Washington's Main Street Communities

The three Tier System for Washington's Main Street Network allows us to work closely witha variety of communities participating in Washington's Main Street Network and reflects the goal of giving communities across the state the tools to revitalize their downtowns and commercial districts.  

Nationally Certified Main Street Communities

Note that all 13 communities participate in the Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program.

Bainbridge Island Downtown Association
Population: 23,025
Year Designated: 1998

Just a short ferry ride from Seattle, downtown Bainbridge Island is a world apart. The Olympic Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to this amiable island community successfully blending its Pacific Northwest heritage with a casual, artistic, forward thinking sensibility. The result is a vibrant and charming downtown welcoming to visitors and residents alike. Fine art and antiques, funky collectibles, and contemporary fashions offer an eclectic array of goods to tantalize both the collector and the curious. The Bainbridge Island Downtown Association is devoted to preserving this essential community gathering place where people live, shop, work, socialize, and conduct their daily business.

Historic Downtown Chelan Association
Population: 3,890
Year Designated: 2008

Downtown Chelan has survived as a charming vacation getaway and center of commerce since the late 1800s. Nestled at the convergence of the Chelan River and Lake Chelan, downtown offers an alluring waterfront experience with a Cascade Mountain view. Most of the downtown buildings were constructed around the 1920s, including the Ruby Theater — the oldest continually operating movie theater in the Northwest. Downtown stores offer a variety of goods to delight even the most discerning shopper including jewelry, fine arts, books, clothing, toys, recreational necessities, and unique collectibles. Distinctive blue streetlight poles, decorative brick sidewalks, wall murals, sidewalk sculptures, and flowerbeds create a lively and inviting pedestrian environment.

Ellensburg Downtown Association
Population: 18,174
Year Designated: 2007

The unique character of downtown Ellensburg has been enjoyed by generations of locals and visitors alike. Architecturally composed almost entirely of brick buildings in the late Victorian style, downtown is emerging as a trendy, eclectic mix of niche businesses, restaurants, art galleries, museums, and services. The street frontage of historic buildings creates a compact and pedestrian friendly streetscape. A variety of events bring downtown to life. Maintaining a healthy and vibrant downtown is important to residents and the Ellensburg Downtown Association alike.


Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance
Population: 7,126
Year Designated: 2011

Less than an hour from Seattle in South Puget Sound just across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Gig Harbor's picturesque waterfront district reflects our community's unique heritage and leaves a lasting impression on everyone who visits.  Throughout the harbor you will enjoy a postcard-perfect view of majestic Mount Rainier.  Enjoy our charming historic waterfront shopping district, dotted with multiple art galleries, the many award-winning dining venues, year-round arts activities, unlimited recreational opportunities, and authentic maritime history.

Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership
Population: 73,917
Year Designated: 2003

Located on the banks of the Columbia River and the famous Lewis and Clark Trail, historic downtown Kennewick is undergoing a renaissance. A diverse business mix includes everything from a specialty gift boutique in a newly restored building to a full service hardware center. Public artwork and recent streetscape improvements create a pleasing pedestrian environment. Through its efforts, the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership is creating new life for the commercial district while working to protect its pioneer heritage and historic buildings.

Mount Vernon Downtown Association
Population: 31,743
Year Designated: 2008

Built on the banks of the Skagit River in the fertile Skagit Valley, downtown Mount Vernon’s history is intimately intertwined with the river. Many of the buildings date from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, including the recently restored Lincoln Theater. The tree-lined streets and wide brick sidewalks enhance downtown’s charm. Pine Street Square in the heart of the district is a focal point for outdoor community activities. Numerous festivals add to the liveliness of the district including the famous Tulip Festival Street Fair. A balance of restaurants, culture, local color, arts, and shopping all exist within an eight block area. Downtown Mount Vernon offers visitors a friendly, unique experience in a setting rich with Washington history.

