Oct 7 Update

Chelan Dance Centre is organizing a flash mob for Halloween night! If you know somebody that would like to participate, they’re planning on hosting an open rehearsal on Sunday, October 16 from 6-7pm. They’ll also post a video on their website this week for any who wish to learn and participate. They’ll meet at the clock at 6:10 and will start music at 6:15pm on Halloween.

Just a reminder that Paul Schmidt’s retirement party is happening this evening from 4 to 7 at the Municipal Golf Course! Paul has been a big advocate of downtown and the HDCA over the years, so stop by and show appreciation if you have a chance. His last official day will be Oct 31.

As a reminder, we’ve created a very brief survey to get an understanding of what the businesses want to see in the upcoming years from HDCA. We’ll be compiling responses and reviewing at our Board Retreat on Oct 19th. Please take 5 minutes for the survey before Oct 12th. You can find it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FZ83ZVS

Sept 30 Update

Thank you to all who participated in Sip & Stroll 2016! It was a  successful day. Participants enjoyed themselves and shops were busy. We sold out of tickets before the event even started and we were able to raise about $4500 for Holiday Lighting!

Speaking of holiday lighting, I just placed an order for 100 strings of solar holiday lights! This year, HDCA will be adding holiday lights to each of the trees lining Woodin, Emerson and Johnson. If we get approval from the city, we will also light the lampposts on the old bridge. This is a test year for solar lights, and we’re crossing our fingers they’ll be a good option for future years!

Don’t forget that HDCA will be having our annual membership dinner combined with our first quarterly merchant social next Tuesday. Our newest members, Stormy Mountain Brewing, will be hosting us at their place starting at 5:30.

The Woodin Avenue Landing Advisory Board went to City Council this week to ask for consideration during the 2017 budget planning session. Kirk McGovern spoke on behalf of HDCA and reminded the Council that the project has been developed over the last three years through a series of community meetings and public input. The goal is to beautify a neglected corner of downtown Chelan while improving walkability and boater/lake access. Kirk informed the Council that the HDCA Board voted to contribute $20,000 plus architect fees toward the WAL efforts if the City agrees to contribute $100,000. If you’d like to see this happen, please let your City Council members know it’s an important project. City budget planning will happen later this month.

Sept 23 Update

1) Winterfest

Head to Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Sept. 26 from 6-7pm to get up to speed on all the great plans underway for Winterfest 2017. This will be your chance to sign up to be involved through sponsorship, volunteering, as well as other business opportunities. BONUS: the first 10 button offers they receive will be printed in the Winter Guide that is distributed Valley-wide throughout the winter season.

2) Fall Merchants’ Meeting

We’ll have our Fall Merchants’ Social combined with our Annual Membership Meeting on Oct 4th at Stormy Mountain Brewing. Mingling will begin at 5:30 and the meeting will be 6:10pm – 7pm. We’ll cover what’s going on downtown, what’s coming up for downtown, the one-way bridge proposal, downtown holiday plans and more.

3) Your Input for Board Retreat

Our Board Retreat will be on Oct 19th from 8am – 12pm. We’re excited to be working with a consultant/facilitator who has a great deal of experience working with Main Street organizations. The HDCA is heading into a new era and we want to hear what you have to say. Please take this quick, anonymous survey to let our board members know your thoughts prior to that meeting! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FZ83ZVS

4) New City Administrator Selection

Candidates for the City Administrator role will be in town next week for interviews. The City kindly invited me to represent HDCA on the interview panel. For those interested, the community will also have the opportunity to meet all the candidates on Sept 28th from 5-7pm at The Vogue.

5) Paul’s Retirement Party:

Speaking of City Administrators, we’re all sad to see Paul Schmidt go! He’s definitely been a friend to HDCA and we’ll miss his leadership. There will be a community reception/retirement party on Oct 7th from 4-7pm at the Municipal Golf Course. Come let him know how much we’ve appreciated his support of the downtown!

6) Sip & Stroll

As you know, Sip & Stroll is tomorrow! Yay! We’ve almost sold out of tickets, the weather is looking great and we’ll have some local musician adding to the day! There’s less than 25 tickets left, so if you know anybody that’s dying to go, tell them to get their order in!

We hope you like the cornstalks we’ve added along Woodin Avenue to welcome in fall! We got them up and the weather arrived right on cue…


Sept 16 Update

Happy Friday! We have just a few important things to share this week…

1. As I mentioned last week, we’ll be combining our annual membership meeting and our first quarterly social. The date is Oct 4th, 5:30pm at Stormy Mountain Brewing. Mike Cooney will be present to share the one-way concept for the old bridge and we’ll also share updates on Small Town Christmas and the Woodin Avenue Landing! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information.

2. Sip & Stroll is happening one week from today! This year, we’ll be putting the profits toward additional lighting for downtown Chelan. Please encourage your friends and family to come enjoy a fall day tasting local beverages while helping us reach our goal for downtown holiday lighting. We could still use a few volunteers for those who aren’t interested in drinking! Send them my way!

