Best of: Readers’ Choice 2011

Seattleites have spoken. Here are the Reader's Choice winners in our Best of 2011 poll.
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BEAUTY

Salon for cuts and color
GARY MANUEL SALON
Belltown
2127 First Ave.
206.728.1234
garymanuel.com

Blow-dry/styling bar
SWINK STYLE BAR
Multiple locations, including
University Village
4610 Village Court NE
206.673.5070
swinkstylebar.com

Hairstylist
DERIK EGGERT, GARY
MANUEL SALON
Belltown
2127 First Ave.
206.728.1234
garymanuel.com

Men’s salon
RUDY'S BARBERSHOP
Multiple locations,
including Fremont
475 N 36th St.
206.547.0818
rudysbarbershop.com

Children’s haircuts
LI'L KLIPPERS
Wallingford (Wallingford Center)
1815 N 45th St., Suite 205
206.633.2158
lilklippers.com

Nail salon
JULEP NAIL PARLOR
Multiple locations,
including University District
5001 25th Ave. NE
206.985.6644
myjulep.com

Place for a massage
ELAIA SPA, HYATT AT OLIVE 8
Downtown
1635 Eighth Ave.
206.676.4500
olive8.hyatt.com/hyatt/pure/spas

Place for a facial
GENE JUAREZ SALON & SPA
Multiple locations, including
University District
(University Village)
2684 NE 49th St.
206.522.4700
genejuarez.com

HEALTH CARE

Medi-spa
CALIDORA SKIN CLINIC
Multiple locations, including Bellevue
10708 Main St., Suite 310
425.688.7800
calidora.com

Spa
ELAIA Spa, HYATT AT OLIVE 8
Downtown
1635 Eighth Ave.
206.676.4500
elaiaspa.com

Cosmetic dentist
DR. PRINCY S. REKHI,
HIGHLAND DENTAL
Renton
1080 Kirkland Ave. NE
425.226.1422
myhighlanddental.com

Place for skin care
CALIDORA SKIN CLINIC
Multiple locations, including Downtown
412 University St.
206.267.7869
calidora.com

Plastic surgeon
DR. SHAHRAM SALEMY
First Hill
Cabrini Medical Tower
901 Boren Ave., Suite 1650
206.464.0873
drsalemy.com

Hospital
SWEDISH MEDICAL CENTER
Multiple locations, including
Ballard
5300 Tallman Ave. NW
206.782.2700
swedish.org

PETS

Doggy day care
A DOG'S LIFE
Columbia City
4801 Rainer Ave. S
206.695.2758
adogslifedoggydaycare.net

Groomer [Correction: Fetch! Pet Care does not offer grooming services. They were erroneously voted for in this category. We regret the error.]
FETCH! PET CARE OF
WEST SEATTLE
West Seattle
9425 12th Ave. SW
206.965.9851
west-seattle.fetchpetcare.com

Veterinarian
TIE:
ELLIOTT BAY
ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Interbay
2042 15th Ave. W
206.285.7387
elliottbayah.com

SUNSET HILL VETERINARY CLINIC & REHABILITATION CENTER
Ballard
2403 NW Market St.
206.706.7800
sunsethillvet.com

Pet shop
MUD BAY
Multiple locations, including Greenwood
8532 First Ave. NW
206.789.7977
www.mudbay.us

SHOPPING

New boutique
FAIR TRADE WINDS
Wallingford (Wallingford Center)
1815 N 45th St., Suite 202
206.743.8500
fairtradewinds.net

Men’s boutique
BUILT FOR MAN (Showroom)
Available at multiple locations, including Veridis
Capitol Hill
1205 E Pike St.
206.658.7642
builtforman.com

Women’s boutique
FROCK SHOP
Phinney Ridge
6500 Phinney Ave. N
206.297.1638
shopfrockshop.com

Department store
Shoe store

NORDSTROM
Multiple locations, including Downtown
500 Pine St.
206.628.2111
nordstrom.com

Jewelry shop
TIFFANY & CO.
Multiple locations, including
Downtown (Pacific Place)
600 Pine St.
206.264.1400
tiffany.com

Optical shop
4 YOUR EYES ONLY OPTICAL
Wallingford (Wallingford Center)
1815 N 45th St., Suite 211
206.547.7430
4youreyesonlyoptical.com

Luxury shop
NEIMAN MARCUS
Bellevue
11111 NE Eighth St.
425.452.3300
neimanmarcus.com

Sale rack
NORDSTROM RACK
Multiple locations, including
Downtown
1601 Second Ave.
206.448.8522
shop.nordstrom.com/c/
nordstrom-rack

Children’s clothing store
PARON'S CLOSET
Wallingford (Wallingford Center)
1815 N 45th St., Suite 204
206.695.2455
paronscloset.com

Children’s book shop
SECRET GARDEN BOOKS
Ballard
2214 NW Market St.
206.789.5006
secretgardenbooks.com

Children’s toy shop
TOP TEN TOYS, INC.
Multiple locations, including
Downtown (Pacific Place)
600 Pine St. #220
206.623.1370
toptentoys.com

