October 2016 | News from Selah Downtown Association
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Welcome Downtown!

And welcome to October! Seasons are changing here in downtown Selah and so are things at SDA. The summer months were sure busy! Between Second Saturdays and Selah's Wednesday Market, our calendar was packed full of fun events! However, now that the summer months are behind us, I am excited to have time to focus on developing strategies and a path forward for SDA.

As we speak, the SDA Board of Directors and myself are busy learning more about the National Main Street Center's newly-modified "Four-Point Refresh" approach to downtown revitalization. (Read more about the Refresh model here.) SDA is moving forward toward full adoption of this new approach and will post more about what this means for our local program as our strategies are further developed.

But, don't for a second believe that the fall months will be just about strategy! We're working hard to keep the events coming. Continue reading below for information about upcoming events and activities. Finally, I want to personally thank everyone involved last month in helping SDA bring the 1st Annual Red Carpet Gala to downtown Selah. I hope you had a ball and that you will join us again next year on the red carpet.


Whitney Stohr
Executive Director

Second Saturday: October 8

Second Saturdays in Downtown Selah return on Saturday, October 8th with a Harvest theme.

Any businesses or organizations wishing to promote their event, activity or retail promotion as part of "Second Saturday" should email SDA with details.

Scheduled Activities:

1.  Farewell to Tree Top Park
10 a.m. - 12 noon at Selah Allstate Insurance & KL Brewer Gallery & Salon
Sponsored by Selah Downtown Association

Join SDA to bid farewell to Tree Top Park. Celebrate the recent apple harvest with a complimentary Tree Top apple juice or apple sauce. The first 20 people to visit Tree Top Park during this time will receive a FREE special edition Tree Top Park poster, designed by SDA graphic designer, Damian Loma.

2.  Harvest Drink Special at Pastime Bar
11 a.m. - 12 midnight at Pastime Bar 

3.  FREE Flower at Happy Feet
All Day at Happy Feet Nail & Spa 

Free painted flower with purchase of a manicure or pedicure, courtesy of Happy Feet Nail & Spa.

Happening off Main Street

4.  Digging in the Dirt on Wenas Mammoth Mountain
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 1770 S. Wenas Rd.
Sponsored by Wenas Mammoth Foundation

Help "harvest" those old bones at the Wenas Mammoth Foundation dig site!

For more information, visit

Upcoming Events in Downtown Selah

International Walk to School Day
Wednesday, October 5th, 7 - 8:30 a.m.

Visit the SDA table at the corner of Fremont & 3rd on Wednesday morning! Students who walk to school through our downtown district will receive a special prize in honor of International Walk to School Day.

B&O Tax Credit Informational Meeting
Wednesday, October 5th, 6 - 8 p.m., at Nana Kate's

Join SDA at Nana Kate's to learn more about how your business can benefit by donating to SDA. Read more:

Second Saturdays in Downtown Selah
Saturday, October 8th, All Day

The theme for the month is "harvest," and SDA invites all downtown business owners and community groups to participate by hosting a public event, activity or retail promotion. Find out more at

Recap: 1st Annual Red Carpet Gala

On Saturday, September 10th, SDA hosted the 1st Annual Red Carpet Gala: "Puttin' on the Ritz" fundraiser, a 1920s themed, black tie event and awards ceremony. The event was attended by over 170 guests, who joined SDA in congratulating the recipients of the first "Downtown Beautification Awards," presented to 10 business owners and city residents dedicated to community beautification.

The event included catering by Daniel's Kitchen and Nana Kate's, drinks and spirits by Pastime Bar, live music by KCJ Jazz Company, decorations by Simplicity, audio-visual by Mills Production, and photography by Extreme Sports Photography. Thank you also to our Emcee for the evening, SDA Board Member, Kari Gravrock.

