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The Best of 425 2019


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MUSEUM | Bellevue Arts Museum

Did you know that Bellevue Arts Museum truly started as an arts truthful, which led to the founding of the museum in 1975? The Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair continues to be a thriving department of the museum, drawing drones of group members. The museum has established itself as a staple that permits individuals to experience art from around the globe with out leaving the Pacific Northwest. Bellevue


Going to the films feels particular, and the IPIC Redmond theater elevates that experience with seat-side food and beverage service from a chef-curated menu. So, sit back and luxuriate in that movie you’ve been dying to see, with a bubbly cocktail and aspect of mac and cheese fries. Redmond

ART GALLERY | Ryan James Fantastic Art

Ryan James has turn out to be a family identify within the Eastside and Seattle arts communities with a gallery that showcases greater than a dozen recognized and emerging artists, representing a number of types, from trendy to abstract. Kirkland and Seattle

KARAOKE | Rock Box

So, you like to sing, however perhaps you don’t need to do it in entrance of dozens of strangers. No drawback. At Rock Field, you and your folks can guide a personal room and sing your hearts out — with some liquid braveness, of course. Seattle

CASINO | Snoqualmie Casino

Snoqualmie On line casino looks like its own little world, with six eating places, 51,000 sq. ft of gaming flooring, and a lot more. Whether or not you’re there to hit the slot machines, take pleasure in advantageous dining, or see a nationally acclaimed artist, you’re positive to have an unforgettable expertise. Snoqualmie

FESTIVAL | Issaquah Salmon Days

As Washingtonians, it’s principally a prerequisite to love the salmon — even when you’re not essentially a fan of eating it. Salmon Days in October has develop into a fan favorite for locals, with its multitude of choices and events — a parade, carnival, wine tastings, distributors, youngsters’ actions, and rather more. Issaquah

BAND | Hall Cross Band

You’ve probably seen this seasoned group play at Seahawks pregame occasions, casinos, and native eating places. The six-member Corridor Move Band revs up crowds with rock and pop hits, delivering a efficiency that’s made it a favorite among venues. Seattle

LIVE THEATER | Village Theatre

You haven’t seen reside theater like this before. It’s the eye to detail that makes Village Theatre a minimize above the remaining — from the handmade costumes and hand-tied wigs to the units crafted specifically for each show by a devoted staff of employees members. Order a glass of wine or beer, and enjoy the show in one of its intimate theaters. Everett and Issaquah


Since shifting to Seattle in 2016 to co-host Carla Marie and Anthony, Carla Marie has grow to be a favorite among radio listeners for her off-the-cuff commentary that makes her feel like an in depth pal. Seattle

RADIO PERSONALITY | Carla Marie and Anthony

This best-friend duo is a staple on 106.1 KISS FM with their Soiled Little Secret phase and hilarious banter. In the event you’re a serious fan, add their podcast, MyDayFriday, to your binge listing. Seattle

ATHLETE | Russell Wilson

He visits Seattle Youngsters’s hospital typically, is the very best paid NFL player ever, and started his personal basis. Want we say more? Bellevue

TV PERSONALITY | Jordan Steele

The King 5 meteorologist and “lead innovator” joined the station in 2017 and has since captured the hearts of those in Western Washington. Perhaps it has one thing to do with the fact that he was ranked on Buzzfeed’s “50 Hottest News Anchors in the World?” Who’s to say? Seattle

NIGHTLIFE | Bake’s Place Bar & Bistro

Repeat Best of 425 winner Bake’s Place is more than just a bar and bistro; it’s a hub of entertainment in downtown Bellevue, with an intimate setting and stage that create a enjoyable and absorbing setting. Bellevue


SMALL BUSINESS | Duo Realty Group

The founders, brokers, and help employees at Duo Realty Group may comprise a small group, yet they’re no much less mighty. The secret to the group’s success? Its unyielding dedication to putting the client on the coronary heart of every thing it does and understanding that buying a house is more than just a business transaction — quite it is a life-changing expertise. Redmond

MEDIUM BUSINESS | Coldstream Wealth Management

Don’t let the category title mislead you: Coldstream is a medium-sized business with the presence of a big firm — complete with four places in Washington and Oregon — and the personalised service and one-on-one wealth management care and a spotlight you’d anticipate from a small business. Numerous Places


We all know what you’re considering: Isn’t PRO Sports Membership a fitness center, not an auto element shop? Truly, it’s each and so much extra. If you arrive, drop your car at the Auto Salon to be detailed, and depart your little ones to play within the supervised Youngsters Zone when you take pleasure in a morning of expertly led yoga followed by a rejuvenating massage within the spa. Bellevue, Seattle, Redmond

BANK | Wells Fargo

Although Wells Fargo was founded in California, its ties within the Northwest date again greater than 150 years, through the time when individuals trusted its iconic categorical stagecoaches to rapidly ship gold (and anything of value) to points both close to and much. This trust in Wells Fargo has only strengthened during the last decade and a half, because the financial institution has permeated our region, bringing with it in depth and diversified monetary providers. Numerous Places


From the standard beginnings of a $2.50 mortgage between Boeing staff, BECU has grown to turn out to be the most important not-for-profit, member-owned credit union in Washington state, with greater than 1 million members and close to $18 billion in belongings. Numerous Places

