• Breaking Down The Barre at Pure Barre 04.02.13

    We love the amazing results Pure Barre workouts offer just as much as we love learning about the dozens of weight loss success stories from brides-to-be, new moms and the everyday girl (or guy) looking to tone, lose weight and gain strength and flexibility!

    With nearly three years in Seattle, Pure Barre has seen thousands of clients at their three area locations, many of whom are now working at advanced levels. But owner Sami Sweeney wanted to address her beginner students looking to better understand the workout, as well as those curious to try a barre class but who may be unsure of their fitness level and ability, and make them feel confident and excited about the workout.

    To remedy this Pure Barre is offering their second “Breaking Down The Barre” class on Saturday, April 20 at 3 p.m. at Pure Barre Queen Anne, after their first class sold out quickly.

    The class is free to attend and all guests must register in advance to hold their place. Sign up via email at or call 206-535-8910.

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  • Pure Barre Queen Anne Now Open! 10.01.12

    Pure Barre’s third area location is now open in Lower Queen Anne at 500 Mercer St.! We’re thrilled Pure Barre has expanded, allowing even more Seattleites experience their exceptional workout!

    If you have yet to take a class, Pure Barre combines elements of ballet, Pilates and weights that work your abs, arms, seat and thigh muscles to fatigue for a full body workout. Each strength series is followed by stretching to ensure long lean muscles. Set to up beat music, the hour-long classes are fast-paced and get your heart rate up so you burn more calories throughout!

    Check out Pure Barre in the news: The Seattle Times, Seattle Met, Daily Candy Seattle, Queen Anne View and Junebug Weddings!

    Your first class is free and new students get their their first month unlimited for $89! Check them out in Queen Anne, University District and in Bellevue. Classes are multiple classes daily offered morning, mid-day and evening. You will feel toned, strong and fit after just a few classes and even bigger results after 10 classes!

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  • Vote Now: Evening Magazine Best of Western WA! 09.12.12

    It’s time once again for Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington! With lots of thrills, spills and overall news over the past year we expect this Best of Western Washington to give us some new and exciting winners along with the old standbys that locals can’t get enough of.

    We work with people and businesses that we believe are the best of the bunch; the cream of the crop, which is why we can honestly and without hesitation recommend a few amazing, tasty and memorable businesses for you to vote for. Sitting on the edge of your seat? Okay, here’s our list – we also threw in a few of our favorites as extras:

    Cafe Flora “Best Vegetarian” – Currently leading the voting, this restaurant has been bringing vegetarian cuisine to Seattle for 20 years. They must be doing something right! Vote here.

    Golden Beetle “Best Mediterranean” – When a James Beard Award Winning Chef decides to open a second restaurant and take on a cuisine that is usually reserved for falafel and gyros at corner stores, we know diners have hit gold. Toss in the organic ingredients and you’ve really got something worth voting for! Vote here.

    Tilth “Best Fine Dining” and “Best New American” – When that same James Beard Chef boasts six years of her award-winning restaurant in the culinary oasis of Wallingford, we think that’s worth two votes! Vote here and here.

    LloydMartin “Best New Restaurant” – Turning one this October, LloydMartin won Seattle Weekly’s “Best New Restaurant” category this year and are in hot pursuit of Best New Restaurant elsewhere. Go in. Try it. Then cast your vote here.

    8oz. Burger Bar “Best Burger” – A burger made from people that specialize in burgers – we like those odds! We’re all in on 8oz. Burger Bar, whether it is beef, wild boar, kobe beef, lamb, fish, free range turkey or the housemade veggie patty. Vote here.

    Coastal Kitchen “Best Breakfast” – Serving the most important meal of the day shouldn’t be left to just anyone. We suggest heading for the experts at Coastal Kitchen where they have been poaching eggs, grilling waffles, flipping pancakes and putting out more early morning culinary delights for years! Vote here.

    Pure Barre “Best Gym” – Need to add some fun to your workouts and really tighten those hard to reach areas? Barre workouts are growing in popularity, but we suggest sticking with the original in Seattle – Pure Barre! They will make sure to lift, tone and burn your body in the most satisfying way possible. Vote here.

    Sami Sweeney “Best Fitness Instructor” – We adore Sami for her ability to make your body burn and for doing it with a smile! Sami’s training in barre workouts makes her classes some of the most highly coveted at all of the three Pure Barre locations. Her intensity, knowledge, and personal touch are what keep us going back for more! Vote here.

    A few more of our favorites:

    What childhood is complete without a visit to the zoo? Vote for Woodland Park Zoo as “Best Fun Place for Kids.” Vote here.

    When we want the men in our lives to look especially dapper, we opt for Mario’s – “Best Men’s Clothing.” Vote here.

