO. With such refined attention to detail, it’s obvious every plate is designed with care. Bellevue

Thai
Bai Tong
In 1989, the original Bai Tong catered mainly to the Thai Airways crewmembers that frequented the restaurant near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The owner brought in top chefs from Bangkok to create authentic meals for the flight attendants. It’s since expanded and is the local standard for excellent Thai food. Various locations

Barbecue
3 Pigs Bar B-Q
The Harrell brothers purchased 3 Pigs Bar B-Q in 1989 and have garnered more than 60 awards nationwide from barbecue cook-offs. Bellevue

Lunch, Cheap Eats, + Hole in the Wall
MIX Poke Bar
Boxed lunches are boring. Switch up your routine with a “build your own bowl” of poke at MIX Poke Bar. Ingredients for the traditional Hawaiian dish with a modern twist are prepared fresh every day. Bellevue

 Photos courtesy Homegrown

Photos courtesy Homegrown

Sandwich
Homegrown
Simple sandwiches are elevated with fresh ingredients sourced from Homegrown Sprouting Farms in Woodinville and other area farms. Homegrown is all about keeping it local. Various locations

Drive-in
Burgermaster
Simple. Delicious. Burgers. For more than 60 years, Burgermaster has taken it back to the basics with simple fixings. And if you aren’t feeling a burger, try their Alaskan cod fish and chips with house-made tartar sauce. Various locations

Indian
Kanishka
Traditional Indian cuisine with some modern twists is Kanishka’s signature. Grab it on the run, or treat your party guests to its catering service. Redmond

Winery
Novelty Hill Januik
Located in Woodinville, Novelty Hill Januik Winery is housed in a modern and open space and is often the backdrop for swanky parties and beautiful weddings. People are welcome to drop into the bar for tastings, and larger parties can make reservations. The wines are award-winning — try them for yourself. Woodinville

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Hospital
EvergreenHealth
EvergreenHealth in Kirkland offers a wide variety of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the country. Delivering the highest quality of care, EvergreenHealth is made special by the personal touch provided by the many staff members, physician partners, and volunteers. Kirkland

 Photo courtesy Allegro Pediatrics.

Photo courtesy Allegro Pediatrics.

Pediatrician
Allegro Pediatrics
For more than 50 years, Allegro Pediatrics has brought high-quality pediatric care to the Eastside. With locations around the area, care offered every day of the year, and services from prenatal onwards, kids of all ages are in good hands. Various locations

Dentist
Dr. Libbi Finnessy
By listening to patients’ needs and focusing on their overall health, Dr. Libbi Finnessy shows extreme care and personal attention to each patient.  A believer in bettering the lives of others, Dr. Finnessy has traveled to Guatemala to do dentistry and works closely with nonprofits such as the domestic violence awareness and support organization Lifewire. She is changing the world one smile at a time! Bellevue

Orthodontist
Neal Smiles Orthodontics
Dr. Michelle Neal, who has 20 years of experience in orthodontics, can help anyone straighten a smile quickly and comfortably. The majority of Dr. Neal’s patients qualify for Invisalign treatment. Potential patients can even go in to see her for a complimentary smile scan and evaluation. Kirkland

Spa
Yuan Spa
Yuan Spa helps customers embrace healing for the body, mind, and spirit through a blend of ancient Asian healing philosophies and contemporary Western spa technologies. A visit for massage therapy, advanced skin treatment, or herbal body treatment helps clients restore inner balance. Bellevue

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Mani/Pedi
Patsy James Exclusive Nail Spa
Patsy James opened her own nail studio after 20 years of working as a highly-sought after nail technician. She dedicates herself to providing top-quality and utterly relaxing nail treatments to men and women. Bellevue

Chiropractor
Dr. Pauline Haugen, Higher Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center
Repeat Best of 425 winner Dr. Pauline Haugen combines Eastern and Western chiropractic techniques and noninvasive therapeutic specialties to help her patients feel, move, and live better. Services include everything from injury rehabilitation and massage therapy to Pilates and nutritional coaching. To make care accessible to everyone, Dr. Haugen’s practice offers affordable payment plans and accepts most forms of insurance. Bellevue

Doctor + Cosmetic Surgeon
Dr. David Stephens, Stephens Plastic Surgery
Dr. David Stephens is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been based in Bellevue since 1998. He has made major advancements in endoscopic surgery of the breast and face that have positively impacted the nature of plastic surgery results. Bellevue

Naturopath
Dr. Brooke Weitz
Dr. Brooke Weitz at PRO Sports Club focuses on healing the entire body from the inside out. The Bastyr University graduate practices primary health, with a focus on women’s health and pain management. She believes in empowering her patients to become their own health advocates, and helps give them the tools to do it. Various locations

OB/GYN
Dr. Michael Lawler
With 37 years of experience, Dr. Lawler is a highly skilled medical professional specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals around the area, including Overlake Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center. Bellevue and Seattle

Weight Loss Program
30/10 Weight Loss for Life
Offering plans based on the needs of each individual, 30/10 Weight Loss for Life takes a holistic approach to weight loss. The program focuses on accountability, diet, behavior modification, and education. By combining these elements, clients understand how food and exercise affect their bodies, and with this knowledge, they are able to make long-lasting change. Various locations

Physical Therapy
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
The mission of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities through adaptive horseback riding and hippotherapy. Practices used at the center help to address patients’ challenges, such as deficits in balance, strength, endurance, coordination, communication, and attention. By using equine-assisted therapies and activities, the riding center hopes to improve the bodies, minds, and spirits of the patients it serves. Redmond

Gym
PRO Sports Club
The health club, which offers courts, pools, exercise rooms, restaurants, and a spa, caters to many kinds of people, from singles to families to professionals. First opening its doors in 1973, PRO Sports Club was originally home to Seattle’s NBA team, the Seattle SuperSonics. Since then, the club has grown into one of the premier health clubs in the country. Various locations

 Photo courtesy Alive & Shine Center

Photo courtesy Alive & Shine Center

Yoga Studio
Alive & Shine Center
Since 1992, Alive & Shine Center has been the Eastside’s premier, Indian family-owned authentic yoga, meditation, and lifestyle oasis, with the highly trained yoga teachers. They provide classes, workshops, and teacher trainings in Purna Yoga, Heartfull Meditation, and holistic living. Their mission is to teach safe and transformative classes, so students feel alive — and shine! Bellevue

Salon + Barber
Gene Juarez Salons & Spas
Gene Juarez Salons & Spas can help just about anyone get his or her glam on. Offering cuts, color, skin treatments, makeovers, massage, and more, it’s no wonder the salons are our readers’ one-stop shop for all things beauty (and all things barbershop). Various locations

Personal Trainer
Chris Doran, Serious About Fitness
Whether you’re looking to lose weight or get stronger, the process can often feel complicated and disheartening. With more than 20 years of experience, Serious About Fitness owner Chris Doran is an expert in personal training and sports medicine. Doran can help clients take the guesswork out of fitness and achieve goals that otherwise might have felt impossible. Redmond

Assisted Living
Áegis Living
Since 1997, Áegis Living has been a leader in improving the happiness, satisfaction, and safety of its residents and listening carefully to the suggestions and concerns of residents, their families, and the employees. As a family-owned company, Áegis is empowered to make important decisions to help residents in new and innovative ways, making them effective trailblazers in bettering the environments of all assisted living centers. Various locations

HOME AND GARDEN

Builder
BDR Homes
Perhaps there is no better representation of the Eastside’s residential aesthetic aspirations than BDR Homes’ portfolio of angular, modern homes. Eastsiders agree: The family of independent companies that make up BDR Homes offers the best home construction experience in the region. Bellevue

Landscaper
Evans Creek
Evans Creek creates gardens that provide homeowners with a little piece of heaven on Earth. With the right landscaper, you can transform any yard into a magical oasis. Whether your dream garden includes a water feature, a meandering pathway, or intricate lighting, Evans Creek can make it happen. Sammamish

 Lakeville Homes. Photo by Rodrigo DeMedeiros

Lakeville Homes. Photo by Rodrigo DeMedeiros

Remodeler
Lakeville Homes
When you’re hiring someone to remodel your home, you don’t just want someone who will make it beautiful (though that is important); you want someone you can trust. Lakeville Homes has a reputation that dates back decades. Thanks to its solid standing, Lakeville Homes has a wealth of referrals and return customers. Bellevue

Apartment Community
The Meyden
Location, amenities, style, and community — The Meyden has it all. If you’re looking for an elegant place to hang your hat in the heart of Old Bellevue, The Meyden offers luxurious apartment homes that offer just that, and more. Bellevue

Interior Designer
Albee Interior Design
Wendy Albee’s background in fine art is evident in her luxurious, gorgeous designs. Albee and interior designer Cathy Briskorn make an exquisite team. Together they transform living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and beyond, from everyday spaces in need of a little love, to places of breathtaking beauty. Bothell

 Molbaks. Photo by Cindy Tyler

Molbaks. Photo by Cindy Tyler

Garden Shop/Nursery
Molbak’s Garden + Home
A trip to Molbak’s will leave you rejuvenated, inspired, and likely with more new home and garden supplies than you ever intended to buy. Some people call Molbak’s a nursery, others a home and gift store, but really, it’s both. Shopping at Molbak’s is an experience, and one that keeps people coming back, as it’s been in business more than 60 years. Woodinville

Appliance Store
Albert Lee
Albert Lee offers an exceptional selection of the top brand appliances, with a staff of professional and kind experts. Plus, it’s an integral part of the community, sponsoring numerous charities and local events. Various locations

Furniture Store
Greenbaum Home Furnishings
There’s a reason people on the Eastside keep coming back to Greenbaum Home Furnishings, which has been family-owned for nearly 60 years. A variety of high-quality furniture like no other, a dedicated staff, and a commitment to the Eastside community make Greenbaum more than a store, but an institution. Bellevue

 Baylis Architects. Photo courtesy Sozinho Imagery

Baylis Architects. Photo courtesy Sozinho Imagery

Architects
Baylis Architects
When it comes to designing homes that accent the Pacific Northwest’s natural landscapes to create gorgeous spaces, Baylis Architects has it down. Whether your home is surrounded by forest, water, or breathtaking views, Baylis Architects will work to create a home that not only benefits from the Eastside’s natural beauty, but adds to it. Bellevue

