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Best of Kirkland 2021

Thousands in our community nominated this year’s winners.  Whether you’re a long time local, new transplant, or just visiting, we hope you enjoy some of our city’s favorites.  And the winners are…. 

Best Home Builder: MN Custom Homes

Founded by two Bellevue natives in 2011, with a focus on developing extraordinary properties in core Eastside locations. Since day one MN Custom Homes has been driven by innovation and has been obsessed with overall design and functionality that separate their homes from the crowd.   They take pride in caring about the community, which extends from the way they treat their neighbors throughout construction, and their multifaceted support of Jubilee REACH’s efforts to reach community members in need. / @mncustomhomes

Best Architect: Medici Architects

Medici Architects was founded in 1989 by Principal Architect Emily Buchwalter, AIA. As a full-service architecture and planning design studio, they offer architectural design, speculative house design, feasibility, due diligence, site planning, interior design, tenant improvement design for retail, medical and franchisees, tenant improvement site surveys, building permit submittals, and construction administration services.

Best Interior Designer: Dana Foster Interiors

Dana Foster Interiors crafts luxury interiors for private residences in the PNW and nationally.  They work closely with clients to understand their needs and personality and create one-of-a-kind interiors that evoke meaning and capture their clients spirit.  Dana Foster founded DTF Design in 2004 which she renamed Dana Foster Interiors in 2020. Her unique background and ability to navigate the landscape of both interior design and construction enables Dana to work closely with contractors, architects, and clients to deliver smooth projects with less stress for the client. / @dana_foster_interiors

Best Home Décor & Furnishings: IVY Gift & Home

Located in the heart of downtown Kirkland, specializing in high quality furniture, home accessories, lighting and gifts.  IVY strives to create a home that is reflective of you and your family, a home that is warm and inviting and tells a story of you and your family and how you live yet says “Welcome, come on in”.

Best Home Theater: Definitive Technology

Since 1975, Definitive’s experts have been helping transform your high-performance home audio and theater experience from ordinary to extraordinary. Across three locations in Seattle, Bellevue, and Tacoma, they have the most tenured experts in the Pacific Northwest, with many of their experts proudly hitting the 15-, 20-, and 30-year experience marks. Definitive Technology believe the experts determine the experience, and their experts are here to ensure yours is nothing but the best. /

Best Landscaper: Millers Brothers Landscaping

With experience that spans over 25 years, Millers Brothers Landscaping provides landscaping design services as well as retaining walls, stonework, rockeries, yard maintenance and sprinkler systems installation in the Greater Puget Sound area of Washington State.

Best Realtor: Mike Moghaddas

Mike Moghaddas has established a respected and trusted reputation in the luxury real estate community. Known for his renowned marketing both nationally and internationally, his unsurpassed knowledge of the market and certified negotiation skills, Mike has built his career on repeat business and referrals from gratified clients. Mike’s experience working with a rolodex of real estate brokers, investors and real estate attorneys allows him to offer unsurpassable service. / @mikemoghaddas

Best Real Estate Agency: Realogics Sotheby's International Realty

Located in downtown Kirkland on Lake Street, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty creates new conversations within the markets it serves. With a passion for evolving forward, they foster a progressive culture, whether producing films and print publications, developing one-of-a-kind marketing platforms, hosting lifestyle events or giving back to our community.  Their Brokers and Global Real Estate Advisors proudly serve all property types and price points throughout Puget Sound and beyond. / @realogicssir

Best Mortgage Broker: Jolene Messmer – Caliber Home Loans

Kirkland resident, Jolene Messmer’s mission is to provide mortgage solutions with the support of her united team that shares her fierce passion to serve every client they can. They strive to earn 10s on their customer surveys as a result of the excellent customer experience they provide, creating long-term relationships that honor her team with referrals and repeat business. / @jolenemessmer

Best Wealth Management: Crosby Wealth Advisors - Ameriprise Financial Services

Crosby Wealth Advisors listens and understand their clients, their unique goals and what matters most to them. Through compassion, knowledge and vast experience, they lead clients on their journey through life to feel confident and empowered to help achieve financial security.  They work with individuals and families that are advisor receptive and interested in achieving their financial goals.  Financial plans are the foundation of their relationship and they are intentional in understanding what is most important to you. They provide a customized comprehensive financial planning approach, that is simple to understand, allowing you to reassess annually and measure your progression toward your goals.

Best Luxury Automotive: Rairdon’s Maserati of Kirkland

Rairdon's Maserati of Kirkland is located in Kirkland, but serves customers from Seattle, Bellevue, and the entire west coast. People are always willing to drive to their dealership because they know their selection, Maserati prices, service, and exceptional experience they receive.  Rairdon's Maserati of Kirkland is home to the complete line up of new Maserati vehicle offerings backed by a professional and knowledgeable sales staff.  They also have a full team of finance and service professionals making their dealership a one-stop destination for anything and everything automotive.

