HDCA Update | 11.20.17

Festival of Trees

Don’t forget to go to the Chamber this week and next (we’ve extended our dates) to see all the beautiful creations submitted for the Festival of Trees! Our donors really outdid themselves. Bid on and take home your favorite.

Thank you to Windermere for sponsoring this event, and to our tree/wreath donors: Tin Lilly, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Chelan Printing and Custom Signs, Chelan School of Innovation, Chelan 7 Firefighters Assoc., Jim and Carol Taylor, The Cutting Garden, Virginia West and Cathy Sand.

And a HUGE thank you to our Board Volunteer, Nancy Thompson and community member, Cathy Sand, for all the hours of hard work they put into this event. All proceeds will go to the food bank!

Holiday Lights

Downtown Businesses, please have your skyline lights on by this Friday for the tree lighting ceremony. If you don’t know how to turn on your lights, Skip Morehouse can likely tell you where your lights plug in.

Great job to all that have decorated sidewalk trees! I’ve seen people out taking photos and enjoying the trees! We’ll award the winner in December.


Hot Friday 

We’ve got Hot Friday and Santa’s Tree lighting coming up the day after Thanksgiving! Sales kick off early morning and run through the day. Go to www.historicchelan.org to see all the day’s sales!

Tree lighting ceremony

After you’ve scored great Hot Friday deals, stick around downtown for Santa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. With a generous sponsorship by Windermere, we’ve been able to really take the event up a notch this year. It all starts on Fri. Nov 24th at 6pm – we’ll have a children’s light parade starting at 6pm, tree lighting at 6:15 and caroling and marshmallow roasting afterward! Don’t miss out!

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Nov 25th at 9am will be our first annual Breakfast with Santa held at Campbell’s Resort. This event is also made possible by a generous sponsorship from Windermere. We’re excited to say that tickets are sold out for this year! If you missed out, keep it in mind for next year!


Small Business Saturday

If you miss out on Hot Friday sales, be sure to make it downtown on Saturday, Nov 25th for Small Business Saturday. Our local merchants are decked out with free swag for shoppers! Don’t let supplies run out!



Music in the Park 2018

Jennifer recently presented the vision for Music in the Park 2018 to the Lake Chelan Community Service Council, and they have made a decision to award HDCA $750 for MIP 2018! The goal is to make MIP bigger and better in 2018, and this money is a great start toward just that! Thank you to the Lake Chelan Community Service Council for supporting the vision!


Thank you! 

It’s an odd way to end such a festive newsletter, but it’s with bittersweet feelings that I want to let you know that I have given my resignation as the Executive Director of HDCA. I am grateful for my time and experiences in this role, but I feel called to pursue other opportunities at this point in my life.

Thank you all for your support of the program. I always brag about our Board of Directors and my comments are sincere – I am leaving with a very strong Board of Directors intact and I have the utmost faith they will lead HDCA toward great progress and success. I am excited to watch that happen under the leadership of a new Executive Director.

The Board has formed a committee to work on hiring a new ED, and we’ll send out the job posting when it’s ready.

I’m not leaving Chelan, so I’ll see you all around!

HDCA Update | 10.20.17


 Halloween Trick-or-Treat

Downtown Trick or Treat is sneaking up on us! Trick or Treating will occur from 5-7pm on Oct 31st. HDCA will be hosting both an adult costume contest and a kids costume contest at 6:15 by the big clock!

A special thanks to all the businesses that participate, the Chelan Lions for helping close down the street and to Juli Straub at KOZI for donating her time to play music at the event!

Halloween Flash Mob Rehearsals If you or somebody you know would like to be involved in this year’s flash mob, open practices happen at the following times: Fridays October 13, 20 and 27 from 4-5pm @ Chelan Dance Centre Everybody is welcome and participation is free!


Downtown Beautification – Fall The flowers have since disappeared for the season, but we hope you’re enjoying the fall cornstalks sponsored by HDCA!


Mike Cooney Message Coming out of our last merchant social, Mike Cooney asked me to spread the word that he is always open to hearing any City of Chelan feedback or questions from downtown businesses. If you have something that’s bugging you, don’t be afraid to speak up!


