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Word has it that two 1000’ Navy ships (including the Bob Hope) are in the vicinity this week--with a crew of 600. Sounds like extra business!
Whoa! 38 businesses have now signed up for our 11th Annual Girls’ Night Out Promotion--that is ALOT of fun in the historic districts Uptown and Downtown Oct. 2--stay tuned for more details. Our “poster art” girl is Barbara Stanwyck--a beautiful Ar Deco period shot from 1924. Participating merchants: posters will be distributed next week.
Thanks to our Promotion Committee volunteers who are following up about Girls’ Night Out event participation. Twenty stores have signed up so far--thank you! If you have items for the goodie bags in quantities of 50-100, please contact our office and we can come pick them up.
Time to take a breath after the hectic weekend of Wooden Boat Fest. The weather gods were with us--it was truly beautiful and brimming with photo opps! Special thanks to everyone who made the festival guests feel welcome. We hope they’ll be back soon for another visit.
Merchants--a reminder that the sign up deadline for Main Street’s 11th annual Girls’ Night Out is this Wednesday, Sept. 10! Don’t miss out on this popular promotion which brings 500 women out for shopping fun.
Our event is Thursday, Oct. 2 and the theme is “Gatsby Glitz” this year...
Happy September! It’s Boats Boats Boats this week in Port Townsend--the focus is on all the fantastic events centered at the 38th annual Wooden Boat Festival! Bring your camera and revel in the seafaring ambiance of the largest Wooden Boat Festival on the West Coast.
What a fantastic night at the final Concert on the Dock--Dance Party with Dirty Beat Duo and a special treat--some songs by Hanna Trailer, the Stars of Tomorrow winner. Thanks to our generous sponsors, our terrific musicians, a super crew--and most of all, to EVERYONE who came.
Tomorrow is the kickoff for annual Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale--Sat/Sun/Mon PLUS The Leader’s Party in the Parking Lot from 2-6 Sat. See you downtown!
This past week friends came to visit from Germany--it is enlightening to see Port Townsend through the lens of visitors. We have incredible natural beauty here which we should not take for granted!
This Thursday is the final Concert on the Dock--don’t miss it! Dirty Beat Duo with Stars of Tomorrow winner...
Merchants--August 29 is the deadline to order “sleighbells” through Main Street for the holiday promotion. We are also working on fundraising for holiday lights. Stay tuned for progress reports.
Thanks to all who came to the Merchant Breakfast on Wednesday at The Public House to hear about the Holiday Promotion--holiday lighting plans and new events will add sparkle to November/December this year.
Last night’s Concert on the Dock with The High Council was a big hit--a huge crowd and lots of dancing. KPTZ 91.9 FM did a live broadcast of the show. Thanks to all our sponsors who make the concerts possible and to everyone who came. Next Thursday 8/28 is the final show of the season--Dirty Beat Duo with Stars of Tomorrow winner--don’t miss it!
We had a GREAT turnout at the 24th annual Uptown Street Fair on Saturday--thanks to all who helped make it such a success! Thanks to the commitment of the Port Townsend Arts Guild, Main Street volunteers, Jefferson County Farmer’s Market, City of PT Police volunteers, Kinetics, wonderful musicians and the event sponsors, especially the Uptown Pub, Potpourri NW, The Printery, First Baptist Church, Wallyworks, Uptown Fabrics and Uptown Nutrition.
Things are hopping in town with summer visitors--and loving this 80+ heat. Believe it or not, we are starting to make holiday plans--a particular challenge in this weather :). Watch for details coming soon re: August 20 Merchant Breakfast.
Happy August--and what beautiful days ahead! Have just returned from the Main Street Manager quarterly meeting in Prosser, Eastern Washington, which was 104 degrees in the daytime. Whew! They water their flower baskets twice a day! It was an excellent meeting, wonderful hospitality in Prosser and their downtown is looking fine.
Thanks to all who came to enjoy the funky music of Rippin’ Chicken at the Concerts on the Dock last night--a gorgeous night. More vendors are adding to the fun of the venue--Anami’s Fortune Telling wagon (the future is looking good!), Dented Buoy Pizza, Daily Bird Pottery, James Jackson Massage, and Magical Henna!
Thanks to everyone who came out last night to Concerts on the Dock. Despite the elusive sun and the grey, we had a GREAT time and Blue Holiday captured the crowd! Delicious Mexican food, Daily Bird Pottery, Massage by James Jackson and Magical Henna added to the experience. The Tap Takeover was popular, and we had PT Brewery’s Chetz Gold on tap too. Next week, descendants of The Funk Revolution--Rippin’ Chicken--a hit band from Strange Brewfest!
7-24-14 Tap Takeover tonight at Concerts on the Dock with Rainy Daze Brewery serving up “English Pale” and “Rainy Rye IPA”! Also delish local ginger cider from Eaglemount Cidery, wine, and soft drinks to go with your pupusas from Tortillas y Mas and great blues music with Blue Holiday--see you there! Seating opens at 4:30, music at 5 pm.
It’s going to be an action-packed week in the historic districts with Jazz Port Townsend and “Blue Holiday” at Concerts on the Dock this Thursday! Thanks to Printery Communications and “Getables” in the First National Bank Building for being stage sponsors and to Daily Bird Pottery for sponsoring the beer/wine & cider garden!
Kitchen Person Needed. Permanent, part-time position. MUST be available to work weekends. Mature, reliable, creative person who understands subtle food flavors. Drop your resume at Lehani’s Deli, 221 Taylor Street. Interviews will be the week of July 28, 2014.
Retail clerk wanted at the new shop Native American gift shop opening at 840 Water Street (former home of Sand Castle Toys). Send resume to email@example.com Indian blankets, Native American gifts, arts and crafts. Seeking great customer service, merchandiser, friendly smile and team worker
Another great show at Concerts on the Dock with Toolshed Trio last night! Thanks to Toolshed Trio, our generous sponsors, our great crew, everyone who danced til the end and the weather gods....
Don’t forget--many Shops Open Later til 7 on Fridays/Saturdays this summer. Come have fun shopping in town, and then grab a bite to eat.
It was a record turnout for our first show! Thanks to all who came, enjoyed the band, a festive beverage, and danced to the Better Half! See you next week for Toolshed Trio!
Ready to rock the dock?! Concerts on the Dock kick off today at the Pope Marine Park Esplanade; seating opens at 4:30 pm, music starts at 5 pm with the Better Half. Bring a chair, blanket and your shades!
What a fantastic turnout for Gallery Walk! Thanks to Heather at Conservatory Coastal Home for hosting the Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue program and raising funds for this valuable program.
This Thursday, join us for Concerts on the Dock! Tasty Eaglemount Ginger Cider, Beer from PT Brewery and wine from the Wineseller will be featured. You can get a massage from James Jackson, and purchase hand-made pottery from Daily Bird Pottery and revel in the view. Bring the family and have a picnic. Watch for future vendor news!
Hard to believe it will be July tomorrow--summer is flying! Only 10 days til Concerts on the Dock start up July 10. We still have two stage sponsor slots available--July 24th and August 14th--it’s great exposure! Call the office if you are interested in knowing more...Thanks to all our generous sponsors who are helping make these summer concerts a reality.
We are getting excited about Concerts on the Dock starting up July 10th! Thursdays at Pope Marine Park Plaza--watch for posters going up around town. The first band is The Better Half. See you there!
Believe it or not, we started today with a holiday planning meeting. We also received the great news that The Port Townsend Main Street Program has met the ten standards of performance and been accredited by the National Main Street Program. We are indebted to our hard working Main Street board of directors and program volunteers--thank you for all you do for our community!
Summer is here and so is the Solstice Pub Crawl! Seven venues are offering great specials tonight from 6-10 pm and you can get tickets at the door: Sirens, Uptown Pub, Cellar Door, the Pinbar, The Public House, Fins and The Tin Brick are looking forward to seeing your in your sunglasses tonight--here’s to Summer!
Shops Open later Fridays/Saturdays this summer--37 downtown Port Townsend businesses have signed on to stay open later and we’ve invited buskers to come add to the fun. Come on down!
Are you ready for summer? Celebrate the arrival of summer at the quarterly Main Street Summer Solstice Pub Crawl this Monday, June 23. Get your ticket/wristband, souvenir glass and list of events at any of the 7 participating venues: Sirens, Uptown Pub, The Public House, Fins Coastal Cuisine, The Tin Brick, Cellar Door or Middletown Dreams Pinbar. Grab your shades and bring a friend for a fun night out on the town!
Today, at the invitation of the Jefferson Museum of Art and History, we are helping welcome the conference participants at the Washington State Museum Conference at Fort Worden. We are looking forward to having these 150 guests in town this week, as well as The Furniture Society of America Conference--which brings over 200 guests. We are offering a “Solstice Shop Stroll” on Friday evening and 30 stores will be open later to greet these guests. Shop Til 7 Fridays and Saturdays all summer long!
Just returned from offering the lunch presentation at Rotary Club meeting at the NW Maritime Center--an excellent experience. Special thanks to Rosie Itti, our board president, for coming with me and to Susan Jacob of Sport Townsend for extending the invitation. Cindy Madsen/Old Consulate Inn, was honored as the Rotarian of the month for her work on their auction--congrats Cindy!
THANKS to all who came to the Taste last night! It was great fun, and restaurants served up a terrific menu to nearly 200 guests. We are grateful to our generous restaurants, event volunteers and Deja Webster of Deja View Photography. Thank you to Safeway, Quimper Sound and PT Food Coop for their great help selling tickets. See you next year!
Hungry? The Taste of Port Townsend is here! Tickets at Safeway, Quimper Sound or the Food Coop! Friendly Main Street volunteers will be there to greet you at each venue. Treat yourself to a night on the town and support the work of the nonprofit Port Townsend Main Street Program.
Pub Crawl tickets for June 23 Solstice Pub Crawl are on sale now--click on the Pub Crawls tab for details. Wear shades and bring a friend!
Concerts on the Dock start July 10. Two stage sponsorship slots still available, please contact our office (385-7911) if you are interested in helping put on these free community concerts. Thanks!
TODAY is the last day to buy tickets online for Taste of Port Townsend--we will mail your tickets to you. Or you can buy them in person at Safeway, Quimper Sound (lower level of Undertown space in the Mount Baker Block Building at Water/Taylor), or the Food Coop until the event date June 12--while they last. This is a tasty fundraiser for our local Main Street Program made possible by our generous restaurants--come have delicious fun with us at The Taste!
(24th annual!). Thanks.
The Brass Screw turns--Getting in gear for Steampunk fun this weekend--see the amazing schedule at brasscrew.com
Taste of Port Townsend volunteers will be at the Farmer’s Market this Sat.--Get your ticket there, at Safeway, The Food Coop or Quimper Sound. Online sales at www.eventbrite.com end June 9th. Don’t miss out on a really tasty night night on the town--all proceeds benefit the PT Main Street Program. Thanks to our generous restaurants--they are cooking up a storm for you--we hope to see you there! Last year’s event sold out--don’t wait til the last minute! We thank you in advance :)
Tickets are selling well for the 24th Annual Taste of Port Townsend--the table is set for June 12 from 4-7:30 pm. Treat yourself to a night on the town and grab a friend to experience our chefs’ creativity. Savor the flavors at 9 restaurants which are dishing up delicious tastes for you in support of the Port Townsend Main Street Program! Last year’s event sold out--get your tickets on Eventbrite through June 9th or purchase in person at Safeway, The Food Coop, or Quimper Sound.
It was a super busy day which started out welcoming the Cruise Ship guests who were very enthusiastic about their time here. Please print out a welcome sign for the remaining visits as well as our other upcoming visiting groups this summer.
We also lined up volunteers to host the Taste of PT, visited Hillbottom Pie and the Ravenscroft Inn, and worked on the “Shop Til 7” promotion which starts June 20. We just posted the menu for the Taste--click on the Taste button for a preview!
We hope to see you at The Farmer’s Market on Saturday for the Artisan Food Fest! We will be there with Taste of PT tickets--get your ticket in advance and save $5 if you purchase before June 1. We are also looking for some ace volunteers for our summer events--want to share some time and talent with us? Stop by our table for a chat.
Taste of PT tickets on sale now at Safeway, the Food Co-op and Quimper Sound. We are excited about the variety of venues and the delicious menu. It’s also a deal--$25 for adults if you purchase tickets by June 1st...and $30 thereafter. Mark your calendars for June 12th for one of the tastiest nights of the year! Thanks to our generous restaurants and helpful ticket outlets. You can also buy tickets online at Eventbrite.
Rhody Fun--we had a blast in our 1926 Ford one ton truck parade entry to promote the Taste of PT! Thanks to our terrific crew--Xoe, Dawn, Bill and Liam--we could have powered the vintage vehicle on just your enthusiasm! We won a “Roaring Rhody Specialty Vehicle Award”....thanks Rhody!
The Taste of Port Townsend event tickets are available online via Eventbrite now and will also be on sale at Quimper Sound, Safeway and The Food Coop by the end of the week. There are 9 delicious spots on this tasty tour June 12, which is a fundraiser for the nonprofit PT Main Street Program. Watch for our fun entry in the Rhody Parade--wait for it...we’re number 94!
Staff (Mari Mullen) and board (Paul Rice) represented Port Townsend at the RevitalizeWA conference last week in Wenatchee. Among the sessions we attended: Nonprofit board governance, Historic tax credits, Social Media success, Creating Dynamic Walking Tours, LION Local Investing Network (given by Deborah Stinson of PT), and Engaging Youth in Local Stewardship...to name a few! The Port Townsend Main Street Program submitted two nominations for Port Townsend projects to the Excellence on Main Awards--and both won! Congratulations to Entrepreneurs of the Year Alison Hero, David Hero and Rocky Friedman for the Starlight Room, and to Michelle Sandoval and Kirk Lanterman for winning the Visual Impact Award for the Eisenbeis Building! These dedicated community members received enthusiastic applause at the conference awards awards reception at the award-winning Pybus Market in Wenatchee.
SPONSORS ON THE DOCK!
We have three stage sponsor slots left for this year’s summer concert series--help make these concerts happen and promote your business to a receptive audience in a beautiful outdoor setting on our downtown waterfront. Contact the Main Street office at 385-7911 for more information. Thanks!
Want to do something new and plug into your creativity at Gallery Walk this Saturday?
You can take a fun, hands-on wire sculpture workshop for adults with Margie McDonald--no experience necessary and it would be great night out on the town with a friend. Class fee $45 and includes wine and cheese and gourmet pizza served--21+ event at the Hastings Building. There’s also a free children’s weaving workshop that afternoon at The Hastings Building. And “Scrabble in Babel”--2 short plays debut that evening (in the former Frameworks space), 118 Taylor.
We are working on planning the Taste of Port Townsend--stay tuned for details. This tasty event is June 12, and last year we sold out of tickets!
Michael Grady and Frank Iuro star in “Scrabble in Babel” May 3
Registration is open for the “Escape into Art” Workshops during Art Wave on Saturday, May 3rd! If you want to plug into your creativity, take a wire sculpture class with an award-winning artist, Margie McDonald, and bring a friend to the adult evening class. (Tuition $45; benefits the arts in the schools program). It’s bound to be a delightful experience at The Hastings Building during Gallery Walk. The class includes art materials, gourmet pizza by the Tin Brick, wine and cheese (Mount Townsend Creamery) and fun! There is a free all-ages weaving class in the Hastings Building from 2-3:30 pm also on May 3. And...don’t miss “Scrabble in Babel”--a new indie theatre group is putting on short plays that evening in The Hastings Building! If you buy a daily bird at Daily Bird Pottery, they will donate the proceeds benefit the arts in the schools program. A lot of fun at Gallery Walk May 3!