Gardening store
MOLBAK'S
Woodinville
13625 NE 175th St.
425.483.5000
molbaks.com

Grocery store
METROPOLITAN MARKET
Multiple locations,
including Queen Anne
1908 Queen Anne Ave. N
206.284.2530
metropolitan-market.com

Bookstore
THE ELLIOTT BAY
BOOK COMPANY
Capitol Hill
1521 10th Ave.
206.624.6600
elliottbaybook.com

Housewares
SUR LA TABLE
Multiple locations, including
Pike Place Market
84 Pine St.
206.448.2244
surlatable.com

Gift/card shop
BUTTER HOME
Capitol Hill (Melrose Market)
1531 Melrose Ave., Suite C2, Mezzanine
206.623.2626
butterhomeseattle.com

Furniture store
AREA 51
Capitol Hill
401 E Pine St.
206.568.4782
area51seattle.com

Auto dealer
LEXUS OF SEATTLE
Lynnwood
20300 Highway 99
425.774.7900
lexusofseattle.com

SPORTS & FITNESS

Fitness club
COMMUNITY FITNESS
Multiple locations, including
Ravenna
2113 NE 65th St.
206.523.1534
communityfitness.com

Boot camp
STRENGTH STUDIO
Capitol Hill
526 19th Ave. E
206.300.0709
strength-studio.com

Yoga workout and hot yoga
URBAN YOGA SPA
Downtown
1900 Fourth Ave.
206.420.0222
urbanyogaspa.com

Golf course, public
INTERBAY GOLF CENTER
Magnolia
2501 15th Ave. W
206.838.4653
premiergc.com

Sporting goods shop
REI
South Lake Union
222 Yale Ave. N
206.223.1944
rei.com

Boating supply store
WEST MARINE
Multiple locations, including
Ballard/Shilshole
6317 Seaview Ave. NW
206.789.4640
westmarine.com

Ski shop
EVO
Fremont
122 NW 36th St.
206.973.4470
evo.com

ENTERTAINMENT

Cultural museum
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
Downtown
1300 First Ave.
206.654.3100
seattleartmuseum.org

Art gallery
VERMILLION
Capitol Hill
1508 11th Ave.
206.709.9797
vermillionseattle.com

Performing arts venue
PARAMOUNT THEATRE
Downtown
911 Pine St.
206.682.1414
stgpresents.org

Theater company
ACT, A CONTEMPORARY THEATRE
Downtown
700 Union St.
206.292.7676
acttheatre.org

Casino (within 100 miles)
TULALIP RESORT CASINO
Tulalip
10200 Quil Ceda Blvd.
360.716.6000
tulalipcasino.com

Bowling alley
GARAGE BILLIARDS
Capitol Hill
1130 Broadway Ave.
206.322.2296
garagebilliards.com

Place to shoot pool
GARAGE BILLIARDS
Capitol Hill
1130 Broadway Ave.
206.322.2296
garagebilliards.com

Local pub
BELLTOWN PUB
Belltown
2322 First Ave.
206.448.6210
thebelltownpub.com

Dance club
CENTURY BALLROOM
Capitol Hill
915 E Pine St.
206.324.7263
centuryballroom.com

Live music venue
NEUMOS CRYSTAL BALL
READING ROOM
Capitol Hill
925 E Pike St.
206.709.9442
neumos.com

New local band
SAD FACE
sadface.bandcamp.com

Movie theater
MAJESTIC BAY THEATRES
Ballard
2044 NW Market St.
206.781.2229
majesticbay.com

Neighborhood art walk
PIONEER SQUARE FIRST
THURSDAY ART WALK
Pioneer Square
firstthursdayseattle.com

Neighborhood blog
WEST SEATTLE BLOG
West Seattle
2850 SW Yancy St., No. 116
206.293.6302
westseattleblog.com

Kids’ attraction
PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER
Queen Anne
200 Second Ave. N
206.443.2001
pacificsciencecenter.org

TRAVEL

Northwest resort
TULALIP RESORT CASINO
Tulalip
10200 Quil Ceda Blvd.
360.716.6000
tulalipcasino.com

In-city hotel
HOTEL ÄNDRA
Belltown
2000 Fourth Ave.
206.448.8600
hotelandra.com

FOOD & DRINK

New restaurant
POQUITOS
Capitol Hill
1000 E Pike St.
206.453.4216
vivapoquitos.com

Mobile/food truck
MARINATION MOBILE
marinationmobile.com

Pizza place
PAGLIACCI PIZZA
Multiple locations, including
Magnolia
1614 W Dravus St.
206.726.1717
pagliacci.com

Burger joint and cheap lunch
DICK'S DRIVE-IN
Multiple locations, including
Wallingford
111 NE 45th St.
206.632.5125
ddir.com

New bar and cocktails
CANON WHISKEY AND
BITTERS EMPORIUM
Capitol Hill
928 12th Ave.
206.552.9755
canonseattle.com

Local microbrew
GEORGETOWN
BREWING COMPANY
Georgetown
5200 Denver Ave. S
206.766.8055
georgetownbeer.com

