Happy Spring Monday!

It’s hard to believe it’s already mid-March, but here we are.  I hope everyone had a lovely St. Patrick’s Day – what a gorgeous day!  There’s a LOT going on right now, please read on for updates on the happenings around town.

If you want more details or have questions/comments – please stop by!  The door is always open.


B& O Update
The window for the 2018 B&O tax pledge opportunity will be closing soon.  Our next deadline for accepting pledges in 2018 takes place on April 1st at 12:01am.  If you would like to participate in keeping your  B&O tax dollars local, there’s still time to get in on the program.  Just shoot me an email and I can walk you through the steps.

I would like to acknowledge and thank again, our 2017 donors (funds our 2018 efforts) and our 2018 donors (will fund 2019 efforts):

      City of Chelan

      Coldwell Banker Lake Chelan Properties

      Campbell’s Resort

      VIP Insurance

      Ruby Theater

      North Cascades Bank

      Terwedo Financial Services

      Cashmere Valley Bank


      Shaw Plumbing


      Lake Chelan Sports

      The Lookout

      Thompson Real Estate Services

2018 Board Retreat – Need Your Input







On April 18th, the board of the HDCA will be gathering for a 1/2 day retreat focused on developing our 5-year Vision for Downtown, the Organization and our Committees.  Your input is CRITICAL to this effort.  Below is a link to an 11-question survey.  If you have 5-10 minutes of time, we would love your thoughts/responses.

Please plan to complete the survey by March 30th.
Take Survey

Save the Date:  April 12th Merchant Social
We are working on the content and location for the next Merchant Social, but please plan on April 12th.  More details soon.

City-Wide Cleanup on April 20th
The City of Chelan is coordinating with several groups around our community for a group effort in cleaning up the town!  The HDCA will be joining:
City Employees
Lake Chelan School District
Chelan County PUD
Lake Chelan Local Realtors
Lake Chelan Trails Alliance

The HDCA is taking ownership of cleaning up our designated boundaries, so if you’d like to come help clean up – let me know.  I’ll have more details on exact timing (early morning) and street assignments.

Woodin Avenue Bridge Project
The Woodin Avenue Bridge Project is ready to get started.  This is going to be a major project and will have significant impact to traffic this summer.  I will be the liaison between the City/Public Works and our downtown business community.  We are going to do our best to keep everyone updated on the overall project schedule as well as a week to week construction schedule.

Multiple Components to Project
* Water line is being upgraded that sits just under the bridge deck
* Sidewalks are being widened on both sides
* Bridge concrete is being restored
* Full paving project
* Converting bridge to one-way and reconfigure of Columbia/Woodin intersection

Multiple Methods of Project Communication
* Private Facebook community where I will be posting weekly updates, you can post questions I need to address (let me know if you want to join).
* Weekly emails to this newsletter list with updates
* Public Works email to interested list (let me know if you want to join)
* Mayor & Public Works on KOZI each week with updates

Here is a one-pager on the project.  It is currently in the plan to keep one lane of traffic open (coming in to town) for a majority of the project.  There are a couple exceptions when the bridge will be completely closed – when the water line is being upgraded and during certain paving times.

Please feel free to shoot me an email or stop by if you want more details on the project.

Happy Spring,


Happy Monday – 

Just wanted to pass along some information and a quick reminder on the Annual Membership Dinner this week.


Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce – The 6:06
The Chamber is launching a new monthl discussion series called The 6:06!
This month, they will be recapping Winterfest. If you would like to attend, the discussion is TONIGHT at, you guessed it, 6:06pm. This is a great opportunity for you to add your input while you enjoy a glass of wine, pint of beer or delicious snacks!
You can RSVP to rose@lakechelan.com or 509.682.3503.

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

Our Annual Membership Dinner is this week!  Looking forward to a lovely evening.  Please let us know if you plan on attending so we can have name badges, etc. ready for you.


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

Hope to see you all next week at the Membership Dinner!

Bundle Up!

As we watch this storm roll in from uplake, it’s hard to believe that February is over.  There is so many exciting things in the hopper – please read on….



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

Next week is our annual membership dinner – and we need your RSVP.  There are only a couple spots left for this fun night – so please let me know if you will be able to join us.

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



Taste of the Irish – March 17th

The Promotions Committee has been working feverishly to pull together this exciting event.  To date, we’ve got 9 breweries/cider pouring, 9 store locations and whiskey taking place at Campbell’s Resort.  Final version of the poster will be distributed this Friday.

Help promote the event!  Tell your customers to use promo code “lucky” upon check out and they will receive (1) free additional ale tasting.


Tickets can be purchased at:



Board Retreat – April 18th
The HDCA Board will be gathering on April 18th for a 1/2 day planning session.  The focus of this year’s retreat will be setting our 5-year Vision for Downtown.  Please keep an eye out for a 10-question survey.  We need your input to ensure we are developing a Vision and Strategy that reflects what our members want to see!  Survey’s will be emailed out next week.

Hope to see you all next week at the Membership Dinner!


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!






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.





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 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.

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!


 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!

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