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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



  • 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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