January 2017 | News from Selah Downtown Association
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Happy New Year, and welcome back downtown!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is easing themselves into a new year full of hope and promise! For all of us at SDA, 2016 was a whirlwind year -- one that saw our growth and development as an organization. I look forward to all the fun and excitement that 2017 brings. We have big plans for our program!

We are kicking things into full gear early this month. Just yesterday, we oversaw the mad rush of our local businesses to apply for the 2017 Main Street B&O Tax Credit Program, many of which were successful. The complete list of these sponsors will appear in next month's newsletter, but I do want to thank everyone that has (or will!) contribute to SDA through this program.

January also brings opportunities for new programs and activities. On Tuesday, January 3rd, we are kicking off our brand new, business training series: The Roundtable: Business Academy. Meetings will be held on a monthly basis and are free and open to the public. Continue reading for more information.

Also coming up this month is the first meeting of our new Selah Works! social impact group for Millennials. As a member of the Millennial generation, I am excited to launch this new group and see more young adults get involved in the community. Second Saturdays in Downtown Selah return next month with the February theme: "Love Selah." Read below to see how our local business community and other organizations can get involved in this program. 

It's going to be one heck of year! I'll see you all downtown.

Whitney Stohr
Executive Director

"The Roundtable: Business Academy" begins Jan. 3

SDA's new monthly business education and training series -- The Roundtable: Business Academy -- will kick-off on Tuesday, January 3rd with the timely topic of "New Year's Resolutions: Setting Annual Goals & Budgets." 

Jean Brown, Business Development Director at Yakima County Development Association / New Vision and current President of the Selah Chamber of Commerce, will join SDA as the first session speaker. Learn more about Jean Brown's background and expertise in the business sector at

SDA's Business Academy is FREE and open to the public, and all new and aspiring business owners are encouraged to attend. The sessions are also a great opportunity for current business owners to network and learn new skills.

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

Selah Works! Millennial Group update

SDA is launching a new "networking and community action" group in 2017 that is specifically for members of Selah's Millennial population!

The group -- called Selah Works! -- will be led by a Steering Committee that will take charge of group programming and initiatives. The first meeting of the Steering Committee is scheduled for Thursday, January 12th, from 6 to 7 p.m., at North Town Coffeehouse, located 406 S. 1st Street, in downtown Selah. More information is available at

Anyone interested in joining the Steering Committee should email Whitney Stohr at

Second Saturdays in Downtown Selah

Second Saturdays in Downtown Selah return next month on Saturday, February 11, 2016.
The theme is "LOVE SELAH."

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

B&O Tax Credit Program Business Sponsors

Thank you to all our local businesses who applied for the 2017 Business & Occupation (B&O) Main Street Tax Credit Program and to the City of Selah for their enrollment in the Public Utility Tax (PUT) Program. The Main Street Tax Credit Program is a special program through the state Department of Revenue and the Washington State Main Street Program that allows certain businesses and municipalities to receive tax credits for their contributions to local Main Street programs like SDA! The contributions received by SDA through the tax credit program are critical to our success and future development.

Stay tuned for next month's newsletter and the list of local businesses accepted to the 2017 Main Street Tax Credit Program!

And thank you one last time to those businesses who took advantage of the Main Street Tax Credit Program in 2016 and are now receiving their earned tax credits for 2017:

Banner Bank of Selah,
Barb Petrea, Barb Petreal LLC,
Brett Mower, Selah Vision Clinic,
John Petrea, Natural Accent Flooring, Inc.,
Owen Packard,
And Tammy & Ken Allan, Allan Insurance Agency 

Learn more about the Washington Main Street Tax Credit Program at

It Happened Downtown

Historic Selah: Then & Now
Naches Avenue

SDA's new "fly-by" video of historic properties along Naches Avenue in downtown Selah. Link to video:
Lighted Parade & Holiday Selahbration
Friday, December 2, 2016

SDA hosted this year's annual Lighted Parade and Holiday "Selahbration" on Friday, December 2nd. It was wonderful to have so many people come downtown, watch the parade, and participate in the evening's other activities. SDA is happy to announce that a substantial sum from food and drink sales were donated to local non-profits and to help fund capital improvements to the Civic Center.

Special thanks to the City of Selah and SDA volunteers; our food vendors: Viking Crew, DC Bound, Nana Kate's and King's Row; Broadway Bound Dance Academy; Catherine Platt (our Grinch) and Ginger Tyler (our Who from Whoville).

January 1st
B&O Tax Credit enrollment

January 3rd
Business Academy kick-off

January 12th
Selah Works! Steering Committee meeting

January 23-25
Washington State Main Street Meeting
Olympia, WA
January 10th - 7 AM
Selah Kiwanis meeting
Selah Civic Center

January 10th - 4 PM
City Council Meeting
Selah City Hall

January 14th - 3:30 PM
Event by Mandie's Art Parties
Nana Kate's

January 16th - All Day
MLK Day holiday

January 17th - 2:30 PM
Cultivating Community Connections event
Selah Middle School

January 24th - 7 AM
Selah Kiwanis meeting
Selah Civic Center

January 25th - 11:30 AM
Chamber of Commerce membership meeting
Selah Civic Center
Business Spotlight
Aristic Minds is a local business located in downtown Selah at 3 North 1st Street. Owned and operated by Mayor Sherry Raymond and her daughter Ellie Sensney, Artistic Minds gives local artists a place to showcase their work and teach art classes to others.

Read more about Artistic Minds in this recent blog post by SDA intern, Sarah Hoot:
In December, SDA sponsored a "Community Giving Tree" from which members of the community provided holidays gifts for 35 children from 10 local families in the Selah School District. In a December 13th press release, SDA executive director, Whitney Stohr, commented: "As an organization, we want to have a social impact and do something meaningful for this community." Thank you to everyone for giving back this holiday season!

Read the full press release at
SDA is partnering with Google My Business to provide a free service to local businesses in downtown Selah.

Email SDA to learn how we can help ensure that your business appears on Google maps and web searches.
Tree Top Park was back in the news last month in an article published on and written by SDA's executive director Whitney Stohr.

Read the article, "How a Parklet is Inspiring a Brighter Future in Downtown Selah, WA" at
Selah Residents Rally to Help Struggling Couple Raising Great-Grandson, by Don Meyers (12/21/16)

Guest Article: How a Parklet is Inspiring a Brighter Future in Downtown Selah, WA, by Whitney Stohr (SDA executive director), published by (12/15/16)

Social Scene: Selah Lighted Holiday Parade, photos by Leann Jones (12/3/16)

Selah Holiday Celebration Starts Friday with Parade, by Yakima Herald-Republic (12/1/16)
A new website is under development! Stay tuned for our official launch coming later this month.
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