HDCA Update | 2.14.18

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Can you believe it’s already the MIDDLE of February!!??  Time flies when you’re having fun!  Just a quick update on a few items below.


Membership Dinner – March 7th at 6pm at Andante Restaurant

It’s that time of the year again for our evening of celebration!  The Annual Membership Dinner will take place March 7th at 6pm at Andante Restaurant.  Please mark your calendars and let us know if you can make it.  The delicious menu includes:

  • Caesar Salad
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Prawn & Prosciutto Pasta
  • Penne Primavera
  • Several Dessert Selections

Cost:  $36/person (includes tax and gratuity)
No-host bar.
We will be collecting dinner payment at the door.
Please RSVP here.

New HDCA Event:  Lake Chelan Taste of the Irish
I hope you are ready to have some fun this St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s great to see so much activity building on the Top Dog Parade.  The day’s events start at 8:30am with the Shamrock Shuffle – a 5k fun run put on by the Lions Club that will start in Downtown Chelan.  Followed by the always popular Top Dog Parade at 12pm.  After the parade, the Historic Downtown Chelan Association is launching it’s newest fundraising event:
The Lake Chelan Taste of the Irish, kicking off at 1pm.
Downtown Chelan will be your passport to Ireland as your taste buds explore some of Chelan’s favorite Irish dishes and libations. This is the first year of the Ale & Whiskey tasting event. Taste local whiskeys at Campbell’s while you listen to live music or visit downtown shops and taste a variety of local ales while you shop.

You can find more details for all the day’s events at  http://www.lakechelan.com/2018/02/st-patricks-day-weekend-getaway/

Merchant Decorated Trees

Please make sure if you decorted a tree for the holidays outside your store, that the decorations are taken down by end of week.  Please let me know if you need a volunteer to help you take down decorations.

Bridge One-Way Project

SCJ Alliance presented their 90% plans for the One-Way Bridge Restoration Project at City Council last night.  I will be working with Jake Youngren from the City and Dan Ireland from SCJ Alliance very closely as we move ahead so that I can provide everyone with weekly updates on construction progress; street closures and anything else that might impact traiffic flow to downtown.

We will have a page on our HistoricChelan.org website where we will also be posting these weekly updates.  The goal is to over-communicate on how the project is progressing.

Please let me know if you have any questiosn or concerns.  I will be sending out documents from last nights meeting shortly.

I look forward to you all soon!





Taste Of The Irish Announcement


The Historic Downtown Chelan Association is proud to announce the launch of our 2nd fundraising event.
On Saturday, March 17th from 1pm-4pm, we are inviting guests to join us on the 1st annual Lake Chelan Taste of the Irish through historic downtown Chelan. The event is similar to the Sip & Stroll; however, because it’s St. Patrick’s Day – guests will be enjoying tastes of Ales & Whiskey! We are looking for up to nine locations to host a brewery and one larger location for the whiskey tasting.
Guests will receive (6) 5oz ale tastes and if they choose to add on the whiskey tasting, (4-5) .25oz tastes of whiskey.

We will also be highlighting the downtown restaurants or businesses who have special Irish dishes or activities – so let us know what you’ve got planned!

Details: March 17th, 1pm – 4pm

How Do You Become A Tasting Location?
Fee of $60/members and $80 non-members (members have first priority) – to cover cost of liquor permit.
Provide an 8 ft. table for ale tastings (ready by 12:00pm)
Provide 2 volunteers to staff your store (one to stamp tickets and one guard for the exit) – let us know if you need help recruiting volunteers!
Market your items, offer specials to those who have tickets, or use it as a showcase of your business
How Do You Benefit?
Great exposure for your business
Advertising – paper, social media, and radio inclusions
Up to 200 guests in your store
A great time to meet our locals and visitors who are spending time downtown
Looking for More Exposure?
Become a sponsor of this new event! We have a few different levels – multiple sponsors allowed at each level:
Includes: your logo on the tasting size pilsner glass, your logo on whiskey tasting placemat, your logo on tasting ticket/program, your business mentioned in 5 social media posts, your businesses highlighted in 3 HDCA newsletters
Includes: your logo printed on volunteer t-shirts, your business mentioned in 3 social media posts, business highlighted in 1 HDCA newsletter
Includes: a 2-3 piece Irish band will stop by your location and play for 15-20 minutes on Saturday after the Top Dog parade.