Kitchen and Bath Designer
Genay Bell Interior Design
Genay Bell strives for her designs to turn a space into a home. Designs created by Bell don’t just look beautiful; they function the way one lives, and represent a client’s personality and style. Bellevue

KIDS

Public High School
Newport High School
The first thing you’ll notice about Newport High School is the campus — it’s absolutely beautiful. Beyond the pretty exterior and interior, Newport High is regularly ranked one of the top schools in the United States by Newsweek and wins countless awards. The school also has its own flock of laying hens! Bellevue

Public Middle School
Tyee Middle School
Students at Tyee Middle School are diverse, bright, and full of promise. The Bellevue school boasts test scores well above average, and soaring enrollment, which attest to the competency and dedication of the school’s staff and faculty. Bellevue

Public Elementary
Peter Kirk
Peter Kirk is known for its dedication to providing a first-class K-5 education; this is reflected in students’ above-average test scores, below-average absenteeism, and right-on-target teacher-to-student ratio. Soon, the school will have a campus to reflect this excellence, with a state-of-the-art facility currently under construction. Kirkland

Private High School
Bellevue Christian School
In addition to core subjects, which are often taught above Washington State Department of Education requirements, Bellevue Christian School offers high school students placement courses, a cutting-edge technology program, and a math competition and performing arts programs that have won numerous awards. Bellevue

 KidsQuest Children’s Museum. Photo by Lisa Bontje

KidsQuest Children’s Museum. Photo by Lisa Bontje

Birthday Party Place
KidsQuest Children’s Museum
Kids’ birthday party planning can be taxing and keeping 20-plus kids busy for a couple hours is not easy, which is probably why parents on the Eastside love KidsQuest Children’s Museum so much. With cupcakes and beverages provided, a climbing atrium, story tree, and countless other activities to keep kids entertained, it makes kids’ birthday parties painless. Bellevue

Private Middle + Elementary School
Eastside Christian School
From kindergarten to middle school, students at Eastside Christian are above the curve in their learning because of access to differentiated learning groups, advanced math classes, access to technology, and a variety of electives to choose from. So, it comes as no surprise these students succeed academically, and score exceptionally well on the Washington State Smarter Balanced test. Bellevue

 Photo courtesy Montessori Children’s House

Photo courtesy Montessori Children’s House

Teacher
Carolyn Karkainen, Eastside Christian School
Carolyn Karkainen has been teaching first grade at Eastside Christian School for nearly 30 years. Karkainen is passionate about teaching children how to read and shows admirable patience and skill in guiding children who struggle with reading to discover the magic of language independently.  Bellevue

Daycare and Preschool
Montessori Children’s House
Let’s face it. Kids are spending less time outside and more time glued to screens, which is why Montessori Children’s House is a breath of fresh air, literally. The nature-focused school sits on a 5-acre, farmlike campus that lets kids connect with the outdoors and learn at their own pace. Eastsiders love that Montessori also offers childcare before and after school to enrolled students. Redmond

PETS

Veterinarian
Dr. Judy Hung, Eastside Veterinary Associates
Perhaps so many of our readers trust their pets with Dr. Judy Hung because the Eastside Veterinary Associates medical director has a straightforward philosophy on pets: Life is better with pets! Clearly, Hung practices what she preaches because she has a menagerie of furry roommates at home, including Ringo, Moby, Bo, Waffles, Nugget, Meany, Colonel, Katsu, and Kaarage. Kirkland and Newcastle

Groomer
Der Pet Haus
Eastsiders don’t trust their pets’ new hairdo to just any pet groomer. Instead, they go to an experienced, time-tested professional. Der Pet Haus has served our four-legged friends for 50 years, and in an environment that is safe, clean, and relaxing for both the pet and pet parent. Bellevue

Doggy Daycare
Dana Wilson, Walk Your Dog?
Whether traveling out of town for the weekend, or just working late, Eastsiders continue to trust Dana Wilson with their four-legged best friends. Perhaps the reason pet owners are so fond of Wilson is because she doesn’t just take dogs for a jaunt around the neighborhood. Instead, she routinely ventures to the Marymoor Dog Park and spends time playing and interacting with each pet. Moreover, Wilson is certified by the Red Cross to perform first aid on dogs and cats. Redmond

TRAVEL AND RECREATION

 Treehouse Point. Photo by Rodrigo DeMedeiros

Treehouse Point. Photo by Rodrigo DeMedeiros

Bed and Breakfast
TreeHouse Point
Ever wanted to spend the night in a dreamy, secluded treehouse? TreeHouse Point offers lodging, guided tours, wedding accommodations, and meeting spaces, all set in a gorgeous, forested area that feels miles outside of urban life. Issaquah

Cruise Line
Holland America Cruise Line
This isn’t Holland America’s first time on this list. The cruise line offers trips to places like Alaska, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, and South America. While sailing to some of the most beautiful places on Earth, passengers can feast at fine dining restaurants, jam to live jazz, and book a relaxing visit to the spa. Seattle

Golf Course
Newcastle Golf Club
The Newcastle Golf Club has two courses, a practice facility, and an upscale grill. All three are surrounded by classic, awe-inspiring Pacific Northwest scenery. If you aren’t a golfer, relax at the restaurant with a cocktail and decadent meal. Newcastle

Airline
Alaska Air
Alaska Air’s purpose is, “Creating an airline people love.” And with free on-flight movies, Washington wine, and craft beer on board flights to more than 110 destinations, it’s hard not to. Later this year, the airline will also offer flights out of Paine Field in Everett. Seattle

 Hyatt Bellevue. Photo by Marck Silverstein

Hyatt Bellevue. Photo by Marck Silverstein

Hotel
Hyatt Bellevue
The fashionable Bellevue hotel is conveniently located near lots of stores, restaurants, bars, and outdoor activities. Its 732 rooms feature mountain, lake, and city views, and its on-site restaurant serves a truly delicious weekend brunch. Bellevue

Wedding Venue
Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
If you’ve ever wanted to say, “I do” in front of a stunning view of Lake Washington, Hyatt Regency Lake Washington is the place to go. The hotel offers 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and lakeside areas with sunset vistas. Renton

Kid-Friendly Destination
KidsQuest Children’s Museum
The hands-on, interactive museum gives kids a chance to get up close and personal with science, technology, engineering, art, and math. KidsQuest exhibits and programs are geared toward children from birth to age 10. During the summer months, the museum is open seven days a week. Bellevue

Hike
Mount Si
The 8-mile round-trip hike through old-growth forest has been popular for years. Just a short drive from the Eastside, the trail leads to picturesque views of Mount Rainier, Snoqualmie Valley, and the Olympics. North Bend area

 Lake Chelan. Photo byMatt Howry via Flickr

Lake Chelan. Photo byMatt Howry via Flickr

Northwest Travel Destination
Lake Chelan
A four-hour drive from the Eastside, Lake Chelan is the perfect year-round destination. Go wine tasting, spend the day hiking, or break out your water skis. The area offers numerous activities that range from relaxing to entertaining to downright thrilling.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

 Gary Rubens. Photo by Jeff Hobson.

Gary Rubens. Photo by Jeff Hobson.

Gary Rubens is a well-known angel investor, but his heart lies with local students vying to advance their educations, which is why his foundation has donated millions in scholarships. Rubens and many others received nominations for our annual Citizen of the Year, and after careful consideration, the editorial team is proud to name Rubens the honoree. — Shelby Rowe Moyer

It’s not just that Gary Ruben’s family didn’t have the money for his college. He couldn’t even afford the gas money to drive his green Plymouth Barracuda from Issaquah to the Washington State University campus in Pullman, let alone support himself once he got there. So, when he got his acceptance letter, he was elated, and then reality set in.

“I remember thinking, ‘My friends are going to go to college, and they’ll come out in four years making a lot of money,’” he said. “‘What can I do in these four years to work hard and be successful?’ What I was lacking in formal education, I would have to make up in hard work and dedication.”

Instead of college, after graduating high school, he worked in construction, and then for an aircraft interiors company in Issaquah. He bought his first house in North Bend at 21, and worked for a contract lighting company in Kirkland that built custom lighting for hotels.

In 1990, Rubens founded his first business, Architectural Designs, and in 1999, he launched ATGStores.com and LightingUniverse.com — online retailers for home furnishing stores before online shopping was a freeway for commerce. When Lowe’s purchased ATGStores, Rubens suddenly had a windfall of money and wanted to pay forward his success to fellow entrepreneurs, as well as students wanting to pursue higher education.

His work life consists of three main buckets, he said: philanthropy, about which he is most passionate; real estate investing; and angel investing in tech startups. In 2012, he and his wife, Jennifer, created the Rubens Family Foundation, which supports education programs that serve underprivileged students who often are the first in their family to go to college.

“I want to help people who don’t necessarily need a hand out; they need an opportunity,” he said. “The best thing that gives people the opportunity is more knowledge, more education, so they aren’t reliant on someone else. … The best thing I can do is help young people like me who were high-potential, low-opportunity be high-potential, equal-opportunity.”

Since its founding, the Rubens Family Foundation has donated about $30 million and helped thousands of kids. The most rewarding part for Rubens is meeting the students he’s impacted. Some have asked him about his college experience, or why he doesn’t go back to school now. That got him thinking: Why not go?

So, more than 35 years later, he’s a proud Cougar, taking classes online to earn a bachelor’s degree in social sciences. In hindsight, Rubens said he doesn’t think he was ready for college at 18 years old. During his career, he’s refined his time-management skills and is better equipped to handle the workload. Through this experience, he also better understands what his scholarship awardees are going through.

“Many of them are low-income, single-parent homes,” he said. “They have to work; they have to help at home. How are they juggling all of that stuff? Now I get a sort of broader picture. I have all of these things going on in my life. I have a family and multiple businesses, and I’m trying to do school work as well. That’s been pretty cool to open my eyes to what they go through.”

When the 55-year-old isn’t investing or running his foundation, he’s visiting his two adult children and is incredibly active. Last year, he took up cycling and participated in Obliteride. This year, he’s planning to complete his first triathlon. It doesn’t seem like much gets in his way.

Sound Transit Plans High-Capacity Buses for the Eastside

 By 2024, Sound Transit intends to offer high-capacity bus service to communities along Lake Washington. Image courtesy Sound Transit

By 2024, Sound Transit intends to offer high-capacity bus service to communities along Lake Washington. Image courtesy Sound Transit

Faster bus lines along I-405 and SR-522 are in the works.

