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The Washington Business Improvement District (WBID) is a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) formed as a legal self-governing body, funded through an assessment on business property. The WBID creates an environment where business and government can work together to promote opportunities, enhance the shopper’s experience, and preserve the cultural, historic, tourist, and civic interests of the district.

Monster Art! Huge Cash Prizes!

Artists to take center stage when Washington hosts

Warren County Arts Festival Weekend April 26-27

Over $2000 in prize money available for participating artists,including special high school category!


WASHINGTON (March 18, 2013) - Art lovers will have the weekend of a lifetime when the Washington Business Improvement District hosts the Warren County Arts Festival Weekend April 26 and 27.


On Friday night March 26, the organization's Fourth Fridays Art Walk & Antiques Trail kicks into high gear as the spring season begins, highlighted by the Monster Art work of nationally renowned illustrator Dave DeVries at Fliegauf Jewelers. And then on Saturday April 27, DeVries, along with dozens of other artists with an array of styles will be showcasing their works at the Warren County Arts Festival in Downtown Washington and be eligible to win over $2000 in prize money!


Watch Dave DeVries on CBS


WBID to celebrate 10 years of business growth and success Feb. 7

The Washington Business Improvement District will celebrate its 10th anniversary as part of its Annual Business Recognition Reception on Thursday Feb. 7.


Incorporated in 2003, the WBID has provided Washington Borough's business community with a host of achievements. At the reception, which will be held at the Mediterranean Bistro, the organization's Top 10 achievements will be highlighted, along with the many businesses and business people, who have been honored over the years. The evening, which includes entertainment, light fare, and cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 8.

Russo wins final spot on WBID Board of Directors following runoff election

Angela Russo of Sunflower Real Estate Holdings won the final spot on the Washington Business Improvement District's 2013 Board of Directors after an unprecedented runoff election was needed for the Owners of Assessed Apartment or Commercial Property bracket.


This was the first time in the history of the WBID's Board of Directors election process that there was a tie in the first vote. Russo, who had tied with incumbent Mark Mulligan, owner of 2 W. Washington and 37-39 Belvidere Avenue, was declared the winner on Dec. 6.


"We are delighted to welcome Angela to the board," said Monika Hamburger, Board President. "Between her involvement in the community and her business background, she brings a wealth of experience to the table. Angela, along with our other two new members, Jeff Smith and Beth Lambert, give us a truly diversified Board of Directors."


Previously, the other winners were announced: Monika Hamburger, owner of ComforCare, Business Owners Who Own Their Own Property category; Marian Bredin, long-time WBID Executive Board member and owner of Good Impressions Printing and Jeff Smith of Smith Motors, Business Operators At-Large category. In the Business Owners Who Are Tenants in The Assessed Property bracket, Beth Lambert with Herbalist & Alchemist Inc. was chosen.


New Art Destination

The opening of The Art Gallery at Kathy's Kove was recently celebrated at the E. Washington Avenue (Route 57) shop. Owner Kathy LaCorte (center) expanded her store to include the gallery. Sandi Cerami, far left, Executive Director of the Washington Business Improvement District, and Borough Mayor Scott McDonald, far right, join the gallery's inaugural artists, L-R, Anne M. Freeman, Linnea L. Tober, (LaCorte), Peggy Moskway and John Moskway, for the gallery's opening in November.

Aunt Barley's latest Antique Store to open up in Washington as Borough becomes burgeoning antique destination


With the opening of Aunt Barley's Antique Shop in Washington, the Borough continues its move toward becoming one of the leading antique shop destinations of Warren County.


Aunt Barley's, located at 217 W. Washington Avenue (next to Sicilia Bakery), joins Main Antiques, Kathy's Kove, OliviaRae, Second Time Around, and The Conductor as antiquers in the Borough.


"Washington has truly become a place for antique lovers to come to," said Sandi Cerami, Executive Director of the Washington Business Improvement District. "Between our antique businesses and array of quality second hand stores, we've got a number of establishments offering unique items and clothing."

Alario featured artist For WBID's November "Holiday Art Walk" Ann Reeves returns as well

Thomas Alario, whose paintings can be seen throughout the northeast, is the featured artist for the Washington Business Improvement District's monthly Downtown Art Walk on Thursday Nov. 15.

Each month, a host of regional and statewide artists exhibit their works in mini galleries at businesses throughout the town. An Artists' reception is held at each of the participating businesses from 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month and the art walk remains on display for about three weeks. The Art Walk is presented by the WBID in conjunction with the participating businesses. This show's sponsors are Home Instead Senior Care and Brockerhoff Environmental Services.


The November - and December - Art Walk is a great opportunity for those looking to purchase unique holiday presents for friends and family. "Art of Gifting - Gifting with Art" is the theme of both the November and December (another artists reception Dec. 15) art walks. In addition to the businesses showcasing art and other items, several other downtown businesses will be open for late hours to accommodate holiday shoppers.


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