Bellevue Lifestyle is proud to present the first Best of Bellevue awards. There are plenty of “Best Of” lists out there, however, when it comes to the best of one of the most coveted and affluent areas in the Northwest, it had not been done. The thousands of votes that came in are 100% from our readers and community. Congratulations to our 2019 winners!
Best Home Builder/Remodel: Steven D. Smith Custom Homes
For more than 35 years, Steven D. Smith Custom Homes has been designing, building and remodeling countless homes in the Bellevue, Medina, Clyde Hill, Kirkland, Seattle and general Eastside area. The company’s superb eye for design, love of construction and commitment to excellent client relationships has resulted in a multitude of awards celebrating its custom homes.
Best Architect: Baylis Architects
For more than four decades, Baylis Architects has designed exceptional spaces for businesses, families and the public around the Pacific Northwest and Pacific states. In every project, Baylis finds the opportunities to build strong relationships with its clients, investor and tenants. The company is strongly committed to creating architecture that fits local landscapes—natural, cultural and aesthetic—and its clients’ expectations.
Best Landscaper: Tri-Scape Landscapes
As the landscape division for Lochwood-Lozier Custom Homes, Tri-Scape Landscapes carries forward the traditions and values of uncompromising quality and craftsmanship. The company’s timeless landscapes incorporate the materials and architecture of the home, creating a visual marriage between the indoor and outdoor spaces.
Britt Wibmer is a senior global real estate adviser and a principal broker at Britt Wibmer Real Estate Group with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. Equipped with 16 back-to-back years as a top-producing, premier broker, Britt has an international business and marketing degree from the University of Washington and more than 24 years as a sales professional and entrepreneur. She capitalizes on her experience, her Rolodex and her strong negotiation skills to help clients achieve their real estate objectives.
Best Mortgage Broker/Home Lender: Doug Perry Group, Wallick & Volk
Wallick & Volk is family-owned and -operated. The company’s business model has been solid since 1932 and is built upon the team’s knowledge of the mortgage industry and unwavering commitment to its clients. The team manages its business portfolios with candor and integrity to ensure that the client’s specific needs are understood and addressed with a comprehensive and personal home-buying solution.
Best Financial & Wealth Management: The Hanover Group, Merrill Lynch
Supported by the global resources of Merrill Lynch, The Hanover Group team consists of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.
For multiple generations, the Greenbaum family has been dedicated to continuing the tradition of providing the finest service and quality home furnishings the Northwest has to offer. Their 44,000-square-foot showroom displays a wide variety of furniture from brands you can trust. They carry more than 50 major furniture lines and also have an award-winning professional design staff as well as an experienced delivery team to make the entire process seamless.
Best Home Décor: Hedge & Vine
Purveyors of fine wine, specialty foods and lovely home goods, Hedge & Vine is the destination for essentials in entertaining and home decor. The company offers wine tasting on Saturdays and complimentary gift wrapping, custom baskets and design consultation. Hedge & Vine is coastal living meets Tuscany.
Best Interior Designer: Heiser Designs
Heiser Designs is a full-service interior design firm established in Bellevue, Washington. The firm specializes in transforming and creating high-end residential and commercial spaces. From new construction to complete remodels, and from furniture to styling, clients are walked through every step of the design process resulting in spaces that are truly unique and captivating.
Best Coffee Shop: Bellden Café
Bellden Café is a community-focused café specializing in specialty coffee, healthy food and sincere hospitality. Bellden is also unique because it regularly partners with and supports local charities. The staff volunteers at a given nonprofit as a team, and the café offers special food and drink items for each featured charity, donating the proceeds of those items.
Best Brunch: Central Bar + Restaurant
A vibrant, local bar surrounded by a bustling restaurant, Central presents Northwest fare and small plates inspired by regional offerings. Central is uniquely Bellevue, a dressy yet casual place to be seen and celebrate the most important occasions. Central is the second restaurant for Bellevue restaurateurs Joseph, Randi and Cody Brazen, their first being 520 Bar and Grill, which has been a landmark in Old Bellevue for 14 years.
Best Juice Bar: Jujubeet Café
Food that makes you feel good—that is the focus of Jujubeet Café. The café’s mission is to provide quick, simple, delicious and nutrient-rich food to its customers. Jujubeet’s belief that the foundation of a healthy diet is a whole, unprocessed foods has led it to taking those building blocks and putting them in a cup. The café offers a variety of proven superfoods. Everything is crafted to provide its customers with the energy and nutrition needed to make each day spectacular.