By Josh Kelety Monday, April 30, 2018 8:30am

By 2024, Sound Transit says it will have fast bus service running along both I-405 and SR-522, servicing communities on the north, south, and east sides of Lake Washington.

Officially dubbed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), the plans calls for high-capacity buses that with off-board payment, allowing riders to enter or exit through multiple doors, similar to King County Metro’s RapidRide system.

The proposed line along I-405 will run 37 miles from Lynnwood to Burien, stopping at 11 existing bus stations and a proposed new transit center in South Renton. The line will also intersect with yet-to-be-built Link Light Rail stations in Lynnwood, Bellevue, and the existing Tukwila station. Sound Transit projects that riders will be able to reach Bellevue from Lynnwood in 45 minutes, and Burien from Bellevue in 48.

Similarly, the SR-522 BRT route will run eight miles between Shoreline and Woodinville, servicing nine stations and connecting to the planned light rail station in Shoreline at NE 145th St. With this new route, Sound Transit estimates that riders will be able to get from Lake Forest Park to downtown Seattle in 38 minutes.

“The speed, frequency, and reliability of BRT service will mean major improvements in riders’ commutes,” Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff wrote in a statement.

Building a Sound Transit BRT network is part of the $54 billion Sound Transit 3 transportation funding package, which voters passed back in 2016. The Eastside BRT projects are financed by ST3-driven increases in regional funding sources (property taxes, sales taxes and car tab fees) within the Sound Transit taxing district. Sound Transit does not anticipate seeking federal grants for the expansion.

Sound Transit aims to spend the rest of 2018 soliciting public input and drafting route plans for the Eastside BRT expansion, after which the Sound Transit Board will authorize draft engineering plans and run them through the environmental review process in 2019. Assuming everything goes according to plan, proposed route alignments will be selected in 2020, design and engineering elements finalized by 2022, and construction finished by 2024.

Simultaneously, the Washington state Department of Transportation is working on building out express toll lanes for high-capacity vehicles along I-405 from Bellevue to Renton. Construction is slated to finish in 2024, just in time for Sound Transit’s rollout of BRT along the same route. The BRT buses will be able to utilize the new lanes.

A public meeting on the SR-522 route is expected to occur the last week of May, while a similar event on the I-405 route is slated for June. Details on both have yet to be determined, per a Sound Transit spokesperson.

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KAC hosts 15th annual Kirkland Artist Studio Tour

 Robert Moreno does a demo a previous Kirkland Artist Studio Tour. This year’s event runs from May 12-13 on Mother’s Day weekend. Photo courtesy of Larey McDaniels

Robert Moreno does a demo a previous Kirkland Artist Studio Tour. This year’s event runs from May 12-13 on Mother’s Day weekend. Photo courtesy of Larey McDaniels

The free tour will feature more than 40 local artists who will open their studios for tours.

By Kailan Manandic Friday, April 27, 2018 8:30am | Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

The Kirkland Art Center will host the 15th annual Kirkland Artist Studio Tour, (KAST) which will feature more than 40 local artists across multiple studios in downtown Kirkland.

“It’s a pretty important tradition for us here,” said Geneva Baldauf, the exhibitions coordinator at the Kirkland Arts Center. “It’s really great, we have artist’s studios open all over Kirkland.”

The tour runs from May 12-13 on Mother’s Day weekend, as it does every year. The tour is free and gives locals an opportunity to see local artists create within their own studios.

Beginning at the Kirkland Art Center, tourists will find maps outlining which studios are participating. Artists will display numerous different mediums, including jewelry, glass art, paintings, photography, garden art, sculpture, furniture and fiber arts.

“We’re kind of the hub of the event,” Baldauf said. “But it’s here for the community and it’s here for people to go into the studios and most likely the homes of these artists to feel a better sense of community.”

The tour will also feature numerous children’s activities, food trucks and live music performances.

While the main tour is free and self-guided, the Kirkland Art Center is currently selling 12 VIP tickets for the La Skibska Bus hosted tour. The hosted tour is limited to guests 21 and older as it includes a continental breakfast with mimosas, snacks, wine, lunch and a KAST swag bag.

“It’s good for people who just want to spend a Mother’s Day hanging out with their family,” Baldauf said. “It’s super low pressure and just there to be fun and exciting.”

A handful of local artists started the KAST in 2004 and featured seven to 12 artists during the first few years. The arts center took over operations in 2008 and aimed to implement new programming that supports the local art community.

This year’s KAST will also feature a local high schooler’s ceramics art in addition to other new artists and returning artists. Any local artist can be featured in the KAST, but the tour typically features locals who have already established themselves as artists.

“I think it’s important for the community to see what’s happening in their own backyards,” Baldauf said. “A lot of people don’t think of Kirkland as an artistic place but it really is, we have a lot of fantastic artists who live here and are the sweetest people.”

The Kirkland Arts Center is headquartered at the Peter Kirk Building in downtown Kirkland. The center preserved the building in 1962 when the organization was founded by locals as the Creative Arts League.

The building was completed in 1892 on the corner of Market Street and 7th Avenue to be used as part of a steel mill complex. An economic depression in 1893 halted the project and eventually the building was abandoned.

The structure has been as an exhibition gallery, community arts studios, and classrooms serving students of all ages and skill levels since it’s preservation in 1962. The exterior architecture remains unchanged.

According to the Kirkland Art Center’s website, “the Peter Kirk Building is architecturally significant as a well-preserved example of Victorian-era commercial architecture with Romanesque Revival elements.”

Baldauf said she expects the KAST to continue its upward trajectory. The number of participating artists has been slowly growing and this is the first year the tour will feature a sponsored VIP tour.

“It’s great that we can actually bring that side of Kirkland out into the world and tell people that Kirkland is a creative place too,” Baldauf said.

Kirkland Homeless Women’s, Family Shelter to Serve the Eastside 24/7

    Homeless families are able to utilize the amenities provided by the New Bethlehem Day Center six times per week from 2 to 8 p.m. The New Bethlehem Project is one of the primary organizations involved with the permanent shelter. Courtesy of New Bethlehem Project

 

Homeless families are able to utilize the amenities provided by the New Bethlehem Day Center six times per week from 2 to 8 p.m. The New Bethlehem Project is one of the primary organizations involved with the permanent shelter. Courtesy of New Bethlehem Project

The facility will be the first of its kind on the Eastside  |  Thursday, April 19, 2018  |  Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

Last month, the Kirkland City Council unanimously cast two votes that included the purchase of land for a shelter intended to house and support women and families experiencing homelessness on the Eastside.

The purchase marks a step forward in a collaborative effort between the city and several homeless shelters and facilities operating in the area.

The purchase of the property acts as part of a city work program that partners with A Regional Coalition for Housing and other nonprofit organizations to build a permanent, 24/7 women’s and family shelter in Kirkland. The property was purchased from the Holy Spirit Lutheran Church for $600,000 and is part of an area presently occupied by the Salt House Church.

The city and the current property owner hope to close the transaction in the next few months.

The 100-bed shelter will offer services that are currently either not provided or only limitedly offered by the various facilities on the Eastside, including on-site case management, housing navigation, access to several service providers and other amenities.

Organizations involved with the project include Catholic Community Services, the New Bethlehem Project (which helps families with children), The Sophia Way (which supports single, adult women), the Salt House Church and the City of Kirkland. Other partners also include Holy Family Catholic Church, St. Louise Catholic Church and the Lake Washington Methodist Church.

“It is a rare thing to have all these groups and the larger groups — the state, the county, ARCH — all pulling in the same direction,” Tracey Dunlap, Kirkland’s deputy city manager, said. “Everybody has been so open to it.”

Last month, the Kirkland City Council unanimously cast two votes that included the purchase of land for a shelter intended to house and support women and families experiencing homelessness on the Eastside.

The purchase marks a step forward in a collaborative effort between the city and several homeless shelters and facilities operating in the area.

The purchase of the property acts as part of a city work program that partners with A Regional Coalition for Housing and other nonprofit organizations to build a permanent, 24/7 women’s and family shelter in Kirkland. The property was purchased from the Holy Spirit Lutheran Church for $600,000 and is part of an area presently occupied by the Salt House Church.

The city and the current property owner hope to close the transaction in the next few months.

The 100-bed shelter will offer services that are currently either not provided or only limitedly offered by the various facilities on the Eastside, including on-site case management, housing navigation, access to several service providers and other amenities.

Organizations involved with the project include Catholic Community Services, the New Bethlehem Project (which helps families with children), The Sophia Way (which supports single, adult women), the Salt House Church and the City of Kirkland. Other partners also include Holy Family Catholic Church, St. Louise Catholic Church and the Lake Washington Methodist Church.

“It is a rare thing to have all these groups and the larger groups — the state, the county, ARCH — all pulling in the same direction,” Tracey Dunlap, Kirkland’s deputy city manager, said. “Everybody has been so open to it.”

Those involved with the project do not necessarily see the shelter as a solution to homelessness but rather a positive and necessary step. Angela Murray, executive director of The Sophia Way, said it is a reaction to a crisis-response system.

“Crises don’t always happen during business hours,” she said.

Dunlap added that, even once the shelter is built, it will not necessarily be “complete.” They will consider how it will continue to running effectively.

“This isn’t an event,” she said. “This is a continuum.”

In addition to the purchasing of the property for the shelter, the Kirkland council vote also involves the Houghton Court Apartments, which are owned by the city. This property includes 15 spaces between two apartment buildings located at 6705 and 6711 106th Ave. N.E.

Part of this deal entails there be a building swap with the King County Housing Authority, which oversees a building the city leases and uses for park maintenance. Ultimately, the swap will give the city ownership of the parks maintenance building, with KCHA owning the Houghton Courts Apartments.

KCHA intends to attend to repair needs and necessary upgrades while still operating the apartments for public housing.

Through this, council is hoping to push affordable housing in Kirkland forward and keep the city moving toward achieving a 2017-18 work plan item, which seeks to expand maintenance center capacity to fulfill the service needs of the larger city.

The shelter, though, is of particular interest. To city personnel and organizations involved with its eventual construction, the purchase of the property signifies a major step in the right direction.

“It’s a great story about how much this entire community cares and wants to do something,” Kathy Cummings, the city’s communications program manager, said. “Their values are what drive it and enable all of us to work together.”