    Having known her since she was behind the scenes at KOMO’s Northwest Afternoon, we know that Jenni Hogan is the real deal. Vote for this inspiring Aussie for “Best Local Personality on Twitter.” Vote here.

    The music scene in Seattle never has a dull moment, but we always look to The Dusty 45’s as our go-to band. Vote “Best Local Band.” Vote here.

    You have until October 12 to vote, but why not click and vote now?!!!

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  • Plan the perfect Mother’s Day! 05.03.12

    Every year when Mother’s Day rolls around, restaurants and businesses offer special menus and events to help us celebrate the women we love and appreciate the most: our mothers.

    Why are we beaming with excitement? Because we have ideas that will leave mom with memories she won’t forget, while undoubtedly blowing the typical knick-knack gift out of the water. Read on to learn more!

    Pure Barre
    Get mom onboard the “tucking” train and treat her to a special mother-daughter class! Toning is much more fun when done in pairs, and she will appreciate the endorphin boost and a start to swim suit season.

    If Sunday isn’t the best day for your schedule, a gift card for her is a perfect alternative to take a class together on a later date. Check out the Bellevue and Seattle locations for scheduling information.

    Light Spring Wines
    Make reservations with Washington wineries offering special tastings, or visit local restaurants and treat mom to any of these superb lighter favorites.

    Treveri Sparking Wines – Syrah Brut, Blanc de Noir, and Viogner are all sparking varieties great for brunch or dinner with mom.

    Gilbert Cellars – Romance her with the 2011 Mourvedre Rosé featuring delicate rose petal aromatics.

    Kiona Vineyard – Crisp, dry First Crush Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc will pair magically with a variety of foods.

    Two Mountain Winery – With strawberry aromas and a hint of kiwi, their 2011 Rosé is great for moms who love their wine both fruity and dry.

    Tilth – Nothing sounds more enticing than Grand Marnier French Toast as a sweet delight for mom. Pair it with a mimosa on the Tilth patio during weekend brunch to let mom know she’s special.

    Golden Beetle – Jazz up brunch with the powerful flavors of a Mediterranean breakfast. From the Eggplant Scramble bursting with flavors of paprika and cumin to the more traditional Herbed Falafel with fava beans, award winning chef Maria Hines will not disappoint.

    Pecado Bueno – This California-style taqueria in Fremont is inviting mom to lounge by the fire or water fall on one of three outdoor patios. Treat her to a $3 Mommy Margarita made with 100 percent agave tequila and pair it with the fresh veggies and irresistible chorizo in the Chorizo Veggie Scramble. Bueno!

    Vios – Give her a taste of Greece with Vios’ weekend brunch. Mom can get a sample of their pita bread trio with three different Greek dipping sauces, or go for a heartier two-skewer Lamb Souvlaki with roasted tomatoes and creamy tatziki sauce. The genuine hospitality felt at Vios will leave the whole family happy.

    Cafe Flora – Celebrate their 20th annual Mother’s Day Brunch offering dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Their special set menu features an array of options from sweet to savory.

    Dine in for fresh spring dishes like their Asparagus Benedict served with morel mushroom on an herbed polenta cake, or for a sweet treat, try their Banana Brule French Toast with house made mascarpone and caramel-rum sauce.

    Their brunch menu is $30 per person and $12.50 for kids, listed in full on their website. Reservations available for parties of all sizes. Call 206-325-9100.

    Mother’s Day is the one day we get to truly celebrate this very special lady. Take our advice and make sure to do it in style with some fabulous eats and sparkling wines around the city.

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  • Pure Barre + Victoria’s Secret! 03.21.12

    Swimsuit season is just around the corner and the ladies at Pure Barre and Victoria’s Secret know that means it’s time to get in shape! Pure Barre founder Carrie Dorr joined Victoria’s Secret for a live chat last night in New York City. She shows them a few keys moves to tone your abs, arms, hips, thighs and seat for summer.

    Watch here to get the scoop on Pure Barre, at about 19 minutes in. Victoria’s Secret shares hair and makeup tips, new swimsuits and tips from the models themselves. Then get yourself to Pure Barre classes in Seattle or Bellevue and let them whip you in to shape in no time!

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  • Pure Barre in 425 Mag’s “Hot Workouts”! 03.11.11

    Pure Barre is the featured barre workout in the March “Health Issue” of 425 Magazine! It’s included in “Fresh Ways To Get Fit” when you want to ditch the gym routine and try something new and challenging. Pure Barre Bellevue is located in The Elements building across from The Bravern and right off 405 for easy access; free parking included. First class is free for new students and your first month unlimited is just $100!

    Fan Pure Barre Seattle and Pure Barre Bellevue on Facebook and follow on Twitter!

