Category: Downtown Life

Volunteer of the Month- February

Gemma Koreski – Design Committee

As busy professionals, it took Gemma Koreski and I a number of times to synch our calendars for today’s interview. She has a new role at the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce while I work at Central Washington University. We both volunteer for the EDA. So how does a busy working professional, such as our February Volunteer of the Month, manage to work full-time and volunteer? In this interview, Gemma explains though it can be a challenge, it’s very rewarding and well worth the effort.

How to Set a Festive Holiday Table

By Megan DeSelms and Jennifer Land

of Three Winds Artisan Collective


When it’s your turn to host the big gathering, don’t worry if your home doesn’t look like it came straight out of a Martha Stewart magazine! It’s easy to put together a festive holiday table with these tips:

Why You Should Celebrate the Holidays Downtown

Written By: Michaela Phillips

Executive Director, Central Communication Agency

Ellensburg’s downtown made a name for itself as it transformed from streets of vacant buildings to a cultural center alive with local shops and restaurants. While the charming blocks of downtown Ellensburg are a treat to explore and experience throughout the year, there is no time more magical to visit the downtown area than during the (fast approaching) holiday season!

Hardly a Set-Back

Written by:

Breanne Durham, Washington Main Street State Coordinator

I have been a regular attendee at the National Main Street Conference since 2011. Each year, I sit in a beautiful auditorium and hear the short, prestigious list of semi-finalists announced during the Great American Main Street Awards (GAMSA). In 2019, for my first time, I’ll have the distinct privilege of hearing a Washington community announced.


Written by: Linda Schantz, former EDA Board President

The Ellensburg Downtown Association being nominated as a top-ten candidate for the Great American Main Street Award is exciting and a BIG DEAL for Ellensburg! Great leadership and hundreds of Ellensburg folks have contributed to this recognition and that is what makes this nomination so special.

Road to GAMSA

Written by: Taylor Castillo, Public Relations Coordinator

The Great American Main Street Award has always been a topic of conversation in the EDA office. Not only is the award a nationally recognized one, but to even apply takes years of preparation within your Main Street program and your community. Even if you’re a certified Main Street program, that might not mean you’re qualified to apply for this award. Not yet, away.