Downtown Framingham Restaurant Week Presented by Lyft

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Downtown Framingham Restaurant Week presented by Lyft 
   October 16 - 22nd 
 

Restaurant Week Top 6

  1. Try new dishes
  2. Meet our hard-working, local employees
  3. Take advantage of great deals!
  4. Visit our art galleries
  5. Get acquainted with our lively entertainment scene
  6. Leave your car at home and get 10% off a ride to or from participating restaurants this week using code FRAMRESTAURANTS.

Restaurant Week Participants

Frescafe - Sofa Cafe - Pho Dakao - Jack's Abby - El Mariachi - Taqueria Mexico - Pueblito Paisa - DEPOT 417 - RR6 Kitchen & Bar
Pho Dakao - 101 Concord Street 

Discount:  15% off your meal (dine-in only & restaurant week must be mentioned to the server)

Parking Directions                         
Heading South on Rt 126: Right on Park Street, Left on Franklin Street, Left into Howard/Concord Streets Lot 
Heading North on Rt 126: Right on Howard Street, Left into Howard/Concord Streets Lot
 
Sofa Cafe
Sofa Cafe - 181 Concord Street 

Discount:  10% off your order (restaurant week must be mentioned to the server)

Specials: 
$5.00 Red Berries or Nutella Crepes                                         
- $8.00 Smoked Salmon Salad   
$6.80 Tuna wrap

Parking: on-site (rear) or nearby street parking
DEPOT 417
DEPOT 417 - 417 Waverly Street

Discount:  Buy one entree, get the second one free when you give us a Yelp or Facebook review. Depot 417 will make it so easy - they'll bring a tablet right to you!

Parking:  on site
Jack's Abby
Jack's Abby - 100 Clinton Street

Specials:   
- Philly Cheese Steak Pizza               
- Red Snapper over jasmine rice with veracruz sauce             
- Lamb Shepherd's Pie

Parking:  on site
Frescafe Restaurant week
Frescafe - 82 Concord Street

Specials:   
$9.99 Smoked Margarita Omelet       
$10.99 Chicken Lemon Artichoke Omelet                                     
$10.59 Prosciutto & Avocado Eggs Benedict                                             
$9.59 Caramel Roasted Almonds French Toast                                   
$9.59 Nutella & Berry Blend French Toast                                         
$9.59 Strawberry Chocolate Pancakes

Parking Directions
Heading South on Rt 126
: Right on Park Street, Left on Franklin Street, Left into Howard/Concord Lot  
Heading North on 126: Right on Howard Street, Left into Howard/Concord Lot
Pueblito Paisa
Pueblito Paisa - 66 Hollis Street

Specials:   
$10.00 Bandeja Paisa                        
$10.00 Sudao con Carne de Res

Parking Directions
Heading North on Rt 126
:  Left on Hollis Court, Right into Hollis Court Lot  
Heading South on Rt 126:  Right on Hollis Court, Right into Hollis Court Lot
RR6 Kitchen and Bar
RR6 Kitchen & Bar - 398 Waverly Street

Specials:   
$1.00 Taco Tuesdays (chicken/steak/pork) with beverage purchase
$0.75 Wing Wednesday with beverage purchase
$2.99 Cheese Quesadilla with beverage purchase

Parking Directions:  
From Rt 135 - Turn on South Street and park on odd-numbered side   
Heading South on Rt 126: Right on Park Street, Left on Franklin Street, Left into Howard/Concord Streets Lot 
Heading North on 126: Right on Howard Street, Left into Howard/Concord Streets Lot
El Mariachi
El Mariachi - 358 Waverly Street

Specials: 
$11.99 Tamal/Taco el Pastor          
$11.99 Giant Port Burrito            
$11.99 3 Soft Tacos el Pastor
$12.99 Triple Enchiladas (green/chipotle) served with rice and beans

Parking: On site
Taqueria Mexico
Taqeuria Mexico - 40 Concord Street

Discount:   FREE APPETIZER when you spend $30.00 on food (excludes purchase of alcoholic beverages)!

