Sponsor spotlight: Ed! Says — Support Local

Supporting our downtown business community has never felt more critical, and Ed! (Edmonds Downtown Alliance) – an organization created for, funded by and overseen by member businesses – has been implementing innovative ideas and strategies to assist our downtown business community during these challenging times.

As our new board president, I’m excited to share a bit of what we’ve been up to.

Supporting small business

We launched a new “Love, Edmonds” Business Spotlight series, introducing the talented entrepreneurs that make up our amazing business community. You can see them here, with more businesses added every week: edmondsdowntown.org/features.

As our businesses began opening in May, Ed! partnered with the City to create a Safety Pledge for businesses to sign and display. This provides customers the confidence to shop, dine, and seek out services with the assurance that our downtown businesses have taken the necessary steps and precautions to maintain a healthy community. See who has taken the pledge: loveedmonds.com

Ed! was a leader in bringing our business community together to talk, listen and make recommendations to give broader benefits to all types of businesses during Walkable Main Street. We created a survey for restaurants and retailers and hosted a virtual round table to provide an opportunity for our business community to be heard and take tangible action.

Through our social media, we’ve kept the community aware of what businesses are doing, when they’ve been closed and opened back up, and highlighted their creativity as they have pivoted their operations to manage the shifting restrictions and requirements due to COVID.

Ed! also continues to promote small businesses via digital content and social media with articles, posts, photography and advertising.

And all of this wouldn’t happen without the dedication of our part-time program manager, Carrie Hulbert, who drives our projects and programs and uses her expertise in digital marketing to promote and amplify our voices.

In addition, I am excited to collaborate with a dedicated board of fellow business owners and representatives – all volunteering our time to help our community weather the unknown.

  • Kimberly Koenig, vice president; Rogue
  • Cheryl Farrish, secretary; Certa Law Group
  • Kali Kelnero, treasurer; Kelnero
  • Matt McCulloch; Peoples Bank
  • Jenny Shore, The Wooden Spoon
  • Carol Sheldon; Carol Sheldon Hair Design
  • Mark VonGunten; Ten Gun Design
  • Deandra Peterson; Edward Jones
  • Jen Lawson; Crow

Shopping small is more important than ever

The future is uncertain for so many of Edmonds’ small businesses, so it’s critical that we all spend locally as much as possible. Please shop, eat and do business in your community. Visit businesses that are open safely, get take-out, pick up curbside, buy online, make an appointment for one-on-one attention…there are many ways to keep supporting local.

— By Pam Stuller

Pam Stuller is the owner/operation of Walnut Street Coffee, a neighborhood coffee shop that’s been bringing the community together over great coffee for over 14 years. She is also serving as President of the Members Advisory Board for the Edmonds Downtown Alliance through April 2021.

3 Replies to “Sponsor spotlight: Ed! Says — Support Local”

  1. Ed! needs a petition to exist. The City Council held a hearing, the petition was taken, and the petition failed to pass. Ed! was created through what they referred to as a “Resolution Method”. There is no resolution method to establish a BID according to the RCW. Ed! has been illegally collecting dues for years. What’s worse is that Ed! members are not allowed to vote because this organization does not hold organizational or annual meetings that are gaveled. There is a secret ballot for selection of executive board members, but the members never adopted bylaws (which create an executive board), let alone rules that would sanction the use of a secret ballot. This is fraud.

    From what I understand, Ed! does nothing to those within the BID that do not pay dues. I think if the dues were enforced, there would be a class-action against the city.

    https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive

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