Main Street Update, Spring 2014

In This Issue

  • The Benefits of a Healthy Downtown!
  • Economic Restructuring Committee to Present Market Analysis Findings

Board of Directors

Virginia McCurdy, President
Teri Hartzler, VP
Jean Wehr, Secretary
Karen Kuhlman, Treasurer
Suzanne Ackermann
Bob Shepherd
Brent Kromrie

Brent Hinson, City of Washington
Richard Young, Washington County Supervisors
Michelle Redlinger, Washington Chamber of Commerce
Ed Raber, Washington Economic Development Group

Upcoming Events

April 25th-26th: Buzzin' on Main
Catch the Buzz about what's Fresh this Spring in Downtown Washington! Come Shop & Stroll through Open Houses on Friday (5-8 pm) and Saturday (10 am-3 pm). Participating businesses will be offering fabulous deals & special events!

Saturday at 10 am will feature a Style Show Brunch @ Cafe Dodici! Tickets are $12 in Advance and $15 at the Door! Seating is limited, get your tickets TODAY at Dodici Shop, The Village, Wolf Floral, Jaz it Up! and Serenity Salon & Spa!

May 12-16th: National Small Business Week!
Celebrate by supporting our small businesses and Thank You to those who choose to do business in Washington!

June 1st-8th: Washington's 175th Celebration!

June 17th, 2014: Patron Party

Cafe Dodici 6-9pm
Tickets are $50, benefiting Main Street Washington

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The Benefits of a Healthy Downtown!

A strong and thriving downtown is important to everyone! With May being National Preservation Month, Main Street Washington thought it would be the perfect time to remind everyone of the real and tangible benefits to residents, service providers, financial institutions, retailers, property owners, government, utilities, and preservationists alike! All May on our Facebook page we will be posting information, pictures, and fun facts about Historic Preservation and Downtown. Go check them out!

Besides the obvious benefits of an enhanced marketplace, increased occupancy rates and rent stability, and a viable tax base, healthy downtown's give kids the opportunity for part-time jobs as well as social activities, increased business allows the survival of a community critical to the financial institution success, and aids in Industrial recruitment. It slows the sales leakage retailers feel, especially with the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids corridor so close. With this leakage in mind Main Street Washington has been working with our retailers to better address their needs. Through our 'Pastries & Pondering' breakfast we have brainstormed some collaborative marketing ideas that could help to market Downtown businesses. If you haven't been to one of our breakfasts, you should come! They are once a quarter at 8 am! Out of our last meeting came several ideas including a Downtown Directory map and brochure (coming soon!), as well as better use of social media to promote business. Shop Downtown Washington on Facebook and MSW Shop Local on Pinterest were born to help us promote Downtown businesses at no additional costs. Also, National Small Business Week is May 12-16. A big Thank You to all of you who choose to do business here in Washington!

Lastly, if you've been following us on our Facebook page you'll notice the in-progress pictures of the State Theatre! Above is the most recent rendering after the most recent discovery of glass transom windows under the marquee with a unique x-shaped pattern. If you want to know more information about the project, check out our Director's interview with KCII Radio. Main Street Washington is proud to have even a small role in the revitalization of this project which is pure preservation! Happy National Preservation Month!

Economic Restructuring Committee to Present Market Analysis Findings

The members of our Economic Restructuring Committee, after completing the Market Analysis in the Fall, have been working on the development of a presentation of the findings. Coming in May, presentations will be given to the local service clubs, government entities, as well as any clubs looking for a presentation at their regular meeting. You can contact Ed at for more information.

If you're interested in reading our report you can find the full text on our website, click the picture to be taken to the report!