Business Tree Competition vs Festival of Trees

HDCA has a couple tree related activities this holiday season, and we want to make sure there’s no confusion! Here’s the difference:

  1. Festival of Trees – this is a silent auction benefitting the Lake Chelan Food Bank. Any person, business, organization is invited to submit a decorated artificial tree that will be on display at the Visitor’s Center and will be up for auction. Auction winners and highest bid trees will be announced at Santa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Hot Friday.

  2. Downtown Business Tree Decorating Competition – this is an effort to improve holiday lighting downtown during the Christmas season. Downtown businesses are encouraged to adopt one of the trees growing out of the sidewalk and decorate it. The winner will receive our best of show plaque. So far we have 11 businesses signed up. Let me know if you’d like to join!

HDCA Updates | 9.29.17

Mark your calendars…Swim World’s doors open again on Friday and we’re hearing exciting things are happening behind those shielded windows!

Merchant Social

Don’t forget! Our next merchant social will be next Wednesday at 8am at Stormy Mountain Brewing. Garth and his crew will be serving up breakfast burritos just for us!

Upcoming Downtown Leaders Happy Hour

Our Economic Vitality committee, led by Board Member Garth Donald, has officially kicked off an initiative focused on emerging leaders in downtown Chelan! We’ve defined emerging leaders as those who will still be in the workforce as an owner or manager in 20 years. We will host a happy hour once a quarter for that group to get together and discuss what they’d like to see for the future of downtown Chelan. We had a great first happy hour on Tuesday and discussed many topics, including what we want Downtown Chelan to look like in the distant future, and developments that we would like to see to help get us there. Thanks to all who attended. If you or somebody you know did not receive an invite and fall into this group, please let us know!

Sip & Stroll Wrap Up

We had a wonderful Sip and Stroll! This year, we had the most participants ever with 235 and raised about $7000 to go toward future free events downtown! Currently, we do not plan to grow the event any larger next year, because some businesses cannot handle any more bodies, and we’d like all to have the opportunity to be involved. Thank you to all who participated!
*images courtesy of GoLakeChelan.com

HDCA Update | 9.22.17

Sip and Stroll Tomorrow

Don’t forget our annual Sip & Stroll tomorrow! It’s going to be a great day for the event. We’ve already surpassed sales from last year, but we added more tickets this year, so let your friends and family know there’s still a handful of tickets available.

Buy Now

Sidewalk clean up

In my last update, I mentioned that I’ve received several complaints about dirty sidewalks and cobwebs on buildings. I know many of you are too busy in the summers to handle these tasks. It was brought to my attention that Mark Tesch will help with these duties for $100 per month or $30 per cleaning (on standard store front). If interested, he can be reached at (509) 670-6074.

Don’t Forget: Next Merchant Social 

Our next merchant Social will be Oct 4th at 8am at Stormy Mountain Brewing! Mark your calendars to join us for good conversation, downtown updates, planning and their yummy breakfast burritos!

Downtown Survey

As you may know, HDCA is required to meet certain strict guidelines laid out by both the Washington and National Main Street Programs. This is the first year WA Main Street will be offering the district trends survey to Main Street Communities. This is a benchmark survey tool that will help HDCA and Washington Main Street get more qualitative and quantitative feedback from business and property owners.

If interested, please complete the survey by October 31. Your feedback is optional, anonymous and appreciated!

Click here to submit. And if nothing else, check out the photo from Chelan they decided to use for the survey!!

Halloween Flash Mob Rehearsals

If you or somebody you know would like to be involved in this year’s flash mob, open practices happen at the following times:
Fridays October 13, 20 and 27 from 4-5pm @ Chelan Dance Centre
Everybody is welcome and participation is free!

Tree Decorating

The HDCA will be hosting a sidewalk tree decorating contest amongst downtown businesses this year for Small Town Christmas! This is an advance notice to get you thinking.

Since our sidewalk trees have no electricity to allow for us to light them, this is a great, fun way for all of us to get involved in sprucing them up for the holidays. And because everybody loves some downtown competition, we’ll have a nice plaque for best in show. It will list each year’s winner and travel to the winner’s location for the year.

