It was another great week at the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA)! This week we held our monthly board meeting. At the board meeting we engaged in a robust discussion about the future of Downtown Bend and how to meet the needs of our district. With the new EID specification being presented to City Council in March, the board worked to define the EID boundaries, rate, scope of work and duration. All board meeting minutes can be found here. If you are interested in serving on the board, we'll have 4 new position open in July. Please let us know if you are interested and we'll let you know when the application process begins. If you are interested in knowing more about the EID process, click here.
We got all of the holiday decorations completely taken down, finishing up with the Holiday Tree just 2 days ago. We are really grateful to our community partners for helping us by suppling a lift for us to do this work. As a small non-profit, if we had to rent a lift every time we needed one, decorations would soon become cost-prohibitive for our little organization. We also have come home to the truth that many of our holiday decorations have come to the end of their life. We'll be looking at ways to fundraise the money necessary to purchase decorations to replace these assets over the next year. If you are interested in donating, or helping us find donors, please contact us.
We met with several building owners in the district and got some wonderful feedback, suggestions and kudos. We love to hear from our stakeholders. If you are interested in scheduling a meeting with us, please click here. If you'd like to make an anonymous comment or suggestion, click here.
The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) is a small nonprofit dedicated to increasing the economic vitality of Downtown Bend by enhancing the experience, image, and lifestyle of the Economic Improvement District (EID)
About Lone Crow Bungalow
Lone Bungalow owner Rebecca Chase reflects back on her rustic cabin on Camano Island with a smile, having spent countless summers and vacations on Juniper Beach in the picturesque Pacific Northwest town. Several years working as a wholesale rep for gift shops across the Pacific Northwest and Alaska gave Rebecca insight into owning a shop of her own, and when Lone Crow Bungalow came up for sale, Rebecca knew it was kismet.
The longstanding downtown Bend business is known for handcrafted goods. As the new owner, Rebecca has embraced the shop’s history while weaving in new artisans and makers from across the country. Come see what’s new.
John Paul has been designing & creating handmade jewelry in downtown Bend, Oregon for over twenty years. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin Stout, he spent several years apprenticing with master metalsmiths in Madison, Wisconsin and Vail, Colorado before making his way westward, eventually settling into life surrounded by the high desert slopes of the Cascade Mountains. It is here in the shadows of the looming volcanic peaks that he has been diligently working ever since, to perfect traditional fine metalsmithing techniques while skillfully incorporating his love of old world blacksmithing practices. Combining the two disciplines has required much trial & error, but the result is a body of work that is entirely unique: pieces that incorporate a variety of precious & ferrous metals, while showcasing the best of earth's brilliant gems.
John Paul's work carries the weight of a long history of craftsmanship and has a presence that is best experienced in person. Next time you find yourself in beautiful downtown Bend, Oregon, swing by for a tour of our current collection. There's magic in holding the pieces, turning them over and over in your hand, enjoying the feel of the forged textures of the earth: stone & lava, sand & leather.
It was a great week in Downtown Bend, and the DBBA was hard at work to build Downtown Bend strong!
This week we were very happy to install new updated parking banners in Downtown Bend to help streamline our parking communication. Parking in Downtown is easy and convenient. If you have questions or comments about parking, please contact us. A big shout-out to the City of Bend and the Downtown Bend Parking Advisory Committee (DPAC) for working with us to make this possible!
We were happy to be asked by City Council for our opinions and concerns for Downtown and for our City, and we joined other community groups for a listening session with City Council to kick-off collaboration and development.
Ryan and our on-the-street staff were hard at work this week taking down all of the Holiday decorations. Ribbons, bows, lights, snowflakes and (next week) the community tree all need to come down and be put away for next year. Taking down decorations takes 2-people, and it requires putting things away neatly and into the DBBA storage unit to say safe and ready to put up again next year. Our staff did a great job this week in getting decorations down and safely stowed for next year.
