Good things happen to nice businesses. A month ago to the day, we reported that Bluebottle owners Andrea and Matthew Porter were looking for somebody to buy the little E. Pine gallery. It seemed like the very public ‘for sale’ process was an unusual route to take to sell the business. Now comes word that the quirky sales pitch worked — Bluebottle’s new owner starting April 1 will be Seattle artist and writer Jessie Oleson, also known as Cakespy. Here’s what the Bluebottle blog announcement about the sale had to say about Oleson:
Jessie is basically a triple threat: an artist, writer, and baker. She is the creator of the popular baked goods website cakespy.com, which spun off into a line of products and original artwork which she sells online at cakespyshop.com and at various Seattle retail locations. Having garnered a very sweet following by showing work around town and around the country, she’s also cultivated relationships with some of the sweetest artists around, including many who currently show at Bluebottle! In taking over the Bluebottle business, she plans on continuing the tradition of showing the best indie art around, and making Seattle a sweeter place!
She will be assisted in this new endeavor by her husband, Danny Oleson, a fixture in the Seattle music scene from the bands Exohxo and Speaker Speaker, an overall cool guy and arts enthusiast!
We’ve covered some of Exohxo’s Cal Anderson shenanigans in the past. Glad there will now be a Renegade Cupcake Party HQ on the hill.
Oleson announced her new business venture via Twitter @cakespy, describing BlueBottle as a Cakespy retail shop. Cakespy’s goods include art and clothing featuring anthropomorphic baked goods at frolic and play. Here’s predicting a few collaborations between Cupcake Royale, High 5 Pies and Empire Bakery.
The Porters had been seeking $10,000 to take over the business and its 425 E. Pine address.
As for the Porters, the announcement says they will focus their efforts on Matthew’s work as an author and illustrator of children’s books at matthewporterart.com.