picture-1I’ve been so warm during this heat-wave; how do I keep cool in DT Bellevue?
– Major Melt-Down

Dear Major Melt-Down,

I feel the heat. Most homes around town lack air conditioning, and this week’s heat has been so hot that even the National Weather Advisory has issued the Puget Sound a “heat advisory warning!” When you start to reach your boiling point, here’s how to keep your cool in Downtown Bellevue:

  • Cool Treats
    Frozen Yogurt: CeFiroe, Shnoo, Red Mango, and 3 Berries frozen yogurt shops surround the downtown core. Stop in and cool off with a non-fat treat, while getting a serving of probiotics!
    Smoothies: Jamba Juice and Emerald City Smoothie are your one-stop-shops for fruit smoothie blends. Jamba Juice, with locations on 4th St. and in Bellevue Square, and Emerald City Smoothie, on Bellevue Way, have unique smoothie combinations and promote good health with their vitamin powders.

    Iced Tea & Coffee: We all know where to get tea and coffee, but let me recommend my refreshing favorites.
    Try an affordable new Starbucks Iced Coffee with Milk for only $1.95 + tax (16 oz.) or yummy Tazo Passion Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade. I really like Tully’s Carmel Bellaccino, which is a sweet blend of caramel, espresso, and ice.
  • Shade
    – If you don’t have the patience to stand in the shadow of one of Bellevue’s high-rises, then find a tree where you can relax in the shade. The biggest shady tree that I can think of is in the middle of Downtown Park. Bring a towel to sit on and a book to read, or just people watch. You’ll be sure to catch a kids soccer practice, a puppy play-date, or a family picnic.
  • Covered Patios
    Outside seating is great, but on 80-degree+ days direct sunlight can be brutal. California Pizza Kitchen has an open patio section, with full shade under an outdoor roof. 520 Bar & Grill has wide umbrellas in their park-like outdoor seating setting. Joey’s is also a great place where the patio seating is most often shaded due to the tall buildings of Bellevue Place surrounding it.

So grab a smoothie, down your iced espresso, eat your frozen yogurt under the tree in the park, and finish off the evening with a cold beer on a shaded patio. Oh, and by the way, in case you lack air conditioning in your home like me, Rite Aid on 106th Ave. still has fans. (I was there today).  😉

Keep It Cool!



  1. And for those of you who can’t stand the heat, we know that many of you hide out in Bellevue Square and at Lincoln Square Cinemas for the air conditioning.

  2. Heat wave!!! Blah Blah Blah!! Y’all wouldn’t know a heatwave if it melted the keys to your porsche. Here in Dallas it’s in the 90’s with 60% humidity! Try living in Houston, New Orleans or Charlotte, Tennessee or South Carolina or anywhere in the south. You would come crawling back to Bellevue to 88 degrees. Let’s not panic here people!!! You have it pretty good up there. Trust me it could be a lot worse. Now if the inept City of Seattle council will step up and fix their precious city from being a national embarrasment things would be even better!

  3. Do they have AC in most homes in Texas?

  4. Yes of course…they do in most stores in Seattle too…I’m talking in general. When it’s 88 in Seattle in comparison to the South it’s not that bad….Alabama this same time of the year is WORTH complaining about. I’d take 88 in Seattle vs 98 in the South any day!!! Enjoy what good you have up there.

  5. that was me yesterday after the arts fairrrr

  6. How about:

    – go to the library
    – have dinner at one of bellevue’s many restauraunts
    – go see a movie at crossroads or lincoln square
    – play pool at the parlor or bowl at lucky strike
    – go shopping at bellevue square mall