Retailer Showcases Selection of Washington-based Makers and Artisans
BROOKLYN, N.Y.–West Elm announced today a new store in Bellevue, Washington, bringing approximately 30 jobs to the city. Located in Venn at Main, a mixed-use development on Bellevue Way at Main Street, the 14,215 square-foot location opens at 10 A.M. on Thursday, October 20. As part of West Elm’s LOCAL program, seven Washington-based makers and designers will sell their products within the store’s holiday assortment of modern furnishings and décor, and a complimentary design lab offering West Elm’s Style + Services will support customers in their journey to express their personal style at home.
“Bellevue’s appreciation for heritage, community and innovation makes this a perfect home for us,” said West Elm president Jim Brett. “We can’t wait to connect to our new community with the great service and distinct products that can create such rewarding experiences whether you’re a new or regular West Elm customer.”
West Elm Bellevue’s store design includes a cash wrap created from reclaimed pine and fir that evokes the region’s history as an agricultural center. Sourced from an old grain elevator in Clarkston, WA, the salvaged wood is carefully stitched in an arrangement that echoes the mountainous terrain of Washington state.
To celebrate the opening, West Elm partnered with Bellevue-based artist MCreativeJ to design a limited edition tote bag that will be presented to the first 300 shoppers with a $50 minimum purchase on opening day. Additional store opening activities will include a sweepstakes* offering local customers a chance to win a $2,000 gift card and an invitation to a private pre-opening celebration on Wednesday, October 19 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. A portion of the pre-opening celebration proceeds will benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation, a local nonprofit that supports organizations to provide hope, care and assistance to children and families of the Northwest.
A selection of locally made products by seven Washington-based makers and artisans will be a part of the West Elm Bellevue LOCAL assortment including:
- Bunny Bear Press LLC: Hand lettered and crisscrossed coasters from Redmond, WA.
- Constellation & Co.: Postcards and notecards designed and engraved by husband and wife team in Seattle, WA.
- Downing Pottery: Handmade mugs that celebrate the home by a clay artist in Tacoma, WA.
- Farewell Paperie: Witty letterpress cards designed by two best friends in Seattle, WA.
- Hands Workshop: Seattle-based artist who creates black and white halftone prints with state salutations.
- MCreativeJ: Quirky greeting cards handmade and printed in Bellevue, WA.
- Three Bad Seeds: Sculptural and animal wool pillows cut and assembled by hand in Fort Lewis, WA.
For up-to-date information on in-store promotions and events, customers are encouraged to “like” the West Elm Bellevue store on Facebook: www.facebook.com/westelmbellevue/ and follow the store on Instagram: @westelmbellevue. West Elm Bellevue is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The store’s address is 1 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004 and the phone number is 425.462.0154.
*Open only to residents that live within the Bellevue, WA area. Official rules of the sweepstakes can be found on the Bellevue Sweepstakes page.
About West Elm
Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY since 2002, West Elm opened its first store in DUMBO, the neighborhood it still proudly calls home. With the mission of helping customers express their personal style at home, work and away, everything West Elm does is designed to make an impact in everyday life, from creating unique, affordable designs for modern living to its commitment to Fair Trade Certified, from LOCAL and handcrafted products to community-driven in-store events and collaborations. The brand operates 95 retail stores in the United States, Australia, Canada and the UK, ships internationally to customers around the world and operates stores in Mexico, the Middle East and Philippines through unaffiliated franchisees. In addition to home furnishings retail, West Elm operates West Elm Workspace in the commercial furnishings industry. West Elm publishes the blog Front+Main and is part of an active community on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube. West Elm is a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands.