Edmonds Chamber of Commerce News
Changes coming to Edmonds Art Walk
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:05

 

Changes coming to Edmonds Art Walk
The Downtown Edmonds Merchants Association or ‘DEMA’ (a committee of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce) is announcing that Edmonds Art Walk, which occurs every third Thursday, will be placed on hold effective in March.  This event, which is owned by DEMA has been a very popular event, however, recent developments have led to a decision to retool the event.   For the next few months there will not be a formal Art Walk, although some business may continue to sponsor artists.  During this transition DEMA welcomes community input on Edmonds Art Walk and requests that any comments or ideas be sent to demaedmonds@gmail.com.
DEMA wishes to thank Jeff Stilwell and Manya Schilperoort of MaJe Gallery for their contributions to Edmonds Art Walk over the years.  DEMA looks forward to more great third Thursday events in the future and more information regarding next steps will be provided in the coming weeks.
The Downtown Edmonds Merchants Association (DEMA) is an independent unincorporated association of merchants in downtown Edmonds and its operations are supported by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce through a committee structure providing assistance for DEMA activities.​
DEMA meetings are held the first Friday of the month at 8:30am at The Savvy Traveler.
 
Edmonds Chamber announces new President/CEO
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 02:56

EDMONDS CHAMBER ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO


The Board of Directors for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Kyle Vixie as its new President and CEO, after completing a regional, competitive search. Vixie will begin his new role on Monday, Jan. 6.

 

Vixie brings to the Chamber 13 years of experience in nonprofit and community engagement work. In addition to his most recent position as the executive director of the Washington State Medical Group Management Association, he previously served as director of events and community partnerships for the Downtown Seattle Association.

 

“Kyle will be a wonderful leader for the Chamber, and we are thrilled to have him on board,” said Jack Loos, Edmonds Chamber 2014 board chair. “His experience within the Seattle business community will serve him well as he gets to know our citys leaders, business owners and citizens in the coming months.”

 

Vixie began his career at the Downtown Seattle Association in 2000 where he eventually led the teams responsible for public partnerships, marketing, and events such as the annual Holiday Carousel, Sandfest, and the Out To Lunch Concert Series.  The “West Edge Neighborhood” program managed by Vixie won a NUSA “Neighborhood of the Year” award in 2002.


His experience with the Washington State Medical Group Management Association included development of a three-year strategic plan and ten-year vision. He has co-written major articles for the National Trust for Historic Preservations Main Street News and presented at the International Downtown Association Conference in New York.


“The Edmonds community is vibrant and thriving, and I am eager to get started,” Vixie said. “I look forward to getting to know the residents and leaders and continuing to strengthen the relationship the Chamber has with our community.”


Vixie holds a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of Washington. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Tomorrow program of the Seattle Chamber and United Way of King County.


The role of President and CEO was recently created after the Board determined a reorganization of staffing would benefit the Chamber.


The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1907 and serves more than 500 businesses and professional leaders in Edmondsneighborhoods, including Downtown, Waterfront, Perrinville, Firdale, Westgate, and Highway 99 districts.

 

kyle vixie

 
Affordable Care Act
Friday, 08 November 2013 17:06

Last month at the Chamber Luncheon David Preston, David Jones and Scott Hacker presented on the Affordable Care Act: Past Present and Future, what does it mean to me?  At this presentation there was a flood of information and resources, we have provided a PDF copy of those slides and resource links.  Download them here.

 
Chamber Arts Awards, Call for Nominations
Friday, 08 November 2013 16:57

Save the Date for the 2014 Chamber Arts Awards

 

The first Chamber Arts Awards were presented in March 2013 by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Arts & Culture Committee.  Committee Chair, Jack Loos, recently announced the date for the 2014 Awards.  Mark your calendars to attend the Arts Awards event at the Edmonds Conference Center on March 20, 2014 at 8 PM, following the Third Thursday Art Walk, to celebrate the awardees.

 

The 2013 recipients were Barbara Kindness for Individual Volunteer, MaJe Gallery for Business Leadership, and Mike Popke of Lynnwood Honda for Individual Leadership and Rick Steves and Europe through the Back Door, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, KCTS, and Edmonds Center for the Arts for the Creative Collaboration Award.

 

Call for Nominations (deadline 2/18/2014)

The Committee has set the date and it is now time for the community to start thinking about who they want to nominate for the four awards.  Is there a volunteer you can think of who has played a vital role in supporting and sustaining arts and culture in Edmonds?  Does a creative collaboration come to mind that combined resources and organizations in a successful program or event?  Many individuals from local businesses or organizations have provided leadership in fostering partnerships between arts and business and there may be one exceptional individual you want to nominate.  The support of arts and culture by area businesses and cultural organizations is key to the vibrant arts community in Edmonds – which business or organization will you nominate?

