Our Vision

Enticed by the sunshine and beauty of the area, visitors and residents linger and stay because of The Dalles’ vibrant historic downtown.


Nestled in the bend of the Columbia River, our restored buildings and cultural assets provide a backdrop for the new energy and are a source of community pride and a reflection of the area’s history.


An active entrepreneurial spirit has created destination retail, restaurants, wineries, and breweries adding to downtown’s vitality while still serving as a regional hub of professional and service businesses.


Bike and pedestrian friendly, the district has inviting gathering spaces to engage the public in a wide variety of activities scheduled year round. Downtown is a destination to live, work, shop, and play.

 
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An Outstanding Partnership:

 

 The City of The Dalles
& The Dalles Main Street 

One of the guiding principles of Main Street® is forging a true public-private partnership focused on downtown revitalization. That is exactly what they achieved in The Dalles.

The results of this partnership can be seen throughout the downtown. Visitors and community members can now find parklets, wayfinding kiosks, bike racks, holiday lights, and other improvements. Several new businesses have opened, others have moved and expanded. Several facade projects have been recently completed and interiors are being renovated.

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Many cities help launch local main street efforts, but in The Dalles, the City and local program continue to strengthen this relationship and work together to support on-going downtown revitalization.

 

Other Main Street Partnerships Include:

 

Small Business Development Center
The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District
Port of The Dalles

The Dalles Lions Club
The Dalles Rotary Club
The Dalles Kiwanis Club
The Mid-Columbia Car Club
Wasco County Library

 

Get Invested

 

Invest

Investing in The Dalles Main Street goes to creating a vibrant future for our downtown and the whole community of The Dalles.  You can either donate or be part of a sponsorship.  Click on the button to learn more.

Volunteer 

Are you excited for some of the upcoming projects?  Or maybe you have some ideas to increase the attractiveness  downtown?  Or maybe you just want a night away from the kids?

The Main Street Team

Our Staff

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Jeremiah Paulsen,
Community Development Coordinator

After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts and receiving the Air Force Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service during his seven year enlistment in the Washington Air Force National Guard, Jeremiah Paulsen found his way to the RARE program after planning messy art activities for children, tinkering in the sale of second hand goods, crafting hot beverages to company code and helping students learn and laugh through their daily, reading lessons.

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Bunny Henningsen
Tourist Marketing & Tour Boat Coordinator

With nine years as a corporate travel consultant from the San Francisco Bay Area and twelve years as a business owner by Yosemite National Park, Bunny is a perfect fit for our Tourist Marketing and Tour Boat Coordinator position.

Bunny’s unique experience allows understanding of both the traveler and business owner needs and point of view. Bunny is the main point of contact for all the cruise ships that dock here in The Dalles. Coordinating communications between the cruise ships, business owners, museums and other stakeholders she makes sure everyone is in the know regarding activities in The Dalles and surrounding areas.


Executive Board 

President- Kathy Norton

Vice President- Luise Langheinrich

Secretary- Carolyn Wood

Treasurer- Matthew Jensen

Members at large

Antoine Tissot

Claudia Leash

Kelly Howsley-Glover

Yvonne Wakefield

Jon Chavers
 

City ex-officio 

Dawn Hert


Oregon Main Street Awards

  • Best Marketing Project: “Why Shop Downtown The Dalles” Video Series (2015)
  • Outstanding Partnership: The Dalles Main Street and City of The Dalles (2016)
  • Best Community Education: The Dalles Main Street Promotional Booklet (2016)
  • Best Retail Event: Beerfest Shop Downtown Promotion (2017)

Check out all of Main Street's Projects here!

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