Clothing boutiques, art galleries, decorator and other specialty stores are intermixed with eateries that range from coffee shops to upscale restaurants in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland.
There’s a small-town feel in the heart of this Seattle suburb, on Lake Washington’s eastern shore. Its retail area, which edges the city’s marina and parkland, mixes midcentury low-rise and multistory modern residential buildings.
Clothing boutiques, art galleries, decorator and other specialty stores are intermixed with eateries that range from coffee shops to upscale restaurants. Follow a pedestrian- and dog-friendly scenic route south along Lake Washington Boulevard past the city’s half-dozen waterfront parks (don’t miss the outdoor sculptures or views of the Olympic Mountains) to Carillon Point, home to a hotel, small shops and places to eat.
The Grape Choice has a large selection of domestic and imported wines displayed on custom shelves (made by the owner), and the store is a favorite gathering place for locals. In its small tasting bar you can buy wine to drink at inside tables or on the patio. You may be greeted by the owner’s two golden retrievers at this dog-friendly establishment. 9 Lakeshore Plaza. 425-827-7551, thegrapechoice.com
Eastside Trains is train heaven. It sells model trains, tracks and accessories; train videos, train books and magazines and even boxed cookies in the shape of trains. The shop is housed in a building that resembles a train station. 217 Central Way. 425-828-4098, eastsidetrains.com
At Hannigan Adams Jewelers the small showroom is filled with custom pieces created by the owners/designers/artists/goldsmiths, Frank Hannigan and Beth Adams, whose workshop is in the back. Gold, platinum, silver, gemstones — describe it and they will create it. Or simply select one of their already-made pieces. 1260 Carillon Point. 425-889-9450, hanniganadams.com
The French Bakery entices with French pastries, beverages and breads, including a half-dozen types of croissants, baguettes and a cinnamon-apple-raisin loaf. 219 Kirkland Ave.; 425-898-4510, thefrenchbakery.com
More info: explorekirkland.com
— Jackie Smith