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  • Sarah Alexandra’s new pop up location at The Shops at The Bravern

    by Althea Achem | Aug 16, 2016
    "The World’s Finest Shirts for Women” are now available at Sarah Alexandra’s new pop up location at The Shops at The Bravern, open through September 30th. You can also view her collection online at www.SarahAlexandra.com.

    The ready-to-wear line is ​made with ​fine Italian cotton and highly skilled tailoring, crafted to provide every woman with a comfortable and flattering fit. Available in two styles, Signature and Weekend, Sarah Alexandra shirts dress up or dress down for a timeless elegance that transcends generations.

    President Sarah McKinney provides a little background -
    “My mother, Renee Bassetti, invented the original shirt concept in 1989. Her singular obsession was to create the finest shirt for women ever made. Initially, her designs were available exclusively as part of a bespoke experience. As word spread, her shirts rose in popularity with women of prominence the world over. Inspired by what my mother has accomplished, my goal is to extend this luxury experience to a wider audience. Sarah Alexandra will serve a new generation of women with exceptional taste who appreciate and demand extraordinary quality.”

    Sarah Alexandra’s pop up shop will also feature -
    Maria Cristofilis Parfums, a small but highly coveted collection of perfumes that includes the recently launched summer scent, Mykonos12.

    Customers will also delight in elegant, premium leather handbags from Callista Crafts, available for the first time in the United States. The company’s belief in female empowerment draws inspiration from ancient Greek culture and the beauty of nature.

    Sarah Alexandra Pop-up



  • Exciting new Cafe from Trophy Cupcakes opens today at The Bravern

    by Althea Achem | Aug 11, 2016
    Cafe Trophy Opens Today at The Bravern  
    Exciting New Concept from Trophy Cupcakes & Party

    Cafe Trophy
    700 110th Avenue Northeast, Suite 195 in The Shops at The Bravern

    Monday - Saturday: 7a.m. - 9 p.m. 
    Sundays: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
    Trophy Cupcakes & Party has a new concept in Bellevue: a grown-up bakery-cafe-champagne bar that offers sweet and savory treats from morning till night. They’ve moved from their small shop on the second floor of The Bravern and relocated into the beautiful new location in the southwest corner of the first floor.
    The cafe offers Trophy’s award-winning cupcakes, of course, as well as a gorgeous array of French-style pastries.
    The morning menu includes housemade granola and yogurt parfaits with Ellenos yogurt, as well as quiches. Lunch brings savory puff pastries and spreads with grilled flatbread, plus the quiches stick around. There are sandwiches too, like a croissant BLT, a turkey sandwich with old-school pimiento cheese, and The Frenchy, a classic ham sandwich with cornichons on a buttered baguette. Salads too: a Kale Caesar with croissant croutons, the Trophy Cobb, and owner Jennifer Shea’s favorite beet salad.
    At night, bountiful cheese and charcuterie platters are served on handmade olivewood boards and some additional small plates make an appearance. 
    The wine and beer list, curated by Marc Papineau of Bar Ferd’nand, highlights family-owned domains, leaning toward a more natural style of production with a special attention to grower/producer Champagnes. There’s even Prosecco on tap!
    There’s also a market section of the cafe, complete with an impressive wine selection as well as Jennifer’s favorite baking ingredients, grab-and-go lunch items, and a lovely selection of gourmet picnic items like chocolate, cheese, charcuterie, and olives

    For more information or large party reservations call 425.361.0033 or visit www.cafetrophy.com

    Trophy Cafe 1Trophy Cafe 2
    Photo © Jim Henkens



  • Do you have the singing chops to be Bellevue's next Rockaraoke star?

    by Althea Achem | Aug 10, 2016

    Karaoke with a Live Band

    13th Annual Rockaraoke Challenge

    August 18, 2016
    Noon - 1:30 p.m.
    Bellevue Connection

    The electronic backup music has been replaced with a real band and the cheesy video is gone, because ...You're the rock star, baby! 

    Please Email the Rockaraoke Application to Bellevue Downtown Association by Friday, August 12 if you're interested in signing up for the 2016 Rockaraoke competition!

    Here is what you could win! 2016 Rockaroake prizes

    Learn more about Rockaroke.



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  • ChowDown(town) in Ashwood Park Set for Aug. 10

    by Althea Achem | Aug 08, 2016
    Grab your picnic blanket or a comfy lawn chair and head to Ashwood Park for phenomenal food and free entertainment at ChowDown(town) food truck roundup! They will feature a feast for the senses with a dozen food trucks and a line-up of free entertainment!

    When: August 10, 4 – 8 p.m. 

    Where: Ashwood Park, 10820 NE 10th St.

    Food trucks will include: Buns, ChopStix, El Argento, Ezell's Express, Falafel Salam, Hot Revolution, Oro Food Truck, Thai-U-Up, Tokyo Dog, Street Treats, The Ultimate Melt and Veg-Wich.

