UPDATE July 2021: The economic damage of past closures and restrictions pertaining to the pandemic continue to affect small businesses in our historic catchment. We are committed through our mission and guidelines to continue to help business owners who identify a vital need for help.
Coupeville Historic Waterfront Assoc. Mission: Strengthen, Promote and Maintain our Successful Historic Downtown District.
Through re-allocated monies we’ve identified in our budget, and help from our community and off island friends, COVID grants given out to date have amounted to over $11,000 (in small check’s). We assure you, no matter how small, the grants were greatly appreciated by historic waterfront businesses!
These COVID grants represent a small amount of financial help, but most importantly they represent vital Community support! That morale boost a few extra dollars to pay a bill (or two) definitely make a big difference to a small business staying in business in these rough and insecure economic times.
100% of the money raised, along with the seed money contribution we made originally through our budget grants will be available to businesses in our historic catchment as businesses identify greatest needs. We hope you can help.
Please pitch in what you can and share our plea with friends and neighbors.
MAIL A CHECK: Shy about donating on line or rather we get the full amount minus paypal service costs? You can mail your donation to: Coupeville Historic Waterfront Assoc. PO Box 121, Coupeville 98239. Please put “I LOVE COUPEVILLE Grant” in you check’s memo.
Though real time statistics from the federal government and Washington state are not clear yet stats below from 2019 have sadly decreased throughout 2020.
– Washington has 608,956 ‘Small Businesses’
– 99.5% of Washington businesses are small businesses
– 51.4% of Washington Employees work at Small Businesses
– 1.4 million Washingtonian’a are small business Employees
We will include updated statistics as soon as the state and federal government publish them.
HOW COVID19 “I LOVE COUPEVILLE” GRANTS WERE BORN
A story of flowers, good ideas, loving our community and everyone wanting to help during a very tough time!
Filling Whidbey’s iconic inn with cut flowers in spring of 2020 was a great idea and intention of The Captain Whidbey Inn. Tall French tulips from their Chef’s garden would grace the inn and dinning room, and to that end they invested in the valuable bulbs the year before. Not 10 bulbs, or 20 bulbs, but 100’s of bulbs.
When mid-March and April came along and the tulips were starting to poke up in the garden one could just imagine how the Inn’s guests would delight over the long stemmed beauties gracing their rooms and dinning tables.
Boom! The coronavirus shut down of Washington state non-essential businesses HIT, and no one was going to be able to enjoy the inn or their tulips.
Along come’s friend Tonneli of Salty Acres Farm to the rescue.
As a local farmer, and a floral industry professional, Tonneli isn’t used to people not being able to enjoy flowers. Her goal is for everyone to enjoy cut flowers. So between her and her flower farming family, she thought those tulips could be a way to bring joy to people and maybe help raise some helpful money during the COVID19 shut-down.
Tonneli pitched the idea that the Inn donate the cut tulips for a COVID19 cause. Well, it was a no-brainer for Captain Whidbey and of course they jumped at the chance of having TWO good things come out of their tulips.
Tonneli enlisted the help of her mom and family, and brought their offer to raise money for historic waterfront businesses to us. Of course we loved the idea and agreed to match each bouquet donation in order to boost the number of small no strings attached grants going to shuttered small businesses within our historic catchment along the waterfront in the greatest need.
So off we went. The flowers were cut. Then One Willow Farm jumped in and donated fancy daffodils for the bouquets and things just kept getting more beautiful and moral boosting for all of us. The bouquets were made by Tonneli and Kim at Salty Acres farm. They were then loaded onto the farm’s ‘honor’ stand and residents could take the gorgeous bouquets home at a great price, plus we matched their cost.
When Gloria, owner of Whidbey Party Girls, shared a picture of her bouquet we knew the flower loving residents of central Whidbey were excited to get some cheer in their homes AND help our local businesses weather the storm to boot. More and more residents rallied to buy the bouquets, enjoy the blooms and have the happiness of helping small business owning friends, neighbors and family through this COVID crisis.
Then the tulip energy bloomed even further!
A week or so passed since the first success, and Captain Whidbey had more tulips coloring up. Happily Salty Acres was ready to cut them and 3 Sister’s Market joined in to have the grant boosting bouquets in their store.
Then additional Grant help came along!
Ashley’s Designs of Oak Harbor generously offered a $10.00 contribution for every “I Love Coupeville” Heart T-Shirt purchase from mid-March through May 13th. With this wonderful and generous gesture and the grant fund grew exponentially!
We can’t thank all donors, contributors and community partners enough for helping us provide these grants to our local business owners. A healthy downtown is vital for the economic success and sustainability of Coupeville as a town.
Say I Love Coupeville with your contribution.
HELP COUPEVILLE COME BACK FROM COVID19