Thank you to our sponsors
ABBee's Floral & Gifts
Capitol Theatre
Daniel's Kitchen
Escape the Maddness
Mills Production
Monson Fruit
Nana Kate's 
Natural Accent Flooring
Pastime Bar
Russell Landscaping
Selah Chamber of Commerce
Swinomish Casino & Lodge

Table sponsors & donors
Allan Insurance
Bruce Sears
Classic Auto Wash
Fox 41
Graf Investments
King's Row
KL Brewer & Rick Main
LDS Church of Selah
Les Schwab
Pingrey Ford
Richard Washut DDS
Ryan & Tracey Smith
Sample Quinnell Real Estate
Selah Chevron
Selah Vision Clinic
Tools 4 U
Torkelson Construction
Townsquare Media
Tree Top, Inc.
Whitney Stohr

It Happened Downtown

Selah's Wednesday Market
Wednesdays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Selah's Wednesday Market continued through September, with vendors adopting a new theme each week. Last month, vendors celebrated Women's Equality Day, National Hispanic Heritage Month, and Selah's Homecoming.
Viking Homecoming Week
September 19th - 23rd

Downtown Selah was abuzz during Selah High School's Homecoming Spirit Week as downtown businesses joined in the fun by offering special rewards to students, staff and community members dressed in each day's "Spirit Theme." There is no doubt that Selah is full of hometown pride!

See more photos from Spirit Week at
Follow SDA all month long!

Visit our website at 
for more information on upcoming events!
Grant Funding Update
SDA recently received two $500.00 grants from Pacific Power Foundation to support community and economic development programs in downtown Selah. Find out more at Thank you to Pacific Power Foundation for your support!

(Photo by Pacific Power Foundation: SDA Executive Director Whitney Stohr with Toby Freeman.)
Selah's Wednesday Market 2016
The 2016 season of Selah's Wednesday Market came to a close on September 21st. This year SDA took over management of the market, and what a season it was!

A very BIG thank you to all of our Market vendors! Each one of you brings something unique to our Market, and we appreciate the time and effort it takes to join us in Selah each week. 
Business BINGO!
SDA looks forward to partnering with Selah Neighbors and Selah Chamber of Commerce on the upcoming Business Bingo promotion!

Any business interested in learning more about this opportunity can email Rachael at Selah Allstate.
SDA Vice President
Andrew Potter is the current 2016-17 SDA Vice President and co-Chair of SDA's Design Committee.

Andrew grew up in Prosser, WA, and graduated from Prosser High School in 2004. After spending 2 years in South America as a missionary with the LDS Church, Andrew enrolled at, and soon graduated from BYU-Idaho. In 2013, he began working as Recreation Coordinator for the City of Selah, and is currently the city's Human Resources Manager. In his free time, he volunteers as Scoutmaster for Troop 151 in Selah, helping more than 25 young men learn and practice outdoor skills.
September Sponsors & Volunteers
Thank you to our September 2016 volunteers, business sponsors and individual donors, including everyone who helped make the 1st Annual Red Carpet Gala on September 10th a roaring success!

Thank you also to Sherry Dawson for co-managing the 2016 Selah's Wednesday Market, and to the SDA Board members for their ongoing support and investment in the organization. 
1st Annual Downtown Beautification Awards
Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 SDA Downtown Beautification Awards!

Residential Award Winners
Thomas & Linda Beksinski - 211 W. Naches Ave.
Gerard & Bonnie Dombrowski - 106 E. Orchard Ave.
Graf Investments, Inc. - Virginia Crossing Community

Business Award Winners
Graf Investments, Inc.
North Town Coffeehouse
McDonald's of Selah

Public Facility Award Winner
City of Selah Fire Station

Individual Award Winners
Garner Family - Place-Maker Award
Sherry Raymond - Advocacy Award
Selah School District - Group Award
Internships & Volunteer Opportunities
Want to volunteer with a local non-profit organization?
Are you a student looking for an internship?

Email SDA for more information.
SDA is always looking for new ideas to improve downtown Selah, and community partners to join us in implementing those ideas!

Email SDA Executive Director, Whitney Stohr, to discuss upcoming opportunities.
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