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  • Couldn't attend the 43rd Annual Celebration? Check out the recap!

    by Events Intern | Feb 08, 2017

    The Bellevue Downtown Association’s 43rd Annual Celebration took place Thursday, February 2nd at Meydenbauer Center. Over 400 guests gathered and celebrated Downtown’s thriving business, civic and residential environment. Downtown Bellevue continues to expand its stronghold with projects like the Lincoln Square expansion adding 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use development downtown. The city also keeps adding new clientele with the addition of REI, Amazon and even light rail coming to town. BDA membership is more diverse, dynamic and dedicated to growing up, growing out and growing within. The BDA embraces a regional view – including Downtown’s vital role in relationship with our neighboring cities. Bellevue’s best days are still ahead of us. Keynote speaker Amy Lynch engaged the audience in a lively discussion about generational intelligence and what it means to be a generational intelligent city.

    The BDA recognized two recent extraordinary achievements in Downtown Bellevue. Our Place Making Award recipients shape the quality and character of our city and further define the Downtown experience for this generation and many to come. They help to tell our story as a community. 

    Boys & Girls Clubs of BellevueBoys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue recently opened its completely rebuilt 27,000 square foot Main Clubhouse, featuring a wide-open, brightly lit space with a new gym, amazing game room, tech lab, education center, and preschool – all to better engage, serve and inspire kids of all ages for decades to come. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue have served the Downtown community in this present location since the 1940s. Located right across 100th Ave NE from the Downtown Park, the new Jim and Sally A. Nordstrom Main Clubhouse is one of three recent expansions in Bellevue, including the new Fieldhouse in Hidden Valley Sports Park and a new teen campus in Lake Hills.

    KidsQuest Children's Museum KidsQuest Children’s Museum has delighted the young and young at heart for many years. Their former home at Factoria Mall was a prime destination for families who yearned for a creative place to engage their kids. And more kids, and more kids, and soon the search was on a larger space in the heart of the city. A wise person once said a great downtown must have a great children’s museum. Well we do now. KidsQuest found their new home by revitalizing the building that once housed the beloved Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, on the corner of 108th & NE 12th, near the Bellevue Library. KidsQuest invites and encourages interaction and communication, important to acceptance, self-esteem, healthy brains and a greater understanding of themselves and a broader view of the world around them. Or – if that’s too much – it’s simply a great place to hang out and burn off some energy.

    The Bellevue Downtown Association is grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

    Presenting Sponsors:

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP & Group Health

    Corporate Sponsors:

    The Bellevue Collection, The Boeing Company, Clark Nuber PS, Microsoft, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle Children’s, The Spring District, Sweeney Conrad, P.S., T-Mobile

    Supporting Sponsors:

    Bank of America, Baylis Architects, DCI Engineers, GLY Construction, Overlake Medical Center, Parker, Smith & Feek, Sterling Realty Organization

    Newspaper Sponsor:

    Bellevue Reporter

    Event Production Sponsor:

    RyanWenzel Events

    To view more pictures from the 43rd Annual Celebration, please visit out Facebook page!


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  • Join us at the Bellevue Downtown Association's 43rd Annual Celebration!

    by Events Intern | Feb 01, 2017

    The BDA invites you to celebrate the growth and evolution of a great place. The event will be highlighted by a keynote presentation from Generations Expert and Author Amy Lynch.

    About the Speaker
    Entrepreneur and author Amy Lynch has built businesses, managed them and sold them. Along the way, she has managed - and been managed by - four very different generations. She brings that hard-won experience along with been-there Boomer humor to her keynotes, teaching audiences to Lead, Market and Innovate with Generational Intelligence. 

    Amy has spoken to 100s of groups from MTV and Reynolds to Boeing, Cisco and the staff of the U.S. Senate. She has been quoted in The Washington PostUSA TodayBoston GlobeHuffington PostEntrepreneur magazine, and NBC Evening News, among others.

    Thursday, February 2, 2017
    5:30 p.m. - Social hour
    6:45 p.m. - Dinner and program

    Meydenbauer Center
    11100 Northeast Sixth Street 
    Bellevue, WA 98004 

    Register today!


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  • Santa Claus is coming to town! Where to get photos taken with Santa

    by Althea Achem | Dec 08, 2016
    Christmas is 18 days away and while his elves are hard at work, Santa is taking a break to visit the children in Downtown Bellevue.

    Take an 'Elfie' with Santa at The Shopes at The Bravern, December 14 – 24. From noon until 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, Santa will be hanging out near the concierge area in Microsoft Tower Two. The week before Christmas he will be extending his visit to all week long!
    You can also bring your furry friends to The Shops at The Bravern on Sunday, December 11th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for Pawsome Pet Photos with SantaOur pets are family too, so it's only fitting they get a chance to take pictures with Santa as well! 
    Every day from now until Christmas, you can visit Santa's Workshop at Bellevue Square. Hours range from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.. Check ​HERE for hours.
    Visit Santa at Nordstroms' Santa Lane at Bellevue Square. He has taken special considerations to make sure every child can feel special this Christmas. You can call to find out the hours for their Diversity Days (featuring an African-American Santa, Asian-American Santa and a Santa that knows American Sign Language). He can also meet in a separate room for large groups or children with special needs. Call or visit their website for more information.

    After visiting Santa, get a taste of the North Pole by visiting the Magic Season Ice Arena in Ashwood Park, next to Bellevue Library or frolic in the nightly snow fall at 7 p.m. at  Snowflake Lane on Bellevue Way. Enjoy music, characters, and glittering lights while making unforgettable memories. 
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  • Skate your way into alternative modes at the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

    by Althea Achem | Dec 06, 2016

    No matter the weather, King County Metro wants to reward you for using an alternative mode for your commute or even personal trips. An alternative mode is anything that isn’t driving alone in your car, not just taking the bus! That means biking, walking, carpooling, vanpooling, and even working from home count as alternative modes.

    To get rewarded, simply join King County Metro’s new program Just One Trip. It’s a free program hosted online; all you need to do to sign up is take the enrollment survey and create a profile in the Community In Motion online network. Use the calendar in your profile to log the alternative trips you take and earn rewards and an emergency ride home credit for taxi, Uber or Lyft.

    If you’d like to learn more about the program and how you can commit to green travel, check out the Just One Trip website or stop by to meet the Just One Trip team and win prizes and get your photo snapped at a photo booth at the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena Tuesday, December 5 from 4-7pm and Monday, December 19 from 10am-1pm.

    By committing to alternative modes, you could win free tickets to the Magic Season Ice Arena! Skate over to King County Metro Transit’s Facebook page for details on how to win. Tickets available only while supplies last.



  • Winter issue of Bellevue Downtown magazine is out!

    by Althea Achem | Dec 01, 2016
    Click on the Full Screen icon in the lower right hand corner to view the magazine. Enjoy!