To contribute financially to the shelter, visit eastsidecares.org.

Bellevue Hosts Open House on Toll Lane Expansion

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State and local officials met with residents about proposed expansions of toll lanes on I-405.

By Aaron Kunkler  |  Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

A public meeting on a toll lane expansion along Interstate 405 provided more details on the project being undertaken by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The project would extend toll lanes in both directions between I-90 and their current endpoints around Southeast 8th Street in Bellevue, which stretch north along I-405 to Lynnwood. The expansion is part of an overarching plan to have toll lanes running from Lynnwood in the north, which connect to a toll lane on State Route 167 south to Puyallup. State and local officials met for an open house on April 17 at Bellevue City Hall to explain the expansion to the public.

Widening the highway and re-configuring lanes to create two toll lanes in each direction through Bellevue is expected to cost $1.22 billion with construction beginning in 2019 and stretching through 2024. The DOT would upgrade interchanges and bridges along I-405 to facilitate an anticipated increase in traffic. By 2025, the state expects 255,000 vehicles to use the stretch of interstate daily, an increase of roughly 50,000.

One of the major projects will be building out four miles of trail on the Eastside Rail Corridor in conjunction with King County. The trail does not currently connect across I-405 after the Wilburton Rail tunnel was removed some years ago. When it was removed the state promised to reconnect the trail in the future and a new path, which will be fulfilled with this project. Roughly 2.5 miles of the trail which runs from Renton to Redmond will be paved.

All projects are funded through Connecting Washington and toll lane revenue, which has been generated since paid lanes opened on I-405 in 2015. Nearly 29 million trips on the toll lanes were logged in the first two years of operation and has generated roughly $29 million in revenue, of which $11.5 million has been reinvested. Tolls are in effect from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, with off-hours and weekends free following push back from the public.

According to state statistics, drivers traveling south from Lynnwood to Bellevue saved 11 minutes and northbound drivers shaved off 13 minutes on average using the toll lanes. Speeds have been improved too, though they still don’t meet the DOT’s own performance guidelines. These stipulate vehicles must be able to drive at a speed of 45 mph or more for at least 90 percent of travel time during rush hours. Before the toll lanes were implemented I-405 was only hitting this goal 56 percent of the time, which has climbed to 85 percent following the lanes coming on line.

The DOT maintains that the management of stormwater runoff would be improved with the expansion since additional piping and inlets would be created to catch more water. Additionally, stormwater processing plants would be upgraded.

The project would add 2.7 new acres of pavement to the existing 104.4 acres in the project area, but the state says the water retention technology would result in lower contamination levels. Less than one acre of wetland would be destroyed along with two acres of vegetation, which would be mitigated elsewhere in Bellevue.

A public comment period is open until May 2 and state residents can weigh in by email at i405comments@wsdot.wa.gov.

Apply for Free Home Improvements

By Lisa Patterson | April 16, 2018 | Courtesy of 425Magazine.com

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The City of Bellevue is accepting applications through May 31 for people who need small home improvements like the outside of their single-story house painted, or their yard cleaned up.

Volunteers will support the City of Bellevue and Jubilee REACH, a Bellevue-based nonprofit, during the Day of Sharing and Caring programto do the improvements this summer.

To apply, you must own and occupy a home in Bellevue. Selection is based on need.  Learn more by calling Ken Carpenter with Jubilee REACH at 425.818.4106 or by email at kenc@jubileereach.org. Residents whose projects are chosen will be notified by July 17. You can also contact Carpenter if you’d like to volunteer.

Kirkland to celebrate Earth Month in April

 Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen, right, proclaims April as Earth Month in Kirkland on March 20. Photo courtesy of the city of Kirkland

Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen, right, proclaims April as Earth Month in Kirkland on March 20. Photo courtesy of the city of Kirkland

The public is invited to participate in a variety of events, from volunteering to recycling.

Monday, April 9, 2018 12:10pm | Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

Mayor Amy Walen proclaimed April as Earth Month in the city of Kirkland at the March 20 City Council meeting, recognizing the city’s ongoing commitment to protecting the natural environment, according to a press release.

The proclamation was greeted with enthusiasm by a number of participants at the council meeting. Several community members thanked the council for their efforts, including University of Washington student, Beth Fancher, speaking on behalf of a group of students with the university’s Restoration Ecology Network, who have been working on a restoration project in Kirkland.

“We have observed first hand this community’s dedication to preserving the great natural parks that are here in Kirkland,” Fancher said. “We’re here to thank you for this proclamation and all the opportunities we’ve been presented with over the past academic school year.”

Throughout the month of April, the public is invited to participate in a variety of events and activities including free workshops, joining the Green Home Challenge, volunteering to restore one of Kirkland’s natural areas and recycling challenging items.

Below are some of the events happening in honor of Earth Month in Kirkland:

Take the Green Home Challenge to make your home simpler, healthier and greener: This April, residents can tackle tasks like getting rid of junk mail, reorganizing their refrigerators to waste less food and decluttering closets. Residents who join the Green Home Challenge will receive emails with simple tasks throughout the month of April. Each email will include resources and events in Kirkland to make completing the actions easy. By the end of the month, participants will set up their homes to reduce waste, make their homes safer with informed use and storage of hazardous materials and clear out unwanted clutter. Sign up for the challenge at kirklandwa.gov/greenhome.

Volunteer with Green Kirkland Partnership to restore natural areas: Residents can do their part to keep Kirkland green by volunteering at one of Green Kirkland Partnership’s environmental stewardship events in April. Volunteers are needed to help build wildlife habitat, protect water quality and restore the forest by removing invasive weeds, spreading mulch and tending to new native plantings. On April 21, all are invited to volunteer for Earth Day at North Rose Hill Woodlands Park, or choose one of the many other volunteer events during April.

Recycle latex paint at King County’s first paint recycling event: A new King County program offers residents the option of recycling latex paint, which previously needed to be dried out and thrown away. The City of Kirkland is hosting the county’s first latex paint recycling event under the new program. On April 14, community members can bring latex paint to Lake Washington Institute of Technology for recycling. A small processing fee applies to each can of paint. More information about the event can be found at kirklandwa.gov/recycle.

Recycle more and reduce waste: In April, Kirkland residents have multiple opportunities to recycle tricky items and keep them out of the landfill.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 7, participate in the city’s monthly polystyrene foam collection event, Styrofest, by dropping off Styrofoam™ and plastic film for recycling.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 14, join for the first Latex Paint Recycling Event in King County.

From 4 to 6 p.m. on April 17, sign up and join a Waste Management Recycling Center Tour to see where your recycling goes once it leaves the curb.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 29, stop by Kirkland’s biannual Recycling Collection Event to recycle mattresses, bulky wood, refrigerators and more.

Natural yard care classes: Learn how to create healthy soil and design a thriving garden for our Northwest conditions.

• Green Lawns and Gardens from the Ground Up

• Smart Plant Choices for a Northwest Garden Class

• Hands on Natural Yard Care

Sign up for these free workshops at www.kirklandpw.eventbrite.com.

Protecting the natural environment at the city of Kirkland: The Kirkland community cares about the environment, and the city is taking action to ensure the city functions in an environmentally-friendly manner. The city was recognized through the EnviroStars Green Business program this spring for operating City Hall in an environmentally responsible way. The Kirkland Justice Center, which opened in 2014, recently received a Silver designation under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. In partnership with the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C), the city of Kirkland is developing an online dashboard that will allow the public to see a record of the city’s emissions.

For more information, contact Kirkland’s Recycling Hotline at 425-587-3812 or recycle@kirklandwa.gov.

11 Best Home Décor Shops in Seattle

Just in time for a seasonal refresh, these spots deliver the goods.

BY: CHELSEA LIN & NIA MARTIN | FROM THE PRINT EDITION | APRIL 2018

 Image Credit: Alex Crook

Image Credit: Alex Crook

Our Emerald City is a gold mine when it comes to finding the goods needed to furnish and decorate a home. Vintage wares? Check! Local artisan goods? Check! Sustainable, contemporary furniture? Check, check!

So, choosing our favorite shops and goods was a little like choosing our favorite food or movie or child...they’re each so different, and there’s a reason to love each one. But these home shops from around the city set the bar especially high with their unique offerings, in-store experience and on-trend selections. Whether you lean toward a coffee table made from recycled barn wood or an antique silver set, you just might discover that one of our favorite home shops is one of your favorites, too.

Camelion Design
Ballard, 5330 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.783.7125
Whimsical and vibrant without crossing over to kitschy, the contents of this wonderful Ballard shop (above) would warm any home. Although owner Nicole Vandermeulen and her team of design consultants succeed in selecting one-of-a-kind home decor and gift items—such as plush throws and bold accessories—it’s the upholstered bespoke furniture that really sets this place apart from the other adorable Ballard Avenue stores. Hundreds of fabrics are available to cover pieces ranging from petite swivel chairs to expansive sectional couches. What we love most is how they embrace color here—if you’re looking for somewhere to pick up the latest jewel tones or bright pastels, this is your place. 

  GETTING PERSONAL:   Michele Bayle’s shop is filled with items that add personality to any space.   Photograph by Jay Alan. 

GETTING PERSONAL: Michele Bayle’s shop is filled with items that add personality to any space. Photograph by Jay Alan. 

Bayle and Co. 
Seward Park, 5224 Wilson Ave. S, No. 102
Interior designer (and owner of Columbia City’s Wink Eyewear) Michele Bayle opened her multiroom Seward Park shop in late 2016 with a mission to help people “make their space personally theirs,” she says. To do so, she’s put together a selection of reasonably priced home goods that pop with personality, from gilded leather pillows and shaggy poufs to air plant holders and unusual picture frames. Many items are from Pacific Northwest artists, and a new collection features pillows, curtains, placemats, napkins, totes and pouches made from hand-crafted, batik-printed cotton she has sourced from Ghana. Swing by for a drop-in consultation (for a small fee) on the third Thursday of every month. 

  FINE TIME: Looking for a custom art piece or a restored antique? Head to The Phinery.   Photograph by Julie Mannell. 

FINE TIME: Looking for a custom art piece or a restored antique? Head to The Phinery. Photograph by Julie Mannell. 