You can pick a theme for your designated tree or just make it beautiful or even make it kooky. The goal is to create a group of trees downtown that visitor’s will get a kick out of exploring. This is a creative, charming holiday attraction that will be unique to Chelan and will nicely complement the Festival of Trees that HDCA is hosting at the Chamber this year.

We’ll follow up with details as the date draws closer, but the goal of this email is to get your creative juices flowing and get you thinking about how you’d like to decorate your tree!!

Start brainstorming!

Small Town Christmas Sponsorships 

We have a few Small Town Christmas sponsorship opportunities left on the table. Please let me know if you’d like to reserve sponsorship for any of the below:

  • Roving One Man Band: $250 (two sponsorships available)

  • Roving Toy Soldier on Stilts: $250 (one sponsorship available)

  • L Bow the Clown: $200 (two sponsorships available)

(sponsorship recognition varies per event – please let me know if you’d like to know about sponsorship recognition for any of the above options)

HDCA Updates | 8.11.2017

Historic Downtown Chelan Names Foundation and WAL 

Have you heard the exciting news? Our Woodin Avenue Landing fundraising efforts have been a big success! We surpassed our $30,000 goal by mid-July. The next day, we were thrilled to receive a $30,000 check from the Names Family Foundation! We’ve also had Morfin Landscaping and Lake Chelan Building Supply offer their services! It’s exciting to see it all come together, and we still plan to break ground soon after Labor Day.

It’s not too late to be involved. If you’d like your name or business name on the donor plaque, let me know! Any funds above and beyond what we need for the park will be rolled into Phase II, the area in between Campbell’s Park Room and B.C. MacDonald’s.

Music in the Park – sponsored by RE/MAX Advantage – Lake Chelan 

Mark your calendar: our next Music in the Park will be on Aug 23 at 6pm! Come enjoy the folksy music of Bryson Evans! With influences like Hank Williams, Tom Waits, Guy Clark and Willie Nelson, Evans brings a tireless approach including guitar, harmonica and a sound of his own every time he plays.

Our plan was to start small this year and grow Music in the Park next year. It’s been a successful first year, and we’re excited to add more performances and hopefully feature food and drinks at next year’s events! Thank you once again to RE/MAX Advantage – Lake Chelan for making Music in the Park possible!

Sip & Stroll 

Tickets are on sale for our 5th Annual Sip & Stroll on September 23rd from 3-6pm! We’ll feature 11 local beverages in downtown businesses. Encourage your friends to come enjoy a beautiful fall day in downtown Chelan.

Small Town Christmas 

I know it’s only August, but at HDCA we’re already drowning in Small Town Christmas planning! We’ll have much more information coming soon, but in the meantime, I want to thank volunteers Nancy Thompson and Cathy Sand for all the hard work they’ve put into a new addition to this year’s festivities, the Festival of Trees benefitting Chelan Food Bank! Cathy and Nancy set up our promotional/downtown merchants tree up in the Visitor’s Center this week, which will allow us to start spreading the word about Festival of Trees and all the other activities we have planned for Small Town Christmas 2017! Stay tuned for more info…

7.7.17 | HDCA Updates | New Art, Woodin Ave Landing, Main Street Funding

Wow! It’s been almost a month since our last update. We try to avoid clogging inboxes by only sending updates when there’s enough information worth sharing. Here’s some of what we’ve got going on this summer!
Woodin Avenue Landing 

Our goal was to raise the last $30,000 for this project by August 1! Our fundraising efforts are well underway and going splendidly! It’s awesome to see how excited the community is to be involved in this project.

If you would like your name or your business name on the donor plaque within the park, you still have time to donate! If you have not been approached or had a chance to donate yet, please let me know and I’ll be sure to follow up with you. As a reminder, all $100+ donors will be acknowledged on the donor plaque within the park!

