The entire Eastside region is in the midst of rapid growth in population, development and business as rent rates rise, Eastlink progresses and businesses small and large open new locations in every city.
Locals can look forward to experiencing many of the new businesses this summer, some of which are currently operating and some that will soon open.
Issaquah’s Chamber of Commerce has been active in promoting local restaurants and supporting local businesses with its recent Epicurean Experience contest that crowned the city’s best appetizer and dessert.
Vista Prime Steaks and Seafood at the Snoqualmie Casino won the people’s choice and best dessert award, and Levitate Gastropub won the award for best appetizer.
Locals can visit both locations and look forward to another contest next year as the chamber of commerce was excited about the popularity of the event.
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce also recently began promoting the King County Executive’s Small Business Awards, asking local businesses to highlight Issaquah.
Mercer Island’s South End saw a brand new boutique shop that may also expand to the North End. The Boutique Lounge offers a rotating stock of locally sourced gifts and offers a space for shoppers to relax.
“I wanted it to be a community place for people to sit and relax but also shop,” Owner Kerry Donner said. “Finding the perfect gift for someone is always one of my favorite things to do, and I wanted to give people an option for that down here.”
Donner also rents out the space for birthday parties or any community gathering.
Kirkland is one of the busier cities as far as new development with The Village at Totem Lake and Kirkland Urban undergoing the last few stages of construction.
Locals will see a new Tutta Bella location within the Kirkland Urban QFC that offers an in-store restaurant with a wood-burning oven. The location will also allow pick-up orders and eventually deliver to nearby locations.
Eastsiders will also get a bite of Shake Shack as the national burger chain expands from its Seattle-location to the Kirkland Urban development.
Kirkland locals will see another summer option as the city implements its plan for car-free Sundays along Park Lane that will run from June 2 to Sept. 22.
“The idea is that Sundays are a family day,” neighborhood services coordinator Christian Knight said. “It’s a day of rest, relaxation and community. It’s sort of consistent with a lot of cultures to use that day as a community building day.”
The Sunday closure closes off Park Lane entrances at 7 a.m. Sunday mornings, leaving exits open so cars parked there overnight can leave without being towed. The roadway becomes a pedestrian zone until the end of the work day when parks maintenance staff reopen the lane to traffic.