Leading the charge to promote and preserve downtown Chelan!  

The purpose of the Historic Downtown Chelan Association is to develop and promote the historic core of Chelan by creating an inviting and vibrant community center while emphasizing enhancement and preservation of the town's historic features.

Downtown News & Opportunities:

We are looking for Subleasees to share the space with us. Check out our Craigslist posting to see more pictures of the space and building. http://wenatchee.craigslist.org/off/5212963360.html 

Main Street Messenger - Summer 2015

a publication of the historic downtown chelan association
A Quick Note From Our Director:

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 

F. Scott Fitzgerald hit it right on the nose: SUMMER IS HERE! It's been quite an exciting first official week of summer! It seems that our visiting friends came earlier this year and it's been such a blessing! I keep meeting new faces and hearing how great our hospitality is downtown. It's such a privilege for me to be an ambassador for our downtown. Sitting and talking with locals, visitors and business owners on a daily basis about what they like and what they would like to see helps us to give back in a tangible way--and it is truly rewarding.

In May, along with two board members, I attended the RevitalizeWA conference in Bellingham, WA. After attending several sessions on topics from the art of activating alleyways to community outreach and partnership, I feel energized and excited for the future of HDCA, our downtown and the Lake Chelan Valley. One of the greatest messages that I took away from this experience was that the Main Street Program advocates community self-reliance, local empowerment, and its concepts transfer to the entire community--not just the downtown. What a great opportunity every day for each of us to partner together and invest in, share, and grow our downtown!

As you can see from the list below, there are a lot of people who care about Historic Downtown Chelan. Our community has come together to support, maintain and enhance the downtown experience for those who work, shop, dine, live, and visit the area. Thank you to each and every one of you!

See you downtown,
2015-2016 HDCA Members
Apple Cup Café
B.C. MacDonald's
Bear Foods Market & Café
Campbell's Resort
Cashmere Valley Bank
Chelan 76 Mart/R&P Glenn LLC
Chelan Maids
Chelan Printing & Custom Signs
Chelan Realty
Chelan Shell Foodmart
Chelan Teriyaki
City of Chelan
Coldwell Banker
Country Financial
Culinary Apple
Deep Water Electronics
Deep Water Inn/Gunthers
Historic Ruby Theatre
Icicle Broadcasting (KOZI)
Kelly's Ace Hardware
Lake Chelan Bach Fest
Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce
Lake Chelan Historical Society
Lake Chelan Sports
Local Myth
Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso
Lynda Kennedy
Marcela's Cocina Mexicana
HDCA Members cont'd...
North Cascades Bank 
North Meridian
Peter and Rhonda Vaglio
Ray Dobbs, LLC
Resort Radio, LLC Sunny FM
Riverwalk Books
Ruth Keys
Sage Rentals
Spirals, LLC
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
Swimworld Chelan
The Lakeland Agency
The Lookout
The VIP Slaugenhaupt Agency
The Vogue…a Liquid Lounge
Tsillan Cellars Winery
Twisted - Fine Yarn and Wool
Vaughn & Jenkins
Westside Pizza Chelan
Woven Threads
Juli and Marc Straub
Campbell Management Company (The Grandview)
Chelan Valley Players (CVP)
Señor Frogs
The City of Chelan has banned all fireworks and all open flame. This again does not impact the professional displays scheduled in both Chelan and Manson.

A new campaign spotlighting our members!

We love our downtown and its business owners, managers, staff and supporters! We want everyone to have the opportunity to meet these hardworking, fun, giving people! The "Meet Me Downtown Chelan" campaign spotlights a different HDCA member each week. Readers have the opportunity to learn more about the business member and some unique stories about their services, products and other fun facts! Spotlighted in the Lake Chelan In the Valley publication, on our website, and soon to be other publications, this is a free service we give to our members. Plus, it is just so much fun getting to know these major supporters of our beautiful Chelan community! So, have fun meeting them all downtown Chelan! Check out our past spotlights on our website.

Color Lake Chelan!

HDCA offers an opportunity for profit...

...while giving our locals and tourists alike a locally-designed, interactive activity for the whole family!

All books come with a 4-pk color crayon pack!
Retail Price of $8.95 each plus tax

Wholesale Pricing for Coloring Book  
25 books @ $5.00            Cost $ 125                        Profit     $98.75
50 books @ $5.00            Cost $ 250                        Profit     $197.50
100 books @ $5.00          Cost $500                         Profit     $395
250 books @$5.00           Cost $1,250                      Profit     $987.50

Coloring Book Sales & Incentive ideas: 
Use as incentives for staying an extra night!

