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Local Love: Explore Gilman Village and Its Unique Shops

Kristi Jenkins June 28, 2024

Step back in time at Gilman Village! This Issaquah landmark for over 50 years offers a unique shopping experience. Explore a charming mix of shops, restaurants, and even a preschool, all housed in beautifully preserved historic buildings.
Discover one-of-a-kind finds and local favorites!  Whether you're browsing unique boutiques, savoring delicious cuisine, or pampering yourself with a spa treatment, Gilman Village has something for everyone.
Why Shop at Gilman Village?
When you shop at Gilman Village, you're not just supporting local businesses—you're immersing yourself in a vibrant community of artisans, entrepreneurs, and craftspeople. Each shop in Gilman Village is independently owned and operated, offering a curated selection of products that reflect the unique tastes and talents of its proprietor. From handcrafted jewelry and artisanal gifts to specialty foods and home decor, you'll find something for everyone at Gilman Village.
Get ready to discover some of my favorite shops, along with a charming new addition to the village scene.


The Flat Iron Grill


Experience a unique twist on classic steak & seafood at Flat Iron Grill, nestled in the heart of Issaquah's historic Gilman Village.  Owner Sean Quinn curates a menu featuring familiar favorites alongside bold South American-inspired dishes.

Flat Iron Grill's inviting atmosphere blends rustic warmth with industrial accents. Red ceilings, exposed metalwork from Gagnon Welding, and classic and modern guitar music create a welcoming, unpretentious space.  Local black and white photography by Washington artists adorns the walls, adding a touch of regional flair.

The well-stocked bar boasts a vast collection of American whiskeys, complemented by a selection of local beers on tap and highly-rated bottled beers from around the world.  Flat Iron Grill's  wine list offers excellent value, allowing you to enjoy a quality bottle at a reasonable price.

Escape the hustle and bustle on Flat Iron Grill's expansive deck – the perfect spot for soaking up the sun with loved ones.  For special occasions, the private dining room accommodates up to 26 guests, ideal for business meetings, holiday gatherings, rehearsal dinners, or even watching sporting events on the room's private television.




Craving delicious Mexican food near Seattle? Look no further than Masa Mexican Kitchen & Cantina in Issaquah, WA!  Masa offers a vibrant menu featuring flavorful, Mexican-inspired dishes alongside refreshing, house-made juice cocktails.

Their menu boasts creative twists on classic Mexican favorites, ensuring there's something for every palate.  Expect high-quality ingredients, bold flavors, and some of the best margaritas you'll find anywhere!


Lucky You


Established in 2011, Lucky You in Issaquah's charming Gilman Village fulfills a local need for quality gifts and trendy accessories at budget-friendly prices.

Retail veteran Denise Jensen never intended to open a brick-and-mortar store. However, fate intervened when she discovered a vacant "big red barn" at Gilman Village. Inspired by the space's unique charm, Denise envisioned a store overflowing with on-trend treasures and unique finds for everyone.

Driven by her passion and vision, Denise transformed this empty barn into Lucky You, a one-of-a-kind specialty shop, in just 30 days.  Come explore Lucky You's curated selection of gifts and accessories – you're sure to find the perfect treasure!


Lucky Home


Lucky Home, born from the success of its sister store Lucky You, brings a curated selection of home décor and furniture to Issaquah. They offer exceptional value on unique, high-quality merchandise, ensuring your home reflects your style without breaking the bank.

Explore their expansive 3,300 square foot showroom, brimming with inspiration. They carry a diverse selection of furniture, home décor, wall art, bedding, pillows, lighting, rugs, and tabletop items.

Their friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to assist you. Whether you need help selecting the perfect sofa or finding the ideal throw pillows to tie a room together, they offer expert advice in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.


Mudhouse Pottery Painting


Looking for a fun family outing, a relaxing solo activity, or a unique party venue in Issaquah? Look no further than Mudhouse Pottery Painting! They offer a welcoming environment for guests of all ages and skill levels, whether you crave a quiet weekday retreat or a vibrant weekend gathering.

Mudhouse provides everything you need to unleash your inner artist. Choose from a wide variety of ceramic pieces, from mugs and plates to figurines and decorative items. Their selection of vibrant paints, stencils, and stamps allows you to create a one-of-a-kind piece you'll cherish. 

Mudhouse is a fantastic option for birthday parties, team-building exercises, social gatherings, or any special occasion. Walk-ins are always welcome (subject to availability), or reserve space for larger groups (9 or more painters, with a maximum of 18 attendees).


Kitchen Blend


Kitchen Blend is a treasure trove for culinary enthusiasts. This well-established store offers a diverse selection of high-quality kitchen supplies to elevate your cooking experience.

Whether you're a seasoned home cook or just starting your culinary journey, Kitchen Blend has something for everyone. Browse their extensive inventory of cookware, cutlery, gadgets, bakeware, and kitchen linens.

Kitchen Blend goes beyond just the basics. They also offer specialty appliances, gourmet ingredients and cooking classes

Kitchen Blend's knowledgeable staff is passionate about all things culinary. They're happy to assist you in finding the perfect tools and products to suit your needs and budget.

Visit Kitchen Blend in Issaquah and discover a world of culinary possibilities. With their extensive selection, friendly service, and welcoming atmosphere, Kitchen Blend is your one-stop shop for creating delicious meals at home.


Crumble and Flake


Welcome to Gilman Village's newest addition, Crumble and Flake! Taking over the mantle from beloved Gilman Village institution The Boarding House (established in 1973) is the exciting new bakery, Crumble & Flake. We're sure they'll continue the tradition of offering delicious treats! It is a boutique pâtisserie & café located in Gilman Village, focusing on French pastries, sandwiches, and salads, and made in tiny batches with precision and love.

They handcraft delectable French pastries, savory sandwiches, and refreshing salads in small batches, ensuring every bite bursts with freshness and quality. Their meticulous attention to detail and commitment to using only the finest ingredients elevate every creation into a delightful culinary experience.

While their French pastries are the stars of the show, Crumble & Flake offers a delightful selection to tantalize every taste bud:

Delectable Sweet Treats: From flaky croissants and pain au chocolat to decadent éclairs and fruit tarts, they have something to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Savory Delights: Their menu features a tempting array of gourmet sandwiches crafted with fresh breads and top-quality ingredients.

Light & Refreshing Salads: Pair your pastry or sandwich with a crisp, seasonal salad for a perfectly balanced meal.

Crumble & Flake's warm and inviting atmosphere is the perfect setting to relax, savor a delicious treat, and enjoy a taste of Paris in the heart of Gilman Village.

Whether you're seeking a

  • Quiet breakfast nook
  • Charming spot for afternoon tea
  • Upscale venue for a business lunch

Crumble & Flake promises an unforgettable culinary experience.


Plan Your Visit to Gilman Village
Ready to explore Gilman Village and discover its hidden gems? Plan your visit today and experience the charm and hospitality of this beloved local destination. With its unique shops, picturesque surroundings, and welcoming ambiance, Gilman Village offers a shopping experience unlike any other. Support local businesses, shop small, and make lasting memories at Gilman Village.



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