December 2016 | News from Selah Downtown Association
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In our final newsletter of 2016, I want to simply take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays -- however and wherever you plan to celebrate!

It has been an amazing year here in downtown Selah. We have seen much change over the past several months and are looking forward to all the good things that 2017 will bring.

Thank you to everyone who was involved with SDA in any way this year, and to all that attended are events. We truly appreciate your support!

Happy Holidays,

Whitney Stohr
Executive Director

Selahbration 2016:
A Hometown Holiday Event

Join SDA and our business sponsors for a hometown holiday event in downtown Selah on Friday, December 2nd. The event kicks off at 5:30 pm with a Tree Lighting at Viking Village.

Scheduled Activities:

5:30 pm - Tree Lighting at Viking Village
Sponsored by the Viking Village merchants
Bring canned food donations for Selah Food Bank!

6:30 pm - Lighted Holiday Parade
Sponsored by Selah Downtown Association
Route: 1st Street - Selah HS to the Civic Center

7:15 pm - Lighted Truck Rally
Gravel Lot at the Selah Civic Center

7:30 pm - Selahbration at the Civic Center
Presented by Selah Downtown Association
Entertainment & kids activities
Food & drinks available for purchase

8:30 pm - Community Movie
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000)

***For more information, visit

Coming in 2017:
SDA Business Academy

Beginning in January 2017, Selah Downtown Association will kick-off a BRAND NEW monthly business education and training series PERFECT for all new and aspiring business owners and current business owners interested in learning new skills.

Monthly sessions will be held the 1st Tuesday of each month, from 7:30 to 8:30 am, at Nana Kate's, located at 432 E. Goodlander Rd., in Selah.

Sessions will cover a diverse array of topics relevant to the business community and those with an interest in entrepreneurship. Each session will feature a premier speaker, a case study of a local business, and time to network with other guests. The sessions are FREE and open to the public. Coffee will be provided.
For more information, visit

Selah Works! Millennial Group, an SDA Initiative

SDA is launching a new "networking and community action" group specifically for members of Selah's Millennial population!

The new group -- called Selah Works! -- is an SDA initiative with a mission to "engage the next generation of community leaders by providing opportunities for personal and professional development, peer networking and community service."

The group will be led by a Steering Committee. Anyone interested in serving on the Steering Committee or becoming active in Selah Works! should email Whitney Stohr at

Second Saturdays in Downtown Selah 2017

Second Saturdays in Downtown Selah will return in 2017 with a new line-up of themes! Second Saturdays will run each month from February through November.

Business Owners: This is an opportunity to highlight your business each month by planning a special event, public activity, or promotional deal around the monthly theme. You plan the "happening," and SDA will promote it as part of a community-wide event. 

For more information or to sign-up for an upcoming Second Saturday, email Whitney Stohr at

It Happened Downtown

Second Saturday in Downtown Selah
Theme: "Veterans Day"
Saturday, November 12, 2016

SDA celebrated the final Second Saturday of 2016 on November 12th. The theme was "Veterans' Day," and it was a day packed with activity in downtown Selah, from the "Rocks for Vets - Community Art Activity" at Artistic Minds, to the special "Second Saturday Art Party" by Mandie's Art Parties, to Mr. Mo's Espresso and Nana Kate's offering free coffee to all vets!
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 26, 2016

SDA joined cities across the country in leading local efforts to promote Small Business Saturday, an annual day where people are encouraged to "Shop Small" at locally owned businesses. The day was officially recognized by Selah mayor Sherry Raymond as "Small Business Saturday" in a proclamation signed on Tuesday, November 22nd. This year, SDA was selected as a local, Small Business Saturday "Neighborhood Champion," and our executive director Whitney Stohr spent the day visiting all of our local shops in downtown Selah.

Dec. 2nd
Selahbration and Lighted Parade

Through Dec. 12th
Giving Tree

Dec. 31st
SDA New Year's Eve Party

Jan. 3rd
SDA Business Academy 
Tis the Season to help those in need! SDA is sponsoring a community Giving Tree for kids attending Selah Schools. Help us make this holiday season one to remember!

SDA's Community Giving Tree is set up at the Civic Center, 216 S. 1st Street, in downtown Selah. Stop by during business hours and select a gift tag from the tree to sponsor a local child. Return your gifts, wrapped with the original tag attached, to City Hall, 115 W. Naches Avenue, by Monday, December 12Email questions to SDA.
Business Owners:
Did you know you can keep your tax dollars local and receive a business tax credit by contributing to Selah Downtown Association

Many businesses pay a "Business & Occupation (B&O) Tax" to the WA Department of Revenue. Through the Main Street Tax Credit Program, business owners can self-direct their tax dollars and keep their contributions local. Email SDA for more information.
Journalism Intern
Sarah Hoot is SDA's new "Business & Downtown Journalist." Sarah is currently studying print journalism at Central Washington University and works as "Scene Editor" for the CWU Observer student newspaper. She is originally from Marysville, Washington, and is the oldest in a family of six children.
Owen Packard is SDA Secretary and Chair of the Organization Committee.

Owen is originally from Oceanside, CA, and graduated from Carlsbad High School. He spent two years in Argentina as an LDS Missionary, before attending both Brigham Young University and the University of Iowa School of Dentistry. Owen retired from his dental practice in 2015.

Owen lives in Selah with his wife, Aimee, and has 11 children and four grandchildren.
Help us improve our community by serving on one of our committees or applying for a student internship.

Email SDA for more information.
There are many ways to get involved with SDA and opportunities for partnership.

Email SDA for information.
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Selah, WA 98942

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