Cole Gallery damaged by water pipe break; only one painting damaged

The people at the Cole Gallery are breathing a sigh of relief, as a water leak caused thousands of dollars of damage but spared almost all of the artwork.

Owner Denise Cole discovered the damage when she arrived at the gallery, located on 5th between Main and Dayton, around 10 a.m. Saturday. A pipe had broken in an apartment above the two-story gallery, sending a large amount of water into the business’ two floors below. She called staff and friends into help clean up the mess, and she was fortunate that one of her employees, Mara Vostral, was trained in dealing with museum floods.

Cole says in a statement that only one original work of art was damaged by the water. The rest of the damage was to the carpets, art supplies and other materials in the gallery.

The business will be closed for at least a few days. Of course, when Cole Gallery reopens, there will be a Flood Sale!

For more information and to see when Cole Gallery will be back open, you can call 425-697-2787 or e-mail them at

Images courtesy of Shannon Black at Cole Gallery & Artists Supplies

Longwell Company purchases bank owned Avalon Apartments

We just spoke with Stanley Xu, president of Longwell Company, who confirmed that the Bellevue company has purchased the partially-constructed Avalon Apartments.

According to Xu, they paid $4 million cash and closed the deal on June 8.

Construction on the previously bank-owned property is about half-way complete. Xu says the project should be finished in 6 months.

It has been renamed CT House Apartment.

Photos courtesy Longwell Company.

Skate Shop to open in Mukilteo

Mukilteo is home to many skateboarders and now it's home to Trav's Skate Shop.

Owner Travis Clark says his shop was born out of need.

Skaters flock into town to ride in the Mukilteo Family YMCA Skate park - also known as "The Muk" - but riders had previously had to venture into Lynnwood to buy decks, wheels, and bearings.

The Grand Opening is set for June 19th. Trav's Skate Shop is located at 4704 Pointes Dr. #106.

Getting to know Bellevue

I’m on a quest to get to know my new city. I want to know ‘who’ this city is outside of its reputation. So, I’m getting out around town to places, events, meetings, activities and anywhere I’m invited to meet the people of Bellevue.

Last night, I attended a networking event for women business owners. It’s a monthly gathering called Awesome Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) founded by Deborah Jones with Isagenix, International. We were allowed to bring our business promotional items to set up and we were each given 3 minutes to share our businesses with those who attended.  

We met at Pearl Bar & Dining Restaurant in Lincoln Square. Great atmosphere, great food and great conversation. I loved it! This AWE meeting wasn’t all about business. The dinner table allowed us to converse in small groups to talk about any and everything women talk about when we get together… including men!