New Library Art
Check out the sweet new art at the library! This is the latest new addition by the Lake Chelan Arts Council in partnership with the Friends of the Library and the City of Chelan. Adventure Tales and Fairy Tales, by artist Marianne Caroselli, depicts two adorable children sitting on the steps of the library enjoying their new books. We love this addition to downtown!
Main Street funding increase 
Great news! The state legislature has increased B+O tax credits available to Washington Main Street programs from 1.5M to 2.5M. While our cap of $133,000 remains the same, this increase means we will not have to compete with other Washington Main Street programs for funding. Thank you to Rep. Mike Steele for cosponsoring the Main Street bill in the House.
Small Town Christmas Events
We’re already in the process of locking in our Small Town Christmas schedule. If you have annual holiday activities/events (sales not included) that you host in your downtown business between Thanksgiving and Christmas, be sure to put them on my radar. We’re happy to promote them as part of Small Town Christmas to help drive participants to your business. We do have to lock in our schedule early – let me know by early August if you’d like to be included.
Thank you to RE/MAX Advantage Lake Chelan for sponsoring our Music in the Park series this summer! Our next concert will be July 26th at 5pm at the Riverwalk Pavilion!

6.9.17 HDCA Updates | Merchant Social, HDCA Intern, Music In The Park


 Our next merchant social will be Tuesday, June 13th at 8am at Apple Cup Café!

 Items on the agenda:

 Exciting updates on Woodin Avenue Landing

 Introducing new downtown businesses

 Info about the 2017 Downtown Festival of Trees sponsored by Windermere

 Info about 2017 Music in the Park sponsored by RE/MAX
Open Chat Time


Meet Javes Escalera! 

Javes grew up in Manson and is our summer HDCA intern. He’s headed into his senior year at Adrian College. Javes is taking over our social media for the summer, and he’ll be helping us in many other ways as well! He’s a perfect addition to the team, and we are thrilled that he wanted to spend his summer helping out at HDCA!



Music in the Park

We had a great turn out for the first Music in the Park on Wednesday night! We had more than 100 people over the course of 90 minutes – not bad for a Wednesday at 4pm in June!

Next concert is July 26th at 5pm!

Thank you to RE/MAX Advantage Lake Chelan for sponsoring our 2017 Music in the Park!

5.26.17 | HDCA Updates | Music In The Park, Woodin Avenue Landing, Festival Of Trees

Woodin Avenue Landing fundraising

It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve officially kicked off the final fundraising stage for Woodin Avenue Landing. We need to raise $30,000 by August 1 in order to break ground the day after Labor Day! Woodin Avenue Landing is located in the heart of our community, and we’re excited for this space to help create a stronger, more cohesive community as well as beautifying the entrance/exit to our downtown.

If you’d like to be a part of this project, please let me know. I am happy to share information on how you can be involved. I’m excited to announce that we  have a generous donor that has committed to match all donations dollar for dollar, so donations made before August 1st will automatically be doubled (up to $8,000).

Original conceptual drawing for Woodin Avenue Landing
Most recent design for Woodin Avenue Landing

Music in the Park 

We’re kicking off our first season of Music in the Park! For year one, we’ve got some great bands lined up. We’ll start with the Jefferson Street Parade Band and Environmental Encroachment on June 7th from 4-6pm at the Pavilion. These are large, high energy brass bands the whole family can enjoy (think marching bands but more fun and with wild outfits).

We want to give a huge thank you to RE/MAX Advantage – Lake Chelan for sponsoring 2017 Music in the Park, and to Stormy Mountain Brewing for housing and feeding all 25+ members of Jefferson Street Parade Band and Environmental Encroachment.

Festival of Trees

Thank you to volunteers, Nancy Thompson and Cathy Sand for their commitment to bringing a Festival of Trees to Downtown Chelan!

The Festival of Trees is a national event during the holiday season. This year, Chelan will participate with a silent auction fundraiser hosted by HDCA to benefit the Chelan Food Bank.  It is a community effort in which different businesses and organizations decorate a tree to be auctioned off. The Festival of Trees will help kick off Small Town Christmas in Downtown Chelan!