Parking Directions
Heading South on Rt 126
: Right on Park Street, Left on Franklin Street, Left into Howard/Concord Streets Lot  
Heading North on Rt 126: Right on Howard Street, Left into Howard/Concord Streets Lot

Robust calendar of arts & entertainment!

LOCAL ART GALLERIES OPEN THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
 
The Annual Open Arts Juried Show at Amazing Things Art Center | 160 Hollis Street 
Tuesday through Friday 12 pm - 6 pm
Tuesday through Friday 8 pm - 10 pm

Framingham Contemporary Artists Group Gallery at Springdale Beer | 102 Clinton St
Thursday  4 pm – 10 pm
Friday  12 pm – 11 pm
Saturday  11:30 am – 11 pm
Sunday  2:00 pm – 9 pm

Tuesday, October 17

Wednesday, October 18

Thursday, October 19

Friday, October 20

Saturday, October 21

Sunday, October 22

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DOWNTOWN DIGEST - OCTOBER 2017
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SAVE THE DATE

Ticket details coming soon!
 

MAKING IT HAPPEN

Here is the first bracket sign in decades thanks to the Town of Framingham's Sign and Facade Improvement Program!

UPDATE: PARTNERING FOR RESULTS

 
Since July 2017,  we've established a strong working relationship with Verizon.  One by one, we're working together through open, frequent communications to improve our downtown utility poles.  Check out the evolution of two utility poles at the intersection of Franklin and Park streets.
 

CALL TO ARTISTS!

 

MEET THE BOARD

Meet our team of dedicated activists who champion our businesses and community!
 
Executive Board

President Michael Gatlin, Esq
Attorney-at-Law based in Framingham
Chair, Economic Development Industrial Corporation

+ Vice President Marlene Aron                                                                                                                                  Senior Broker, MetroWest Commercial Real Estate

Treasurer Phil Altman
Financial assistant, CertaPro Painters

Clerk Anne O'Connel
Coordinator of Literacy Unlimited, Framingham Public Library


 
Board Directors

Colleen Coyne                                                                                                                                                           Associate Professor, Framingham State University

Julie Ginn                                                                                                           
Career Services, MassBay Community College

Dr. Dale Hamel, PhD
Executive Vice President, Framingham State University

Erin Hayes / Ian Barrett
CEO and Producer, MediaBoss / Creative Director, MediaBoss

Jack Hendler
Co-owner and Head Brewer, Jack's Abby Brewing

Dr. Sumbul Naqvi                                                                                                           
Owner, Atlantis Dental

Tiago Prado
CEO, BRZ Insurance

Brandale Randolph                                                                                                       
Owner, 1854 Cycling Company

Ellen Sturgis                                                                                                                 
Executive Director, Amazing Things Art Center

Amy Weader                                                                                                                       
Artist, Fountain Street Open Studios

+ ex officio (Non-voting Member)
LT Robert Downing, Framingham Police Department

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1)  Summer Survey results are here! 

2)  Downtown Framingham Safety Meeting 

On Monday, September 18th, residents, business owners, property owners, and property managers came together as professionals to define issues, generate realistic solutions, and formulate an implementation timeline.  Special thanks to Ian Barrett, Creative Director at MediaBoss, for facilitating the discussion.  The Framingham Downtown Renaissance will make all efforts to secure additional grant funding to implement safety infrastructure and outreach services.   We are grateful to the Town of Framingham, including the Framingham Police Department, Department of Public Works, and the Health Department for their ongoing support and collaboration in shaping a welcoming, vibrant downtown.   Thank you to Sofa Cafe to staying open late for us, too!



3)  One-day Social Media Bootcamp presented by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts and MediaBoss!

