Dine For Kids at Grand Ridge Plaza

Need an excuse to go out for dinner on a Wednesday? The Issaquah Schools Foundation and Grand Ridge Plaza restaurants are teaming up to make it easy with Dine For Kids. When you dine out on the first Wednesday of the month, the participating restaurant will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

Donations raised at Dine For Kids events support local schools and teachers, providing much-needed resources. So, grab your friends and family and join us at participating restaurants!

Upcoming dates include:

MOD Pizza
Wednesday, October 5
1568 Highlands Drive NE, next to Frame Central
Serving individual artisan-style pizzas and salads, MOD Pizza is a family hot spot. Founded in Seattle, MOD Pizza offers friendly, fast-paced dine-in and take-out service. Build your own pizza or salad, or order from a menu of MOD’s classics. With more than 30 toppings to choose from, everyone gets exactly what they crave.
Tip: Try their hand-spun milkshakes, which are great for sharing (they’ll give you two cups).

Agave Cocina & TequilasAgave Cocina and Tequilas - Photo credit Shubha Tirumale
Wednesday, November 2
1048 Park Drive NE, next to Kumon Learning Center
Agave Cocina & Tequilas serves delicious, locally-sourced, authentic Mexican fare. Owned and operated by the brother-sister team of Federico and Faviola Ramos, Agave is proud to make everything from scratch, including sauces, fillings, tortillas and guacamole. The restaurant serves sustainable seafood, and free-range and hormone-free chicken, beef, eggs, rice and beans. It also has one of the largest fine tequila selections in the state.
Tip: Ask about vegetarian and gluten-free options, which are available for many dishes.

Chinoise Sushi Bar Asian GrillChinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill
Wednesday, December 7
936 Park Drive NE, next to Regal Cinemas
Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill features Pan Asian cuisine, bringing together favorite dishes from the kitchens of Japan, China, Hawaii, Thailand and Vietnam. Owned and operated by Seattle’s own Chef Thoa Nguyen, who “Beat Bobby Flay” on the hit cooking show, Chinoise is a great place to eat family style and share dishes.
Tip: Their kids menu features dishes that are lighter on spice and sauces.


Back-To-School Checklist

We’re kicking off our back-to-school series with a checklist to help you prepare for the first day of school. This year, make sure all your “I’s” are dotted and “T’s” crossed before the school bell rings with the help of these specialists and retailers at Grand Ridge Plaza.

Schedule haircuts: Check in online at GreatClips.com to skip to the front of the line or drop by the Highlands Drive salon – no appointment needed. For sophisticated services such as balayage and highlights, consult the experts at The Salon at Ulta Beauty or Sorella Salon.

Issaquah Highlands Dental GroupVisit the Dentist: The end of summer is a good time to book dental exams before families get busy with after-school activities. The dentists at Issaquah Highlands Dental Group treat patients of elementary school age and older. Located next to Carter’s, the practice is currently offering a $59 new patient special that includes an exam, cleaning and digital x-rays.

Get Focused: Can they see the whiteboard? Can they focus on road signs at Driver’s Ed? Take guessing out of the picture by scheduling eye exams at Optica Vision Care. Drs. Samuel Ahn and Katie Gunther see patients ages four and older at the full-service optometry clinic on Park Drive.

Zumiez Backpacks IssaquahDouble-check Backpacks: Sort through last year’s gear and determine what’s in great shape – and what needs to be replaced. For backpacks, head to Zumiez and DICK’S Sporting Goods. Both retailers also offer the option of buying online and picking up at the store. Carter’s is also a go-to resource for preschooler backpacks and accessories.

Book Sports Physicals: Allegro Pediatrics is opening a pediatric clinic at Grand Ridge Plaza in September. Each of the seven pediatricians at the new clinic is currently accepting new patients. In addition to sports physicals, the practice offers yearly check-ups to answer everyday questions.

NaturoMedica IssaquahReview Vaccination Schedules: Washington State recently updated required vaccination schedules for school-age children. The NaturoMedica naturopathic medicine clinic at Grand Ridge Plaza has Chicken Pox vaccines in stock to meet new vaccine requirements for ninth to twelfth graders and can provide advice on alternative schedules.

Stock Up for Lunch: Visit Safeway Issaquah Highlands for non-perishable basics such as juice and milk boxes, napkins, sandwich bags and snack foods. Safeway also carries school supplies such as permanent markers, pencils, pens, tissues and loose-leaf paper.

Carter's Back to SchoolShop Your Closets, Then Hit the Stores: From unused school supplies to unworn clothing that still fits, there’s often a hidden gem in every home. Sort through drawers and closets, then visit Marshalls, francesca’s, Zumiez, Carter’s and DICK’S Sporting Goods to shop the latest fashions. (Please consider donating children’s clothing and gear that your family no longer needs to Eastside Baby Corner. Drop off donations at Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage next to BevMo! on High Street seven days a week.)

Charge Your Phone: Make sure you have enough battery power for terrific First Day of School photos.

P.S. The first day of school for both the Issaquah and Bellevue school districts is Thursday, September 1. Renton and Snoqualmie School Districts return a day earlier on Wednesday, August 31.