AUTO REPAIR | Jeff’s Autohaus

Our automobiles are one of the most important investments we make in life, so it’s no marvel we’re fickle about whom we permit underneath the hood. When you have been to ask our readers for an auto repair suggestion, they’d proudly inform you, “I’ve got someone,” and that somebody is probably one of the educated and truthful technicians at Jeff’s Autohaus. Numerous Places


For greater than half a decade, our readers have continued to pick international cloud computing enterprise BitTitan as the perfect workplace area on the Eastside. And who might blame them, with BitTitan’s media room, mixed-use pods, billiards tables, and dwelling plant wall? Oh, after which there’s The Bit Stop, which features every part from workplace provides to non-public care gadgets to snacks, 7-Eleven fashion. Bellevue


Based in 1987, this family-owned dealership is a automotive lover’s dream come true, with more than 40,000 square ft of showroom area full of high-performance, special-interest, basic, and collectible automobiles. Park Place also retains the bragging rights of being the Northwest’s exclusive Aston Martin vendor and the oldest and largest Lotus dealership within the U.S. Bellevue

ATTORNEY | Laura Hoexter at Helsell Fetterman

When a beloved one passes away, relations are confronted with many complicated issues at a very troublesome time. Fortuitously, there are compassionate and knowledgable  property planning attorneys like Laura Hoexter, who works to alleviate some of those burdens. When she’s not property planning or helping shoppers start their very own business, Hoexter volunteers to assist first responders as part of Wills for Heroes. Seattle

REAL ESTATE | Daphna Robon

As a former lawyer and authorized mediator, Daphna Robon of Professional Realty Providers International is fluent within the art of negotiation. And on this hotly contested real estate market, it’s no marvel readers continue to vote Robon because the Eastside’s greatest real estate agent yr after yr. Bellevue

FINANCIAL ADVISOR | Renee Hawkes at Cornerstone Advisors

With greater than 20 years within the monetary business, Renee Hawkes has a confirmed monitor document of serving to high-net-worth individuals obtain their monetary (and private) objectives. Hawkes focuses on wealth administration for ladies in transition, families with multigenerational wealth, philanthropic people, and more. Bellevue

FLORIST | Redmond Floral

Whether you need to ship a “just because” gesture, or if its an important day, Redmond Floral is the place to go for a gorgeous association, based on our readers. Even better, they have a subscription service, so that you might be thoughtful without having to consider it. Redmond

INSURANCE | Constance Carroll at Pillar International

Seattle-based Pillar International is so dedicated to providing a private contact to insurance planning and superior underwriting, it refers to its advisors as relationship executives. And with more than 20 years of experience, Constance “Connie” Carroll is aware of better than most what that private contact means, whether or not she is advising families on estate planning, personal protection strategies, or on managing the danger of long-term care. Seattle

CITY | Issaquah

This city of more than 37,000 may be growing rapidly, and it might function residence to international wholesale warehouse chain Costco, but Issaquah retains a lot of its small-town really feel. Want proof? Take a jaunt down its quaint Major Road, visit its charming and rustic Pickering Barn, or rejoice the annual return of the salmon at its enchanting Salmon Days Pageant.

NONPROFIT | Assistance League of the Eastside

In terms of impression, Assistance League of the Eastside’s numbers converse for themselves. The all-volunteer nonprofit group has been offering community-based packages to people touched by violence since 1997. And through that point, it has clothed greater than 40,000 students, assisted more than 19,000 assault survivors, and supported greater than 5,500 domestic violence survivors. Redmond

MORTGAGE LENDER | Doug Perry Group at Wallick & Volk Mortgage Bankers

“A mortgage isn’t just a home loan, but a financial tool.” That is the credo of Doug Perry, department manager of the Kirkland-based Doug Perry Group of Wallick & Volk Mortgage Bankers, who believes in using mortgages to maximize a shopper’s long-term monetary objectives. And it have to be working, as a result of Perry has helped countless families by means of residence financing process and routinely is ranked within the nation’s prime 1 % of all mortgage originators by Mortgage Originator Magazine. Kirkland

TATTOO STUDIO | Skin and Soul Tattoo

The artists at Skin and Soul Tattoo have been leaving their artistic mark on the Bellevue group since 2010. Situated downtown, Skin and Soul gives not only quality tattoos and piercings, but in addition an eclectic retail shop full of regionally curated art, body jewelry, classic gadgets, and clothes. Bellevue

GROOMER | Der Pethaus

Whether or not Fido is an AKC competitor or just likes to strut his stuff across the neighborhood, Der Pet Haus will depart him smelling candy and searching runway prepared. In any case, they’ve been doing it since 1968. Bellevue

VET | Dr. Judy Hung at Eastside Veterinary Associates

“Life is better with pets!” That is the mantra of Dr. Judy Hung, owner and veterinarian of Eastside Veterinary Associates. Hung practices what she preaches with a literal menagerie of companions at house. It’s possible the rationale so many Eastsiders belief Hung with their furry and feathered buddies. Kirkland and Renton

CANNABIS | The Novel Tree

Scoring some sweet buds is rather a lot easier than it was now that Bellevue has The Novel Tree. With its free parking, trendy décor, and knowledgeable “budtenders” that will help you decide probably the most premium natural hashish, The Novel Tree might be your go-to shop for all issues hashish. Bellevue