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  • Indulge your palate and get movin’ this V-day! 02.08.11

    Theo Chocolate, heart-shaped lobster ravioli, black truffles and raspberry cocktails… it must be Valentine’s Day! No plans yet? We’ve got you covered with dinners, cocktails, cooking and even a pre-date workout with your cutie!

    Tilth’s Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake

    tidbit bistro
    Spend San Valentino in tidbit bistro’s cozy and rustic setting with a special Spanish and Italian influenced menu featuring five courses for $60 (plus tax and gratuity). Start with the traditional and savory Empanadillas, ground lamb turnovers topped with romesco sauce and shaved parmesan; Lobster Ravioli Alla Panna, heart-shaped lobster ravioli with creamy sauce; Prime Rib With Budino, tender rare prime rib with Yorkshire mini-pudding and porcini mushroom reduction. A special wine and cocktail pairing featuring tidbit’s signature cocktail Cuoro Matte (crazy heart), Chartreuse, vodka, cream, Gianduia is available for $35. Please find full menu attached.

    Call 206.323.0840 for reservations. tidbit bistro is located at 1401 Broadway, Seattle. Complimentary parking at Harvard Market while dining at tidbit!

    Set the stage for romance with an enticing four course dinner at CRUSH throughout Valentine’s weekend. Lovingly prepared by Chef Jason Wilson, the menu features options such as Potato Gnocchi with Perigord Black Truffle and gruyere cream, Main Lobster Salad with Blood Orange and Slow Roasted Wild Salmon and Dungeness Crab-Fennel Salad. Optional menu supplements include Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras ‘Steak’ with wild huckleberries, buttermilk Belgian waffle and endive as well as a Gift of Sweets. The menu will be offered Feb 11-14 in addition to the regular CRUSH menu. The four course menu is $77 per person with an optional wine pairing for $54. Tax and gratuity not included. Please find full menu attached.

    Please call Crush for a reservation at 206.302.7874. Crush is located at 2319 E. Madison Street, Seattle.

    Chef Maria Hines’ Tilth offers a beautiful four course dinner on Valentine’s Day, leaving room for you and your Valentine to have something different with three options under each course. Enjoy such options as Porcini Crème Brulee, Grilled Dakota Beef Top Sirloin with truffle potato purée and Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake. The menu is offered only on Valentine’s Day for $85 per person with an optional wine pairing for $50. Excluding tax and gratuity. Please find attached the full menu with three options under each course.

    Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801. Tilth is located at 1411 N. 45th Street, Seattle.

    Morton’s The Steakhouse
    Morton’s bar provides the perfect start to any evening with their dark wood finishes and expert bartenders who can shake up a mean one. This Valentine’s weekend they are mixing up a vibrant new cocktail to toast with your special someone! Stay for the best steak in town or head out to your next destination! Available February 11 – 14; $14.

    The Red Velvet
    2 oz Lindemans Raspberry Lambic
    4 oz Prosecco
    .5 oz Chambord
    1 each Raspberry

    In a mixing glass, stir in ingredients with two ounces of ice for five seconds. Strain into Champagne flute. Squeeze lemon peel over glass and discard peel. Garnish with fresh raspberry on a pick.

    Call for reservations. Morton’s Seattle is located at 1511 6th Avenue, Seattle; 206.223.0550. Morton’s Portland is located at 213 S.W. Clay Street, Portland; 503.248.2100. Valet parking available.

    Estancia Lucia
    Impress your date this Valentine’s weekend and cook a romantic Argentinean inspired meal with Estancia Lucia’s delicious specialty foods. Their chimichurri sauce works as the perfect marinade on meat or fish and a great accompaniment to vegetables or as a dip for bread. Start your meal with their Arauco green olives, unique to Argentina, or garnish your martini or bloody mary. Finish off your pasta or meat dish with a drizzle of their San Juan Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a flavor boost and a swirl of fresh aromatics.

    Estancia Lucia products can be purchased at DiLaurenti’s, The Spanish Table, Bert’s Red Apple, Pasta & Co., and more! Check out their website for more retail locations and preparation ideas.

    Pure Barre
    Get sweaty before your date with Pure Barre! On February 14th show your significant other what you’ve been obsessing over for months now and treat them to a FREE Pure Barre class on Valentine’s Day. Reserve your place in class by signing up online or calling the studio. Offer applies to all regularly scheduled classes held on Monday, February 14th: 6, 8:30, 9:40 a.m. and 12, 5:30 and 6:40 p.m. Don’t forget about Pure Barre Seattle’s drop-in childcare at the IPA learning center all day for $5/child. Contact Ali at IPA.

    Pure Barre is located in Bellevue across from The Bravern and in Seattle across from U Village.

