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Calling All Fashionistas

Calling All Fashionistas

A big huzzah to JoJo + CoCo Boutique for their grand opening in downtown Sumner! For an upscale female boutique blending trendy and professional, look no further than JoJo + CoCo for your latest fashion needs. Check out the video for a sneak peak into the designer...

You Can’t Spell Rhubarb Days Without Knutson Farms

You Can’t Spell Rhubarb Days Without Knutson Farms

As we gear up for downtown Sumner's festival season, we want to express our gratitude to Knutson Farms for sponsoring downtown Sumner's signature event, Rhubarb Days. Deeply invested in our community, Knutson Farms understands the value of a culturally and...

Dine and Don’t Dash: Sumner Block Party

Dine and Don’t Dash: Sumner Block Party

Calling all foodies! For all you dining aficionados out there (including yours truly), the Sumner Block Party has you covered. Spanning poke to pad thai, this latest Tacoma News Tribune article highlights the diverse food options awaiting you at our Block Party....

Stamps Are Overrated

Stamps Are Overrated

If you ask, you shall receive (or something like that). For SMSA members looking for a straightforward way to pay membership dues, well, we have you covered. Courtesy of our IT department, we have created a QR code for members to pay their annual dues. With a simple...

A Beauty Shot: Downtown Sumner

A Beauty Shot: Downtown Sumner

Sumner—get ready for your close-up. SMSA is the proud recipient of a $3000 Washington Main Street grant. With the visual storytelling grant (thanks Washington Main Street!), SMSA has hired a professional photographer to capture the places, people, and personalities...

Rhubarb: Your Favorite Fruit (or Vegetable)—and Festival

Rhubarb: Your Favorite Fruit (or Vegetable)—and Festival

Counting down the days until Sumner's signature event, Rhubarb Days? We are. COVID disrupted last year's Rhubarb Days but we are eagerly planning its 2022 return. Vendors—with spots filling up, please submit your completed applications ASAP. We will be highlighting...

Eat Your Heart Out…in Downtown Sumner

Eat Your Heart Out…in Downtown Sumner

For all those foodies out there (excitedly raises hand), we have mouthwatering news. The city of Sumner has unveiled three restaurant grants totaling $320K! The grant application details eligibility (hint: you may be eligible for all three). To our food truck friends...

Main Street: Sleeping Lady Resort Style

Main Street: Sleeping Lady Resort Style

Sleeping Lady Resort isn't the latest Main Street community, although it does come recommended. Rather, I just wrapped up a two day Washington Street Main Street conference with fellow WA state executive directors (you can see my smiling face in the upper right)....

Sumner: Center of the (Festival) Universe

Sumner: Center of the (Festival) Universe

A big thank you for supporting our inaugural Street of Eats/Community Beer Garden! We had a blast putting the event on. And judging from our multiple beverage runs, as well as our food trucks running out of delicious eats, we are thinking you did as well. As the...

World Famous (okay, South Sound famous) Street of Eats

World Famous (okay, South Sound famous) Street of Eats

Our latest "in the news" post is a little more literal. The Tacoma News Tribune knows a good story when it sees one. And this weekend in Sumner, there is no bigger story than our inaugural Street of Eats/Community Beer Garden. So, South Sounders, you now have Saturday...

A Sparklin’ Sumner: Sumner Façade Enhancement Grant Program

A Sparklin’ Sumner: Sumner Façade Enhancement Grant Program

Downtown businesses and property owners, we know that building façade improvements are pricey. Understanding this reality, SMSA wants to do its part to help your small business. On this note, we are proud to unveil our Sumner Façade Enhancement Grant Program. The...

Pay Your B&O Taxes, Be a Community Champion

Pay Your B&O Taxes, Be a Community Champion

The tax man cometh—and rewardeth. Typically, the tax season invokes dread (see me warily eyeing that April 15th deadline). But it doesn't have to...really. For WA state businesses paying B&O taxes, you are eligible for a tax credit worth 75% of your contribution...

Designing a Beautiful Sumner: One Committee Member at a Time

Designing a Beautiful Sumner: One Committee Member at a Time

We need you. Yes, you. Our phenomenal Design Committee is seeking an additional member. Ideally, you are interested in how design, historic preservation, and downtown Sumner intersect. Among this year's projects: a façade improvement grant for downtown businesses; the...

Façade Enhancement Grant Program for Downtown Sumner Businesses

Façade Enhancement Grant Program for Downtown Sumner Businesses

Façade Enhancement Grant Program for Downtown Sumner Businesses Sumner Main Street Association has announced two grant programs to provide matching funds for the beautification of downtown Sumner. The grant program aims to leverage Sumner Main Street’s investment in...

September 2021 Sumner Scene

September 2021 Sumner Scene

A Community Block Party Aug 28thWhat better way to transition from summer to fall than a community block party! Today, August 28th from 3pm - 7pm the streets of Cherry and Kincaid will be closed to street traffic. Tables will be placed down Kincaid, a beer garden will...

Classy Chassis Car Show – Sumner, WA 2021

Classy Chassis Car Show – Sumner, WA 2021

At the yearly Classy Chassis car show in downtown Sumner, WA on Main Street. Watch the street transform into yesteryear as hundreds of cars arrive at the event for a fun and family friendly day.

5 cities, 5 days: Sumner, Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World

5 cities, 5 days: Sumner, Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/5-cities-days-sumner-rhubarb-pie-capital-world/281-443750e9-371e-46fc-a115-8b13f0a4a8a4 Despite only having about 10,000 people living there, about 16,000 people work in Sumner, the largest manufacturing center in Pierce...

2021 Summer Sumner Scene

2021 Summer Sumner Scene

Classy Chassis Car Show Sunday, August 8thThis Sunday, August 8th, Sumner Main Street Association is hosting out annual summer car show, Classy Chassis. From 10am - 3pm, the streets of downtown Sumner will be closed to traffic and filled with nearly 200 classic cars....

The Importance of Main Street

The Importance of Main Street

THE IMPORTANCE OF MAIN STREET “From Mayor Bill Pugh: Sumner is very lucky. We still have a classic Main Street, and better yet, it’s a very active Main Street. And, bucking the trend for 2020, great things are happening on Main.” READ MORE