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David King, 4, of Redmond runs through the crosswalk at 161st Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street while the streets are empty as the crowd waits for the Derby Days Grand Parade to begin on July 13. Derby Days was a finalist for Best Live Entertainment in this issue’s Best of Redmond results. SAMANTHA PAK, Redmond Reporter
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Readers’ Choice Awards: Reporter rolls out Redmond’s finest
ou’ve answered the call and made your choices for the best Redmond has to offer. The purpose of Best of Redmond 2013: Readers’ Choice Awards is to salute the entrepreneurs and officials who help make Redmond the Northwest gem that it is. We are proud to honor our outstanding businesses, restaurants and venues in our community that our readers consider “the best.” Redmond is home to fine restaurants, booming businesses and sensational schools, so the choice was not easy. Redmond Reporter readers made their picks through online and print ballots. The response from the community was tremendous. We would like to thank all our readers who took the time to complete the ballots.
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The awards are given in categories that included dining, shopping, service providers and much more. There were 42 categories in all. We are very grateful to the Redmond Town Center for providing a $250 gift card for our drawing. The winner of the gift card is Robert W. Congratulations Robert and thank you Redmond Town Center for your sponsorship. We hope you enjoy the pages of results for our Best of Redmond 2013 and enjoy the messages from the businesses for which you voted. So flip forward and enjoy! We are one great community here in Redmond! Don’t forget to support these and all of our local businesses.
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The tequila has arrived. That’s right, 240 bottles of it — and the oak barrel — from Amatitan, Jalisco, Mexico. On Thursday, Agave Cocina of
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the liquor for the local restaurants, co-owned by his brother Julian and sister Faviola. The local tequila team chose one reposado of three poured for them to be recasked especially for Agave. The new tequila reflects Agave’s taste and spirit, the blog notes. “It has a very, very light caramel aftertaste when you drink it,” Julian,
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the Redmond Agave owner, told the Reporter. When he and the team sampled the tequila, “That one happened to just hit it out of the park, according to our preferences.” In production since 1870, Casa Herradura is one of the oldest producers of tequila. It is located in the heart of Mexico’s tequila region and crafts 100 percent blue agave tequila
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Meritage Meadows innkeepers create a home away from home SAMANTHA PAK email@example.com
Bob Spencer moved around a lot when he was young and growing up as a “service brat,” but he still remembers the move that changed his life. When he was 10 years old, he and his family moved to Paris. His mother began studying at Le Cordon Bleu and their at-home dining went from Chef Boyardee to gourmet meals. This opened Spencer up to the world of food, and that love of food has stayed with him until now as owner of the Meritage Meadows Inn in Redmond, which he runs with his wife Karen Spencer. With his experience cooking through high school and college, Bob — who had a previous career as a chemical engineer — is the bed and breakfast’s cook as well as the
landscape and maintenance staff. Karen — who worked for the U.S. Geological Survey before becoming a stay-at-home mom for their two sons — manages the rooms and hospitality. The couple opened Meritage Meadows in June 2010. They had wanted to purchase property around Woodinville and closer to that city’s winery district, but what they found was not easy or convenient for guests to locate. The inn is located at 21407 N.E. Union Hill Road, less than 10 miles from the heart of Woodinville’s winery district, but there is also a winery onsite. Bob is one of Cinq Cellars’ five winemakers, along with four of his friends who share his interest in making and tasting wine. The winery offers tastings and Bob said he also likes to talk wine with guests and direct them
toward more wineries and tasting rooms in Woodinville. Meritage Meadows is a 6,000 squarefoot building that was previously a private home and has five rooms for guests, each of which continues with the wine theme. “All the rooms are named after the winegrowing areas in Washington,” Bob said. Meritage Meadows, which won Best Date Place in the Reporter’s Best of Redmond contest this year, gets a variety of guests. Bob and Karen said they are popular with couples. They get many new parents who are getting away from their babies for the first time. They also get many parentsto-be on “babymoons,” who are having one last weekend together before their new baby arrives. [ more MERITAGE page 15 ]
Karen and Bob Spencer opened Meritage Meadows Inn on Northeast Union Hill Road in June 2010. SAMANTHA PAK, Redmond Reporter
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Peters Creek Retirement Center General Manager Marcia Byrd, left, unloads roses with Bear Creek Florist’s Lisa Aliment on Monday. ANDY NYSTROM, Redmond Reporter to smile today, and it makes a huge impact for them,” Byrd said. “They look forward to the mailman coming everyday and they can look forward now to getting flowers and things like that.”
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Despite being a popular destination for couples, the Spencers said Meritage Meadows also gets a number of families and even have a room designed specifically to accommodate families with younger children. The room, Walla Walla, is separated from the rest of the rooms in another area of the inn so other guests won’t be disturbed if a baby starts to cry in the middle of the night. There is also a small kitchenette area and TV to keep youngsters entertained. Other guests at Meritage Meadows include grown children visiting their parents who have downsized their homes and have limited space. The Spencers said they also get a lot of parents visiting
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their adult children who live in apartments or condominiums or parents from other countries who are visiting their children who are interning for Microsoft. As innkeepers, the Spencers said they are often asked about places to visit. Bob said he
enjoys being an ambassador for Redmond and the greater Puget Sound area, especially as he and Karen will visit some of these places, as well, to be able to give their personal recommendations. “We get a great kick out of this,” he said.
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[ FLOWERS from page 1] “So we were able to bump up the volume and the look of these wonderful smiley-face mugs,” she said. She told Brimm, “These are your bouquets, you can put them on your tables and let all the residents enjoy them. Maybe there’s a few residents, something’s going on in their lives and they just need that extra smile for that week. They’re having a tough time right now.” Aliment noted that many residents used to have gardens and they appreciate having flowers around them again. Over at Peters Creek, General Manager Marcia Byrd said the 65 residents, ages 85 to 95 years old, will enjoy
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