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Dragonfire Imports in the News

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My dad owns a chinese antiques store called Dragonfire Imports. He’s spent a lot of time in China over the last several years contracting for Boeing, and started collecting antiques for friends and relatives. When he saw enough of a demand, he opened a warehouse, and then a retail store at Redmond Town Center.

The store recently got a great write-up in the Redmond Reporter, complete with an interview of my dad. Awesome!

Chinese art on display at Dragonfire Imports

Redmond store to showcase Chinese art at home show

Rick Wenzel, owner of Dragonfire Imports, and Yajun Shen, the store manager, have plenty of Asian art at their store in the Redmond Town Center. Drangonfire Imports will be a featured business at the 2009 Bellevue Home Show, which is Jan. 23-25.

It’s not a museum, but Chinese expatriates and fans of Asian art are drifting into the new Dragonfire Imports shop at Redmond Town Center — and admiring what they’re seeing.

Rick Wenzel, who co-owns the store with his wife Pat and another couple, Bill and Lynne Sleeper, explained that the new retail space is an offshoot of their 3,000-square-foot warehouse operation on Willows Road in Redmond. That area isn’t great for foot traffic and the space at the Town Center isn’t large enough to showcase all the Chinese furniture and art they have to offer.

But the Town Center location is easy-to-find. And by rotating pieces of furniture and decorative items, Wenzel and his partners can pique the interest of many collectors or browsers.

They’ll also reach a wide audience at the 2009 Bellevue Home Show, which runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 23-25 at the Meydenbauer Center, Northeast 6th Street and 112th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue. Tickets for the show are $8 for adults; $5 for juniors (ages 13-18) or seniors (age 60 plus); or free for kids 12 and under. A limited number of free guest passes are available at Aqua Quip stores while supplies last.

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Not to totally pimp out my dad (he’s the one in the picture who ISN’T a short chinese woman) but you should go check out his store. I know a lot of people who are into Asian style home decor, so if you’re in the Seattle area, go check out the retail location… and if you’re not, check out the website!


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