DOGGY DAYCARE | Dana Wilson at Walk Your Canine

Should you keep away from making journey plans because it means leaving your loved one pet residence alone, go ahead and ebook that flight and pack your luggage, because Eastsiders resoundingly agree there’s nobody better to pet-sit than Dana Wilson of Walk Your Canine. She is Pink Cross-certified in pet first assist and a member of Pet Sitters International, so your pup certainly might be protected in Wilson’s expert arms. Redmond


MENS CLOTHING | Seattle Thread Company

A startup trend enterprise, Seattle Thread Company is devoted to offering a variety of high-quality designer brands at aggressive prices. The firm has a strong on-line store with the newest tendencies and a bodily location with males’s trend specialists prepared that will help you find precisely what you’re in search of. Kirkland

BOUTIQUE | Smith & Important

This modern clothes boutique provides well-known designers, jewelry from all over the world, and up-and-coming strains — all hand-selected by proprietor Chanel Smith. The store, which opened in summer time 2018, aims to offer each customer with a buying experience that evokes confidence and merchandise that enhance their way of life. Bellevue

KIDS  | Hopscotch Consignment

Hopscotch is a small retailer the place mother and father can depend on discovering huge treasures at big reductions. All gadgets are hand-selected to make sure they’re either new or gently used. Gadgets are available every single day, so there are all the time new discoveries to be had. Bellevue

JEWELRY | J. Lewis Jewelry

Founder Jill Lewis created J. Lewis Jewellery with the concept shopping for customized handcrafted jewelry must be a fun expertise for everybody. The store has an on-site workshop, a relaxed showroom, and an skilled employees prepared for consultations. Bellevue


Based mostly on a ardour for pieces that have been built to final, Antiques 4U sells furniture that’s each practical and delightful. The spacious store, which hosts a large amount of distinctive and continuously altering stock, is 3,000 sq. ft and is situated in a 1908 constructing. Renton

BOOKSTORE | Barnes & Noble

The web’s largest bookstore, Barnes & Noble shares greater than 1 million titles for quick supply. Between its retail retailer and on-line operations, the company sells 190 million bodily books annually. Numerous places

SHOE SHOP | Crush Footwear

In case you’re the type of one that has all the time had a crush on footwear, this is undoubtedly the store for you. The boutique has international relationships with hard-to-find designers, so its stock is full of distinctive designs made with the perfect materials. Kirkland, Edmonds, and Issaquah

SALON | Gene Juarez Salons & Spas

From cuts to colors and massage to skincare, Gene Juarez Salons & Spas provides an entire vary of award-winning salon providers and unique spa remedies important to enhancing personal picture, health, and well-being. With two distinctive Eastside places and a brand new stand-alone men’s salon, Gene Juarez Salons & Spas guarantees an unparalleled degree of service and talent. Voted Best Salon by 425 readers for 5 years in a row, Gene Juarez has been a prime magnificence destination in the area for 48 years. Numerous places

LASH BOUTIQUE | Candy P Magnificence

Approaching all issues with professionalism and perfectionism, Candy P Magnificence transforms confidence with providers like skin care, waxing, and lash extensions. Cruelty free silk eyelash extensions are available to create a fast, straightforward, and no-fuss look; lash lifts, tinting, and false lash software are also out there. Renton

THRIFT STORE | Value Village

Worth Village has greater than 300 places in the U.S. and Canada and employs more than 20,000 individuals. A thrift store in addition to a revolutionary recycler, Value Village retains more than 700 million kilos of used goods from landfills every year. Plus, the money produced from its stores is used to fund its education schemes.  Numerous places


VIETNAMESE | Monsoon Restaurant & Lounge

Vietnamese but with a Chinese/European aptitude. This fashionable restaurant is drawing a hungry crowd, pleasing even the hardest of food critics. Attempt the grass-fed beef skewers. Bellevue and Seattle

BEST RESTAURANT | Duke’s Seafood and Chowder

Need to cozy up with a bowl of chowder and a view of the gorgeous Puget Sound? Duke’s is the spot for you. With 100 % sustainably sourced seafood, meat, and produce; comfortable hour each day; and a world-class clam chowder, we guarantee you’ll be again for more. Numerous places


Hold your New Yr’s resolutions, and indulge your self at MIX Poke Bar. Slivered Hawaiian-style uncooked fish, rice, and veggies will hold you glad and wholesome. Bellevue and Tacoma

BREAKFAST & BRUNCH | 520 Bar and Grill

Based by Randi and Joseph Brazen to deliver group and food to Bellevue, 520 is a favorite among Eastsiders. While dozens of tantalizing breakfast and brunch options are positive to tickle your style buds, the locals say the Spicy Spanish Burrito is a must. Bellevue

HAPPY HOUR | Heritage Restaurant and Bar

The bartenders at Heritage know the way to make a mean cocktail, not to mention their season-specific comfortable hour menu that’s positive to go away your mouth watering. Need something spicy? Attempt the Scorching & Bothered habanero margarita. Woodinville

CHEF | John Howie

Award-winning chef John Howie is understood for his plank cooking and is the owner of five beautiful restaurants in the area. Need to treat yourself to an aesthetic night time out? Attempt Seastar Restaurant in Bellevue. Numerous places

