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  • 6th Street Fair Recap

    by Jackie DeWald | Jul 29, 2015

    This weekend thousands gathered in Downtown Bellevue to admire and purchase some of the finest hand-crafted jewelry, home décor, paintings, photography, and the list goes on! Fair-goers flocked to one of the nation’s largest art fairs featuring the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, the Bellevue ARTSfair and the Bellevue Downtown Association’s 6th Street Fair.

    Three booths were chosen at this year’s Best in Show, Best Newbie, and Best Booth. The winners were presented with certificates to show our appreciation for all the hard work they put forth.

    It was a successful weekend filled with good food, live music and amazing artists who deserved the chance to showcase their talents. We’re so glad that many of you could come down and support this amazing community event! For those of you who couldn’t, here are some photos of our time at the 6th Street Fair, hope to see you next year!

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    Best Newbie: Forgotten Times Maps
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    Best in Show: Carla Wright Gallery
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    Best Booth: metalworksART
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    Terrariums from New Country Bonsai Garden
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    Sculptures from Steel Coyote
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    Pendants from Living Stones
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    Delicious treats from Mr. Fudge 
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    Laura Mayer manning her station at Art Garden Pottery
    6th Street FairSierra Nevada Soap Company

    We would like to give a special thank you to all of our sponsors for this year’s 6th Street Fair: GEICO, Bath Fitter, BECU, Bella 3D Maps, In The Loop, System Pavers, Virginia Mason, Voya, Skanska, Alley 111, and Bonterra.

    For more photos from 6th Street Fair please visit our Facebook here.


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  • Bellevue Brewing Company & 102.5 KZOK to Launch "KZOK CLASSIC ROCK AMBER"

    by Jackie DeWald | Jul 29, 2015
    August is going to be an exciting month for Bellevue Brewing Company, they've been working extremely hard on a new collaboration with iconic Seattle-based broadcaster 102.5 FM KZOK, and they're ready to show you what they were able to muster up.
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    KZOK 102.5 today announced the launch of the first of several new KZOK-themed craft beers from Bellevue Brewing Company. KZOK CLASSIC ROCK AMBER is a deliciously complex, hop-forward amber ale, locally sourced and available in bottles at quality grocers and local bottle shops beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Fans can get the first taste of the specialty beer and also purchase bottles at the KZOK CLASSIC ROCK AMBER LAUNCH PARTY at the Taproom at Bellevue Brewing Company, 1820 130th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6. Danny Bonaduce and Sarah, along with Gibbons, Paul, and Tori from the KZOK Morning Show will all be on hand to celebrate the launch.
    A portion of the proceeds generated from the sale of all beers flowing from this program will be directed to an ever-changing roster of charitable beneficiaries, starting with Northwest Harvest as they work to end childhood hunger in Washington. Additionally, Bellevue Brewing Company’s distributor, Columbia Distributing, will participate in the charitable efforts, with a portion of proceeds to benefit Ronald McDonald House.
    Throughout the year, new varieties of beer will be available at retailers and local pubs and eateries throughout the Bellevue Brewing Company’s distribution network, providing an opportunity for more craft beer and classic rock enthusiasts to join the fun!
    KZOK-FM is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market broadcast media operators in the United States and the undisputed leader in news and sports radio. Producing original audio and video content, live events and exclusive programming broadcast via on-air, online and mobile platforms, CBS RADIO reaches more than 70 million consumers nationwide each week. As a part of CBS Corporation, the division owns and operates 117 radio stations in 26 markets – including the top 10 as ranked by Nielsen Audio – as well as an extensive array of digital assets. CBS RADIO distributes its programming via AM, FM and HD Radio stations, and CBS Local Digital Media apps, making engaging with audiences easier than ever before. For more information, please visit


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  • IPA week is coming to Tap House Grill!

    by Jackie DeWald | Jul 22, 2015

     IPA WeekWe're proud to announce that BDA member Tap House Grill has something exciting planned and will be kicking off their IPA week here in Bellevue! Hope to see you all there with a nice cold beer in hand!

    From August 13th through 23rd, Tap House Grill in Bellevue and Seattle, will be celebrating IPA Week with the introduction of forty new IPA’s, **India Pale Ale’s, from around the world.

    Over the past six years, IPA Week has grown into the biggest event of the year for Tap House Grill, serving over 10,000 pints or 100 kegs of Indian Pale Ale during the ten-day promotion.

    Many of Tap House Grill’s brewing partners will offer hand crafted special releases or limited releases solely for Tap House Grill’s IPA Week. In addition, Tap House will feature some “one time only” beers that will be tapped on certain days of the promotion. These IPA’s are “limited releases” which will only be featured for this event. Due to the frequent tapping of the limited releases, Tap House Grill will keep guests updated with daily announcements and IPA special updates on Twitter and Facebook; and House Grill.

    For the seventh year, a percentage of Tap House Grill’s IPA Week sales will be donated to Farestart in Seattle.



  • 6th Street Fair this weekend!

    by Jackie DeWald | Jul 21, 2015

    This weekend the streets of Downtown Bellevue will be filled with friends and families alike looking to experience and maybe even take home a little bit of the mind of an artist. Over 300,000 fair-goers are expected to gather in the streets of Downtown for one of the nation’s largest art fairs featuring the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, the Bellevue ARTSfair and finally the 6th Street Fair, presented by The Bellevue Downtown Association.     