Best Fine Dining: Bis on Main
Bis on Main restaurant was opened in downtown Bellevue in 1998. The restaurant’s dedication to quality and customer service has established Bis on Main as one of the Seattle area’s finest restaurants and a favorite of many of our city’s most notable personalities. Our dining room is perfect for any special occasion, business dinners or simply for a great meal. Bis offers a full premium bar and an award-winning wine list with over 300 selections from California, the Northwest, Italy, France and South America.
Best Casual Dining: 520 Bar & Grill
What started as a small neighborhood bar and grill has now transformed into one of Bellevue’s favorite local spots to go for food, fun and cocktails. The name “520″ doesn’t come from the floating bridge, as most think. It’s actually the real estate location code for the area bounded by the three freeways; 405, I-90 and 520. There are more than 7,000 residents of this area encompassing parts of Bellevue, Medina and Clyde Hill. The 520 Bar and Grill truly reflects the character of this diverse neighborhood. It’s at once a relaxed, comfortable pub, where weary shoppers can sidle up to the bar and enjoy their favorite beverage, and at the same time a meeting and gathering place for community groups and events.
Best Bar: Civility & Unrest
Civility & Unrest is inspired by the cocktail culture and underground speakeasies of a bygone era. The bar showcases the finest in world-renowned vintage spirits, local craft distillers, flowing Champagne and sparkling selections, and local microbrews. Civil is the speakeasy in the whiskey bar in the front, while Unrest is a secluded, intimate lounge hidden in the back. Civility & Unrest is located below The Lakehouse and adjacent to the W Hotel. It is a sophisticated lounge from James Beard Award-winning chef Jason Wilson, serving up small plates to complement Northwest-inspired craft cocktails.
Best Hair Salon: Joe Bae Salon
Located in charming Old Bellevue, Joe Bae Salon offers a high-quality, warm and friendly boutique salon for ladies and gents. The salon aims to bring a salon experience while making its clients feel at home. Joe Bae Salon offers men’s, women’s and kid’s cuts, color blowouts and many more hair styling options.
Best Jeweler: Alvin Goldfarb
Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler was founded in 1980 by Alvin Goldfarb. It has continued on for five generations, with Steven Goldfarb at the helm of the family business. The essential elements of warmth, trust, individual attention and personal relationships is the foundation of the business and philosophy. The jeweler has its own complete design, manufacturing and repair shop on its premises.
Best Boutique: La Ree Boutique
Founded in 2006, La Ree Boutique specializes in designer apparel and accessories from notable local designers as well as big names such as Nili Lotan, Isabel Marant, R13 and Adaptation. The boutique provides an elevated shopping experience with attentive personalized service and artfully staged dressing rooms decked out with sheepskin rugs, elegant chairs and flattering lighting. The boutique features jewelry, handbags and gift items as well.
Best Luxury Auto: Mercedes-Benz of Bellevue
Founded by Jimmy Barrier in 1985 as part of the Barrier Motors family, Mercedes-Benz of Bellevue was sold to AutoNation in 2014. The dealership is one of the largest and most popular dealerships in the Puget Sound area. It features an extensive inventory of new and pre-owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles for sale and a state-of-the-art service center.
Best Fitness Center: PRO Club
With a wide array of fitness classes and state-of-the-art fitness equipment, PRO Club is much more than a gym. It is a resort-style destination dedicated to your whole health. The facilities of the club span nearly a square mile and include a regulation indoor soccer arena, professional basketball coaches, more than 170 weekly group fitness classes including CrossFit, as well as university-educated and certified personal trainers.
Best Fitness Instructor: Sami Sweeney
Sami Sweeney is currently the owner and operator of three Pure Barre studios in the Seattle area. She opened her first studio in 2010 and has continued to grow the brand for nine years and opened six studios in the Bellevue-Seattle area. She is a Lululemon ambassador and is actively involved in the local fitness community. She and her husband, Brandon, recently announced the opening of Rowdy Box in 2020, a specialized and unique fitness brand and technique.
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Best Day Spa: Yuan Spa
Yuan Spa recognizes that optimal wellness comes from embracing the body, mind and spirit. It blends the foundations of Asia’s ancient healing philosophies with the West’s modern spa technologies, taking clients on a holistic sensory journey that transforms the body, mind and spirit. The two-story downtown Bellevue spa opened its doors in 2010 and offers a vast array of services as well as spa packages.
Best Med-Spa: Larson Medical Aesthetics
Larson Medical Aesthetics is led by Margaret L. Larson, ARNP, MSN, FNP-C, and led by the guiding mission: “Restore your look – Restore your confidence.” Margaret is a master’s prepared nurse practitioner and is industry-certified in a wide range of cosmeceutical procedures. It has three offices in the area, in Bellevue, Burien and University Place.
