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Mill Creek Second Thursday Art Walk 2014

Art Walk Poster 2014

Get it on your iCal, text your friends, set an alarm! The Second Thursday Art Walk in Mill Creek Town Center 2014  is coming. Thursday, June 12th 5-8PM will be the first of three nights this summer for you to enjoy art in Mill Creek.

20-plus merchants will play host to artists who work in a variety of media. That includes music! Plan to come early & take that stroll up Main Street. Enjoy the art. Eat & drink. Do a little shopping. Do tell.

If you are an artist, who would like information about participating, contact:

For more general info visit:

MOD Pizza Coming

doTellLogoHave watched many pizza places come & go over 35 years in Mill Creek. The usual big chains, mostly. Would love to see Pagliacci come to our area, but was still glad to hear that MOD Pizza will open soon in the Mill Creek Plaza because I do like their pizza. They will share the new building ( in old Shari’s spot ) with recently opened, Wells Fargo Bank.

MOD has a different concept. The standard pizza is 11 inches, and is, as they say, infinitely customizable with toppings — all for the same price of $7.17, except for the cheese only which will be a dollar less. Do tell.

After a little digging  into the website for information, did learn there are in fact other size pizzas available & prices for those along with sides, salads & beverages. They do not deliver . “We’ve made a conscious decision not to deliver our pizzas as we feel they are best straight out of the oven. However, if you can’t dine in, you can always take out.” — from MOD FAQ page

For more information about MOD, visit: MOD Pizza

Another recent article in the Seattle Times about the company & its founders. MOD Pizza raising $15M in Expansion Effort  Hope they are not trying to do too much, too quickly. Quality over quantity & all that. We shall see.

Santa Claus is Coming – Mill Creek Christmas #2

santaComingPoster Santa Claus is coming to town this Saturday, Dec. 7th presented by the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association, Rotary of Mill Creek & The City of Mill Creek. 

There will be entertainment & special festivities throughout the day on Saturday, highlighted by a festive holiday parade down Main Street at 3:30PM with special guest, Santa Claus. The parade will make its way South ending at Mill Creek City Hall, where the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will commence.

After Santa has hit the switch to light the tree, he & his elves will return back up Main Street to the Park Place Building where he will be available for children to visit, have photos taken & share their Christmas wishes with him.

But wait there is more! Throughout the Town Center until 7:00 PM, there will be holiday performers including The Dickens Carolers, live music, free horse-drawn carriage rides, a kiddie train, face painting, photo ops with the Grinch, and much more! Do tell.

Town Center merchants & restaurants will be open & many will offer holiday shopping specials. Look for a Mill Creek Town Center “Gift Guide.”

Poster graphic from Mill Creek Town Center Business Association. Thank you.



MC Town Center Best Lifestyle Center & Open-Air Mall

forumPicwebOur very own, Mill Creek Town Center will be featured in a television segment filmed locally, as the Official Best Lifestyle Center & Open-Air Mall in Washington for 2013.

The feature will be shown on FOX Seattle & on The Discovery Channel nationally in October 2013 & placed on the national travel site

Look for the segment on:

Wednesday, October 2 at 5:00 am E/P on The Discovery Channel

Saturday, October 5 at 2:00 pm on KCPQ FOX channel 13 in Seattle

Mill Creek Town Center is an amazing lifestyle center located in the scenic city of Mill Creek, Washington. Nestled among nature trails & creeks, the outdoor mall has a park-like setting. With over 80 retail stores, boutiques, restaurants & services, you’ll always find friendly service & something unique. Open 7 days a week, the Mill Creek Town Center is located 1/2 mile north of SW 164th Street on Bothell-Everett Hwy in Mill Creek WA. Do Tell.

The Official Best Of originated in January 2007 as a travel TV show & website covering only a few states. Today Official Best Of covers 28 states with the remaining states plus other countries being covered in 2013.

One distinction that sets Official Best Of apart from many other travel sites is that it doesn’t accept advertising on either its television programs or its website. The selection of attractions is by merit, and lesser-known but worthy attractions are given the same attention as famous ones. As with each TV show production, the website offers a great resource for those planning a vacation, day trip or outing for residents within Washington as well as folks all across the country.

Lombardi’s Garlic Festival is Back!

LombardisGarlicFestPicLombardi’s Garlic Fest is back by popular demand after a five year hiatus with cooking classes, wine tastings, contest & locally produced products.  Ahhh, two weeks of garlic joy for bulb connoisseurs & Garlic novices alike. 

