Our Launchpad winner, Marianne Wilson Stein, is moving quickly to open her new space at 109 W 7th Street in downtown Vancouver. As most of you know, Launchpad was a regional shark-tank-style competition providing a $40,000 community-sponsored grant to a new business locating into our downtown community. Marianne will be opening Dandelion Teahouse & Apothecary, which will feature her specialty tea blends and skincare products. Her business will also host a makers space. Marianne has had great success at the Farmer's Market and looks forward to

We are excited to announce the completion of our new murals at 12th & Main! These murals have words of encouragement and reflection to touch on this moment in history. In addition, the trees on the pillars are in loving memory of Lee Coulthard, a VDA volunteer who led the effort to plant street trees in downtown. Additional mural components will continue to be added until the end of the year. These murals are a component in a larger Main Street project which includes a

Vancouver’s Downtown Association is working hard to keep downtown vibrant. We are launching Spruce the Couve, a Clean and Safe Program. Graffiti removal, power washing, new trash cans, and improved lighting are all examples of tasks that will be completed under this initiative. This program is launching in November 2020 and will continue through 2021. Keep your eye on our social media pages & www.vdausa.org for updates! #dtvanwa

VISIT downtown Vancouver and VOTE for your favorite Harvest Moon Storefront. Three winners will receive $250 courtesy of the Vancouver's Downtown Association—this is great way for your show support of our local businesses! CURRENT PARTICIPANTS: Angst Gallery Main Street Vintage Home Center Stage Clothiers, LLC Olson Engineering, Inc. My Jewelers Divine Consign Furniture Most Everything Vintage Doppelgänger House of Vintage - Vancouver Harry's Locksmith Service MELT Glass Art Supply If you are a business in downtown that would like to join, please email [email protected] with your business name and contact information. CLICK HERE TO VOTE: www.bit.ly/2SNLrRX

Our street mural at 12th & Main is completed, we encourage you to come check it out! This mural is one component in a larger Main Street project which includes bike facilities, a new parklet, parking garage mural, and a smaller street mural at 8th & Main. ⁣ ⁣ Our project commenced this month, starting on the weekend of September 4th, 2020, and will continue through October 2020. Stay tuned for future updates, our videographer Casey Evans Media is working to capture this project. ⁣ This project is

Downtown Vancouver is blooming thanks to our 2020 flower basket donors! These baskets showcase our community pride and resiliency during these challenging times. Our flower basket program is funded entirely from individual contributors—thank you to our community for keeping our downtown vibrant. This program would not have been possible without the following community supporters: Albina Fuel Alisa Tretrault Alistaire Clary Alling Henning Associates, Inc. Amy Sanchez Ann Bauer Anne John Studio Bowden Fine Art Brad Hutton Brenda & Alan Mitchell Brewed Public House Cascadia Development Partners Caton, Day & Co. CPAs Center Stage Clothiers Cinda Connelly Columbia Waterfront Creative Computer Solutions, Inc. Cyclebar Daisy Mae

Congratulations to our 2020 Launchpad WINNER—Marianne Wilson Stein! Marianne will be opening a Teahouse in downtown Vancouver that will feature her teas and skin care products. Her business will also host a makers space. Marianne has had great success at the Farmer's Market and looks forward to opening a brick & mortar retail space. We will continue to follow this process and showcase it as she works to open shop! Please give a big WELCOME to our newest downtown small business owner, Marianne! Read The Columbian article

We are proud to announce the official debut of our pilot parklet program! Our program is a collaborative effort between the Vancouver's Downtown Association, LSW Architects, Riff Creative, and FrontdoorBack, Retail Design & Visual Merchandising. Parklets are an urban planning technique in which street parking is turned into outdoor seating areas. Our pilot program was conceived as a creative solution to support our downtown eateries as we enter Phase 2 of reopening. In Phase 2, Vancouver restaurants, coffee shops, and bars are able to host

We are excited to unveil a community-led effort to help beautify a vacant downtown storefront (Spanky's at 9th & Main). The Vancouver's Downtown Association partnered with Aurora Gallery, Burnt Bridge Cellars, and Vancouver School of Arts and Academics to make this effort possible. Next time you are visiting our beautiful downtown, be sure to check it out! The origami pieces were folded by Holly Williams, Madeleine Williams, Isabel Giacchino, Sophie Giacchino, Lisa Giacchino, Kristen Hull, and participants in the Sip & Fold at Burnt Bridge

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