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New Savory & Sweet Eats Coming Soon to Issaquah Highlands

By August 16, 2017August 17th, 2017Connections
City Surf Chef Jason Stoneburner Candy Mache Issaquah Highlands

See me soon at Highlands Day!On August 26, try savory and sweet eats of two local businesses coming soon to Issaquah Highlands. This year’s Once Upon a Highlands Day will feature a Seattle chef surfing onto the Issaquah Highlands food scene and a new business specializing in incredible edible art you have to taste to believe!

Taste Farm-to-Table cuisine, coming soon to IH

Chef Jason Stoneburner CitySurf Seattle

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While we wait to enjoy tasty waves at CitySurf Seattle’s future indoor wave pool facility, we get to taste food from Chef Jason Stoneburner. Chef Jason is the chef of Bastille Cafe & Bar and chef/owner of Stoneburner, both located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

Chef Jason will oversee the farm-to-table café planned inside CitySurf when it opens to the public. Meet John and Trish Hoss, owners of CitySurf, and enjoy Chef Jason’s delicious food, at this year’s Highlands Day festival on August 26.

Read more about CitySurf Seattle’s plans in Issaquah Highlands >

Candy Mâché Combines Art with Candy

by Nina Milligan, Highlands Council, Connections Editor

There’s a new art gallery in town… no, it’s a candy shop… and it is a place to host a birthday party…what is it really? Candy Mâché will be all the things when it opens on 25th Avenue NE this fall.

Brenda Zylstra is the founder and creator of Candy Mâché, the culmination of eight years of creating candy art, entering her works to competitions nation-wide and dreaming of combining her passion into a candy art gallery. Last spring, Brenda bought one of the live/work storefronts next to Zeeks and has been working hard ever since to transform it into a candy art gallery. She plans to stock over 200 different kinds of candy for sale in bulk bins which will provide a colorful backdrop to the candy art in the store.

But Brenda won’t stop there. Candy Mâché promises to be a busy place. “We will have a small party space where we can host candy crafting parties and workshops (great for Birthday Parties, Baby Showers, Ladies Night Out, etc.). For larger parties and workshops we can set up across the street at Blakely Hall. I will also have displays of candy art on display around the shop that will change seasonally.”

Why set up shop here in the Highlands? Brenda and her family have lived on the Sammamish Plateau since 2001. “I wanted to be close to home to manage both my family and my art. And this site we could own, which made more sense. This is an artistic adventure, so it’s good to have the freedom to create my own space and the solid footing of ownership. And it’s right next to Blakely Hall! What could be better?”

Brenda has already started working with the community, contributing a craft table at Grand Ridge Elementary School’s 2017 Summerfest. She and one of her partner friends, Karly, help the kids make about 250 candy necklaces.

Candy Mâché: Is it a store or a gallery? You will have to wait until Fall 2017 to find out!

Meet Brenda at Highlands Day (and make a candy necklace!) and follow her progress on the Candy Mâché Facebook page. Also see more details at 

As seen in the August 2017 issue of Connections >