SUSHI + JAPANESE | Flo Japanese Restuarant

It’s teriyaki time! Head to Flo in Bellevue for a trendy sushi expertise or to sip on some sake. Attempt their joyful hour. Bellevue


Able to reinvent your pizza? Head to MOD Pizza, where you’ll be able to choose from more than 30 toppings to embellish your private pizza. Attempt a hand-spun milkshake when you’re feeling additional indulgent. Numerous places

VEGETARIAN | Araya’s Place

Health nuts unite! Araya’s brings all the flavors of Thailand and all the benefits of the vegan way of life together in one beautiful restaurant idea. Order the spring rolls, and prepare to be wowed. Numerous Places

DRIVE IN | Burgermaster

With more than 60 years within the enterprise, this family-run Northwest basic is the right place to take a date, your pal, and even your grandma. Combo 1 is a favorite. Numerous places

SANDWICH | Homegrown

Scrumptious sandwiches made with organic components, all from the Homegrown Sprouting Farms in Woodinville? What’s not to love? Attempt the hen cherry pecan sandwich. Numerous places

COFFEE SHOP | Mercury’s Espresso Co.

Third-wave espresso is right here, and locals say one of the best place to get it is Mercurys Coffee. Since 1998, this local firm has been serving up scorching, organic beverages. Time to caffeinate! Numerous places


FogRose Ice Cream Boutique + Dessert Atelier is the place science meets culinary extravagance. Are available for nitrogen ice cream, boozy shakes, and chocolate pears. Bellevue

BAKERY | The French Bakery

It’s croissant o’clock! Based in 2008, this Kirkland bakery is understood for its freshly baked pastries and espressos and has now expanded to multiple places in the Eastside area. All extra meals is donated to charity at the end of every day. Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond

WINERY | Novelty Hill Januik

Since 2007, this chic winery in Woodinville has been wowing Eastsiders with its beautiful location and delicious wines. Stop by for a personal tasting or some yummy oven-fired pizza. Woodinville

BREWERY | Flycaster Brewing

Flycaster Brewing in Kirkland is reeling in the good occasions with more than 10 brews on tap and a dog- and kid-friendly environment. When you’re sipping on a delicious IPA, make sure you take a look at their spring and fall fly-fishing journeys to Rocky Ford Creek. Kirkland

CHINESE | Peony Trendy Kitchen

Looking for a scrumptious, comforting restaurant with a hip environment? Cease into Peony in Bellevue for a classy eating expertise, or order take-out and luxuriate in scrumptious food on your sofa. Bellevue

THAI | Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen

Spicy, thrilling, and positive to maintain you coming back for extra, Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen is the most well liked Thai restaurant within the 425. Make sure you attempt the Crying Tiger, a dish as intriguing as its identify. Kirkland and Lynnwood

BARBECUE | three Pigs Bar-B-Q

For 30 years, the Harrell brothers have been smoking meats and profitable awards for his or her delicious Bellevue institution. Attempt the No. 7: beef ribs and Texas toast — you gained’t depart hungry. Bellevue

ITALIAN | Carmine’s Bellevue

In the event you beloved Il Terrazzo Carmine in Seattle, you’re positive to adore Carmine’s Bellevue simply as much. With beautiful décor, indulgent dining, and an in depth wine record, no craving will go unanswered right here. Attempt the Spaghetti di Finochio. Bellevue

DISTILLERY | Glass Distillery

Glass Distillery’s untraditional strategy to crafting vodka is certain to impress. Founder and chief distiller Ian MacNeil has gained quite a few awards for his spirits made with grapes. This isn’t an expertise you need to miss out on. Numerous Places

INDIAN | Kathakali

Kathakali restaurant in Kirkland pairs conventional Indian dishes with fashionable spices, making a fusion that locals can’t resist. Feeling adventurous? Attempt the white truffle oil masala dosa. Kirkland

CHEAP EATS | Dick’s Drive In

Cheesy burgers, chocolatey shakes, and crunchy fries? Yes, please! This Pacific Northwest favourite is serving up the classics. Edmonds, Kent, and Seattle

ROMANTIC DINNER | Flavour Bistro

What’s higher than farm-to-table eating for a date night time? Head into this Duvall establishment for a meal bursting with taste and full of  romance. Attempt the alligator frites. Duvall

FINE DINING | John Howie Steak

What do you get whenever you mix the perfect cooks, sommeliers, and restauranteurs within the subject? A classy steak house, with dark walls, wealthy wine, and buttery beef. Bellevue


Steak frites, escargots, salade niçoise… need we go on? Le Grand Bistro Américain is where to go to really feel transported to Paris at your first chew of brie. Make sure to attempt the hand-shaken cocktails by Gwen or Matt — bartenders extraordinaire. Kirkland

MEXICAN | Cactus

The bacon-wrapped jalepenos at Cactus are calling your identify! Stop in to any of its six Western Washington places for a style of Mexico. Numerous Places

DOUGHNUT SHOP | Prime Pot Doughnuts

Hand-roasted espresso and gourmand doughnuts are all you’ll want to kick your day without work the proper means. Attempt the apple fritter — you gained’t remorse this indulgence! Numerous places