In an effort to promote this event throughout the tourist season, the HDCA will be decorating a tree that will be on display in the Visitor’s Center along with information about the Festival of Trees starting in July. The theme for the promotional tree will be Merchants of Downtown Chelan, and as well as serving as the promotional tree, it will be auctioned off along with the other trees.

On the promotional tree, we plan to represent individual downtown businesses with their own decoration on the tree, and to throw in a few iconic downtown goodies as well. Here is how you can get involved:

➢      Send a digital logo (about 2” x 2”) for a custom merchant ornament – send to hdca@nwi.net by June 15th.
➢      Contribute a store-related item to further promote your business (optional)

Any business, organization or community member is also welcome to decorate a tree to be auctioned off.

Merchant Breakfast

We’ve got our next Merchant Social schedule for Tuesday, June 13th at 8am at Apple Cup Café. Mark your calendars for a morning of lively downtown discussion!

Memorial Day Parade 

Thank you to the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce for hosting another great Memorial Day Parade!

5/5/2017 – Cinco de Mayo

Chelan School of Innovation students helping decorate for the Cinco de Mayo parade in Downtown Chelan!

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4/28/17 HDCA UPdates | New Directors, Last Call For Flowers, RevisitWA

Last call for flower watering

As you hopefully remember, the City will continue to water hanging flower baskets for free, but they will charge to water, treat and deadhead any personal flowers you put out in front of your business this year. You, of course, are welcome to water your own. However, if you’d like the city to do it, you need to tell me by Monday.

Flower BasketsHanging flower baskets are coming soon! It’s $75 to sponsor a hanging flower basket. If you purchased a $300 membership this year, your flower basket sponsorship is already included. If you’ve already send flower sponsorship money, please disregard this message. Otherwise, please let me know if you’d like to sponsor a flower basket and I can send an invoice! Thank you!
RevisitWA – Chelan & Heritage TourismThis week, I attended the Annual RevitalizeWA conference in Ellensburg. As part of that conference, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation launched their newly updated guide to Washington called RevisitWA. The classic RevisitWA guidebook was first published in 1941, and the updated version is an online and app-based guide accessible to anybody. RevisitWA highlights Washington’s truly amazing places and helps promote historic preservation and heritage tourism throughout the state. It’s a great source for anybody interested in spending time away from the freeways and on the backroads of Washington State. HDCA partnered with Mary Sherer and Ron McGaughey at the Chelan Museum to make sure Chelan and Historic Downtown Chelan were included in this project, and we’re excited about the final product. Check it out at www.revisitwa.org.

Woodin Avenue Landing

We’re making such great progress on Woodin Avenue Landing! We have $107,000 committed to the project right now and we’ll be working in the coming months to raise an additional $30,000. We hope to break ground the day after Labor Day. 

New Directors
We are excited to have two new directors on the HDCA board! Welcome Steve Clark and Garth Donald! These guys are both eager to be involved with the HDCA, and each will be a great asset to the group. We’re lucky to have them share their energy and intelligence with us!
Steve Clark
I retired from The Boeing Company in November 2016 after nearly 30 years of service, and immediately relocated to our home on the south shore, completing a 7-year transition from the time we originally purchased our home here.
  Now that I have relocated to the Chelan Valley full time, I am progressively getting involved in the community, utilizing my past experience and skills to help this community become more productive, inviting, and prosperous. I am very interested in interacting with leaders in the community, and adding my talents to this group of capable people. I am also looking to invest in long term relationships and the bond that comes with them.  This is a wonderful community we have made a commitment to, with important needs, issues and opportunities to address.  Anne and I are enjoying all the activities and choices this area has to offer, and plan to be visible and valuable members of the community in the future.
Garth Donald
Garth has followed his passion for brewing and customer experience for several years now, and recently helped open Chelan’s Stormy Mountain Brewing and Local Public House.  The public house is committed to providing family-friendly dining options and fun activities for both locals and visitors. It is Garth’s vision to see Chelan thrive and prosper through local business cooperation, while maintaining the classic small-town character that makes the area so special.

Thank you to Chelan Middle School 6th Graders for spending this morning cleaning downtown Chelan! And thank you to Scott Beaton for continuing to organize this annual effort!