Named Best Gift/Book Store in the Bothell Reporter's Best of Northshore 2010 Readers' Choice Awards, Ostroms Drug & Gift has presented patrons with greeting cards, novelty gifts, and pharmaceuticals for half a century. Owned and operated by three generations of the Ramsey family, the store has amassed a loyal staff, with each employee averaging 10 years. In addition to greeting their customers with a friendly face and an enthusiastic chest bump during regular business hours, the staff's community-minded pharmacists make emergency house calls.
More than 2,000 hot sauces, 800 barbecue sauces, and 400 marinades line the sauce aisles at Double DD Meats. And that's not even the main attraction. The family-owned meat market and deli shop has specialized in serving fresh cuts of beef, pork, poultry, and exotic meats since 1955. A display case on the right-hand side of the shop contains deli meats and cheeses, as well as sausage links, which are blended and cased in-house. The one-stop chophouse and hot-sauce haven also showcases an array of mustards, injectable marinades, and more than 500 dry rubs. Friendly butchers treat their customers like family, answering questions and catering to their needs by slicing steaks to desired thicknesses, special ordering hot sauces, and even crafting summer sausage necklaces for that special someone.
QFC supplies kitchens and cabinets with a scrumptious array of fresh meat, organic produce, and homemade baked goods. Reward teeth for not biting into wax fruit by sinking pearls into artisanal Discover Delicious cupcakes, freshly baked in a variety of flavors. The salty-sweet fusion found in maple-bacon cupcakes provides a tasty way to satisfy USDA bacon requirements, and the peanut-butter-and-jelly cupcake brings together a delectable duo as classic as spaghetti and meatballs or onions and tears. Meanwhile, traditional tastes such as German chocolate, red velvet, and Boston cream keep decadence familiar, and all flavors can capably carry themselves during a birthday, dinner gathering, or midnight rendezvous.
The Beach Cafe is just steps from scenic Carillon Point, lending a bit of authenticity to the restaurant's name. The eatery's chefs prepare three meals a day, ranging from omelets and Belgian waffles for breakfast to grilled chicken sandwiches for lunch. In the evening, diners can enjoy a spectacular sunset along the waterfront as they dig into entrees such as seared salmon tacos and poached mahi.
Founded by Floyd Remlinger, Remlinger Farms first began as a wholesaler of fresh strawberries. Ten years later, his son Gary Remlinger made sure to keep up with the ever-changing times, opening up the fields to the public to pick their own. When he and his wife, Bonnie, got married, they planted pumpkins—the first crop of their new life together. When groups of children visited the farm, curious about animals and harvests, Bonnie found new ways to teach them about how simple seeds sprout into giant trees to escape from worms' constant requests for directions.
Today, the family's farm stretches across 200 acres of land and attracts 200,000 visitors annually to its home in the picturesque Snoqualmie Valley. The third and fourth generations of the Remlinger family have kept adding their own personal touches and new features, while still keeping true to the farm's original vision. Though visitors can still pick their own berries by the pound, crates of fresh fruits and veggies overflow at the market, demonstrating the abundant yields possible through the Remlingers' use of organic fertilizers and sustainable-farming practices.
Beyond the agricultural attractions, a theme park with more than 25 family-friendly rides lets young guests frolic among the grounds, whether watching live children's entertainment or hopping aboard a pint-sized steam train to chug along the Tolt River and past the homes of barnyard animals. Elsewhere, families can replenish their energy levels at the full-service Railway Cafe, or corral treats from the bakery or ice-cream parlor before enjoying them at one of the spacious picnic areas. Aside from stocking home refrigerators with all-natural goodies, Remlinger Farms consistently gives back to the community by hosting fundraisers throughout the year.