Bellevue Downtown Blog

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  • One year since pledging to be greener

    by Geri Massengale | Mar 24, 2016


    Do what’s best for your business and the environment! March 24 marks the day the Bellevue Downtown Association took the Refresh Recycling Pledge. We acted on our pledge by:

    1. Reviewing what we currently collect
    2. Educating our employees about everything they can recycle in our office with signage, reminders and training
    3. Checking recycling containers inside and outside the building
    4. Determining whether we needed to purchase recycled-content products where possible
    5. Checking with custodial staff to confirm the recycling collection plan
    6. Collecting and recycling food waste, batteries and compact fluorescent lights

    It’s simple and we worked with a great team! Join us in Refreshing Your Recycling.  The City-sponsored Refresh Recycling Program provides no-cost, on-site assistance to help you maximize your resource conservation efforts.  You can see a list of participating businesses, including the BDA, here.

    Maybe you just want to boost your in-office recycling by adding signage, or having a speaker at your staff meeting.  Or perhaps you want to add food waste collection in your lunch room as a way to minimize the garbage your business generates.  You might not know what to do with fluorescent twirly bulbs or batteries.  The City of Bellevue’s Resource Conservation staff is available to help.  They can provide signs and stickers, help you find recycling outlets for tricky items, and often they can provide a few containers to help you along your way. 

    And remember, the more you recycle, the less you fill your garbage dumpster, and the lower your garbage costs remain.

    To arrange a free, on-site assessment, contact Refresh Recycling at 425-452-6932, or recycle@bellevuewa.gov

    And if you think you are already doing a great job, why not get some well-deserved recognition.  Check out the Refresh Recycling Pledge requirements here, fill out the application and begin letting the world know about your hard work. 




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  • Celebrate the 20th Annual Active Senior Fair this Saturday

    by Geri Massengale | Mar 10, 2016

    BDA Members Áegis of Bellevue and Overlake Medical Center will be hosting the 20th Annual Active Senior Fair, a daylong event featuring entertainment, mini-health seminars and workshops. The fair will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Westminster Chapel of Bellevue (13646 NE 24th Street, Bellevue | click for map).

    The free event is open to all seniors who are encouraged to take advantage of a variety of free health screenings. Entertainment, soup and sandwich buffet (offered for purchase) and Eastside businesses and organizations are also highlights of the fair. The entire day is geared to the active senior.

    Learn more about the fair the schedule of events and entertainment. 


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  • Sip & Shop this weekend at Bellevue Square!

    by Geri Massengale | Mar 10, 2016

    Sip & Shop

    It's Washington Wine Month after all and Oil & Vinegar at Bellevue Square and Woodinville Wine Country are teaming up to bring you a fun and interactive shopping and sipping event this Sunday, March 13, from 3 - 6 p.m. Meet-and-greet with local winemakers at some of your favorite stores at Bellevue Square and enjoy in-store events like mini fashion shows, talks with special guests and cooking demos. 

    Here's how it works: Visit the stores (listed below) and you'll be greeted with a celebratory wine pour upon entrance. Tickets are on sale for $25 via Brown Paper Tickets or $30 at the Oil & Vinegar store in Bellevue Square the day of the event. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Hopelink Bellevue.

    Participating Stores:  Ben Bridge Jeweler, Bose, Chico’s, Coach, Diane Von Furstenberg, Eileen Fisher, Escape Outdoors, Fabri Fine Jewelry, Habitant at Nordstrom, Lululemon Athletica, Oil & Vinegar, Optical Illusions, Robert Graham, SkinSpirit Skincare Clinic and Spa, Soft Surroundings, Soma, Tesla Motors, The Body Shop, Tommy Bahama and Williams-Sonoma. 

    Participating Wineries:  Armstrong Winery, Covington Cellars, J. Bookwalter Wines, Lauren Ashton Cellars, Patterson Cellars and Pondera Winery.

    Bellevue Square is located at 575 Bellevue Way NE.


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  • Cheers to Washington Wine Month!

    by Geri Massengale | Mar 01, 2016

    Purple Cafe and Wine Bar

    If you didn’t know, or ​was anticipating it like we were, March is Washington Wine Month. It’s the annual celebration of Washington State’s award-winning wine industry. Every year, restaurants and wineries pull out all the stops— and corks— to revel in the wonderful wine offerings the state has to offer.

    In Downtown Bellevue, Purple Café and Wine Bar houses one of the largest selection of wines including 20 Washington wines by the glass and 123 by the bottle. To celebrate, Purple will be offering special Washington wine flights all throughout March and anyone who purchases a wine flight will be entered to win a pair of tickets to Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event happening March 31 – April 3. 

    In addition to its impressive wine collection, Purple also offers a contemporary menu featuring Pacific Northwest ingredients and with most items listed with a suggested wine pairing. Visit Purple Café and Wine Bar Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m. or Sunday noon to 9 p.m.

    Where do you like to go to enjoy wine? If you need help deciding check out our Downtown Bellevue restaurant listing.


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  • Getting-to-know the BDA Team Member of the Week

    by Paige Anderson | Jan 28, 2016

    With an organization like the Bellevue Downtown Association that is so heavily involved in the community, it can be a daunting task keeping track of the different events, sponsorships and the overall bills. Not to mention managing the budget throughout the year. While numbers can be intimidating to some, Cookie Schlocker revels in keeping numbers in check and balanced. Take a few minutes to learn a little bit about her.

    1.  What do you do for the BDA?Cookie

    I am the bookkeeper/accountant for the BDA.

    2. What is your philosophy towards your work?

    I love what I do and it is a bonus to work with such great people.

    3.  What is your ideal comfort food?

    Macaroni and cheese

    4.  If you could live in any other country where would you go?


    5.  What is your favorite thing about your career?

    The perfection of everything being in balance.

    6.  What movie or novel character do you most identify with?

    "Must Love Dogs"Cookie2

    7. Have you sung karaoke? What’s “your” song, why?

    I sang karaoke once - disaster because I chose the wrong song. I would choose “Here, there and everywhere," if I were to do it again.

    8.       If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you bring and why?

    My two dogs and coffee. Dogs would keep me company and would be a calming effect.  And coffee because I can't imagine a day without it.

    9.  Which is the best vacation you’ve ever had?

    Trip to Europe with my family.

    10. How do you want to be remembered?

    As a kind, caring, smart and funny woman.

    11. If you were to tell someone “Thank You” for helping you become the person you are today, who would it be?

    My mother

    12. What do your hope for the BDA?

    Continued success with the great events and the impact they have and may continue to have on the city of Bellevue.