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Slightly Stoopid performs at Marymoor Park last weekend as part of the county’s Concerts at Marymoor series. The concert series won “Best Live Enertainment” in the annual Best of Redmond Contest. Flip forward to see all the winners of this year’s contest. PHOTO COURTESY OF ELI BROWN, King County
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Flying Apron lands in Redmond
Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood and began visiting it with Jaden. But crossing State Route 520 is a long drive For Yih Chuang, a simple trip to the bakto make for just a few cookies and muffins. ery is usually anything but. This was exactly what Flying Apron ownHis 6-year-old son Jaden Chuang has a ers Erik Chelstad, Ethan Hernandez and Jeff long list of food allergies: wheat, nuts, soy, Silva thought when they were considering corn and eggs, to name a few. opening a second location. For years, the Bellevue resident has been Chelstad said many of their customers in on the lookout for shops on the Eastside Fremont, like Chuang, are from the Eastside. that carry Additionally, sweet treats a number of and other Eastside foods Jaden grocery can eat, but stores such as hasn’t had Whole Foods much luck. in Redmond So he was sell Flying more than a Apron baked little grateful goods, so the when he three men heard Flying knew there Apron, a was a local gluten-free, market for vegan and their prodorganic Yih Chuang, middle, and his son, Jaden, purchase baked goods at the ucts. bakery, had “We knew Flying Apron Bakery. SAMANTHA PAK, Redmond Reporter opened a over here, location in there were Redmond. people who “This is the only place we found where cared about this type of thing,” Chelstad said (Jaden) may eat,” he said. about their specialty foods. Chuang first discovered Flying Apron Another reason they chose Redmond spewhen he found the bakery’s gluten-free and cifically because they all had worked in town vegan recipe book at Costco. Upon further at one point and really liked the old-town feel reading, he learned the bakery was located in of the community. [ more FLYING APRON page 11] SAMANTHA PAK
1 1 0 2 d n o m d of Re included dining, shopping, service providers and much more. There were 40 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 Redmond resident Walter Rissler. Congratulations Walter and thank you Redmond Town Center for your sponsorship. We hope you enjoy the next several pages of results for our Best of Redmond 2011 and enjoy the messages from the businesses for which you voted. In addition to the results of our annual contest, you find two profiles of blossoming businesses in Redmond: Luna Spa and Flying Apron Bakery. So flip forward and enjoy! We are one great community here in Redmond! — Andrea Southern, Publisher, Redmond Reporter Your neighborhood Comfort Food Specialist
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You’ve answered the call and made your choices for the best Redmond has to offer. The purpose of “Best of Redmond 2011: Readers’ Choice Awards” is to salute the entrepreneurs, officials and organizations that help make Redmond the Northwest gem that it is. We are proud to honor our outstanding businesses, restaurants and venues in the community that our readers consider “the best.” Redmond is home to some fine restaurants, booming businesses and sensational schools, so the choice was not easy. Redmond Reporter readers made their picks through online and mailed ballots. The response from the community was tremendous. We would like to thank all our readers who took the time to complete the ballots. It’s nice to see people invest their time into the businesses that invested in our community. The awards are given in categories that
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While the words gluten-free and vegan don’t always get mouths to water, Hernandez backs all of their products. “There isn’t anything here I wouldn’t be happy to suggest,” he said. Flying Apron also has a 100 percent refund, no questions asked, policy. If a customer is unhappy with their product, they can just bring it back. In addition to the health benefits, Flying Apron products have an added benefit. “Cookies make people happy...and so do cupcakes,” Hernadez said. And sometimes, that happiness makes all the difference. Chuang said while it is great that Jaden can eat the food at Flying Apron, it is even better that there is at least one place where his son won’t feel singled out for his allergies. “I think it’s important to Jaden not just because he can have a variety, but (that) he can eat something at the store,” Chuang said.