On Thursday, September 14th, business owners gathered at the Springdale Beer Barrel Room to learn about the vital importance of competing online through social media marketing and photography.   The instruction covered tips for various social media platforms along with photography hacks for producing great shots on a budget.   The FREE program also included lunch, snacks, and a complimentary beverage! 
 

EXCITING UPCOMING EVENTS

Mark your calendars for our big events this October!
Lyft presents Downtown Framingham Restaurant Week

October 16 - 22  - select restaurants and cafes will have specials, discounts, and programming to keep you happy and entertained all week long!  

Downtown Framingham Restaurant Week is presented by Lyft, our exclusive rideshare partner. Leave your car at home and get 10% off a ride to or from participating restaurants this week using code FRAMRESTAURANTS.




Lyft presents Zombie Pub Crawl
Friday, October 27th 

Lyft is your ride to the Zombie Pub Crawl. Enter coupon code SPRINGDALE17 to get 25% off your ride on October 27th. Remember to drink responsibly and leave your car at home!  The Lyft cross promo can be used across all platforms.

Get ghoulish as your find your way from Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company to Depot 417 to Springdale Beer Barrel Room, where you'll find yourself creeped-out in a haunted barrel house!  Get ready now for the costume contest!

6 pm - 7 pm    Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company
7 pm - 8 pm    DEPOT 417 
8 pm - 11 pm  Springdale Beer Party & Costume Contest

Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions will Pop-Up to provide spooky meat treats at Springdale Beer.  Costumes are encouraged but faces must be visible for ID purposes (no masks please).   Oath Craft Pizza Truck will be serving at Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company, and Mike Gent of the Figgs will be performing live in the brewery at Exhibit 'A'. 

COMMUNITY EVENT BOARD

So many great upcoming events in downtown Framingham! 

SPONSOR FHS - EVENING WITH THE ARTS


Click here to advertise your business!  Complete and return the application by October 13th!
 PARTNER EVENTS THROUGHOUT FRAMINGHAM:

- Community Festival and Farm Celebration with Framingham Community Farm
October 7th from 12 pm - 3pm     Edwards Church

 

Bring Your Own Bag


Be a BYOB role model by carrying reusable bags with you wherever you go! 
Get the scoop on Framingham's new bylaw and policy change coming in 2018!

SMALL BUSINESS ACTIVITY

Investing in a thriving downtown!

Alira Health (1 Grant Street) CEO, Gabriele Brambilla, spoke at the Town of Framingham's Life Sciences Sector panel on September 13.

- Amazing Things Art Center  (160 Hollis Street) has been collecting donations at its shows for hurricane victims.  

- CORE Fitness (84 Concord) has held a Zumba Sports night, where you can exercise in your favorite fan gear!

- Deluxe Depot Diner changed its "doing business as" to Depot 417, retaining much of the same ownership but introducing new management with a new menu full of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients

- Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co. (81 Morton Street) celebrated its one-year anniversary on September 9th!  Here's to many more birthdays!


- Jack's Abby (100 Clinton Street) released its Post Shift Pilsner!  #noworkingduringdrinkinghours

Motion and Energy, INC NAPA Framingham (113 Irving Street) started construction on NAPA Framingham HD

- Shining Stars Preschool (214 Concord Street) just opened and is enrolling students 

- Sofa Cafe (181 Concord) held a Roastery Open House on September 29

- Springdale Beer Barrel Room (102 Clinton) introduced its maple, barrel-aged brigadeiros, which is akin to a popular Brazilian Candy, a soft chocolate caramel  

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Build your career in downtown Framingham!
 
- Alira Health - Various jobs and Internships

- Depot 417 - Various positions

- Jack's Abby - 13+ positions


- NE Logistics Systems, LLC - Office Administrator 

GO DOWNTOWN & GET ENTERTAINED

Great arts, entertainment, and wellness activites to support our growing social scene!
 