We researched some options for Bend Oktoberfest, Downtown Bend's largest fundraiser, for 2021 including meeting with the governor's office and other event organizers to try to gain an understanding of when events would again be an option (phase 3 of coronavirus recovery). Although there is not guarantee that we'll be able to hold large events by next September, the DBBA Board instructed staff to prepare to hold the event. This triggered a shift in priorities as DBBA staff shifted their workloads in anticipation of putting on a 2-day, 15,000 person event in 2021.
We met with Scot Bres, and the OSU CoLab, this last week to discuss a partnership where they can help the DBBA design testimonial videos & assist with meeting production. We look forward to moving ahead, and we'll give you more updates as we develop this partnership!
We are also excited to announce that we are once again working with the Kids Center to participate in the Blue Ribbon campaign - so keep your eye out for blue ribbons in Downtown Bend, and if you are a business interested in participating, please contact us for more information.
We also met with Miguel Edwards, as we work to put together a Sculpture Tour in Downtown Bend. This is an exciting development that we are hoping to bring into fruition this spring.
All this - and so much more! The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) is a small nonprofit dedicated to increasing the economic vitality of Downtown Bend by enhancing the experience, image, and lifestyle of the Economic Improvement District (EID).
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Beach Hut Deli is open daily from 10am-6pm!
Beach Hut Deli is located in downtown Bend on Brooks Alley overlooking Drake Park and the Commons Plaza. The deli serves delicious gourmet hot and cold sandwiches, hot soups, and healthy salads. In addition to the amazing food there are 16 taps serving the finest local brews and wines.
Outdoor dining is available on the patio next to the fire pit and is family and dog friendly. There are many ways you can get this tasty food. They have online ordering available on their website at beachhutdeli.com and you can pick it up or enjoy curbside pick up. You can also order direct from the store at 541-639-3115. If you want it delivered to your home or office, they have partnered with Doordash for those orders.
The store has been downtown since 2016 and is locally and veteran owned. We look forward to seeing you at the Hut.
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Wow! What a crazy holiday season! We took a few weeks off from our regular newsletter and DBBA updates to focus our time on promoting our small business during the holiday season, and then allowing our staff to take a much needed rest after a crazy year.
This week, we were not immune to the political unrest felt throughout the nation. However, we were proud that when the reports of political stickers and flyers around town went public, our Downtown EID was not included. Do you know why? Because we are removing ALL flyers, stickers and graffiti before anyone is downtown (yup, every single morning!). We understand that an inviting district is a clean and safe district, and we make sure that Downtown Bend puts it's best foot foward every single day.
January officially kicked off the beginning of our efforts to pass a new EID this spring. For more information about the EID click here, for information specifically on the 2021 EID Renewal click here. The EID rate and scope of services is designed by building owners in Downtown Bend and the DBBA Board of Directors. This week we sent out a letter to all building owners inviting them to meet with us and share their goals and feedback from the coming 3-5 year term. You can see a copy of this letter below. If you are a stakeholder or community member that would like to share your thoughts and feelings about downtown, please feel free to contact us. Downtown is for everyone, and it takes everyone in our community working together to build the heart of our City.
We also continued working on improving parking in the downtown district this week. If you were downtown this week, you might have seen work being done on the Centennial Parking Garage. This work will allow for the parking garage to access to be controlled, making the garage safer, cleaner and more efficient. We want to give the City of Bend Parking department a huge shout-out for the amazing developments seen over this past year. It is amazing what we can accomplish when we all work together!
In addition to work being done on-the-street to improve parking, we have been rolling out a 'downtown parking easy and convenient' marketing plan to help educate our community on the ease of access to our downtown businesses. If you have questions about downtown parking, please reach out to us!
We also welcomed a new City Council and Mayor pro tem this week. We'll be working with City Council closely this year and meeting with them, and other community leaders next week to discuss what is needed for our City in 2021. We'll be there to represent Downtown Bend and advocate for the needs of our business and building owners.