From Sept. 27th through Oct. 12th, local garlic lovers can rejoice in the bulb during the two-week Garlic Festival at Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants in Mill Creek & Everett.

Diners will experience a garlic-in-every-course menu including 40-clove roasted chicken & desserts such as a cappuccino brownie layered with garlic peanut sauce. To top it all off they can kick back a garlic infused martini or take a break from the bulb & pair their meal with a select wine from the Piedmont region of Italy, known for complementing the rich and herbaceous taste of the stinking rose. Do tell.

Garlic for some of the festival menu to be provided by Arlington, WA farm – Garden Treasures. The wine bar will provide tastings over the duration of the festival highlighting wines from Piedmont wineries: Damilano, Franco Molino, Beni di Barasiolo & Cantine Vopi.

What: Lombardi’s Garlic Fest: A gourmet garlic celebration featuring all things culinary with a garlic menu, wine tastings, cooking classes & contests

When: September 27 through October 12   for  Lunch,  Dinner & Sunday Brunch

Where: Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants:

  • Mill Creek – 19409 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA, 98102 
  • Everett at the Marina – 1620 W Marine View Dr., Everett, WA, 98102

Visit: for more information about Lombardi’s restaurants & the much missed, long awaited Garlic Fest.

Information & Garlic Fest Graphic provided by Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants.

Emory’s on Silverlake-Lakeside Bistro & Bar



Did you know that Emory’s on Silver Lake – Lakeside Bistro & Bar has the largest waterfront deck in Snohomish County? They do. It’s a great place to enjoy Happy Hour on Silver Lake on these long, warm, sunny days.



Did you know that you can reserve the entire restaurant for breakfast & lunch events? Well, you can — for 50 to 150 or more people. Do tell.

Is a dinner event — think rehearsal dinner, retirement party, anniversary, small reception — more to your needs or style? Emory’s has a private banquet room that can accommodate up to 50 people. Emory’s is located on Silver Lake just North of Mill Creek on the Bothell-Everett Highway. 11830 19th Ave SE Everett, WA 98208 to be precise.

To learn more visit:  & click on Banquets. Of course you’ll also find everything else you might want to know: Menus, Hours, Directions, special events.



I was there recently for the Happy Hour ( a late lunch & a little bit of research ) I sat out on the deck, of course. I knew it was 5:00 somewhere, but I decided to just order an Arnold Palmer. Need to get back to the office. Then I chose the Garden Salad & Dungeness crab cakes – all for $15.95 plus tax & tip.

Summer Happy Hour is much more than an hour. It runs from 1-6PM. On Mondays it is from 1-Close in Lounge. 21+ of course.


First Artwalk of Summer Was a Great Evening


artwalk5The evening of Thursday, June 13th turned out to be a very pleasant one in Mill Creek Town Center. The sun was out; it was a balmy 67 degrees. Lots of people strolled Main Street visiting the 23 merchants who hosted the artists. There was a wide variety of media offered including:  oils, watercolors, photography, soft sculpture, woodworking & jewelry.artwalk4

In addition to taking in the displays, many enjoyed shopping, eating ice cream, having a sip of wine or eating at one the many outdoor dining locations. Music fill the air from several venues. Do tell.








Photos courtesy of Larry Toombs.

Mill Creek Summer Concert Series

summer_concert_millCreek_smallGet ready to get your groove on! Beginning July 3rd plan on spending your Wednesday evenings at The Forum. The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association presents the annual Mill Creek Summer Concert Series at The Forum at 151st & Main St.  Mill Creek, WA 98012

The dates & groups scheduled to perform are listed on the poster on the left. 6-8PM

The concerts are presented free of charge thanks to generous local sponsors.

Come the Town Center early & enjoy dinner, maybe a Happy Hour at one of the restaurants, or dessert after.

In addition to Ristorante Capri &  The Blazing Onion which feature outdoor dining/ringside seats to the concerts, there is a wide variety of places to go before & after. I’m sure many, if not all, would be happy to pack up something to go for you to take to your seats. Some suggestions: Tablas Woodstone Taverna, Azul, Kafe Neo, Thai Rhapsody, Boston’s, Coldstone Creamery, Spotted Cow Cream & Bean, Firestation Deli, World’s Tastiest Yogurt & ABS Coffee & DeVine Wines.

The Mill Creek Summer Concerts are a great way to enjoy a summer evening in Mill Creek. Bring the family or make it a date night! Do tell.



