Calling all those who may have green Ed! umbrellas in their local business or home. Ed!, the Edmonds Downtown Alliance, on Monday announced it is offering an amnesty program for umbrellas that have gone missing from umbrella stands downtown.
According to Ed! President Robert Boehlke, the courtesy umbrella program — started in 2014 — is modeled after the one in Seattle’s University Village. The idea is simple: Downtown shoppers are encouraged to borrow an Ed! umbrella from one of the 40 stands located around town, then return it.
However, many of those stands — which started out filled with umbrellas — are nearly empty, leading Ed! organizers to speculate that many of the bumbershoots were inadvertently taken to local homes and businesses.Which led to Monday’s announcement:
“Please drop them off at any downtown business, without fear of recrimination, frowns or stink eyes. You’ll receive a smile and a big ‘thank you!’ instead. With fall rains coming on strong and our stock of umbrellas running low, now is the time for action. Please remember our slogan on the umbrella:
BORROW, DISCOVER, RETURN.”