Burlington wedding venue awarded COVID-19 relief grant

Monday, September 21, 2020

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The Stepping Stones Garden in June 2020 was awarded $5,000 through the Skagit County Small Business Grant Program, funded through the CARES Act and administered by EDASC. We are profiling some of the businesses that have received local COVID-19 relief to demonstrate the importance of supporting and strengthening the incredible business ecosystem in Skagit County. 

About Stepping Stones Garden

Stepping Stones Garden is a wedding and event venue in Burlington offering unique options to guests, with many settings to choose from throughout their grounds and stylized barn. Their settings allow for a beautifully elegant, classy or chic ceremony and reception, which can be even more personalized by the bride and groom.

How they used grant funds

Kendra Smith, owner of Stepping Stones Garden, applied for grant funding because, as a wedding and event venue, they were not able to operate until mid-July and then with heavy restrictions. COVID-19 put their business in a complete standstill, preventing them from earning revenue. Even now, their industry is only allowed to have very small ceremonies of 30 guests. Receiving this grant meant they were able to help pay for on-going operations and not close the business while waiting for restrictions to loosen. 

Skagit County supports local businesses 

Even though COVID-19 has harmed their business, Smith said she is glad to have her event venue located within the county. 

“Skagit County is the gateway to so many activities and natural beauty,” Smith said. “The community is locally grown, offering the best quality of everything to all of those living in the county and visiting us. The community is supportive and caring.”

The community can continue supporting Stepping Stones Garden by hosting a gathering or reception there. Small groups like clubs, family gatherings and couples are welcome to use the venue for their intimate event. 


Learn more about Stepping Stones Garden here.

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