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!

July 8 Update

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July!

Here are our Friday tidbits…

1) All of our committees are up and running! Meeting times are subject to change.

     a.     Promotions: Meets every Thursday at 9am in my office. Currently working on Sip and Stroll. Long-term goal is one event each quarter.

     b.     Design: Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5pm at Chelan Printing and Custom Signs. Currently working on Holiday lighting, downtown Plaque Program and Gateway Park.

     c.     Organization: Meets 2nd and 4th Friday at 8:30 in my office. Currently working on rewriting bylaws, annual members meeting, quarterly socials.

     d.     Economic Vitality: Standing meeting time TBD. Currently working on a handbook for new businesses downtown – including intro to HDCA, ordinances, tip and tricks, etc.

2) We have a two-hour work party next Tuesday, July 12th from 10am to noon. We’ll be plugging in all our downtown holiday garlands and switching out burned bulbs. It’s easy work, we’ll be in a shaded area and I’ll provide refreshments. If we want great holiday lighting, it needs to be a team effort. Please consider sending a representative from your business to the two hour work party! We need the help.

3) Thank you to the Chamber!! They are a major sponsor of the HDCA’s Rockin’ fireworks show and their recent marketing efforts got our show included in the Seattleite.com Independence Day roundup, “Flags, Fireworks, & Family Fun: 12 Ways to Celebrate 4th of July Around Washington.” For reference, Seattleite.com garners 71,400 Unique Monthly Visitors.

4) Congrats to Natalie Vittatow (employee of Main Street Gallery) on winning our hospitality tour! We had about 15-20 participants. Now that I have all the info collected, it’ll be easy to replicate this type of tour next spring and hopefully we can increase the incentive to get more participants involved!

5) In my last email, I mentioned the possibility of Harvest Fest and I made a call for volunteers. Unfortunately, we were unable to pull together enough dedicated volunteers to produce a quality event in the short time period. We will instead be moving Sip & Stroll to early fall and starting now to plan for Harvest Fest 2017.

June 24 Update

Happy Friday! Tidbits for this week…

1) Believe it or not, we’re already starting to plan for holiday lighting. Please reply with answers to the questions below. Thank you!

     a.   Do the lights on your building currently work?

     b.   Do you know if they are LED or traditional?

     c.   What’s your source of electricity?

              i. Your Roof Top

             ii. Inside your own building

            iii. Connecting into another building

             iv. Street Pole

   d. Need help with your lighting? Let us know.

   e. Let me know if you want to be on the lighting committee

        this year.

2) The Hospitality Tour kicks off today and runs through next Friday at 5!

3) We’d like to do Harvest Fest again this year, but we need a few good committee chairs to commit in the next if we’re gonna make it happen. If you’d like to see this family-oriented festival happen again this year, please get the word out about the urgent need for volunteers and/or let me know by late next week if you know somebody who would like to help!

June 17 Update

Happy Friday!

1) At this week’s meeting, City Council approved a plan to change all downtown parking to three hour parking. New time limits will go into effect on July 22nd.

2) The HDCA elected three new officers at this week’s board meeting. Linda Van Lunsen will serve as President, JoAnne Strandberg will serve as Vice President and Coron Polley will serve as Treasurer. We’re looking forward to having them in these roles! A press release with more information will be sent out to local media on Monday.

June 10 Update

Here are some Friday tidbits for you all! 

Downtown Parking will be discussed at the next city council meeting, Tuesday, June 14th at 6pm. They will be talking about the possibility of increasing the time limit. If you’d like to give public input, don’t forget to sign up to speak before the meeting.

We’re in the process of raising money for fireworks. The fireworks committee has a vision of providing another show in later summer or fall. The committee set up an online donation option in an attempt to get some financial support from those on the west side of the state who come and enjoy the fireworks. Please feel free to share the website: www.chelanfireworks.com.

We’re in the process of planning our downtown hospitality tour for late June. If you have not already been in direct contact with me to let me know that you’d like to participate, please email or call. I’ve tried to come track each of you down, but some of you are hard to catch. For those I’ve already spoken to, I’ll send exact date, time and details when we have them locked in.

June 2 Update

June Hospitality Tour 2016

Do you want local hospitality employees to know more about your business so they can then provide helpful information about your business to tourists?

 

If so, sign up to be one of the stops on the HDCA’s 2016 Hospitality Tour!

 

Info on how the hospitality tour will work:

 

Who: HDCA, downtown businesses and local hospitality personnel

 

Where: Downtown

 

When: June – exact date and time TBD

 

What and Why: The hospitality tour is a chance to bring local hospitality personnel downtown to help familiarize them with our downtown businesses so they can be prepared to inform tourists about everything we have to offer downtown! We will also open up this opportunity to owners and employees of downtown businesses that may want to be more informed about what their neighbors have to offer.

 

How it works:

The tour will consist of two parts – 1) A guided tour and 2) A self-guided tour.

 

*Guided Tour: The guided tour will be approximately 1 hour. During the guided tour, the tour participants will make a guided lap around downtown and businesses will have the chance to introduce themselves to the group and give them a brief explanation of your business (seriously brief, ~ 1 min). 

*Self-Guided Tour: The self-guided tour serves as an opportunity for tour participants to get a more in-depth look at businesses. During the self-guided tour, tour participants will have an opportunity to select 15 or more businesses to visit. Those who visit 15 businesses and get a sticker validating they visited each business will be entered into a drawing for a prize. 

The self-guided tour will include a takeaway sheet that gives a brief overview of each business. Businesses must stamp this sheet to confirm a participant has come into their store. If you want to incentivize participants to choose your business during the self-guided tour, you will have an opportunity to do so. 

If you’d like to participate, let me know by replying to this email by June 6th and I will follow up with next steps.

May 30 Update

Hope everybody had a great Memorial Day weekend!

I’ll periodically send emails like this to share information that is important to all HDCA members and other downtown businesses. I’ll do my best to keep them brief!

This week:

1) We want to welcome our four new HDCA board members: Coron Polley of The VIP Slaugenhaupt Insurance Agency, JoAnne Strandberg of Culinary Apple, Sandi Sandum of Twisted and Kirk McGovern, owner of the Sojourners/Green Dot building! They all bring excellent business backgrounds, knowledge and skills. We’re so excited to have them! Yay for newbies!

2) The next big task for HDCA is recruiting volunteers for our four committees: Design, Promotion, Organization and Economic Vitality. The goal is to have at least 4 people on each committee. I need a total of 16 volunteers and I’m currently at 5. I’m doing a ton of networking and outreach right now, but I’d also like to ask your help in targeting great volunteers!  If you know any smart and talented people around town that might like to get involved (retirees are awesome), please let me know or direct them to me for more info. If we want a strong downtown association, we need a strong volunteer base. The time commitment is an hour a month and a few additional hours throughout the year. Committees are not a huge time commitment, but they do make a huge difference!

3) We are organizing a tour of downtown for hospitality personnel in June. The purpose of the tour is to share our downtown with local hospitality personnel so they can share that knowledge with curious tourists! More info to come.

4) We’ve got our social media up and going. Please follow us on Facebook (downtown.chelan), Instagram (historic_downtown_Chelan) and Twitter (@historicchelan)!

5)  Finally, flower baskets are here! If you’d like to sponsor a flower basket this year, please let me know!