SEAFOOD | Japonesse Sushi Cocina

In the event you like sushi with a twist, you then’ll love Japonessa, a latin-infused Japanese restaurant. Attempt the scallop tartare with ikura, cherry tomatoes, habanero masago, green onion, cilantro, and sesame oil. Bellevue and Seattle

GROCERY STORE | Metropolitan Market

Not solely does the Met have the perfect ready food deli in the space, but it is stocked with natural and native choices for produce, meat, and dairy. Attempt “The Cookie” — baked day by day to perfection. Numerous places


Style and food turn into one in this fashionable Bellevue sushi and steak joint. Come to the highest of Lincoln Sq. South  — you gained’t be disenchanted. Bellevue

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi
Photograph by: Rachel Coward

COCKTAIL | Water’s Table

Crisp cocktails, lakeside views, and a lodge, multi functional? Whether you’re staying on the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington or not, make sure to stop by Water’s Desk and check out its basic, the soju negroni. Renton


This Northwest basic is more than simply an ice-cream store — it sources 90 % of its components regionally, makes use of solely compostable cups and cutlery, and donates to charity. This institution is certain to make you are feeling good, in and out! Redmond and Seattle



A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Stephens has been based mostly in Bellevue since 1998. He is well-known and trusted for his technical expertise and artistry in cosmetic surgical procedure of the face and body, making him a repeat Best of 425 winner since 2016. Bellevue

DENTIST | Uparika Sharma at Bellevue Azalea Dentistry

Dr. Uparika Sharma owns Bellevue Azalea Dentistry and was named one of the America’s Best Dentists by Nationwide Shopper Advisory Board in 2019. She has over a decade of expertise, studied at University of Washington and Harvard College, and is one of the few dentists in Washington state to have advanced coaching in TMJ that helps deal with dental points with a long-term mentality. She volunteers with non-profits Northshore Senior Middle and SukaryaUSA on senior’s and ladies well being. Bellevue

HOSPITAL | Evergreen Health

The providers and packages provided by EvergreenHealth are among the many most comprehensive in the nation. For the previous three years, it has been recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades. The hospital serves virtually 850,000 residents dwelling in North King and South Snohomish counties. Kirkland and Monroe

NATUROPATH | Michael Corsilles

A working towards naturopath since 2003, Dr. Corsilles also obtained a Doctor Assistant certification to integrate typical drugs into his naturopathic background. This integrated background allows Dr. Corsilles to offer a well-rounded plan for his sufferers. Bellevue

PHYSICAL THERAPIST | Eunice Gong at InBalance PT & Bowenwork

Owner of InBalance PT & Bowenwork, Eunice Gong brings more than 20 years of PT expertise to her follow. She has the power to work with young youngsters to seniors in inpatient and outpatient orthopedics, sports activities drugs, acute care and rehabilitation, holistic healing, and extra. Bellevue

ORTHODONTIST | Bruner Orthodontics

Bruner Orthodontics has been striving to deliver the perfect orthodontic care to sufferers across the Eastside for 34 years. The follow presents a spread of braces choices and Invisalign for each youngsters and adults. Redmond

OB-GYN | Alisha Wilkes at Three Moons Midwifery

Inspired by her own expertise with being pregnant, delivery, and early parenting, Alisha Wilkes turned a delivery doula in 2001 and worked as she continued to additional her schooling. In 2015, she obtained her doctorate in Nursing Apply and now offers relationship-based ladies’s well being, gynecology, being pregnant care, group start providers, and extra. Snoqualmie

GYM + SPA | PRO Membership

Pro Club, originally PRO Sports Membership, started in 1973 as the house of the Seattle Supersonics. It has since grown right into a premier well being club that gives in depth health courses, sports groups, wellness and vitamin counseling, and a spa for each medical and rest functions. Bellevue, Redmond,
and Seattle

PEDIATRICIAN | Allegro Pediatrics

Allegro Pediatrics has been a go-to for high-quality pediatric look after greater than 50 years. In depth places and a strong schedule make sure that kiddos of all ages are in good arms. Numerous places

MANI + PEDI | Gene Juarez Salons & Spas

Perhaps you’ve gotten a minimize and colour accomplished at Gene Juarez earlier than, however what about your nails? Decisions range from basic and shellac to nail art and extensions. Numerous places

PERSONAL TRAINER | Chris Doran – Critical About Fitness

Critical About Fitness proprietor Chris Doran has greater than 20 years of expertise and is an skilled in private training and sports drugs. Working with Doran helps shoppers take the guesswork and frustration out of health, pushing them to really feel superb in their our bodies and smash their objectives. Redmond

CHIROPRACTOR | Pauline Haugen – Larger Well being Spine + Sport

Day by day, Dr. Pauline Haugen meets with individuals to help them feel, transfer, and stay higher. Her mixture of Japanese and Western chiropractic methods — as well as her reasonably priced cost plans — has earned her recognition as a repeat Best of 425 winner. Bellevue

ASSISTED LIVING | The Gardens at City Square

This assisted dwelling group gives refined senior dwelling in downtown Bellevue, full with rich programming, an in-house chef, and a chic dwelling area. Bellevue

