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  • Winter Sip & Stroll


    The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance’s popular Winter Sip & Stroll which was rescheduled due to all our snow, will be held on Saturday, April 6, 12pm to 4pm.  Sponsored by Anthony’s at Gig Harbor, attendees will enjoy sipping and strolling along Gig Harbor’s waterfront sampling Northwest wines, brews and tasty small bites at businesses serving as “Stroll Stops.”

    The Alliance provides complimentary shuttle transportation throughout the waterfront to make it easy to visit all the Stroll Stops. Tickets are $35 in advance through March 30th at bit.ly/wintersipandstroll2019, $4o through April 5, or $45 at the door on the day of the event if any tickets remain.

  • Across the country, small businesses and consumers alike are getting excited to support their favorite independent businesses on Small Business Saturday, which takes place this year on Saturday, November 30, 2019.  Now more than ever, consumers are recognizing the value of shopping locally and eating at independently-owned restaurants because of the worthiness, quality and uniqueness they add to their community.

    Held annually on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express as a response to small business owners’ most pressing need: getting more customers through their doors, rallying communities to support local businesses and helping kick off a successful holiday sales period.

    “Small Business Saturday is a wonderful event that promotes community and shopping local.   It encourages neighborhood and community relationships with retail therapy! What could be better?”

     – Karrie Polinsky, Tickled Pink, Downtown Gig Harbor

    Grassroots support for Small Business Saturday is largely driven by Neighborhood Champions, a program of advocates for Small Business Saturday.  The Downtown Waterfront Alliance, the Neighborhood Champion for the downtown waterfront, assists the businesses in rallying the community to shop small on Small Business Saturday and all year round.

    Each year consumers have made it a tradition to share their Small Business Saturday experiences on social media. This year, consumers and small businesses across the nation are encouraged to show their love for their favorite independent businesses by using the #ShopSmall, #SmallBizSat and #SBSGH hashtags on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    We look forward to seeing you out and about on November 30th and throughout the holiday season, having fun and supporting the local, independent and hard-working businesses of our beautiful Downtown Waterfront! Small Business Saturday and the entire holiday shopping season are great opportunities to take advantage of your Girls Night Out coupons.

  • Waterfront Restaurant Week

    Experience the tastes of Gig Harbor’s Downtown Waterfront during Waterfront Restaurant Week, March 25 – 29.  Participating restaurants will offer special meals at fixed price points of $20 or $30.  It’s a great way to try that new place you’ve been curious about, support your longtime favorite spot, and experience new and creative menu items at each location.  Visit Gig Harbor’s Waterfront Restaurant Week on Facebook for participating restaurants and menus.

  • Waterfront Walking Tours Return

    Returning Wednesday, June 6 and Saturday, June 9 are the popular Waterfront Walking Tours. Held throughout the summer, these fun tours appeal to both visitors and residents alike. Watch for more details!

  • Chalk the Harbor

    Children, families, and adults are invited to decorate the sidewalks during this free, family friendly event (you may want to bring a chair or knee pads). A maritime theme is encouraged, but not required. Ride the “Get Around Gig Harbor” PT Trolley between the sidewalk districts.

    Saturday, July 21 – Registration from 10am to 2pm at Skansie Brothers Park and in front of Devoted Kiss in Finholm.

    Be sure to visit the Summer Arts Festival on Judson while you are downtown, presented by the Peninsula Art League.

  • Waterfront Farmers Market

    Plan now to join us for the popular Waterfront Farmers Market every Thursday June – August, presented by the Downtown Waterfront Alliance. Opening Day is Thursday, June 6, 1pm – 7pm. Follow us on Facebook for featured vendors, recipes, volunteer opportunities and more!

     

     

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Downtown Waterfront Alliance Veteran’s Banner Project
    – Honoring Gig Harbor’s Heroes –

    The Downtown Waterfront Alliance once again sponsoring the Veteran’s Banner Project.  Applications for this unique opportunity to honor those who have served, or are currently serving, are being accepted.  Banner applications will be accepted until August 31 at a cost of $200.00 per banner.  This is not a fundraiser for the Alliance.  Money collected will pay for the production costs and shipping of the banners and any remaining funds will go to support “Race for a Soldier” and the PTSD Foundation.  They will direct those funds appropriately to local veterans and those currently serving.  The Banners will hang in our community from mid-September through late November 2019.  After that time, the banners will be available to the families.