The Phinery
Phinney Ridge, 6500 Phinney Ave. N, Suite A; 206.494.3355
Opened just last year, The Phinery is a one-stop shop for home decor items and decorating services by owner and interior designer Becky Ducsik, who also directs the restoration of specialty antique pieces. “The result is a wide variety of items produced in small batches that each have their own story,” says Ducsik. The small shop also carries custom art pieces and a variety of gifts and accessories for the home in a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Have an antique that needs some new life breathed into it? You’re in luck, as Ducsik also enjoys helping her customers reimagine their vintage heirlooms as contemporary pieces that retain the integrity of their original design.   

  IMAGINE THIS: Get inspired in Room and Board’s showroom where room vingettes show you what’s possible.   Photograph by Room and Board. 

IMAGINE THIS: Get inspired in Room and Board’s showroom where room vingettes show you what’s possible. Photograph by Room and Board. 

Room and Board
University District, 2675 NE University Village St.; 206.336.4676
American-made-furniture classic Room & Board has been around since 1980, but landed in Seattle in late 2012, opening an expansive store in University Village. “We have created modern furnishings designed to be practical, timeless and comfortable,” says R&B brand liaison and design associate Elaine Thompson of the store’s tried and true offerings. The store is known for investing in the creative Seattle community with events like a designer showcase, which features Seattle-based fashion and accessory designers who are invited to restyle a room in the R&B showroom. To experience the store is to escape the hustle and bustle of U Village. Just take the escalator up to the airy showroom, laid out in a large loop by category—including kids and outdoors—and breathe. 

  EYE CANDY: Ted Kennedy Watson has won awards for visual merchandising; the layers of goods in his shops (Watson Kennedy Fine Home is pictured here) invite customers  to discover the perfect accessory for their home. Photograph by Ted Kennedy Watson. 

EYE CANDY: Ted Kennedy Watson has won awards for visual merchandising; the layers of goods in his shops (Watson Kennedy Fine Home is pictured here) invite customers  to discover the perfect accessory for their home. Photograph by Ted Kennedy Watson. 

Watson Kennedy
Watson Kennedy Fine Home, Downtown, 1022 First Ave.; 206.652.8350
Watson Kennedy Fine Living, Pike Place Market, 86 Pine St.; 206.443.6281
Ted Kennedy watson knows the Seattle lifestyle. Going strong for the past 20 years, his Watson Kennedy Fine Home and Fine Living shops seamlessly blend new wares with vintage items—not surprising for the winner of the National Retail Excellence Award for Visual Merchandising. “The shops are set up by color, layer after layer after layer,” says Watson of his home gift and accessory selections, which range from Diptyque candles to vintage sets of patterned china, and everything in between. With strong French and English influences, the shops reflect Watson’s refined curations, allowing customers to discover what appeals to them most. 

   Photographs by   Ravenna Gardens;   Haris Kenjar (Luxe);   Kelly Lemon Photography (Oscar)

 Photographs by Ravenna Gardens; Haris Kenjar (Luxe); Kelly Lemon Photography (Oscar)

Maison Luxe
Madison Park, 2806 E Madison St.; 206.405.2828
Like an eccentric aunt with impeccable taste, this Madison Park shop pulls off a specific look many of us couldn’t dream of putting together with such style and grace, thanks to owner and interior designer Kelie Grosso. Not every piece requires a deep pocketbook, but the overall aesthetic is one of ultraluxe—but not in a cookie cutter kind of way. Grosso, who opened the boutique in 2006, travels the world—from Marrakech to New York City to Paris (her number-one buying destination)—for products and inspiration. You’ll find everything from antique oyster forks to animal-leg end tables to jewel-toned velvet couches—creating a desire for all sorts of beautiful things you didn’t know you needed. 

Oscar and Co.
Kirkland, 702 Market St.; 425.803.2121
Situated on a charming street corner in downtown Kirkland, Oscar & Co. is a treasure trove of vintage finds set up to resemble an enchanting flea market. “We focus on collections and categories,” says owner Dawn Oscar, who opened the shop four years ago. In addition to a few select furniture pieces, you can also find pottery, textiles, baskets, industrial accessories and fixtures, and a few oddities. There’s also an extensive collection of silver pieces and glassware for customers wanting to throw an elegant soiree. 

  GREEN THUMB: There's plenty of greenery at Ravenna Gardens but customers also love the selection of home accessories and outdoor furniture. Photo by Ravenna Gardens.

GREEN THUMB: There's plenty of greenery at Ravenna Gardens but customers also love the selection of home accessories and outdoor furniture. Photo by Ravenna Gardens.

Ravenna Gardens
University Village, 2600 NE University Village St.; 206.729.7388
Whereas major garden stores like Swansons and West Seattle Nursery excel in their breadth of offerings, this comparatively petite U Village shop is our personal favorite for its well-curated assortment of plants (delivered daily by local growers) for both indoors and out. Bring greenery into your home in the form of a customizable terrarium, trendy succulent or leafy houseplant, or add to a beautiful outdoor space with colorful, fashionable French Fermob patio furniture. And even if your thumb is more brown than green, the incredibly knowledgeable staff can assist you in picking out appropriate plants for your living space—and your gardening skill level. As owner Gillian Mathews says, “Not everyone has a garden, but everyone can bring nature into their home.” 

Inform Interiors
South Lake Union, 300 Dexter Ave. N; 206.622.1608; Moving to Capitol Hill, 1526 Bellevue Ave.
If you look for chic furniture shop Inform Interiors in South Lake Union and only see an empty space, don’t despair. At press time, the shop—with its beautifully designed North American- African-, Japanese- and European-made pieces, whose modern silhouettes read like works of art—had announced its move to Capitol Hill, but not a moving date (though April is likely). The new location, a bigger space just down the street from hip spots like Melrose Market, will continue to carry its exquisite collections, such as Knoll armchairs and Tom Dixon side tables. Longtime co-owner Allison Mills is being joined by new co-owner Hillary Rielly who sums up the store’s fashionable philosophy this way: “We only sell what we totally believe in, and at that point it no longer becomes selling.” In the new location, expect periodic in-store events, such as talks by designers, plus an extra helping of home accessories, from Finnish dinnerware to large-format Taschen art books.  

  CREATIVE CLASS: Filled-to-the-brim Three Birds is the perfect place to shop for home gifts and decorations.   Photograph by Lindsay Kerekes. 

CREATIVE CLASS: Filled-to-the-brim Three Birds is the perfect place to shop for home gifts and decorations. Photograph by Lindsay Kerekes. 

Three Birds
Queen Anne, 2107 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206.686.7664
This cozy Queen Anne shop is the sort of place we should all have in our back pocket—a veritable one-stop shop for when you need a little housewarming gift or birthday present. The emphasis here is on creative home decor, from trendy macramé wall hangings to beautiful colored glassware, classic Northwest artwork to tasteful seasonal decorations. Owner Robin Johnson says spring is an especially fun time to swing by the shop—it’s when the goodies she picked out at the New York gift shows start showing up on the shelves. 

  CLEAN LIVING: The aesthetic at Digs shows off the shop’s modern furniture and home accessories.   Photo by Digs. 

CLEAN LIVING: The aesthetic at Digs shows off the shop’s modern furniture and home accessories. Photo by Digs. 

Digs
Ballard, 2002 NW Market St.; 206.457.5709
We can’t help but dig Ballard furniture shop Digs. Owners and spouses Ben Knudsen and Gretchen Bjork Knudsen opened shop on the neighborhood’s main drag in 2013, and they continue to offer a tasteful selection of mid-century modern furniture pieces, plus an assortment of eye-pleasing housewares, accessories and gifts—many made by local designers. “We try to curate items that are well designed and still functional, with the idea of buying less and buying better,” says Knudsen of the bright, open space, which is also a great spot for receiving a little “design therapy.” Knudsen credits Digs’ success to his fellow Ballardites for embracing and supporting their local businesses.   

20 Perfect Spring Day Trips

Treks, tours, and garden getaways to celebrate the end of winter: Pet a wallaby, haunt a ghost town, or hunker down in a hotel that might as well be in Hawaii.

By Allison Williams  3/29/2018 at 1:00pm  Published in the April 2018 issue of Seattle Met | Courtesy of SeattleMet.com

 Rangers give tours of the 1875 Olmstead homestead on summer weekends.  IMAGE:  WITOLD SKRYPCZAK / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

Rangers give tours of the 1875 Olmstead homestead on summer weekends.

IMAGE: WITOLD SKRYPCZAK / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

Explore Ellensburg’s Hidden Gems

Drive time: 1 hr 45 mins

Admit it: You’ve judged the town of Ellensburg by the truck-stop gas stations and fast-food chain signs you spotted from the freeway. Don’t blame the city for its underwhelming curb appeal; a few blocks off the interstate sits a cozy, historic downtown, the gateway to Eastern Washington. 

Past the off-ramp district, nearly everything here is vintage. The free Kittitas County Historical Museum sits in its own beautifully restored nineteenth-century building and sells a poster of the dozens of other classic edifices around town. The Clymer Museum and Gallery eulogizes the Old West in paintings of the myth-
-ridden American frontier; down the road the Olmstead Place State Park preserves a frontier homestead as a still-working farm with guided tours. Peek inside a refurbished house of worship at the Yellow Church Cafe, where the Holy Moly chicken sandwich provides its own form of salvation: housemade cheddar bun, apple barbecue sauce, and a salty pickle spear.

But not everything in town is antiquated. Just steps from the Clymer collection, the Gallery One Visual Arts Center combines a gallery of modern art with a local crafts shop. A few blocks away, bright folk art and more than 10,000 bottle caps festoon a private home known as Dick and Jane’s Spot, a joyful monument built over more than three decades.

One sign preserved in the Kittitas museum calls Ellensburg “a town that only a mother could love.” While it may never shake its cow-town reputation, the city’s cheerful self-deprecation underplays its undeniable charm.

Pit Stop: Worth a detour either coming or going: Thorp Fruit and Antique Mall, a giant white barn that acts as its own billboard hawking whatever’s in season in 10-foot red letters. There’s no bad season for the locally made huckleberry ice cream in back. 

 MAGE:  ROB WILSON

MAGE: ROB WILSON

The Thinker, one of only a few identical sculptures made from Auguste Rodin’s original plaster casts, has a new perch in the woods, sheltered by tall Douglas firs. Donated last year to LeMay Collections at Marymount, it debuts with three other works in the site’s new sculpture garden this spring. 