First Art Walk of the Summer This Thursday

The first Second Thursday Art Walk presented by the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association & the City of Mill Creek takes place this week on June 13th 5-8 PM. Keeping an eye on the weather report for Thursday. Would prefer it to be clear, sunny & 65° or so. As of this writing it is looking a little cool & possibly damp. But no matter. If we Northwesterners waited for it to be perfect all the time we wouldn’t do anything, right? And this is just too much fun. Do tell.

23 merchants in the Mill Creek Town Center will be hosting artists in their businesses. It is a wonderful chance to get to know the local merchants as well as meet a variety of artists & view their work. See map & list of participating merchants & artists below. And you don’t have to memorize it! Maps are/will be available at Mill Creek Town Center merchants & the information booth.

As you can see there will be photography, painting in a variety of media, jewelry & recycled denim framed wall art. But wait! Did I mention there will be Music? @ Spotted Cow – Shannon Nalani & Friends with “soulful acoustic indie jazzie pop mix” @De Vine Wines – The Brad Buck Duo enjoy “Jazz guitar- jazz & Brazilian standards”  @Boston’s Restaurant – Theo Obrastoff  listen to “songs that express faith in God & love for family” @ Blazing Onion – Jerry Wirkkala & Friends swing & sway to “Nuevo Flamenco/World Beat with a hint of Blues”.  See you there!


Rusty Pelican Now Open for Breakfast & Lunch

RPelicanCafeMill Creek has a new breakfast & lunch spot. The Rusty Pelican Cafe is now open in the Maple Leaf shopping area @ 15704 Mill CreekBlvd Mill Creek, WA 98012

They opened on Friday-May 3rd, but we wasted no time checking it out. We went for breakfast on Sunday- May 5th, wondering if there would be any kinks.

Loved the place. First impressions: I like that they took a smaller footprint for the restaurant than previous tenants. I had alway felt that the Chef Chen & Patty’s Egg Nest were kind of cold or cafeteria-like because of their wide open space & pastel decor. Patty’s did try to make it less so with an all booth concept, but missed the mark. The decor is still light & open with a beach ( Rusty Pelican ) theme, but is much more inviting with warm browns, beige & bits of blue.

A family run business, this is the third Rusty Pelican Cafe to open, following locations in Wallingford (7 years) & Downtown Edmonds (14 months). The family is originally from Chicago; they moved to Seattle area in 2000 & have had the Rusty Pelican in Wallingford area of Seattle for 7 years.

Peter & Marilyn run the restaurants with the help of their twin daughters, who are also partners. In addition to the Rusty Pelican Cafe, the family runs the Gyro Delight in Lynnwood which serves authentic, but fast Greek food.

Back to breakfast –  I had the Farmer’s Market omelet choosing fruit instead of homemade potatoes & a generous hunk of rhubarb almond coffee cake instead of toast. The omelet was excellent — a generous 3 eggs with green peppers, tomato, zucchini, mushrooms & spinach topped with Swiss Cheese & sliced avocado. a small side dish loaded with cut cantaloupe & honeydew melon. The coffee cake was fresh out of  the oven with a crisp crust & light flaky body. Only complaint — I could not finish it all.

The husband had the “Original” Eggs Benedict with potatoes. I asked how the Hollandaise sauce was since this is what can make or break a Benedict & he said good;  his plate was empty. The sauce had looked a bit thin to me, but I wasn’t quick enough to get a taste. Drat! Next time for sure.

Back the next day to try lunch, I selected the Pelican Burger with cheese. Hot patty on a light toasted bun piled high with lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles & mayo. Dill pickle on the side. From homemade fries, salad or soup, I chose the salad. I was expecting it to come on the same plate as the burger, but it was served first as a full-on starter salad — chilled plate, crisp romaine, plenty of tomatoes, onion & crispy croutons.  With the cheeseburger there was a small side of cole slaw which was good, but a surprise because the menu didn’t indicate it would be included. The salad was enough. It also had a surprising sweet flavor reminiscent to icing. It was not bad, just surprising. I usually find cole slaw to be tart and/or tangy.  Do tell.

Things to know:

  • Open Daily 8AM to 3PM
  • Breakfast served all day.
  • Orders to Go & Boxed Lunches for meetings or gatherings.
  • Whole homemade pies & cakes are available for order for parties & special occasions.
  • The restaurant may be reserved for private parties in the evening.

Contact: 425-585-0525

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