Selah Downtown Association awards grants from inaugural Facade Improvement Program

    Selah Downtown Association awards grants from inaugural Facade Improvement Program

    SELAH, Wash.--Two businesses in Selah are getting grant money to help with improvement projects thanks to the city's first ever business facade program.

    "People want to go into a business that looks good," said Selah Downtown Association (SDA) executive director Whitney Stohr.

    That's just one of many reasons the SDA is giving grant money to two local projects.

    It's part of the organization's inaugural business facade improvement program, which is modeled after the success of the same program by the Downtown Association of Yakima (DAY).

    "We looked at what they did and said '[We] think that we're now in a place in our program where we can go to the next step and do that,'" Stohr said.

    Owners from Sundance Espresso will use the $2000 they won towards new signage when they move to their new location, replacing North Town Coffee House.

    "For us to get that recognition from the community and from the Selah Downtown Association really was very special to us," said owner Tim Lantrip.

    Lantrip says this facade program is a big gain for local businesses that don't have the luxury of getting funds from bigger corporations.

    "With having that additional help, really helps out tremendously," he said.

    Rich Goodall, owner of Tailgaters Bar & Grill, and his family will use the $8000 they won by giving the old Selah Lighting Company building a full makeover.

    Complete with new windows, doors and a plantern with trees.

    "Get some green, some growth up to make it look a little nicer instead of just a concrete block," Goodall said.

    While it's the first year for the facade program, it's the not the first time local businesses have wanted to see changes to the downtown core.

    With money heading towards these projects, it'll be a chance to get more attention on a town that seems to have eyes towards the future.

    "Everybody's been talking about getting a lot more of that in Selah, making it more user friendly so to speak. And so I think it's going to go a long way to achieving that," said Goodall.

    Sundance Espresso will be opening up in their new location on May 1 with new signage arriving shortly thereafter.

    The renovations to the Selah Lighting Company building are expected to be finished by the summer.

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