Art Wave will be on view at 40 merchants. Thanks to our generous merchants for hosting this art and many will have donation jars at their businesses in support of arts education.
We have posted a link to our Facebook page of the list of groups visiting Port Townsend. The Cruise Ship is coming today (Wed) at 5 pm; the other visits are typically on Thursdays at 10 am in June (3 visits) , four visits in September, and October and one visit in November. Click on the 2014 Visiting Groups tab on our website to print out the dates.
The Cruise Ship has just docked at Union Wharf. Please out welcome signs to greet these guests to our fair city. See the remaining schedule on our “Visiting Groups” tab. We are glad to have these visitors here on this rather blustery spring day.
We are gearing up for Earth Day Spring Clean up this Saturday. We will be working from 9-12 noon at Adams Street Park and around the corner gardens downtown. Please call the office at 385-7911 and let us know if you can spare an hour or two and help get Port Townsend get ready for Summer!
Our latest edition of the PT Main Street enews just came out--are you on our list? Sign up via our website and you can click on it to give a read via our Facebook page.
Things are shaping up for Art Wave and “Escape into Art” workshops. Watch for a colorful postcard coming your way about the new elements to this fundraiser which supports arts education in the schools. Merchants--sign up for the Art Wave Promotion (only $10) and you get an eye-catching window display of children’s art. Thank you!
It is sunny and a little breezy...spring is here. Merchants--have you signed up for your Hanging Flower Baskets from Henery’s Garden Center yet? And our Main Street Program offers an affordable watering and care program for the hanging baskets. Click on the Flower Basket Program info here, or email us to sign up. Thanks for beautifying our home town!
THIS JUST IN--We just received word that The American Cruiseline Ship is now arriving on Thursday mornings at 10 am (with the exception of April 23) so we will not be asking the stores to open at 9 am on Thursdays. See the schedule on the “Visiting Groups” tab on our homepage. They were originally set to come in on Wednesdays at 5 pm, but that has now changed.
Please download a welcome sign for these guests! The Jefferson County Historical Society is coordinating tours and other aspects of the cruise ship visits this year. Special thanks to Bill Tennent and his staff and volunteers for making these guests feel welcome in our seaport town.
At the Merchant Breakfast yesterday, we were taking the pulse of merchants regarding three opportunities: Stay open til 7 pm for a “Solstice Shop Stroll” Merchant Open House on Friday, June 20 to welcome the Furniture Society of American conference guests and staying open later on Fridays/Saturdays til 7pm in the summer time. Merchants--please let us know your thoughts. Don’t forget you can print out welcome signs and a list of when groups are visiting on the home page of our website.
We are also working on Earth Day Spring Clean Up and seeking volunteers to help spread tlc and mulch(!) around town. Gardening, weeding, and painting projects too. Let us know if you can lend a hand. Bring gloves and hand tools, please let us know if you can meet us at Adams St Park at 9am Sat. April 19. We will work from 9am to 12 noon and help get Port Townsend ready for Spring.
Thanks to all our guests at this morning’s Merchant Breakfast at The Public House, with treats provided by Pane d’Amore Artisan Baker and Olympic Traders.
We appreciated the participation of the table speakers Paul Rice, Nathan Barnett, Lorilee Houston, Amy Smith, Jan Hopfenbeck, and Cate Comerford. Special thanks to our Main Street Board members Rosie Itti, Molly Klupfell, Paul Rice , Beverly Malagon, Kris Nelson and Xoe Huffman, and to our Promotion Committee members Anne Metcalfe, Katie Kowalski and staff Dawn Pierson for extra help. More updates from the breakfast coming soon.
The Spring HUD Loan application round deadline is March 31st, 2014. There are two application rounds each year and the second deadline will be October 30, 2014.
Bring us your green thumbs! Volunteers needed for the Main Street Earth Day Spring Clean Up Saturday, April 19th from 9 am to 12 noon. We are happy to be working with two other local nonprofits on Earth Day Spring Clean-Up this year: The Boiler Room and Labor Leaders. The Boiler Room volunteers will assist with Adams Street Park projects and Labor Leaders will help tackle a painting project at Tyler Street Staircase.
Have you rsvp’d for the Main Street Spring Merchant Breakfast Wednesday, April 2? We will introduce new business neighbors, hear about visiting groups and ways to plug into Main Street tools to boost your business. Special thanks to the Public House and Pane D’Amore for providing baked goods. Members $5, nonmembers $7.
Congrats to Suzy Carroll at Uptown Nutrition for celebrating ten great years with her successful business Uptown. She had a strong, healthy crowd at her party 3/28/14!
Bustle on in for the Victorian Festival which starts today and runs through Sunday! It’s time to evoke our Victorian past--wear a cameo, a vintage hat or a touch of lace, and celebrate the Forts on the Frontier theme. Main Street is helping promote the festival and sponsor some of the events, like the SOLD OUT “Insider’s Historic Building Tours!” Thanks to everyone who bought tickets in advance...and to our generous property owners/managers who are sharing their stories with us.
Special thanks to our tour leaders including Bill Tennent at The Jefferson County Historical Society, Michelle Sandoval, Scott and Jennifer Wilson, Ron and Sue Ramage, Helen Gunn, and Heather Dudley Nollette.
FORTS ON THE FRONTIER EQUESTRIAN PARADE Saturday at 10:30 am. There will be a rolling street closure for the parade which proceeds down Taylor and Water Street towards City Hall. Special thanks to the Port Townsend Police
The Main Street Victorian Festival “Downtown Insider’s Historic Building Tours” sold out early in the week. At the end of today, we received word that the “Uptown Historic Insider’s Historic Building Tour” has sold out; thank you to all who purchased tickets in advance! There are many fun events scheduled at the Victorian Festival and the Museum offers wonderful walking tours of Uptown and Downtown during the festival. See the complete schedule at www.vicfest.org
Main Street First Quarterly Pub Crawl a Success
Seeing green at Sirens
Over 100 guests attended the first Main Street Quarterly Port Townsend Pub Crawl on St. Paddy’s Day--it was a fun night filled with Irish music, corned beef, bar games, and drink/appetizer specials at 8 locales. Thanks to our venues, Adam Mullet (artwork!), our Main Street volunteers, Utopian Tours, Peninsula Taxi, Designated Drivers and all who came. The next one is scheduled for June 23, 2014!
It’s time to step back in time at the Victorian Festival this weekend! Main Street is coordinating the downtown and uptown “Insider’s Historic Building Tours”. The Downtown tours are SOLD OUT and only a few tickets remain for the Uptown tour. We are thankful to the enthusiastic folks who bought their tickets in advance for these popular tours. There are many wonderful ways to enjoy the festival so be sure to print out the schedule at www.vicfest.org and get the Wednesday Leader which will have a preview. The fun includes Walking Tours, Programs, Teas, Demonstrations, Free Steamboat Rides, Lectures, Dance and an Equestrian Parade!
Tickets are selling well for the Downtown Insider’s Tour at the Victorian Festival on Sunday, March 23, coordinated by the Port Townsend Main Street Program. These tours of Uptown and Downtown will showcase spaces not normally on view. Get to know your town from a different angle and sign up for the tours at www.vicfest.org. The Jefferson County Historical Society costumed guides will also offer popular walking tours of Uptown and Downtown during the festival. There are some new exciting elements to the Victorian Festival this year which is being coordinated by Olympic Peninsula Steam. The theme is “Forts on the Frontier”-- don’t miss the Equestrian Parade at 10:30 am on Saturday morning, March 22. The short parade will move along Washington Street, up Taylor and down Water Street towards City Hall with a rolling street closure (which means parked cars stay in place while the parade passes). There are tours, teas, demonstrations, programs and dancing as part of this years’ festival.
Tickets are on sale now for the quarterly Port Townsend Pub Crawls which start March 17--St. Paddy’s Day (just sold tickets to some Canadian guests). We are looking forward to this new event which is a fun excuse to socialize Uptown and Downtown. Come out and have a bite to eat and a beverage on a Monday night. The pub crawl glasses feature original art by the talented Adam Mullet who works at Cellar Door. Designated Drivers are VIPs and receive complimentary or low-cost non-alcoholic beverages that evening.
We stopped in at the newly opened “Tin Brick” at 232 Taylor Street (down the stairs) this weekend. Owner Harry Doyle has created a very inviting atmosphere in his family-friendly sports bar/East Coast-style pizza restaurant. There is art by Port Townsend’s Jesse Watson and Margie McDonald, a new copper bar, a tasty menu and....darts!
Full steam ahead for the Victorian Festival March 21-23. The 18th annual event is coordinated by Olympic Peninsula Steam. It includes Main Street “Insider’s Building Tours”, sidewalk tours, teas, free steamboat cruises, boxing matches, dances, sea shanties...not to mention corsets! This is probably one of the last chances for the public to tour inside the historic Hastings Building which is preparing for a major rehabilitation in late summer 2014. New this year, we have added an Uptown Building tour. We encourage merchants to decorate their windows in the spirit of the Fest! Visit www.vicfest.org to buy festival and tour tickets.
One more thing...we are approaching 1,000 likes on our Main Street Facebook page--please give us a “like” if you haven’t yet....thank you!
We are just about to hit the send button on our March 1st enews--it is PACKED with news and fun things to do. Need a new way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? It’s in there. Plus new business news, customer connection tips, pop up shop space possibilities and links to hot tickets. Read our enews via our Facebook page and sign up to receive on our website by clicking on the E-newsletter tab. And please send us your news around the block! Thanks for reading.
The sun is shining down on Water Street and lifting our spirits. Plus, we are working on Concerts on the Dock, which always makes us think of summer. Gallery Walk is coming right up this Saturday. There are some special hot spots, such as Gallery Nine, which is featuring a “Spring Fling Art as Fashion”. The Gallery encourages wearing funky, artistic or glamorous fashions and there will be drawings for prizes.
Speaking of glamour, it’s nearly Red Carpet time, and you can feel like a star at the PT Film Festival’s Oscar Party on Sunday, March 2. Visit the Film Festival’s website for the juicy details.
Save the date for the Spring Main Street Merchant Breakfast Wednesday, April 2 at 8:30 am. More details coming soon.
Yesterday we had a visit from Sarah Hansen, the coordinator of the Washington State Main Street Program and Todd Barman, an economic development consultant. They were on the Olympic Peninsula doing some site visits. We provided information to Allison Arthur of The Leader for her front page story on “Space Available in Port Townsend” which has spurred some phonecalls. There are lots of changes and opportunities in town. We have listings on our “For Sale/For Lease” website tab. If you have space available in the historic districts, please let us know and we will include it on our website.
It’s a three day weekend for President’s Day--while the weather could be blustery, it’s perfect for catching a movie, checking out sales in the shops and grabbing a bite.
The Main Street office is closed Monday Feb. 17 for the holiday. Enjoy!
Fabulous coverage about Port Townsend and Fort Worden in the Sunday travel section of the Seattle Times--“A NEW LOOK AT OLD PORT TOWNSEND” --yes!
We are excited to be working on a new event--The Port Townsend Quarterly Pub Crawls which begin, as luck would have it, March 17th! Stay tuned to our website, enews, Facebook page and twitter to get the latest.
We will take chilly and sunny over dreary, rainy, icy any day! This weekend come into town and visit some of our recently relocated businesses--there’s new merchandise, new locations, and new energy around downtown. Check out About Time, Joglo, Closet Space, and Wandering Angus. Venture to Undertown to visit Frameworks, Quimper Sound, Red Raven, and see what’s new.
Making Super Bowl plans? Feb. 2, Super Bowl Sunday! Need a place to watch the game? Sirens will be having a SUPER BOWL PARTY with raffles every quarter, free popcorn and 12th Man specials! Uptown Pub, Doc's Marina Grill, The Public House, The Belmont and Pour House are all places to watch the game, come out and have some fun!
Congratulations to all the nominees for the Chamber Business Leaders and Citizens of the Year--we are blessed to live in a community with such generous, passionate volunteers who make a real difference in the quality of life here. Kudos to Bill James, Citizen of the Year, Erica Delma, Young Professional of the Year and Crystie Kisler of FinnRiver Farm & Cidery as Business Leader of the Year!
It’s an action-packed weekend with hundreds of Strange Brewfest guests coming to town! And 30+ microbreweries! Other beer-related events include the Not-So-Strange Brewfest” Tap Takeover at the Pourhouse all weekend, plus the 4th Annual “Kill-a-Keg” at Sirens on Friday evening.
We received a phone call yesterday from Congressman Derek Kilmer's liaison. He wanted to go visit with some downtown shopkeepers while he had a short break in his Port Townsend schedule Tuesday. We visited several stores with him and he had a good conversation with the owners about the current economic climate. In the office, we are working on the Victorian festival “Insider Historic Building Tours”.
Heather Dudley Nollette, our past president for the Port Townsend Main Street Program, is nominated for Citizen of the Year at the Chamber leadership brunch this Sunday at Fort Worden Commons...She has given countless hours in service to our community through her work at the Port Townsend Main Street Program--thank you Heather!
It’s been a time of reflection and looking towards the future with multiple organizational retreats in the past week--the Port Townsend Main Street Program, EDC Team Jefferson, City of Port Townsend Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, and KPTZ 91.9 FM! It is quite amazing to be part of such an active and passionate community--truly rewarding and inspiring. One of my many inspirations at the Port Townsend Main Street Program is working with our volunteer board and committee members. Our past president (entering her 7th year on the board!), Heather Dudley Nollette, has been nominated for the Chamber Citizen of the Year--congrats Heather! The awards celebration brunch is set for Sunday, Jan. 26th at Fort Worden. RSVP to the Chamber firstname.lastname@example.org by 1/22 and come celebrate our great business and volunteer leaders.
Lots of exciting business changes in town. Like our Facebook page and read the latest Main Street enews to get the scoop!
The sun is making a brief appearance and it’s not 12 below--hooray! We are mapping out our year. We are attending the EDC Team Jefferson strategic planning session 1/9/13 and have our board retreat set for January 15. We have just emailed out our 2013 Main Street Promotion/Event survey and hope you will give input to help us plan future projects. 2013 was a great year, with successful events, increased holiday lighting, new projects and new collaborations. Thank you for your participation which added so much to the historic districts Uptown and Downtown. Here’s to 2014!
WRAP IT UP!
Hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner--one week til Christmas Day! We are fortunate to have wonderfully fun businesses in Port Townsend to help you with the last minute gifts on your list! Many shops will be open later til 7 pm Friday/Saturday Dec. 20 & 21 AND there’s DIY Wrap Stations at Uptown Nutrition (all supplies provided) and Downtown the O’Meara Dance Students will wrap for you at 911 Water Street for a donation. The PT Coda Youth Chorus (who were such a hit at the treelighting), will sing on the street from 3-5 pm on Friday, Dec. 20. Come have fun downtown and uptown.
