Life Time Athletic Set to Open in Late March 2018 at The Shops at Bravern

Life Time, the nation’s only Healthy Way of Life brand, is bringing its nationally recognized, all-encompassing healthy living, healthy aging, healthy entertainment experience to the Pacific Northwest. The region’s first Life Time Athletic destination is scheduled to open in late March at The Shops at The Bravern. A Preview Center is now open daily at The Bravern, 700 110th Avenue, Suite 270, for prospective members to learn about the destination, brand philosophy and member benefits.

Catering to the fit-focused city, Life Time Bellevue will offer more than 40,000-square-feet of expertly appointed space housing a 10,000-square-foot fitness and training floor, five specialized studios, healthy fast-casual eatery and boutique day spa.

Offering an elevated health and fitness experience complete with the industry’s most certified and trained professionals, an opulent resort-like space, lavish amenities and cutting-edge programming, Life Time Bellevue will be the first of its kind upon opening. Members will enjoy unmatched offerings, such as a cycle studio hosting three signature classes; functional studio with eight signature group classes from kettlebell workouts to barre; four distinct yoga flows; private and group Pilates classes; and the industry’s top expert instructors and nutritionists equipped to help members achieve their health objectives and fitness goals.

Life Time Athletic Bellevue is also home to Life Cafe, a fast-casual restaurant serving healthy food and beverages free of trans fats, bleached flours and artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners with ample seating and spaces for working or hanging out with friends or colleagues. Life Spa, a luxury spa, will provide skin and massage services for members, and nonmembers to rejuvenate and recover as part of their healthy lifestyle.

The Bellevue Preview Center is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 206.712.7900 or visit

Thrillist Names Bellevue One of ‘Country’s Best Suburbs for People Who Love Food’

Thrillist, which describes itself as “a leading men’s digital lifestyle brand, providing all that’s new, unknown or under-appreciated in food, drink, entertainment, nightlife, gadgets and gear in the U.S. and the U.K.,” has named Bellevue as one of the “Country’s Best Suburbs for People Who Love Food.”

“Bellevue has quietly elevated its culinary game over the years, serving to complement Seattle’s storied food scene rather than compete with it,” the article says. “Still, even divorced from Emerald City altogether, Bellevue is a formidable and lovely example of the wide array of fresh, artisan fare that makes the Pacific Northwest so unique … Here, seafood is king.”

Thrillist goes on to cite Seastar, Musashi’s, Dough Zone, Mediterranean Kitchen and Daniel’s Broiler as some of the city’s best restaurants.

The article concludes with “Still, for all its traditional flair, Bellevue’s on top of the new trends too, as evidenced by the elevated bar fare of Lot No. 3 and the newish Lincoln South Food Hall, where burgers, bar, pizza and poke find common ground under one roof, giving off a food cart-style experience without the need to stand in the rain.”

Also on the list are Annandale, Virginia; Beaverton, Oregon; Dearborn, Michigan; Decatur, Georgia; Dublin, Ohio; Evanston, Illinois; Larkspur, California; Pearland, Texas; Round Rock, Texas; and Winter Park, Florida.

New Parking Requirement 
Now in Effect

A parking regulation in Bellevue will continue to prohibit parking in the same public place for more than 24 hours but adds a requirement that vehicles must be moved to a different block. The new ordinance took effect in late December.

The revised code (BCC 11.23.020) closes a loophole that allowed drivers to move their vehicles a few inches to avoid a ticket. The change means that people cannot store a vehicle in the same place on the street for an extended period. The vehicle must be moved to a different block every 24 hours to avoid a ticket which will cost $42, up from $40. 

Information on this and other parking regulations is available on the city’s parking rules and restrictions page. City code enforcement is complaint-based and can be filed using MyBellevue, the city’s online service request portal and mobile app, or by calling code enforcement at 425.452.4570. 

In Competition, Bellevue Schools Cut Cafeteria Waste Dramatically

In its sixth year, the Green Genius Cafeteria Challenge inspired students at 20 Bellevue schools to cut their lunch waste collectively to just 10 percent of the national average. 

Puesta del Sol Elementary School took first place among the participating elementary schools, with its students averaging just 2.7 grams of garbage—the weight of a penny—on contest day. Students at the other first-place schools, Sammamish High School and Chinook Middle School, generated about 14 grams of waste that day, the weight of two quarters. 

Bellevue Utilities and the Bellevue School District cosponsor the Green Genius Challenge each November for America Recycles Day. The 20 schools that participated, more than any other year, represented almost 14,000 students and staff.

The garbage generated by the students at those schools would average under 7 pounds for an entire year, compared to the 67 pounds of lunch waste generated annually by the average American student, according to the EPA. 

In the weeks leading up to contest day, staff and students used many strategies to motivate including student presentations, assemblies, posters, announcements, costumes, progress charts and competitions between grades. An updated how-to video from the city also helped. Students, teachers and even custodians taught students how to sort their stuff into compost, recyclables and trash. 

Schools weighed their garbage on contest day, with the schools with the lowest garbage per student winning prizes, while the waste reduction behaviors continue throughout the school year. Puesta del Sol will get lunch with the “Carbon Yeti,” Bellevue Utilities’ furry, friendly mascot. 

Cherry Crest Elementary took second place, with 3.6 grams of waste per student, less than the weight of a nickel. Bennett, Enatai and Somerset elementary tied for third place, with 4.5 grams of waste per student.