Holiday Stroll & Downtown Celebration

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  • Build community on this four-hour adventure through downtown Framingham
  • Post your simple "acts of kindness" ideas for 2018 on our holiday tree
  • Figure out others' aspirations through our social interaction game
  • Show off your unique stroll swag at each venue! 
  • The holiday gear winner will win a t-shirt from his/her favorite venue
  • Vote on the best storefront window decorations, too!  
  • Try tasty complimentary apps at El Mariachi
  • Remember - there is zero pressure to drink or even spend money at every venue!

> 7 pm Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co   81 Morton Street

 

> 8 pm Springdale Barrel Room   102 Clinton Street
 

> 9 pm El Mariachi   358 Waverly Street
 

> 10 pm Pho Dakao   101 Concord Street
park at the Howard / Concord Streets lot


Downtown Celebration Tickets
La Cantina 911 Waverly Street 6 pm - 10 pm
                

It's time to come together and celebrate 2017 - a year full of business and community accomplishments!

Esteemed attendees include our elected leaders along with many non-profit directors and our small business champions!

  • Sign and facade improvements
  • Business milestones and expansions
  • New businesses
  • Green space enhancements
  • Community events and faith-based missions
  • Achievements in arts and culture

Whether you're a private citizen or business leader, ticket holders will receive great benefits, including paid social media marketing and complimentary passes to 2018 events!
 
  • Networking coaches
  • Live Sketch Artist
  • Silent Auction
  • Photo Timeline
  • Celebrate our 2017 Downtown Hero!  
It’s Brunch Time at Depot 417
Take a break from holiday shopping and visit  Depot 417 this weekend for the best Brunch around! Mention this add and get a $15 Gift Certificate for your next visit!
7th Annual Downtown Framingham Holiday Storefront Window Decorating Contest
                             

Wait - the voting isn't over! 
-  Throughout the month, we will upload storefront window displays from our downtown businesses. 
-  You, the people, can vote online for your favorites starting December 15th through January 5thOur esteemed panel of Celebrity Judges will decide the best overall.
-  Winners will be announced at a January City Council meeting, and winners will receive complimentary paid social media marketing!

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Downtown Artisan Market

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Come meet our local artisans and business leaders in the vibrant Springdale Beer barrel room.  Your last-minute shopping will be fun with the surrounding games and art gallery presented by the Framingham Contemporary Artists Group.  Each vendor is paired with a unique Springdale brew!

> Fair Trade Caravans

FairTrade Caravans is a social enterprise that educates about and sells fair trade products through fundraising events for schools and nonprofits.

This exhibit includes fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, honey and quilling cards. Also, 25% of sales will be donated back to the Framingham Downtown Renaissance!

Pair it with The Groni

> 1854 Cycling pays homage to the Abolitionist movement in Framingham's own Harmony Grove, where activists like Henry David Thoreau, William Lloyd Garrison, and Sojourner Truth gathered in 1854.  Proceeds help end cycles of poverty among formerly incarcerated.  

* Pair it with Good n' You?

> Venezuelan Artist Franklin Marval lives in Boston and works as an art teacher at the Boston Day and Evening Academy in Roxbury, MA.  He is intrigued by colors and shapes, which create situations similar to human behavior, events of nature, and the observation of reality.

* Pair it with Suspended Animation

> Sweet Suds from Melissa has soaps to meet your changing mood or season!  Reward your loved ones with these amazing hand-crafted gifts!

* Pair it with Desert Solitaire

> MW Knits offers uniquely colorful creations.  Amy Weader is a well-known artist and clerk of Framingham's former Fountain Street Studios.  Come meet Amy and check out her wonderful, eye-popping collection!

* Pair it with Fresh Boysen

> Brookfield Candle Company is home-based out of Framingham and creates triple-scented, handmade candles. Each candle is made to order using 100% all natural renewable soy wax. Only the finest uncut, undiluted oils are used.  Stop  by and say hello to Karen!

* Pair it with Poive Raz

 

> Susie Rich is an author of children's books and a social worker

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Susie has spent her career working in the social work/homelessness prevention field. She has written great children's books and resides near Boston with her family.  Please stop by to meet her and pick up some empowering books for kids.

* Pair it with Where Am I?

 

 

> Welcome to School of Rock, where students learn to rock their worlds.

School of Rock has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rock-star status.

* Pair it with Proper Daft.

 

 

 

> Visit Cheryl's Knits, from our very own local Framingham knitter!

Cheryl makes her keep by delivering you this wonderful, stylish gear to help you stay warm in the colder months!  Gift your family and reward Cheryl for all her hard work! 

* Pair it with Between the Clouds

 

 

 

 

> Toy Trucks and Succulents from Nicole will not disappoint!

