June First Friday “Camas Poker Tour & Game Night!”

Save the date for the Downtown Camas First Friday Camas Poker Tour & Game Night, Friday, June 2nd from 5-8 pm! Always a fun night! Lots of family-friendly activities throughout town with lots of chances to win! For all the info, click here.

First Friday June 17 window flyer

Camas Plant & Garden Fair Was Wonderful! Thank you All!

We have hearty vendors, volunteers, sponsors and customers! Despite some rain, we had a great turnout for the 20th Annual Camas Plant & Garden Fair and the vendors definitely delivered! Everything was so beautiful, healthy, and artful. Our downtown was filled with color!

Thank you to all that were involved and that came to make this a fantastic community event!

Click here for pictures of the event!

2017 Plant Fair sponsor thank you poster

 

“Gnome & Fairy Gala!” Was Fantastic!

Seriously–what a fun night! Even with sprinkles, people came out to enjoy all the festivities. Thank you to iQ Credit Union for serving hundreds of s’mores to a grateful community! Click here for pictures of the night!

First Friday May 17 window flyer

“Celebrating Downtown Camas” Promotional Art Project

The DCA Promotion Committee is requesting the help of local artists to create art for promotional items that will reflect the character of Downtown Camas. Selected pieces will be used on items such as bags, t-shirts, banners, mugs, cards, and also online and in print. The DCA is asking artists, both adult and student, to submit colorful artwork depicting one of three different themes:

  • Downtown Camas streetscape
  • Camas Car Show
  • Camas Farmer’s Market

Multiple entries are permitted and submissions are due by May 31st.

In addition to their art being showcased on promotional items that will be given as gifts to dignitaries visiting downtown, to welcome new businesses, and for sale at events, each participating artist whose work is chosen will receive recognition on DCA social media, in the downtown weekly newsletter, on the DCA website, and in a press release to local media. The artist will also receive two promotional items that the art is used on.

How to Enter 

  1. Entries must be submitted by email to director@downtowncamas.com.
  2. Art entries can be originally created on computer or on paper, no smaller than 10” x 10”. All entries to be submitted in .jpg or .pdf format, high resolution (300dpi).
  3. The email must include the name, age, postal address, phone number, and email address of the entrant in addition to a brief, two-sentence statement about the art.
  4. The deadline for art entries is 5:00p.m. on May 31st, 2017.
  5. There is no fee to enter.

“This is an engaging way to show community pride and get creative in portraying downtown,” says Carrie Schulstad, Director of the DCA. “Our downtown is beautiful and historic and should make for a compelling subject. It’s also the 10th anniversary of the Camas Farmer’s Market and we would love to see art that shows the color and feel of this event. The Camas Car Show patrons have been asking for commemorative t-shirts for purchase and it will be great to have car shirts showcasing art that was done locally! We hope local artists will have fun with this project and enjoy creating art that conveys the wonderful feel and look of our town.”

All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design. All Entries will become the sole property of the DCA and may be used at the DCA’s discretion on the DCA web site, social media, print materials and promotional items.

Contact director@downtowncamas.com with any questions, 360-904-0218.

The Downtown Camas Association (DCA) is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen and promote Downtown Camas through partnerships, events, beautification and historic preservation projects, economic development, advocacy, and tourism functions.

For a printable info sheet, click here. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Arktana Receives Excellence on Main Award for “Entrepreneur of the Year”

ann award

Arktana, our boutique shoe store in Downtown Camas, received the Entrepreneur of the Year award at Washington Main Street’s Excellence on Main Awards Ceremony on April 25 in Ellensburg, Washington. The ceremony was held in conjunction with RevitalizeWA, Washington State’s Preservation and Main Street Conference.

Ann Matthews opened Arktana, which is affectionately named after her family’s two states of origin – Arkansas and Montana, at 415 NE 4th Avenue, Camas’s main street, in 2014. With an entrepreneurial background and a robust business plan in place, Ann was able to hit the ground running to quickly develop her business into a shopping staple in the region.

Ann’s passion for her business benefits customers, employees, and the community at large. By working closely with vendors to ensure only the highest quality products and by providing creative opportunities for customers to engage with the shop through private parties, appreciation nights, and extended business hours, Arktana emphasizes customer care.

