Sundays On Cole aims to bring crowds to downtown Enumclaw

The bustling street will be even busier with special events every Sunday between July 8 and Aug. 26.

Sundays on Cole is being launched by the Enumclaw Tourism Advisory Board as a way to add a bit of summertime sparkle to the city’s downtown core.

The idea is rather straightforward: for eight consecutive Sundays, a two-block section of Cole Street will be closed to vehicles but open to vendors and local merchants. Restaurants and shops are being encouraged to bring their business onto the sidewalks to add to the atmosphere and both music and themed events are planned as part of the two-month series.

The Tourism Advisory Board is accepting vendor applications and has made more than 60 booths available to crafters, farmers and artisans. Application packets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, 1421 Cole St.

Sundays on Cole is planned to run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Sunday, July 8 through Aug. 26.

The first week will feature a Cole Street community picnic at 5 p.m., catered by Kelly’s Restaurant and Lounge. Tickets are $25 each and are also available in the Chamber of Commerce office.

The Tourism Advisory Board is independent of the city, but appointments were made by former Mayor Liz Reynolds. Members include a City Council liaison; representatives from the city’s restaurants and retail sector; a downtown land owner; and representatives from the Enumclaw Expo Center, Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

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