Bartender
ABE FOX, SHELTER LOUNGE
Ballard
4910 Leary Ave. NW
206.829.8568
theshelterlounge.com

Hotel bar
ART LOUNGE,
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL
Downtown
99 Union St.
206.749.7000
fourseasons.com/seattle/dining/art_lounge

Happy hour menu
PEARL
Bellevue
700 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 50
425.455.0181
pearlbellevue.com

Takeout food
PASEO CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT
Multiple locations, including
Fremont
4225 Fremont Ave. N
206.545.7440
paseoseattle.com

Coffee shop
STARBUCKS
Multiple locations, including
Pike Place Market
1912 Pike Place
206.448.8762
starbucks.com

Neighborhood farmers market
BALLARD FARMERS MARKET
Ballard
Ballard Avenue NW
at 22nd Avenue NW
206.781.6776
fremontmarket.com/ballardwelcome.html

Outdoor dining
SALTY'S ON ALKI BEACH
West Seattle
1936 Harbor Ave. SW
206.937.1600
saltys.com

Ice cream shop
MOLLY MOON'S
HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
Multiple locations,
including
Capitol Hill
917 E Pine St.
206.708.7947
mollymoonicecream.com

Cupcake shop
TROPHY CUPCAKES
Multiple locations, including
Wallingford (Wallingford Center)
1815 N 45th St., Suite 209
206.632.7020
trophycupcakes.com

Pie shop
HIGH 5 PIE
Capitol Hill
1400 12th Ave.
206.695.2284
high5pie.com

Bellevue's University Bookstore to Close, but the East Side Keeps Its Edge

Bellevue's University Bookstore to Close, but the East Side Keeps Its Edge

Bellevue is in many ways more “urban” than Seattle now—certainly, it’s racially more diverse, which is complete flip from the white-bread suburbs of the ‘60s and ‘70s
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Berger supervising a photo shoot of Bill Gates and Brian "The Boz" Bosworth in 1988

The news that the University Bookstore is closing its downtown Bellevue location next month is hardly big news. Bookstores have had to close, move and adjust to changes in the book biz. Elliott Bay relocated from Pioneer Square and now thrives on Capitol Hill. Amazon—blamed for driving many small independents out of business—has opened a dead-tree bookshop in University Village and another in Portland. Change happens.

Still, the news spurred memories of the not-so-distant past when the U-Bookstore’s move to Bellevue in the early ‘80s was part of a wave of urbanization—you could call it the “Seattleization”—of the Eastside suburbs. Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Bellevue became of the focus of what became known as “Edge City” city building. Skyscrapers popped up, much to the surprise of Seattleites who looked east and saw high rises. Between them and the Cascades.

There were other signals. Microsoft moved to Bellevue in 1979, before settling in Redmond, and became the vanguard of the Silicon Forest. In 1976, Starbucks opened its first outlet in Bellevue, and today the oldest Starbucks in Bellevue sits in a strip mall across from Bellevue Square on NE 8th and just around the corner from the U-Bookstore. Crossroads shopping center revamped as a kind of suburban mall-meets-Pike Place Market with a newsstand, bookstore, public chessboard, and a catalyst for social services. The demand for “third places” in the suburbs—often criticized as a desert of “no place” cul de sacs—was growing.

That growth was nurtured by other developments. In 1976, Bellevue got its own daily newspaper, the Journal-American, so Starbucks goers had first-rate local news and columns to read over their lattes each morning. In the late ‘80s, the statewide magazine I worked for, Washington, which had launched in Bellevue in the mid-80s, did a cover story on the fact that two major national celebrities were based on the Eastside: Bill Gates and Brian “The Boz” Bosworth. One seemed to reflect a new braininess in the ‘burbs, the other a kind of brazen, bleached Seahawks celebrity whose attitude suggested an in-your-face approach far different from quiet good guys suburban dads like Steve Largent. It seemed like the Eastside was an Edge City gaining some edginess.

In 1990, Seattle Weekly launched a sister paper on the Eastside. I was the editor and publisher and we arrived because we saw the changes of the ‘70s and ‘80s—the spread of cafes, the yearning for arts, the demand for urban amenities and services—increasing. An essential part of that was reflected in moves by chains like University Bookstore were a sign that a new kind “psychographics” was emerging, a population that wanted something more than split-level, bedroom community isolation. A population of readers, for one thing, that didn’t want to have to cross a bridge for culture, or good coffee.

The trend has been a steady, prosperous for Bellevue and the Eastside. Bellevue is in many ways more “urban” than Seattle now—certainly, it’s racially more diverse, which is complete flip from the white-bread suburbs of the ‘60s and ‘70s. It is now a majority minority city—the largest in the state!

Bellevue used to be Ronald Reagan country, but has been shifting “blue” politically since the early ‘90s. Light rail is coming, the cranes are still building, and the Edge City is now a big city in its own right. The seeds for that vision were planted long before the University Bookstore came to downtown Bellevue to serve hungry minds.

But the U-Bookstore’s move to Bellevue in the ‘80s was like an indicator species signaling to Seattleites and Eastsiders that the Puget Sound ecosystem was shifting. And boy, have they.