Pine Street Plaza Opening This Summer

We all treasure our community, and the main streets or plazas of a beloved town can often be the hub of local businesses, dining, and entertainment. The Centralia Downtown Association, a designated Main Street Community, has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Washington State Main Street Program (WSMSP) to help the Pine Street Plaza in downtown Centralia come to life this summer!

This grant is one of four awarded through the WSMSP’s Place Activation Initiative, which aims to support local Main Street organizations striving to implement place activation projects in their own communities. In addition to Centralia, Main Street programs in Kennewick, Colville, and Prosser have also received grants from WSMSP. 

Keeping public spaces vibrant and accessible has been a critical strategy in supporting small businesses and communities throughout the pandemic. “The design of public spaces, including streets, directly impacts the economic vitality and quality of life in our communities,” said Breanne Durham, Washington Main Street Director with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. “We believe that pedestrian-focused activation of public spaces is a key strategy for resilient and healthy downtown districts.” 

Centralia Downtown Association’s proposal includes transforming a one-block section of East Pine Street into a downtown plaza. The plaza will serve as a gathering place for locals, an outdoor seating area to support nearby restaurants, and as a welcoming point of entry for visitors exploring Centralia from the historic 1912 Train Depot. Plans for the plaza were partly spurred by community interest in reviving a downtown farmer’s market and place to hold local events–both potential future uses of the plaza area.

Centralia’s planning team is led by Sarah Althauser and Teri Zambon of the Centralia Downtown Association with support from the City of Centralia. “Measuring the impact of the plaza will help shape future projects.” said Teri Zambon, Executive Director of Centralia Downtown Association. “We want to know how pedestrian traffic, downtown business revenues, and resident and visitor perceptions change as a result of this project.” 

The plaza will be installed in June and available through October, so be sure to bring your family by this summer to experience the new addition to Centralia’s historic downtown!

Summer Events in Sumner, WA!

Following a year of event cancelations and housebound only activities, the Sumner Main Street Association is planning a fun filled summer of activities to get you out of the house.  Eager to resume their robust calendar of annual events, the team is working through ever-changing state and county restrictions.

According to Sumner Main Street Association Executive Director, Jill Starks, “The word of the year is ‘nimble,’ because as a group we need to be able to switch things up without too much notice. Our community is very supportive about our last-minute adjustments, because they also want the events to happen.”

The Sumner Main Street Association works to stimulate economic growth and revitalization, enhance beautification, nurture historic preservation, and ensure the vitality of downtown Sumner.   With criteria that 50% of the buildings in a designated area need to be at least 50 years old, only three Main Street Associations are certified in Pierce County.

2021 marks the year that seven buildings in the Sumner Main Street Association turn 100. To celebrate the Association has created virtual tours through Pretty Gritty Tour company, self-guided in person tours and intimate events implemented by business owners from each of the respective buildings.

In June, A Picket Fence and Sparrow & Nightingale located at 1006 and 1008 Main will be featured.  Then in July, Hometown Charm Café and Inta Vintage, also located on Main at 1012 and 1109 will follow.  Wrapping up the Centennial Celebration at 1119 and 1002 Main will be Northlight Interiors and a collection of businesses including the Main Street Association and finally Sumner Woodworkers at 908 Cherry in August.

Other events planned for Summer 2021 include the Classy Chassis car show which will feature about 200 cars, food and music on Sunday, August 8th.  The season will wrap up with a summer block party, “Fall for Sumner”, scheduled for August 28th.  

To learn about upcoming events, visit https://www.sumnermainstreet.com

Rags On-line Wearable Art Sale

Welcome to RAGS Online!

The RAGS Wearable Art Sale & Show is an annual fundraiser for the YWCA Pierce County. Historically held at Larson’s Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma in Fife, the four-day in-person event has moved online for 2021.

 

Your online purchases support both the livelihoods of the participating artists and the life-saving domestic violence prevention and intervention services that the YWCA provides.

Shop your favorites, view our Marketplace and Gallery artists, and support YWCA Pierce County!