A reader writes,
Do we really need ANOTHER high end wine store on this island? (opposite North Mercer QFC).
No offense to those owners just trying to make a buck, but why can’t MI attract more name brand retail and more upscale non-Asian food stops here as well? Why not: Panera Bread, Specialty’s Bakery and Cafe, Bill the Butcher, Trader Joe’s, to name a few. Does everyone think we love driving to Bellevue or Seattle for this purpose (except to eat Thai food or get our clothes cleaned both of which have more per capita options on MI than any other city in America). Bennett’s and the Roanoke are great but we need more variety especially for breakfast and lunch.
Downtown’s gotten some nice additions lately, from Mo’s Pizza to the bike store to Freshy’s, which incidentally is also now selling high-end wine. hmmmm. This reader has a point. Local bakery/ cafe is my top pick, though a Trader Joe’s or Bill’s the Butcher would be great too. Bill the Butcher recently opened up in downtown Bellevue, so maybe one of the others.
That said, I do like wine and I suspect many Islanders do too. What do you think? What do you want now that this new wave of retail has moved in?