Bridge Meeting for Downtown Businesses:

The City will hold two meetings to discuss the possibility of “one-waying” the old bridge. The first one is specifically for YOU – the downtown business community. The goal is to give you the entire picture of the project and open it up for questions. That meeting will be held next week – on Wednesday 3/1 at 5:30pm at City Hall.

The second meeting will be an open house for the general public held on Thursday, 3/2 at City Hall beginning at 4pm.The City has arranged to have key traffic and urban planners attend both meetings to explain the project and answer questions.

Annual Membership Dinner – Save the Date:

We will be having our annual membership dinner on March 23rd at 6pm. More information is to follow, but please save the date. It’s going to be a great, informative evening!

Small Town Christmas video:

With 2000+ participants and 27+ activities, this year’s STC was bigger than ever. We hope to continue to grow it in the future. If you weren’t able to get out and be a part of the activities, see the video of our Small Town Christmas on this website.  It will give you an idea of some of the fun stuff we had downtown in December! GoLakeChelan will be creating a shortened version to use to promote 2017 Small Town Christmas!

Volunteer Thank You:

We had one last holiday lighting work party, and I want to thank the following volunteers for giving up a morning to come help change bulbs! We can finally put the lights in storage until next year!

Cathy Sand
Chelan School of Innovation Students
Barb Wadkins – Lake Chelan Sports
Rick Dodge – Chelan Printing and Custom Signs
Jeremy Gleeson – Chelan Printing and Custom Signs
JoAnne Strandberg – Culinary Apple
Concie Luna – Rotary
Rick Nedrow – Rotary
Leah Thompson
Heather DeSaillan – The Village Vet

Stormy Mountain Brewing Façade: 

To the delight of everybody, Stormy Mountain unexpectedly uncovered old Kline’s signage while working on their façade this week! We’ve talked to co-owner and contractor KC Knight and he has let us know they are hoping to preserve that old signage! We’re excited to see their work unfold.

City Council Visit to Olympia:

Thank you to Mayor Cooney and members of City Council for taking time to express their support for Main Street and share the plans for Woodin Avenue Landing while in Olympia this week! Ray Dobbs was especially instrumental in sharing info and sending me updates from Olympia – as always, he is a great supporter of downtown Chelan! HDCA appreciates your support!



Q1 Merchant Breakfast: Join us on  Jan 12th at 8:30am for Breakfast at Riverwalk Inn! We’ll have new City Administrator, Mike Jackson, there to say hello. We’ll give general updates and have time for open discussion.

B+O Tax Credits: On Jan 1 at 12:01am, Main Street programs across the state competed for the $1.5 million available through B+O tax credits. It was a very harsh year with all funds running out within 5 hours. Many of my Main Street colleagues received little or no funding and their organizations will likely face tough decisions in the coming year. While I am saddened for them, I am grateful that Chelan has dedicated donors that got online at midnight on NYE and made their pledges. We were able to collect $132,000! I think it’s amazing that our downtown has this kind of support. I’ll let you know who those dedicated donors were as soon as the Department of Revenue confirms all names for me.

Lighting Removal: Garlands, Starbursts and the Tree will be coming down on Jan 30 and 31. If you have an employee that might be willing to help for one or two hours, please let me know!  

Promotions: Our promotions committee has mapped out 2017. We’re revamping some old, tired events and adding some new. Stay tuned for updates!

Have a great weekend!

Hi there,

It’s been a busy season of Small Town Christmas, and weekly updates have been neglected! I’m getting back on that bandwagon now.

HDCA Presents Christmas Eve Community Concert: This Saturday at 10am, we’ll have our final Small Town Christmas event of the year! HDCA presents a community Christmas Eve Concert in the beautiful, historic St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Local musicians will perform and we’ll close with a sing-a-long for kids! This event has been getting a lot of interest, but please continue to spread the word!

January Merchant Social: We’ll have our first social of the year on Jan 12th at 8:30am at Riverwalk Inn. This will be an opportunity to meet the new City Administrator, talk about Winterfest and provide feedback on Small Town Christmas or anything else on your mind! We hope to see you there!