3. Our next boarding meeting is next Wednesday at 8am in the Vision Room at City Hall! Feel free to join!

4. Volunteer of the Month: This month, I want to honor Tasheena Christensen for the time and effort she has given to our Promotions Committee! Tasheena has been a devoted volunteer in planning Sip & Stroll, Halloween and Small Town Christmas! Tasheena has nothing to gain from donating her time to these efforts – she’s just an awesome, helpful member of the community. If you see her around, thank her for her efforts in making the downtown more vibrant! Thanks, Tasheena!!!

Oct 21, 2016 Update

poles2Holiday lighting work parties: We’ll have three holiday lighting work parties this year. The schedule can be found below. It takes a lot of time to hang garland and light every tree in downtown Chelan. We still need volunteers for Nov 12th and Nov 15th. We would love if every downtown business showed your support by providing a volunteer (friend, family member, employee, yourself?). Alternatively, you could host coffee, hot chocolate or chili for our volunteers. Please reply to this email if you can provide a body or some festivity for volunteers. If we don’t hear from you over email, one of our lighting committee members will be around soon to ask if you can chip into the effort. Thank you!!

Work Party Schedule:

Sat, November 12th, 10am: Wrap solar lights on all trees on Woodin, Emerson and Johnson. Working as teams of 2. We currently have 10 volunteers and we could still use at least 10 more.

Tues, November 15th, 10am: Hanging Starbursts andsip Garland on all downtown lamp posts. This is the most difficult lighting effort of the year. We have 8 volunteers and could still use many more.

Sat, November 19th, 10am: Erecting and lighting main tree. We have enough volunteers for this day, but if you’d like to host hot chocolate or chili, we’d love it!

Flowers: The City’s watering cart broke down, so watering is officially over for the year. Hanging baskets will be coming down soon. If Heidi was still watering your flowers, you may want to keep an eye on them now.

sipnstrollFor the last few weeks Heidi was coming in even on her days off to water flowers. She really wanted to keep the baskets beautiful as long as possible. If you see her around, please mention how much we appreciate her dedication to keeping downtown beautiful!

Sept 9th Update

Hope everybody had a chance to decompress from the summer madness a little this week! Here are your updates…

1) In the coming weeks, you’ll be receiving information about our plans for holiday lighting this year! We’re excited to be adding some additional lighting downtown and we hope all the downtown businesses will join in so no building goes unlit! We can help with questions on buying and hanging your own lights or we can provide names of people you can pay to install your lights. Expect more info on that to be delivered to your business in the next week or two!

2) HDCA will start hosting quarterly socials for our downtown businesses. This is an opportunity to get everybody together to talk about what’s coming up downtown and what people want to see happening downtown. The first one will be in early October. Mayor Cooney will be joining us to present the proposed design for the old bridge and will be looking for feedback. We’ll also talk about holiday lighting, Small Town Christmas and the Woodin Avenue Landing! It’s going to be a big one – watch next week’s update for the day, time and location!

3) Finally, Small Town Christmas planning is underway! We’ve got a rough outline of all we’d like to do in the month of December, and we’re excited about some great changes we’ll be making. If you’d like to give participate in planning, please join our promotions committee. We meet on Fridays at 9am in my office.

Sept 2 Update

Here’s your latest HDCA news.

Have a great, busy Labor Day Weekend!

  1. Woodin Avenue Landing

At the August 23rd City Council Meeting, HDCA presented the conceptual design for the Woodin Avenue Landing. The Council voted in support of the design, so we’ve moved forward with creating an advisory committee and have officially kicked off the project. The advisory committee is comprised of two business owners (Tom Campbell and Linda Van Lunsen), two community members (Concie Luna and Connie Lorenz) and one downtown building owner (Kirk McGovern). This team will work with Larry Hibbard of Hibbard Architecture and Planning on the project.

  1. Sip & Stroll

Don’t forget!! Sip & Stroll is coming up on September 24th from 3-6pm. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at HDCA, the Chamber or online at www.brownpapertickets.com. The proceeds will go toward our downtown holiday lighting effort, so encourage friends and family to come support a good cause!

  1. Halloween + Christmas Planning

In the midst of planning Sip & Stroll, our promotions committee has also started making plans for Halloween and Christmas Festivities downtown! Our promotions committee is very busy right now, so I want to take the opportunity to thank those committee members for attending weekly meetings as well as all the additional time they’ve committed to downtown promotions. Thank you Shannon Ellner, Tasheena Christensen, Arturo Zavala and Leah Thompson! This group is brainstorming some new, fun ideas for the upcoming holidays. If you’d like to help plan Halloween or Christmas, let me know!

Aug 12 Update

1. Gateway Park Update: Our board called a special meeting this month to determine next steps for the Gateway Park Project. At that meeting, the board adopted and has committed money toward Larry Hibbard’s proposal for the first phase – The Woodin Ave Landing. The conceptual design can be seen on the left. Our next step is to present the proposal at City Council on August 23rd in hopes of Council adopting the concept.

