Since Paul Allen’s company Vulcan Real Estate began their work with the city to reconstruct South Lake Union, the neighborhood has been a draw for Lake Union businesses of all sizes and types. Lake Union is home to some award winning restaurants and excellent retail shops, for an active dining and shopping hotspot.
Lake Union is heavily filled with corporate businesses, from technology powerhouses like Amazon and Microsoft to medical research facilities like Presage Biosciences and the Institute for Systems Biology. UW Medicine School of Medicine Northwestern University have also based themselves in South Lake Union, making the neighborhood a place for education in addition to research and commerce.
Alongside the corporate and educational centers in Lake Union, plenty of unique retail and shopping locations have opened in the new storefronts constructed there. The Shine Store offers just about anything for women and families striving toward a healthier lifestyle – during and after cancer treatments, as well as to prevent it. Sporting goods stores have also found a home in Lake Union, from the Pacific Northwest’s iconic REI to the Snowboard Connection and Play it Again Sports. Various home décor and furniture stores occupy the neighborhood too, including West Elm, Modele’s Home Furnishing, and Inform Interiors.
South Lake Union is a foodie’s bliss. Recognized restauranteur Tom Douglas has Cuoco, Brave Horse Tavern and Ting Momo occupying one block in the neighborhood. There’s also Seastar, Flying Fish, and Mio Sushi. For the more comfort food classics, Lake Union offers The Wurst Place, Blue Moon Burgers, Great Northwest Soups, and more.
Fitness centers and exercise studios have found a solid base in South Lake Union, from Rain Fitness to Sassy Fit. Salons and spas also occupy the neighborhood for a relaxing break or therapy. Lake Union is also home to the Museum of History and Industry and the Center for Wooden Boats – attractions year-round in this industrial neighborhood.