TIME FOR GRATITUDE

Making a difference - one dollar at a time!
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has committed financial resources to bring Downtown Framingham into 2018 with support to execute more programming and placemaking initiatives that aim to increase the quality of life for our residents, workers, and visitors.  We're extremely indebted to the MutualOne Charitable Foundation for all of their work throughout the MetroWest, Framingham, and our Downtown Framingham community! 
We take safety seriously, and Avidia Bank is supporting our efforts to create a safer, more welcoming environment in our colorful, walkable urban core. Through coordination with the Framingham Police Department and Department of Public Works, we will soon be installing a high-definition 360 degree camera into our downtown! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Through ride-share apps like Lyft, downtown Framingham will have more people car-pooling and fewer people looking for parking spaces.  Lyft has been a huge supporter of our Summer Haze and College  Underground events.  Ride-sharing not only reduces CO2 emissions and brake pad debris, but it also de-congests our road ways which makes travel much safer for our pedestrians and cyclists.   We are so thankful to Lyft for sponsoring our events and helping us bring our dreams into reality!
The Bullard Building, LLC has provided the Framingham Downtown Renaissance two financial donations this year.   We are honored by this team's faith in our mission and support of our initiatives that strive to demonstrate positive tangible outputs for the community.

THE SCENE DOWNTOWN

You shoulda been there!
The Framingham Downtown Renaissance discussed its mission, objectives, and upcoming projects on September 1st at the Framingham Public Library's Brown Bag series.

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Harvest Walk Friday, September 29th - 7 pm

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Harvest Walk 
   Friday, September 29th 
embark on your next social adventure

How to Harvest Walk

  1. Get plenty of sleep on Thursday night
  2. Get ready to build social capital in our walkable, friendly downtown
  3. Relax with others without any pressure to drink or spend
  4. Learn three new names by the end of the night
  5. Be a walking advocate
  6. Leave your car at home and ride Lyft, which is offering two $5.00 rides to all new users with code FRAMINGHAMMA
Harvest Walk
Get to know the locals who bring the 'Harvest Walk' to life!

here's your harvest walk line-up

7 PM

    Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company 
         81 Morton Street  


 

 

8 PM

Springdale Beer Barrel Room
    102 Clinton Street       


 

 

9 PM

    Pho Dakao  
    101 Concord Street 

  • Live Jazz!  Who Dat Band
  • Interactive community board


 

 

10 PM

Taqueria Mexico
40 Concord Street

  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with complimentary appetizers
  • Who will be the Harvest Walk superstar?

 

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$5.00
  • Adventure passport
  • Collectible Harvest Walk coaster
  • Complimentary appetizers at Taqueria Mexico
  • Chance to win a shirt from your favorite spot*
  • Fun social games at each location
 
* ticket-holders who attend ALL stops get a chance to win a shirt from their favorite Harvest Walk spot (where available)
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Please join Sofa Cafe for its Roastery Open House

Sofá Café kindly invites all clients, neighbors, and friends to come see firsthand our new roasting system and taste coffees from Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, ALL roasted in-house.
Amazing Things Art Center presents:  Boston Soul Revue
Friday, September 29th      8 pm      160 Hollis Street

The Boston Soul Revue takes you on a musical journey, tracing the roots of this uniquely American art form from the Blues, the early music of Ray Charles, on to the Doo Wop beginnings of the James Brown and the origins of Funk, then Memphis Soul featuring classics by Aretha, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, and Sam and Dave.
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Update - Downtown Safety Meeting 9/18 at 6 pm

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*DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY SAFETY MEETING*
Monday, September 18th        6 pm - 8pm
Sofa Cafe  181 Concord Street

The Framingham Downtown Renaissance is hosting a Downtown Community Safety Meeting with the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition, downtown residents, and fellow community activists.  The meeting will be issue-based and solutions-driven.

