May 2023

Downtown News

Greetings Downtown Partners,

Another big month in Downtown Ellensburg has wrapped up and we are truly inspired by our creative staff and retailers who brought the party to downtown last Thursday for Girls Night Out. What a truly inspiring and lovely spring evening with multiple live bands and activities filling our restaurants and retailers with joyful women from all areas of our community. And that’s the key, my friends, joy! We are here for it! 

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Welcome to Ellensburg!

Welcome to Ellensburg!
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Volunteers Are The

Heart of Our Downtown

Did you know the EDA is powered by a Board of Directors, an Executive Committee, and four committees including Design, Promotions, Outreach, and Economic Vitality?  

These talented and dedicated community members wear many hats including business owners, entrepreneurs, property managers, engineers, healthcare, project management, banking and so much more!  

Please help us welcome:

• EDA Treasurer, Tyler Witthuhn- Project Engineer with SSF Engineers

• EDA Secretary, Morgan Stonefield- Patricia Place Properties Property Manager

Thank you, Morgan and Tyler for bringing your time and talents to the EDA!

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Downtown Clean-Up Day

Downtown Clean Up Day in Ellensburg was a resounding success, with a strong turnout of over 50 community members. Volunteers worked tirelessly to beautify the city's downtown area, with tasks ranging from sweeping the streets to planting flowers and picking up litter. Felicia, Design Committee chair and event organizer was thrilled with the event's turnout and the hard work of the volunteers. "It was amazing to see the community come together like this," she said. "We had an incredible turnout, and everyone really put in the effort to make our downtown look great. I'm so proud of what we accomplished today." The event left the community feeling proud and accomplished, and the downtown area looking better than ever.

Thank you to our sponsors: Century 21 Centerpoint, Waste Management, and Cornerstone Pie

Follow the links to learn more about becoming a volunteer or joining a committee

Featured in Business:

Brewsters Coffee

Brewster's is a local family-owned and operated business, who have a passion for coffee and a desire to share its love for coffee, food, and company with the community.

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Main Street Tax Credit Program

Thank you to all of the businesses who have chosen to keep their B&O tax dollars local by pledging to the Ellensburg Downtown Association. In return, these businesses will be receiving a 75% tax credit for 2023.

Ellensburg has the opportunity to secure $213,333.33 for 2023. By choosing to keep your tax dollars local, you are investing in the advocacy and community programming the EDA provides through the funding of this tax credit program. For more information on this program please follow the link here or contact [email protected].

Learn More: Keep Your Tax Dollars Local

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EDA Events

Events brought to you by the Ellensburg Downtown Association

Spring Girls Night Out

The Spring Girls Night Out in Ellensburg, WA was a huge success, with over 150 bingo cards being picked up at the Ellensburg Downtown Association (EDA). The event was aimed at supporting local businesses, and it certainly did, generating over $10,000 in revenue.

Megan West, the owner of Claim Clothing, was thrilled with the turnout and the support from the community. She said, "It's amazing to see the community come together and support our local businesses. Spring Girls Night Out especially, is a perfect opportunity to blend our community and our CWU students. Its a great night to showcase what Ellensburg has to offer and the turning point with our beautiful spring weather. People were hyped to gather and be out supporting our local economy. We will always take advantage of this night to showcase our spring and summer collections and get the ladies excited for what's to come.

Overall, the Spring Girl's Night Out was a great success, bringing together the community and supporting local businesses. With events like this, Ellensburg can continue to thrive as a vibrant and thriving town.

Thank you to event sponsors: Fortuity Cellars and Nuwave Gallery, Claim Clothing, Collective Interiors, Mariposa Aesthetics, The Loft at Cornerstone Pie, and The Hotel Windrow.

Merchant Gathering at Fortuity Cellars May 17th from 5-6:30 PM

Register and see the agenda here.

Other Downtown Happenings

  • Celebrate Bike Month in the month of May! Learn more HERE.
  • Kittitas County Open Show at Gallery One opens this Friday
  • First Friday is 5/5

This Month's Ribbon Cuttings:

  • Fidelina’s : 119 W 5th Ave. Ellensburg, WA 98926
  • Grand opening is on Friday May 5th @ 11:00 a.m.
  • Enjoy Beer Bucket Specials at their Cinco de Mayo celebration!

  • Buddy’s Barkery: 109 E 3rd Ave #7 Ellensburg, WA 98926
  • Grand Opening is on Friday May 26th @ 10:00 a.m.  

If you're a downtown business and would like to see an event highlighted in our newsletter please email information HERE.

Ellensburg CommUnity

The Ellensburg Downtown Association is proud to announce a city-wide campaign focused on bringing the community together.

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Do you have a community or event to share? Submit here

CommUnity Happenings in May:

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are interested in volunteering at the Kiddin’ Around section during the upcoming Summer Farmers Market series. This is a fantastic opportunity to have fun, meet new people, interact with children, and support your local community. As a volunteer, you would provide an interactive and fun environment for kids to enjoy during the Farmers Market.

If anyone is interested in volunteering for Kiddin’ Around, please follow the link to sign up for a shift or multiple!

Business Resources: Did you know?

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce has free resources available for businesses in all stages of development.

In partnership with Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), U.S Small Business Administration (SBA), and Washington State University, the SBDC is now providing advising services to businesses in Kittitas County on behalf of the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce.

Visit the links above or the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce for more information!

Ellensburg Fun Fact

Did you know that Ellensburg has been the home to many bicycle companies? 

Bear Bicycle made by Smith Manufacturing 1919-1923 produce over 200 bikes

(pictured here) followed by Ellensburg Bicycle.  

Check out the full story and exhibit at the Kittitas County History Museum

We want to extend a warm invitation to all of you to stop by and say hello at the Ellensburg Downtown Association (EDA). Our team is always here to greet you with a smile and answer any questions you may have about our town's development and progress.

At the EDA, we are dedicated to supporting local businesses, promoting the arts and culture, and creating a vibrant community that everyone can be proud of. We believe that by working together, we can build a brighter future for Ellensburg.

So whether you have a specific question about our events, want to learn more about our initiatives, or just want to chat with our friendly staff, we would love to see you. Our doors are always open, and we welcome you to stop in anytime.

Thank you for your continued support of the EDA and our mission to create a thriving downtown for all.

Best Regards,

Brenda DeVore - Executive Director - [email protected]

Teresa Chanes - Community Engagement Specialist - [email protected]

Katie Holm - Events and Marketing Coordinator - [email protected]

Our Mission:

"Empowering and preserving community by amplifying our economy and creating a sense of place for all"


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