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Mercer Island Market Update – November & December 2020

Here’s our monthly snapshot of the latest trends and data for the Mercer Island residential real estate market, and – because it’s still 2020 – a photo of an adorable sleeping […]

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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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MInext Campaign Promotes Island Businesses by Telling Owners’ Stories

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant strain on small businesses all around the world, and local Mercer Island businesses are no exception. The pandemic has flipped many aspects of […]

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Mercer Island Market Update – October & November 2020

Here’s our monthly snapshot of the latest trends and data for the Mercer Island residential real estate market. Mercer Island Real Estate by the Numbers | October 2020 Check out […]

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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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Effie Parks’ unexpected encounter in Mercerdale Park leads to hope and connection

On a blustery fall day in October, Effie Parks decided to take her son, Ford, to Mercer Island’s Mercerdale Park. Ford, who is four years old, loves to be outside […]

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Mercer Island Community Fund Begins 36th Year of Grant-Making for Island Non-profits

This month marks the 36th season of grant-making for the Mercer Island Community Fund (MICF), and it is kicking off its annual fundraising effort to collect donations for these grants. For […]

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Mercer Island Market Update – September & October 2020

Here’s our monthly snapshot of the latest trends and data for the Mercer Island residential real estate market. Mercer Island Real Estate by the Numbers | September 2020 Check out […]

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Private indoor golf club now open on Mercer Island

After decades of unsuccessful attempts to build a golf course on Mercer Island, you can finally hit the links on the island for the first time. Instead of a sprawling […]

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Help in Hard Times: Local Mental Health & Emotional Support Resources

Every weekday around 12:30 pm, our neighbors’ dog – a yellow lab named Harry – bounds into our backyard. I am often working at our dining room table and from […]

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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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Mercer Island Market Update – August & September 2020

Here’s our monthly snapshot of the latest trends and data for the Mercer Island residential real estate market. Mercer Island Real Estate by the Numbers | August 2020 Check out […]

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Pop-Up StoryWalk now open in Luther Burbank Park

A sweet storybook pop-up walking tour has opened in Luther Burbank Park and will be on display through October 17th. The event is geared for families with young children, but […]

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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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Mercer Island Market Update – July & August 2020

Here’s our monthly snapshot of the latest trends and data for the Mercer Island residential real estate market. Mercer Island Real Estate by the Numbers | July 2020 Check out […]

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Mercer Island volunteers provide 10,000 PPE kits to healthcare workers

In the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a small group of “helpers,” mostly from around the greater Seattle area, coalesced around their desire to do something about the shortage […]

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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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What’s in store at Metropolitan Market on Mercer Island

On Wednesday, July 22nd, Metropolitan Market – also known as Met Market – opened its newest store on Mercer Island in the former location of New Seasons Market, which closed about […]

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Mercer Island Market Update – June & July 2020

Here’s our monthly snapshot of the latest trends and data for the Mercer Island residential real estate market. Mercer Island Real Estate by the Numbers | June 2020 Check out […]

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Local ocean-to-table seafood pop-up shops open for business on Mercer Island

Premier Catch, a local family-operated and women-owned seafood company, recently announced the launch of their community pop-up shops on Mercer Island. The company’s co-owners, Ashley Besecker and Joci Besecker, seek […]

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