Canby Main Street program hopes to build on 2013

Looking back on an active and positive 2013, Canby Main Street Manager Jamie Stickel smiles and casts her gaze toward 2014.

The goal? To build on the successes of 2013, expand what’s working and create new ways for Canby to discover downtown. It’s a challenge she’s relishing.

“I thought 2013 was a great year for Canby Main Street,” Stickel said. “We added new events like Kiss Summer Goodbye party and expanded others like our Halloween event and Light Up the Night.

“We also had some new businesses open in 2013, which was exciting,” she added. “Every business brings something unique and interesting downtown.”

She pointed to the Backstop Bar & Grill and Red Door Antiques as two new businesses that have flourished in Canby’s downtown.

Looking ahead, Stickel sees 2014 filled with potential. A landmark downtown empty space will be filled, she said.

“We will see the opening of Especially For You, a women’s boutique, in the Graham Building,” Stickel said. “Apparel was one of the things noted in our business analysis of Canby. It is something people in Canby have said they are looking for.”

The store will be opened by Juanita Olsen, Sen. Alan Olsen’s wife.

“She’s lived in this community for 25 years and feels that this would be a good fit for Canby,” Stickel said. “She wanted to stay true to her Canby roots.”

Stickel said that while she hates to see any store front vacant downtown, being able to fill the Graham Building is a positive sign of what’s happening downtown.

“I do think it says a lot about what’s happening downtown and what’s starting to happen in Canby,” Stickel said. “We’ll have the Backstop on one corner and a retail store across the street. What I hope happens is that people will eat lunch, then walk across and do some shopping – then walk a little further and visit other stores in the area. I hope it will build momentum and open people’s experiences with our downtown.”

Stickel said her promotion committee will be meeting early in the new year to talk about projects for 2014. The goal, she said, is to keep expanding events, similar to what’s happened with First Friday.

“We want to find ways to bring people together and have some fun,” she said. “What we’re finding is that people are becoming engaged again. They are excited by what’s happening and we’re seeing children, long-time Canby residents and new residents volunteering for projects of working on committees.

“It is great to see that participation on so many levels,” she added.

Canby downtown resources

  • Canby Main Street: Canby Main Street is a program of the Canby Urban Renewal Agency. As a program of the Urban Renewal Agency, Canby Main Street focuses its energies in the historic business district of downtown Canby. See:
  • Shop Canby: An online searchable list of businesses in Canby. Local firms can customize their free micro website to promote their products and services. See: to register.
  • Tools for Business Success: Local, state, federal, and best-of-the-web resources to start and grow Canby businesses. See:
  • Canby Revolving Loan Program: Loans of $10,000 to $250,000 available for capital projects such as building expansions or new construction, building code upgrades, seismic retrofits, and fixtures that are part of the building. See:
  • Façade Improvement Program: Grants and loans to upgrade building facades to be more inviting to customers and residents. Grants of up to $1,500 for concept designs, $1,500 for construction documents and 50 percent in matching funds up to $25,000 for façade improvement construction. See: