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Excuse the mess: Downtown merchants rally with ‘Sip, Shop’
As a second phase of downtown Snoqualmie improvements starts kicking up dust, downtown merchants have rallied together to ensure tourists know they are still open for business.
They started a “Sip, Shop & Savor Summer in Downtown Snoqualmie” campaign to showcase the business district between now and early September.
“When construction began the last week of June, things seemed OK,” remarks Kim Ewing, campaign coordinator. “We hosted a very successful ArtWalk on the last Friday of June, great live music packed two venues, cafes were jumping and people were moving about. It was one of the most active Friday evenings I’ve seen in a while. Then, after July 4, businesses felt a dramatic hit. While Kamal Mahmoud, from the city’s Public Works Department, has been working closely with us to relay information and resolve problems, it’s a bit difficult to imagine the impact until it really happens.”
The centerpiece of the Sip, Shop & Savor campaign is a series of arts events that began with last month’s ArtWalk and conclude with a Brew Festival on September 6 and 7. Most of events begin Friday, July 26, and include two more ArtWalks, an Arts Market on Saturday afternoons, four free Walking Tours curated in partnership with the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society and an Arts in the Park event as part of Railroad Days.
“We’re looking forward to the fantastic end results of this construction,” says Ewing. “In the meantime, we’re still here and doing our best to inspire the continued support of tourists and our local neighbors.”