Thanks to all our members and volunteers who came for holiday cheer at our annual holiday member party at The Belmont 12/11/13. We thanked our standing board of directors who have made many contributions to our town through their involvement in Main Street projects. We honored our Business Partner of the Year, Mike Kenna of The Printery and our Volunteer of the Year--Heather Dudley Nollette, our board president, for her six years of service. We also established a new award, the Main Street Collaborator Award which was won by the Huffman family and crew of Daily Bird Pottery. Congratulations to all these wonderful people who make our community a special place to be! Special thanks to Rick and Monette Unrue for hosting us with delicious appetizers and dessert.
December 31st is the last day to participate in the Main Street Tax Incentive Program. Please click on the Tax Incentive button on our website to find out more. Thank you!
Don’t forget to RSVP for the Main Street Holiday Members and Volunteer Party which takes place Wednesday, Dec. 11th at The Belmont. We will have delicious appetizers, a no host bar, and good company! Business recognition and volunteer of the year awards honor members of our community. Come for holiday cheer. $10 suggested donation at the door. Hope to see you there.
In other news--the LAST “SANTA SHOPS HERE” gift certificate has been claimed!!! This new promotion was surprisingly popular. Gift certificates were awarded on a first come, first served basis, while supplies lasted. Some restrictions applied. Thanks to all who have shopped, dined and stayed in PT and participated in this part of the holiday promotion. Let’s keep the momentum going and make it a great holiday season in Port Townsend! We were amazed and pleased by the positive response of this new promotion, and it was very successful.
12-7-13 We have gotten all the snowflakes up on our historic buildings (thanks to Labor Leaders!) and two refurbished light banners over Water Street (thanks to PT Main Street, Reliance LED, and Port Townsend Public Works)! It is looking very festive downtown and Malcolm Dorn of Wallyworks is working on Uptown!)
Nearly all the gift certificates have been claimed in Santa Shops Here--so excited to see local support for our businesses uptown and downtown. Thank you.
THANK YOU to everyone who has been supporting local businesses through the “Santa Shops Here” promotion. Due to overwhelming interest, this aspect of the holiday promotion is nearly done but there are still endless reasons to shop, dine and stay in town over the holidays. One-of-a-kind gifts, festive decorations and memorable events make our town a wonderful place to be in December. Thank you for patronizing our independent locally-owned businesses.
Decorating around town today...watch the flurry of snowflakes go up downtown...and soon...Uptown.
Thanks to Labor Leaders, Reliance LED, Wallyworks, East Jefferson Fire and Rescue, Copper Bamboo and our Main Street volunteers.
Hope to see you at the Merchant Breakfast at the Public House Tuesday from 8:30-945 am. There will be coffee, muffins and an interesting program.
Look for more holiday decorations going up with faithful helpers (East Jefferson Fire and Rescue, City of PT Parks and Public Works, Main Street volunteers) as well as some new energy with Labor Leaders . Labor Leaders will assist with snowflakes decorating and other festive decor--thanks to Jacob and Orlando Telemante.
The Adventuress ornaments are selling so well, we have ordered more which will hopefully arrive at the end of the week.
The “Santa Shops Here” promotion has been extremely popular and folks are coming into the office daily to claim gift certificates--not many left.
Thank you to all who have made the commitment to shop and dine in town for the holidays. It makes a big difference!
The 36th gift certificate has been claimed from the “Santa Shops Here” wall of gift certificates! We applaud the commitment of these local shoppers who have chosen to spend at least $500 in town to support our local economy. The 2013 Main Street ornament featuring the Adventuress have been sailing off the shelves--get yours while supplies last. Click here to see where the ornaments are sold. Come have fun in town during Small Business Saturday on November 30. There will be caroling in the streets, in-store treats and many shops open later. Thanks for supporting the holidays in Port Townsend.
RSVP’s are rolling in for the Main Street Merchant Breakfast on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at The Public House--don’t forget to rsvp here! The breakfast runs from 8:30 am-9:45 am. The topics on the agenda include a Healthcare Update by Kristin Manwaring of KMi Insurance and a preview on the Main Street Online Building and Business Inventory with Frank DePalma of Totera Inc. $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers, includes continental breakfast. Hope to see you there!
The “Santa Shops Here” local retail promotion continues to be popular--15 certificates have now been claimed! Customers must spend a minimum of $500 at 53 participating businesses to be eligible for a $50 gift certificate. In other news, members can keep an eye out for board ballots and membership holiday party which will be at the historic Belmont Restaurant Dec. 11.
We are making holiday preparations for making it merry and bright downtown and uptown.
We are excited to have 12 more snowflakes going on downtown buildings thanks property owners who took part in the Main Street Snowflake Matching Fund. We are working with Labor Leaders to hang them, as well as 19 led snowflakes on the streetlights by early December. We just sent out our mid-month update which had lots of news around the block. If you’d like to be on our e-news list, sign up here.
Ready...set...shop! The first three gift certificates have been claimed in the “Santa Shops Here” promotion--we are off and running!
There are 53 fun places to do your shopping Uptown and Downtown and there are fifty $50 gift certificates left to claim! Pick up a red and white Santa envelope to keep track of where you want to shop, dine or stay. Thanks for keeping your business in town.
We are excited about this year’s holiday art, featuring the centennial of The Adventuress. The photo is by Elizabeth Becker, Seaport Photography and the graphic design is by The Printery. This historic schooner is also featured on our 2013 Main Street ornament.
We encourage locals and visitors to get a jump on holiday shopping and join in the PT Main Street “Santa Shops Here” promotion at 53 businesses Uptown and Downtown! SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS! Customers who spend $500 at participating merchants up until December 24 are eligible to pick a $50 merchant gift certificate at the Main Street office. Some restrictions apply, first come-first served while they last, limit 2 per customer.
November 1--Happy November
Over 1500 trick or treaters and their parents came downtown for the 19th Annual Main Street Downtown Trick or Treat and Costume Parade--’twas bewitching fun with a zillion creative costumes!! A personal favorite--Morticia and “Thing” pictured above.
Thanks to our very generous merchants, Main Street witches, Janet Emery Olympic Peninsula Steam zombies and PT Police Volunteers and all who came!
What will you be for Halloween? Nearly time for the 19th Annual Main Street Downtown Trick or Treat & Costume Parade for K-6th graders on Halloween Oct. 31; gather at 3:45 by Bank of America Plaza--the parade leaves at 4 pm, marching towards Polk Street and there’s trick or treating on the way back at dozens of generous businesses! Children must be accompanied by adults.
Special thanks to PT Police Volunteers, Janet Emery/Kinetics, the Main Street witches and Olympic Peninsula Steam zombies for help with the Parade. We look forward to seeing all the super heroes, monsters and ghosts traipsing down Water Street.
A Famous Haunting with a PT Connection!
Speaking of ghosts, there is a Port Townsend connection to a famous ghost in England--“The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall”. Lady Dorothy Walpole (1687-1726) was the second wife of Charles Townshend. He was the grandfather of George Townshend--a benefactor/friend of Capt. George Vancouver who named Port Townshend after him (the “h” was subsequently dropped). It is a chilling tale with a sad ending, and Lady Walpole is said to haunt this stately British home in Norfolk. The controversial photograph of “The Brown Lady” is one of the most famous ghost images in history. To find out why she is called “The Brown Lady,” read about the hauntings, and see the famous ghostly photo Click here.
We are excited that 48 businesses Uptown and Downtown have signed up for the November/December holiday promotion.
There is a new local shopping/dining/lodging promotion called “Santa Shops Here” to encourage local spending. And the ornament is especially pretty this year and features the 100th year of The Adventuress. See more on our website Victorian Holidays tab.
We had a great time with 40 Urban Planning students from the Evergreen State College. Special thanks to our City Manager, David Timmons, Development Services Director, Rick Sepler for giving the group an overview of city planning in a small town. PT Main Street Board President Heather Dudley Nollette gave them a terrific tour of the Hastings Building. And it was a bonus that they had lunch throughout town--always welcome on a Monday in October. This is the third time we have helped host this professor’s Urban Planning class and they enjoyed their time here.
Congratulations to Dee M. of Sequim--the Girls’ Night Out Grand Prize Raffle winner! She won an overnight to Port Townsend, and many fun gifts valued at $600. Thanks to all who bought a raffle ticket or goody bag--over $6200 was generated, to be split with the Jefferson County Public Health Dept. Breast/Cervical Health Program and PT Main Street, a 501c3 nonprofit.
On Monday, we will help welcome 40 Urban Planning students from the Evergreen State College, along with City Manager David Timmons, Development Services Director Rick Sepler, and Main Street Board President Heather Dudley Nollette.
Be A Star! Downtown Property Owners-- Inquire about the Main Street Holiday Lights Program--deadline is coming soon! Help us make Port Townsend even more festive for the holidays.
THANK YOU to everyone who came to Girls’ Night Out--it was alot of fun and very successful--all the goodie bags were sold by the evening of the event!
Raffle tickets are still on sale for $5 each til Friday Oct. 11. The prize is valued at $600--it’s a great getaway to Port Townsend, with massage, facial, spa robe, dinner out and a photo session. See where to buy tickets here. Thank you to our generous merchants, goodie bag/raffle donors, Jefferson Healthcare, and THANK YOU for coming.
MERCHANTS: watch for the Holiday Promotion flyer coming soon. We have a fun new angle on local shopping this year and the more businesses which sign up, the merrier it will be!
We just finished assembling 500 goodie bags for Girls’ Night Out this Thursday, Oct. 3--THANK YOU Bickie and Gary, Sue Arthur, Julia Danskin, Rosie Itti, Anne Metcalfe, and Deja Webster for all your help. Thanks to our fabulous, generous merchants for the fun gifts and a special shout out to The Clothes Horse for the OZONE Socks! The bags are great this year!
We are working on pulling together all the details of the Girls’ Night Out promotion which is set for next Thursday Oct. 3--lots of fun in stores and restaurants too. We will be stuffing 500 goodie bags this weekend! And raffle tickets (only $5 each--prize valued at $600) are on sale now at many participating shops, look for signs. Deja View Photography is giving a special gift to a number of the goodie bags, and every bag will have beautiful OZONE Socks thanks to Gail Boulter of the Clothes Horse. Thanks to all our generous businesses for contributing to the goodie bags.
Plus, we talked to the North Pole this week and are happy to report that Santa is planning on visiting our town Saturday, Dec. 7th.
We are thrilled that 33 businesses have signed up for the Oct. 3rd Main Street Girls’ Night Out promotion, including 7 stores in Uptown--thanks to all who have signed up! There will be fun retail promotions, special sales, goodie bags, and the chance to buy an “In the Pink” raffle ticket with a $600+ prize. Raffle tickets will go on sale at participating merchants this week.
“On a personal note, the art for this year’s 10th annual Girls’ Night Out promotion features my beautiful mom”--Mari Mullen, Port Townsend Main Street Program executive director.
Pete at Broken Spoke had a successful
Sidewalk “Sail” weekend
On to a week of beautiful weather--sunshine in the forecast. The goal of holding the Sidewalk “Sail” during Wooden Boat Festival is to encourage visitors to stroll down the streets and experience our shops during this busy weekend. Merchants, let us know how it worked for you. The weather was cooperative, and it was packed in town. It was a terrific Wooden Boat Festival, full of happy maritime enthusiasts.
Concerts on the Dock are over--a terrific season and thanks to all who participated--great bands, sponsors, vendors, crew, and you, our audience! On to the Sidewalk Sail during Wooden Boat Fest this weekend. Merchants--remember to put post your signs for the Sidewalk Sail and to Welcome the cruise ships on schedule to visit Sept. and Oct.
Last night’s Emerging Artists’ Night and DJ Dance Party was very fun, and we were blessed with cooperative weather in the nick of time. Mayor David King welcomed the crowd and officially opened the new “Esplanade Plaza” there adjacent to the Cotton Building--a beautiful new asset for Port Townsend’s waterfront. Make a point of strolling down to that end of town and revel in the view!
The annual Main Street “Sidewalk Sail” during Wooden Boat Fest takes place Sat/Sun Sept 7 & 8th. Merchants can download a sign to let their customers know they are participating. Thanks!
American Cruise Lines is here on a “delivery cruise” today and will be back again on their fall Fall schedule starting Sept. 4. Sign up to receive Main Street’s enews (click on the enews button on our website) to keep in the information loop. You can also download a welcome sign for these visitors from our website.
We are looking forward to “Emerging Artists’ Night” and DJ Dance Party with Silace Amaro at this Thursday’s Concerts on the Dock! The featured bands are “Daughter of Albion” and “The Cold Comfort”.
The big news is we have added in a make-up concert on WEDNESDAY Sept. 4 to Concerts on the Dock featuring TOOL SHED TRIO and Special Guests.
Don’t miss the final two concerts--great music, great fun to come Thursday, Aug. 29 and WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4!
The Uptown Street Fair on Saturday was a lively neighborhood celebration and the parade was full of quirky fun. The PT Main Street Program’s “In the Pink” Girls’ Night Out entry received a trophy for the Local Shopping award. Kids on decorated bikes, Kinetics vehicles, a drum band, vintage car and Pane d’Amore’s Kirsten with “Quill” the hedgehog added lots of local color. Thanks to generous business sponsors and to Lisa Doray for her hard work as the event coordinator. This was her last year as the coordinator and she did it with her usual calm and creativity.
The weather was uncooperative last night which resulted in canceling the Thursday night outdoor concert. But it looks promising for next week-come dance at Off The Hook, funk, soul and R&B band from Tacoma. Should be FUN and danceable! The sponsors are Wilder Auto and Kitsap Credit Union, with stage sponsor: The Wooden Boat Festival and Beer Garden Sponsor: Getables!
TONIGHT’S CONCERT ON THE DOCK IS POSTPONED due to inclement weather! We hope to see you next Thursday at OFF THE HOOK--great Funk/R&B Music from Tacoma. See you then! Thanks for understanding.
Very fun to have actress Cloris Leachman in town for a visit at Pippa’s Real Tea! Also in town today, college students from the Pacific Northwest Field School out of the University of Oregon (Architecture and Preservation). We gave them a tour of downtown, where they were fascinated by our bricks and renovated exteriors. Thanks to the Mount Baker Block, PT Film Fest, The Water Street Hotel, City of PT, and The Palace Hotel for an inside peek behind the facades.
Looking ahead to a week full of fun in Port Townsend! Toolshed Trio and Special Guests perform a free concert at Main Street’s Thursday’s Concerts on the Dock. Thanks to the Wooden Boat Festival and Getables for sponsoring the stage and beer garden. The Uptown Street Fair is on tap for Saturday, August 17--a full day of family fun plus free music, arts and crafts fair, Farmer’s Market, a beer garden, and a Parade in Uptown. Also that day, it’s the Kiwanis Classic Car Show at Memorial Field. And Sunday, is the County-wide Community Picnic at HJ Carroll Park in Chimacum. Hang around this weekend to get the most out of summer fun!
It was a very busy blues weekend in Port Townsend this weekend--thanks Centrum, for putting on such great shows!
PT Main Street’s Concerts on the Dock this week feature gypsy jazz with Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers”--don’t miss it!
“At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca's sweet violin playing… his sense of melody and daring improvisations” (World Rhythm Webzine). Their tight rhythm section features a hand drummer, giving the music a bouncy swing and accentuating the joyful interplay between the two soloists. The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django & Grappelli, Brazilian choros, and Ranger's unique originals.
Thanks to our lead sponsors WILDER AUTO, KITSAP CREDIT UNION, and The Peninsula Daily News. This week’s stage sponsor is THE BLUE MOOSE and Beer Garden Sponsor is Subway Sandwiches (in honor of Mickey Davis’s and Sandy Bird’s upcoming wedding!).