BARBER SHOP | Gene Juarez Males

Gene Juarez Men’s specialists are here to help men feel and appear their greatest with a recent minimize and a complimentary beer. Specialists can work with all hair varieties and types to create a customized look. Bellevue

WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM | Higher U Immediately

Better U At present helps shoppers change their relationship with meals by means of a complete plan and weekly check-ins that help weight reduction and maintenance. Plans permit the physique to realize fat loss while preserving lean muscle mass. Kirkland

ACUPUNCTURE | Swiss Acupuncture, Ginger Nguyen

Ginger Nguyen is an East Asian Drugs practitioner and a nationally board-certified Acupuncturist, focusing on acupuncture, medicinal herbs, and holistic vitamin. Her own expertise growing up as a refugee in Switzerland and her battle with weight problems and continual fatigue as a teen led her to need to help others with tools that helped her heal. Redmond

YOGA STUDIO | Alive & Shine Middle

Since 1992, Alive & Shine Middle has been the Eastside’s premier, Indian family-owned genuine yoga, meditation, and way of life oasis, with highly educated yoga academics. It offers courses, workshops, and instructor trainings in Purna Yoga, Heartfull Meditation, and holistic dwelling. Its mission is to teach protected and transformative courses, so college students feel alive — and shine! Bellevue

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ARCHITECT | Barlis Architects

For several many years, Baylis Architects has seen quite a few plans for dynamic family houses and residential models come to a shocking fruition. Its skilled architects have made visions into actuality, brightening up the area with eye-catching designs. Bellevue


From Dutch Colonial properties to more trendy dwellings, BDR Houses presents a shocking array of types throughout the Eastside. Take a minute to browse their featured tasks, and also you’ll discover inspiration in your dream residence in no time. Bellevue

LANDSCAPER | Pacific Landscape Management

By enriching the character around your own home, you enrich your own home itself. The landscaping providers provided by Pacific Land Administration purpose to take care of the character and performance of a house’s outside area, regardless of the season. Snohomish

INTERIOR DESIGNER | Genay Bell Interior Design

In relation to freshening up your dwelling area, you need someone with a imaginative and prescient that evokes. Genay Bell is strictly that individual. In line with shoppers, her efficiency and creativity make the design course of straightforward and pleasurable. Bellevue


The latest addition to the Duo Realty Group, duoHome goals to beautify a house’s interior. While its providers embrace residence staging, residence styling, shade planning, and extra, shoppers extensively applaud them for its tasteful kitchen and tub designs. Redmond

REMODELER | City Restoration

Perusing City Restoration’s prior tasks, you’ll notice a stunning development: pure mild and open spaces. Its workforce aims to brighten up tasks in more methods than one, by committing to the shoppers’ imaginative and prescient. From UR’s perspective, situating the shoppers’ wants at the core of a challenge is sure to convey a gratifying end result. Bellevue


Since 1939, Albert Lee has offered the Northwest with outstanding service. At Washington’s largest unbiased appliance vendor, you possibly can rely on finding appliances that meet your distinct wants. Not solely does Albert Lee give back to the group with its professional providers, but in addition with its dedication to native philanthropies. Numerous Places

PLACE TO BUY FURNITURE | Greenbaum Residence Furnishings

A long time family establishment, Greenbaum Residence Furnishings has seen an awesome deal of change — 4 generations, to be actual. As its furnishings fluctuates with modern types, it maintains one essential custom: providing wonderful service and quality furnishings. Bellevue

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This new housing complicated not solely accommodates a mess of amenities, like a fitness center and recreation room, but in addition supplies the profit of convenience. Situated close to Downtown Park, The Meyden is simply minutes away from Bellevue’s greatest restaurants, cafes, and night time life. Bellevue

NURSERY | Molbak’s Backyard + House

While it gives a exceptional selection of shrubs, houseplants, and perennials, Molbak’s is greater than a nursery. It makes it a precedence to serve the group with instructional occasions open to the public. Take a look at Molbak’s workshops for gardeners, crafters, and youngsters alike. Woodinville


PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL | Bellevue High Faculty

Bellevue Excessive persistently excels, with its wide selection of unique and accessible packages. Its vision for scholar success incorporates open enrollment AP courses, so that students can succeed simply by putting their minds to it. In addition to the AP route, BHS presents the IB program as properly. Bellevue

PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL | Chinook Middle Faculty

Along with Chinook’s consideration to teachers, the varsity also gives a mess of after-school packages, together with jazz band, Intramural Final Frisbee, and rocketry club. In accordance with, Chinook ranks because the 14th greatest public middle faculty in Washington. Bellevue

PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL | Stillwater Elementary Faculty

Stillwater prioritizes paying cautious consideration to the needs of each individual scholar. This culture permits for personalised educational progress, which Stillwater Elementary alumni can vouch for. With a workforce of passionate staff, Stillwater presents a supportive surroundings for youngsters and fogeys alike. Carnation


A visit to KidsQuest means countless enjoyable and enrichment. With hands-on actions starting from engineering to art, your baby will find something to study and to love. This go-to Eastside youngsters’s hub is the right spot for birthday parties, workshops, summer time camps, and extra. Bellevue

PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL | Bellevue Christian Excessive Faculty

