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Best of the Northwest 2015

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Amaro Bistro

If you enjoy the familiar Italian flavors of Il Bistro, a long-time Pike Place Market staple, try the owner’s new restaurant in Bothell—Amaro Bistro. When the owner, Nick Wiltz, and the Il Bistro team celebrated their fortieth anniversary last year, he also revealed details about the…

Underwater Artists

Wonder what happens when art and science mix? Hop the next ferry over to San Juan Island to find out. Here, the mysterious underwater world of the Puget Sound surfaces in the photographs of two people: local…

Salt & Iron

An Edmonds woman exclaims, “Oh yum, an oyster bar is coming!” while walking past the paper-covered windows at 321 Main Street. A poster on…

Tasteful Beauty

The Intricate Art of Edible Landscaping Western Washington is a gardener’s haven. With a mild climate, known as Zone 8 to fruit and vegetable growers, many plants thrive, often beyond our wildest…

Olympus Spa

Some people remember the strip mall at 196th and 36th in Lynnwood as the former home of Cinema 12, the local rundown theater that featured movies for a dollar. It was also the place you went to cruise on a weekend night in the pre-cell, pre-Facebook era, checking out the kids from other high schools in the area, in-person. Now the locale is a…

Trail Running Inspiration

It’s not much of a secret that I enjoy traveling long distances on foot—I’ve through-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail twice. I love the way miles accumulate and push you forward,…

Bramble Furniture

THE SHOP A playground filled with stately furniture for any preference, Bramble Home Store offers endless possibilities of elegant, handcrafted pieces to transform a home into a refined yet cozy haven. With three large stores scattered throughout Snohomish and Everett, Bramble entices prospective buyers with quality products and customizable statement items at agreeable prices. ATMOSPHERE The Everett showroom is reminiscent of a prodigy painter’s museum. Whimsically oversized chandeliers loom overhead and cast a romantic glow…

Purpose Boutique

What if you could combine giving back and empowering women with shopping for clothes and accessories? Here in the Northwest, you can. Purpose Boutique in…

Shopping and Sharing Life at c’est la Vie

The first words that come to mind when walking into Edmonds’ c’est la Vie (pronounced Say La Vee) are colorful, eclectic, and fun. The entry walkway and surrounding…

Sun Valley

Take a ten-hour drive southeast—or a twohour flight—and you’ll find yourself at the famed ski destination, Sun Valley, Idaho. Often thought of as a snowy playground for the elite, Sun Valley is actually a welcome vacation area that caters to many types of budgets and activities. In fact, with its spectacular scenery, abundant trails, appealing shops, excellent food and close proximity to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, it’s a hub for spring, summer, and fall outdoor activities…

Darrell Hillaire and Setting Suns Productions

It seems reductive to call Darrell Hillaire a playwright, given how much work he has done in his life on behalf of the Lummi Nation, and for Lummi youth in particular. Darrell has served as a coach, mentor, teacher, and leader for the Lummi Nation for more than twenty years. He has served on community boards, on the Lummi Indian Business Council, and as…

Five Faves: Native Blooms

Western Red Columbine (AQUILEGIA FORMOSA) These lovely star-like blooms bob on delicate stems among lacy foliage. Running counter to the claim that native plants aren’t showy, a patch of these in any landscape will catch the eye. Wild Mock Orange (PHILADELPHUS LEWISII) Collected by Lewis and Clark on their voyage west and named by botanist Linneaus, the mock…

Estate Planning Help

“My name is Nathan McAllister and I am an attorney primarily practicing law in the area of estate planning, particularly wills, trusts and probate. Please consider me a resource for information regarding estate planning.The death of a family member is a rigorous and spiritually taxing event. However, thinking about and planning for one’s death can also be unsettling. Many issues confront a person contemplating their own demise.

Planning before one’s death can help ease the legal process of administering your estate and may spare grieving family members the additional burden of extended probate proceedings and drawn out litigation.”