 

Nomination forms are available on the Chamber website www.edmondswa.com/awards for online submission, and at the Chamber office, 121 5th Ave N.  For more information contact events@edmondswa.com

 

 
A little bit of Elvis on every stage, and a whole lot of rock, blues, jazz and more!
Saturday, 03 August 2013 18:14

Join us Friday through Saturday, August 9 to 11 for 3 stages of entertainment at A Taste of Edmonds. There is something in every musical flavor and all the bands plan a tribute song to the King of rock and roll.

Taste Beer StageThe Atomic Punks, Motley Inc., the Spazmatics, the Afrodisiacs, Cherry Cherry, Shambala, The Beatniks, Gimme Shelter — the list goes on when it comes to tribute bands bringing back your favorites. You will shake, rattle and roll to the sounds of Bobby Sox & the Juke Box as they take fans back to the 50s and 60s.

Local favorites Heart By Heart will be closing out the festival Sunday evening. Two of their members recently were inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as original members of Heart. Also, becoming a local legend, Spike & the Impalers will turn up the volume on Friday at the Beer Garden. If you don’t know the band, you might know two of its members — Bob Rivers and Spike O’Neil from the Bob Rivers Show that airs in the morning on 95.7 KJR.

Blues fans won’t want to miss Michelle Taylor & The Blues Junkies. Bluegrass fans will want to catch the Oly Mountain Boys. For hot Zydeco and Cajun be sure to hear Richard Allen & the Louisiana Experience.

The band schedules on the website list all the times, including four tributes to Elvis. Although you will want to tap your feet be cautious if you have a plate of delicious food on your lap!

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce produces the Taste of Edmonds annually.

What you need to know:

  • For general event information, visit www.atasteofedmonds.com or call the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at (425) 776-6711.
  • Festival location: Civic Playfield at 310 6th Ave. N in Edmonds, 98020.
  • Festival hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Entrance Fee: $4 Daily (12 and under free).
  • Free Shuttle from Coldwell Banker Bain Realty of Edmonds will be making it easy to visit the Taste by dropping folks off at the festival entrance on 7th
 
So much food, so little time!
Saturday, 03 August 2013 17:42

Join us Friday through Saturday, August 9 to 11 and choose from 35 food vendors at A Taste of Edmonds. The variety is better than ever and it is all prepared fresh at the festival.

 

Fresh roasted corn on the cob
is just one of the many yummy
offerings at A Taste of Edmonds.

This year the Taste welcomes Celtic Cowboy BBQ who will be serving “Love Me Tender Baby Back Ribs.” Known for their original BBQ sauce, Celtic has really embraced the Elvis theme of this year’s Taste. So has Rusty Pelican with their “Hunka Hunka Key Lime Pie.” Visitors will also be able to buy tasty treats from Family Time Restaurant, Lopez Island Ice Cream, Moe’s Falafel, and Panda Dim Sum for the first time at the festival. Truly Med is taking a second booth this year and is introducing fish on their menu.



You can wash it all down with some “Blue Suede Lemonade,” or head over to the beer garden with your feast, where you can also catch a great act on the beer garden stage. Wine enthusiasts will find that this year’s Taste fare has been paired with the wines being offered in the Wine Garden.



As always, festival organizers will have the Taste-Off competition, Friday, August 9 at noon to determine the best main dish, side dish and desert at the event. This year’s judges will consist of the Friends of the Wine Garden. Look for the banners at the winner’s tents.



It is rumored that Elvis loved a good peanut butter and banana sandwich. We would venture a guess that he would get all shook up over many of the great eats at A Taste.



The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce produces the Taste of Edmonds annually.



What you need to know:

  • For general event information, visit www.atasteofedmonds.com or call the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at (425) 776-6711.
  • Festival location: Civic Playfield at 310 6th Ave. N in Edmonds, 98020.
  • Festival hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Entrance Fee: $4 Daily (12 and under free).
  • Free Shuttle from Coldwell Banker Bain Realty of Edmonds will be making it easy to visit the Taste by dropping folks off at the festival entrance on 7th
 
Edmonds Chamber Director Pursues Other Business Interests
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Ailsa KellamAilsa Kellam, director of development and communications for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce since March, 2012, is resigning from the chamber staff to pursue other business interests.

 

Kellam said she intends to remain in the area and is “excited and supportive” of the city and its business community, and of their future. She will continue to consult with the Chamber on communications and marketing leading up to the annual Taste of Edmonds festival, Aug. 9-11.

 

Ron Clyborne, Chamber president, said the business group is examining its longterm staffing needs and structure and will complete that study before naming a successor.

 

For more information:
Ron Clyborne, President
Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
(425) 218-9993

 

Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 146
121 5th Avenue North
Edmonds, WA 98020
Phone: (425) 670.1496
Fax: (425) 712.1808

 

“I want to thank Ailsa for her service and for her commitment,” Clyborne said. “All of us at the Chamber wish her well and look forward to her continued participation in the Edmonds business community.”