Though the Rodins will be LeMay’s first foray into fine art, collection is clearly nothing new here. The Marymount site, a former nun-run military academy in Spanaway, was once owned by the late Harold LeMay, a Pierce County waste collection magnate who ironically hated to see things thrown away. Some of his more than 2,000 vehicles were spun off into the separate America’s Car Museum in downtown Tacoma; his other treasures went on display at this woodsy retreat.

The school’s old gyms are crammed with unusual cars while its halls brim with vintage radios, dolls, even hundreds of hose nozzles. Visitors can book a Model T driving lesson or attend lectures, and, this spring, tour Rodins. Though the artworks number far fewer than other LeMay collections, The Thinker doesn’t seem to mind seclusion.

Pit Stop: The Marymount acres abut a residential neighborhood south of Tacoma, not far from small enclaves with their own local eateries. Tibbitts@FernHill debuted in 2017 with a short farm-to-table menu of rich breakfasts and hearty lunch dishes in an old brick building decorated with, suitably, an antique rolling pin collection.

Flower Powered: Gardens a Signature Plant

Lilac

Named for a German immigrant who settled north of Portland, Woodland’s Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens celebrate Lilac Days April 21 through May 13, the only time Hulda’s farmhouse is open for viewing and lilacs are for sale.

Rhododendron

Washington’s state flower gets a showcase at Meerkerk Rhododendron Garden on Whidbey Island, 10 dog-friendly acres with four miles of walking trails.

Dahlia

As one of the largest of its kind in the country, Point Defiance Park’s Dahlia Trial Gardenin Tacoma is all about size—the round flowers can grow on stems that top six feet. 

Bonsai

The Pacific Bonsai Museum doesn’t trap the tiny trees in windowless galleries; the outdoor display was started by the Weyerhauser Company in the 1980s and still sits on its onetime Federal Way campus. Free public tours are held Sundays.

Iris

Patrick Spence, the gardener behind Cascadia Iris Gardens, knows every detail about the plants he breeds, down to the genetic level; his all star is the Siberian 40-chromosome iris. He opens his Lake Stevens display gardens to the public regularly.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Drive time: 1 hour

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival owns April. The 35-year-old event simply claims the entire month and hopes the county’s famous flower blossoms at some point during those 30 days. But as the festival website acknowledges, “Bloom dates according to Mother Nature,” and in the past few years warm winters have led to an explosion of color in March. The event, fronted by two main growers outside Mount Vernon, RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town, is so massively popular that even an early arrival of colored petals is a welcome way to spread out the crowds that clog the rural valley roads.

A barbecue event, foot races, fairs, and art shows supplement the annual flower worship, but a self-guided drive among the tulip fields is the heart of the festival. RoozenGaarde has walking trails among its half million hand-planted bulbs, Tulip Town runs a trolley, and the Instagram-ready backdrops tempt waves of attendees. Pack your patience and don’t expect peak flowers at the end of the month; the tulips tend to arrive fashionably early these days.  

Pit Stop: Mount Vernon, festival headquarters, can get overwhelmingly full during bloom. Head just north to Burlington for Chuckanut Brewery’s South Nut, a new beer outpost of the Bellingham brewer located in a cheery red barn—lined with taps but still family friendly. 

Apple Blossom Festival

Wenatchee • Drive time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Every spring, pink clouds of cherry blossoms transform the Seattle Center into a Japanese cultural fete at the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival (while the trees at the University of Washington turn the campus into selfie central). But Seattle doesn’t have a monopoly on flowering tree fests; Wenatchee’s Washington State Apple Blossom Festival turns 99 this year with a parade, a fair April 26 through May 6, and a salute to the 100 million apples grown in the state every year.

Pit Stop: Wenatchee’s Windmill Restaurant traces its roots back 87 years, almost as long as the town’s big festival, and its apple pie is made fresh daily. There are four cuts of steak and the occasional prime rib to prep the palate for dessert. 

Everything’s Coming Up Tacoma

Our sister city to the south won’t be the same after 2018—and it’s all for the better.  

After years of downtown rejuvenation, endless freeway construction, and plain old mockery, this summer Tacoma will see a slew of openings and upgrades. “It seems like the stars are kind of aligning” for Puget Sound’s second-biggest city, says Metro Parks commissioner Erik Hanberg.

It began in February, when the city decided it was so cool, it was intergalactic: A peninsula in Point Defiance Park, once a Superfund site, will be reborn as a park named after the famous sci-fi novel Dune, its pathways designated the Frank Herbert Trail, for Tacoma’s hometown author. The headland’s toxic slag heap inspired the environmental saga, says Hanberg, a Herbert fan who proposed the moniker. “Here you have this opportunity to mirror what the book is about: reclamation of the environment.”

In summer, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium will launch its new Pacific Seas Aquarium, with a coastal kelp forest and a tank that recreates Mexico’s Baja Bay, complete with hammerhead sharks and green sea turtles. Expect a run on giant novelty scissors down south; late in the year, the Tacoma Art Museum cuts the ribbon on its new Benaroya Wing, which  will house some of the 225 works of art gifted by Rebecca Benaroya in 2016.

 IMAGE:  AARON BENDER

IMAGE: AARON BENDER

But the most exciting thing to happen in Tacoma will come when the Ruston Way waterfront is finally linked to Point Defiance Park via an elevated walkway; a ferry terminal dispatching boats to Vashon island once blocked the two pedestrian centers. Wilson Way, a bridge 50 feet off the ground, will soar over the ferry dock sometime in late 2018. The best part is how you get from top to bottom: a series of slides meant for kids and adults alike.

“Why? Because they’re fun,” says Metro Parks spokesperson Michael Thompson. Tacoma, when did you become so cool?

Washington State Spring Fair 

Puyallup • Drive time: 40 mins

Significantly smaller than Puyallup’s fall fair bash, Washington State Spring Fair sets up on the same grounds and crams the best bits for a bite-size early season version for one weekend, April 19–22: live music, fair food, carnival rides. But it’s exclusively in spring that the fairgrounds feature racing pigs, dogs performing tricks, and smash-happy monster truck shows. In Sunday’s demolition derby, the vehicles tow boats as they destroy each other—a perfectly chaotic new rite that beats spring cleaning. 

Pit Stop: This is the fair—if you haven’t had your fill of curly fries and cotton candy, you’re doing it wrong. Go back to the food stands and ask someone to fry you something.

 There’s plenty of elbow room at the spring fair, which draws smaller crowds than fall’s Washington State Fair.  IMAGE:  COURTESY PATRICK HAGERTY

There’s plenty of elbow room at the spring fair, which draws smaller crowds than fall’s Washington State Fair.

IMAGE: COURTESY PATRICK HAGERTY

Fall City Wallaby Ranch

Fall City • Drive time: 35 mins

Why do kangaroos have tails? Rex Paperd, owner of Fall City Wallaby Ranch and its 11 marsupials, poses the question in his barn and knows that you’ll answer wrong (they’re not for balance). After 15 years of raising red kangaroos and white and gray wallabies, there’s little he doesn’t know about the hoppers. Visits to his ranch start with a slide show of the photos he takes of the marsupials’ unique child-rearing, where baby animals grow in mom’s pouch—images of jelly bean–size kangaroos so unique he’s worked with National Geographic on video of the process. 

Paperd first settled on his 10 rural acres because they had access to a private airstrip, but the onetime professional pilot now devotes his time to his unusual pets. (Why kangaroos? “Because pet skunks are illegal in the state of Washington.”) His introductory slide show may resemble a homegrown episode of Planet Earth, but the guided walk that follows, through the animal pens, is nature at its most immediate. Pet a wallaby, feed a kangaroo, and try buying Paperd’s assertion that six-foot Jasper, who sports some impressive guns, is the chillest. Paperd insists his beloved creatures—bottle weaned and raised in his house after spending six or seven months in the pouch—aren’t dangerous. Imagine a cross between a rabbit and a border collie, affectionate but pushy. And those tails? Watch the animals use them as a third leg.

Tours are by appointment only, starting at $60 for six people. Don boots that can navigate a muddy Northwest walk (or wallaby scratches) and pants that can take a little dirt. At this petting zoo, the zoo pets back. 

Pit Stop: Between the hefty meat chili and six varieties of mac and cheese, The Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn in the middle of Fall City doesn’t skimp on comfort fare. If the two-story wood exterior looks familiar, it’s because it appeared in the original Twin Peaks.

The Washington State History Museum

Tacoma • Drive Time: 35 Mins

A danceable floor piano, like in Big. An Etch-a-Sketch the size of a Mini Cooper. A Lite-Brite whose pegs take both hands to move. Not every toy at The Washington State History Museum’s Toytopia exhibit (through June 10) is supersize, but everything on display probably has larger-than-life significance to someone. The hands-on show celebrates the history of toys, from dollhouses to video games, proving that the somber brick museum in downtown Tacoma has a goofy side. 

Pit Stop: Tiki trend, meet the speakeasy craze. Two timely bar styles merge behind an unmarked door in downtown Tacoma’s brand-new Devil’s Reef cocktail bar. It’s only fun to feel like a kid for so long.

 Monte Cristo was a mining hub and then a tourist destination before its lodge burned down in 1983; now it’s a ghost town.  IMAGE:  ETHAN WELTY / TANDEM STOCK

Monte Cristo was a mining hub and then a tourist destination before its lodge burned down in 1983; now it’s a ghost town.

IMAGE: ETHAN WELTY / TANDEM STOCK

Ghost Town Resurrection

Drive time: 1 hr 30 mins

The old mining town of Monte Cristo, tucked into the Cascades off Mountain Loop Highway, was more recently haunted by something worse than spirits: toxic waste. A $5.5 million cleanup addressed the arsenic and lead in 2015, and now the townsite is again a favorite hiking destination, accessible on a flat eight-mile road hike along the North Fork Sauk River. A few buildings still stand, with mining equipment and rusted signs scattered about. This year the Forest Service began public meetings to ask about the future of Monte Cristo: More informational exhibits? More camping? A—gasp—reopened road to the historical site, inviting cars back to where the forest is reclaiming the onetime settlement? Plans will likely be sketched out in 2018, but until then the site is open to anyone able to make the hike. Though the cleanup was considered successful, the Forest Service does advise not drinking the water there, lest you be possessed by spirits of the toxic kind.

