Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty broker and Downtown Bellevue resident Taylor Brazen is gving back to the community she grew up in. Taylor has recently become the youngest member of Old Bellevue Merchants Association (OBMA) and in addition to being on the Board of Directors. In the last election Taylor assumed the role of OBMA Secretary. Taylor was introduced to OBMA by her father Joseph Brazen who was a long time member of the association and who owns two businesses on Main Street, the 520 Bar and Grill and Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty.
OBMA helps promote the shops and restaurants in Old Bellevue and works to keep the essence of what “Old Bellevue” is alive. “It is very rewarding to be on the board of OBMA and influence the area I have spent the majority of my life,” mentions Taylor. “In a time where Bellevue is changing very rapidly, I think it is important now more than ever to preserve the culture of Old Belevue. I am truly honored to be on the board, especially at such a young age. I think it is crucial that people in my generation get active in their community.”
OBMA consists of nine members and six committees including Events, Marketing, Membership, Parking, Beautification and Holiday Lights. Some of the major contributions to Old Bellevue include the beautification of the streets which involves purchasing the pots and potting beautiful flowers in the Spring and Fall . They also schedule monthly and bi-monthly street clean ups. One of the brightest contributions of OBMA is the Holiday Lights that line the trees and light poles down Main Street. An issue that OBMA has taken very seriously is the lack of parking in Old Bellevue as the population density increase. They are constantly working with the city to find a solution for the patrons and merchants of Old Bellevue to continue to have easy come and go access. Lastly, OBMA helps raise awareness and throws events such as The Taste of Main and Small Business Saturday.
About Old Bellevue:
Once a small town surrounded by strawberry fields, it still retains some of the rural ambience. Old Bellevue is now a shopping destination built on brick sidewalks, lit by old fashioned lamp posts and adorned in traditional Main Street flair.
In Old Bellevue you will find modern boutiques featuring off-the-beaten-path fine apparel or one-of-a-kind specialty gift items. Unique shopping opportunities vary from fitness apparel and upscale home decor to decadent chocolates. The variety continues with spas, salons, and companies offering the latest in fine jewelry, bath accessories or works of art.
For a relaxing moment, you will find small, intimate restaurants, cafés and coffee shops – a perfect place to meet friends for a leisurely lunch or just a quiet conversation. Make Old Bellevue your next shopping and dining destination. You’ll be rewarded with a memorable interlude you’ll want to share with your friends.