- Downtown workers, residents, and property owners can register to testify here.   We'll be going live from Sofa Cafe to share our experiences and define steps to create a safer, more welcoming environment. 
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Sept Board Meeting & 9/18 Safety Meeting

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Public Board Meeting       Thursday, September 14 at 8:00 AM 
Memorial Building - Ablondi Room (West Entrance) 
150 Concord Street Framingham, MA 01702
- Hear from our sub-committees 
- Stay tuned for our 2018 plans
- Discover our progress on public policy initiatives
- Stay informed on signature events
*DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY SAFETY MEETING*
Monday, September 18th        6 pm - 8pm
Memorial Building - Albondi Room  150 Concord Street

The Framingham Downtown Renaissance is hosting a Downtown Community Safety Meeting that will be comprised of a panel of town leaders, to include the Town Manager, Chief of Police, Director of Highway and Sanitation, and Executive Director of the Downtown Renaissance.  The meeting will be issue-based and solutions-driven (not a forum for political candidates).

- Downtown workers, residents, and property owners can register to testify here.

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LEADING THE WAY

Brandale + Tiago:  Be the Change you Want to See
Brandale Randolph, owner and operator at the 1854 Cycling Company, and Tiago Prado, CEO at the recently opened BRZ Insurance, are new downtown business leaders that also serve on the Board of Directors for the Framingham Downtown Renaissance.  We're excited to bring their vision straight to you!




Why Downtown Framingham? This month, FDR spoke with local business leaders to hear why they chose Framingham and what they hope to see in the future.

We spoke with Tiago Prado, co-founder of BRZ insurance, in his modern glass-box meeting room at 107 Concord Street to find out why he chose Framingham for his new business.

Tiago:  “Well, first diversity was a key factor. A large percentage of the population speaks a language other than English at home, and that’s our target market.  The second was affordability. And third was the connection with the town.  My partner and his family, they’ve been here for 20 plus years.”

Framingham is home to a diverse population, something Brandale Randolph and his wife noticed when they were deciding on a home.

Brandale:  “We chose to live here because, when we were looking through all of the towns… when we looked at the schools, their websites had more diversity in the kids that were represented. I couldn’t quite get with a town that didn’t celebrate its diversity.   I would rather be in a town that doesn’t hide from it.”

Framingham’s diverse population requires companies and services to be creative to make the most of citizens’ unique backgrounds and lifestyles.  What do Tiago and Brandale’s businesses bring to the unique population in Framingham? Education.

Tiago:  “We don’t see ourselves as insurance sales people - we’re risk managers.  It’s different - we help our clients to manage their exposures.  The only way you can do that is by educating them so they can actually understand what they’re exposed to."

For Brandale, the Federal Women’s Prison in Framingham has become his outlet to educate.

Brandale: “Here are skilled women who don’t necessarily get a chance to re-enter society in a positive way, and let’s train them to give skilled labor, because even if they don’t work for me making bicycles, we’ve now embedded some sort of confidence prior to their release. So when they go back to the job market, then they do have the confidence that they can perform more than just a menial task."

So, what do Tiago and Brandale see for the future of Framingham? For Tiago, 2027 was a little too far-fetched.

Tiago:  “I think it’s really hard to look out 10, 20, or 30 years.   I think it’s better to look ahead five years. I think there will be an improvement to the facades and the stores. I think there will be a store rotation.   And I think there will be businesses that will no longer be around due to technology, unfortunately.”

For Brandale, downtown’s future was very clear, and very green…

Brandale:  “I see Framingham as one of those places where we can innovate in ways that other towns and cities…. are not able to… because they made the decision to become a city before we had advanced technology.  For instance, I see downtown Framingham as a place that’s going to have access to Smart Streets. We could have the Vision Zero that Boston’s trying to implement right now. We could have solar powered streets, or streets that are accessible to driverless cars.   I believe we’ll be able to get there faster because we’re getting there just now, instead of trying to get there years ago before a lot of things had been invented… Framingham is a clean slate.”

