Great Harvest specializes in baking tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads ($4.50–$8.50 per loaf) that are high in fiber, free of preservatives, and crafted with freshly milled flour every day. The bread selection changes each day of the week according to a monthly schedule; previous offerings include golden honey wheat and Dakota bread. Gluten-free and high-protein breads are available in a variety of flavors, including gluten-free cinnamon-chip bread. For carb connoisseurs that prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest bakes scones, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and bars.
After nearly a decade spent working in the health and fitness industry, Joel Thomas wasn't content with his two master's degrees and time spent as a varsity strength and conditioning coach at both the University of Idaho and Washington State University. Joel founded his own practice under the name Out of Bounds CrossFit in 2007, which soon became a full-on CrossFit facility where Joel challenges and surprises members with an ever-changing regimen of fast-paced workouts. He uses kettlebells, medicine balls, dumbbells, and barbells that build muscle through functional movement rather than using machines that isolate individual muscle groups and weights that spit out a chocolate after every rep. Performed properly?that is, with energy and purpose?Joel's approach can increase endurance, strength, and flexibility, and improve overall body composition.
No matter how old a person is, it’s always fun to customize an icy dessert at Swirl Frozen Yogurt. After swirling one of the daily flavors into a cup, you can pair cake batter with chocolate-covered pretzels and almonds, or venture into uncharted waters with pomegranate raspberry sorbet topped with gummy worms and M&M’s. The shop’s ever-changing flavors and diverse toppings bar ensures you don’t ever have to eat the same dessert twice, and offers an amusing distraction when friends learn that you can’t tell the difference between cake batter and cookie batter.
One has been a martial artist for more than 35 years; the other has been a bus driver for almost as long. Instructors at Lakeview Yoga and Wellness Center, Vidal Bitton and Joyce MacFarlane know what it's like to balance a busy schedule with the demands of staying healthy. Vidal's approach to yoga incorporates his knowledge of tae kwon do, hapkido, and tai chi, especially as to how physical exertion can lead to painful injury. Joyce also practices yoga with a mind toward healing—her years behind the wheel of a school bus have resulted in several spinal injuries. By juggling a demanding job that can take physical tolls, Joyce's empathy and spirit shine through in each class she teaches.
Along with the other instructors, Vidal and Joyce bring their distinct backgrounds to hot and power yoga classes that strengthen muscles and boost flexibility. The mind and spirit are considered just as vital; on-staff wellness practitioners augment the effects of yoga with services such as massage, acupuncture, personal training, and therapy.
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.
The aroma of smoked pork belly draws guests into Butcher Shop Café, a butcher shop that sells fresh cuts of meat as well as café food such as sandwiches, burgers, and barbecue ribs. A case containing foie gras, duck confit, and Nueske's bacon rests next to a café, which serves a menu of burgers made with fresh-ground American Kobe Beef, hot dogs, and Carolina-style pulled pork shoulder. With advance notice, butchers can fulfill customer requests by smoking suggested meats and carving beef slices into birthday messages.