Best Cosmetic Surgeon: Dr. Hardeep Dhaliwal, MD, DMD, Adara Surgical Institute
Adara Surgical Institute offers a wide variety of surgical services ranging from full spectrum cosmetic surgery, maxillofacial surgery and non-invasive cosmetic procedures and esthetic services. Dr. Dhaliwal is among an elite group of surgeons trained in both cosmetic surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery. He serves as the institute’s sole doctor and surgeon.
Best Dermatologist: Dermatology Arts
Dermatology Arts was founded in 2011 by Dr. Samir Master and has received the highest five-star verified dermatologist rating. Dr. Master provides his patients with quality medical and surgical dermatologic care by individualizing treatments, meeting patients’ unique needs and honoring sound personal requests. Dermatology Arts started out in a small house in downtown Bellevue and moved to a new location near Overlake Hospital in 2012.
Best Dentist: Dr. Libbi Finnessy, Bellevue Dental Health
The team at Bellevue Dental Health has more than 50 years of combined experience in the dental field and is led by Dr. Libbi Finnessy. Dr. Finnessy’s philosophy on dentistry is incredibly care-based. She employs the latest in technology to enhance the quality of dental care provided. The practice uses a 3D scanner with unparalleled accuracy for making fast, precise digital dental impressions. Dr. Finnessy practices a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry with expertise ranging from porcelain veneers, dental implants, crowns, bridges and oral surgery.
Best Orthodontist: Dr. Gregory Vaughn, Leone & Vaughn Orthodontics
Dr. Gregory Vaughn is a PNW native, born and raised in Olympia, Washington. He is a board-certified orthodontic specialist and distinguished leader in the orthodontic profession. In addition to teaching locally at the University of Washington, he has lectured nationally and internationally on treatment for children, adolescents and adults. He provides a variety of treatments including traditional, accelerated and surgical treatments.
Best Chiropractor: Dr. Stephanie Woo, Dc, MBA, Chiropractic Concept
Dr. Stephanie Woo is the founder of Chiropractic Concept of Bellevue, also known as ChiroConcept. She specializes in knee chest upper cervical specific chiropractic adjustments, along with Thompson Drop, activator and manual manipulations. She began her chiropractic endeavor in 2004 and worked in California and Washington prior to opening her practice in Bellevue. She is the only practicing knee chest upper cervical chiropractor in the Greater Seattle area.
Best Physical Therapy: PRO Medical (PRO Club)
PRO Medical offers state-of-the-art clinics with the very best up-to-date equipment, as well as scientifically researched physical therapy appointments. In addition, the company’s golf rehabilitation, cycling evaluation and running assessment services are invaluable for injury prevention and maximum performance. Physical therapy services are available to members and non-members of PRO Club. Treatments utilize the facilities of the entire health club, so patients can maximize their exercise possibilities during recovery.
Best Hotel: The W Hotel Bellevue
Opening its doors in 2017, W Hotel Bellevue is where green meets global glamour. Home to The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest, the hotel is inspired by yesterday’s weekender lakehouse. Located in downtown Bellevue, W Bellevue is a modern and chic hotel that redefines rugged and relaxed. The hotel offers 220 rooms, 25 suites, a business center and fitness center.
Best Luxury Apartments: The Bravern
Located in downtown Bellevue surrounded by luxury retailers and eateries, The Bravern Signature Residences is apartment living for those who want to enjoy a living experience without compromise. All residents can access the spa with whirlpool (including the sauna, steam room and treatment rooms), fitness center, yoga patio, terrace garden with grills, a private theater with seating, concierge service and more. All residences include nine-foot ceilings and expansive windows, top-of-the-line appliances and wide-plank hardwood flooring.
Best Co-Working Space: Industrious
Industrious Bellevue is located in the center of the business district, on the 11th and 12th floors o the City Center building. The workspace is complete with views of the city, plenty of natural light and best-in-class amenities including daily breakfast and snacks, office supplies, outdoor space and networking events. Memberships range from private offices to community memberships offering a dedicated desk or flexible seating within the space.
Best Retirement Community: The Belletini, MBK Senior Living
The Belletini is a senior living community located in downtown Bellevue near the Bellevue Arts Museum, Overlake Medical Center and The Shops at Bravern. Twenty-five unique floor plans are available with clean interiors with high ceilings and are pet-friendly. Resort-style amenities are available including an on-site restaurant, 24-hour fitness center, concierge service, private town car transportation and housekeeping services.
Best Private School: Eastside Community School
Inspired by the Waldorf Education method, Eastside Community School is rooted in nurturing the natural joy children take in learning with lessons, not simply based on repetition and memorization, but experienced through immersive, hands-on participation. The school offers Parent & Child classes for children 12 to 36 months old, a preschool program and schooling from grade school all the way through middle school.