 

About the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce

 

Our mission is to promote the economic vitality of the greater Edmonds business community through advocacy, leadership and education. The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1907 and is a voluntary organization serving over 450 business and professional leaders in several neighborhoods including the Downtown, Waterfront, Perrinville, Firdale, Westgate and Highway 99 districts. The organization also serves to encourage unified public support and initiate action for the sustainability of a rich quality of life in the community, country and state. To learn more about the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, as well as its events and programs, visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.edmondswa.com" www.edmondswa.com.

 
Beauty and the Taste
Friday, 19 July 2013 02:08

Miss EdmondsEdmonds is known for its beautiful views. On Sunday, August 11, from Noon to 2 p.m. the Taste will also provide something to gaze at, as twenty contestants in the Miss Washington USA and Miss Washington Teen USA competition will be introduced. However, as the old saying goes “beauty is only skin deep.” All these young women prove that to be true, as they will be given the opportunity to share their social platforms, not just their charms.

The young women represent counties and towns throughout the state. Each one gained her current title through an interview process that assessed her moral character and required her to meet specific qualifications. Each will compete at the state competition in October where she will be judged in three categories: interviewing skills, swimsuit, and evening gown.

Stroll the grounds of A Taste of Edmonds and you never know whom you are going to meet. Besides a Miss Washington contestant, keep an eye out for the tallest man in Edmonds, a belly dancer, clowns, a world famous safari guide, or a giant chicken.

To meet with this year’s festival theme, visitors should also spot Elvis! It should be the largest rash of Elvis sighting since the 1980s when the media paid attention to a number of Elvis sightings in Kalamazoo, Michigan!

Elvis was quoted as saying "The most beautiful thing in the world to me is a baby lookin' as pretty as her mamma." We think he also had a good eye for a pretty girl.

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce produces the Taste of Edmonds annually.

What you need to know:

  • Click for general event information, or call the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at (425) 776-6711.
  • Festival location: Civic Playfield at 310 6th Ave. N in Edmonds, 98020.
  • Festival hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Entrance Fee: $4 Daily (12 and under free).
  • Free Shuttle from Coldwell Banker Bain Realty of Edmonds will be making it easy to visit the Taste by dropping folks off at the festival entrance on 7th
 
The Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce presents 31st ANNUAL A TASTE OF EDMONDS
Thursday, 18 July 2013 03:31

Aug. 9-11, 2013

  • Hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Where: Civic Playfield, 310 6th Ave. N, Edmonds, WA 98020
  • Admission: $4 Daily (12 and under free)
  • Theme: Elvis. Join the fun  as entertainers perform Elvis songs, vendors dress like Elvis, and you become part of the show. Thank you, Thank you very much!

 

Food Booths

35 food booths featuring a wide range of palatable delights.

Arts and Crafts Booths

 

More than 70 quality vendors offering original, hand-crafted work including: jewelry, art, photography, clothing, pottery, glass, leather items and many other crafts.

Children's Area

 

Features inflatable rides, pony rides, rock wall, a giant slide, the Frog Zone, model hydroplane racing, free craft activities and booths that cater to the wee ones.

Entertainment

 

Three stages of fabulous entertainment!

  • The Beer Garden Stage serving Budweiser and welcomed by 106.1 KISSFM will feature popular bands THE BEATNIKS, SPIKE & THE IMPALERS, THE AFRODISIACS AND #1 VAN HALEN TRIBUTE BAND “THE ATOMIC PUNKS”. Note: $2 cover charge to beer garden from 4pm on Friday and Saturday.
  • The Main Stage is welcomed by KOMO News Radio and Frontier Communications will feature HEART BY HEART that includes recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier original members of Super group HEART. Also appearing Beatles tribute band BRITISH EXPORT, Neil Diamond tribute band CHERRY CHERRY and Elivis tribute bands DANNY VERNON & THE DEVILLES and TRACY ALAN MOORE & RISING SON.
  • The Kid's Stage is welcomed by KMPS Radio, Disney Radio, and Lynnwood Honda and is hosted by BUCK & ELIZABETH. Appearing on the kids stage will be REPTILE ISLE, LITTLE ELVIS,  5th Avenue actress NAOMI MORGAN, and THE DISNEY DANCE TEAM.
  • Roving entertainers include jugglers, unicyclists, stilt walkers, belly dancers, clowns, musicians, etc. There will be a surprise around every corner.

Free Shuttle

Coldwell Banker Bain Realty of Edmonds will be making it easy to visit the Taste by dropping folks off at the festival entrance on 7th Avenue. Parking and shuttle are free! The busses will depart and return to Edmonds Woodway High School every 15 minutes beginning 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Reunions

  • Meadowdale High School Class of 1973 will host an unofficial 40-year party on Aug. 9, beginning at 4 p.m. in the beer garden.
  • Edmonds High School Class of 1983 will host an unofficial 30-year party on Aug. 10, beginning at 4 p.m. in the beer garden.
  • Lynnwood High School Class of 1993 will host an unofficial 20-year party on Aug. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. in the wine garden.
  • Woodway High School Class of 2003 will host an unofficial 10-year party on Aug. 10 beginning at 4pm in the beer garden.

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