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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.