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  • Downtown Bellevue's most long-lived citizens honored by Mayor

    by Althea Achem | Aug 25, 2016

    To mark National Senior Citizens Day this past Sunday, August 21, Mayor John Stokes and Councilmember Lynne Robinson honored the remarkable residents of Bellevue’s The Bellettini, an independent and assisted living community located right here in DTB.

    The elected officials presented a proclamation and recognized the leadership and community spirit of Bellevue’s most long-lived citizens.

    The Bellettini’s residents range in age from 62 to 97 and continue to inspire and make valued contributions to the community. Three exceptional examples are Rocky Ursino, Mike Flynn and Joan Snelson.

    Ursino, 86, a retired optician and himself an amputee, has been visiting with elderly amputees at the VA Puget Sound hospital in Seattle for over three years.

    Flynn, 76, was the publisher of the Puget Sound Business Journal for 24 years and hasn’t slowed down much since he retired. Last year, he took second place in the 100-meter dash at the World Senior Games in Huntsman, Utah.

    Snelson, 85, is an active volunteer for Congregations for the Homeless where she makes a positive impact, helping homeless Eastside men make the transition from life on the street to stable, independent living.

    These are but a few examples of The Bellettini’s residents who continue to lead important, active lives. Through partnerships with cultural centers, schools and senior advocacy groups, The Bellettini makes it easy for residents to contribute to and be part of the greater community.

    “We have a philosophy of inspired aging which means our residents are every bit as engaged socially, physically and mentally today as they have been throughout their lives,” said The Bellettini’s General Manager Kate Harrison. “We so appreciate that Mayor Stokes and Councilmember Robinson are shining the spotlight on the accomplishments of this generation.”

    National Senior Citizens Day was established in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan as a day to support, honor and show appreciation to the country’s seniors and recognize their many contributions to the community.

    For more information on The Bellettini, please visit thebellettini.com.

    Senior Citizens Day
    Councilmember Lynne Robinson; The Bellettini Reisdent Council Chair, Zoe Thompson; Mayor John Stokes; The Bellettini Resident, Joan Snelson. Photo courtesy of The Bellettini


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  • Visit Bellevue Washington requests your participation - survey for residents and visitors

    by Althea Achem | Aug 19, 2016
    Visit Bellevue Washington is conducting research of recent visitors to better understand the destination experience and how they can better serve your needs, wants and desires.

    They are also interested in the same information from a resident's perspective, so if you live here please tell ​them what you think! You can also help by sharing the Survey Link with your friends and family ​that have visited from out of town over the past few years. 

    Visit Bellevue Washington estimates the survey will take about 15 minutes – and you can earn a chance to win a GoPro HERO4 Camera by entering your email at the end of the survey!

    Survey Link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/VisitBellevue

    Learn more about Visit Bellevue Washington HERE


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  • Old Bellevue's Taste of Main set for this Saturday, August 20!

    by Althea Achem | Aug 18, 2016

    Old Bellevue’s Taste of Main 2016 celebrates their 8th year!

    When: Saturday, August 20th from Noon - 5 p.m.

    Where: Between 100th and Bellevue Way on Main Street.

    What is ​Old Bellevue's Taste of Main?
    The annual Taste of Main is a one day event on Bellevue’s celebrated historic Main Street to benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue. 

    Old Bellevue's restaurants and shops will offer attendees special sales, wine tastings, gourmet snacks and services. Massages, pedicures, makeovers, live performances and a silent auction will round out the day. If you are a wine enthusiast please visit their wine sales tent and take home your favorite bottle - or case- of wine!  

    Purchase your Passport: Taste of Main Passports range $15 - $45  

    Passport – $45
    Enjoy up to 10 wine tastings, food samples, special sales and services from all participating Taste of Main businesses.  Includes a custom Taste of Main wine glass.
    Wine Passport – $25
    Includes up to 10 wine tastes from participating Taste of Main businesses.
    Food Passport – $25
    Child Passport (14 & under) – $15

    Click HERE for more information and a full list of participating businesses. We look forward to seeing you on Main Street!



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  • The City of Bellevue requests your input - online open house for Grand Connection visioning

    by Althea Achem | Aug 17, 2016
    To get your input regarding the vision for a "Grand Connection" across downtown, the City of Bellevue has launched an online open house.

    What is The Grand Connection?
    The Grand Connection will be a pedestrian-oriented corridor stretching from the waterfront at Meydenbauer Bay Park to the Eastside Rail Corridor in Wilburton. It will connect communities and places such as Old Bellevue, Downtown Park, the grand shopping street of Bellevue Way, the Pedestrian Corridor and the Transit Center.

    The Visioning Process
    The city began the visioning process in the spring. Top Bellevue architects, planners and artists sketched ideas at a design charrette at the Bellevue Arts Museum in April.

    Online Open House
    The online open house provides an opportunity to give feedback and insights, and to ask questions about the visions, concepts and ideas generated so far.

    The City of Bellevue invites you to preview the work in progress and to use their online comment form to submit your questions and thoughts. You can learn more bout the visionary Grand Connection project at BellevueGrandConnection.com.




  • 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