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News from The Port Townsend
Main Street Program

Elks Building by Jason Squire Photography
Photo by Kevin Prime Photography

January Events -- always something to do in our town!

Jan. 14, I Have a Name: Identity and Belonging in Small Town America - photographs by Raymond L. Ketcham exhibit opens at Northwind Arts Center.

Jan. 14, An Evening With Karla Bonoff, presented by Rainshadow Productions, in cooperation with Centrum at Fort Worden. 10% of gross proceeds donated to support Centrum programming and scholarships.

Jan. 14, PT Songlines Winter Concert with guest artist Devin Beu, at the Cotton Building from 7-9 pm. A benefit for Dove House.

Jan. 15,
Centrum presents the Port Townsend Chamber Music Series, City of Angels Ensemble at Wheeler Theater, Fort Worden State Park.

Jan. 20, Family Fun in the Chandlery at the Northwest Maritime Center. Join Eric Ode, author, songwriter, poet, and entertainer for children and families from 3-4:30 pm. Enjoy some reading, a book signing, and singing with the kids, and take 20% off merchandise store wide!

Jan. 21, Murder Mystery Dinner at the Old Consulate Inn, an interactive murder mystery featuring Lovecraftian overtones and a sumptuous 7-course Victorian dinner.

Jan. 22, Eva Hesse, a Community Arts Film Series presented by Northwind Arts Center in partnership with the Rose Theatre.

Jan. 24, Join
Doc's Marina Grill for their Winemakers Dinner Series, this month they will walk you through wines of Italy! Five Italian wines paired with four Italian food courses. Call 360-344-3627 for reservations.

Jan. 27, Mt. Townsend Creamery will be in the
Chandlery at the Northwest Maritime Center from 2-5 pm. Cheese and wine tasting and enjoy 20% off Chandlery merchandise store wide! 

Jan. 27, Poetry Open Mic at
Pippa's Real Tea, 5 pm. 

Jan. 27-28, Strange Brewfest 13 - A Baker's Dozen! 30 Breweries & Cideries with over 60 strangely crafted concoctions. Great brews, music, dancing, food and oddities. Tickets on sale now!

Jan. 28
Scotts FestCelebration of things Scottish featuring scotch tastings, readings of Robert Burns, and of course bagpipes at the Hastings Building, 839 Water Street from 11 am - 5 pm.
News Around The Block

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 24th Annual Gingerbread Contest at Flagship Landing, 1007 Water Street! And the winners are:

First Place - Christmas at the Surf Shack, by Tilly Norton
Second Place - Brute Slayer, by Blake Flanagan Tinling, age 8

Third Place - Frosty’s House, by Nate Brady, age 3

First Place - Time to Decorate the Tree by Maddy and Lenore Geelan


First Place - Merry (Christmas) Go Round by Anora, Cabett, Elsa, Holly, Eric, Imants and Judi
Second Place - Edensaw World Headquarters and Sound Experience, by The Edensaw Crew and Sound Experience
Third Place - The Salish Sea Dragon, by Ella Ashford (age 15)
Prizes included gift certificates to Elevated Ice Cream and Candy Company, Whistle Stop Toys and the Rose Theatre, as well as certificates of appreciation. The judges included Bill Tennent, Executive Director of the Jefferson County Historical Society, architect Simon Little, owner of StudioSTL, and Robin Rogers, co-owner of Dogs-A-Foot and one of the new owners of Aldrich’s Market.

The Gingerbread Contest will go back home to Aldrich’s Market in December, 2017. The contest was coordinated by the Port Townsend Main Street Program’s Promotion Committee. The committee expresses its thanks to the Flagship Landing Management, the Fukuda Family, Steve Goldenbogen of Whistle Stop Toys, SOS Printing, Michael Hale, and the judges for their support of the Gingerbread Contest. Special thanks to Scott and Robin Rogers for donating the prizes.

