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January MV Merchants Assoc. Meeting


Do you own a business in Madison Valley? Would you like to meet and network with other business owners in the Valley? Then join us for the first Merchants Association meeting of 2018. 

The association promotes local businesses and restaurants, neighborhood beautification and safety, and networking opportunities.

On the agenda for January’s meeting: We’ll be discussing our yearly activities, the Spring Clean and Holiday Lights. We’ll also talk about the community bikes program and what, if any, feedback we want to give the city about it. Also up for consideration is the direction of the organization and how it can meet the needs of the members.

Wednesday, January 17
8:30 AM, coffee provided
All are welcome
Araya’s Place
2808 E Madison St.


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Holiday Lights 2017 Call for Contributions


Winter is approaching, but East Madison St will be lit up with holiday lights, chasing away the gloom.


Holiday Lights is a neighborhood beautification project sponsored by the Madison Valley Merchants Association. Each year the lights are paid for with the generous contributions of merchants and residents in Madison Valley. The merchants have chipped in $2,250 so far, and we’re asking residents to help as well. You can donate online using PayPal, or mail a contribution to the address below. If we all pitch in a little, we can make the season bright!

Send a check and make payable to:

Madison Valley Merchants Association
4111 E. Madison Street #290, Seattle, WA 98112

To pay online, click the Support button near the green bird on the home page.


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Join Us for the Next Merchants Association Meeting


Guest Speaker: The Bus Rapid Transit team will be making a presentation on BRT in Madison Valley. The discussion will cover stops, turnarounds, parking, and construction. Learn how this will change the neighborhood!

Additional topic for discussion: Spring Clean in April.

Everyone in the neighborhood is invited to participate in this get-together. Coffee and snacks will be served. Please share with anyone interested. 

8:30 AM
Wednesday, March 15
Cafe Flora

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MV Merchants Association Meetings


The Madison Valley Merchants Association has two upcoming meetings. Important new topics include the City People’s development, the Rapid Ride study, the greenways project on 29th, and any new business to be raised. All are welcome.

Wednesday May 18th 8:30 AM at Cafe Flora
Wednesday June 15th 8:30 AM at Cafe Flora

If there are any questions please let me know.
Thank you, Lindy Wishard


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MV Merchants Assoc. and Community Council Meeting


As we welcome spring, we welcome you to our first Madison Valley Merchants Association and Community Council meeting of the year this Wednesday at Café Flora starting at 8:30 am.

We will be discussing the BIA, Spring Clean, the Greenway project on Madison and 29th Ave East, and of course the City People Redevelopment. Coffee and pastry provided. Please be on time and feel free to bring a friend or business colleague.

Rob Liebreich
Madison Valley Merchants Association


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Merchant’s Association Meeting Postponed


The MVMA meeting has been postponed until March 16, 8:30 am, at Cafe Flora. At this meeting we will focus on Madison Valley Spring Clean, making Madison Valley a Business Improvement Area (BIA) — a real value for the businesses, new businesses in the neighborhood, and other important developments. 


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Madison Valley Merchant Association Changes Format for 2016


Yesterday, a new course was set for the Madison Valley Merchants Association. Moving forward, the focus of the association will be as an educator and a connector.  

What does this mean?

In 2016, the Association will meet officially on the following three dates (no additional meetings the rest of 2015):

February 17, 8:30 am, at Cafe Flora. At this meeting we will focus on Madison Valley Spring Clean and making Madison Valley a Business Improvement Area (a real value for the businesses).

May 18, 8:30 am, at Cafe Flora. At this meeting the plan is to have representatives from Seattle Office of Economic Development and Small Business Administration to discuss what resources are available for businesses in the area. 

September 21, 8:30 am at Cafe Flora. At this meeting we will focus on HOW TO when it comes to Social Media. This will be a BIG help for all businesses to create more business.

In addition to these three calendar dates, the goal will be to mix in a cocktail/happy hour or two so we can continue to share ideas and resources to keep this important business corridor active and thriving!

A big thank you to Lindy Wishard and Nat Stratton Clarke who tirelessly support this Association!  

Also discussed at today's meeting, the Triangle is back in action thanks in large part to Cathy Nunneley's leadership (thank you!). 

And to all of you who will join us again or for the first time in February, we look forward to your positive energy in the new year!

About the Merchants Association

Madison Valley Merchant Association Meetings are open to all merchants and residents and we welcome all participation. 

To join the association please visit: and click on the Membership Form. 


The Madison Valley Merchants Association (MVMA) was established in 2005 as a non-profit organization out of recognition that businesses could be more successful if we worked together toward common goals and objectives. We recognized that we were an integral part of the Madison Valley community. We understood that a thriving business district would provide a valuable resource to the residents of Madison Valley and surrounding neighborhoods. We recognized that we had the best opportunity to succeed if the residents and merchants of Madison Valley worked together as a community.

Mission Statement

Promote and sustain the business and residential community of Madison Valley
Provide an environment where businesses can work together to succeed and flourish
Promote efforts for neighborhood identification and beautification
Provide networking opportunities for merchants
Promote marketing and business building opportunities

Vision Statement

We envision a merchants association where business owners, property owners and residents work together toward increased beautification, profitability and sustainability.

Geographical Boundaries

The geographical boundaries of the MVMA are:

East Madison Street from 23rd Avenue to 32nd Avenue.
East Denny to the south.
East Helen Street to the north


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MV Merchants Assoc Meeting on Wednesday


The Madison Valley Merchants Associatioin meeting is tomorrow. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, Oct 21
8:30 AM
Cafe Flora


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Minutes from the Merchants Association 18-Mar-2015


Read the minutes from the Merchants Association meeting. 

MVMA Minutes 18-Mar-2015


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Holiday Lights Funding Appeal


Each year the Madison Valley merchants jointly fund the installation of twinkle lights in the trees along Madison Street. The lights are festive, add to the holiday spirit, and bring some cheer to the winter gloom. The additional visibility promotes public safety as well.




Having the lights installed and maintained, however, is very expensive — this year the cost will be $12,000. So far we’ve raised only $3,600. If you enjoy the holiday lights, please donate to the Madison Valley Holiday Lights Fund. 

Any amount is greatly appreciated. You can pay online via PayPal, or send a check to the association’s mailing address. Thank you for helping beautify the neighborhood.

PayPal: Go to and click on the Support button in the right column of the home page. 

USPS: Mail your donation to:
Madison Valley Merchants Association
4111 East Madison Street #290
Seattle WA 98112


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Madison Valley Merchants Association Monthly Meeting


The MVMA is holding its regular monthly meeting. You are invited to attend.

Nov 19th, 8:00 AM
Cafe Flora

Holiday Happy Hour
Holiday Lights
Neighborhood Updates


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Minutes from the Merchants Association 16-Apr-2014


Read the minutes from the latest Merchants Association meeting. This meeting was focused mostly on preparations for the upcoming Bastille Bash.


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