HDCA Update | 1.31.18





Just finishing up my first month in this exciting role. I have to chuckle because before Jessie left, she told me January and February would be pretty slow months… Yeah, right! The Org Committee, the Promotions Committee, Jennifer and myself have been FULL FORCE moving at lightening speed.

I spent last week in Olympia for the Main Street Winter Conference and had an opportunity to meet almost all the other Main Street managers and talk with them about projects going on in their towns. Very inspiring few days!

Our volunteer crew just finished taking down the Christmas decorations yesterday morning – and the saying is true – many hands make light work! THANK YOU to Ty Witt and his crew from Rotary, Mark Tesch, Kirk McGovern, JoAnne Strandberg, Linda Van Lunsen and Jennifer.


Merchant Decorated Trees

Now that we have taken down all the decorations from the light poles; we are asking that any of the trees decorated by merchants be cleaned up by end of the week so we can roll in to February ready for spring!
Save the Date for the Membership Dinner

Join us on March 7th for our annual Membership Dinner at Andante. More details to come, but mark this date on your calendar. It is shaping up to be a GREAT evening!
New Spring Fundraising Event

The Promotions committee has been busy developing a spring-time fundraiser and the new event, Lake Chelan Taste of the Irish will kick off this St. Patrick’s Day, following the Top Dog Parade. More details to be distributed shortly but we are in the process of locking in a date for the parade and the Taste. Look for more info by Monday, February 5th!
B&O Tax Credits

We are excited to let you know that we hit our cap of $98K for B&O tax in Q1. Now the mad dash starts on April 1 at 12:01am to secure the remaining $35K. Your ORG committee is working very hard to have a handful of businesses ready to press the button at 12:01am so that we reach our maximum level of funding.
Membership Drive

It’s that time of your to show your love for our historic downtown. Membership letters have gone out so look for them in the mail! The membership levels stayed the same as last year:
Non-Profit: $125
Business or Property Owner Base: $175
Business or Property Owner + Small Town Christmas Sponsor + 1 Flower Basket Sponsorship: $300
Thank you for supporting the Historic Downtown Chelan.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!


HDCA Update | 12.15.17

HDCA hires new Executive Director

HDCA has hired our new Executive Director! Welcome to Erin McCartle. It goes without saying that Erin will be an amazing asset to the organization.

Erin brings with her 25 years of experience in marketing, management and business development. After 13 years at Microsoft, McCardle moved to Chelan and quickly became involved in the Lake Chelan community. McCardle was hired as a consultant by the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce in 2009 to transform the Winterfest event into a source of economic boost for the Lake Chelan valley. In her time as the Executive Director of the Lake Chelan Wine Alliance, Erin helped guide the branding effort for the newly formed AVA. McCardle has also been a Chelan City Councilmember for the past seven years and just recently was re-elected for another four year term.

Small Town Christmas – Best Holiday Getaways

It was such an honor for the HDCA to be contacted by The Seattle Times about our Small Town Christmas events! They’ve named us one of the 10 best holiday getaways in Washington! You can see the full article below.


Santa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

We hope you had a chance to enjoy the tree lighting ceremony! Nancy Thompson, Cathy Sand and Jennifer Keitzman put a lot of time and energy into making it the best yet – adding the light parade, marshmallow roasting and more! It was a much, much larger turnout than we expected. While we were excited by the size of the crowd, it also felt a bit chaotic! Next year, we’ll be prepared for the huge crowd and we’ll continue to strengthen this long-standing tradition!

Festival of Trees

We’re happy to report, the first Festival of Trees raised $2200 for the Lake Chelan Food Bank! The beautiful trees were such a nice addition to Small Town Christmas. Thank you again to all who participated. The tree donated by Frenchies Flutes and Fleurs came in with the highest bid! Thank you, Frenchies!

Santa Breakfast

The first annual Santa Breakfast was a hit with children and adults alike! With only 100 tickets available this year, we quickly sold out. Next year, we’ll make more tickets available! Thank you again to Nancy Thompson and Jennifer Keitzman for making this a success!

Sidewalk Tree Winner

Congratulations to Willow for winning Best in Show in the holiday sidewalk tree decorating contest! Our judges had a difficult time because there were so many great trees! It’s been awesome to have so much participation in this activity and it’s really added a new, charming element to our holiday lighting. I’ve seen people stopping to take photos with various trees!

Small Town Christmas Events


Did you see our one man band and toy soldier on stilts?! How about L Bow the Clown?  We’ve got lots of fun activities happening downtown all through December. Keep up on the action through our Facebook page.

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!