Kiwanis Stars of Tomorrow Auditions at Blue Heron Middle School on January 19th from 3-5 pm. Applications are available at the schools, Crossroads Music, or online at Questions may be directed to the chairperson, Mary Crozier, at 531-0200 or

Join The Boiler Room and their honorary chair, local firefighter and EMT Jordan Pollack, for their 2017 auction, A Night of Heroes on February 18th! Be a hero* and help The Boiler Room build community! The festivities will be off to a raucous start at 5 pm with silent auction and photo booth fun, followed by dinner and a famed fabulous live auction. 100% of proceeds to benefit programming at The Boiler Room. Early bird tickets are $65 and available until February 1. Tickets will then be $75 until the cut off date of February 10. Get your tickets soon!  *Costumery encouraged, but we will ask you to remove masks. 

Looking Ahead

Feb. 8, Main Street Merchant Coffee Talk, “TOP 5 MERCHANDISING TRICKS TO MAXIMIZE SALES!” presented by Rebekah Fessenden of Seed Design at The Cotton Building, 607 Water St. from 8:30 am - 9:45 am. Please RSVP by Feb. 6th to or 385-7911, thank you!

Whether you are just breaking into the world of retail or an established merchant, this talk will offer useful information on the top five principles of visual merchandising for immediately boosting sales. Clear, simple strategies with visuals and handouts will be presented, that when applied can revitalize any retail space. Come join Seed Design and learn how to perform a visual design check-up on your space for maximum sales potential. Enter the raffle to win a FREE HOUR RETAIL CONSULTATION! 

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Do You Love Port Townsend?
Consider becoming a member!

Did you know that our program serves diverse segments of our population by offering free, community-building events such as Girls’ Night Out, Concerts on the Dock, the Uptown Street Fair, Main Street Trick or Treat, and the Community Tree-lighting and Santa Visit?  We care for the downtown gardens, Cotton Building restrooms and 100+ hanging flower baskets. We promote local shopping and help light up Port Townsend for the Holidays. We offer low-interest loan funds to property owners for commercial building renovations and microloans to business owners to offset financial impacts of emergencies. Our work enhances the quality of life for residents and visitors to our community. Become a member and support our work all year long. Thank you!

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Main Street Tax Incentive Program -- Washington State has reached its cap for 2017! Thank you to those who were able to pledge to Port Townsend for the 2017 Main Street Tax Incentive Program.

Putting Your State B&O Taxes To Work Here In Port Townsend Through the 2017 Main Street Tax Incentive Program. 75% of your donation is returned to you via B&O tax credits in 2018. In addition, your entire contribution may qualify as a 501(c)(3) charitable deduction on your 2017 federal income tax return.

Commercial Opportunities/Spaces 
in the Historic Districts

PTeRider is for sale! Getting there is half the fun. An all electric ride share, taxi, and shuttle service. Green, Unique, Fun and Seasonal - contact Kate Dwyer at 360-531-2856.

Dogs-a-Foot For Sale: Own your own piece of Port Townsend history. Over 30 years in the same location, generations fed and employed, area icon. There is no better way meet the amazing cast of characters that make up the Port Townsend area. Seasonal business, great cash flow, best location in Port Townsend, Festival and Event Central. Serious inquiries only please,

Retail Space Available on Prime Taylor Street Location in the Historic Mount Baker Block Building, approx. 1290 sq. ft. By appointment only, call (360) 385-7275 or (425) 391-1170 Mount Baker Block Building

Water Street Retail Location For Rent, 911 Water St., 979 sq. ft. with small bathroom and an L shaped store room. Contact Marilyn at 360-385-0553 or 360-774-0083 for more information. 

For MORE available spaces Uptown and Downtown 
visit The Port Townsend Main Street Program's
The Port Townsend Main Street Program is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1985. Our Mission: “Fostering economic vitality and preservation of place within our historic business districts, while maintaining our small town quality of life.” 

211 Taylor St. Suite 3
Port Townsend, WA 98368 
Copyright © 2017 The Port Townsend Main Street Program, All rights reserved.

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