Shelly Cohen was born and raised in Seattle, and likes to say “I have the webbed feet to prove it!” With the exception of a brief time in Salem, Oregon, he has always lived in the greater Seattle area. He has three adult children and one granddaughter.
With his smiling personality and sense of community, Shelly became active in Real Change June 7, 2013, and achieved the coveted 600 Club level at the conclusion of June 2013. His other activities with Real Change include involvement in the Editorial Committee, representing the Editorial Committee on both the editorial staff, the Vendor Advisory Board and the Vendor Organizing Committee. He was elected to the Real Change Board of Directors on March 24, 2016, at 62 years young, as he prefers to say.
Cohen was nominated for Vendor of the Week by one of his customers at his first 600 Club Post in the Northgate QFC parking lot in May 2015, and nominated for Vendor of the Year in 2015. He has had numerous articles written about him in Real Change, and has also been published in Real Change. To learn more about Shelly, read about his other activities in Real Change and his life experiences.
His entrepreneurial spirit and interest in journalism began in elementary school where he wrote, published, distributed and sold The Little Paper, which focused on the positive, for his neighbors in the View Ridge community. He also was part of the staff of The Roosevelt News.
Shelly’s other entrepreneurial experiences were selling real estate and he became an Amway Independent Business Owner on May 25, 1976, with his business partner/wife, whom he married on July 4, 1976. They have three children. Their business motto was “helping people help themselves.” That remains Shelly’s motto today.
Advocacy has also been a high point in his life. Having what he prefers to say are different abilities instead of disabilities, along with family members who also have different abilities. His advocacy started with his involvement in the legislative programs with the Parent Teacher Student Association.
Shelly would love to visit with you at his current 600 Club Post at PCC Natural Markets – Bothell in Canyon Park, 22621 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell, WA 98021.
Join him as he smiles with his community, and says “make it a GREATER day!” and “smiling helps you live longer .”