Small Town Christmas: As we wrap up Small Town Christmas, I wanted to share some highlights, photos and thank yous!

We had 27 downtown activities from Nov 25-Dec 24th as part of Small Town Christmas.

13 of those were new activities this year

Without including Hot Friday and Shop Small Saturday shoppers, we had about 1600 participants in our various activities.

We created/nurtured great partnerships with other organizations and helped raise money for The Food Bank ($700), Habitat for Humanity ($400) and Thrive Chelan Valley (not yet known).

 I’d say Chelan did an excellent job keeping downtown vibrant during the holidays! Thank you to all those who helped with activities, including Shawn Shippey and The Chelan Car Club, Tasheena Christensen, Linda Van Lunsen, Brian Thompson and Chelan Fire and Rescue, Steve Firman and the Carolers, The Eagles, Dalisa Jo Portraiture, Jillian Foster, Crystal Austin + Chelan Artists Alliance, Chelan Realtors Association, Chelan Dance Centre, Culinary Apple, Larry Hibbard and The Ruby Theater, Riverwalk Books, Bear Foods, Chelan Food Bank, Lake Chelan Library, Garth Donald and Stormy Mountain Brewing, Frants Holm-Nielsen and Habitat for Humanity, Linda Mayer and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Adam Rynd and Coldwell Banker/Sage, Chelan Printing, The Vogue, Swim World, Brisa Romero and Chelan Interact, Classic Pizzazz, Thrive Chelan Valley, Leah Thompson, Arturo Zavala, Shannon Ellner, Barb Kuch, Servando Robledo, Kirsten Hannu, Jeffrey Vanderholm, Jack Christensen, Liz Morris, Rolf Vegdahl, Vaughn Schnell, Concie Luna, Tim Lemon, Mike Jackson, Mike Steele, Kathleen Rodman, Chelan High School Band and GoLakeChelan.  

 I’m positive I forgot somebody, so I apologize in advance! Please enjoy some photos of our various events below!

 Downtown Year-in-review: I will be on vacation next week, so I’d like to close out the final update of the year with some of our HDCA highlights from 2016! We hope our work feels meaningful to you, we appreciate your support and thank you all for a wonderful year downtown!!

 We clocked more than 850 hours of volunteer time toward HDCA efforts in 2016.

 We finished our new website.

 We’re ready to roll out our Historic Plaque program in partnership with the Historical Society featuring plaques with photos and descriptions for downtown buildings.

 Sip & Stroll – We raised more money than ever – 3 times the amount raised last year. We put that money toward necessary electrical upgrades downtown for holiday lighting.

 Holiday Lighting – Downtown had almost every building lit and we completed electrical upgrades that have been on the work plan for several years. We’re currently working on a partnership with a great local organization (staying quiet until it’s official) to help with our 5 year lighting plan.

 Woodin Avenue Landing – We have made tremendous progress on this 3.5-year-old project. We’re currently looking at an HDCA/City/Rotary partnership to get this project done by Spring 2018.

 Small Town Christmas – We expanded activities and increased turnout for tree lighting and other activities.

 We finished our first electrical wrap at the corner of Safeway and received a ton of great feedback.

 We revised our By-Laws.

 With the help of the City, we got the lamp posts and clock repainted.

 We implemented Weekly Updates from HDCA.

 We have all four committees functioning and meeting on a regular basis.

 We created strong partnerships with other organizations throughout the valley.

 We significantly increased our social media and traditional PR presence.

 We started quarterly merchant socials.

  We on-boarded 5 new board members, a new ED, new VP and new President

 The HDCA couldn’t do all the above and much more without the support of downtown businesses! It’s been a busy 2016! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you all in 2017!

1)      The full STC schedule has now been completed. Please go to our homepage to view it, and please share on your social media if you feel inclined.

2)      Speaking of our webpage , check it out! It’s been a long time in the making, and we’re excited to finally have it ready to share!