7 new street trees going in on Water Street and Taylor Street today
Our enewsletter is coming out today, don’t forget to send us your merchant news and sign up to receive via our website --click the enewsletter button on the home page to sign up.
Main Street’s Concerts on the Dock was bursting with great music and an amazing crowd last Thursday--thanks to all who came!
The quarterly Main Street Manager meeting was held in Ellensburg --a whopping 100 degrees, but one adapts...We toured the Wild Horse Wind Farm, and actually got to go inside one of the turbines. The blades are 129 feet long, and though they look like they are spinning in slow motion, they are actually going 150 miles per hour! The Ellensburg Downtown Association has some new benches, flower planters and trash cans on the street. Photos coming.
Grab your partner and come have a good time at the Buck Ellard show with Pies on the Run for this Thursday’s Concert on the Dock. Seating opens at 4:30 pm. show starts at 5 pm. These family friendly concerts are made possible by generous business sponsors: Wilder Auto, Kitsap Credit Union and the Peninsula Daily News. Thanks to this week’s stage sponsor THE BISHOP VICTORIAN HOTEL and our Beer/Wine & Cider Garden sponsor: All About Escrow. We appreciate the support of the City of Port Townsend, our volunteers and great Main Street crew.
Another great night at Concerts on the Dock--thanks to all who came and to the musicians who put on a fabulous show--guest artists with The Pitfalls included Simon Lynge, Kevin Mason, and other young guest artists. We have several vendors who add to the festive atmosphere--Daily Bird Pottery and hand pies by “Crust” available at the pottery booth, plus chair massage by James Jackson.
Next week come dance at Locust Street Taxi! Thanks to our generous sponsors, Wilder Auto, and Kitsap Credit Union. Stage sponsor SOS Printing, Beer/wine/cider garden sponsor: Sport Townsend.
7-15-13 Put Main Street Concerts on the Dock on your weekly THURSDAY calendar. This Thursday, July 18, Solvents backed by Aardvark with The Pitfalls. Seating opens at 4:30pm, music goes from 5-7:30 pm. Great local indie music this week! Our stage sponsor is First Federal; Beer Garden sponsor is Middletown Pinbar and they are bringing “Fishtales” Pinball machine to the show. Wilder Auto is bringing a 2013 environmentally friendly vehicle. Thanks to the City of Port Townsend and our generous sponsors, great crew and volunteers. All ages, free fun. Hope you can come.
Thanks to all who came out to Concerts on the Dock--a great show by the Better Half last night! Dancing, delicious local beverages from Port Townsend Brewing and Finnriver Cidery, and you. Thanks to our generous sponsors who made it happen, and our hardworking crew and volunteers. You rock! Next week, Solvents backed by Aardvark with The Pitfalls. Middletown Pinbar is bringing a pinball machine. Wilder Auto is bringing a 2013 Jetta Hybrid. See you there!
We have been looking forward to Concerts on the Dock for months and it starts today! New start time: 4:30 pm Seating opens; Music starts at 5 pm and goes til 7:30 pm. Thank you to series sponsors WILDER AUTO and KITSAP CREDIT UNION. Come enjoy beverages from Port Townsend Brewing Co., Finnriver Cidery, and our local wine merchant, The Wine Seller. Vendors include Daily Bird Pottery and James Jackson Massage. Today’s concert stage sponsor is Quimper Mercantile, and the Beer/Wine/Cider Garden sponsor is All About Escrow. We appreciate our generous sponsors and we hope to see you at the Pope Marine Plaza to enjoy free, outdoor music. All ages fun--come dance with The Better Half!
Have a fantastically fun 4th of July weekend. Be safe and happy.
Gallery Walk is Saturday, lots of fun events in town and so much to celebrate!
Rick Sepler/City of PT gives an update from at Merchant Breakfast 6/27
Thanks to all who came to the Main Street Merchant Breakfast--Solutions, Part 2 at Pippa’s Real Tea. Rick Sepler, City of Port Townsend Development Services Director, gave an update on the new City Wayfinding Signage and brought up the idea of a temporary bike corral. A bike corral can accommodate up to 12 bikes in a parking space. Bicyclists are a growing tourism segment, and bicycling groups prefer to store their bikes together. On weekends and on Taylor Street, bike racks are well used. Merchants who attended the meeting also voted with dots on priority projects for the Port Townsend Main Street Program. Increasing lighting along Water Street from Taylor Street to Quimper Mercantile was a big priority. Another top priority is extending store hours, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights during the summer.Thanks to our Promotion Committee, Heather Dudley Nollette and Pippa Mills for their help with the merchant breakfast.
NOTE TO SUMMER FUN CALENDAR: The Better Half kick off Main Street Concerts on The Dock July 11th--all ages venue at Civic District Plaza and Pope Marine Park. New time; seating opens at 4:30 pm; music begins at 5 pm and goes til 7:30 pm. Beer/wine/cider garden and local vendors add to the fun.
6-25-13 Have you rsvp’d for our summer merchant breakfast June 27? It’s Solutions--Part 2--and will be held at Pippa’s Tea Shop from 8:30 am to 9:45 am. Hope to see you there.
Huge thanks to our nearly 300 guests, generous restaurants and hardworking volunteers who made this year’s Taste of Port Townsend a great success! We also appreciate the extra efforts and cooperation of our ticket outlets--Safeway, The Food Coop and Quimper Sound. It was a lovely night on the town--we have so much to be thankful for, and so many delightful restaurants to brag about in Port Townsend!
Taste of PT tickets available online til midnight Wed 6/12 at www.eventbrite.com or in person on the day of the event at Safeway, the PT Food Coop on Kearney Street and Quimper Sound on Taylor Street. Thanks to our generous restaurants, ticket outlets, supportive media and Main Street volunteers for their help on this tasty event...we can’t wait!
Tickets are selling well for the Taste of PT! You can still be a part of this tasty fundraiser this Thursday. Buy tickets online at www.eventbrite.com or at Safeway, The Food Coop or Quimper Sound. Thanks to our wonderful restaurateurs and volunteers who help make it such a great time.
Visit the Uptown Public Art models at City Hall and review the artists’ proposals--they are all so different and intriguing.
Merchants--don’t forget to decorate your windows in celebration of all things steampunk. The Brass Screw Confereracy takes place this weekend June 7-9. Download a welcome sign from our website. Click on the Steampunk button.
Take advantage of the earlybird special and save $5 on Taste of Port Townsend tickets through June 1st...Buy on line at www.eventbrite.com or in person at Quimper Sound, Safeway or the Food Coop. Tickets $25 through 6/1-- and $30 after. A great value!
Weather is holding for Steampunk Shopping Night tonight...get your gear for the Brass Screw Steampunk Hootenanny (June 7-9); many shops open til 7pm. Look for balloon bouquets and signs. Gather at Sirens after the event to show off your haul!
The American Cruise Line’s cruise ship has docked for her final visit in PT this season. Please make these fine folks feel welcome. They will return in September and October.
Hope to see you at The Colab Open House today at 5 pm--above The Silverwater Cafe. Free Co-working workshops today too.
The Cruise Ship left mid-day and will be back next Wednesday May 29 with 88 passengers aboard for their final visit this spring. The schedule resumes in September, and runs through October.
Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.
Back in the office after spending several days at the Washington State Main Street/Preservation Conference in Vancouver WA. It was a great conference, and I presented one session called “Anatomy of a Special Event.” The Port Townsend Main Street Program was honored with an “Excellence on Main” Award for the 2012 Downtown Construction Communications Plan. SCJ Alliance Senior Project Manager Scott Sawyer and City of Port Townsend Marketing Director Christina Pivarnik attended the reception and accepted the award with Port Townsend Main Street Program.
Flower Baskets were up in time for the Rhody Parade. We had alot of fun with our Rhody Parade entry for The Taste of Port Townsend--a classy 1954 lime green pickup truck driven by Steve Taylor (thank you Steve!). Thanks to our pit crew, Elizabeth and Jack Becker, and our “diners” in the back, Margaret and Gordon.
--Mari Mullen/Executive Director
Wild! Spotted a sleepy seal on the sidewalk by Better Living Through Coffee on Sunday. The juvenile elephant seal is nicknamed “Star” and has hauled out in various locales.
TASTE OF PORT TOWNSEND-- Tickets on sale now at www.eventbrite.com!
13 delicious spots are featured on this tasty tour set for Thursday, June 13 from 4-7:30 pm. Tickets available at Safeway, The Food Coop and Quimper Sound after May 10th.
MERCHANTS--don’t forget to help welcome cruise ship guests Wednesday/Thursday. Welcome signs available on our website.
A juvenile elephant seal has been visiting the beach by Adams Street Park to molt.
Special thanks to the great Marine Science Center volunteers for keeping an eye on him.
Heading into some gorgeous weather for the next few days! It’s Gallery Walk Saturday, May 4th. May is Main Street Art Wave! Check out the fantastic artwork by PT Public School K-12 students which is on view in 38 stores for the month of May. It will lighten your heart! Also as the “Art Affair” fundraiser this year, the teaching artists are offering ing three workshops. Walk up registrations welcome at Jefferson Museum of Art and History Saturday at 10 am.
Welcome American Cruiselines! We are happy to have these guests in town for tours, shopping, dining and enjoying our seaport ambience! Thanks to Christina Pivarnik, The Jefferson Museum of Art & History, the Main Street Promotion Committee, The PT Chamber VIC, and Discovery View Apts. for help getting ready and hosting these visitors. They will return each Wednesday in May and the schedule will pick up again in the fall.
Thanks to the 35 Businesses which have signed up for Art Wave--Student Art in the Stores. Helen Gunn and the volunteers have threaded their way through the stores Uptown and Downtown, making eye-catching window displays.
31 businesses have signed up for Art Wave--Student Art in the Stores for the month of May. We love this colorful display of the creativity of our youth. See the list on the Art Wave tab. There are also three new art classes being taught on May 4 as a fundraiser for the arts in education programs in the schools. Get in touch with your inner artist and sign up for a class. They should be an inspiring experience--the classes are taught by Max Grover/Margie McDonald, Jesse Watson and Wanda LeClerc.
Some great ideas were generated at the Merchant Breakfast “Solutions Brainstorm.” Special thanks to all who attended, and our table captains and scribes. We also thank Heather Dudley Nollette, our Main Street Board President, Jascha Gulden/Reliance LED, Christina Pivarnik, City of PT Marketing, Rob Birman/Centrum, Nathan Barnett, Olympic Peninsula Steam, and Police Chief Conner Daily for attending. Watch for a follow up meeting in a month.
On Wednesday, it was fun to be on the air at KPTZ for the “Bring Your Records” show with Larry Stein. You got to bring 9 songs that you love and it was a treat.
SPRING CLEANING--Tomorrow you can bring your unwanted prescriptions to the PT Police Dept at Mountain View campus from 10 am - 2 pm for disposal.
THANK YOU TO the Great Volunteers from The Boiler Room who helped lay new gravel paths at Adams Street Park for Main Street Earth Day Clean up. They also cleaned up sidewalk litter and cigarette butts around town. Thanks also to John Gair from the Palace, Tara, Jon Muellner, Michael Rosser and City Public Works for help, and to NIFTY FIFTIES for bringing coffee just when we needed to warm up! We also placed another bench in the park, and are contracting with PT Foundry to fix up 3 city garbage cans which needed attention. The Boiler Room’s next clean up day is after Rhody Fest--kudos to their clean up program.
REMINDER: The new fundraiser for the arts in the schools program this year is an experience-- “Escape into Art” workshops on May 4. Read more about it on the Art Wave tab on our website. You can register online here via eventbrite.com. Rub shoulders with some great local artists and tap into your creativity this spring!
THANKS to the businesses which have signed up for Art Wave--Student art in the stores. Deadline April 19th! It’s always fun to see the creativity of our community’s young people featured prominently in store windows! It’s only $10 to sign up, and it you get a great window display for the month of May! Thanks!
Looking for some GREEN THUMBS to tackle spring clean up projects with us Saturday, April 20th from 9 am to 12 noon. Spread the word...we need help spreading gravel at Adams Street Park, weeding, a little painting project and tree well grooming. Call us at 385-7911 if you want to help. It’s fun to be outside, get exercise and get PT in shape for spring! We are happy that the Boiler Room is synching its clean up efforts that day to attack litter and help weed.
Opening Day at Farmer’s Market and Gallery Walk Saturday reminded us that it is time to celebrate spring. Approximately 400 cars from around Puget Sound came to town with the Achtuning group. William’s Gallery had a great party celebrating their 9th anniversary. A stiltwalker strolled by. And Sirens packed them in with The Maldives.
The free grant writing workshop at the Library Learning Center was at capacity with 30 people soaking up the wisdom of Jeannine Privat from the King County Library. PT Main Street helped with publicity and refreshments. Thanks to the Library for putting this program on, it was well received.
Looking forward to Gallery Walk tomorrow--always a good time, and inspiring art.
The sun was out for awhile, which makes us think of Concerts on the Dock. Sponsorships available! It’s the generosity of local business sponsors that make this fun summer music series a reality.
April is shaping up to be full of visitors and beautification efforts. Achtuning VW group is bringing 500 cars and lots of customers Saturday, April 6th. We have been working with the Police on making parking available for this group which loves PT and has come for many years in a row. They will be the first recipients of our great new Main Street “Welcome to PT” coupon book! We are printing 5,000. The next group is the American Cruise Line Ship bringing about 80 guests April 10. They will receive coupon books and shopping bags, courtesy of our Main Street Promotion Committee, and the Chamber of Commerce will add maps and PT brochures.
HANGING BASKETS It’s time to order hanging baskets to add color around town from May-Sept. Call Henery’s to order your basket at 385-3354 or email them at email@example.com If you want to contract with Main Street for the the watering/maintenance program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 385-7911.
Speaking of making town pretty, it’s Earth Day Clean up April 20th...please use this opportunity to spiff up your storefronts, clean awnings, do that painting project you’ve been meaning to tackle! We will be working on Adams Street Park and we are also rehabbing several of the town’s garbage cans created by PT Foundry.
April 25--Save the date for the Main Street Merchant Breakfast--the topic is “Solutions Round Table” 8:30 am at The Public House. RSVP to Main Street at 385-7911 or email@example.com
Lots going on this week:
3/28/13 Bird Abatement meeting --RSVP to Main Street
3/29/13 HUD Loan Deadline
3/31/13 Concerts on the Dock Poster Contest deadline
And, Family Portrait Posters are on sale for only $10 at The Printery this week. We’ve been receiving rave reviews on this year’s photo and poster. Thanks to all who came to be part of the fun!
Thanks to EVERYONE who came out for the Port Townsend Main Street Family Portrait today--perfect gentle weather for the picture and The Schooner Adventuress timed it perfectly to sail by for the photo! The posters are receiving rave reviews, and are available for $10 at the Printery in Uptown. Special thanks to our photographer, David Conklin, Mike Kenna at The Printery, PSE, Elevated Chocolates, Sunrise Coffee, City of PT, Nick Reid, Bill Brown, Kinetics, East Jefferson Fire and Rescue and our Main Street volunteers! It was alot of fun!
