Main Street Update, summer 2013

Jaron Rosien received Business Development Success Story for JP's 207 at the 2013 Main Street Iowa Awards from Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds on May 17th, 2013 in Des Moines.

Jaron Rosien received Business Development Success Story for JP's 207 at the 2013 Main Street Iowa Awards from Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds on May 17th, 2013 in Des Moines.

Main Street Brings Home Awards

by Don Kline, Economic Restructuring Committee

Jaron Rosien owner of JP’s 207 recently received the “Business Development Success Story” of the year award from Main Street Iowa on May 17, 2013.  Jaron was honored with this statewide recognition because of his entrepreneurial efforts to start and establish a new business in our Main Street District.  He developed a business plan and worked with advisors from WEDG, Main Street Washington, Chamber of Commerce and local business experts to refine the plan.  Jaron continued to implement the plan by getting start up funding, renting  and remodeling space in the Bryson Block, getting the necessary permits, and opening the doors in just over four months time.  After less than a year he is operating a thriving and successful business.  Significantly Jaron has listened, learned and carried through because of his personality and drive, his adaptability to be able to evaluate risks and revise plans and his ability to accept mentoring from local people. Congratulations Jaron!

Cari Widdel, Brenda Koehler and the SNOW Committee also received an Honorable Mention for “Best Retail Activity” at the recent awards dinner from Main Street Iowa.  With the leadership of Cari and Brenda, the Committee developed a detailed workplan and followed through to make “Shop and Stroll” a successful retail event to kick off our Christmas holiday season in late November.  The event features 16 downtown shops, live music and strolling caroler and two charming elves.

Cari is the chair of the SNOW events.

Cari is the chair of the SNOW events.

Volunteer of the Month: Cari Widdel

by Patty Stutzman, Organization Committee

Congratulations to our first “Volunteer of the Month”, Cari Widdel from the Promotions Committee.  The MSW Organization committee has implemented this new program to recognize those individuals who ‘serve above and beyond’.  This will give us a nice compilation of names when it’s time to select our “Volunteer of the Year” next year!

Cari has been involved with Main Street's promotion committee through her work with SNOW and Celebrate Washington. She assisted with the marketing of these events in year's past and co-chaired the SNOW committee this past year.

Clean Sweeps

by Virginia McCurdy, Promotion Committee

Main Street’s ‘Clean Sweeps’, the greeting arm of our MSW has congratulated Roe’s Heating and Hardware for their 101st birthday, Backyard Candle, for their addition of women’s clothing to their lines; JP’s 207 for successfully completing one year of business; Horak Insurance and Nailz and Hair Too, for exterior façade improvements; and Beans Pharmacy for the ‘sweeping’ interior redo.  All of these businesses were presented either a caped broom or a labeled long-handled dustpan, as encouragement to sweep the street in front of their store daily and to thank them for their investments of time, energy and finances in improving their businesses and the fortunes of the Washington Main Street District.  Sweeps are planned for June 7th and 21st to congratulate other district businesses who have made sweeping changes. Anyone wishing to join the sweepers in the congratulatory process should bring a broom and/or dustpan and be present at 9:30 a.m. to begin the round of three sweeps.  Coffee and conversation follow the sweeps. Check out our facebook page for images of our past Sweeps!

A broom gifted to downtown business owner's.

A broom gifted to downtown business owner's.


Thanks for supporting Main Street Washington's mission to support an economically viable and vibrant downtown commercial district that maintains Washington's character as a great place to live, work, and play. As primarily a volunteer run organization, we rely on your generous contributions of money and time to complete our annual programming as well as develop new programs. If you share our passion for Washington, please pass this email along to a friend who might consider becoming a Main Street Washington investor or volunteer.

With gratitude,

Sarah Sadrakula
Executive Director, Main Street Washington

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