Best Day Spa: The Spa at Pro Club

Find your escape in this urban oasis of wellness, beauty and relaxation. Sit back, unwind and let their experts pamper you for an hour, an afternoon, or indulge in an entire day. An exceptional five-star experience sure to leave you relaxed, refreshed and totally rejuvenated.  Services include: Brows & Lashes, Nails, Cosmetics, Hair, Massage, Skincare, and more. / @proclubwa

Best Med Spa: Refine MD

Refine MD specializes in creating a thrill for each patient that can only be experienced after their body, and by extension their life, is transformed through plastic surgery or non-surgical medical treatment.  Their goal is to create and restore health, beauty, and self-confidence for their patients by providing quality care, compassion, and unparalleled medical expertise. Dr. McIntosh offers patients an array of procedures for men and women.

Best Fitness Center: The Pursuit Studio

Lagree-focused studio providing daily classes with low-impact Pilates moves & Megaformer machines.  Get ready for an intense, ultra-efficient workout that focuses on slow, controlled movements paired with fast transitions to achieve maximum results.  Improved muscle endurance and tone for that long, lean physique. The Pursuit Studio is not just a fitness studio, they’re a community that supports each other without judgment and share in a common goal: The Pursuit. / @ thepursuitstudio

Best Hair Salon: Winslow Salon

Winslow Salon, established in 2010, is a talented collective of independent business owners offering personalized service in a supportive team atmosphere. It is their mission to provide quality service in a comfortable, yet upscale environment and make sure you leave feeling beautiful and confident about your new look!

Best Nail Salon: Anthony Vince’ Nail Salon

Anthony Vince’ Nail Spa is the United States’ premiere nail care destination founded in 2004. Under visionary leadership the salon has grown from 1 location to more than 50 locations across the country, including Totem Lake in Kirkland. Relax in their luxurious spa pedicure chairs and complete your nail care service under their signature blue sky. All services are performed by a highly trained and licensed staff. They are focused on being the best in the industry and provide clients the most up to date services using professional nail care lines. / @avnailspa

Best Jeweler:  T. Anthony Jewelers

From engagements to anniversaries to births and beyond, owners Tyler and Kellie Sholdt specialize in understanding the story and purpose behind every commission. Tyler is a modern-day craftsman with an exacting eye, impeccable taste and sincere desire to serve. In the end, clients walk away with a priceless gift they can’t wait to give, and experience the unique satisfaction of having found the jeweler they’ll continue to turn to for all of life’s most significant occasions. / @tanthonyjewelers

Best Private School: Eastside Preparatory School

For the past 18 years, Eastside Prep’s commitment to helping students create their own

learning experiences is chief among their objectives. Their community is kind and supportive, and they look for students who value that type of community.  Eastside Prep has an expectation that each student will find a place, feel a connection, and experience the kind of learning that inspires innovative thinking.  Their mission says it all – “We inspire students to create a better world through Critical Thinking, Responsible Action, Compassionate Leadership, and Wise Innovation.”

Best Day Care: Bright Horizons

Bright Horizons has been changing the way the world works for 30 years. Way back in 1986, their founders saw that child care was an enormous obstacle for working parents. Providing on-site centers became just one way they responded to help whole organizations work better. Today they offer child care, elder care, and help for education and careers -- tools used by more than 1,000 of the world’s top employers and that today power many of the world's best brands.

Best Retirement Community: Aegis Living Kirkland

Inspired by the natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast in Italy, the Aegis Living community on the Kirkland waterfront brings an unrivaled vision of coastal, Italian-inspired design to the banks of Lake Washington. Residents delight in the upscale living of their contemporary assisted living and memory care community within the parklike setting of the Kirkland waterfront. Aegis Living’s newest community infuses the charm of an Italian villa with the vibrant colors of the sea, the warmth of beach wood, traditional architecture, and surrounded by jaw-dropping natural beauty that reflects the highest standards of taste and style.

Best Coffee Shop: Zoka Coffee Roasters

The doors opened at Kirkland’s Zoka Café in 2005. Founder Jeff Babcock recognized early on that Zoka’s community includes the global farmers from whom coffee is sourced, the valued team who roast, pack, and serve high-quality Zoka coffee, and loyal customers who make Zoka a part of each day and enjoy transparency in their farm-to-cup purchases.  The Kirkland location is busy, comfortable, chic, and has become a cornerstone to the community. Large windows brighten the space with natural light while expansive seating ensures that there’s always a place to sit. / @zokacoffee

Best Brunch: George’s

In 1976, one man and his wife had a dream to create a family-friendly restaurant where locals would gather and enjoy delicious food. Now, 40 years later, George’s has become a local staple for generations and has remained a family-owned and operated restaurant in the heart of Kirkland. George’s Restaurant prides itself in being a family-friendly Greek and Mediterranean infused restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Best Juice Bar: Emerald City Smoothie

Emerald City Smoothie is a retail concept that marries superior taste and good health. At the center of it all… an incredible tasting smoothie. With its beginning in the home state of Washington and expansion of 40+ stores open nationwide, Emerald City Smoothie shares a passion for helping others through cutting edge nutrition, excellent quality and caring service.

