December, 2020 HDSA Newsletter
HDSA Mission Statement

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

November 2020 Newsletter

  • Giving Tuesday
  • The Snohomish Giving Trees
  • Window Decorating Contest
  • Promotion Window
  • Kids! Help Santa Find His Reindeer! 
  • River Front Gazebo
  • Chase the Grinch out of Snohomish
  • Small Businesses in the age of COVID-19
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Volunteering
  • Map and Directory
  • Support HDSA - Amazon Smile

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 Director
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Snohomish Giving Trees
Until December 12th
The Snohomish Giving Trees

Amid everything going on in the world we wanted to bring the joy of giving back into our community. From November 12th - December 12th you will find Christmas trees on the sidewalks at major intersections that are decorated with giving tags filled with needs from varying local charities. HDSA has included everything from pets to vets, please help us fill the needs of those in our community, grab a tag, purchase to items, and return them to Sprig Flower Co. or Randolph Cellars any day of the week. You may also make a cash donation by contacting HDSA if you do not have time or cannot shop and we will do the shopping for you. We encourage all shoppers to shop local within the Snohomish community.

All potted trees generously donated by McAuliffe's Valley Nursery and will be auctioned off in early January.

"Unity! Snohomish together, Snohomish Strong.

"We're going to continue to be as awesome a town as we've always been. But we are going to do it safely and in a way that brings everybody together. We're really striving for retaining the strength that we have within this community"

Ingrid Harten
Board President of HDSA
Window Decorating Contest

The winners of the 2020 Window Decorating Contest are:

Home Inspiration - 1st Place
Joyworks - 2nd Place
Annie's on First - 3rd Place
HDSA would like to thank Kim Killingsworth of Annie's on First. Kim was instrumental in putting together this contest. Her determination, enthusiasm and holiday spirit made it happen.
Promotion Window

Thank you to the merchants who participated in the Snohomish Merchants Promotion window over Shop Small Business weekend.

HDSA would like to thank Emma Kate Ramsey for her incredible artistic talent for putting the window together. Also Britta from BBNW Properties for their generosity in allowing us to use their store front.  
Kids! Help Santa Find His Reindeer! 

December 4th - 13th
Kids! Help Santa Find all of his reindeer before Christmas! Search the Snohomish Shops for all 9 reindeer, fill out where you found them and return this form to Artisans mercantile (117 Glen Ave) before 5pm on December 13th for a chance to win a free pie scream from Snohomish Pie Co and to collect your complimentary Prize! 

Sponsored by: John L. Scott Snohomish, Sprig Flower Co. and Snohomish Pie Co.
River Front Gazebo
The River Front Gazebo is in disrepair and the Snohomish City leaders would like ideas on how to replace it. 

"City staff hope to bring a plan to the Snohomish City Council sometime in early 2021", Economic Development Manager Wendy Poischbeg said.

Earlier this year the city was in the running for America's Main Street Contest, where the prize was $25,000. That money was expected to go toward the gazebo, but another town was chosen.

The city still wants to replace it, but it's a bigger task than previously thought.

"It turned out it was more than just a paint job and fixing a few floor boards," Poischbeg said. "It needed a complete overhaul."

Anyone with a suggestion can email Poischbeg. It doesn't matter where you live.

The rebuilt River Front Gazebo needs to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, but it could have different features, such as a small stage for speakers or live music. Poischbeg expects the remodel to be complete in 202, Email ideas to Wendy at

The River Front Gazebo is located at 10 Avenue A.

- from the Everett Herald
The Grinch has been a cagey feller these last few years. To help out in chasing down the elusive Grinch we have brought in a Grinch catching specialist, The Snohomish Running Company. The Historic Downtown Snohomish Association is partnering with the Snohomish Running Company to help ensure the funniest, safest and most enjoyable 5K and 10K run/walk yet. 
This year's Chase the Grinch out of Sno-Who-Mish will feature a socially distanced and COVID-19 mitigated live run on December 18th and 19th. Participants will be able to choose their own start times while at the same time enjoying fun on course decorations and cut-outs. For those who aren't quite feeling up to running down a Grinch in a crowd, a virtual run option is available from December 16th through December 24th. Each participant will get a custom buff, finisher medal and bib number with their registration. Custom race shirts are available for an additional $10. Need some warming up before you chase down the Grinch? Take part in the Chase the Grinch Semi-Virtual Beer Run between December 16th and 24th. Beer run will be $10 for participants or $15 for non-participants.

Running route will be an out-and-back starting and finishing along the Centennial Trail across the parking lot from Averill Field in Snohomish. Participants will be required to wear masks prior to the run and immediately following the run. Masks will not be required during the run as long as you are 6 feet away from another participant. Other COVID-19 mitigation plans will also be enacted throughout the event.

Chase the Grinch Fun Run – Saturday, Dec. 19-24

Chase the Grinch Out of Snohomish – a semi-virtual running event with both 5K and 10K routes that course through downtown Snohomish/Centennial Trail. Participate from Dec. 19th to the 24th. All participants receive a finisher medal and Holiday buff (gaiter). 

Click here to register.

December 1st through Day of Race:
$40 for 5K and $50 for 10K

Race Shirts: $10
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 December, 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”

Outdoor Dining through the End of the Year!
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 Carolyn Powley at
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.

Such an undertaking! Maps are now in the 3 kiosks on 1st Street! And, look for the QR Code on merchants windows. You can use your smartphone camera to grab the QR Code and you can download a .pdf of the map.
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