PHOTOS: ‘Makeover Burien’s’ Ribbon Cutting at Glass Expressions

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Makeover Burien’s first project came to its final fruition Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 28) with a Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting at Glass Expressions, located at 648 SW 152nd Street.

Makeover Burien is a new, local all-volunteer organization whose mission is to “help makeover Burien, one business at a time.”

Glass Expressions Co-Owners Lael Smidt and Kathy Johnson

The project was started last Friday, Feb. 24, and completed Tuesday afternoon, with help from numerous volunteers from around the area.

Organizers Daniel and Melinda Keane of Serenza Salon and Spa headed up the project. They also provided free makeovers to Glass Expressions Co-Owners Kathy Johnson and Lael Smidt, along with the help of many others, including:

  • Daryl Whalen and Tom from Healthy Painting did painting
  • Roger Gee of Hometask Yellow VAN Handyman helped do prep work
  • Shannon McConnnel of Iron Moxie helped paint
  • Debra George of The Mark helped organize
  • Highline Medical Center Foundation (Sarah & company) helped move stuff
  • Lori Alden of Prudential Northwest Realty and Bryan Suter helped clean shelving and glass
  • Patti Griffin and Thor helped install new carpet
  • Adam Keane of Allied Body Works / The Glass Racking Co. helped get shelving and other heavy things moved. He also donated a glass rack system for Kathy’s truck.  Hers was recently stolen
  • Melinda Keane and Michelle Codd of Poggi Bonsi put things back into place and re-merchandised the store
  • Mike Noonan with Independent Business Solutions helped prep and paint
  • Andy Rogers and wife with Cox Financial helped paint
  • Dr. Jim and Lynn Coleman donated cash and teeth whitening
  • Dan Trimble, City of Burien Economic Development Manager, personally donated cash
  • Craig Marocco of Craig Marocco Communication Design  designed the Makeover Burien logo and sign
  • Shelley Guidos, Melinda’s sister helped move heavy items
  • Discover Burien helped with the re-opening event and promotion
  • Michael Brunk of The B-Town Blog took before and after pics

(if we’re missing anyone, please email [email protected] and we’ll update the list)

“At one point Kathy came up to me and said, ‘You haven’t just changed my shop, you’ve changed my life!” said Melinda Keane, who responded “For the better?”

In addition to the makeover, Glass Expressions Co-Owners Kathy Johnson and Lael Smidt will also receive a three-month complimentary Ad on The B-Town Blog, as part of our donation to this great local cause.

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8 Responses to “PHOTOS: ‘Makeover Burien’s’ Ribbon Cutting at Glass Expressions”
  1. Janet says:

    Sorry to miss the party. I was at classe d’italiano. Will you be publishing more before/after pictures of Kathy and Lael and the store. I think this is a great thing for Glass Expressions and am anxious to see who’s next. Congrats to all involved.

  2. Mindy Maxwell says:

    That is really cool!

  3. len Boscarine says:

    It’s great to see Burien businesses working together to help each other. Let’s hope that Burien residents do their part and support these businesses.

  4. Clyde Hill says:

    This is awesome… I love to see Burien Businesses helping other local businesses to become better businesses! All through volunteer effort! I hope the community responds well by to these efforts by increasing their local purchasing.

    Kudos to Scott and crew at B*Town Blog for continuing to come up with creative ideas that produce positive influence and impact on the community.

  5. nikki says:

    Would love to see the before and after pictures.

  6. bev minice says:

    whew! a lot ofwork and fun. Glad you all survived,plus you all and the shop look
    fabulous. can,t wait to see it! Bev & Dick

  7. Lezli Gibbs says:

    WOW. looking good ladies 🙂

  8. Steve Gilbert says:

    Such an amazing project! So many great people coming together to do great things. Kudos

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