Pit Stop: The town of Granite Falls, the last real civilization before the winding Mountain Loop Highway leads to the Monte Cristo trailhead, offers limited dining. Luckily the only-in-a-small-town Barbecue Bucket dishes homestyle pulled pork and baby back ribs on a roomy patio.

Whatcom Museum

Bellingham • Drive time: 1 hr 30 mins

The shining treasures of the Jeweled Objects of Desire show at downtown Bellingham’s Whatcom Museum through May 6 range from a 7,000-carat quartz egg to a sardine can made of 14-karat gold studded with Russian diamonds. It’s amazing the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History loans them out, considering the exhibition just begs for a glitzy heist by a jewel thief.

Fortunately the Whatcom has plenty of space (and security) to show off the glitz: Its Lightcatcher building by Olson Kundig’s Jim Olson is basically a jeweled treasure all its own, thanks to a translucent 180-foot curved glass wall. The Lightcatcher serves as just half the museum; classic Old City Hall is a block away, a stately Victorian relic devoted to history exhibits. Admission is two for one, so if you plan to cat burgle, treat yourself in both buildings.

Pit Stop: Though the town has long been known for its beer—we love you, Boundary Bay—this year Bellingham Cider Company opened next to the Whatcom Museum to make a case for apple-based brews; the in-house restaurant goes a step beyond brewpub levels with a poached fennel starter and lamb bolognese on the dinner menu.

Kukutali Preserve

Skagit County • Drive time: 1 hr 20 mins

In between the day trip–worthy towns of western Skagit County—La Conner, Anacortes, Mount Vernon—and the tulip fields that define the rural region are little pockets of protected lands, lush nature at its Northwest best. Kukutali Preserve, the first swath of land co-managed by tribal and state parks authorities, is 83 acres of Swinomish Reservation waterfront with three islands and stretches of beach.

Named for the mats made of cattail that the original inhabitants used to build structures, Kukutali comprises lands that passed from reservation to private ownership to state control. It finally opened as a nature preserve in 2014, guarding the resident bald eagles, harbor seals, and more. Several miles of trail loop through the site, and the beaches are open to hikers.

Pit Stop: This close to La Conner, it’s an easy side trip to The Scone Lady Bakery for portable pastries. The homey desserts suit a town crammed with craft shops and quilt shows. 425-876-1608

Boeing Tour

Mukilteo • Drive time: 30 mins

Don’t plan to steal the secrets of the 777 while on the Boeing Tour, because no cameras, cell phones, or even pens and paper are allowed in this outing at Paine Field, just south of Everett. From the Future of Flight center, right on the runway, tour takers ride a bus to the massive factory; the 90-minute excursion can only cover a sliver of the biggest building ever constructed (it could fit Disneyland under its roof). Viewing stations are many stories above the factory line, and the complexities of airplane manufacturing can be tough to grasp in the maze of turbines and metal tubes.

 Even if you don’t exit with the ability to assemble your own $250 million flyer, there’s something about the factory that makes giddy toddlers of us all. They’re making airplanes! As if they were Legos! This site constructs giant 747s and Dreamliner 787s, among others, and is currently making the first-ever 777x. New materials and methods have revolutionized air travel, so the factory floor has fewer rivets and more space-age carbon fiber; even the aluminum is coated in electric green polymer.

 What rivets? Called the Dreamliner, Boeing’s 787 plane uses composite materials in place of more traditional metals.  IMAGE:  BOB FERGUSON / THE BOEING COMPANY

What rivets? Called the Dreamliner, Boeing’s 787 plane uses composite materials in place of more traditional metals.

IMAGE: BOB FERGUSON / THE BOEING COMPANY

Make the tour into a full day with Paine Field’s other flight-based attractions, including Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection and the Museum of Flight Restoration Center. Back at the Future of Flight center, the Strato roof deck offers views of the active Paine Field runways and the Dreamlifter unloading zone next door, where pieces of in-process airplane fit inside megajets like Russian nesting dolls—and cameras are allowed.

Pit Stop: A Future of Flight snack stand kills time before the next open tour, but why bother when the gift shop sells Astronaut Ice Cream?

McMenamins goes tropical in…Kalama? 

Drive time: 2 hours

It’s okay if you haven’t heard of the town; it’s easy to speed past Kalama on a mad I-5 dash to Portland. But 35 miles north of the Oregon border, just over two hours by freeway from Seattle, the port town has changed little since the Nixon administration.

The fanciful hoteliers of McMenamins viewed an industrial roadside and saw potential; their 30-plus facilities across the Northwest are built in old schools, masonic temples, debtor’s farms, and brothels. In Kalama, named for Maui-born John Kalama, their imaginations ran even wilder than usual: a Hawaiian retreat on the working northwest waterfront, next to the town’s totem pole park. Kalama Harbor Lodge and its wraparound porch opens in April, modeled after a historic island hotel in a salute to cross-Pacific trade that dates back more than a century. 

McMenamins loves a funky bar, and the lodge will boast one made of salvaged telegraph poles, another one on the roof, and one in a wood cabin down a path from the main building. Outdoor fire pits will do their best to recreate island warmth, and a seven-barrel brewing operation makes the chain’s signature beer. It’s certainly the only joint in town that can say its 40 hotel rooms boast private lanais. With just enough tiki cocktails, it all makes sense, so it’s best to plan on staying the night.

South Sound Coffee Trail

Olympia • Drive time: 1 hr 5 mins

Maybe the state capital has so many coffee roasters in order to keep the lawmakers from yawning through legislative sessions, or perhaps it’s a result of the waterfront town’s vibrant business district—pedestrians love a good cafe. Three java producers make up the self-guided South Sound Coffee Trail that links tastings (or “cuppings”) at Batdorf and Bronson, Olympia Coffee Roasting Company, and Olympic Crest Coffee Roasters. But the brew is everywhere here, from the uber artsy Burial Grounds—even the latte art is edgy—to the treats-first Hawley’s Gelato and Coffee. Olympia was once known for its beer, but it might be time for the coffee scene to adopt the famous “It’s the Water” slogan for its caffeinated brew.

Pit Stop: When the caffeine high wears off, a sugar rush is an acceptable substitute. The Bread Peddler’s French-style treats are more exciting than a mere loaf: custard-filled gateau basque, fruity bread pudding, and crepes beyond the sunny main dining room.

 Bremerton’s Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, near the USS  Turner Joy , dates back to 1891.  IMAGE:  COURTESY JEREMY GONZALEZ / SPARK CREATIVE

Bremerton’s Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, near the USS Turner Joy, dates back to 1891.

IMAGE: COURTESY JEREMY GONZALEZ / SPARK CREATIVE

USS Turner Joy

Bremerton • Drive time: 1 hour

Touch just about anything you can reach at the USS Turner Joy, docked next to the Bremerton ferry terminal; the navy may have strict codes of conduct but its museum ship is a wide-open playground. The self-guided tour is more like a loose maze through the cramped hallways and near-vertical stairs of the decommissioned naval destroyer. USS Turner Joy once carried roughly 300 sailors on nine deployments to the scattered battles of the Vietnam War; it took fire in the controversial Gulf of Tonkin incident that began the war, then fired the navy’s last rounds of the conflict in 1973. 

John Kieft walked halls just like these from 1963 to 1967 as a fire control technician on a naval destroyer that’s since been scrapped. Now a volunteer docent on the Turner Joy, he explains to visitors that he used computers to target the ship’s guns, even way back then, hitting targets 10 or 12 miles into the Vietnam mainland. “Everywhere I look, I see the old stories in my head,” he says. “It’s familiar territory.”

Drink coffee in the mess hall or touch the thin mattresses that line berths crammed into seemingly every available corner of the ship. Docents like Kieft, most retired military, wander the halls to share stories of life on the 400-foot vessel. Nowhere else in Bremerton’s sprawling naval complex is military life so accessible to civilians, but for all the fun of being let loose on a navy warship, reminders of its sober purpose are around every corner. Number nine on a posted list of Ten Commandments of Damage Control: “Take every possible step to save the ship as long as a bit of hope remains.”  

Pit Stop: Sailors on the Pacific-cruising USS Turner Joy would have felt right at home at nearby Cafe Kai, where Hawaii natives dish variations of the island’s most portable comfort food: Salty teriyaki Spam meets marinated rice and nori in a dish called musubi; each snack is wrapped to go. 360-627-8755

 IMAGE:  SARAH FLOTARD

What We’re Eating Now: April 2018

This month’s favorites: Filipino fare, wonderful wokked noodles, and a bagel that’s worth the wait.

By Nosh Pit Staff  3/27/2018 at 8:00am  Published in the April 2018 issue of Seattle Met  | Courtesy of SeattleMet.com

A Bounty of Bagels

It’s no wonder a line stretches up East Madison Street when baker Molly Westman sends whiffs of chocolate-laced rugelach and savory baked goods out of a charming Capitol Hill sidewalk stall. Westman’s Bagel and Coffee proffers five bagels—among them sesame and everything (pictured)—to be topped with sundry schmears, but on Fridays a caviar spread emerges in all its briny glory. Eat it atop a Maldon sea salt bagel then take home a containerful for later. —Rosin Saez

Action-Packed Noodles

The hundreds of tiny shark jaws glued in scalloped formation to the wall at Reckless Noodle House should put you on notice: The Central District’s new destination for wokked noodles with braised beef cheek and curry vermicelli bowls packs way more intrigue than your average neighborhood joint. Everything’s great—the fried rice, the cocktail list, and starters like papaya salad and squid larb that don’t shy away from heat. —Allecia Vermillion

Let’s Get Tropical

Longtime Tom Douglas chef Brian Madayag decamped to Edmonds, where he’s spun a split-level space into a small-plates tiki bar bursting with a medley of island flavors from Hawaii to Japan. Amid an eclectic lineup of dishes dwells a refreshing Filipino-style ceviche, kilawen, done up with cubes of tombo tuna dressed in Red Boat fish sauce and calamansi citrus alongside airy shrimp chips. Sip on a boozy slushy, then pretend you’re somewhere warm. —RS

Cocktails and Crab Toast

The handsome new restaurant inside the recently revamped Hotel Theodore is a handy downtown destination for late-night negronis, some perfectly grilled seasonal rockfish before the theater, or just a glass of Washington wine and an ocean-leaning snack, like slices of Sea Wolf bread heaped with coconut- and fennel-rich crabmeat. Rider’s prices reflect both its hotel location and the carefully sourced proteins, but the happy hour menu runs the gamut from shaved kohlrabi salad to crisp, herb-dusted fries. —AV

Red Wine for Springtime

Efestē Taylor Mag Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain 2014 $28

Kick winter out the door for good with a big, bold cabernet. This is Efestē’s first release off this estate vineyard, and it’s a winner, especially considering quality bottles from Red Mountain often cost twice as much. Aromas of cafe au lait, cherry, and raspberry lead to ripe fruit flavors and brawny tannins. Pair it with a sizzling steak.—Sean P. Sullivan

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New Kirkland Gastropub

By Julie Arnan | April 6, 2018 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

 Courtesy Park Lane Public House

Courtesy Park Lane Public House

Following on the heels of one of Kirkland’s most successful restaurant bars, the owners of Bottle & Bull expanded in late January with a new gastropub called Park Lane Public House. While Bottle & Bull was conceptualized as an urban “Seattle-esque” dining experience, the Public House is Chad and Jessi Waldher’s answer to what they perceived as a shortage of family-friendly dining options serving quality food and drinks with a focus on hospitality.