baked goods industry, but Silva used to own a bakery with his wife. Hernandez said one of the reasons they went into busi“It’s a friendly place,” Chelstad said. “It’s a good demoness together was because they wanted to simplify things. graphic. A lot of people live and work in Redmond.” “We had this notion of getting into something smaller, He, Hernandez and Silva — who have worked together in something we could control,” he said. the tech industry — They specifically have owned Flying chose Flying Apron Apron since January because they liked 2010. The bakery had that it was a sustainone previous owner able business -- not but had moved to just in its products various Seattle locabut in its practices as tions before settling well. in Fremont about Hernandez and three and half years Silva also have a ago. little more personal When they stake in the bakery as bought the busiHernandez’s daughter ness, many Flying has issues with gluten Apron customers and Silva has Crohn’s were worried the new disease, which affects owners would change his digestive system. things, but Chelstad, Flying Apron uses Hernandez and Silva a lot of alternatives Erik Chelstad, left, Ethan Hernandez, and Jeff Silva (not pictured) are the owners of Flying Apron, have done their best to replace traditional which specializes in gluten-free, organic and vegan baked goods. SAMANTHA PAK, Redmond Reporter to be transparent ingredients such as in their business. bean or rice flour They informed the local community that they would not be instead of wheat flour, maple syrup instead of sugar and flaxchanging things and have remained open about what types seed instead of eggs. The bakery also offers a number of saof ingredients they use. They also do their best to work with vory dishes such as salads and brown rice pastas. Ingredients local producers when purchasing ingredients. are listed next to each product so the customer — whether “That’s one of the things that excited us (about Flying they’re concerned for health reasons, ethical reasons or just Apron),” Chelstad said. “The local aspect.” curious — knows exactly what they’re getting. Neither he nor Hernandez had previous experience in the
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Spa owners are pros – at overcoming challenges ALLISON BARRETT For the Reporter
For a full year, Lucia Caldwell transformed one room of her home into a spa. There she and Natalya Rachkova refined their skills: practicing facials, waxing and eyelash extensions and carefully reviewing a myriad of beauty products. Several days a week friends would stop Lucia Caldwell by for treatments, and sometimes Caldwell and Rachkova would just practice
on each other. Last August Caldwell and Rachkova took their skills out of the home and to Redmond’s Town Center where they opened Luna Spa, a clean, brightly painted nook that shares a space with Studio Nails and offers facial therapies as well as waxing, eyelash extensions and makeup art. Overcoming the challenges to opening a business seemed minor after confronting what both women agree, hands
down, was the biggest barrier of them all: learning English. This unusual international duo has almost 40 years of combined experience in professional beauty services. Rachkova, 46, was a registered nurse and medical esthetician in her home country of Uzbekistan. She moved to the U.S. almost seven years ago. Caldwell, 41, worked as a makeup artist in China for 18 years before coming to the U.S. in 2006. “I’ve always owned businesses in my life. It is more comfortable Natalya Rachkova for me to own a business than to work for someone,” said Caldwell. But neither woman spoke English when she arrived in the U.S., and not knowing the language left both of them feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.
“It was so awful. I didn’t understand anything,” said Rachkova. It didn’t take her long to decide that she needed to learn English and she enrolled in ESL classes at Lake Washington Technical College. She told herself: “I have to do that. Nobody can do that but me.” Caldwell had to wait more than two months before she began taking language classes. With her husband at work and all of her friends and family back in China, most of her days were unbearably lonely. “I would walk around my neighborhood and I would be the only person around. There was no sound at all,” she said.
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Readers’ Choice Awards [ SPA from page 14 ] In China, life is very busy, according to Caldwell. “Here it is very easy for people to get lonely. There is a lot of space between each other,” she said. When the timing was right, Caldwell signed up for ESL classes at Cascadia College in Bothell. “Many people are afraid to go through the process,” said Rachkova. “But when you are in class you can see that everyone is the same and that there is nothing to be ashamed of.” Caldwell added: “Now my friends are from all over. We have to work hard to understand each other.” The ESL classes were a step in the right direction, but really feeling comfortable with a language is not something that happens quickly. Besides going to classes Caldwell hardly went anywhere without her husband, who speaks English, for two years after moving here. Both women laugh as they confess their residual fear of picking up the phone. “Even now when I pick up the phone I am so scared,” said Rachkova. “I am just waiting, you know. Will I understand or not?” But they gradually got a hold on the language, gaining the confidence to seek out recertification for their previous professions and enrolling at Aesthetics Northwest Institute. That’s where Caldwell and Rachova met and decided to combine forces. “We both really care about clients,” said Caldwell. They also both share a voracious appetite for continuing their education. Perched on the shelves of their treatment room are a plethora of certificates: trainings for specific product lines, specialized treatments and
advanced procedures. “It’s like fresh air to me to take new classes,” said Rachkova. “It never hurts to be more educated, especially in our profession.” Caldwell, who does all the eyelash extensions at Luna Spa, explains that the official training for eyelash extensions is short, but to do them well takes at least a year of practice. The work itself requires patience and precision. “Every woman that I finish will look in the mirror and love it,” she said. “I love that feeling of doing something to make them feel different.” Rachkova’s focus at Luna Spa is on skin therapy. She also works as an esthetician at Nordstrom. “I recommend that people do not forget that beauty is healthy skin,” said Rachkova. But skin is also the largest organ of our body and it must be taken care of, to help the body protect itself, not only for beauty, she added. Both women acknowledge that opening a spa in this economic climate has its challenges. But they are familiar with the ups and downs of owning a business. The biggest obstacle, learning the language, is behind them. “English was the biggest challenge,” said Caldwell. “The rest is natural.” “Sometimes we are just trying to force the moment. Language is like steps, you can’t go from step one to 10,” said Rachovya. “It’s never too late to start learning English, it’s never too late to open any business. At least try.” For more information about Luna Spa visit www.luna-day-spa.com. Allison Barrett is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.
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