- interviews conducted by Shanleigh Reardon, senior Framingham State University

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Our three-member team recently met individually with our downtown businesses, and the following matters were expressed as most important:
- ease of customer parking through improved wayfinding
- promoting an enhanced environment for patrons, specifically in Irving Square
- sign and facade updates
- facilitating RamCash vending

Register today for FREE upcoming training for our downtown small businesses:

Demystify social media and digital marketing - FREE one-day seminar hosted by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts                                                           
   Thursday, September 14th  9 am - 4 pm 
   Springdale Beer Barrel Room  102 Clinton Street

Sometimes supporting businesses simply means being a friendly sidewalk greeter.  On a nice day, #SittingOutForSolidarity can be very rewarding!


 

PARTNERING FOR RESULTS

 
Over the past month, we've established a strong working relationship with Verizon.  One by one, we're working together through open, frequent communications to improve our downtown utility poles.  The pole below is adjacent to the Arlington Street Park.
 

PRODUCE SECURE

Get healthy - walk to the store, buy fruits & veggies, and then walk back home!
The downtown community is lucky!  Residents can simply walk to the grocery store, pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, and then walk back home.  Many own small push carts that are perfect for trips to the market.  This activity reduces traffic congestion and cuts down on pollution and the use of fossil fuels.  

Here is a snapshot of our produce offerings:

1) El Pikante Foods (530 Waverly Street and 40 Union Avenue)
2) Tesoro Supermarket (80 Hollis Street)
3) Seabra Foods (208 Waverly Street)
4) Brothers Meat Market (113 Irving Street)
5) Casa de Carnes (125 Howard Street)


 

EXCITING UPCOMING EVENTS

Mark your calendars for our FOUR big events this September!
Boutique Blitz and Cultural Tour with Gallery 160 Party
Saturday, September 9th | 4:15 pm - 10:00 pm
Tickets: 1 for $10.00 or 2 for $15.00

Lyft presents College Underground & Nightfall Buffet
Friday, September 15th | 9 pm - 12 am

-  College Students! Register today for the $5.00 nightfall buffet
-  Relish a night filled with friends, games, prizes and great music! Use Lyft code COLLEGEUNDERGROUND to get $10.00 off your ride!

Harvest Walk
Friday, September 29 | 7 pm - 11 pm

- Register today for our fun-filled, community building adventure! 
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You won't believe all the awesome things you'll receive throughout the night!

COMMUNITY EVENT BOARD

So many great upcoming events in downtown Framingham! 
PARTNER EVENTS THROUGHOUT FRAMINGHAM:
 
- Sustainable with Style Fashion Show | September 23rd - 5 pm at Fireseed Arts

- Framingham Community Farm End-of-Season Event | October 7 afternoon     Edwards Church
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR!

SMALL BUSINESS ACTIVITY

Investing in a thriving downtown!
 
- Amazing Things Art Center holds its first new show on September 1st with Bill Staines

- BRZ Insurance (107 Concord) opened on August 7th!

- CORE Fitness (84 Concord) completed a Zumba demonstration at our Summer Haze

- Chang Express' (42 Concord) request for new facade improvements has been approved by the Mass Historical Commission

- Deluxe Depot Diner was featured on our Cafe Crawl and Summer Haze Fab Five Food Fest

- El Mariachi (358 Waverly) unveiled its all-day breakfast menu

- Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co. (81 Morton Street) hosted its first Summer Breeze Beer Garden


- Frescafe (82 Concord) just installed new tables and was featured on our Cafe Crawl and Summer Haze Fab Five Food Fest

- J
ack's Abby (100 Clinton) unleashed a social media campaign featuring its Copper Legend and #honortodayslegends

- Mega Realty (16 Union Ave) and the new MMA / Jiu Jitsu Studio (12 Concord) are in the midst of serious internal demolitions

- Padaria Brasil Bakery (165 Concord Street) introduced its hand-scooped ice cream and participated in our Cafe Crawl

- Sabor de Casa (40 Hollis Street) supported the Fab Five Food Fest at our Summer Haze 

- Shining Stars Preschool (214 Concord Street) just opened and is enrolling students for the new school year.

