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MI middle schooler explores identity, community & friendship in her new children’s book

When Naledi Tardif realized that a lot of other people on Mercer Island shared her feelings of not belonging in the community, the middle schooler decided to do something about […]

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House of Posie blooms with custom florals on Mercer Island

When Jessika Mazure first turned her hobby of flower arranging into a business, she chose the name House of Posie for a variety of reasons, chiefly that posies are simple, […]

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Classic Bellevue Restaurant Pogacha Re-Opens on Mercer Island

Few restaurants last three years in the fast-moving Seattle region but Pogacha has been bringing flavors of Croatia and the Northwest to diners for more than three decades, and it […]

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Mercer Island Teen Helps Peers Cope With Pandemic Through Art

The first weekend of the pandemic shutdown brought tough news for Mercer Island high schooler Sophia Chew. Just as her school and personal life made the sudden transition from in-person […]

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Island to Island: A Cookbook Author Brings a Taste of Sri Lanka to the Northwest

When Ruwanmali Samarakoon-Amunugama moved to Mercer Island two years ago, she recognized the same small, tightly knit communities with longstanding traditions from her time in Sri Lanka. “When you speak […]

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Just Poké’s first food truck opens on Mercer Island

Danny Brawer and Norman Wu met in the fourth grade at Lakeridge elementary on Mercer Island and stayed fast friends through their youth and young adulthood. Various entrepreneurial ventures kept […]

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La Fête Pâtisserie Française Now Open on Mercer Island

The crowds flocking to the latest addition to Mercer Island’s food scene, a contemporary French bakery, took owner Kristen Sisco by surprise – and perhaps customers too were surprised and soon […]

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Mercer Island Sourdough Cool Club creates community around cultures

After the gift of a sourdough starter from a stranger in a Facebook group made a significant improvement in her life, a Mercer Island woman paid the favor forward by […]

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Local Garden Inspiration: Lara Sanderson’s Food Forest

It was a natural disaster that begat Lara Sanderson’s backyard food forest. A few years ago, the whole side of the ravine in her backyard slid away. Surveying the damage, […]

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Eat Local now open, bringing specialty frozen prepared meals to Mercer Island

For more than five years, Greg Conner and Matthew Steed hoped to open an outlet of their prepared foods shop, Eat Local, on Mercer Island. Finally, over the summer, they […]

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Classic burger joint Old 76 now open on Mercer Island

As the Blue Angels roared overhead, the first people arrived at Old 76, the newest addition to Mercer Island’s restaurant scene. Customers awaited the opening at 11 am on Thursday, […]

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Coming soon! Old 76 to bring old-school burgers to Mercer Island

In June, the former gas station that most recently held Freshy’s Seafood Shack will complete its transformation into Old 76, a classic burger joint, by the folks behind Homegrown. Brad […]

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Enjoy a “Taste of Mercer Island” through new local food tours

Orna Samuelly loves to travel, and every place she visits, she takes a food tour. On each tour, she learns some history, gets a little insight into the city, and […]

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The Cookie House – A Mercer Island Halloween Tradition Carries On

When Tara Reimers bought her house in 2011, it came with a little something extra – a longstanding Halloween tradition as “The Cookie House” on Mercer Island. As she and […]

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Best Happy Hour Spots on Mercer Island

With discount drinks and affordable snacks, happy hours are all about making the afternoon a little bit easier. And what’s easier than getting to stay on-Island as you transition from […]

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Coffee, Croissants, Community & more at new Convivial Café

Convivial, the long-awaited bakery cafe, officially opened in Mercer Island’s Town Center on August 10th. It arrives with freshly baked breads, pastries, coffee, and big plans. Owner Joel Wachs, profiled […]

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youbeyou Launches to Celebrate Individuality

A sign in Carmela Wood’s yard announces to passersby that her family welcomes all races, religions, countries of origin, sexual orientations, and genders. But that wasn’t enough for her, and […]

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New Wine Bar is Retirement Dream for Local Couple

When Barrels Wine Bar opens on June 20th, Mercer Island will have a new place to drink and shop for wine, and Tina and Joe Kennedy will fulfill a dream. […]

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Island Treats unwraps a sweet new storefront on Mercer Island

Life on Mercer Island just got a little bit sweeter with the arrival of Island Treats’ new storefront, now open as of June 16th. Owner Ann Peterson has been selling […]

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