  • Include in special family packages!
  • Bonus them to clients as a thank you gift!

Support HDCA in our mission to keep local history, economy, design, and beautification at the forefront of our beautiful downtown. This benefits the whole valley in various ways! Proceeds from the sales of these books will benefit HDCA organizational committee goals. Thank you for your support of this project!  

Call Katlyn to reserve your books at 509-682-4322. Purchase your bundle today and give your customers and clients a great way to keep the kids entertained while featuring the valley we all cherish!

Waldo is packing his suitcase and ready to visit Chelan starting today July 1st!!! Riverwalk Books partners with HDCA to host an exciting month-long scavenger hunt to find Waldo in several participating local businesses. People of all ages will be on the hunt for a hidden, six-inch Waldo standee—the iconic children’s book character. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Chelan!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Riverwalk Books to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.

Thanks to the participating HDCA members!
HDCA Committee Meetings
Promotion:        Every Wednesday at LC Chamber of Commerce 9AM-10AM
Design:             Every 2nd Tuesday at Chelan Printing 5PM-6PM
Economic:         Every 4th Friday at Coldwell Banker 8AM-9AM
Organization:    Every 1st Monday at HDCA office 8:45AM-9:45AM
A new event series starting this July! Join HDCA this summer for Grown-Up Coloring Parties! Specific dates and locations are TBD. If you would like to host one of these parties, please contact Jillian Foster-Gleeson for more details at jillian@deepwaterinn.com.

Tickets will be $15, which includes:
              Color Lake Chelan Coloring Book & glass of wine.
              Trivia and fun prizes.
              Crayons and colored pencils also provided.

Why coloring? Coloring is an easy way to calm the mind and occupy the hands. This gentle activity focuses the brain on the present, blocking out any intrusive thoughts.
“Art making is a powerful intervention.
Neuroscientific research has shown that
through the use of art therapy, the human brain
can physically change, grow, and rejuvenate.”
~Susanne Fincher

All of our committees are looking for new members!!!

Love event planning? Have cool ideas for promoting the downtown? Interested in helping out with new and traditional downtown events? The Promotion Committee is looking for volunteer committee members, especially as we are in full gear for summer, fall and winter events! Be a part of some of the biggest community events of the year! Sip & Stroll, Harvest Festival (new!), A Small Town Christmas, Color In The Vines, and more! To learn more, email Jillian Foster-Gleeson at jillian@deepwaterinn.com.

Have a knack for aesthetics? Care about the preservation of our historic downtown? The Design Committee would love to have you on board! From reviewing exterior building proposals to creating an historic plaque program in the downtown to helping with the hanging flower baskets, be a part of the tangible change and preservation of our historic core! Contact Linda Van Lunsen for more information at linda@printchelan.com.

Do you have experience in fundraising? Love the fireworks show? Want to serve as an advocate for the downtown? Join the Organization Committee! We are always looking for people to help us increase volunteer involvement and help with new fundraising ideas! Contact Barb Wadkins at barb@lakechelansports.com.

Love economics? Want to help create a downtown building database and help identify business sectors not represented yet in downtown? Want to help seek out grants and other ways to encourage investment in the historic downtown? The Economic Restructuring committee needs you! Reach out to Adam Rynd atadam@cbchelan.com for more information on how you can get involved!

Don't want to join a committee full time but just want to volunteer when you can? We need you, too! Let us know what you're interested in and where you can give your time. Email Katlyn at hdca@nwi.net.
Big thanks to all of our B&O tax donors! The state cap was reached early this year but we are grateful we nearly reached $100,000 in contributions! Thank you for your support!
The flower basket sponsor signs are up! Thanks to all of our sponsors! If you would still like to sponsor a flower basket for $75.00, we will still put a sign up for you--it's not too late!
2015-2016 HDCA Board Members
Libby Manthey,President
Barb Wadkins,  Vice President
Ray Dobbs,Treasurer
Lynda Kennedy,Secretary
Linda Van Lunsen
Tiffany Gering
Adam Rynd
Shannon Ellner
Jillian Gleeson
Ben Higgins
Copyright © 2015 Historic Downtown Chelan Association, All rights reserved.

Board Meeting - JOIN US!

  • July 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM in the City of Chelan Vision Room
  • Meet director and board members
  • Hear updates on committee projects and from Guy Evans from the Lookout and Lake Chelan Trails Alliance.
  • Volunteer for upcoming events.  


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