By Diana Olmstead
On the 3rd Saturday in April, Emerald City Harley-Davidson celebrated their 3rd Anniversary, Luau style!
As I rolled in on my bike around noon the first person I noticed was their Sales Mgr, Robert Herrington, standing in the parking lot. He was wearing a festive Hawaiian shirt and lei as well as a grass hula skirt over his walking shorts. No doubt about it he definitely stood out from the rest of the crowd who were parking their bikes and walking around. That immediate image of Robert, along with all of the other outdoor Hawaiian decorations created a fun, whimsical “welcome to the party” atmosphere!
As I stepped inside the dealership, I was blown away at how much effort had been put into creating an authentic and uniquely themed dealership event. The place looked gorgeous, thanks to their high energy Marketing Manager, Erika Elder and the helpful staff. A table had been set up just inside, near their t-shirt display wall, which was filled with colorful lei’s and free luau themed goodies for anyone who walked through their doors. Further back, on the far left wall of the dealership were a row of tables that were filled with an amazing array of Hawaiian dishes and barbecue, and decorated with tiki statues, and flowers. The food was out of this world good! It was truly some of the best food I’ve ever eaten at a dealership event thanks to Pac Island Grill who catered the Anniversary Party!
Emerald City H-D also has something quite unique within their walls – a state-of-the art indoor venue called The Roadhouse that consists of a large indoor stage with a built in 8000 Watt PA system, professional lighting, a large projector screen and a large seating area which is where everyone congregated to eat and take in the entertainment.
On the Roadhouse stage the Aloha Island Treasures Seattle & There In the Islands ukulele musicians and poi dancers were a delight to listen to and watch.
This was very much a fun, all ages family event and Emerald City H-D made sure there was plenty for the kids and young at heart to enjoy, such as the inflatable mechanical surfboard, their popular video game area and photo booth.
I’m a big believer that we need to include kids in the Harley scene; we need to share with them the fun that comes with riding a Harley-Davidson and we need to get them interested in motorcycles at a young age so that they become the next generation of Harley riders.
As busy as it was I did manage to get a quick moment with Emerald City H-D General Mgr, Brian Myers, who was on the go all day working with his staff and talking with customers. He was no doubt extremely happy with the gorgeous spring weather and the huge turnout for their Anniversary Luau Party!
After speaking with Brian I made my way around the entire shop; every department was slammed with people shopping and asking questions about bikes, products, parts, Motorclothes and service work. This is where the Emerald City H-D staff truly shined – every staff member was full of energy and ready to help!
Although it was so busy I wanted to make it a point of meeting or saying hello to any of the Department Managers that I had not seen up until this point so I took a moment to say Hello to their Parts Mgr-Brian Marsh, Finance & Insurance Mgr- Scot Dormier and HR Mgr-Tina Herrington. It’s always nice to put a face to a name and to simply say “Hello”.
As I passed through the Sales floor a big display of miniature cupcakes by Frosted Cupcakes & Cakes was calling my name. I’m glad I stopped and tried one… or two. Dang, they were good!
It was time to get some fresh air and take a walk outside to go see what was happening down by the Emerald City H-D Pre-Owned building on the corner of the property that borders 188th St SW and Hwy 99. Outside the building a car and truck show & shine was capturing quite a bit of attention from the biker crowd.
Inside, for me, it was like taking a walk down memory lane, back to when I was just a little twerp. You see I grew up just a couple miles up the road from this building and my dad and I would stop by (the former motorcycle shop) and I’d watch my dad linger around and dream… and then look at me and say “Some day”. Little did my dad know that I would one day become his “some day”. That memory with my dad is a big part of why I ride. Just as I was about to hop on my bike and leave a noticed my left mirror was about to fall off so I stopped back by the Service Dept to see if one of the guys would tighten it before I headed out towards the Kitsap Peninsula. I’d like to thank Elliot for being so quick to help me out, I appreciated it very much!
Overall, the entire day at Emerald City was a blast! In honor of their successful 3rd Anniversary Luau Party I’d like to say “Mahalo nui loa!” (Thank you very much).
If you have not checked out Emerald City Harley-Davidson you should take a road trip and pay them a visit. They are located at 5711 188th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA.
Don’t forget to check them out on Facebook or via their website: www.emeraldcityhd.com to see all that is planned to happen at the dealership and at the Roadhouse in the coming months.