August, 2020 HDSA Newsletter
HDSA The Statement

Our mission is to promote, preserve and improve the downtown historic district as the heart and soul of the
City of Snohomish.
August, 2020 Newsletter

  • Bentley, the "Snoho" Pug
  • Summer Charm Walk 2020
  • Happiness Happens Day
  • Fred Meyer Rewards / Amazon Smile
  • Innovative ideas for outdoor seating 
  • Volunteers needed
  • HDSA Map

 HDSA Board of Directors

Ingrid Harten – President

Andy Gibbs – Vice President

Judi Ramsey – Secretary

Pam James – Treasurer

Fred Gibbs

Karen Smith

Kelli Toomey

Terry Schuler -
Executive Directo r

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P.O. Box 1192
Snohomish, WA 98092
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Help support HDSA and all you need to do is shop!
Here's how to shop AmazonSmile ...

https:// smile . amazon .com
  1. Sign in with your credentials.
  2. Choose a charitable organization to receive donations.
  3. Select – Historic Downtown Snohomish Association and shop away
Help support HDSA with Fred Meyer Community Rewards

This program makes fundraising easy by donating to HDSA based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your card to HDSA, all you have to do is shop at Fred Meyer and swipe your Shopper’s Card. Here’s how it works: 

  1. Create a digital account. to participate in Fred Meyer Community Rewards. If you already have a digital account, simply link your Shopper’s Card to your account so that all transactions apply toward HDSA.
  2. Enter Historic Downtown Snohomish Association.

It's that easy!
Bentley the "Snoho" Pug
Bentley is our ‘Pug Around Town’. This handsome fellow is our new mascot for the HDSA promotional campaign. Bentley has been making his way all over Historic Downtown Snohomish on adventures and escapades. He will be visiting shops and bakeries around town and meeting up with two-legged friends as they sample world famous wineries and breweries. Please go out of your way to greet Bentley when you see him! 

Join the HDSA on August 8th to share in National Happiness Happens Day.

Just let it happen, you know, happiness, because happiness happens!
Recognize every moment of glee, joy, delight, and pleasure.
Don’t let it pass.
Most importantly,
a flicker of a giggle should be given its due,
and should it blossom into full-blown happiness,
don’t be surprised.
It happens TO YOU!!
Reimagined, Reinvented ,
Still our Summer Charm Walk

This year’s Summer Charm Walk will feature In-person and Virtual Charmer options and will extend through Sept 5 th . The format has changed but the fun remains the same! Your participation will positively help your favorite small town businesses as they recover from the substantial impact of Covid-19.
How creative ideas and innovation are assisting Small Businesses in this age of COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic limiting the use of indoor dining room space, the Snohomish City Council passed an ordinance for our restaurants and bars to add more table seating outside. The outdoor seating will occur in Historic Downtown District on Friday, July 31st through Monday, September 7th 2020.

This ordinance will temporarily allow bars and restaurants to add outdoor dining space in the public right-of-way. 

Two concerns arose at the City Council meeting, one being the assurance that the City comply with the ADA regulations and assure that those who have disabilities are able to have access into and through those areas.

The other issue is open containers in the public right-of-way – particularly in the parklet model. “Alcohol will be served in this area, as an extension of their current liquor license”, said Wendy Poischbeg, Economic Development and Communications Manager City of Snohomish. She continued to say “The barrier fencing is 42” high as required by law. Each restaurant needs to let the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board know their outdoor plans”. 
Parklet expansion/ Sidewalk expansion
Parking Space Dining

Starting on Friday, July 31st through Monday, September 7th (Labor Day) on 1st Street between Avenue B and Avenue C, the parking stalls are used to provide outdoor seating for the restaurants.
Sidewalk Dining

On the north side of 1 st Street between Avenue A and Avenue B, the sidewalk is used for restaurants and bars. 
Partial street closure 

On the northside of the street between Avenue C to Avenue D the block will be partly closed in front of the restaurants, using the parking stalls to set up tables and chairs for diners. Pedestrians will be able to walk along the sidewalk. A few on-street parking spaces would close to make this happen.

The businesses are in charge of putting out tables and any greenery to make it look nicer during this time. They are also in charge of cleaning their tables and per Washington reopening guidelines, people can enter bars and restaurants to use the bathroom. Our state's guidelines include people can only sit at tables of up to five people. Indoor seating is only 25% capacity in the restaurants or bars. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Wendy Poischbeg at
We have hand sanitizer, face masks and social distancing to keep us all safe!
Volunteering and its surprising benefits!

In its efforts to implement the Main Street approach to organizational structure and management, the HDSA has four committees: Organization, Design, Economic Vitality and Promotion. These four committees form the basis for the Main Street Four-Point Approach which is a time-tested, holistic approach to historic downtown revitalization efforts nationwide.

If you are interested in volunteering in any of these Committees, please reach out to their Committee Chair. 

Economic Vitality focuses on capital, incentives, and other economic and financial tools to assist new and existing businesses, catalyze property development, and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that drive local economies. 

The Committee chair is Fred Gibbs:
Monthly meetings are held the 3rd Thursday at 7:00pm (Zoom Meeting)

The HDSA DESIGN Committee supports the HDSA community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set the commercial district apart. HDSA is looking for volunteers for the Design team. Members should include people with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, product design, graphics, visual merchandising, historic preservation, or civil engineering. They must have a strong appreciation and understanding of the physical characteristics that help make an older or historic commercial district work well. 

The Committee chair is Alyssa Hoffman:
Monthly meetings are held the 4th Thursday at 10:00am (Zoom Meeting)

The HDSA PROMOTIONS Committee is perhaps the most visible part of the HDSA. It is the public face, taking responsibility for managing image campaigns, retail promotions and special events that are fun for the public, promote historic preservation, increase visitation, expand length-of-stay, introduce the public to businesses they might not otherwise visit, and fulfill HDSA’s commitment to Snohomish County and the City of Snohomish to promote tourism, lodging, and overnight stays. 

The Committee chair is Judi Ramsey:
Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday 9:00am (Zoom Meeting) 

THE HDSA ORGANIZATION Committee plays a key role in keeping the board of directors, committees, staff, and Statement of Work in good shape by attracting people and money to the organization. To succeed this committee must take responsibility for managing the financial and logistical aspects of the overall organization. To ensure an adequately funded, and expertly managed. organization with sufficient manpower and community support to effectively meet the goals and objectives of the HDSA as identified by the Board of Directors. This committee involves creating a strong foundation for a sustainable revitalization effort, including cultivating partnerships, community involvement, and resources.

The Committee Chair is Ingrid Harten
Monthly meetings are held the 1st Thursday at 7:00pm (Zoom Meeting)

Please consider volunteering for one of these innovative committees. HDSA is a volunteer-run association. The benefits of volunteering are enormous! It helps to counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety. Not to forget the social contact aspect of volunteering, helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person. Please join the team. 

If you have any questions about these committees, please contact  
The Snohomish Map and Directory !

This map & directory represents hours of computer research, thank you Google, miles of walking and re=walking our streets, to assure that every building, business, service, ATM and city park was accounted for. Our goal is for the Historic Downtown District visitors to find you, shop, visit and share a meal in our town with the hope that they enjoy their time with us and return often. Please let us know of any corrections.

Gosh such an undertaking! But wait - we are not finished! HDSA will be working on making the map interactive, where you click on a business and their website comes up. This will take some time, so stay tuned ...
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