I have a confession: I’m from not here. I didn’t go to Wash High or even Washington & Jefferson College. I’m an East Coast transplant, but when we moved to the area for my partner’s job, we both fell in love with Washington’s beautiful buildings and friendly people. So we bought a house, thrilled by the combination of proximity to Pittsburgh, lower taxes, and lots of green spaces, and we put down roots.
Twelve years later, Washington is my new hometown. We aren’t a big city, but we have a lot of things to brag about. We have a symphony, a community theater, a library, a local radio station, and a newspaper. We do some big things: our Christmas Parade has been a family tradition for more than 30 years, the summer First Fridays draw people from all over, and the Whiskey Rebellion Festival brings thousands of folks Downtown every July. We are also really proud of our Small things: almost all of our Downtown merchants and services are small businesses, locally owned, and locally operated. When you shop our weekly Farmers Market, you’re likely buying food grown 15 miles away.
These assets and amenities are tremendous, but what truly makes Downtown Washington home is the everyday happenings of living in a community. People say “Good morning!” when they pass you on the sidewalk and make small talk while waiting in line. The woman at the coffee shop knows my drink order, and someone’s always around to let me know when I’ve left my car windows down in the rain. People call our office because they are driving but need a phone number or address for someone else in town. We know and care about one another. Downtown Washington is home because folks like you and me wanted to make this their home too. And if we haven’t had a chance to meet, I hope I get to know you soon.
Whether you’re looking for something to do, something to eat, or somewhere to have a cocktail with friends, I hope you find this website helpful. If you’re new to town, check out Yoga in the Park, Nature for Preschoolers, Washington Food Group, or one of our Main Street Mixers. Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and sign up for our newsletter, and always feel free to just give me a call.
Again, welcome to Downtown Washington. We are really glad you’re here.