    The three-day event starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 24th and runs through 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 26. Over 120 fair vendors and 111 jury-selected artists from all over the country will be set up on NE 6TH Street and 106th Avenue NE, ready to exhibit everything from hand-crafted jewelry to gardening and home décor, and don’t forget the live music that will be playing throughout the duration of the fair! We’ll even have a contest where three artists will win in the categories of Best Newbie, Best Booth, and Best in Show. They will be awarded a prime location placement at next year’s fair! There will be something for everyone who comes out to support the 6th Street Fair.

    For those of you who are looking to add a little bit of flare to your bathroom essentials, we would suggest heading down to the Sierra Nevada Soap Co. One of ​our personal favorites, where we've managed to stock up on soap every chance we get—we suggest the eucalyptus bar. But whether you’re looking for a scent that will not only leave you feeling clean but also relaxed— with lavender vanilla bean, or feeling a little bit more adventurous, go and take a chance (well worth it) with the pale ale bar, you’re sure to find a fragrance for everyone in the family.

    To the fair-goer who is looking to find a way to brighten up their home we haven’t left you out either. We have multiple artists who have brought some of their best work, including Elena Balekha who simply paints to bring joy and beauty into people’s lives. With her beautiful use of watercolors and oil paints it’s hard not to feel pure delight when you look at her work.

    These are only two of our amazing artists who will be showcasing what they’ve made at the fair so make sure to check out all of them on our website!

    With all the shopping and admiration of the arts going on you’ll need to find time to refuel, relax and grab a quick bite to eat, so there will be multiple food vendors to accommodate. From BBQ to Asian infused we at the BDA have laid out a nice variety for you fair-goers!

    It’s going to be an exciting weekend filled with live music, arts and good food! We hope to see you all there! For more information about the 6th Street Fair and our featured artists, please visit our website here.

    The 6th Street Fair is produced by the Bellevue Downtown Association, a non-profit, membership organization charged with leading the evolution of Downtown Bellevue as the economic and cultural heart of the Eastside. The 2015 6th Street Fair sponsors are the City of Bellevue, SRO, Bellevue Connection Madison Marquette, Bellevue Reporter, KBCS 91.3 FM, Virginia Mason,Bonterra, GEICO, BECU, Bathfitter, Voya, In The Loop, GA Creative, System Pavers, Alley III and Bella 3D Wood Maps.


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  • They Passed a Transportation Revenue Package-- but what's in it?

    by Ariel Taylor | Jul 16, 2015

    Green Bike StoplightYou probably heard the buzz surrounding the many special sessions in Olympia and the debate behind the need for more revenue to invest in long-term transportation infrastructure around the state. Last week, the Legislature finally passed the highly anticipated Revenue Package to fund critical improvements to our state’s transportation network. After years of debate, the $16 billion, 16-year state wide plan includes an 11.5 cent gas tax increase to pay for a range of improvements to our roadways, regional transit systems and congestion relief efforts.

    So what’s in this package? What will your 11.5 extra cents at the pump buy you? The majority of the package has an emphasis on relieving congestion on our roadways. This also includes pedestrian and bike safety projects and provides taxing authority to expand light rail and regional bus services to other parts of the Eastside though Sound Transit, better connecting our communities.

    Regional access is vital to a thriving economic center, and as the heartbeat of the Eastside, Downtown Bellevue has a lot at stake with these multimodal improvements. As a result, the BDA has been watching this process closely. Below you will find the projects and programs in the package as they relate to the connectivity between Downtown Bellevue and the greater region.

    Improvements to Interstate 405:

    • I-405 expansion from Renton to Bellevue.
      • ~The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will be expanding the I-405 Corridor between Renton and Bellevue, creating new lanes to increase traffic flow.
    • Construction of a NE 132nd Interchange at Totem Lake
      • ~The creation of a new ramp on I-405 in Totem Lake will elevate some of the “bottle-neck” feeling you get at Evergreen Hospital and the NE 124th interchange.

     Finishing State Route 520:

    • Completing the 520 bridge project
      • ~The package includes final funding allocation for the west end of the 520 bridge, finishing the connection to Seattle through the Mountlake neighborhood.
    • Improving the SR 520/124th Street Interchange (at Northup Way)
      • ~Provide additional funding to construct off ramps that will provide full-range accessibility. Interchange improvements will also include auxiliary lanes between 124th Ave NE and the 148th Ave NE
    • Construction of a SR 520/NE148th Overlake Access Ramp
      • ~Improves the eastbound off-ramps and increases safety by constructing a grade separated ramp to access the Overlake area east of 148th Avenue NE.

    Pedestrian and Bike Safety Improvements and Projects:

    • There are a number of pedestrian and bike safety improvement measures within the State’s package. Most of the projects include building new infrastructure for bikes and better walkways for foot-travelers—encouraging people to get out of their cars and be active. The region will see these improvements in the following areas by:
      • ~Expanding the Cross Kirkland Corridor
      • ~Extending the Mountains to Sound Greenway to Eastgate
      • ~Expand King County Metro’s Bike Share program to more Eastside cities (Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Kirkland)

    All of these improvements will relieve some of our stressed roadways and help alleviate unpredictable commute times. By providing key infrastructure improvements, commuters and visitors alike will be able to access downtown more easily than ever before. If you have any questions about the transportation package or the projects themselves, please contact our BDA Policy Specialist, Ariel Taylor.


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