Of Bellevue Christian Excessive Faculty’s 109 school members, greater than 50 % holds advanced levels, and of the 3,387 alumni, 100 % of graduates have been accepted to school. BCHS deeply cares concerning the success of its students, and it exhibits. Bellevue

PRIVATE MIDDLE SCHOOL | Eastside Christian Center Faculty

This is Eastside Christian Middles Faculty’s fourth yr taking its place among the many Best of 425. ECMS gives enriching electives, which permit youngsters to study numerous expertise, similar to net design, drama, cooking, finance, and public talking. Bellevue


Elementary faculty packages that prioritize service studying are few and far aside. At St. Thomas Faculty, the significance of giving back to the group is central to schooling. Visual, musical, and theatrical arts additionally supply efficient and fulfilling modes of studying for STS college students. Medina

TEACHER | Nicole Champoux, Montessori Youngsters’s Home

For 32 years, The Montessori Youngsters’s House has emphasized nature and connectedness to the setting in its curriculum. Nicole Champoux takes this mission to heart, inspiring both her Montessori students and her own youngsters with nature-focused schooling on MCH’s serene campus. Redmond

PLACE FOR FAMILY PHOTOS | Bellevue Downtown Park

In Bellevue, you don’t should journey far from the town to seek out 21 acres of green area and peaceful scenery. With this expansive park’s infinite angles and photograph ops, you’ll be able to remember to get some great photographs of the whole household. Bellevue

PRESCHOOL + DAYCARE | Kiddie Academy of Larger Seattle

The attentive and compassionate employees at Kiddie Academy goes above and past. Not only do they offer a protected, stimulating setting in your baby, but in addition instructional foundations they name “Life Essentials.” This program incorporates developmentally correct curriculum, health and fitness, character schooling, and know-how schooling. Numerous Places

KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANT | Seaplane Kitchen + Bar

Seaplane’s friendly, accommodating service and a warm environment make for an easygoing night time out with the youngsters. In contrast to many kid-friendly restaurants, its menu also gives a tasteful grownup menu. At Seaplane, you don’t should compromise high quality for ease. Kenmore


San Juan Island
Photograph by: Bill Evans


It really is a respite from the hustle of everyday life. Expertise it like a vacationer with a moped rental, and zip across the modest-sized island to explore its wealthy historical past and tradition.

HOTEL | Hyatt Regency Lake Washington

Tucked away on the water’s edge is a lodge that seems like far more than a lodge. It’s the right staycation hub, with an on-site spa, award-winning restaurant, and recreation just a stone’s throw away. Renton

GOLF COURSE | The Golf Membership at Newcastle

It’s a literal breath of recent air, stretched over 350 acres with views of Lake Washington, Mount Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade mountains, and the Seattle skyline. Play a spherical, after which grab a chew to eat. Newcastle

HIKE | Rattlesnake Ledge

It’s a punishing hike up to the highest, but the reward is well worth the effort. In case you’re daring sufficient to traverse the rock face at the prime of Rattlesnake Ledge, you’ll be met with uninterrupted views of the mountains, and (on a transparent day) a teal-blue lake at the backside. North Bend space

AIRLINE | Alaska Airways

How typically can you say you had an pleasant time flying? With friendly employees, top-notch customer service, and regionally sourced in-flight refreshments, Alaska Airways is aware of easy methods to make touring a cushty experience — readers clearly agree. Seattle

CRUISE LINE | Princess Cruise Line

The firm began in 1965 with only one cruise ship that took passengers to Mexico and has since grown to grow to be one of probably the most highly sought after cruise strains on the planet, with greater than 380 locations. Your dream vacation is ready. Seattle


CATERER | Twelve Baskets Catering

Twelve Baskets Catering uses recent, regionally sourced components to create delicious menus for elegant dinners, corporate lunches, and wedding ceremony receptions. What’s extra, this eco-friendly enterprise has foregone plastic for compostable products, and donates unused meals to impoverished communities and native homeless shelters. Kirkland

EVENT PLACE | Hyatt Regency Lake Washington

Two ballrooms, one government boardroom, and particular person assembly areas named after local mountains (Adams, Baker, and Rainier) — as well as a staff of expert assembly and culinary professionals — make this venue the perfect location in your subsequent memorable occasion. Renton

DEEJAY | Bugsie Productions

Bugsie Productions’ workforce of charismatic, professional, and reliable deejays has elevated Eastside weddings, corporate events, faculty dances, and other events for almost 20 years. Everett

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER | Mike Tabolsky Images

A veteran photographer who captures engagements, weddings, and household gatherings, Mike Tabolsky enlists creativity and a passion for meeting new individuals to document particular reminiscences and moments. Maple Valley

BRIDAL SHOP | Bellevue Bridal

Bellevue Bridal helped brides say “yes to the dress” long earlier than the phrase turned the title of a well-liked tv present. Professional consultants and gifted seamstresses have created high quality robes since 1976, providing a variety of types by prime designers. Bellevue

BRIDAL HAIR AND MAKEUP | Candy P Magnificence

Tiffany Penton and her staff of lash artists, waxing specialists, hair stylists, and estheticians will take time to talk to you about your perfect wedding ceremony look and, in the long run, allow you to really feel confident on your massive day. Renton

