Redmond Town Center has been around for awhile – since 1997 to be exact – but if you haven’t paid this Eastside mainstay a visit recently, you’re in for a big surprise.
Two years ago, the main thoroughfare was closed to create an open community space. What was once a street for cars is now a common area, and what used to be a typical mall has taken on a new life as a hub for way more than retail therapy. Here’s a quick run-down of what you can find there now.
1. Fun Fitness Classes
Redmond Town Center is home to six difference exercise studios including The Bar Method for barre-basked workouts, CycleBar for fans of indoor bicycling and Fit4Mom, a studio that offers pre and post-natal workouts as well as “baby and me” format classes. Hot Yoga Experience is coming soon, and you can see a complete list of fitness venues in the town center’s directory.
2. The Arts
There are plenty of opportunities to sate your appetite for the finer things in life at Redmond Town Center.
Visit the Second Story Repertory for live theatre with shows for young audiences and adults, or stop by iPic Theater to enjoy a movie from plush seating while sipping a hand-crafted cocktail, the construction of which is truly an art in and of itself!
Hankering to get artsy yourself? Try The Painted Palace, a sip-and-paint place that’s also available for kids’ parties, tea parties and events; or walk into Paint Away!, a ceramic painting and glass fusing studio.
If you’re not really a Michelangelo, per say, stop by VALA Art Center to check out work by resident artists, view installations, participate in education programs and enjoy other community events.
3. Lots of Opportunities for Learning + Playing
Older kids struggling with reading can pay a visit to Reading With Rover, where they can read real stories to cute dogs to build competence, confidence and fluency.
Budding young graduates in search of work and adults looking for career-building skills can answer their true calling at Coder Camp, where they can learn everything from Java to HTML5.
There’s also a Ducati store now, if playing on a motorcycle is more your speed.
4. Special events
Redmond Town Center’s updates have transformed it into a space where people can gather. Consequently, it now hosts tons of events including:
- A summer concert series
- A seasonal farmers’ market
- Block parties
- Exotic car shows
- Arts festivals
- Charity runs
- and more!
Next time you’ve got a weekend free, check out Redmond’s event calendar to see what’s going on. Even if there’s not an event, lots of benches, a bocce ball set up and a shuffleboard court ensure you’ll find places to sit and things to do.
5. Fantastic Food
If you’re like us, it won’t be long before you’ve worked up an appetite at Redmond Town Center. The only problem is that there are so many awesome dining experiences available that you might have trouble choosing! Highlights include:
- Matts’ Rotisserie & Oyster Bar, a casual and sophisticated favorite for steaks and seafood
- Haiku, a sushi and seafood buffet
- Spazzo, where you can score contemporary American cuisine featuring local ingredients
- Thai Ginger, where you can enjoy artfully crafted Thai cuisine
- Kitanda Espresso & Açaí, which serves up Brazilian specialties
Redmond Town Center still has great shops for apparel and accessories, home furnishings and sporting goods, spa services and pet supplies, but the truth of the matter is that if you’re still thinking of it as nothing but a shopping destination, you’re missing the big picture. There are even two hotels on the property and a third from boutique hotelier Archer Hotels is under construction. To learn more about Redmond Town Center and plan your visit, go to http://redmondtowncenter.com/custom/trysomethingnew.php.
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