In roughly 10 years, a plot of land in the downtown sector of Woodinville transitioned from a mobile home park to a booming mixed-used development called Woodin Creek Village.

The renewed neighborhood offers a sense of community along with a wide variety of food, wine and retail options. Amy Siegel, owner of Sidekick Coffee, said she has loved getting to know the other business owners and managers in the village. 

“What a great group! We love to visit each other's businesses and support each other however we can,” she said. “I've loved collaborating with them as well.”

Chef Doug from Rocky Pond, for example, has used Sidekick Cold Brew in both his chili and tiramisu. 

Prior to the shop’s grand opening in June, Siegel said, the Sidekick crew opened a “simple coffee cart” on Fridays and Saturdays. She said the reception from both WCV residents and locals was amazing. 

“WCV was eager and ready for us to open. We keep hearing over and over how much we've been a ‘needed’ place in the community,” she said. “And it feels great to meet a community's needs.” 

Siegel, who grew up in the area, said she loves working in Woodinville. In high school, she even worked at the Jamba Juice several blocks away on Northeast 175th Street.  

“I love being a business owner in the community I live in,” she said. “It feels like I get to know and serve my neighbors in a more meaningful way.” 

Siegel currently lives about three miles from the shop, she said. When the weather is decent, look out for her mint-colored vespa parked outside the shop.

“I think WCV is special,” she said. “The lights at Christmastime are incredible. It's very walkable, beautifully landscaped and filled with great stops. I love to hang out here even when I'm not working—for dates with my husband or with my friends.” 

She said most of the wineries as well as Sidekick are available to rent out as well.

Woodin Creek also features its own European-inspired wine alley with an array of tasting room choices. This walkable path stops by popular wineries like Adams Bench Winery, Ambassador Wines of Washington, Ancestry Cellars, Baer Winery, Brian Carter Cellars, Rooted Souls Wine, Truth Teller Winery and Tsillan Cellars.  

Tim Blue, owner and winemaker at Adams Bench Winery, said the mixed residential/retail development is “one of the best things ever to happen in Woodinville and the region.” Since its founding in 2005, he said, the winery has specialized in producing all red wines—no whites.

“We love being part of Woodin Creek Village because of the strong sense of community we have with our neighbors,” said Ancestry Cellars tasting room manager Lindsay Miller. 

She said Ancestry is centered around family. In fact, each of the wines has a back story that relates to a member of the winemaker’s family.

One end of wine alley opens to a holiday-themed courtyard in the winter months. For the breakfast and lunch crowd, stop by Rusty Pelican Café for a taste of Greece. Co-owner Johanna Limberopoulos said all of their sauces and soups are homemade in a scratch kitchen.  

Across the courtyard, Brix Wine Café offers the only wine-based restaurant with a full dinner and craft cocktail menu in the entire complex. Co-owner Dave Zimmerman said Brix is a way to measure sugar levels in grapes and determine the potential alcohol content of wine before it’s made.  

Daniel Baldwin, general manager at Brix said he enjoys being a part of a community where all businesses know each other and look out for each other. He is also feeling grateful and lucky to be located next to wine alley, he said.

Other wineries in WCV include Bayernmoor Cellars, Alexandria Nicole Cellars and Rocky Pond Winery. 

Down the street, Woodin Creek Kitchen & Tap is an ideal place to catch all the local area sports with its 15 TVs and 30 craft beers on tap.  

“We have amazing staff, something on the menu for every taste, and are family friendly,” said owner Tim Short.  

Right next door, Swanky Scoop is preparing to open its doors this winter. When owner Bonnie Plottner first had the idea of opening an ice cream shop, she decided to make ice cream every day for an entire summer to ensure she didn’t lose the passion for it.

“We will be the only business [in Woodinville] focused on making gourmet ice cream on site,” she said. “And through our membership in the National Ice Cream Retailer's Association, college bound employees can apply for Bryce Thomson Fund scholarships.” 

While Plottner waits for the final build out of her store, she has been hosting pop-up pint stands around the village—just like Sidekick used to do. 

Located just next door, Island Blends Acai and Poke will bring a taste of Hawaii to Woodin Creek. The restaurant will likely open in early 2022.

Across the street, Zeeks Pizza and Lifted Taco both provide laidback environments to eat and drink. 

In an effort to establish a unique experience for patrons, Lifted Taco is shifting away from traditional Mexican food and focusing on recipes with unlikely ingredients. The lunch and dinner menu includes 12 tacos at all times, ranging from a combination of meat and non-meat types as well as two rotating seasonal ones.

Zeeks Pizza Woodinville, located a few doors down, opened its doors in WCV in August 2021. Monica Pavelka, general manager at the restaurant, said Zeeks was the first business to open in the complex.

“The management have been supportive throughout,” Pavelka said. “They are like family.”   

Not hungry or thirsty? Woodin Creek also provides several retail opportunities. Make sure to stop by Fresh Cuts for a new haircut or Dashing Nails for a spa treatment. Want to burn some calories? Join a training session at F45 Fitness. 

The village only continues to grow in coming months. To learn more about WCV, visithttps://www.woodincreekvillage.com/

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