HISTORY BUFFS AND PRESERVATION FANATICS! We are excited that the “Insider’s Historic Building Tour” on Sunday, March 24 is selling very well! PT Main Street is coordinating this event as a fundraiser for the Victorian Festival March 22-24. The $10 tour includes an up close look at four fascinating buildings: The elegant Cracker Factory, The lovingly-restored Miller-Burkett Building (known as the Elks), the landmark Hastings Building, and the fabulous Mount Baker Block--our Main Street home! There are many truly special events planned for this year’s festival. Tickets online at www.vicfest.org. Be a part of history!
SMILE! Join us for the Family Portrait Town Photo too, Sat. March 23 at 9:45 am (gather at 9:30--coffee from Sunrise Coffee, chocolates from Elevated Candy Co.) and wear your Victorian or Steam Punk get up to have a chance to be in the front row. Thanks to PSE, the City, East Jefferson Fire & Rescue, David Conklin, our fab volunteers and thank you for coming. See you there?
Have you signed up to receive PT Main Street’s enews? Click here to sign up. If you or someone you know is interested in entering the Concerts on the Dock poster contest (deadline March 31) please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you details. The prize is two tickets to the 2013 Taste of Port Townsend, Daily Bird potteryware, and bragging rights! We have also begun our sponsorship solicitation for Concerts on the Dock...opportunities to get your name in front of a great crowd this summer.
A week full of meetings--Promotion, Design and Exec meetings. Planning the Bird Abatement Information Session (March 28) and getting the final copy on the Welcome to Port Townsend Coupon Book done. Earth Day Spring Clean Up in the works as well as the Victorian Festival and Family Portrait promotion. Don’t miss being in the Town Photo March 23! Gather at 9:30 am at Civic District Plaza by the Salish Sea Circle. Photo at 9:45 am. See you there!
It’s a gorgeous, sunny day in Port Townsend! Gallery Walk was extra fun on Saturday between anniversary parties, new shows and “meet the artist” opportunities.
Summer House Design at 930 Water Street features a month-long celebration highlighting ten years of business in PT. Check out their Facebook page and sign up for their enews.
The “Scape” exhibit at the Jefferson Museum of Art and History is a must-see. This new exhibit features seascapes, cityscapes and landscapes from 1867 to 1992.
We are working on the publicity for the Victorian Festival. Read the Peninsula Daily News article here:
Merchants are invited to decorate their windows in the spirit of the festival March 22-24.
For Property Owners and Business Owners: Gull Abatement Program March 28 at 9 am The Upstage. RSVP by March 26 to email@example.com. $5 members, $7 nonmembers.
Save the Date: April 25th MERCHANT BREAKFAST at the Public House 8:30 am-9:45 am. Topic: “Solutions”. RSVP by April 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time Marches On...only 20 days til Spring! A year ago exactly we were immersed in construction (and mud!) downtown on Taylor Street and beyond. Thankfully, we all survived and we have a beautiful new street, safe sidewalk lids and reinforced tunnels, relites in the sidewalk and new planking towards Union Wharf. It was six months of hard work for the crews, our businesses, City Staff and the Main Street Program, but it is now a memory...and an amazing improvement to our downtown streetscape.
Thanks to the 38 businesses which signed up for the coupon book. The first group arrives April 6 (Achtung Motor Cruise), followed closely by the cruise ship visitors April 10. We will greet them with the “Welcome to Port Townsend” coupon book, and there are some great activities planned for them, coordinated by Christina Pivarnik, City Marketing Director, and the Jefferson Museum of Art and History.
27 businesses have signed up so far to take part in the “Welcome to Port Townsend” coupon book opportunity. Don’t miss out on this targeted way to reach visiting groups. Send in your logo and copy to email@example.com by Feb. 28th and we will do all the legwork. Send your check to the Port Townsend Main Street Program. The goal is to print 5,000 copies and the promotion costs $40 for members, $45 nonmembers.
Gather round--The Port Townsend Main Street Family Portrait is set for Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 9:45 am at The Civic District Plaza (by the Salish Sea Circle). Come at 9:30 am; say hi to friends and neighbors and enjoy a treat from Elevated Ice Cream Company and Candy Shop. Special thanks to PSE, PT Police volunteers, the East Jefferson Fire & Rescue ladder truck, photographer David Conklin, assisted by Linda Townsend, and YOU--for being part of the fun! See you there!
Downtown was the place to be on Valentine’s Day, lots of couples were strolling and holding hands. It was fun to see so many people having a fun date night.
The Port Townsend Family Portrait Saturday is being planned for Saturday March 23 at the Civic District Plaza--stay tuned for the time. It will coincide with the Victorian Festival.
There are some exciting groups coming to town in April and May. Merchants--sign up for the “Welcome to Port Townsend” coupon book to reach these out of town visitors.
Main Street Uptown board member Virginia Hillsberg and I attended the Chamber ribbon cutting for The Bombazarium/Curly Top Collectibles in Uptown. Sinead Cannon invites you to stop by and see her cool vintage and Victorian-inspired fashions. Her shop is co-located with Vasu Video at 1030 Lawrence Street.
Just bought some valentine chocolates in town, lots of choices here to treat the ones you love...
Planning is underway for The Victorian Festival March 22-24. Check out the website here. We are working on PT Main Street’s Spring events--mark your calendars for the Port Townsend Family Portrait, Saturday, March 23 at the Civic District Plaza--time tba. Earth Day clean up is set for April 20th. Keep up to date on special events and visiting groups by joining PT Main Street’s enews list here. Thanks!
PT has the Valentine gift niche covered--lots of ways to show your love for your valentines and your town by shopping locally. I’m heading out to buy more chocolates!
Special thanks to Ezra Moore of Plain English Technology Services, for skilled help today on all things tech. We had meetings with our Promotion, Design, Executive, Economics and Art Wave Committees this week--whew! Some exciting projects will be launched this Spring thanks to PT Main Street’s dedicated volunteers.
Our enewsletter will be sent early 2/13/13--send us your Valentine specials so we can help you promote them.
Thanks to our earlybird merchants who have sent in their “Welcome to PT” coupon book copy/logos--we appreciate it. CONGRATS to Beverly Michelson at The Wandering Wardrobe for being first in the door with her check, copy and logo. You rock, Beverly!
Two out of three groundhogs agree--it looks like there’s less than 6 weeks of winter to go--Hurrah!
And the fact that it will be 51 today in February seems to support that. Gallery Walk Feb. 2 was a great night. And the “Flash Sea Chanty” at the Boat Haven in celebration of the Adventuress’s 100th birthday was a fun end to last week.
We are working on a “Welcome to PT” coupon book to invite groups to circulate in the historic business districts throughout the year.
Watch for a yellow flyer coming soon or you can print it out from our website on the “Welcome to PT Coupon Book” tab.
Thanks to those who returned Promotion Surveys and the Holidays survey too. We appreciate your feedback, and if you haven’t gotten to it yet, please do--there’s still time. Thanks!
There are some exciting new businesses which have opened up in recent months downtown and some new energy Uptown too. Stop by and introduce yourself to Judy Kowalski and Jon Gabel at the Spice and Tea Exchange, 929 Water St., Kim Thomson at Art Forms and Fine Crafts in the Hastings Building next to Broken Spoke, and coming to the Uptown Pub The Blue Moose and Uptown Grill opens Friday, Feb. 1st.
Just came back from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards at the Westin in Bellevue--a lovely event.
Shea Carr Jewell, now SCJ Alliance had submitted The Downtown Sidewalk Lid Replacement Project which was honored with a bronze award.
FUN IN THE OFF SEASON
This week, get ready for extra fun special events--Strange Brewfest Jan. 25-27 is expanding this year, and 30+ Northwest brewers are coming! The event will use the 500 block of Water Street and the Plaza in its scope.
Also on Saturday, the Port Townsend Film Institute fundraiser features a special screening of “Mamma Mia” at The Rose--two showings--noon and 9:30pm. See more at www.ptfilmfest.com
There are some groups coming to town this month that will add to liveliness in our town.
The Hansencraft Spinners workshop takes place January 18-20 and January 22-24--download the welcome sign we created and post it in your window.
The 9th Annual Strange Brewfest crowds are filling up the hotels on the last weekend in January 25-27--thousands of beer lovers coming to town in the slow season!
The event takes place at The American Legion downtown. Visit www.strangebrewfest.com to order tickets or learn more.
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January 11, 2013
It’s been a beautiful, sunny, busy day in the office. We were glad for the weather which made Port Townsend look its best for the commercial filmed here today on Taylor Street.
They were a friendly, great crew. Visitors to the office included the commercial’s location scout, Ken Coble (who brought thank you chocolates!), Sheila Ramsey, who tapes the volunteer segments on KPTZ, two volunteers who want to help with the Family Portrait, and a property owner. PT Main Street is also the drop off point for posters that go in the Taylor Street bulletin board, and it’s always fun to say hi to community members who are working on fun projects and have posters to tell about their events.
Earlier this week, on Wednesday, we held our annual board planning retreat and invited committee volunteers to join us for lunch. It was great to catch up on all the news and get inspired for the new year.
Enjoy your weekend!
Here’s to 2013, a year filled with success and happiness.
HAPPY HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your friends and family!
Have fun staying town town, visit new shops and say hi to familiar faces.
Thanks for shopping and dining locally in Port Townsend.
Spotted at Quimper Merc....
’Tis the season to shop later...20 stores participating in the Victorian Holidays Promotion have signed up to stay open later til 7pm through Dec. 23.
Come check out thousands of last minute gift ideas, with knowledgeable staff who are also our friends and neighbors. Thanks for shopping locally!
PT Main Street thanks several local merchants who were featured on David Cunningham’s Compass News Magazine on KPTZ this week.
See our Port Townsend Main Street page on Facebook to learn more. While you are there, hit the “like” button if you haven’t already--thanks!
Main Street ornaments are on sale at 14 spots--click here to see where to get one. The artist, Gerard Tsutakawa, ordered 12!
The Yuletide Salon Dec. 15th at Flagship Landing 1-8 pm. Fun for all ages, crafts, singing, a visit with Father Christmas and festive drinks including mulled wine, eggnog and hot toddies. There’s a people’s choice window contest Uptown and Downtown. It’s also a chance to help our community--you can bring donations for Toys for Tots, Center Valley Animal Rescue (pet toys too!), or the Winter Homeless Shelter of PT (blankets, toiletries, sweaters, pet toys...) Admission is free; it will be fun! Come into town to shop, take a little break at the Yuletide Salon, and then shop some more...Thanks for supporting our local economy.
PT Main Street is proud that we were able to get 19 new holiday snowflakes made locally by Reliance LED to help decorate Port Townsend for the holidays.
Reliance LED owner Jascha Golden is married to Megan Foley of Frameworks, which is located at 118 Taylor Street. Main Street is happy to support a local family by keeping money in town. The snowflakes are attached to the new street lights that have electric capability. We also purchased six new wreaths for the streetlights by the ferry and decorated on Taylor Street and at the Haller Fountain. Special thanks to Kiwanis, City of Port Townsend Parks, East Jefferson Fire and Rescue and Michael Rosser for their able assistance.
Thanks to Kiwanis, Reliance LED, PT Public Works, Henery Hardware, and our volunteers who helped PT Main Street get ready for Santa's Visit Dec. 1 at 4:30 pm. There are new lights on the trees on Taylor, 19 new snowflakes on light poles, and 6 new wreaths by the ferry.
11/26 Got the community tree in place thanks to the City Parks and Public Works staff. It is a 20 ft. redwood and it’s a beauty!
And we found it while shoe-shopping at Clothes Horse 2 (thanks Marga and Doug!!) ! Sometimes the Universe is listening....and the answers to the questions are right here.
Thanks to Kiwanis, Parks and Public Works Staff, Fire Dept. help, and Michael Rosser for decorating help.
The carolers from Wild Rose Chorale sang in the sunshine on Small Business Saturday, setting the spirit for the Victorian Holidays in Port Townsend.
They will perform from 1-3 this Saturday Dec. 1st Uptown and Downtown and at the Treelighting at Haller Fountain at 4:30pm.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY NOV. 24
Have fun shopping and dining in-town on the day after “Black Friday.”
The Wild Rose Chorale performs from 2-4 pm
Enter the Hometown Holiday Sweepstakes at 32 stores
Shops have refreshments and are open later.
Merchant Breakfast Nov. 15
The “Marketing in the Real World” merchant was a hit today...we were at maximum capacity at The Public House, even with the earlier start time of 8 am. Thanks to all who came.
Solid ideas and potential here in our community to find new customers and make more $. It was very encouraging.
The Leader has the background info to the stats John Marling presented. Business owners can i.d. new niches and product areas to get more business, and make a commitment to new revenue areas. He asked the group to identify new areas in 25% of their business over the next two years. Survey customers to find out what they would like to see business owners to add and send it to 100 customers. Lots of good ideas. More to come. Thanks to Scott Wilson and Leader Staff, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and Kelli Conrads of the Public House for collaborating with us today.
November is shaping up to be even busier than October!
The Main Street Victorian Holiday Promotion has begun. The PT Main Street Promotion Committee is working on holiday plans for decorating, promotion and marketing, and creating the local connection for our town. The poster art, featuring the Hastings Building and a cameo of Santa, was created by Kevin Mason of Victorianworkshop.com. We are actively looking for a holiday tree for the tree lighting Dec. 1st and we are looking forward to working on decorations with Kiwanis and Wallyworks. Special thanks to our sponsors: Our participating merchants, The City of Port Townsend, First Federal, Olympic Peninsula Steam and Henery Hardware.
Nov. 8 Shopping locally program at Quimper Unitarian Fellowship, 6 pm; panel at 7pm
Nov. 11 “Fixing the Future” film at The Rose Theatre
Nov. 15 Merchant Breakfast “Marketing in the Real World” with John Marling/Pulse Research at the Public House
Nov. 18 Beth Terry’s (author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too) is visiting Port Townsend.
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4 pm in the Cotton Building
HOLIDAYS IN PORT TOWNSEND
Nov. 1 to Dec. 1st Enter the Hometown Holiday Sweepstakes at 32 participating stores.
Nov. 24 Small Business Saturday and Merchant Holiday Open House
Dec. 1 Treelighting/Santa Visit and First Saturday Gallery Walk-enter sweepstakes by 12 noon in Port Townsend at 32 stores! You might win one of two $500 shopping sprees in town!
Dec. 15 “GIlded Age Yuletide Salon” coordinated by Olympic Peninsula Steam (OPS) held from 1-8pm at 1007 Water Street.
Dec. 31 First Night Celebration coordinated by Jefferson Museum of Art and History jchs.org
October is a big month! Main Street activities include awarding Girls’ Night Out prizes (congrats to Annie Mullen and Phyllis Schultz Girls’ Night Out raffle winners!)
October 12 Small Business Symposium co-sponsor
October 23 Visit by State Historic Preservation Architect for Property Owners (RSVP for October 23 meeting at 12 noon)
October 26 HUD Loan deadline for Property Owners in the Historic District
October 31 Halloween--Downtown Trick or Treat
October 31-Nov. 3 National Trust Preservation Conference
On November 1, the Single Use Plastic Bag Ban goes into effect; please click here on our website for details. Merchants--consider making a display of your reusable bags to encourage their use and to show what you have in store. Thanks to Jude Rubin for this suggestion.
Thanks to all who came out for Girls’ Night Out Oct. 4; it was truly a fun pajama party! We have a few goodie bags left (they include OZONE Socks and are for sale for $10 at Olympic Art & Office on Taylor Street--look for the Pink window). Thanks to Jefferson Healthcare, OZONE Socks, our generous merchants and raffle sponsors. Thanks to Alchemy for hosting a sparkling wrap party, and to Manresa Castle for The Slumber Party.
