July 22, 2016
As a descendant of one of Bothell, Washington’s earliest pioneer families (the Ericksens), I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn about the fire that destroyed a number of buildings along Main Street early this morning.
Although I cannot begin to replace what they have lost, I would like to do what I can to help support one of our local businesses that was destroyed in the fire: the Kozy Corner Cafe.
As a local, professional photographer, I participate in many of the art shows and festivals in our area and also have a shop online. This weekend, I will be donating 100% of the profits from my online store directly to the Kozy Corner Cafe, to be divided evenly between the owner and her employees. For the remainder of July, I will be donating 50% of my profits to the same, wonderful group of people. With your help, I hope to be able to hand them a nice check sometime in August.
If you would like to donate to the cafe by purchasing a piece of my artwork, here’s how it will work:
2. Purchase a piece of artwork that you like (any size)
3. During checkout, simply write the following message in the “Notes to Seller” box: “I Support the Kozy Corner Cafe.”
4. Your photograph(s) will be professionally printed and shipped to the address you provide
On all sales containing the above “Kozy Corner” message, I will donate 1oo% of my profits for orders placed through 11:59pm on 7/24/2016.
I will continue to donate 50% of my profits for orders placed through 11:59pm on 7/31/2016 to the cafe.
You will not receive a discount on your initial order, since we want all of the proceeds to go directly to the cafe; however, I will personally send you an e-mail with a special “Thank You” coupon valid for 10% off a future online order.
Here is a little history about my family’s connection to Bothell and the Kozy Corner Cafe…
My great, great grandparents, Gerhard and Dorothea Ericksen, were among the first pioneers to arrive in Bothell, Washington. Their son, Carlton J. “Gang” Ericksen, and grandson, Carlton L. “Bud” Ericksen, were both life-long residents of the town. All four of these people, along with their family members, were instrumental in the growth, development, and success of the beautiful city that you see today.
I grew up in this historic town, attended Inglemoor High School (before it became part of Kenmore); walked my herd of llamas down Main Street in the Bothell 4th of July Parade; played snare drum and marched in Pop Keeney Stadium during every Inglemoor home game; volunteered for the Bothell Historical Society & Museum; was offered my first “paid” job at the Bothell Pet Hospital working with Drs. Cleveland and Kovar; and even married my husband in the same church that my parents were married in, the Bothell United Methodist Church. I remember riding horses on the old Boone/Truly ranch; we lived there for a short time before it became the University of Washington Bothell campus. I remember when the town was small enough that folks still greeted each other by name in almost every establishment. I’m only 35, but it really doesn’t seem that long ago… Some folks, like those who work at the Kozy Corner Cafe, still greet you in that friendly, familiar way.
I have very fond memories of dining at the Kozy Corner with my family. Prior to moving to Lake Stevens, my parents, grandfather, and I were “regulars” at the cafe and were always treated like family by the owner, the waitresses, and the cooks. To wake up one morning and learn that you have lost your livelihood is unimaginable. It is my hope that whatever amount can be raised through my online store will help assist the owner and her employees in paying their bills and getting back on their feet. I am certain there will be an outpouring of support from our wonderful Northshore community, and I would be honored to play a role, albeit small in comparison to their losses, in helping our friends at the cafe.
I do not know what the future holds for the Kozy Corner. As one of the most well-known businesses in our town, I truly hope that they can, and will, rebuild. In the meantime, I hope that our community will come together to support the staff in the wake of this devastating news. Thank you in advance for your support. I will continue to provide updates via my Facebook page about any sales received through my online store. Thank you once again for your kindness and generosity, and for anyone reading this who is affiliated with the Kozy Corner Cafe, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.