Downtown Eugene Merchants

Downtown Eugene Merchants is a membership-based organization of Downtown Eugene business owners. We work to promote and support downtown businesses and build a strong and positive perception of downtown.

Membership is open to any downtown business or organization interested in making strides toward a great downtown Eugene. Members include business owners, managers, and employees across all industries. Whether your business is retail, banking, tech, the arts, professional services, a restaurant or bar or something else entirely, we’d love to have you be a part of our organization.

Meetings are held the first Monday of every month from 12-1pm at Bagel Sphere. If you’re not yet a member but want to see what our organization is about, please join us. Subscribe to our newsletter for meeting announcements and other business-owner-specific information each month.

Mission

Downtown Eugene Merchants promotes community, collaboration, and vibrancy for a more prosperous Downtown Eugene.

Membership & Benefits

Membership in Downtown Eugene Merchants is annual at $200/year, and you can join at any time during the year. Membership comes with a variety of benefits.

Marketing Efforts

Member-only marketing opportunities include:

  • A highlighted listing in the highly effective and full-color map of downtown is given out at hotels, Travel Lane County, Eugene airport, events, Oregon22, attractions, visitor packs, conventions and many Eugene businesses. Maps are reprinted every two years, with the next update coming Summer 2024.
    • The map is intended to be comprehensive. We attempt to list all consumer-relevant businesses in downtown Eugene, regardless of membership.
    • Black and white listings are non-members.
  • Priority access to event promotion via posters distributed to 100+ sites all over Eugene and campus monthly
  • Opportunities to collaborate with other downtown businesses on cross-promotion efforts
  • Access to a variety of members-only deals at participating businesses

Education & Advocacy

Decisions that affect downtown, big and small, are being made every day. We have the ear of EPD Chief Skinner, Ward 1 City Councilor Emily Semple, City Council, and key contacts at the city in Cultural Services, Public Works, and others. Being a part of DEM keeps you informed about decisions, regulations, and ordinances affecting downtown and mobilizes members to advocate on behalf of what’s best for downtown.

Events & Collaboration

Downtown Eugene partners with the City of Eugene Cultural Services, the University of Oregon, Onward Eugene, Travel Lane County, Lane Arts Council and others to leverage their events to the greatest benefit of our members. There are plenty of people coming to the area for events. Downtown Eugene Merchants works to ensure they come into our shops and restaurants, too!

Collaboration

There are a number of organizations working on behalf of downtown constituents, including building owners, people who live downtown, and related groups like Travel Lane County, the City of Eugene, and the Eugene Chamber. We are in frequent contact with all of these groups to ensure that we are taking advantage of opportunities to collaborate on behalf of our members.

Join Downtown Eugene Merchants today!


’23-’24 Board of Directors

President: Ethan Clevenger, Porterhouse Clothing & Supply
Vice-President: Sherry Schaefers, State Farm
Secretary: Julie Winsel, Eugene Symphony
Treasurer: Position currently vacant, please inquire if interested