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.

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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)

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…

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!


 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!

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 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!

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

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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

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!

Downtown Merchant Spring Clean Up

Downtown businesses and city staff will meet at the clock tomorrow at 9am, take a group photo and then go clean the streets, alleys and sidewalks. We’ll do a press release to share the efforts with the community, so be sure to participate. More than anything, this is a symbol that we care about our town!  Please bring push brooms or any other items you have that might be useful!

Our New Team Member

We were fortunate to have some very qualified candidates apply for our part-time position, and we’re so excited to welcome Jennifer Keitzman to the HDCA team!  Jennifer recently relocated to Chelan from Olympia.  She has a diverse professional background that has provides many skills for this role,  and even more importantly, it’s quickly obvious that Jennifer is the type to take a task and run with it.  We feel so lucky to have her join the team.  She’ll be spending 20 hours weekly with us, so please introduce yourself whe yousee her out and about.

Garage-a-Rama and Earth Day – Saturday, all day

Don’t forget it’s a big weekend coming up!  We’re lucky to have such a fun Earth Day in Chelan – did you know there’s a team of 17 people that spend 6 months planning that event each year?!! Great job and big thanks to that team!

Top Dog Parade

It’s time for the annual Wayne Kelly Memorial Top Dog Parade – happening at noon on Saturday! Yay!

The King County Pipes and Drums are back in town, and they deserve some recognition! They come to Chelan, on their own dime, because they want to help attract business to Chelan in one of our slower months. They participate in the parade as well as a pub crawl. This year, HDCA and the Chamber are happy to be able to help them cover some of their costs. However, they are still paying some money out of pocket just to come help Chelan businesses! Please thank this group if you see them around!

Also, a huge thank you to Kelly’s Hardware, the Lions, Karl and Debbie Word and the Chelan County Sheriff’s office for making the parade happen!

Membership Links on Website
We’ve added hyperlinks to our membership page, so now visitors can click-through  to your page! Thank you to Gwen Earley for adding that function to our site.  We currently have all 2016 and 2017 members listed, but will update to only 2017 members soon. Get those dues in 🙂

Summer Flowers reminder

As a reminder, the City will be charging a nominal fee for personal flower care downtown this summer, and you need to send payment/confirmation by APRIL 14 if you want to be included. The money collected will be going back into the City’s downtown fund. Here are more details:

*Flower maintenance includes watering, fertilizing and dead-heading
*$40/season for 5 or less personal flower pots
*$60/season for 6 or more personal flower pots or a large flower box
*Money collected will go back into the City’s downtown fund
*Checks can be made to City of Chelan and dropped off at the Park’s Department or HDCA office

As checks are received, we will add you to the list of businesses receiving this service. If checks haven’t been received by April 14, it will be assumed you are watering your own.

What has the City done for Downtown Chelan lately?

I have the lucky fortune of seeing Mike Cooney at the gym most mornings, and we frequently take the opportunity for a little HDCA/City catch up. Recently, I jokingly asked him what he’s done for us (downtown) lately. What started as a joke turned into a legitimate conversation on the topic. I think it’s important to share this kind of information with membership, so below are some of the highlights from that conversation:

*Added snow removal emphasis for this year
*Beautification: Benches, receptacles, painting light poles
*Provide man power for all events
*Downtown Summer Watering Program
*Parking Enforcement
*Added deputy for downtown in summer
*Planning efforts: look & feel, traffic improvements, emergency preparedness
*Mike didn’t list this, but I’ll add on that Randy Lloyd from Public Works has been extremely helpful in providing an extra hand for holiday lighting.

One-Way bridge test request update

As you may know, HDCA has requested that the City test the one-way bridge option before we give an endorsement of the project. This request was based on feedback from our members. In response, the City has shared that their insurance company is opposed to such a test. I requested an official statement to share with our members (see below). Given the below, the HDCA Board will revisit the topic and decide if/how this information changes our official stance. Please let me know if you have input.

Statement from the City

“We contacted the City’s insurance pool, Washington Cities Insurance Authority, and although, they cannot legally prevent us from conducting a “one-way test” on the Woodin Avenue Bridge, they STRONGLY advise against it.  The liability exposure to the City and the risk pool is enormous.  The rep said if the City decides to conduct a test despite their opposition, WCIA would require a police officer stationed at both ends of the bridge for the entire duration (24/7) and pedestrians would be prohibited from accessing the bridge.”  





One-way Bridge Meeting

 On Wednesday evening, the City hosted a meeting for downtown businesses regarding the option of one-waying the Old Bridge. We had a nice turnout and good conversation. For those who weren’t able to make it, there was far too much detailed content to take thorough notes. The City did record the meeting and I am happy to help you get a copy of the audio if you’d like it.
Ballots Due

A reminder that HDCA Board Director Ballots are due on Monday, March 6.
March 11th – Wayne Kelly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Top Dog Parade
Dress up your kids, dress up your dogs and march them down the parade route! The HDCA and Chamber of Commerce have sponsored the King County Firefighters Pipes and Drums and we’re looking forward to them making another appearance this year!


March 23 – Annual Membership Dinner

6pm, Andante’s


All members in good standing are invited to our 2017 Annual Membership Dinner, which will be held at Andante’s on March 23rd at 6pm. We will be kicking off our Historical Plaque Program, introducing our new board members and providing an opportunity to chat with your downtown neighbors! Tickets are $35 for salad, dinner, dessert, taxes and gratuity. We’d love to have you there, so pay up those 2017 dues if you haven’t already. If you’d like to join for dinner, please reply to let me know.


Merchant’s Breakfast Social
April 14, 8am, Campbell’s

Our next merchant social will be in April. We’ll follow up with topics to be discussed as the date gets closer.



April 22nd


Get it on your calendar! From 9am to 4pm, participating Historic Downtown Chelan merchants will gather at the entrance to town to offer red hot specials! It’s also Earth Day in Riverwalk Park.