Downtown Bellevue's Spa Sanctuary

Indulge in traditional bathhouse scrubs and hydrotherapy at Yuan Spa.
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The tale of new Yuan Spa is one of ancient East meets Eastside. Tucked at the base of a Bellevue megatower (Downtown Bellevue 1032 106th Ave NE; 425.449.8788; yuan- spa.com), the luxe 8,000-square-foot space, open since November, combines a swanky, modern pedicure room and massage treatments with a group bathing area and body scrubs that recall owner Z Zhang’s Chinese roots.

The tiled hydrotherapy area is modeled after a traditional Asian bathhouse, containing a hot tub, salt scrub bar, a eucalyptus steam room, dry cedar sauna and a saltwater pool, all employed in a cleansing circuit (hydrotherapy is free with some treatments; $39 for a day pass). Guests can also opt for Yuan’s signature Chinese Body Scrub Ritual ($169), a vigorous, cleansing exfoliation wherein dry skin is sloughed off (in vaguely horrifying quantities) with pumice-stone-style mitts. Refreshed skin is topped off with a warm-water rinse, deeply moisturizing lotion and a soothing scalp massage.

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

The retailer returns to its roots with iconic designs
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Wares from Eddie Bauer's latest collection, releasing today

Seattle-based men's and women's outerwear and apparel retailer Eddie Bauer is going back to its Northwest roots, when Eddie was a guy who ran a sporting goods store on downtown's Seneca Street in 1920. The brand has gone through some transition years, but it’s returning to the brand that outfitted the first American expedition to K2.

On Tuesday, September 27, the retailer is releasing its EB Originals Collection, a line that's inspired by EB's founder and the early, iconic designs from its nearly 100-year-old history.

The first patented down jacket, the 1936 Skyliner, is reincarnated with modern styling. Same for the 1942 Yukon--the top seller for more than 30 years--and the B-9 Parka, which originally kept U.S. airmen warm in -70 temperatures in their uninsulated bombers.

For Northwest street cred, the most striking piece is the limited-edition version of the Skyliner, that's lined with Pendleton wool in eight national park-inspired patterns from Portland's Pendleton Woolen Mills. What's more, it’s reversible, so you can wear your Rainier Pendleton Skyliner in multiple ways. Expect this limited-edition gem on October 18. $400 at eddiebauer.com.