WEDDING JEWELER | J. Lewis Jewellery

Hand-crafted jewelry and wonderful diamonds, gems, rubies, and silver bought in a enjoyable, friendly, and relaxed surroundings? That’s Jill Lewis’ aim. More than 20 years ago, Lewis based J. Lewis Jewellery, which permits clients to leisurely browse jewellery designs and be impressed to create lovely, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Bellevue


This casual hangout spot is the place grownups come to interact their inside youngster. Select from greater than two dozen varieties of beer, cider, and wine while enjoying indoor mini golf, Duffleboard, and other activities. Kirkland

BRIDAL FLORAL | Fena Flowers

Caring floral artists and high quality customer support go into each beautiful centerpiece and delightful bouquet created by Fena Flowers, which has spruced up particular occasions and occasions on the Eastside for greater than 30 years. Kirkland

BACHELORETTE PARTY VENUE | Woodinville Wine Nation

Wine crawl via your last days of singlehood by visiting Woodinville’s distinct wine districts — the bustling Artisan Hill and Junction neighborhoods within the Warehouse District; the Hollywood District, with its scenic valley views; the riverside West Valley District; and the bustling-yet-quaint Downtown District. Woodinville

EVENT PLANNER | The Eventists

Angela, Heather, and Melissa — the dream workforce behind The Eventists — supply a set of providers to make your wedding ceremony or special occasion really memorable. Everett

PLACE TO HONEYMOON | Salish Lodge & Spa

Perched cliffside and overlooking misty Snoqualmie Falls, Salish Lodge & Spa presents romance, nice eating, and luxurious. Take pleasure in rose petals and sparkling wine upon arrival, and breakfast for two the next morning. Bonus: It’s all situated within 25 miles of downtown Bellevue. Snoqualmie

OFFICE PARTY VENUE | Hyatt Regency Lake Washington

Providing positive cuisine, beautiful views of Lake Washington and the Seattle skyline, and indoor-outdoor venue options, the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Southport can reboot any firm’s awkward, Dunder Mifflin-esque workplace events, turning them into memorable, can’t-miss occasions. Renton

LIVE BAND | Michael Benson Band

Whether or not a guitarist livens an intimate cocktail hour, or a six-piece ensemble raises the roof at your wedding ceremony reception, the Michael Benson Band has you coated. Acquainted hip-hop, soul, and rock music will hold your ft shifting and your palms reaching for the sky. Lynnwood

WEDDING VENUE | Woodmark Lodge & Nonetheless Spa

Views of Lake Washington and the Olympic Mountains make Woodmark Lodge a trendy and opulent setting for any wedding ceremony. Cruise the lake aboard the basic Woodmark II or indulge within the spa — both means, facilities abound for bridal events and their friends. Kirkland


Then-Di Do

Photograph by Jennifer Winter Images

The daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Thien-Di “Zee” Do has a foundational worth of helping these in need, a perfect she discovered at a younger age and has permeated throughout her profession and private life.

“My whole entire life I have been surrounded by a lot of love and compassion; starting with the fact that my family came to the United States as refugees,” she stated. “They were supported by sponsor families — people who were complete strangers; people who felt that our family needed a chance. So that has been the root of everything, to pay it forward.”

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Do moved to Bellevue 13 years ago together with her husband and two youngsters. Since then, she has grow to be a board member with the Rwanda Women Initiative, an lively volunteer with the Seattle Union Gospel Mission, helped her husband build two dental practices with an emphasis on equity and access to dental care, and created an internet platform to spotlight acts of kindness locally.

“Without the chance that my family was given, I don’t think I would be where I’m at. I don’t think that I’d have the opportunity to do the things that I do and give back to my community. So, as a community member, I take that as my responsibility — to pay it forward and to give to others who might need it now,” Do stated.

Do, nevertheless, is ceaselessly humble and fast to divert compliments and credit score onto others.

When asked about her involvement with the Rwanda Women Initiative, she burst with enthusiasm and satisfaction for the women that she helps to help and empower by means of schooling. During her most recent trip to Rwanda, Do attended a graduation ceremony for the scholars in the program. As an alternative of acknowledging the position she made in making that potential, Do spoke endlessly about how much they encourage her.

Similarly, whereas speaking about volunteering with Seattle Union Gospel Mission — organizing a gaggle of approximately 40 pals and associates to hitch in supplying primary necessities to Seattle’s homeless population — she talked about how much compassion and appreciation she sees in individuals suffering from homelessness.

And as she advised us concerning the founding of kindset, the web platform devoted to shining a light-weight on the constructive and galvanizing moments, individuals, and on a regular basis occurrences round us, we thought there was no method she couldn’t take credit for that. This medium was constructed by Do herself, and permits the ripple effect of joy and compassion that she exudes to increase past her speedy surroundings. But without fail, she was fast to precise gratitude for many who are spreading pleasure every single day and dwelling the tales that she tells on the web site.

“It kind of goes back to being a mother,” Do stated. “I had my first (child) and I couldn’t imagine loving any other human as much as I loved him. I had so much love for him that I didn’t know how that could even exist for someone else. And then we had our second, and your heart expands, and you have even more love.”

She added: “I think that’s how life is. When you celebrate other people, there is room for so much more happiness and so much more for all of us to do together. I think that’s the legacy I want to have — loving passionately and really, really being joyful for others.” — Melissa McCarthy