Letters to the Editor

Downtown merchants appreciate support

On behalf of the members of the Downtown Merchants Association we’d like to say “thank you” Oak Harbor for your continued support and patronage! The Downtown Merchants Association is looking forward to the completion of the Pioneer Way Improvement Project, a public works project. Due to this project the citizens of Oak Harbor and the merchants along Pioneer Way reap the benefits of a fresh and revitalized downtown.

The sidewalks will be safer for pedestrians and will give citizens a place to meet and greet when they come down to shop or dine. The merchants downtown are working hard to sustain their business and serve the Oak Harbor community. While suffering economic pressure from loss of foot traffic the Downtown Merchants Association is trying hard to promote downtown with events like First Fridays, the Gift Bag Give Away, and passing out bags full of gift certificates and coupons to citizens of Oak Harbor.

The Downtown Merchants Association is a positive group of merchants with wonderful ideas about how to make our downtown a place to come to now and in the future. Come downtown, brave the trails leading to our establishments, shop, dine, and talk to all of us, you will find that we are a diverse group with many and varied opinions regarding the current construction. More importantly we are your neighbors, committed to the successful completion of the Pioneer Way Improvement project. We, again, want to thank all those community members and SE Pioneer Way improvement staff who are helping and supporting us.

Downtown Merchants Association:
Ron Apgar, president,
Mercy Speth, vice president
Margaret Livermore, treasurer
Kristi Jensen, secretary
Jill Schacht, board member
Kathy Collantes, board member


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