2. Holiday Lighting: Holiday lighting efforts are well underway. We would like to spruce up our downtown lighting a little this year, and we’ve committed money to doing so. HDCA has hired an electrician to help us iron out some electrical issues that have surfaced in the past. We’ll also be covering the cost for him to add a power source to buildings that do not have an outdoor power source for holiday lights. This is a $350-$500 cost per building that we’ll be covering, but we believe it’s important to have downtown lights done efficiently and safely. If your building does not have your own lighting power source and you have not heard from me yet, please email me and bring that to my attention. Thank you!

3. August Board Meeting: Our next board meeting will be Wednesday, August 17th at 8am in The Vision Room at City Hall. Please feel free to join!

4. Clock Makeover: Hopefully you noticed the Big No-Longer-Blue Clock got a makeover this week! This officially concludes the updating of our downtown light poles and clock! Thank you to the HDCA design committee volunteers, the City and most importantly, Randy Lloyd and Eric De La Mora, for making it happen!

5. HDCA Volunteer of the Month: I want to start recognizing our wonderful volunteers for all they do downtown! This month’s volunteer of the month is Arturo Zavala from Windermere. Despite working two full-time jobs and planning an upcoming charity event – Windermere’s Stand Up Paddleboard competition, Arturo has dedicated a great deal of time and energy to helping us plan for Sip & Stroll! I don’t know where he finds the time, but he does and his contribution was very appreciated! Please thank him for contributing to a vibrant downtown the next time you see him!

6. The Windermere Cup: The 1st annual Windermere Cup will be coming downtown on August 20th. This is a stand up paddleboard competition for all ages and abilities and it will raise money for our volunteer firefighters. Businesses can have a competing team or can sponsor in other ways. The event will be held in the river in front of the pavilion. Please call 682-4211 or 630-6365 if you’d like to participate or offer your support!

July 29 Update

Happy Friday!

Here are your weekly updates…

1) Sip & Stroll will be on Sept 24th from 3-6pm. We have 12 downtown businesses involved! Yay! Thank you to our promotions committee for all their hard work on this event: Arturo Zavala, Shannon Ellner, Tasheena Christensen, Jillian Foster and Leah Thompson. 

2) Last week, I attended the summer Main Street conference in Port Townsend. Among other things, I enrolled to be a partner in Google’s Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map initiative. As a partner, I can help HDCA’s member businesses easily update their business info in Google. Did you know 63% of businesses have incorrect info listed online? With 4 out of 5 people using search engines to find local info like business hours and directions, those inaccuracies can mean a lot of missed opportunities. If you’d like to look at what info your business has listed on Google or if you’d like help updating it, send me an email and we can set up a time.

3) Lake Chelan Girlies Getaway is not an HDCA sponsored event. However, there’s a lot of value in having this event in Chelan, and I think it’s a great opportunity for merchants, so I offered to help organize and coordinate the participation of downtown businesses this year. If you’d like to know more or would like to have your business listed in the LCGG program, please send me a note and I will follow up with you. If you’ve already let Barbara Bollinger know that you’d like to be involved, she has passed that info along to me and I’ll be in touch before long to confirm details.

 4) If you are interested in participating in the annual end-of-summer sidewalk sale, please let me know. Those participating will each contribute $30 toward marketing efforts.  

5) Lake Chelan Pirate Fest is scheduled for September 23, 24 and 25. Again, this is not an HDCA sponsored event – I am only passing along contact info. If you’d like to be a stop on their “treasure hunt,” please contact Steve Davis @ 669-7755.  

6) Last but not least, a big congrats to Mary and Dave Weldy and their team for receiving national recognition from Gourmet Insider! Culinary Apple is one of only three businesses selected nationwide as Gourmet Insider’s 2016 All-Stars! Pretty impressive!

July 18 Update

I will be at the state Main Street Conference Wednesday through Friday, so I am combining last week’s Friday tidbits with this week’s tidbits and sending today instead.

1) We have a board meeting on Wednesday at 8am in The Vision Room at City Hall. The agenda is included below. Please join if you’re interested!   

2) As you may have noticed, the HDCA design committee finished the wrap on the electrical boxes on Safeway corner. Our goal was to get them to “disappear” and blend in with the surroundings. We’ve had great feedback so far! 

3) HUGE thank you to those that participated in our holiday lighting work party! Everybody keeps telling me that we need more downtown lighting, and it’s only with this kind of help that we can do that. Thank you to  Riverwalk Inn, Valley Fitness, the Chamber and Chelan Printing and Custom Signs for sending representatives to help out!

4) HDCA has once again earned National Main Street Accreditation. Meeting the requirements for national accreditation is not easy – we are evaluated each year based on ten performance standards. In Washington State, only 13 of the 34 Main Street communities qualify for national accreditation. Congratulations to everybody involved for making this organization successful!

5) We’re beginning to plan Sip n Stroll. It will take place on September 24th from 3-6pm. We’ve got a great crew working on it!

6) Please keep your eye out for the Meet Me Downtown feature in each issue of Lake Chelan This Week! Each week, HDCA features a member business!