Glass Expressions Chosen As First ‘Makeover Burien’ Recipient

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Stained glass depiction of Mt. Rainier.

Longtime Burien business Glass Expressions has been selected as the first ‘Makeover Burien’ recipient, with a full makeover scheduled to happen sometime in early February.

Glass Expressions has been in business in Burien since 1974, and in their current location at 648 SW 152nd Street since 1989. Kathy Johnson has owned it since 1983, and Lael Smidt has been a partner since 1993.

According to their website:

Glass Expressions is a full service stained glass studio. We do custom stained glass windows, repairs and teach classes. We carry a full line of tools and supplies for stained glass, fusing and glass beadmaking. And we’ve got lots of glass!

“After meeting with the owners, we determined some areas that would be beneficial for them that we could help with in our first Makeover,” said Organizer Daniel Keane.


  • An Interior Designer is still needed to help with this makeover. If you know of any, please email [email protected].
  • Cash (or check) donations are being accepted – please contact Gina Bourdage of Discover Burien at (206) 433-2882 or via email at [email protected].

Space Needle window designed by Kathy Johnson.

Here are the areas that will be focused on to assist this longtime Burien business:

  • Organization (office, supplies, etc.)
  • Merchandising
  • Signage (internal)
  • Floor covering
  • Painting (interior)
  • Marketing (classes, products, etc).

Participants so far that will be lending a hand include:

  • Daniel and Melinda Keane of Serenza Salon & Spa, offering a “day of beauty” for Kathy and Lael.
  • Debra George of The Mark Restaurant provided space for the meeting and snacks as well as great enthusiasm.
  • Scott Schaefer of The B-Town Blog will get before photos and post stories and update the Makeover Burien Website.
  • Dan Trimble, Burien’s new Business Development Manager, offered some helpful insights and is happy to see local businesses helping each other out.
  • Patti Gifford of Keller Williams will take some measurements and make some contacts regarding Floor Coverings.
  • Gina Bourdage of Discover Burien will will assist in finding some business planning and lighting assistance.
  • Michelle Codd of Poggi Bonsi, Melinda Keane and Theresa White of Statements will work on a Merchandising Plan.
  • Janet Grella will write a story.
  • Dr. Jim Coleman will be doing teeth whitening for the owners.
  • Maura Costello and Sally Law of Prudential Real Estate will help out with grunt work 🙂
  • Andy Rodgers of Cox Financial and his charming daughter Gabrielle will offer assistance.
  • Linda Plein will help as well.

For more information, or to learn how you can help in this ongoing project, visit the Makeover Burien website or “Like” them on Facebook here.

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5 Responses to “Glass Expressions Chosen As First ‘Makeover Burien’ Recipient”
  1. Skeptical says:

    This store looks just fine the way it is, and does not need a makeover.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    This is a wonderful store with very helpful staff. Yes, it looks fine the way it is, but every store must have a wish list of improvements they’d like to make and I’m delighted Kathy is the first! A long time Burien business that deserves it.

  3. elizabeth2 says:

    What a great choice! Glass Expressions is a perfect example of a store that has held a place in the community for many years. They are hard working ladies who open themselves up to whomever comes through the doors.

    I am sure that all who are familiar with the store love it the way it is but that does not mean that Glass Expressionas cannot benefit with some tweaking and bring some additional business and loyal clients. Burien can use more local business like this!


  4. nikki says:

    It would be fun to learn how to make stained glass. I didn’t even know there was a shop in Burien. They sound like a great candidate for the makeover.

  5. Mike K says:

    The store itself if fine, though outdated, so a make over there would be nice. She is definitely in need of help with storage and office, and as she has been needing more of this, her classrooms suffer also. ie: the beading and kiln area. Kathy is a great candidate for this as she always goes above and beyond to help anyone that comes in her shop and Lael is always been just as helpful. I am in the process of making a project there and know they they do struggle for space in the back. Kathy is a great friend to my family and I am very happy for her and Lael!!!!!! Congratulations!!!

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