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  • Pure Barre in Seattle Met Bride & Groom! 01.14.11

    Calling all brides-to-be! If this is your year to tie-the-knot you’re probably crossing things off your to-do list left and right. Well we’re here to tell you not to wait until the last minute to get in shape and end up crash dieting two weeks before your big day. Instead, check out a Pure Barre class now in Seattle or Bellevue to get in shape for good and achieve long, lean muscle that will have you standing taller and looking more confidant during all of your wedding pics… not to mention your first dance. Pure Barre owner, Sami Sweeney, knows how to work your arms, abs, thighs and seat to increase your strength and tone your body to perfection.

    Pure Barre is featured in the new issue of Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom as one of every bride’s “Ten Most Wanted” secret weapons to looking elegant and poised on her wedding day! Check out Pure Barre below under “Head Up.” Click on the images for a closer look.

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  • Pure Barre 10-Day Challenge! 01.03.11

    First off – Happy New Year!! We are excited for 2011 and a new year full of exciting partnerships and new opportunities!

    But first, let’s talk about an opportunity to get in shape and stay there. We recently took the Pure Barre 10-day challenge – 10 days in a row of Pure Barre classes, 10 days of lifting, toning and burning. We know we might sound a bit crazy but we wanted walk the talk and figured if we were asking others to do it then we should too.

    Was it hard, yes. Did we push ourselves, yes. But by the fourth day we found increased strength and flexibility that gave us the motivation and encouragement to keep going and that our time and effort was definitely worth it. By the end of 10 days we were stronger all over, had more energy and felt less stiff after a day of sitting at the computer. If you are new to the Pure Barre concept it is a 55-minute workout that combines elements of ballet, Pilates and weights set to upbeat music, making classes fly by. You work all of your muscles, including hips, thighs, butt and stomach to fatigue, through tiny isometric movements until they burn and beg you to stop. This burning is good, it means your muscles are working and changing. Of course all of that work and burn is followed up with soothing stretches for our hard worked muscles to lengthen them while they are warm and create long, lean lines.

    To the men out there… do not despair, this workout is for you too! Pure Barre and other barre based workouts have been known to whip men into prime shape and tone the muscles they may never have been able to in the weight room. There is a great article in Details magazine that we recommend checking out.

    So to kick 2011 off in proper “resolution” form we are challenging you and anyone you know who is looking for a kick butt workout, to take the Pure Barre 10-day challenge! Tell us about your experience and we’ll share your success story here! And to make it even sweeter, new students get their first month of unlimited classes for just $99!

    Pure Barre is located in Bellevue across from The Bravern and in Seattle across from U Village.

    Fan Pure Barre Seattle and Pure Barre Bellevue on Facebook and follow on Twitter!

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  • Just 2 weeks away! Lift, tone, burn in Bellevue 11.17.10



    Low impact, high results workout uses small isometric movements to tone trouble areas

    BELLEVUE – Pure Barre, a total body workout proven to target women’s trouble areas, is set to open its second location in Bellevue in early November. Pure Barre works to lift your seat, tone your thighs, abs, arms and burn fat in record-breaking time by fusing elements of ballet, Pilates and weights in a 55 minute intense session. Small isometric movements set to upbeat music make Pure Barre the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body. This fusion workout has a huge following across the United States, largely in Southern California, and is quickly gaining popularity in the Northwest.

    Sami Sweeney, owner of Pure Barre Seattle, is expanding her fitness company across the pond and introducing the workout to a brand new audience hungry to change up their boring gym routine and get in shape for good. Pure Barre Bellevue is located on the main level of The Plaza at Elements on 112th Avenue in downtown Bellevue.

    “Our Seattle clients quickly learned how impactful and effective the Pure Barre workout is and their energy and enthusiasm for the technique lead to my decision to open a second location in Bellevue,” said Sweeney. “I have seen the results first-hand from my Seattle clients and know that Eastsiders, from moms to business professionals to students, will reap the benefits of this workout!”

    Sweeney, a Pure Barre teacher of more than two years in Nashville, TN, opened Pure Barre Seattle after wanting to bring the Pure Barre Technique to her Northwest roots. After teaching Pure Barre for nearly a year, Sweeney became a master teacher trainer of the Southern Central region of the United States and opened Pure Barre Seattle in June 2010.

    Pure Barre’s workout is accessible for all ages and fitness levels because of its low impact, high results formula. From the everyday girl who is looking for a fun way to get in great shape, lose weight and tone to the health conscience workout lover who wants a new challenge to the new mom who wants to get her pre-baby body back without jarring her system. Pure Barre students will start to see results in just 10 classes.

    Pure Barre was created by dancer, choreographer and fitness guru, Carrie Rezabek in 2001 when she opened her first studio in Michigan. The workout launches a full attack on the areas of the body women struggle with: abs, hips, seat and arms. It defies gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up. Pure Barre Bellevue is located at 909 112th Ave NE, Suite 107, Bellevue, WA 98004. For class schedules, sign ups and to purchase classes call 206-935-7873 or click

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