    Eli Rosenblatt, a unique combination of language, movement and world music, including original salsa, swing, samba and hip-hop. 
    Panduo, Longtime Seattle steel drum duo, drawing from a repertoire of seasonal and Caribbean favorites, Calypso and Soca, along with contemporary songs and Reggae standards.

    Sponsored by the King County Library System, Bellevue Parks & Community Services and Bellevue.com, the all-ages event has free admission. Food prices range from $2-17. Free parking is available at the Bellevue Library.

    For more information visit the City of Bellevue website


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  • Your guide to Arts Fair Weekend in Downtown Bellevue

    by Paige Anderson | Jul 22, 2016

    Three renowned art fairs will take over the heart of Downtown Bellevue the last weekend of July, the 29th-31st: The Bellevue Downtown Association’s 6th Street Fair, the Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair, and the Bellevue Festival of the Arts. Artists have traveled from across the nation to showcase their original creations. All the fairs are sure to be feasts for the eyes!

    When and where:

    The BAM ARTSfair Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    The 6th Street Fair Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Cost Plus World Market parking lot (10300 Northeast Eighth St.)
    Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    What’s happening?

    The 6th Street Fair has over 100 artists coming to showcase their wares. The eclectic collection will include sculpture, jewelry, home décor, wood and glass work, fabrics, basket and beadwork, paintings, pottery, and more!

    The whole family is welcome to come and enjoy the weather and the creative atmosphere. Hands-on activities for kids will be available, as well as a variety of food offerings to satisfy your cravings.

    All three days of the fair live bands will be playing, making this event a sensation of sight, sound, and taste!

    How to get there:

    With the warm weather and so much activity, fair-goers may want to consider taking transit rather than driving. All fairs are located very close to the Bellevue Transit Center. Below are some tips to catching a ride on the bus:

    • Carry your exact bus fare in cash or your ORCA card loaded with either a pass or e-purse. Bus drivers do not have change. You may pay your fare, and the fare for others traveling with you, using any combination of paper, coin currency, and/or transit pass equal to or of greater value than the required fare. For fare information along your route and desired travel time follow this link: http://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/fares-orca.aspx
    • Free fares for children: Up to four children ages five and under always ride free with a paying adult on Sound Transit and King County Metro buses.
    • All buses are wheelchair accessible, but make sure your stop is accessible too.
    • Plan your return trip: Plan ahead by locating the bay where you will wait to catch a bus back to the park and ride, as well as determining when the last bus leaves to get you there. Schedules will be posted at each bay to assist you.

    Suggested Park and Ride Options for Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31:

    The information below is specific to Saturday/Sunday operations. If you plan to utilize a park & ride lot on Friday you can expect more frequent service, an increased fare and fewer available parking spaces due to heavy commuter use. All suggested routes serve the Bellevue Transit Center for incoming and outgoing trips. For specific bus schedules and more detailed information, please visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov and enter your preferred route number in the “Get a Timetable” box in the upper right corner. For Sound Transit routes (535, 550 and 560) visit soundtransit.org.

    Park and Ride

    Most Direct Route

    Departure Information

    Return pick-up at the Bellevue Transit Center

    Additional route options

    South Bellevue
    2700 Bellevue Way SE

    Sound Transit 550

    Bay 1, departs every 15 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays

    Bay 9

    ST 555*
    ST 556*
    ST 560


    14200 SE Eastgate Way

    Metro 271

    Bay 1, departs every 30 minutes on Saturdays and every hour on Sundays

    Bay 5

    ST 555*
    ST 556*


    Mercer Island
    8000 N. Mercer Way

    Sound Transit 550

    Departs every 15 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays

    Bay 1



    South Kirkland
    10610 NE 38th Place

    Metro 234or 235



    Bay A, departs every15 minutes on weekdays, every 30 minutes on Saturdays and every hour on Sundays

    Bay 10




    OverlakeParkand Ride
    2650 152nd Avenue NE & Overlake Transit Center
    15590 NE 36th Place


    Bay 7, every 15 minutes during peak travel times

    Bay 3



    13001 116th Way NE




    Sound Transit 535**

    I-405 Totem Lake Southbound Freeway Station, departs every hour on Saturday


    *Weekday service only
    **No Sunday service


    Bike routes will change depending on where you are coming from. Please check this bike route map for routes in the Bellevue area or get in touch with us to plan a bike plan for you, email info@CYWB.org. Bike racks are available throughout downtown Bellevue, check out our Bike Rack Map to find one near Bellevue Arts Fair Weekend venues.


    Those choosing to drive to the fair will have some construction projects to contend with; including the closure of 110th Ave NE (read about it here). Remember that the NE 6th direct access ramp is for vehicles with two or more occupants on weekends, therefore if single drivers exit at NE 6th they'll need to turn south on 112th Ave NE and then head west on NE 4th or turn north on 110th or 112th Ave NE and then head west on NE 8th to access the freeway.

    We’ll see you at the fair!


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