We are now planning the Nov. 15th Merchant Breakfast with The Leader and the Chamber of Commerce. It will take place at The Public House from 8 am to 10am. The topic is “Marketing in the Real World” with John Marling of Pulse Surveys. It promises to be very interesting, indeed. RSVP early to the Main Street office 385-7911 to guarantee your spot! $8 for members ($10 nonmembers) includes a continental breakfast.
Now Getables has changed their window to an adorable Girls’ Night Out display--complete with pink boas which ties into the Girls’ Night Out poster photos taken by Elizabeth Becker/Seaport Photography.
We are grateful and awed by the generosity of our sponsor, Jefferson Healthcare, our 25+ participating merchants who packaged up so many cute gifts for the goodie bags..they are going to be great this year! We look forward to seeing our Girls’ Night Out customers on Thursday, Oct. 4 for a day and night of girlfriend fun and shopping and an “After Party at Alchemy Bistro ($5 donation)...and finally, a slumber party at Manresa Castle zzzzz
READ ALLISON ARTHUR’S LEADER ARTICLE HERE
Congrats to Getables, who created a winning window for The Port Townsend Film Festival! The 13th Annual was a lucky one with fine weather, unforgettable films, and lots of action downtown and uptown. There was an opportunity to see Bruce Dern, the special guest, being interviewed right on Taylor Street. The PDN quoted him as saying “I’ve been looking for a town like this all my life.” KUDOS and Thanks for all the hard work, Janette and crew!
GIRLFRIENDS--We are excited about GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT OCT. 4TH! 25 stores have signed up for a day and night of fun and shopping. This year’s theme is “Pajama Party” and we plan on an overnight at Manresa Castle with two options (BYO Sleeping bag for $20 RSVP by 9/27 for the slumber party). We will have snacks! OR you can stay at the Castle at a reduced rate of $49.00 plus tax (approximately $60)--book this room directly with the Castle for Oct. 4 and Girls’ Night Out.
MERCHANTS--support the PT Film Fest and earn FAME, FOOT TRAFFIC and a PRIZE if you win the Window Decorating Contest. Deadline 9/18/12.
We are hard at work gathering gifts for the goodie bags for Girls’ Night Out. Watch for your postcard coming soon.
Click on the Girls’ Night Out link to get more details on this promotion which brings approximately 500 women downtown Oct. 4th.
We are working hard gathering fun gifts for the 500 goodie bags we create as a fundraiser for the Breast and Cervical Health Program of the Jefferson County Health Dept and PT Main Street, a 501c3 nonprofit. The postcards are printed, and the posters are next. GIRLFRIENDS--This year’s theme is “Pajama Party” and we plan on an overnight at Manresa Castle with two options (BYO Sleeping bag for $20 RSVP by 9/27 for the slumber party). OR you can stay at the Castle at a reduced rate of $49.95 plus tax (approximately $60)--book this room directly with the Castle for Oct. 4 and Girls’ Night Out.
Just a quick REMINDER: NOW is the deadline to sign up for Girls’ Night Out! Email or call us at the Main Street office to let us know if you are going to join in this award-winning promotion set for Oct. 4th. The $100 goodie bag sponsor level brings additional foot traffic to your store. The regular sign up fee is $40 for Main Street members, and $50 for nonmembers.
The theme this year is Pajama Party and includes the option for a fun overnight at Manresa Castle.
Well, thanks to everyone who came out to the Concerts on the Dock finale last night--the warm weather, great music, and excellent company made it a memorable night! Thanks to all our sponsors and to the stage and beer garden sponsor, Port Townsend Brewing Company!
The weather looks fine for the Wooden Boat Fest and Sidewalk “Sail” this weekend--have fun at the fest, and stroll through downtown to enjoy deep savings...
MERCHANT REMINDER: MONDAY, Sept. 10th is the deadline to sign up for Girls’ Night Out! Email or call us at the Main Street office to let us know if you are going to join in this award-winning promotion set for Oct. 4th.
LAST CHANCE TO ROCK THE DOCK WED 9/5! That’s right, the last concert is today, Wednesday.
Summer must be winding down, can’t believe it is time for the final Concert on the Dock. It’s going to be great--The Pitfalls opening for Low Ones. Come bring a chair or blanket, maybe a jacket too for when the sun dips. Drink a refreshing beverage in the beer/wine & cider garden. Thanks to this week’s sponsor Port Townsend Brewing Company, plus our great crew--Nina, Tom, Dawn, Dominic and Walter. And thanks to the great bands, business sponsors and music fans who’ve made it happen. See you there!
Just finished up our Facebook Friday class with Rosie Itti (ShopClosetSpace.com/Little Rose Restaurant and PT Main Street Board member). Thanks Rosie! It was fun and we learned alot.
It’s the long weekend for Labor Day--Merchants, take an extra minute to spiff up in front of your business.
Next weekend is the Sidewalk Sale during Wooden Boat Fest--please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are participating. Thanks!
MERCHANTS-- do you receive our enews? Sign up via the enews tab on the front page of our website and send us your news too!
It’s Gallery Walk this Saturday, Sept. 1st.
Don’t forget to print out the Sidewalk Sale sign in color and put in your store window to reach these customers. The Sidewalk “Sail” takes place Sept. 8 & 9 this year, during Wooden Boat Festival. Merchants wanted to experiment with this new timeframe to see if Wooden Boat foot traffic could be circulated more down the street.
We also are in the process of distributing the flyers for the PT Film Festival Window Contest (deadline Sept. 18th to participate) and PT Main Street Girls’ Night Out (sign up by Sept. 10!)
ALSO--it’s hard to believe it, but there are only two more Concerts on the Dock concerts! This Thursday, August 30th features folk music with Shady Grove. The final concert is next WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5th at 5:30 pm (seating opens at 5pm in the Beer/Wine/Cider Garden). The final concert stars THE PITFALLS and LOW ONES. Don’t miss this final bit of summer fun.
Concerts on the Dock was extra fun last night, though music was blowing in the wind.
Blasted Kids and Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown provided two great sets. Special thanks to our sponsors, Wilder Toyota, and All About Escrow. And thanks to Nate for dj tunes at the end of the show.
Blasted Kids were a blast!
Our Stripey Crew
Uptown Street Fair was major fun! The parade was as eclectic as usual, with some wild fashion trends. The Main Street “Sidewalk Sail” boat entry won the “Uptown Spirit Maxi Award” which was an honor! Thanks to our promotion committee and Mark Cole, Annie Clark, Sloan and Sammie Pierson for participating. And thanks to Jack and Elizabeth Becker for lending the boat. The live music was terrific this year...Kudos to Uptown Street Fair coordinator Lisa Doray. The original trophies were created by Jeanne Moore of Potpourri Interiors.
A great crowd for jazz last night at Concerts on the Dock--thanks for coming. What a beautiful day to grab lunch or have dinner al fresco! Loving the summer sunshine, the boats on the water, the flower baskets and gardens in bloom. Port Townsend is so easy to love, but particularly in summertime, don’t you think?
Fun this weekend includes the Uptown Street Fair & Parade on Saturday (including art activities for children, the Farmer’s Market, Port Townsend Arts and Crafts Fair) and local felt artist Janice Speck has a pop up shop at 926 Water Street in the Kellogg Building this weekend.
TONIGHT features JAZZ at Main Street’s Concerts on the Dock. Come bask in the sunshine, sip refreshing beverages and chill out at the Pope Marine Park Plaza. Bring a picnic and your own chair or blanket and watch the boats go by at these free, all ages shows. A number of restaurants are open during the concerts so you can also get dinner to go and you won’t miss a note.
We thank everyone for coming to the Main Street Merchant Breakfast last week. It was attended by 50 guests. We started the day with a toast to everyone to celebrate summer and we raised a glass in memory of Frank D’amore, Uptown Business owner and active community member. Frank will be dearly missed.
Also at the breakfast, business owners made announcements and Rosie Itti, Main Street board member, gave an intro to the new Facebook Format. Quimper Mercantile folks gave an update and tour of the new facility. Main Street announced that the Sidewalk Sale will take place during Wooden Boat Festival Sept 8 & 9.
Now we are getting ready for The Uptown Street Fair which takes place this coming Saturday. Lots of great music and fun for kids, plus the shortest but most fun parade around at 1pm!
SPEAKING OF GREAT MUSIC, if you like Jazz, come on down to Concerts on the Dock this Thursday with Chuck Easton!
Have you RSVP’d to PT Main Street for the Merchant Breakfast Thursday, August 9th at The Public House?
Breakfast starts at 8:30am. Quimper Mercantile is on the agenda, plus learn to navigate the new Facebook.
At the end, we will tour the new Mercantile space. RSVP at 385-7911 or email email@example.com by Tuesday at noon so you can enjoy a breakfast of crepes from Water St. Creperie.
AUGUST 2ND CONCERT ON THE DOCK!
BEER/WINE GARDEN SPONSORS
Last night’s Concert on the Dock was good, breezy fun with LOWIRE and MONGOSMASH. Mongosmash stars our very own board member,
Special thanks to SOS Printing for sponsoring the stage. And I had great fun sponsoring the beer/wine & cider garden with Sue Arthur of Maricee--thanks Sue! We continued the tradition started last year by Sarah Bowman and her husband, Mark, by having community members sponsor a beer garden.
Another beautiful evening at Concerts on the Dock featuring Locust Street Taxi 7/26! The beer/wine and cider garden was packed, and the dance floor was too!
Vendors included James Jackson Massage, Daily Bird Pottery, Kim Thompson knitted wonders and jewelry/wall plates by Barbara. Thanks to everyone who came and had fun in the sun. Thanks to Puget Sound Energy, the City of Port Townsend, our stage sponsor: FinnRiver Cidery and our Beer/Wine/Cider Garden sponsor: Schodowski Law. Our media sponsor is the Peninsula Daily News.
MAIN STREET MERCHANT BREAKFAST Thursday, August 9th at The Public House. Don’t forget to RSVP 385-7911, so we can have breakfast ready for you. Water Street
Creperie is providing crepes! Click on the Merchant Breakfast tab to find out more.
Just back from the Washington Tourism Alliance planning meeting in Tacoma, as well as the quarterly Main Street manager meeting in Gig Harbor.
Always great networking and the day-long educational session on branding at the Manager Retreat was excellent.
The weather is looking good for Thursdays Concerts on the Dock 7/26 featuring LOCUST STREET TAXI. Seating opens at 5 pm; the music starts at 5:30 pm.
Thanks to our sponsors FinnRiver Cidery and Joe Schodowski Law Firm, Puget Sound Energy and to the City of Port Townsend. We look forward to seeing you there!
There are some fantastic gypsy jazz players outside our window--maybe they are here for Jazz Port Townsend.
Getting ready for Concerts on the Dock--fingers crossed for nice weather--we hope you can come. Special thanks to Puget Sound Energy and our participating business sponsors who make these free, outdoor all-ages concerts possible!
Also working on the August Merchant Breakfast, fall events and plans around Girls’ Night Out.
This week there was a special visitor to the Main Street Office. Margie Alden knocked on the door and wanted to visit the office where
she worked as a dental assistant...in 1939! She used to live in the apartment upstairs at The Earthenworks Building. She said there was a matching building
right next door (where the empty lot is know) that a very busy evening clientele if you know what I mean. It was great fun to visit with her and her husband. Margie lives in the Seattle area now, but tries to get back to Port Townsend every year.
Starting next Thursday, July 19th--Concerts on the Dock! Tim Halpin and The Better Half is one of the most popular local bands--come enjoy free all ages, outdoor music starting at 5:30 pm. Enjoy a refreshing beverage in the beer/wine/cider garden, and visit with friends. Seating starts at 5 pm. It’s a great lineup, and we are looking for a few volunteers to help with the event. If you are interested, please give a call to the office at 385-7911.
Also on the radar--the Summer Main Street Merchant Breakfast has been moved back to Thursday, August 9th from 8:30 am to 9:45 am--please mark your calendars and watch for details coming soon.
Thanks to all who came and celebrated the end of construction on Taylor Street!
The City of Port Townsend, Main Street, Strider Construction hosted and it was alot of fun!
Thanks for everyone’s support and team spirit during construction.
Carhartts Trophy & Prizes for Best Costume!
The sun continues to shine and we are getting ready for the party on Taylor Street Saturday! The road will be closed from noon to 8pm. Fun for Kids, Cowboy and Americana Music from 1-3 pm, Costume Contest at 3 pm, rock with Blacky Sheridan from 4-6 pm--and treats on the streets! Hope to see you there...
Lots of fun this week in PT, with Fiddle Tunes and Fireworks at The Fort, and the Construction Wrap Up Party Saturday, July 7 from noon to 6 pm--and on. Special thanks to the Chamber of Commerce for lending the stage for the bands--THANK YOU! Gallery Walk includes art from “Portlandia” and belly dancing--whoa! Do you get our enews? Sign up via our website’s front page. Click on the enewsletter tab.
Check out the forecast....
Are you working on your Hard Hat & Carhartts outfit for the Taylor Street Party Saturday, July 7th?
The party runs from noon to 6 pm, and there will be a prize for the best Hard Hat & Carhartts outfit at 3 pm! Not to mention kids’ activities, complimentary refreshments and live outdoor music sponsored by Strider Construction. Gallery Walk takes place from 5:30-8 pm and we’ll have a ribbon cutting for the street and cake at 6 pm. Come on downtown and have some fun on Taylor Street. Click on the Taylor Street party button on our website. See you there!
Well, the big news is that Taylor Street is open, and it is terrific! Thanks for everyone’s support, patience and fortitude during the construction project. There are still a few finishing touches ahead but they are the frosting on the cake. The parking is being used, the smart new wooden benches and bike racks have been installed, and speaking of cake, we are getting ready to party July 7th! Put on your dancing shoes! The street will be a pedestrian area from noon to 6 pm for the party, and maybe even later. Water Street Trolley (Americana Folk/Cowboy music) plays from 1-3, followed by Blacky Sheridan --rock and roll--from 4-6. Click on the Taylor Street Party tab on our website for the schedule. Refreshments, kids’ activities, best Hard Hat & Carhartts Costume Contest and fun on Taylor Street!
Looking ahead: We are also getting ready for Concerts on the Dock which start July 19th. There are a few beer/wine & cider garden sponsorship slots available--get your business name in front of hundreds of customers in person and via social media! $250 gets you alot of attention! Business support makes Concerts on the Dock a reality. Call the PT Main Street office at 360-385-7911 if you are interested. Thanks!
Sue’s African Adventure Slide Show at Manresa Castle 6/20
A bit of a rainy solstice, but the flowers should be spectacular this year. The city is putting in wine barrels with flowers in the 900 block of Water until the new street trees arrive. Look for those soon.
I enjoyed Promotion Committee President Sue Arthur’s presentation on her trip to Africa on 6/20. She was the speaker at Kiwanis on Wednesday at Manresa Castle and it was a fascinating show documenting her recent trip to see her daughter (and elephants, giraffes and zebras).
Just sent out the construction update and it notes that Taylor Street will be open next Wednesday, June 27th--hurrah!
Working on the Hard Hat & Carhartts Party set for July 7th--mark your calendars and come have fun on Taylor Street.