Arktana’s employees also benefit from this people-first model. Ann intentionally provides first job opportunities to young people in Camas and calls out special skills she sees in her employees. Ann discovered that a quiet young woman she had recently hired had a talent for photography, and now this young woman plays a leading role in Arktana’s marketing efforts. Of Ann’s nine employees, four are high school students.

In many ways, Arktana is a very place-based business. In September, Arktana partnered with a local human services provider on a promotion. For every pair of shoes that was tried on during the event, Arktana donated one pair, and for every pair that was purchased, they donated two pairs. In total, Arktana donated 100 pairs of new shoes to low-income families in the Camas-Washougal area. Additionally, Ann and her staff consistently collaborate with other downtown Camas merchants for photo shoots, promotions, and events.

“Ann is inclusive by nature and understands that if all downtown businesses do well, then all downtown businesses do even better,” said Carrie Schulstad, Executive Director of the Downtown Camas Association (DCA). “She collaborates with other downtown merchants to create fun events and initiatives to help others get exposure.”

When severe winter weather kept many customers away during pivotal sales months, Ann contacted the DCA to suggest a special shopping promotion to bring the community downtown. Not only did Ann lessen the burden on the DCA by helping coordinate the Winter Celebration efforts, but she also partnered with them to market the event by paying for the graphic work and assisting with other promotions tasks, which resulted in a successful sales weekend for many downtown merchants.

“Ann is a model and champion for the role of a downtown business owner in revitalization efforts,” said Breanne Durham, Washington Main Street Coordinator. ”Arktana’s positive impact on downtown Camas extends far beyond its own four walls.”

The Excellence on Main Awards, organized by the Washington State Main Street Program, recognize communities, organizations, and individuals who are helping to achieve economic vitality and build sustainable communities through downtown revitalization and preservation.

Washington’s Main Street Program is housed in the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and administered, under contract, by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Entrepreneur of the Year award recognizes the innovation, dedication and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by our entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Congratulations Ann and Arktana! We are so proud to have you as part of our downtown!

Mesa Now Serving Brunch!

Great news! MESA is now open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-3pm! Come try the delicious menu–and we’re not just saying that–it’s truly delicious! Huevos Rancheros-amazing–breakfast tamales–amazing–homestyle potatoes–amazing–cafe au lait–amazing–need we say more? A full menu of deliciousness. Come enjoy.

Annual Spring Clean-up and Planting Day 2017!

Rain or sun, we have fun! Come downtown on April 23rd, 2017, from 1-4pm (lunch starts at 12:30!) and make your town beautiful! Share an afternoon with other local community members who want to help make Downtown Camas shine!

Bring your gloves, spades, shovels, buckets, brooms, and a wheelbarrow if you have one, and let’s weed, plant, clean up trash, sweep, and spread bark dust (we provide rubber gloves and bags for trash pick up). Fun in your town!!

Meet at Journey (4th and Birch). Journey Church will be serving a FREE grilled burger lunch to get us going starting at 12:30! Thank you Journey!!!

A great way for youth and adults to come together to help.

Earth Day Clean-up Flyer 2017

For a printable flyer, click here.

April First Friday Was a Blast From the Past!

So much fun celebrating our history on First Friday! Museum artifacts, making paper, WWI book signing, art shows, crafts, treats, shopping, dining, more, more, more! For all the photos, click here!

First Friday April 17 window flyer

March First Friday Celebrated Green!

Lucky leprechauns, Eartha the Clown, the “Green Zone”, art shows, kids crafts, after hours shopping, and much more led to a fun night in Downtown Camas! Click here for photos of the evening!

Save the date for April’s First Friday “Spring into History”, April 7th!

 

Spaces to Lease in Downtown Camas

Here are available spaces in our wonderful downtown!

Massage Therapy or Skincare Room: Available Sunday, Monday and Tuesday currently.  As of June 1st will be available 6 days a week . 419 NE 4th. Contact Wendee, 503-313-1616.

Office Space: 316 NE Cedar

Office Space :416 NE Dallas

Office Space: 411 NE 6th, approx 120 sq ft. Contact Kathy at 360-567-7655, kathy@hoviss.com

Please contact spaces directly for current status.

 

 

 

 

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