The Downtown Update

Check here for regular updates from Linda and Meredith on what's happening in the heart of downtown Wenatchee. 

update from linda | August 17, 2018

A mission of the Main Street movement is a strong focus on Economic Development in our Historic Downtown. I like to call it “New Business in Old Buildings.”  To help that effort, the Port of Chelan County designated some funds this year to help us showcase some buildings and available spaces. On September 19th we will have the Fall Downtown Possibilities Tour to allow people to tour some available spaces in the downtown. More information will be available on our website. 

We are very excited to honor our local heroes with our Heroes Banner Project. The new banners will hang the month of November 2018 and November 2019.  We are so honored to tell the stories of those who have served and are current serving.

Annually, the WDA offers a free workshop going into the 4th quarter that focuses on Safety/Shoplifting/Counterfeit. We will do that again this Fall so stay tuned for additional information to come.

One of our focus items this year identified by our Board is Holiday Lighting in the downtown and making our downtown look more festive. We want to thank Dave Gellatly, who, for the second time, sponsored a new Community Christmas Tree. That will come into the downtown in November and we will celebrate the planting of the new tree. Then we are working with the City of Wenatchee and Chamber to light up the Fountain Plaza this winter. Stay tuned…more to come.

We will have additional updates on our website of the events and programs surrounding the Holidays in 2018. We are always looking for suggestions and connections to our downtown. Come, get involved in the future of YOUR downtown. 


Update from Meredith | August 17, 2018

When I look holistically at the programs and events for the WDA, I am tasked with the feeling that connecting people to their downtown is one of the single most important aspects of my job. Finding new and unique ways of doing that, is a critical piece of what we do, and a part of the vibrancy of downtown.

We are thrilled to present the 2nd annual Young Professionals Week in downtown Wenatchee, September 24-29. This initiative is something that started last year as a chance for young professionals to connect to each other and the heart of this community. It is, simply put, a weeklong series of events, held in the downtown, geared toward Young Professionals. I believe the Young Professional demographic is one that is growing, and really a part of the community that is at present underserved. If in some small way we can help people connect to one another and this place, we’ve achieved something great. Stay turned for details.

Looking past Young Professionals Week, we have several amazing events coming up in the 4th quarter. We will once again be hosting “Trick-or-Treat,” the Avenue, happening October 31st from 3-5pm. Next up will be the Holiday Open House & Wine Walk, November 10th from 12-5pm. We will then celebrate Small Business Saturday, November 24th, and launch our new holiday passport. Customers of downtown will through the holidays have the chance to redeem stamps at participating businesses and collect them throughout the Holiday shopping season. On or before December 24th the completed passports will be redeemable for an ornament at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. We will also celebrate our new community Christmas tree, the arrival of Santa, and much more.

Stop by and see what is going on in your downtown, you’ll be glad you did! What will you pick today?