3)      If you haven’t already turned on your roofline lights, please do so by early next week.

4)      As you’ve seen, many of our holiday lights are up and ready. Thank you to Rotary, Chelan School of Innovation, Valley Fitness, Frants Holm-Nielsen, Chelan Printing, Swim World, Black Dog, The Vogue, Lake Chelan Sports, Skip Morehouse, Jon Lyman, Leah and Rich Thompson and Public Works!

We still need to fill in some of the solar lights on trees and set up the Christmas tree. If you’re available today at 4 or tomorrow at 10am, please meet at the big clock.

5)      Amex is behind schedule on delivering Small Business Saturday swag. They say we’ll be receiving it next week, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed. I know Riverwalk Books received their swag already and shared what they received with others. Thanks, Libby! While we wait to see if the rest of the swag arrives, please plan to wear plaid next Saturday regardless.

6)      Just a heads up that CHS INTERACT  Club will be wrapping gifts for donation on Hot Friday. If you don’t wrap and have customers that need it, send them upstairs at Swim World!

Halloween: Thank you to all the downtown businesses for contributing to another great downtown trick-or-treat! As always, it was a hit with kids and adults alike. I want to give a special shout out to Juli @ KOZI for volunteering to provide the sound system and spooky music, and to the Lions Club for providing volunteers to keep the streets safe!! Enjoy photos on our social media!

Christmas Eve Concert: We’re working on a Christmas Eve morning concert at St. Andrew’s Episcopal to wrap up Small Town Christmas with a bang. If you know any musicians that might be interested in performing, please send them my way!

Chamber Managers: Just a heads up that there will be 80+ Chamber Managers in town next Wed., Thur. and Fri. I’m sure they’ll be out and about, so I wanted you to have it on your radar.

HDCA has so much going on right now.
Here’s what’s keeping us busy at the moment:

We’re in the midst of budget and work plan creation for 2017.

We’re close to finalizing the historical plaque program in partnership with the Museum.

We’re partnering with the museum to get Chelan added to a new travel app that will highlight historical locations in Washington State!

We have put hours, days and weeks into holiday lighting, and we are planning on almost 100% participation from downtown businesses for roofline lighting! Yay! We’re still asking for personal lights to be ready by mid November. We’re hanging all additional lighting Nov 12-19th.

We’re 99% finished with the Small Town Christmas schedule. We’ll share that next week.

With a few more small edits, we’ll be ready to launch our new website! Stay Tuned!

Halloween: It’s almost here! Amongst all the usual craziness, this year we’ll be having a baby costume contest and we’ll also be incorporating a few “teal pumpkin” stops on Main Street. For those who are not familiar, the teal pumpkin program helps include kids who have food allergies in Halloween celebrations. A teal pumpkin outside the door means you’re giving away something that is safe for all kids (pencils, stickers, other trinkets). If you’re interested in being one of our teal pumpkin stops, let me know and we’ll get you a teal pumpkin!

 Board Retreat & HDCA 2.0: This Wednesday is our Annual Board retreat from 8am to noon at the PUD offices. The focus of this meeting is to figure out what we want to see from HDCA in its next stage of life, and we have a consultant that has worked with many successful Main Street programs coming to help facilitate these discussions. We will be reviewing all survey answers, so please take five minutes to voice your opinion here: ttps://

We invite you all to stop by at any point to observe the discussion on Wednesday!

 Holiday Lighting: We’ve been busy working on holiday lighting! As a reminder, we’d love if all downtown businesses had their lights up, tested and ready to go by the end of October. If you have questions or need info on ordering lights or hiring somebody to handle your lights for you, please let me know.

 Small Town Christmas: Our promotions committee has been busy getting activities and details locked in for Small Town Christmas! We’ve pulled in a lot of local organizations that will be hosting various events downtown, and we’re really excited to share all the plans. As soon as we have the loose ends tied up, I’ll send out the full schedule to everybody!

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:

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.

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!

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…


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!!!