Olympia Downtown Association
Population: 46,478
Year Designated: 2008

Downtown Olympia is nestled at the southern-most tip of Puget Sound, beneath Mt. Rainier and within sight of the majestic Olympic Mountains. Known as the Capital City of Washington, it blossoms with heritage, diversity, and culture. Downtown offers a blend of historic buildings, beautiful scenery, and eclectic retail and dining experiences appealing to visitors and residents alike. Sylvester Park, created on land donated to the city in 1850 for a public town square, continues to serve its intended purpose as a central gathering place for political and cultural interests and as a peaceful haven in an urban setting. The arts also come alive in downtown with more performing visual art venues per capita than in any other Washington city.

Port Angeles Downtown Association
Population: 19,038
Year Designated: 1992

Nestled between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, downtown Port Angeles is ideally situated to serve as the hub for Olympic Peninsula recreation and exploration. A commitment to revitalization has made downtown a thriving district characterized by friendly shops, historic buildings, outdoor sculptures, murals, and magnificent flowers. Downtown boasts interesting apparel and sporting goods shops, bookstores, boutiques, gift stores, and art galleries. There are also a variety of eating establishments to suit any palette. The Port Angeles Downtown Association is a driving force behind the revitalization efforts making downtown a thriving and growing travel destination.

Port Townsend Main Street Program
Population: 9,113
Year Designated: 1984

Port Townsend has a remarkable collection of well-preserved Victorian era buildings earning it landmark status on the National Register of Historic Places. Winner of the Great American Main Street Award in 2000, the Port Townsend Main Street Program oversees two historic districts with over 80 unique shops, accommodations, and restaurants. In Port Townsend, you can rent a kayak, see an art film, enjoy diverse cuisine, browse in one-of-a-kind shops or watch an eagle fly by – all within the historic commercial districts. Port Townsend is recognized as one of the premier historic seaside communities in the country due to its inventory of well-preserved buildings, scenic waterfront setting, and dedication to commercial district revitalization.

Historic Downtown Prosser Association
Population: 5,714
Year Designated: 2011

Prosser, the Birthplace of the Washington Wine Industry, is bordered on the north by the Rattlesnake Hills and on the south by the Horse Heaven Hills with the Yakima River running through. Prosser boasts 300 sunny days annually, lending to a wide range of outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating, and golf.  Prosser offers its citizens a "small town" quality of life with an ever-growing number of shops, wineries, restaurants, and galleries.

Puyallup Main Street Association
Population: 37,022
Year Designated: 1992

With strong ties to its agricultural past, Puyallup’s historic downtown draws from the spirit of its entrepreneurial heritage while adapting to the needs of the contemporary retail customer. In downtown, computer stores coexist side by side with espresso shops, specialty gift, and antique malls. Business owners also continue the small town tradition of greeting customers by name. A growing downtown residential population is bringing additional energy to the district. The Puyallup Main Street Association works hard to enhance the district’s vitality. With cultural events, a farmers’ market, building improvements, public art, new civic buildings, and seasonal decorations, downtown is the focal point of community life.

Downtown Walla Walla Foundation
Population: 31,731
Year Designated: 1992

Walla Walla’s rich history dates back to the early 1800s when settlers arrived on the heels of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Downtown blends old with new – tradition and innovation. Restored historic buildings are occupied with a wide variety of independent boutique and specialty shops, more than two dozen restaurants, and a variety of services. The region’s burgeoning wine industry is also quite evident. Combined with public art installations, musical concerts, and attractive landscaping, downtown invites social interaction and recreational use. In 2001, the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation received recognition for their revitalization efforts as a Great American Main Street Award recipient.

Wenatchee Downtown Association
Population: 31,925
Year Designated: 1991

Located near the geographic center of Washington State on the shores of the mighty Columbia River, downtown Wenatchee is loaded with treasures to discover. Over the past two decades, the historic downtown has been transformed into a vibrant, healthy business district boasting everything from specialty retail and trendy coffee shops to antique stores and services. Abandoned warehouses are undergoing renovation including the creation of stylish upper floor lofts. With streetscaping, parking improvements, special events, and strategic marketing, downtown continues to enjoy economic stimulation and community support. The Wenatchee Downtown Association received a Great American Main Street Award in 2003 due to these strategic efforts.