“Park Lane Public House offers a family-friendly solution to its Kirkland sibling, and the food is focused more on New American, approachable PNW fare,” says Chad Waldher.

The couple now operates three restaurants, including their first venture, in Chad Waldher’s hometown of Walla Walla — the historic Marcy’s Bar & Lounge. After five years successfully running Marcy’s, the couple turned their sights on Kirkland.

“It reminded us of our hometowns, exuding a sense of community with the added bonus of a beach-town vibe that takes over in the spring and summer.”

To run the PLPH kitchen, the Waldhers brought in chef Peter Worden (formerly of Café CampagneDahlia LoungeRestaurant Zoe, and Republic). He began cultivating the food program last summer. The menu reflects a Northwest sensibility — smoked salmon chowder, sautéed clams, beer-battered Alaskan cod — but spans the globe with flavors like the Mediterranean quinoa-kale and NOLA seafood salads, carnitas tacos, and a couple of wild boar entrees. Those who are traditional about their pub food will be happy to know the menu contains steak frites, mac and cheese, a burger, and a pulled pork sandwich.

Local beers dominate the taps, and the wines-by-the-glass list contains some surprisingly high-quality Northwest labels. Look for deals during the daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. or (and we love this idea) siesta hour from 2 to 3 p.m. Park Lane Public House is located at 115 Park Lane, Kirkland. plph.org

Mod Pizza to Open in Totem Lake

The opening this week will donate 100 percent of all pizza sales to Friends of Youth. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 |  Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

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For grand opening day in Totem Lake on April 7 at 11:50 a.m., MOD will be donating 100 percent of pizza sales to Friends of Youth – who provide safe places and emotional support for youth in the Greater Seattle area facing challenging circumstances.

Friends of Youth partner with youth and families to provide the relationships, resources, and skills they need to attain personal growth and success.

Additionally, the location will offer free pizza to the first 52 guests.

“As a purpose-led organization, our motivation to bring MOD to new communities is driven by our desire to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. We do this by offering well-paying jobs, career development opportunities, and partnering with local non-profits that support the community,” said Ally Svenson, co-founder and Chief Protector of the Purpose of MOD Pizza. “We call it “Spreading MODness” and we can’t wait to bring it to Totem Lake, a beloved community in our own hometown!”

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Funding for self-watering flower pots in downtown Kirkland gets green light

 A self-watering flower pot in Downtown Kirkland. Courtesy photo

A self-watering flower pot in Downtown Kirkland. Courtesy photo

Council approves $13,100 to purchase 40 pots for Kirkland Downtown Association program.

By Kailan Manandic | Thursday, March 29, 2018 8:30am | Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

Kirklanders can continue to stop and smell the flowers after the City Council recently approved funding for the downtown flower pot program.

The motion, passed at the March 20 regular meeting, asked city staff to draft a fiscal note for up to $13,100 to purchase 40 self-watering flower pots for the program, which the Kirkland Downtown Association (KDA) operates.

“We feel like it was a huge win-win for everyone,” said Barbie Collins Young, executive director of the KDA.

The current flower pots need daily watering and maintenance during summer months, which left the KDA with a $10,000 deficit for the program. The self-watering pots will reduce water usage by 80 percent and eliminate the daily watering and maintenance costs.

“It’s a nice solution and I think it’s a long-term solution that is economical for the KDA and the city,” said Council member Tom Neir at the meeting. “I think your hard work in getting this flushed out and analyzed is very appreciated.”

The new pots maintain a water reservoir within the pot that slowly feeds water to the roots from below. Excess water is drained out, which prevents overwatering and partially combats weeds.

The current downtown flower pots have been in Kirkland for about 25 years and the KDA took over flower pot operations 20 years ago, when the city lacked funding for the program.

According to a KDA survey on a local Facebook page, the community widely supported the flower pots and is in favor of preserving them.

“I did this research on the ‘Be Neighborly’ Facebook site,” Young said. “The community came back with about 98 percent saying that these are vital to keeping our downtown looking beautiful.”

The KDA maintained the pots successfully for numerous years and continued the flower pot sponsorship program. The program allows locals to sponsor and dedicate a flower pot for $250 to $500 per pot, depending on the size.

“It’s a great way to support the community either with a business or community member,” Young said. “It’s also a great way to honor or memorialize a loved one.”

A steady decrease in sponsorships also contributed to the program’s deficit in recent years.

“[With] the excitement and attention that the new pots will bring, I think we can definitely get every one of those pots sponsored,” Young said. “Once we do that, we can take a look at other project that we can take on, maybe even hanging baskets.”

Funding sources

The council approved the motion unanimously, but slightly disagreed on where the funding should come from. The council special projects fund would cover the costs, but Council member Dave Asher requested that city staff look to fund the purchase through tourism development funds.

“We need to start looking at providing support to our commercial areas,” Asher said at the meeting. “Can we do an interfund loan?”

The fiscal note would qualify for funding through the Tourism Development Committee (TDC), but wouldn’t be available until June, when the TDC allocates the 2019 funding cycle. An interfund loan would essentially borrow future money from the 2019 cycle.

Council member Penny Sweet said an interfund loan would be a disservice to the TDC by assuming what the committee would recommend months before the funds are allocated. Asher then pointed out the purchase could be funded at a later time by tourism money before Council member Toby Nixon said the purchase would be funded by the special projects fund, which has about $150,000.

The final motion will come back to the council for approval on April 17 after city staff explore potential funding through the TDC.

City staff plans to monitor the self-watering pots’ success for potential use in city-maintained programs.

“We know the community has stated that these are very important and I think it’s one of the little things that mean the most,” Young said. “The downtown is really the living room for our entire city and the vibrancy, color and life that they bring is huge.”

Seattle Magazine names EvergreenHealth Physicians as Top Doctors

The April 2018 Top Doctors issue features 446 total providers.

Monday, April 2, 2018 4:02pm | Courtesy of KirklandReporter.com

 Photo courtesy EvergreenHealth via Facebook

Photo courtesy EvergreenHealth via Facebook

Seattle magazine recently honored 37 members of the EvergreenHealth medical staff as among the best in the region in the publication’s Top Doctors issue.

The annual list recognizes providers who are highly regarded by their peers for their exceptional experience and expertise within their medical specialties.

This year, Seattle magazine’s April 2018 Top Doctors issue features 446 total providers across 68 specialties, ranging from primary care to maternal-fetal medicine.

“The recognition for this year’s ‘Top Docs’ is very well deserved by each of the 37 EvergreenHealth medical staff providers who are featured as the best in our region,” EvergreenHealth’s CEO Bob Malte said. “They exemplify the high standards patients and families count on from their care team, and we are proud to honor them as part of the EvergreenHealth system as we work together to enrich the health and well-being of our community.”

For 18 years, Seattle magazine has turned to local physicians to nominate colleagues for a position on the list who they would entrust with a loved one’s care. Local doctors nominated their peers via an online survey hosted by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., an independent health care research and information company.

To qualify for a nomination, providers must practice in King, Kitsap, Pierce or Snohomish counties. More than 602 providers from around the Puget Sound region participated in the survey from June 26, 2017 to July 26, 2017, resulting in 7,843 total nominations. The finalists were selected based on their total number of nominations, their professional activities and an appropriate distribution of medical specialties with regard to hospital and geographical affiliation.

EvergreenHealth medical staff’s 2018 Top Doctors and their specialties are listed below in alphabetical order:

· Richard Angelo, MD, Sports Medicine

· Kathryn Arendt, MD, Urogynecology/

· Kathleen Lin, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology

Female Pelvic Medicine

· James Brown, MD, Internal Medicine

· James Lund, MD, Internal Medicine

· Elizabeth Miler, MD, Urology

· Maria Chong, MD, Diagnostic Radiology

· George Min, MD, Plastic Surgery

· William Crenshaw, MD, Vascular & Interventional Radiology

· Richard Neiman, MD, Rheumatology

· Bettina Paek, MD, Maternal & Fetal Medicine

· Charles Drescher, MD, Gynecologic Oncology

· Sanjiv Parikh, MD, Vascular & Interventional

Radiology

· Farrokh Farrokhi, MD, Neurological Surgery

· Loryn Peterson, MD, Hand Surgery

· Michele Frank, MD, Hematology

· Theresa Platz, MD, Family Medicine

· William Getchell, MD, Cardiovascular

· Francis Riedo, MD, Infectious Disease

Disease

· Kathleen Gibson, MD, Vascular Surgery

· Derek Rodrigues, MD, Cardiac Electrophysiology

· Todd Guyette, MD, Hand Surgery

· Jennifer Heydt, MD, Otolaryngology

· Dyan Simon, MD, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

· Amy Hoing, MD, Family Medicine

· Reza Tabibi, MD, Geriatric Medicine

· Michael Hunter, MD, Radiation Oncology

· Amy Tu, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology

· Edward Kim, MD, Interventional Cardiology

· Dan Veljovich, MD, Gynecologic Oncology

· Carolyn Kline, MD, Maternal & Fetal Medicine

· Hope Wechkin, MD, Hospice & Palliative

Medicine

· Yen-Tsun Lai, MD, Geriatric Medicine

· Mitchell Weinberg, MD, Pediatrics

· Barry Lawson, MD, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

· Karen Wells, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology

· Mark Zobel, MD, Diagnostic Radiology

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