Best Fine Dining: COMO

COMO is dedicated to the cuisine of the Lombardia region of Italy, surrounding Lake Como. Focused on stellar service, a beautiful atmosphere and handmade pasta, COMO is like no other restaurant on the East Side. “To serve with excellence” is the standard for their restaurant group. The team at COMO, and their sister restaurants Cantinetta, heartily embrace this view and are excited to be serving Kirkland, WA. / @como.usa

Best Casual Dining: BeachHouse Bar + Grill

The BeachHouse bar + grill restaurant is located on the Waterfront in Kirkland. Chef/Owner Ricky Eng stays true to his Northwest roots with the use of fresh, natural and local ingredients served up in a menu of gourmet burgers, oversized sandwiches, fresh salads and Northwest seafood dishes. Locals and visitors alike enjoy our lively neighborhood bar atmosphere, hand-crafted cocktails, refreshing draft beers and a delectable wine list.  Offering lunch, dinner, daily happy hours and weekend breakfast. / @beachhousegrill

Best Bar: Bottle & Bull

This handsome Kirkland bar and restaurant is richly decked out with an abundance of dark wood. It’s a lively, stylish spot, inspired by Ernest Hemingway. He was a well-travelled man and the bar boasts an international menu and a “Scratch Kitchen.” / @bottleandbullkirkland

Best Hotel:  The Woodmark Hotel

The Woodmark Hotel is an independent boutique hotel centrally located on the peaceful shores of Lake Washington, featuring the Olympic Mountains as its backdrop.  Offering personalized services and amenities, the Woodmark invites guests to relax and rejuvenate at their newly renovated spa, reconnect with a lakeside bike ride or morning kayak adventure, and indulge in locally inspired cuisine at one of our two waterfront restaurants.  Whether you’re here for business, a family vacation, or weekend getaway, the Woodmark welcomes you to your home away from home. / @woodmarkhotel

Best Boutique: Via Lago

Located on Lake Street, Via Lago offers the most sought after collections of clothing, accessories, gifts & jewelry from sought after designers and fashion forward styles. Via Lago has been providing fashion in Kirkland for over 16 years, thanks to their loyal and dedicated clientele who have built Via Lago's reputation for exceptional customer service.


Best Cosmetic Surgeon: Yarrow Bay Plastic Surgery

Yarrow Bay Plastic Surgery is one of the pre-eminent plastic surgery facilities in the Pacific Northwest. In March of 2010, Dr. McMillan opened Yarrow Bay Plastic Surgery in Kirkland. This allowed her to realize her dream of creating a state-of-the-art facility to provide elite service for all of her cosmetic plastic surgery patients in the greater Seattle area, including Bellevue and Kirkland. The office offers Board Certified surgeons, a premier facility with a Washington State and AAAASF certified on-site operating room, a full-line Spa and a medical staff specially trained for plastic surgery procedures. / @yarrowbayplasticsurgery

Best Dermatologist: Strother Dermatology

Strother Dermatology began as Laser Treatment Center, a clinic originally founded by Peter Cooperrider in 1993. Today the clinic specializes in all aspects of skin health. Lead by Sean Strother, MD and located in Kirkland's thriving Totem Lake neighborhood.  They celebrate 25+ years of serving one of the most dynamic communities in the Pacific Northwest. / @strotherdermatology

Best Dentist: Kirkland Family Dentistry

Kirkland Family Dentistry has been serving the area for over 30 years and counting. At Kirkland Family Dentistry they are committed to working with you to give you the best dental care available at an affordable price.  They offer top-of-the-line dental health services to help you obtain the perfect smile you have always wanted. /

Best Orthodontist: Neal Smiles

Dr. Neal is a highly skilled orthodontist treating the Bothell, Redmond, and Kirkland WA communities exceptionally for many years. As a specialized orthodontist, Dr. Neal is an expert in conventional braces, Damon braces, and Invisalign. Neal Smiles has been recognized as one of the best Kirkland orthodontic practices and one of the leading Invisalign providers in the entire country.

Best Physical Therapy: Vida Integrated Health (Kirkland)

As an integrated health team, Vida offers a range of treatment options to empower your journey toward an active and healthy lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to alleviate pain from an accident, build strength after an injury, or learn a supportive recovery regimen, they’ll map out an integrated plan to hit your goals quickly. / @vidaintegratedhealth

Best Pediatrician: Allegro Pediatrics

Allegro Pediatrics is devoted to providing your family with the personal experience and quality care they expect from their own. With nearly 100 providers across 8 neighborhood clinics (including Bellevue), they are committed to being here when you need them.

Best Hospital: EvergreenHealth

EvergreenHealth Medical Center’s role is to help you enjoy an active and healthy life. They support your well-being with the highest quality care and service, and always with absolute patient safety.  Their care for you is recognized by Healthgrades, which named EvergreenHealth one of America's 50 Best Hospitals for 2021 and a 100 Best Hospital for 2017-2020. The Leapfrog Group has given EvergreenHealth an “A” rating for patient safety. / @evergreenhealth

  • Best Boutique: Via Lago
  • Best Juice Bar: Emerald City  Smoothie
  • Best Fitness Center: The Pursuit
  • Best Day Spa:  PRO Club
  • Best Bar:  Bottle & Bull