Panera Bread
Panera Bread, which on the east coast in some areas is as familiar a meeting place as Starbucks is to Seattle, has now added a location in Downtown Bellevue at Bellevue North shopping complex. The restaurant, which opened almost three weeks ago, is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They open at 6am and don’t close until 9pm. With the long hours, and free wi fi, it makes for a great meeting spot.

Vera Bradley
This handbag and luggage specialty shop was built on the idea of it’s founders that there wasn’t enough “feminine-looking luggage.” The store, when it opens, will occupy a spot in Bellevue Square on the second level where Mora Iced Creamery was previously located.