Storefront Improvement Grants

The Dalles Main Street has been instrumental in helping many Downtown businesses obtain grants to renovate their facades.  This not only helps beautify our Downtown, but in many cases also helps preserve our historical buildings.  Projects include:

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  • The Granada

  • Columbia Brewery Building

  • Lemke Building

  • Mint Building/Freebridge

  • IOOF Building

  • And coming soon...the Gorge Academy of Cosmetology


Historic Building Restorations

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Beyond facade improvements, The Dalles Main Street also lends its grantwriting expertise to historic building renovations including the Hebring House and the Honald Building Apartments.  Our work to support the entrepreneurial development efforts at both locations are just two examples of the perfect combination of economic development and historic preservation that The Dalles Main Street can offer.


Streetscape and Wayfinding

To make the Downtown a multi-modal hub that people want to hang out in, The Dalles Main Street has been involved in a variety of streetscape and wayfinding projects that support all visitors.  This includes downtown bike rack installations, the parklet program, and shopping masks installed in kiosks.  

We also work seasonally to put up holiday lights, and support businesses with window display.

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Our Vision

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

 

The Dalles Main Street uses the Main Street® approach to support growth and revitalization in our Downtown.  Through shop front renovation grants, streetscape improvements (like our map kiosks, bike racks and parklets), marketing, events, and educational opportunities The Dalles Main Street strives to support our Downtown businesses and residents with a healthy, vibrant Downtown.

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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.

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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.

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.

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:

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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- Luise Langheinrich

Vice President- Kelly Howsley Glover

Secretary- Kathy Norton

Treasurer- 

Members at large

Antoine Tissot

Claudia Leash

Yvonne Wakefield

Jon Chavers
 

City ex-officio 

Dawn Hert

Oregon Main Street Awards

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  • 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)

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