Molly Brusewitz owns Mad Cow Yarn

Four Bothell businesses say goodbye to downtown, move out of city

Thursday, June 30, is the last day in Bothell for three businesses after the downtown building they lease space in was acquired and condemned earlier this year by the city.

Thursday, June 30, is the last day in Bothell for three businesses after the downtown building they lease space in was acquired and condemned earlier this year by the city.

The building, located at 18107 Bothell Way Northeast, is home to Dawn’s Candy and Cake, Mad Cow Yarn, Happy Lake 1 Teriyaki Wok and a Papa John’s.

While the owners of Happy Lake 1 Teriyaki Wok haven’t decided what they’ll do, as of Monday morning, Molly Brusewitz, owner of Mad Cow Yarn and Dawn Motes, owner of Dawn’s Candy and Cake said they’re moving out of Bothell.

Brusewitz said she would have liked to stay in Bothell.

“If I could have afforded it, but everything that we looked at, because of all the new construction, anything that is not new is pretty much taken,” she said.

In an email, Bothell spokesperson Barbara Ramey said the property was acquired through eminent domain by the city in April. The site is also contaminated from a former dry cleaners business which occupied a part of the building.

Ramey said the businesses were given a year’s notice that the city was pursuing the property and that their leases have relocation clauses.

“We’ve all known this was coming for a very long time,” Brusewitz said. “…We knew it was going to happen but we had no idea when.”

Brusewitz said tenants were given official notices they needed to be out by June 30 a few months ago, but said she hadn’t had solid confirmation of the city’s timeline before then, which made the search for another location more difficult.

The property, once decontaminated, will be used to create a new city block between 98th Avenue Northeast and Bothell Way Northeast east to west as well as from Main Street to State Route 522 north to south as part of the city’s Main Street Extension project.

The new road will connect the Bothell Regional Library to the downtown core and remaining land will become part of a block of land to the south slated to be developed by a specialty grocer.

Motes also said they had looked for property in Bothell but couldn’t find any, so they opted to relocate to their hometown in Lynnwood across from the Alderwood Mall.

“With all the improvements, I think it priced us out and Lynnwood bent over backwards to help us out,” she said.

Dawn’s Candy and Cake is a candy and cake decoration and supply store which holds decoration classes and community events. Motes said they moved to Bothell around five years ago after working out of locations in Kirkland and Lynnwood before that.

Mad Cow Yarn will be moving to the Lake Forest Park Town Center and Papa John’s will be relocating southwest off of Juanita Drive Northeast in Kirkland.

Happy Lake 1 Teriyaki Wok was unsure of what their plan might be.

However, both Motes and Brusewitz are optimistic that their customers will follow them to their new locations.

“I would have liked to stay in Bothell, my customer base is here,” Brusewitz said. “However, I have a wonderfully loyal customer base and they’re all planning on visiting us there as well.”

Both also expressed gratitude for the local community who supported them.

For Motes, being located near Interstate 405 of Interstate 5 is important, and thinks Lynnwood will be a good new location for their business.

“We really have enjoyed the community here a lot,” she said. “If they weren’t tearing the building down, we definitely wouldn’t be going.”

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