The sunset-orange hues of a neon sign reflect off mirrored walls, the cursive letters spelling out “Crossroads Cafe.” Husband and wife Dana and Cindy Nielson stand beneath, presiding over the restaurant they opened more than two decades ago.
In the rippling-hot air rising from a griddle, cooks grill bacon to top hot dogs and flip quarter-pound beef patties before coating them with housemade thousand-island dressing. Blenders full of malt milk shakes and smoothies purr. Expanses of black-and-white-checkered counters and glittering red chairs give one the pleasant feeling of stepping back into the ‘50s without ever having to see John Wayne cry.
South Sound Magazine captures the lifestyle of South Puget Sound in six full-color issues every year. Subscribers gain insight into the people, places, plants, and penguins that help to define the area with a wealth of lifestyle tips for redesigning the home and garden, or updating the wardrobe with trips to local boutiques and tailors. South Sound's staff of entertaining writers scour the region for interesting new restaurants and time-tested recipes, as well as cozy bars and scenic Washington wineries. Whether you?re a newcomer or a lifelong resident who?s memorized every blade of glass in the tri-county area, South Sound magazine makes it easy to keep track of local happenings, goings-on, and what-occurred-here-recentlys.
425 Magazine celebrates the people, businesses, nightlife, and culture that make living in the Eastside fun. Insightful articles cast a spotlight on up-and-coming art studios or eateries serving organic fare, craft beers, and local wines. A wide range of activity suggestions and lifestyle tips help readers get the most out of their life in the Eastside, from recommendations for stylish rainwear, to insider peeks at nearby spas, gyms, and cultural events.
Tucked inside the Crossroads Mall, Signature Nails & Spa helps transform fingers and toes with detailed and luxurious nail services. Nail technicians wrap hands and feet in comfortable hot towels, allowing the warmth and steam to nurture and relax the muscles and skin. The spa's deluxe pedicure includes a reflexology treatment for the feet, further increasing the relaxing effects.
If you do a double take upon reading the name on the door of New York Cupcakes, you're not alone. Many of the shop's customers wonder why this quaint cupcake shop in Bellevue Square is named after a city on the other side of the country. The answer is simple: that's what the shop was called when current owner Lisa Waxman Johnson first fell in love with it and decided to buy it; the former owner, Lisa says, meant the name to be an homage to the birthplace of the modern cupcake trend.
Lisa's cupcakes may not be made in New York, but their modern flavor combinations and chic decorations would make the fashion-forward Big Apple proud. The cupcake roster includes no fewer than 60 tempting options, with favorites that include Cookie Dough Delight, Royal Red Velvet, and Oh My Blueberry Pie. Several flavors draw inspiration from New York landmarks and icons, such as the New York Black & White, a half-chocolate, half-vanilla cupcake inspired by the city's beloved black and white cookies, or the Coney Island Coconut, a nod to the palm trees that line Brooklyn's beaches. The mouth-watering confections have earned numerous accolades by those impressed by their style and substance?each batch is made fresh daily using local eggs and butter.
After 16 years of planning, tea master Jason Chen founded Smacha in 2012 to bring his favorite beverage to customers. Jason personally selects each tea found in his shop, from oolong to puer styles, in what amounts to more than 60 loose-leaf varieties, all of which meet or exceed EU and US MRL standards for chemical adulterants. Smacha's staff roasts the leaves on-site to bring out their flavors, and can show you how to make each tea properly right at their tasting bar. Each tea can be brewed into a hot cup and enjoyed with a pastry, or taken home with some of Smacha's signature teaware, which includes the easy-to-use Smacha Automatic Tea Brewer.
Precor Home Fitness outfits exercise enthusiasts with all the equipment they need to create a gym setting in their own home. It offers in-home machines such as treadmills and exercise bikes, as well as a variety of fitness accessories. Precor Home Fitness also offers bikes and ElliptiGO machines for outdoor fitness.