These memorable, vintage items will help you make an impressive mark upon your friends and family.  Stop by Nicole's table to see what the commotion is all about!

* Pair it with Ein Dussel

 

> If you're into trend-setting style, Janine's Jewels is your go-to stop. 

Janine creates  pieces to help you capture current milestones and express special memories! 

* Pair it with YAWP

> Hand-knits by Jackie includes hats and accessories made from wool, alpaca and other luxury yarns.  Stop by this table to see what coziness is all about!

* Pair it with Pearly

 

> Jensine Casey's LuLaRoe Collection includes comfortable clothing in tons of patterns that are shaped into styles that flatter!


* Pair it with Isosceles #1

> Don't let the holiday stress aggravate your body. 

Framingham's
Chiropractic Solutions is offering much-need complimentary screenings for our holiday shoppers!

* Pair it with Good N'You?

 

> Atlantis Dental's team knows that oral hygiene is important during all months, especially the holiday season.  Stop by to visit this hard-working team that proudly represents downtown Framingham.  Care kits will be available for everyone!

* Pair it with Nectarine Berliner Weisse

> Munro Market

You won't want to miss this eclectic handmade and vintage home decor. It's a mix of funky plants, where mid-century inspired meets boho vibe. Please check out this Instagram for a sneak peak @munromarket!

* Pair it with Briagdeiro

 

> Still Dead Illustrations

Still Dead illustrations is the artwork of MA-based illustrator Melanie Christopher. She offers illustrations, paintings, prints, and more! Melanie is also available for custom artwork and freelance opportunities.  You will be blown away!

*Pair it with Grand Cru

 

 

> Jewelinga Designs

You're in store for jewelry made out of semi-precious stones and sterling silver, hat pieces, hand-made leather roses, and wristlets/wallets.  Stop by to say hello to Inga!

* Pair it with Suspended Animation

> Red Castle Beer Soap

Home-court advantage goes to Red Castle Beer Soap!  This beer soap is made by hand in the traditional cold process method, and it is the perfect stocking stuffer!

* Pair it with Between the Clouds

> New England Pallet Guy

Get sustainable with the New England Pallet Guy.  Here, you'll find hand-crafted custom furniture and decor made out of pallet wood and recycled reclaimed wood!

* Pair it with Proper Daft

 

Holiday Stroll   7 pm - 11 pm
                

Get to know your community on this four-hour adventure through downtown Framingham!  Learn about others' passions and aspirations this holiday season while you partake in our fun holiday games and show off your unique stroll swag!  We'll announce the holiday gear winner and help you vote on the best storefront window decorations, too!  Remember - there is zero pressure to drink or even spend money at every venue!

Downtown Celebration   
La Cantina 911 Waverly Street 6 pm - 10 pm
Tickets

                

It's time to come together and celebrate 2017 - a year full of business and community accomplishments!

  • Sign and facade improvements
  • Business milestones and expansions
  • New businesses
  • Green space enhancements
  • Community events and faith-based missions
  • Achievements in arts and culture
Whether you're a private citizen or business leader, ticket holders will receive great benefits, including paid social media marketing and complimentary passes to 2018 events!
7th Annual Downtown Framingham Holiday Storefront Window Decorating Contest
                             

Wait - the voting isn't over!  Throughout the month, we will upload storefront window displays from our downtown businesses.  You, the people, can vote online for your favorites!  Our esteemed panel of Celebrity Judges will decide the best overall. Stay tuned for more voting news!  Winners will be announced at a January City Council meeting, and winners will receive complimentary paid social media marketing!

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2017 Downtown Holiday Event Guide

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Voices of MetroWest presents Totally 90s
214 Concord Street  Fri 7:30 pm  Sat 3:00 pm                               
Voices of MetroWest presents this spectacular concert dedicated to the '90s, complete with Nirvana, Boy Bands, Britney Spears, and more!  Proceeds help support the Framingham Downtown Renaissance!  Get your tickets now!
Morton Street Gallery Opening 
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co.  6:00pm - 8:00pm                                    

Embrace the new collaboration between Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co. and Amazing Things Arts Center as they unveil the Morton Street Gallery!  This gallery will feature local artists with a unique style well suited to the brewery environment. The gallery will be curated and juried by Amazing Things and Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co.!  On-site parking at 81 Morton St.

Holiday Ornaments Workshop
Community Kiln 46 Park Street Suite 3 1:00pm - 4:00pm                           

Create holiday ornaments or ceramic gift tags using clay, all while learning basic hand-building techniques.  Tuition includes all materials and firing. Finished artworks can be picked up 3 weeks after the workshop.  Ages 5 to 15.  Advance registration required; price is per person so register anyone planning to create something.

