Old Main in Bellevue

Chic boutiques and charming new cafés occupy this classic Eastside shopping district.
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Bellevue may be best known for the brand-name mecca Bellevue Square mall (or more recently, for being at the opposite end of the grumble-inducing 520 bridge toll), but just one block south of the downtown park between Bellevue Way and 100th Avenue lies the sweet Old Main Street district with plenty of new draws that are worth the lake crossing. 

a walk in the park
Conveniently adjacent to the downtown park, Running Elements (10047 Main St., Suite 102; 425.449.8399; runningelementsbellevue.com) can outfit you with a hot new pair of shoes, served with a side of advice from owner and marathon coach Ginny Morris.

get out the plastic
Clothing patterns fill the windowed workshop at the Design 10301 sewing space, shown above, (10301 Main St.; 425.223.4524; design10301.com), two doors down from the SoHo-esque boutique where you can snag the finished products, such as an edgy wrap cardigan from the European-inspired Jarbo line. Or brighten up your home with colorful, jewel-like votives and tumblers from Glassybaby’s Eastside outpost (10230 Main St.; 425.256.2927; glassybaby.com).

to market, to market
Right next to famed deli and bagel shop Gilbert’s on Main (10024 Main St.; 425.455.5650) sits Cantinetta Bellevue’s new sister shop, Mercato Stellina (10000 Main St., Suite 104; 425.732.6611; mercatostellina.com), a small and bright Italian deli offering an array of fresh panini and house-made pastas, in addition to imported goods, such as olive oils, sauces, meats and cheeses.

edible indulgences
If your sweet tooth is begging for a treat, there are plenty of tried and true options in the ‘hood, such as Belle Pastry and Amore Chocolates on Main, but for an off-beat nibble, try a sweet-tart pairing of dark chocolate balsamic vinegar and blood-orange-infused olive oil at the new Two Sisters Olive Oil, shown above, (10129 Main St., Suite 107B; 425.454.2194; twosistersoliveoil.com). There are dozens of oils and vinegars available for your tasting pleasure, with miniature bottles starting at $5.

Seattle Magazine's 2016 Gift Guide

Seattle Magazine's 2016 Gift Guide

Featuring finds from local stores as special as our favorite holiday songs and sayings, our 2016 gift guide proves December really is the most wonderful time of the year
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The Land of Must-have Toys...

Techy teens can collect the customizable smart bracelets, $69, from Seattle-based start-up Gemio, which light up when a friend, also wearing a band, is nearby. Available for preorder at gogemio.com

Take Legos to go with the locally made Swoop mini bag, $26, perfect for toting toys during holiday travel. swoopbags.com

Seattle-based industrial designer Douglas Varey, founder of Resolute Lighting, created his vintage-inspired go-cart, the “Austin Boulogne,” using repurposed materials and an electric motor. Private commission, price upon request. Resolute Lighting showroom, SoDo, 4617 Colorado Ave. S, Unit A; 206.343.9323; resoluteonline.com

Headquartered in South Lake Union, Fort Boards custom fort-building kits, $79.99–$125, contain 20 square feet of plastic panels for kids to construct their dream hideout, castle or clubhouse. fortboards.com

Festivals of Light, Candles Glowing Oh So Bright...

Twinkling gold star dangle earrings, $28, designed by Gig Harbor–based Six Sisters Beadworks, sparkle and shine. sixsistersbeadworks.com

Throw pillows, like these metallic-embellished ones from Jonathan Adler, $250–$255, are an easy way to add a bit of holiday spirit to any home decor. Jonathan Adler, University Village, 2650 NE Village Lane; 206.525.0930; jonathanadler.com

After raising your glass, place it down on one of these festive die-cut gold-foil-stamped coasters, $21 for a set of 12. Available at E. Smith Mercantile, Pioneer Square, 208 First Ave. S; 206.641.7250; esmithmercantile.com

Add some sparkle to holiday tabletops with Z Gallerie’s Avelina glassware, $35.96–$47.96 for a set of four, featuring luxe gold textured details (also available in silver). Z Gallerie, Bellevue, Bellevue Square, 575 Bellevue Way NE; 425.519.4499; zgallerie.com


Winter may be a darker time of year, but your complexion can still be bright with Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, $46, featuring a blend of ginger root essential oils, tamanu and sunflower seed botanical oils. Kiehl’s, University Village, 2611 NE University Village St.; 206.985.4414; kiehls.com

 


From local perfumer Maria Christofilis, the MC Parfums trio spray set, $110, includes TSA-approved refillable sprays of the line’s signature scents, including Fleur09, Mykonos12 and latest fragrance, Missive15: a woody, Oriental abstraction with notes of bergamot, Casablanca lilies and Madagascar vanilla bean. Available at Butch Blum, downtown, 1332 Sixth Ave.; 206.622.5760; and online at mariachristofilis.com

 


The gift of a Glassybaby votive holder, $44, (shown in warm amber Cozy) is like giving two presents in one. Ten percent of the cost benefits the handblown glass retailer’s White Light fund, which supports various worthy causes. Glassybaby, multiple locations, including Bellevue, 10230 Main St.; 425.256.2927; glassybaby.com


The Apothecary's solid cologne for men is all natural and handcrafted in Seattle. The best-selling Maverick scent, $25.99, features notes of bergamot and tobacco, and the fragrant balm can be stashed in any briefcase, backpack or stocking. Available at Etsy shop By All the Little Things: etsy.com/shop/byallthelittlethings


The Frederique Constant Classic Moon Phase men’s timepiece, $2,295, is the ultimate luxury gift. Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler, Bellevue, 305 Bellevue Way NE; 425.454.9393; agjeweler.com

Eat, Drink & Be Merry...


