Mike Flynn Story
Mike Flynn may have been a long time resident of Seattle, but he is certainly no stranger to Bellevue and the Eastside. He worked as the publisher of the Puget Sound Business Journal for 24 years and has seen Bellevue grow into the city it is now. Flynn retired from the PSBJ in 2006 and currently works as a consultant sharing his knowledge and expertise with local businesses and entrepreneurs. He chose to settle in Downtown Bellevue for the convenient accessibility to shopping, restaurants and the growing urban environment that downtown has to offer.
Flynn lives with his wife Betsy at The Bellettini, a Bellevue retirement community that offers many amenities for his on-the-go lifestyle. The Bellettini offers multiple dining options, but some mornings, Flynn heads to the Tully’s on Main Street to pick up cinnamon rolls for Betsy and him to have for breakfast.
Flynn is a frequenter of the gym at The Bellettini where he spends time on the treadmill, but he also works out at Ideal Exercise Bellevue with his high-intensity trainer, as well as the track at Bellevue High School, as he trains for his 100-meter competitions at state and national events. After beating cancer in 2011, he competed in the 100-meter dash at the Huntsman World Senior Games and took second place in 2015 and fourth last year.
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His consulting work often takes him to Seattle, but Flynn spends a lot of his time working at his computer in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Bellevue next to 13 Coins which is only a short jaunt from his home. For a caffeine kick he doesn’t have to go far to get a cup of java from Forte, also located in the lobby of the Hyatt. To unwind, Flynn heads to Panini’s Bistro at the north end of The Bellettini to enjoy a glass of wine and work on his weekly column about Northwest businesses, people and issues that he emails to business leaders across the state. When Flynn and Betsy have dinner with friends, they enjoy dining at 13 Coins, P.F. Chang’s, The Melting Pot or Maggiano’s Little Italy, all located within a few blocks of their home. Why does Flynn enjoy being an urbanite? From shopping to restaurants to activities, Downtown Bellevue has everything he and his wife need within reach.