    We have space for forty banners in 2019, and they will be approved in the order in which they are received. Pictures in uniform are required in a high quality digital form. If you do not have a digital copy, please bring the picture to the Alliance Office (3311 Harborview Drive, #101) and we will have the photo digitized and return it to you.

    The application is available at the Alliance Office (3311 Harborview Drive, Suite 101), at 253-514-0071, or via e-mail at info@ghhwa.org. Applications will also be available at the Information Booth at the Waterfront Farmers Market each Thursday, 1-7, June 6 through August 29, or until all 40 banners are purchased.

    The message is clear: “We honor and appreciate our local Heroes”.

  • Winter Sip & Stroll

    The Gig Harbor Winter Sip & Stroll has sold out!
    We hope you were able to get your tickets – thank you for your support!

    A limited number of tickets will be available online at bit.ly/wintersipandstroll for $35
    starting at 7am Saturday, February 11 until gone.

    The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is proud to announce the return of the Winter Sip & Stroll on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 1pm – 5pm. This popular tasting event takes patrons on a tour along Gig Harbor’s beautiful waterfront sampling Northwest wines, brews, spirits, and tasty small bites at businesses serving as “Stroll Stops.” Take place just before Valentine’s Day, the Winter Sip & Stroll offers the perfect opportunity to “love the wine you’re with.” The Alliance will provide complimentary shuttle transportation throughout the waterfront to make it easy to visit all of the Stroll Stops. Tickets are $30 in advance at bit.ly/wintersipandstroll, or $35 at the door on the day of the event.

    Sponsored by Windermere Gig Harbor and Fournier Insurance Solutions, the Winter Sip & Stroll is presented by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. For more information, contact the Alliance office at 253-514-0071 or visit Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival on Facebook.

     

     

  • Gigging Up the Harbor

    Annual Downtown Waterfront Clean-Up Day organized by the Alliance Design Committee.

    Saturday, May 20, 2017 ~ BYOT (Bring Your Own Tools!)

    9:00am ~ 12:00pm – meet at Donkey Creek Park

    Complimentary lunch provided for our hardworking volunteers!

     

  • Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor

    Join the fun on Thursday, December 10, for the 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Contest – “Get Your Ugly On”! Meet at 6pm in front of the Christmas tree in Skansie Brothers Park for photos, judging and awards.

    The festive Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor weekend kicks off with Holiday Hayrides with Santa on Friday and Saturday, December 11th and 12th, loading at Timberland Bank on Judson Street from 4:30- 7:30. Refreshments will be served by the friendly Timberland Bank staff in the lobby.  Be sure to dress warmly as the long range forecast just may include snow!

    The annual Gig Harbor Yacht Club’s Lighted Boat Parade will take place on Saturday December 12th at 5 pm. Everyone is encouraged to come enjoy the sights and maybe even make dinner reservations at a waterfront restaurant to ensure a good viewing point for this popular event.

    “Hark the Harbor” on Sunday, December 13, is a fun family event where you can join in community caroling while awaiting the arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship. This is the 6th year the Downtown Waterfront Alliance has sponsored this event which starts at 5:45 pm at the Pavilion in Skansie Brothers Park . Sharon Stearnes, former staff organist for Tacoma Pizza and Pipes and the Seattle Mariners, is a wonderful family oriented entertainer who will lead the singing of traditional and contemporary carols. The Waterfront Alliance will provide songbooks and candles. In spite of it being his busy time of the year, you might even find Santa Claus joining in the fun. At 6:35 the caroling will end as the Argosy Christmas Ship makes its appearance, all aglow in festive lights. The Olympia Youth Choir – Cantabile will be on board to perform for your listening pleasure.

    All through the month people can come downtown and enjoy the fifth year of the “Deck the Harbor-Window Decorating Contest”. Enjoy the talents and creativity of downtown waterfront businesses as windows are transformed into beautiful and holiday-inspired works of art. You may vote for your favorite window through December 31st.

    All this and more will fill December with the joys of the holidays. Ladies are reminded to bring your Girls Night Out event program with you when you visit the waterfront and use the “come back and shop” coupons for your holiday shopping.

    Yes, Gig Harbor, there truly is holiday magic along the downtown waterfront. Don’t miss it!

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