26th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nevins Hall 150 Concord Street  5:45pm                             

Musical performances will be provided by Framingham Public Schools and the Framingham Girl Scouts. There will be face painting, cookies and hot chocolate. Children and families can have their photograph taken with Santa for a dollar and a free book will be provided to each child. 

Howard Street Studios -  First Open Studios
162 Howard Street (second floor)  12:00pm - 5:00pm                      

You'll be amazed at the gleaming floors and eight beautiful studios.  Come meet eight friendly artists in their own domain.  Balloons will mark the entrance to the second floor.

Community Kiln Holiday Sale & Open House
46 Park Street Suite 3   9:30am - 4:00pm                             

Celebrate the Season with Community Kiln! Come visit the studio and purchase one of a kind gifts for yourself and loved ones. There will be an abundance of sculptural and functional ceramics for sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Community Kiln's scholarship program. 

Paints and Pints 
Springdale Beer 102 Clinton  Street   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm                     

At Paint and Pints, have fun, sip a beer and take home your masterpiece. All materials will be provided in this Winter Themed Edition!  Tickets are $40 and include instructions, all materials for your masterpiece and one Springdale beer.

Holiday Stroll   7 pm - 11 pm
                

Get to know your community on this four-hour adventure through downtown Framingham!  Learn about others' passions and aspirations this holiday season while you partake in our fun holiday games and show off your unique stroll swag!  We'll announce the holiday gear winner and help you vote on the best storefront window decorations, too!  Remember - there is zero pressure to drink or even spend money at every venue!

Downtown Artisan Market 
Springdale Beer 102 Clinton Street 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
                

Each select vendor has been paired with a specialty brew from Springdale Beer.  Intrigued?  Check out more here!  

> 1854 Cycling pays homage to the Abolitionist movement in Framingham's own Harmony Grove, where activists like Henry David Thoreau, William Lloyd Garrison, and Sojourner Truth gathered in 1854.  Proceeds help end cycles of poverty among formerly incarcerated.  

* Pair it with Really, Though



> Venezuelan Artist Franklin Marval lives in Boston and works as an art teacher at the Boston Day and Evening Academy in Roxbury, MA.  He is intrigued by colors and shapes, which create situations similar to human behavior, events of nature, and the observation of reality.

* Pair it with Suspended Animation



> Sweet Suds from Melissa has soaps to meet your changing mood or season!  Reward your loved ones with these amazing hand-crafted gifts!

* Pair it with Desert Solitaire



> MW Knits offers uniquely colorful creations.  Amy Weader is a well-known artist and clerk of Framingham's former Fountain Street Studios.  Come meet Amy and check out her wonderful, eye-popping collection!

* Pair it with Fresh Boysen



> Brookfield Candle Company is home-based out of Framingham and creates triple-scented, handmade candles. Each candle is made to order using 100% all natural renewable soy wax. Only the finest uncut, undiluted oils are used.  Stop  by and say hello to Karen!

* Pair it with Poive Raz



> Susie Rich is an author of children's books and social worker

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Susie has spent her career working in the social work/homelessness prevention field. She has written great children's books and resides near Boston with her family.  Please stop by to meet her.

* Pair it with On the Contrary



> Welcome to School of Rock, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock has  the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rock-star status.

* Pair it with You had to be There


> Visit Cheryl's Knits, from our very own local
Framingham knitter!

Cheryl makes her keep by delivering you this wonderful, stylish gear to help you stay warm in the colder months!  Gift your family and reward Cheryl for all her hard work! 

* Pair it with But I Digress


> Toy Trucks and Succulents from Nicole  will not disappoint! These memorable, vintage items will help you make an impressive mark upon your friends and family.  Stop by Nicole's table to see what the commotion is all about!

* Pair it with So Anyway


> If you're into trend-setting style, Janine's Jewels is your go-to stop.  Janine creates  pieces to help you capture current milestones and express special memories! 

* Pair it with Rhuby Bluesday


> Hand-knits by Jackie includes hats and accessories made from wool, alpaca and other luxury yarns.  Stop by this table to see what coziness is all about!

* Pair it with Just Sayin'


> Jensine Casey's LuLaRoe Collection will include comfortable clothing in tons of patterns that are shaped into styles that flatter!


* Pair it with Amirite?!
 


> Don't let the holiday stress aggravate your body.  Framingham's Chiropractic Solutions is offering much-need complimentary screenings for our holiday shoppers!

* Pair it with Good N'You?


> Atlantis Dental's team knows that oral hygiene is important during all months, especially the holiday season.  Stop by to visit this hard-working team that proudly represents downtown Framingham.  Care kits will be available for everyone!

* Pair it with Cobi Colada

 

Downtown Celebration   
La Cantina 911 Waverly Street 6 pm - 10 pm
Tickets

                

It's time to come together and celebrate 2017 - a year full of business and community accomplishments!