Bring the on-draft craft beer experience into your kitchen with the PicoBrew Pico automated beer brewer, $799. Just add water to one of the machine’s PicoPaks, featuring flavors from more than 100 breweries, and your holiday beer is good to go. Mountain Homebrew & Wine Supply, Kirkland, 8530 122nd Ave. NE; 425.803.3996; and available online at picobrew.com


Spice up holiday dishes with Tacoma-based Downing Pottery’s salt and pepper cellars, $38 per set. Available at Venue, Ballard, 5408 22nd Ave. NW; 206.789.3335; venueballard.com


Soft Turkish towels, $18–$35, from Essenza add a decorative element to any kitchen. Essenza, Fremont, 615 N 35th St.; 206.547.4895; essenza-inc.com  


Fremont-based Theo Chocolate’s chocolate clusters, $5.99, make a yummy snack and each flavor contains cocoa flavanols to boost heart health. Here’s to a happy, healthy new year! Available at Theo Chocolate, Fremont, 3400 Phinney Ave. N; 206.632.5100; theochocolate.com


Sugarfina’s martini “olives,” $7.50, offer a sweet surprise (white chocolate-covered almonds) and make a fun hostess gift for upcoming cocktail parties. Available at the Sugarfina boutique in Nordstrom, downtown, 500 Pine St.; 206.628.2111; sugarfina.com


Seattle woodworker Bill Erickson’s end-grain cutting boards, $299–$379, make beautiful kitchen additions for preparing and serving your holiday feasts (or appetizers, such as meats from Marx Foods’ charcuterie sampler, $119, on Queen Anne). Erickson’s boards—of which no two are alike—are available at his Pike Place Market stand. Downtown, First Avenue and Pike Street; ericksonlongboards.com


Winter weather is the best excuse to stay in and indulge in some delicious baked goods. Marx Foods’ Winter Baker basket, $47, is stocked with local favorites, such as Hot Cakes Campfire caramel sauce and Scrappy’s cardamom bitters, to make all kinds of delectable December recipes. Marx Foods, Queen Anne, 144 Western Ave. W; 206.447.1818; marxfoods.com


This three-pack of the best-selling reds,$169, from Woodinville's Mark Ryan Winery, ensures the perfect pour for holiday parties. Mark Ryan Winery, Woodinville, 14475 Woodinville-Redmond Road; 425.415.3865; markryanwinery.com

Walking in a Winter Wonderland...


What better way to warm up after being out in the snow than with a fire? Bring logs back home with Filson’s water-repellent, rugged twill log carrier, $95. Filson, SoDo, 1741 First Ave. S; 206.622.3147; filson.com


This YMC Wickerman woven gray scarf, $115, is part merino wool, part mohair and 100 percent perfect for holiday gift giving. Glasswing, Capitol Hill, 1525 Melrose Ave.; 206.641.7646; glasswingshop.com


Kate Spade satin and (faux) mink earmuffs, $78, keep ears toasty while running around during holiday shopping. Kate Spade, downtown, Pacific Place, 600 Pine St.; 206.223.5539; pacificplaceseattle.com 


Cozy up with Pendleton Woolen Mills’ pure virgin wool motor robe, $99.50. Named for the warmth the throw blanket provided on carriage rides in the early 1900s, the motor robe is part of this year’s capsule collection celebrating America’s national parks. Pendleton, downtown, 1313 Fourth Ave.; 206.682.4430; pendleton-usa.com

Windproof with super lightweight insulation, Brooks’ LSD thermal running jacket, $160, will keep you warm in cold weather. Brooks Trailhead store, Fremont, 3400 Stone Way N; 206.858.5700; brooksrunning.com


Tote your eggnog or hot chocolate in a S’well insulated stainless steel water bottle, $35–$45. The ThermaS’well fabrication keeps cold drinks cold for as long as 24 hours and hot drinks hot for as long as 12. Brand available at Nordstrom’s flagship store, downtown, 500 Pine St.; 206.628.2111; shop.nordstrom.com


The sterling silver drop at the end of Faris Du Graf’s “Luro” necklace, $138, reminds us of melting snow as it drips off the end of evergreen branches. Available at Rizom boutique and gallery, Belltown, 2316 Second Ave.; 206.390.0939; rizom.us


It might look more like a lump of coal, but we promise this locally made grapefruit- and eucalyptus-scented ash soap, $10, is the perfect gift for everyone on your “nice” list. Liten, Fremont, 617 N 35th St.; 206.632.0854; litenseattle.com


Snow, sleet and rain don’t stand a chance against Eddie Bauer’s Snowfoil boot, $130. Eddie Bauer, multiple locations, including Bellevue Square, 1033 Bellevue Square; 425.453.0450; eddiebauer.com