Refreshments, live music sponsored by Strider Construction (thank you Strider!), and a prize for the best Hard Hat and Carhartts Costume!
Also working on CONCERTS ON THE DOCK--it’s a great lineup! Stage sponsorships and beer garden sponsorships are available-an effective way to promote your business in front of thousands of local music fans! Click on the Concerts on the Dock website tab to find out more.
Anne Metcalfe was one our event planners for the Taste--the Boiler
Room was a colorful stop!
A very tasty time was had by all at The Taste of PT yesterday. Over 220 guests came (from Texas to PT!) and dined in style at 12 spots.
The majority of guests went to the majority of the restaurants. Congrats to Lucas Hart of PT who won the $200 Tasty Prize! He went to EVERY location.
He wins Silverwater spices, dining certificates and tickets to next year’s Taste event!
Thanks to all who came out and to great restaurants, our volunteers and planning team. Here’s to you!
Tasty Treats at the Boiler Room at The Taste!
Taste of PT online tickets selling very well--more than 100 guests have bought online tickets and taken advantage of the $5 savings. You can too, by Tuesday 6/12!
Click here. Thanks so much to our generous restaurants, event volunteers, and Taste guests! Tickets are also on sale at The Food Coop, Quimper Sound and Safeway.
This is an important (and fun!) fundraiser for our nonprofit Main Street Program, and we appreciate your support.
The Steam Punk event drew a fine crowd this weekend--excitement about PT”s newest festival. Loved Charlie Bermant (PDN reporter) description: ‘if the Victorian Festival and the Kinetic Sculpure Race had a baby, it would be the Steam Punk Festival...’
Marilyn Kurka in her punked-out finery!
The lucky winner “Taylor Made for You” $500 prize was Gale Wallis--congrats Gale! Gale works a stone’s throw from the Haller Fountain on Taylor Street at Gooding, O’Hara and Mackey CPAs, and at The Food Coop. Thanks for shopping locally Gale!
Welcome STEAMPUNKERS! PT’s newest fest is underway today--we wish them much fun, success and some sunshine!
Congratulations to Gail W. of Port Townsend, winner of the $500 “Taylor-Made for You” Prize Package drawing 6/2/12! The drawing was held at Quimper Sound. Gail was one of hundreds of entrants in the loyalty card program at 70 participating stores during construction. Thanks for shopping locally, Gail--see you around on Taylor Street!
Special thanks to Ann, Judy and Dawn for spreading the word on the Taste of PT (event date 6/14) at the Farmer’s Market. And thanks to Will O’D for his support. We received over 20 online ticket sales that day at www.tasteofpt.eventbrite.com ! You can save $5 per ticket if you order online by 6/12...Tickets also on sale now at Safeway, Quimper Sound and PT Food Coop.
BREAKING NEWS--Taylor Street “Hard Hats & Carhartts Party” 6/2 POSTPONED. Due to merchant feedback, it will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 7th when the construction is complete. Mark your calendars! Costume Contest for the Best Hard Hat & Carhartts outfit!
There is still one more day to enter the $500 “Taylor Made for You” Prize drawing Someone is going to win a spree of dinners out, movie tickets, massage, and shopping fun! Only 1 more day to get your loyalty card stamped--fill ‘er up!!!
Thanks for shopping and dining locally!
Also--Taste of Port Townsend tickets on sale at Quimper Sound, Safeway and the Food Coop. You can save $5 per ticket by purchasing your ticket in advance online.
Back from the annual state Main Street conference in Chelan. It was a great week, and I gave a presentation on “Light at the End of The Tunnel--Report from the Trenches” on PT Construction. We were honored to win an outstanding partnership award with The City of Port Townsend for 2011 activities related to the Civic District project at the awards banquet.
BOTH SIDES NOW! Both sides of Taylor Street sidewalks are open on the north side of the street--tables and chairs at Lehani’s, Undertown’s front door open--come take a stroll!
Volunteers are coming in this week to send out the Taste of Port Townsend postcards--get your tickets early to this delicious PT Main Street fundraiser set for 6/14/12. There are 12 restaurants on the tour, including 4 new spots.
Washington & Taylor intersection opened up and the sidewalks are being poured on the Rose Theatre/Mount Baker Block side of the street. It’s making progress quickly. They do it in a checkerboard pattern and there is a lot of artistry going into the sidewalks, according to Lynn LeMaster/Lehani’s, who has been watching from her window. Businesses are open via the walkways.
The Taste of Port Townsend tickets are on sale now at Quimper Sound, Safeway and The Food Coop now, as well as online. The date is June 14th from 4-7:30 pm. One ticket admits you to 12 spots on the tour.
Adults tickets are $30 each and kids $20. You can save $5 by buying your ticket online by June 12th (some restrictions apply); for online tickets click here.
This is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Port Townsend Main Street Program--we hope you can come! The Taste art was created by Lou Faulkner of Absolute Color.
The sun is shining and spirits are rising--Rhody Fest fun is on the way this week!
The sidewalk by the Mount Baker Block side of Taylor Street is being poured Wednesday 5/16/12 and Thursday 5/17/12.
The parking lane in the 900 block of Water Street by Admiralty Apts. block has been temporarily restored in time for Rhody traffic this week.
We are working on the final elements of the Taste of Port Townsend. The event date for this delicious Main Street fundraiser is Thursday, June 14 from 4-7:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the end of the week at Quimper Sound, the Food Coop and Safeway. A quantity of tickets will also be available on line at a $5 discount til 6/12/12 at this link
Imagine this scene...without power lines.
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Worked as a Celeb Concierge with Beverly Malagon this weekend Saturday and Sunday. As a former docent for the Jefferson County Historical Museum, she is very knowledgeable about our town’s history. And as a downtown building owner, she brings a valuable perspective on the construction project. Thanks Beverly!
Gallery Walk was a real delight, and toured the new Zero Water Street Gallery with life-size driftwood horses.
Best wishes to Jeanne Moore of Potpourri NW Interiors in fabulous Uptown. This material girl celebrated her store’s 25th anniversary in style--it was a treat.
Thanks for all your gifts to Uptown, Jeanne.
We are working on the Taylor Street Construction Party June 2 and the Taste of Port Townsend June 14th. Stay tuned for more details.
There’s ALOT of fun on the schedule for Saturday, May 5th! The Art Affair at the Market is a fundraiser for the arts in the schools program which is connected with Art Wave--Children’s Art in the Stores. It’s the kickoff for Art Wave, on display at 35 businesses. It’s Gallery Walk, PT Shorts, the Equestrian Dance at the Legion, so much going on. Stop by Red Raven Gallery near Water and Taylor to check out the high school art there which celebrates Art Wave.
The construction crew has made a wide pathway on Taylor Street to accommodate foot traffic for Gallery Walk and weekend customers.
The sidewalk and parking lanes on the north end of Taylor Street will be
completed by May 31st. The crews are working additional hours in May to reach the completion date goal of June 30th for the entire project.
PROGRAM UPDATE: The Downtown Open Space Tour, originally scheduled for May 11th, has been postponed due to the need for securing additional sponsorship.
Mark your calendars for The Taste of Port Townsend, Thursday, June 14th.
Click on the Main Street calendar tab of the website to see the list of 2012 events.
It’s the Gala Opening of the Jefferson Museum of Art and History tonight--very exciting! There will be a ribbon cutting for the renamed museum on Saturday, 4/28/12, at 11am. Visit www.jchsmuseum.org for more information.
City of Port Townsend Marketing Director Christina Pivarnik reports that there are 50 travel writers in town today at a conference.
On Saturday morning, 4/28/12, City of Port Townsend Police reports that there will be a brief visit by a 30-member motorcycle group from Sequim who are coming to town for a blessing of the motorcyles.
Thanks to the Leader for running our Perspective on the Downtown Construction--we’re more than halfway there.
PORT TOWNSEND NOTED FOR ITS GREAT AMERICAN MAIN STREET in Travel & Leisure online. Check out the nice photo by Christina Pivarnik, City of Port Townsend Marketing Director.
Read about the LION local investing program in the recent Main Street News--it’s receiving National attention. Thanks to these generous community members who have invested in Port Townsend and contributed to its vitality.
PORT TOWNSEND FEATURED IN NATIONAL MAIN STREET NEWS
Reminders: MERCHANTS --it’s time to sign up for Art Wave--Children’s Art in the Stores (print out the flyer and send it in with your check). Deadline extended to 4/26/12.
It’s also time to order Spring Hanging Flower Baskets from Henery’s Garden Center. Let us know if you wish to sign up for the Main Street watering maintenance program and we will water the baskets for you from mid-May through September.Thank you for beautifying the historic districts.
Construction Progress--the McCurdy Building
side of Taylor Street.
WOW WEDNESDAY CONTINUES MAY 16TH
Jewelry appraisals offered at April Fool during WOW Wednesday 4/18
Thanks to all who came out to WOW Wednesday! April 18th.
Water Street was busier than Washington Street businesses,
the Silverwater onTaylor had quite a crowd Wednesday evening and
the party continues at Maricee, celebrating 30 years on Water Street.
MERCHANTS: if you tell us your WOW Wed promotion by May 1st
we will help promote it. This is a social media promotion which you
can promote via your Facebook/twitter/enews/website and regular
marketing channels, such as paid ads and in-store flyers/bag stuffers.
Remember to “like” each others businesses on Facebook, as this helps
Thanks for helping promote the downtown historic district during construction.
REMINDERS: SIGN UP NOW FOR ART WAVE--Children’s Art in the Stores! The cost is only $10 and you get a very fun window display which celebrates children’s art.
It’s also time to sign up for hanging flower baskets. Call Henery’s Garden Center to order your baskets (385-3354) and call the PT Main Street (385-7911) to sign up for the watering program. Thanks for beautifying the districts--it makes a big difference.
Nancy Schrier of Personalize It! has a fun stamping activity
planned for WOW Wednesday April 18--plus a sale on stamps!
Speaking of stamps, bring your yellow loyalty card down to get stamped.
19 businesses are planning great customer appreciation specials for WOW Wednesday, April 18th--click on the WOW tab to find out more!
There are discounts, sales, demos and dining deals.
Merchants--don’t forget to promote your offer on your Facebook page and download the sign from our homepage to welcome customers.
Time to order flower baskets from Henery’s Garden Center--call Henery’s at 385-3354 directly to order some splashy colorful baskets.
If you want PT Main Street to take care of them, let us know at 385-7911 and we will add you to the watering list.
It’s also time to sign up for Main Street/PT Artscape’s ART WAVE--Children’s Art in the stores exhibit uptown and downtown!
Welcome sunshine! Tunnel work continues, along with sidewalks going in. Saturday was busy downtown--there was a great crowd at Gallery Walk, and the opening of the Farmer’s Market (and parade of goats) was a smash hit this past Easter weekend. There is alot of excitement about the reopening of the Green Eyeshade. The interior is warm and inviting and they had a very busy Saturday with customers coming in to see the new lines.
MERCHANTS --it’s time to sign up for Art Wave--Children’s Art in the Stores (print out the flyer and send it in with your check). It’s also time to order Spring Hanging Flower Baskets from Henery’s Garden Center. Let us know if you wish to sign up for the Main Street watering maintenance program and we will water the baskets for you from mid-May through September.
More sidewalks are getting poured this week in front of Olympic Art & Office and the McCurdy Building. By the way, did you know that Olympic Art and Office delivers?
The Downtown Construction has continued in rain and sun.
We are looking forward to the sidewalk being poured by the McCurdy Building soon.
Thanks for your support of local businesses in the construction area. Frameworks on the south end of Taylor, Taylor Street businesses,
Washington Street businesses and Earthenworks on Water Street are open. And it’s exciting that the Green Eyeshade will reopen on Easter weekend--Saturday, in time for Gallery Walk April 7th. Don’t forget to stop by William’s Gallery for their anniversary celebration.
Curbs Poured Along McCurdy Building
The Construction Project continues in earnest, with sidewalk lids being removed along the Mount Baker Block Building this week.
There is no access to the Mount Baker Block Building from 7 am to 11 am on Tuesday, 3/27/12 while the lid is removed and the walkway put in.
There are walkways now to the other businesses on this side, including Lehani’s, The Rose and the Silverwater.
The Victorian Heritage Festival was a step back into the past, with many appropriately-attired folks promenading in cooperative weather.
New programs, events to interest the gents, and some fascinating glimpses to Victorian times were part of the schedule.
Pipia Sisters sang at Wandering Wardrobe at WOW Wednesday 3/14
Downtown Merchants: What are you planning for WOW Wednesdays?
It is a free retail promotion that is part of the Light at the End of the Tunnel campaign. Merchants are encouraged to design their own customer appreciation event --the next two are scheduled for April 18, and May 16th. Let us know what you are offering and we will help promote it! You can also post on your facebook page and your website, send customer emails, do paid advertising, and use bag stuffers to promote your event.
YELLOW LOYALTY CARDS--Merchants: if you have completed loyalty cards, please turn them in to the Port Townsend Main Street office in the Mount Baker Block. Thanks!
The Victorian Heritage Festival is in high gear planning for the event which takes place March 23-25. Tell your customers and spread the word! In addition to all the new events, they will still have Victorian Teas, fashion show, and several new and informative lectures and an antique bicycle race. A few more volunteers are needed and help with raffle prize “packaging” is welcome. If you can donate some supplies for the raffle prizes, please contact Sarah Chrisman firstname.lastname@example.org.
Always something interesting to discuss at Gallery Walk--
chatting about Lorna Libert’s show at Simon Mace Gallery
on Taylor Street
Gallery Walk was especially memorable this past week. Thanks to the great crew at the Port Townsend Film Festival who helped string lights and pennants along the walkways on Taylor Street so that folks could find their way to Simon Mace Gallery there.
What’s a “Picnic” without ants? The interior of the newest store on Water Street, Picnic, has some whimsical touches...including this parade of “ants” across the upper wall! Stop by 810 Water Street to check out their fresh displays and wish them well!
The Construction Open Office at Main Street takes place on Friday mornings from 9-10 am.
Please click on the Construction Q & A tab on the Port Townsend Main Street website home page.
The 24-hour construction hotline for questions is (360) 643-1841. If it is after hours, please use the hotline only for emergencies or urgent issues.
Sign up for project updates at http://sidewalktunnels.wordpress.com
Thanks to the 16 stores which joined in the Indoor Sidewalk Sale March 3, and displayed pieces of the sidewalk in their store windows with the motto “Downtown Rocks!” Gallery Walk was packed, and people are finding their way down Taylor Street to Washington and Water Streets. It is exciting (if loud) to watch a new street being born on Taylor Street.
We also thank Cris Busch-Lyons and Glenn Lyons of Summer House Design for coordinating the Treasure Hunt at the end of February during the construction. Congrats to “Team Terrific” and “Team Trout” as well as our wrap party hosts, Artisans on Taylor and Elevated Ice Cream & Candy Company.
MARCH 3 “INDOOR SIDEWALK SALE”
GALLERY WALK & RESTAURANT SPECIALS
The action is on Taylor Street--come get a ringside seat at a Taylor Street business to watch the project happen.
Loyalty cards are available at 60 participating businesses. Click the “Loyalty Cards” tab on our website to find out more.
Last week, Scott Sawyer, of Shea-Carr-Jewell and Mari Mullen, Port Townsend Main Street Executive Director traveled to Bainbridge Island and met with Andie Mackin, Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, and Chris Wierzbicki, P.E. Dept. of Planning & Community Development, Bainbridge Island, to get an update on the Winslow construction project. We were grateful that they shared their insights with us.
