After a long two-year hiatus, the Old Main Street Merchants Association (OMSMA), in partnership with Seattle Uncorked, is bringing back the Old Bellevue Wine Walk on Thursday, September 15, starting at 5:00 p.m. This year, they're featuring 15 local wineries held inside Downtown's most beloved businesses. Randi Brazen, owner of 520 Bar & Grill and member of the OMSMA, said the event began in 2016 after seeing the success of Kirkland Wine Walks.
"Kirkland Wine Walks taught us how important it was to bring the community and merchants together," Brazen said. "It's a great way to gather people out into the streets where they can sip and stroll with friends and neighbors."
OMSMA has previously hosted two wine walks before coming to a complete halt in 2019 due to the pandemic. As we know, many small businesses in the area suffered significant losses during COVID-19 and still, to this day, are trying to bounce back. David LeClaire, a sommelier at Seattle Uncorked, said the Old Bellevue Wine Walk is a wonderful way to support the many local brick-and-mortar stores lined up on Main Street.
"Events like these break that invisible barrier between a potential customer and the business," LeClaire said. "The Old Bellevue Wine Walk is an opportunity for the community to build relationships with local merchants while enjoying a drink. Hopefully, those attending the Wine Walk will see something they like in a shop and return soon."
The event is now sold out! All proceeds raised during the Old Bellevue Wine Walk will help pay for light strings hung along Main Street during the holidays.
"The Old Main Street Merchants Association started because we knew we'd have a more powerful voice if we all worked together," Brazen said. "Events and activations like the Old Bellevue Wine Walk and hanging up holiday lights are ways we're able to make Main Street a vibrant place for those who visit."