Enjoy Some Cajun Flair at July’s First Friday!

The “Dog Days of Summer” First Friday in Downtown Camas returns on July 7th and this year will be adding some Mardi Gras style to the event! This annual celebration for dogs and their best friends brings a Mardi Gras Doggie Parade sponsored by Miss Nola’s Cafe, doggie activities, doggie talent show sponsored by Naturally Healthy Pet, vendors, live music, kids’ crafts with a dog theme, a dog breed guessing activity in participating businesses, and more to downtown.

Plus art shows, after hours shopping, dining specials, and just having fun together in Downtown Camas! For all the info, click here!

Camas Car Show Coming July 8th!

Saturday, July 8th from 4-8:30pm will bring a fantastic celebration of classic and specialty cars and trucks to our historic downtown. Lots of entertainment and kids’ activities, too! For more info, visit the Car Show webpage.

Thank you to our returning Title Sponsor Westlie Ford and to all our sponsors that make this event possible! iQ Credit Union, Country Financial–Courtney Wilkinson, Carla Edwards-Realtor, Excavator Rental Services, Birch Street Uptown Lounge, B&B Fish Market, Apiary Security Technologies, and the City of Camas.

This event benefits the Camas Washougal Treasure House Food Bank. Bring two cans of food, get a free raffle ticket, and help those in need!

We look forward to the Camas Car Show each year–hope you will join us! Here are some photos from last year’s event! So much fun!

Salud! Wine Bar Coming this Summer to Downtown Camas!

We’re getting excited for the new Salud! Wine Bar-Event Center-Wine Storage to open in Downtown Camas! It’s going to be an incredible transformation of the space (224 NE 3rd, formerly Sears) and besides terrific wine selections, they will offer small plates such as fondue, cheese platters, and charcuterie. They also plan to have events such as Murder Mystery Dinners, Guest Chef Dinners, Wine and Cheese or Chocolate Pairings, and more! Join one of their many Salud wine clubs or store your favorite wines at the perfect temperature. Check out their website for more info!

Take their survey so you can share what you love and what you’d like them to offer. Salud! will be a great addition to our downtown experience. Stay tuned for opening details soon!

Camas Poker Tour & Game Night Was a Blast!

What a fun night! Families and friends enjoyed the poker tour (thank you Camas Antiques for dealing and sponsoring!) and all the games and crafts throughout town! iQ Credit Union and the Port of Camas Washougal brought their prize wheels and The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party brought rock painting which all added to the festive mood!

The live music by Lance Kinnaird and Lauren Abraham hosted by Mesa was spectacular and added to the relaxing summer vibe of the evening. The ribbon cutting for Mill City Brew Werks‘ new expansion was a hoot and they were packed! What a great new space. For pics of the ribbon cutting, click here!

For First Friday photos of all the fun, click here!

 

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

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

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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

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