Scott Sawyer, Chris Wierzbicki and Andie Mackin
There is a new Construction Q & A posted on our website--check it out.
Historic District Merchant Reminder: Please let Main Street know if you are participating in the Indoor Sidewalk Sale March 3 and in the WOW Wednesdays Promotion (Wednesdays March 14, April 18 and May 16th.) It is free to participate, and we can help promote your activity.
OPEN OFFICE: Fridays during Construction from 9-10 am at the Main Street office. Got construction questions? We can help!
TREASURE HUNT THIS WEEKEND 2/25 & 2/26
This weekend--Treasure Hunt in the Businesses! Special thanks to Cris Busch-Lyons and Glenn Lyons of Summer House Design for all their energy putting together a fun treasure hunt Feb. 25/26th. The prize is a “treasure!” Click on the Treasure Hunt tab on our website to find out more and come down and enjoy “the hunt!”
Local artist Margie McDonald puts the finishing touches on the artistic archway that is being installed on the sidewalk at Water & Taylor Street on Tuesday, February 21--Mardi Gras-- to welcome pedestrians. We are having an “Archway Opening” at 4 pm Tuesday. Businesses are open during construction and are accessible via the sidewalk. It is anticipated that Taylor Street will be closed to traffic through early May. The archway idea was generated by merchants as we planned for the construction process. It was created under the auspices of the Port Townsend Main Street Program, the City of Port Townsend, and PT Artscape. 59 Port Townsend High School students in Kathleen Burgett’s art class worked on the art project with Margie McDonald. It is part of the “Light at the End of The Tunnel” Project to support businesses during the downtown construction project. Special thanks to the Mount Baker Block, Julian Arthur of Arthur Equipment, and Scott Nollette/Copper Bamboo.
Margie McDonald weaves “Shops Open” message into the archway.
Port Townsend High School art students created
elements for the archway.
IN OTHER LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL NEWS:
Loyalty cards are available at 57 businesses--look for store signs!
The prize is a $500 package of fun gift certificates on Taylor Street!
Cris Busch-Lyons and Glenn Lyons of Summer House Design have been having alot of fun creating clues for the “Treasure Hunt” this weekend. Click on the Treasure Hunt button on our website for more details. There are some fun prizes!
February 13th, 2012
There is a new Construction Q & A posted on our website--check it out.
The “Light at the End of the Tunnel” Downtown Construction loyalty card program starts Feb. 20th.
Stay tuned for the list of participating stores.
February 13th, 2012
The “Light at the End of the Tunnel” Downtown Construction loyalty card program starts Feb. 20th.
Stay tuned for the list of participating stores.
February 7, 2012
The Downtown Construction Sidewalk Lid Replacement Project bid has been awarded to Strider Construction of Bellingham, WA. Work is now scheduled to begin on Taylor Street February 20th, 2012. The anticipated project time frame is February 20 to June 2, 2012. The majority of the work will be centered on Taylor Street from February 20 to mid- May. The scope of work includes sewer line replacement, utility undergrounding, filling sidewalk voids in specified areas, Washington/Taylor intersection work and sidewalk lid replacement. Work will take place on the east side of the sidewalk first, then proceed to the west side (Mount Baker Block Building).
|Merchant Breakfast at The Silverwater Cafe 2/7/12.|
Construction Walk-Through with Contractors 1/23/12
The next Main Street Merchant Breakfast is Tuesday, February 7th from 8:30-9:45 at The Silverwater Cafe. The topic is the Downtown Construction update and related marketing plan. Come hear the latest news and learn more about the marketing program.
We have delivered information to the downtown businesses on these activities and we encourage downtown merchants to take advantage of the free marketing opportunities including a loyalty card program and coupon book. Our goal is to encourage locals and visitors to patronize our businesses during the construction project.
Time to stop snowing!
It’s been a quiet week, with a fluffy blanket of snow covering town. But now it’s melting, and things are picking up for the weekend. Come join friends and warm up at one of our friendly coffeehouses. Shake cabin fever and go out for dinner! On Friday evening, the Wineseller is hosting a wine tasting of Spanish gems. There are new movies at The Rose, the Iron Lady with Meryl Streep is playing at The Uptown Theater, and there’s live music at local clubs.
Around the block:
Update for January 19, 2012 noon DM disposal has just notified the city that they have had to pull their trucks off the road today for safety reasons. As soon as possible they will resume service. They will work Saturday. If you have a scheduled pick-up, leave your cans off the road but visible for the trucks.
Thanks to all who have pitched in to shovel snow from the sidewalks. Jim Cately, owner of William James Bookseller, was spotted shoveling his block of 800 Water Street. Thanks Jim! Tickled Pink, 825 Water Street, is remodeling. January is a great time for remodeling/painting projects, getting a head start on taxes, and catching up on paperwork. You can show off your talents at Open Mic at Sirens on Wednesday evenings, and there’s Karaoke on Thursdays eves. At The Upstage, the Open Mic showcase is on Monday nights. Come down for some local color!
Find out more about the Quimper Mercantile Project at www.quimpermerc.com
Don’t forget to “Vote Port Townsend” as America’s Coolest Small Town! Vote every day til January 31st! Spread the word, spread the link! Don’t forget to vote on weekends...Thank you!
A new year has begun...resolutions in progress!
We are very grateful to all the businesses which generously contributed to the Main Street Tax Incentive Program in 2011.
Thanks to you, our program has a strong start to 2012.
We are finalizing our 2012 calendar of events and will finalize our workplans at our annual board retreat January 25. We welcome two new board members this year: Roselynn Itti (The Closet Space, Little Rose Thai Restaurant) and Tammi Rubert (Manager of Jefferson Transit). We thank them for their willingness to serve our community. Stay tuned for coming news about the Downtown Construction Marketing Plan. Sign up to receive blogposts about the project on the home page of our website.
Around the block: The end of an era--The Green Eyeshade closed its doors and we wish Marilyn Staples and her crew the very best!
There was a full house at the Quimper Mercantile meeting at the Undertown 1/11/12. There is excitement about this new enterprise, which hopes to be up and running this summer, adding to a healthier economy in Port Townsend. Keep up to date on the project on their Facebook page. And while you are on Facebook, become a fan of Port Townsend Main Street Program too! Thanks!
Thanks to all who participated on “We Love Locals” Day Dec. 15th. There were over 400 entry cards filled out!
There are literally thousands of great last minute gift ideas in Port Townsend businesses. A number of stores will be open later from Dec. 15 to 23. Take some time to stroll past the many lively windows decorated in the spirit of the season as you hunt for last minute gift ideas and gift certificates for friends and family.
Malcolm Dorn and his Wallyworks crew partnered with Main Street to decorate Uptown and it is looking very festive, Uptown and Downtown.
Thank you for shopping and dining locally. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
’Thar She Glows-“ The white whale at Artisans on Taylor
It was a very special day on Saturday, Dec. 3 The carolers sang during the Merchant Open House from 1-3 pm and again at the Treelighting. Santa arrived in style with Mayor Sandoval aboard Fire Engine No. 3. There was a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” and a holiday message by the Mayor. Santa visited with children after the treelighting at Flagship Landing. Treats were provided by Bon Appetit and Kiwanis Key Club helped Main Street with an ornament-making activity for waiting children.
Thanks to all our volunteer helpers and to our Promotion Committee for their hard work.
Congratulations to two local winners of the Hometown Holiday Sweepstakes--Pam Gray and Elizabeth Mention. They were very excited to each win a $500 shopping spree!
If you are one of the 34 stores participating in the holiday activities, please promote it on your Facebook and social media. Let your customers also know about your extended hours. The next special event is LOCALS’ NIGHT December 15th. There’s so much fun in Port Townsend throughout the holiday season.
The holiday graphics feature the James & Hastings Building and Fire Truck No. 3 (Santa’s ride this year); it was created by Kevin Mason (Victorianworkshop.com).
Congratulations to TICKLED PINK at 825 Water Street for their winning holiday windows--the theme was “Let There Be Light.”
The Main Street ornament is on sale now at 12 select stores; it features Fire Engine No. 3 which brought Santa to town this year for the treelighting. Elizabeth Becker (SeaportPhotography) took the photo for the ornament. Add these to your collection and support the work of the Port Townsend Main Street Program--thank you!
DOWNTOWN SIDEWALK PROJECT 2012
Scott Sawyer, Shea-Carr-Jewell, (assisted by Mari Mullen) met with 45 merchants over 11/17 & 11/18 for updates on the 2012 Construction Project. More visits to be set in the near future. If you need more information, or have a specific question, please contact our office at email@example.com. Have you signed up for the project blog? Click through to find out what’s happening.
Lots of great promotional ideas came out of The Main Street Merchant Breakfast at The Public House Nov. 3rd. The topic was “Strengthening Your Business in the Off Season.” Approximately 50 merchants came to hear the 2012 Construction Project Update from Shea-Carr-Jewell and hear local merchants talk about what’s worked/what hasn’t for marketing their businesses. We will followup on the marketing ideas through the Main Street Promotion committee and interested volunteers.
|GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT RAISES $6400--THANKS TO YOU|
Thanks to our participating merchants, Jefferson Healthcare, our sponsors, SOS Printing, and our hard-working Main Street promotion committee and volunteers. And thanks to everyone who wore leopard, zebra, giraffe, tiger or snake print--you were wild!
|Thanks to 25 businesses who got in the film festival spirit and decorated their store windows.|
|Congratulations to About Time, our Merchant Window Contest winner!|
|SIDEWALK SALE SEPT 17/18 2011|
Save BIG by Shopping Locally
|MEMBERSHIPS--If you have renewed, thank you! If you have not yet joined, please consider being a part of making it all happen in the historic districts. From caring for Adams Street Park and 100 flower baskets, marketing the Uptown Street Fair, coordinating award-winning promotions and supporting historic preservation, Main Street helps businesses stay healthy and preserves our small town charm. The Port Townsend Main Street Program is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Find out more about our organization’s activities by signing up to receive our enews via our website. Please call the office at 360-385-7911 for details|
|Thanks to all who have sent in their memberships.|
|We ask merchants and property owners to do their part in helping Port Townsend sparkle for summer. Extra attention is needed for windows, doorways and sidewalks in front of your businesses. For sidewalk cleaning, hosing off near the catch basin in the street is the best bet.|
Read about it in The Leader.
Local bands performed on The Edensaw Stage at Uptown
Street Fair 8/20/11
We also thank the City of Port Townsend, The Farmer’s Market, Jefferson County Parks and Recreation and the American Legion for their support of this summer music series. Concerts begin at 5:30 pm and end at 8 pm.
CONCERTS ON THE DOCK PHOTOS
LOCUST STREET TAXI
Our media sponsor was the Peninsula Daily News--thank you!
Susan Monroe (All About Escrow) and Kim Aldrich (Cobalt Mortgage)
sponsored the concert
Dancing in the daylight to Blacky Sheridan
Lou Faulkner of MongoSmash
AUGUST IS PORT TOWNSEND MAIN STREET MEMBERSHIP MONTH!
If you are a current Main Street member, thank you! If you are up for renewal, please watch your mailbox--renewal letters coming soon.
We appreciate your support of our activities, we can’t do it without you!
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ATTENDS QUARTERLY MANAGER MEETING IN MOUNT VERNON
I have just returned from two days meeting with Main Street Managers from across the state. Our training was focused on “Marketing Main Street” with Erica Mills of Claxon Marketing. It was a fascinating and worthwhile session. There was advance homework and thought-provoking followup still to do.
100 FLOWER BASKETS, ADAMS STREET PARK BLOSSOMS
Thanks to Tara, our waterer, the hanging flower baskets planted by Henery’s Garden Center are blooming beautifully. Though it has been challenging, unseasonable windy and wet, she has devoted herself to their care, deadheading, fixing the hangers, and keeping plants in good health. Despite birds nesting, winds whipping, and excessive rain, she is winning the battle for beautiful baskets throughout town. Thanks Tara! And thanks to all the merchants who have signed up for this program to keep Port Townsend beautiful.
GALLERY WALK SATURDAY, JULY 2nd 5:30-8:00pm
Gallery Walk on July 2 featured knock-out art at the Galleries, new businesses open (welcome Writer’s Workshoppe on Taylor and Sea Grass at 633 Water Street), a temporary local art show at 911 Water Street (with wearable art wedding dresses from the Wearable Art Show, and Williwaw driftwood bike sculptures, paintings by several local artists. The wedding dresses splashed with poppies were painted by Susan Hazard.
The art show at 911 Water was coordinated by Marilyn Kurka of Admiralty Apartments. The Port Townsend Main Street Program helped coordinate getting wearable art in vacant store windows—check out the Mount Baker Block Building window on Taylor Street too. The Wearable Art displays were created by Judith Bird and Debbi Steele.
At the Mount Baker Block 211 Taylor Street
Poppy splashed wedding dresses by Susan Hazard were up temporarily for Gallery Walk July 2
Whimsical chicken paintings by Beverly Michaelsen also part of temporary display
NEW SPOTS AROUND THE BLOCK
Come check out Heather Pollack’s “Seagrass” Interior Design store in the N.D. Hill Building at 633 Water Street (formerly the Christian Science Reading Room). You may have met Heather at her space at the Farmer’s Market.
We welcome Anna and Peter Quinn’s Writer’s Workshoppe to 234 Taylor Street--stop by and see how they have transformed the space. It’s right across from the Rose Theatre. The three year old ‘store for writers’ offers books, tools, fun stuff and workshops for writers of all kinds. “We hold 10-12 workshops a week ranging from poetry to novels in progress to writing children’s books” said Anna Quinn, co-owner. “After two locations up a flight of stairs, we are thrilled to be on the street level in such a vibrant part of town.”
GLADDEN YOUR HEART WITH SOME ART
Debbi Steele and Judith Bird have installed some fantastic pieces from the Wearable Art Show in Downtown open window spaces at 211 Taylor and 911 Water Street. Proceeds from the sale of the dresses benefit the Women and Girls Fund of the Jefferson County Community Foundation. Here is a preview:
Gorgeous hand-painted wedding dress by Susan Hazard
on view at 911 Water Street--stop by at Gallery Walk July 2
(This desirable space on Water Street is available for rent--good to know! Contact: (360) 385-0553)
FERRY GOOD NEWS
It is exciting to have two ferries back in service on the Port Townsend-Coupeville route and just in time for the busy three day weekend! Three cheers to WSDOT, our civic leaders and Todd Shipyards for making it all happen.
The MV Salish is sparkling in the dock. The ferry party on June 30th was attended by approximately 300 community members and included words of welcome by elected officials and Washington State Dept. of Transportation representatives. The greetings and performances by members of the Port Gamble S’Kallam, Jamestown S’Klallam and Lower Elwha S’Kallam tribes were a highlight of the event.
Taste Volunteers Gayle and Charlie Moore
Wine & Cider Tasting
TASTE OF PT TICKETS--199 happy diners attended the annual Taste of Port Townsend June 16th. Many thanks to our diners who supported the event, our generous restaurants, and volunteers. Thanks also to Sweet Laurette’s Cafe & Bistro, Muskan Indian Food, Perfect Endings Cupcakes, and The Upstage’s Downtown Deli for donating to The Tasty Prize. This was a fundraiser for the Port Townsend Main Street Program, and kudos to our Organization Committee for their work coordinating the event.