- Sofa Cafe (181 Concord) supported our Cafe Crawl and Fab Five Food Fest at the Summer Haze

- Springdale Beer Barrel Room (102 Clinton) introduced its Cerebus 5000 system.

- Sweet Home Furniture is coming soon to 145 Concord Street

- Tropical Cafe (85 Hollis Street) supported our Cafe Crawl and is looking to expand its capacity to support larger entertainment shows

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Build your career in downtown Framingham!
 
- Sofa Cafe - Barista

- Deluxe Depot Diner - 417 Waverly Street 

- Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company - 81 Morton Street 

- Jack's Abby - 100 Clinton Street (16 positions)

GO DOWNTOWN & GET ENTERTAINED

Great arts, entertainment, and wellness activites to support our growing social scene!
 

MONTHLY AMBASSADOR

It's on us!


"I think it's important to support downtown Framingham because it's my town. I like the diversity there. I like the restaurants and bakeries. I want the businesses to succeed. I'm happy with the improvements and investment we are making in downtown. I think a more successful and vibrant downtown makes for a more successful and vibrant Framingham." - Marjorie Hansen

GIVING BACK TO OUR NEIGHBORS

Downtown Framingham champion Dan Borelli is working hard to repair the Ashland Memorial Healing Garden after it was vandalized. Please join Ashland Citizens Action Committee - Clean Up Ashland on September 9th for a tour of the garden and Superfund site to raise money to repair the damage done by vandalists.
 

TIME FOR GRATITUDE

Making a difference - one dollar at a time!
Through ride-share apps like Lyft, downtown Framingham will have more people car-pooling and fewer people looking for parking spaces.  These efforts not only reduce CO2 emissions and brake pad debris, but it also de-congests our road ways which makes travel much safer for our pedestrians and cyclists.   We are so thankful to Lyft for sponsoring our events and helping us bring our dreams into reality!
We take safety seriously, and Avidia Bank is supporting our efforts to create a safer, more welcoming environment in our colorful, walkable urban core. Through coordination with the Framingham Police Department and Department of Public Works, we will soon be installing a high-definition 360 degree camera into our downtown! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We're so grateful to Parks and Recreation for supporting our Summer Haze park party by providing trash cans and picnic tables.  Thank you for meeting with us and brainstorming ways to make this event fun and successful during its first year.  Also, thank you for helping to make the Summer Breeze Beer Garden a reality.  We were able to host a fun and safe time for the families in downtown Framingham, and we cannot wait to use Gallagher Park for future programming.
Thank you to the Framingham Department of Public Works for providing road barriers for the Summer Haze Park Party and police barriers for the Summer Breeze Beer Garden.  We saved so much money through your materials and hard labor.   We don't take these contributions lightly, and we are forever indebted to all the support you have shown us all year long.  Thank you again for being a reliable partner for downtown Framingham's community growth!
Thank you to Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company for hosting the Summer Breeze Beer Garden with an immediate "yes"!   Also, thank you for contributing proceeds back to our organization so we can continue our important mission.  We're so thankful to have you as a downtown business leader!
Diane Pabst provided a donation toward our public arts scene that will be matched through her employer! THANK YOU SO MUCH!  We're so thrilled to start adding more splashes of artistic color to our downtown!
We're so grateful to TITLE Boxing Club for supporting our recent Summer Haze park party at Gallagher Park.  It was so rewarding to spend the day with them as we work hard to promote and use our green space in downtown Framingham!  We can't wait to do it again!
Thank you to Michael P. Cannon & Associates for helping to sponsor both the Cafe Crawl and the Summer Haze.  We're so grateful for your unwavering belief in our ongoing and highly complex initiatives. We can't wait to bring our community together on more occasions! 
Dr. Sumbul Naqvi from Atlantis Dental is a true community player! Not only does she sit on the Framingham Downtown Renaissance Board of Directors, but she also actively works on our Downtown Framingham Business Coalition.  We appreciate your time and financial support of the Summer Haze!
Thank you to Bill Lynch for supporting our downtown Framingham party, Summer Haze, at Gallagher Park.  It was a gorgeous day, and your friends and facepainters really contributed to the community spirit!  

