Photos and text by Virginia Bunker
What defines Main Street in Old Bellevue? “Friendly neighborhood feeling, beautiful parks, the water to the west and the close proximity to the core of downtown,” says local resident Bob MacMillan, a recruiting consultant who sits on the boards of the Bellevue Chamber and Bellevue Downtown Association. “And it just gets better every day,” he adds. We spent an afternoon exploring the street’s charming boutiques and eateries and we learned there is a lot to love here — not the least of which is an under-the-radar art gallery just a few blocks away.
1. 10032 Main Street Watson Kennedy (425.467.1142) Ted Kennedy Watson’s shop has that certain je ne sais quoi. From fabulous fragrances to Parisian flea market treasures, artfully arranged objects will delight your eye — and nose.
2. 10146 Main Street 520 Bar & Grill (425.459.0520) Joseph Brazen runs his neighborhood bar from the desk of his real-estate office located above. Join him after work for a Medina Martini on the outside deck.
3. 10149 Main Street Christi’s on Main (425.462.7222) Christi Sandvik’s chic boutique features the latest from gotta-have-it labels like Milly, Nanette Lepore and Diane von Furstenburg. Don’t pass up the designer denim: she carries some of the best.
4. 10149½ Main Street Amore Chocolates (425.453.4553) You can sample from a heavenly selection of truffles, butter creams and signature specialties here. What makes them so good? Owner Brenda Archuletta insists, “Everything is made with love.”
5. 10429 NE 2nd Street Hallway Gallery (206.706.MORE) Artists Amy Spassov and Erik Hall are keen to cultivate culture in Bellevue with their exhibition space for painters and sculptures. September’s First Friday opening showcases monotype prints by Abby Grosvenor.
10201 NE 4th Street Bellevue Downtown Park Twenty-acre oasis | 11 103rd Avenue NE La Ree Boutique Casual glamour | On Main Street: 10024 Gilbert’s Main Street Bagel Amazing sandwiches | 10134 Salute of Bellevue Italian cuisine | 10203 Old & Elegant Stylish fixtures | 10240 Patina Collections Furniture & accessories | 10245 Posh on Main Luxurious footwear | 10246 La Cocina del Puerco Flavorful carnitas