Update: Red Cup Espresso open today to benefit owner’s son


Since we first reported Tuesday on the tragic death of Red Cup Espresso owner Angelia Paulsen, the comment area below that first report has become a touching board of tributes and memories. One of those came from her husband Sean O’Dea; we e-mailed him to ask him if there was any information he would want you to know about the shop’s future and how to help the family, and he wrote back late last night:

I have been thinking of renaming the shop to Angelia’s Espresso and keeping it open as a tribute to her. As you can probably guess, I have a lot on my plate right now, and am not too sure of when that will happen, but I will let you know. Angelia’s brother, sister and nephew want to open the shop tomorrow [WSB NOTE: that’s today, 1/10] and offer coffee for whatever donations patrons would like to make for our son Julian’s education, and Viking Bank has set up a fund for him as well.

As reported previously, her memorial service is 11 am tomorrow at St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Renton (church website here), and friends plan a candlelight vigil at 7 pm Saturday night outside Red Cup (on California north of Oregon, next to Pagliacci).

7 Replies to "Update: Red Cup Espresso open today to benefit owner's son"

  • garybert\'s lady January 10, 2008 (9:47 am)

    A great loss to the community. Our sympathies to her family and friends. Many blog-readers don’t know where Red Cup Coffee is located. Pls update the article to say that it’s at 4451 California Ave SW, north of SW Oregon. Thanks.

  • k January 10, 2008 (11:07 am)

    What hours will the stand be open? I would like to come by after work today.

  • k January 10, 2008 (11:18 am)

    just came back from red cup or the soon to be angelia’s coffee shop! they want to remind everyone they are there today. didn’t say what time though. free drinks for any donation you can make. her nephew says he wants to keep it open as that is what angie would want. she would be so happy they are there today! stop by!!!

  • gretchen gleason January 10, 2008 (5:27 pm)

    Sean and Julian…you are being lifted up in so many people’s prayers right now, I am certain…mine included…I just found out today about Angie’s passing away and have been in shock…I have been remembering sooo very fondly how goofy and crazy and warm and friendly she was. Loved that girl! Years ago my daughter Olivia’s first grade teacher – your mom, Sean – gave me a gift certificate to your shop, so i tried it out and i was hooked. Not only did i not have to take my little babies out of the car to get coffee, these two BEAUTIFUL people were there to greet me and were always such a bright spot to keep me going when i was so exhausted. Thank-you to you and to Angie for giving me that. From all that i have read you both have touched many, many lives through that little coffee shop and you probably didn’t even realize how much we all love you. I hope that during this difficult time you will see how we all loved Angie and You and Julian and that you will find comfort in that. Lots of Love and Prayers…Gretchen

  • k January 10, 2008 (5:40 pm)

    I just went by 15 minutes ago. It is open still– but only taking checks and cash– I didn’t have either so I will have to donate at Viking Bank. The nice guy I talked to said that they would probably reopen next week.

  • Michele January 10, 2008 (7:43 pm)

    I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Angelia’s passing. I started visiting Red Cup in those bleary-eyed days when my son was born. Angelia’s warm smile and welcoming manner made my mornings bright and made me glad to live in this neighborhood. Julian–your mom loved you so much! I have a three year old, and Angelia would often tell me about how wonderful and cuddly you were at that age. She also talked about how great you are now, and how you are growing so fast. My prayers go out to the entire family. I am so sorry for your loss.

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