Eastside offerings expand with new store openings

From Bellevue to Redmond, Kirkland and beyond, new retailers are springing up across the Eastside, providing residents and visitors alike with more options for shopping, dining, and entertainment. With new developments nearing completion and retailers snatching up existing commercial space at popular Eastside shopping hubs, the area is buzzing. Here are some of the stores you can expect to see open in the coming months:

Lincoln Square
With the 1.5-million-square-foot Lincoln Square expansion nearing completion, expect to see several new retailers filling the space between now and fall.

SoulCycle and Wild Ginger already have opened at the new development, but more restaurants and a few retail shops also are planned to debut in the months ahead. Among them, the anticipated Cinemark Reserve Lincoln Square movie theater will open this summer, providing guests with a luxury movie theater experience. In fall, Nordstrom Rack will open its 43,000-square-foot store. It will be the retailer’s eighth location in Western Washington.

In addition, visitors to Lincoln Square will have plenty of options when it comes to dining. James Beard Award-winning chef Jason Wilson will open The Lakehouse restaurant and speakeasy-inspired bar Civility & Unrest in June. Japonessa, Taylor Shellfish, and Henry’s Tavern, to name a few, also will open at the expansion this summer.

The Shops at the Bravern
This fall, Gene Juarez will move from its current location to a 17,000-square-foot location at The Shops at the Bravern. With the new location also comes a new look. (Think New York high fashion meets Pacific Northwest.) Also coming to The Bravern is Sugar Factory American Brasserie, an upscale restaurant serving everything from decadent crepes to gourmet burgers and items in between, as well as Bottega Veneta, a men’s and women’s boutique specializing in Italian luxury leather bags, ready-to-wear, and more.

Crossroads Shopping Center
This year, Crossroads Shopping Center is welcoming two major national retailers. Sports and fitness enthusiasts can load up on gear at the new Dick’s Sporting Goods, and those looking for unique gifts, home décor, specialty foods, and more will find what they’re looking for at the new Cost Plus World Market.

Redmond Town Center
This popular Redmond shopping hub will be bustling with activity this spring with the opening of several new retailers, including Brick & Mortar Books. The independent, family-owned bookstore is slated to open in spring, offering visitors not only a selection of more than 20,000 new books, but also author events and other community resources. Also opening this spring, Hot Yoga Experience will offer Hot Hatha Yoga and Hot Power/Vinyasa Yoga classes for aspiring yogis of all abilities.

Several new restaurants are also on the way. Visitors can grab sweet and savory bites at The French Bakery, indulge in a margarita at Pecado Bueno, or load up on breakfast at The Original Pancake House. In June, Lunchbox Laboratory will open its fourth Western Washington location, at Redmond Town Center, bringing with it its trademark milkshakes and over-the-top Americana-style burgers.

Village at Totem Lake
Bellevue isn’t the only Eastside community that will welcome a new Nordstrom Rack this year. The Village at Totem Lake still is under construction with many retailers expected to move in mid- to late 2018, but Nordstrom Rack last summer announced it would open a 35,000-square-foot store in Kirkland in fall.

Specialty grocery store Metropolitan Market opened its seventh location in March, bringing its selection of high-quality deli, bakery, and other food items to residents on the plateau. The 35,000-square-foot store, which is open 24 hours, is the local grocery chain’s largest store yet.