THE SCENE DOWNTOWN

You shoulda been there!

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Downtown Day is Sunday, August 20th (make-up August 27th)
Spurring Growth in the Urban Core
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     SUNDAY AUGUST 20, 2017  ~  DOWNTOWN DOUBLE HEADER
 
Cafe Crawl with History & Architecture Tour  9:30 am

Summer Haze with Summer Breeze Beer Garden  1 pm - 5 pm
 
hosted by the Framingham Downtown Renaissance
The presenting sponsor of Summer Haze is Lyft, the app that matches local drivers to passengers at the tap of a button.

- New Lyft riders can get up to $10 in free Lyft credit by downloading the Lyft app on our website (HERE) or by entering the code SUMMERHAZE before taking your first ride.

- You can leave your car at home and get a ride to Summer Haze in minutes with Lyft!
Tickets: 1 for $10 or 2 for $15.00    
     -  Each ticket includes a commemorative coaster, t-shirt, and reusable shop small bag!  
     -  Savor bites at 8 cafes while taking in our great history and architecture!  
     -  Review the
tour route and recommended parking map
These talented, friendly, and hard-working folks are eager to meet you on our Cafe Crawl!
Catch a glimpse of all the action that we have prepared for our Summer Haze and Summer Breeze Beer Garden!  There is no better time to embrace your inner dork!
Tickets: 1 for $10.00 or 2 for $15.00
- Winning team receives 30% of the registration fees
- Hosted by Wicked Cornhole
Taste delicacies from five downtown eateries, including three 2017 newcomers.
Enjoy your food inside the adjacent Summer Breeze Beer Garden.
Tickets: 1 for $30 
- Our world-class, local mural artist Sorin Bica will provide individual guidance for a tailored painting experience on the scenic Gleason Pond waterfront
- Ticket includes cost of all supplies and instructions
 
We're so thrilled to have CORE Fitness put on its fabulous ZUMBA demonstration!  Get motivated and burn a few calories at the Summer Haze!

No on-site parking, so take LYFT

or walk, cycle, skateboard, run, skip, rollerblade...

Get $10 in Lyft credit with code SUMMERHAZE

MEET OUR
 LOCAL SPONSORS

Dr. Sumbul Naqvi (center) leads Atlantis Dental at 118 Concord Street.  Dr. Naqvi chose to sponsor Summer Haze because she champions open space protection and access to clean water. Be sure to visit the Atlantis Dental booth!
Bill has lived in Framingham for more than 40 years.  He and his family are excited to sponsor the Summer Haze, and they will bring a few of their own exciting surprise activities to the park!  

IN-KIND SUPPORT GOES A LONG WAY!

Manny and John are the brothers that keep downtown Framingham produce-secure with their expansive selection of fruits and vegetables at Tesoro Supermarket at 80 Hollis Street.  Stop by their table to stay happy, healthy, and hydrated!
These organizations and businesses are providing needed tables and canopies:

Graphic Design Support and Sound System provided by:

Richard Hudson of Tetra Tech
Become a Summer Haze sponsor today!
It turns out that security on a Sunday is pretty expensive, but we recognize the high value and need for events just like these in our diverse downtown.  
 

MARK ALL YOUR CALENDARS

September is chock full of excitement!  Web links coming soon!
THANK YOU FOR JOINING
the great downtown revitalization! 
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