The past year hasn't been easy for small business owners. Many have gone out of business because of the COVID-19 restrictions. Those that are still open are beginning to see customers once again and the Downtown Association of Yakima is hoping business increases in the near future. Many say they're thankful for the support they've seen from consumers in Yakima which helped many stay in business through the toughest part of the pandemic. Now that things are beginning to change The Downtown Association of Yakima is holding what's being called "Spring into Downtown." Association officials say the Small Business Saturday events that have happened in the fall have been so successful they've decided to hold a similar event on May 15. How long has it been since you've been shopping in Downtown Yakima? Officials say they want to see downtown buzzing with people and excitement this spring.
So how do you participate? The event will be held on Saturday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You'll be able to pickup a passport at one of three check-in locations downtown. You'll then take that passport and start your shopping or dining in downtown Yakima. At each stop you'll get a stamp on your passport. To complete the passport you'll need at least 5 stamps and at least one proof of purchase. You'll then be entered into a drawing after you turn in your completed passport. The drawing will be for gift baskets full of gift cards and products provided by businesses in the downtown area.