  • Sign and facade improvements
  • Business milestones and expansions
  • New businesses
  • Green space enhancements
  • Community events and faith-based missions
  • Achievements in arts and culture
Whether you're a private citizen or business leader, ticket holders will receive great benefits, including paid social media marketing and complimentary passes to 2018 events!
Shop with a Cop 
Target     400 Cochituate Road                   
           

Celebrate the holiday season and shop with a cop from the MetroWest! Return the application linked here by December 14th.  Approximately 100 children will be chosen, based on financial need or military parents currently deployed. Students that are accepted will be notified by phone or email no later than Thursday, December 14th.   
- Your child must be available on December 19, 2017
- Your child must be in kindergarten through 8th grade
- You must live in Middlesex County

Photos with Santa 
MetroPCS 26 Union Avenue  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm                                  

Get FREE, high-quality photos with Santa at MetroPCS located at 26 Union Avenue.  Be sure to bring your kids out and stop at one of our downtown restaurants afterward.

7th Annual Downtown Framingham Holiday Storefront Window Decorating Contest
                             

Wait - the voting isn't over!  Throughout the month, we will upload storefront window displays from our downtown businesses.  You, the people, can vote online for your favorites!  Our esteemed panel of Celebrity Judges will decide the best overall. Stay tuned for more voting news!  Winners will be announced at a January City Council meeting, and winners will receive complimentary paid social media marketing!

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Small Business Saturday Events, Promos and Reasons to Go Local

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Events - Promotions - Reasons to Shop Local!

> As you prepare for Small Business Saturday, we encourage stores and shoppers to consider using reusable shopping bags whenever possible.  Beginning on January 1, 2018, Framingham will join 55 other cities and towns in Massachusetts that have already enacted plastic bag reduction bylaws.  Please bring your own reusable shopping bags when shopping at all retail and grocery stores.  BYOBag shopping reduces waste and costs, helping both the environment as well as our local businesses.

Events - Small Business Saturday, November 25

> Holiday Market and Craft Fair at Amazing Things Art Center

Tax Advisor Grand Opening at 173 Concord Street

The Cold Turkey All Ages Rock Show at Amazing Things Art Center


Barrel Room Yoga at Springdale Beer


Melt Food Truck at Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company

Promotions - Small Business Saturday

> Atlantis Dental
> CORE Fitness
> Auto Bright
> Panza Shoes
> Miss Chic
> Terra Brasilis

17 more reasons to go local
with even more business features!

The Town of Framingham proclaimed Saturday, November 25th to be Small Business Saturday. Join us in celebrating our small businesses this Saturday! 
Reason #1: "Shopping at small businesses helps keep money within the neighborhood. A series of studies by the research firm Civic Economics found that 48 percent of purchases at local independent businesses go right back into the community, compared to less than 14 percent of sales made at chain stores."
Reason #2: "Money spent in the community will go back into it in the form of creating employment opportunities. According to the Small Business Administration, the 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all sales in the U.S. Plus small businesses have provided 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all new jobs since the 1970s."
Reason #3: "Small businesses develop partnerships and strengthen ties with people in the neighborhood. Brick and mortar establishments serve as community hubs!" This is so apparent downtown!
Reason #4: "Shopping at one local business helps other local businesses. By shopping at a business in the neighborhood, you’ll most likely stop by other independent retailers in the vicinity and create a ripple effect on the entire local economy."
Reason #5: "It helps keep communities diverse. By supporting small businesses, we’re making sure independent businesses thrive by adding to the cultural vibrancy and uniqueness of a community." 
Reason #6: "It helps keep communities diverse. By supporting small businesses, we’re making sure independent businesses thrive by adding to the cultural vibrancy and uniqueness of a community." 
Reason #7:  "Local businesses make more local purchases requiring less transportation and usually set up shop in town centers rather than on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, resource depletion and pollution."
Reason #8:  "Build Community! The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses and the public spaces around them builds relationships and community cohesiveness."
Reason #9:  "Get real value for yourself! Reader surveys by the Consumers Union repeatedly show independent businesses beating their chain competitors in overall customer satisfaction (and often save you money)."
Reason #10:   "Lower Taxes! More efficient land use and more central locations mean local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services. They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar. The bottom line: a greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower."
Reason #11:  "Enhance local democracy. Local ownership of business means local owners with roots in the community are involved in key development decisions that shape our lives and local environment."
Reason #12:  "Enhance the health of local residents! Research shows a strong correlation between the percentage of small locally-owned firms and various indicators of personal and community health and vitality."
Reason #13:  "Small businesses really give back to their community! Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses."
Reason #14:  "Local stores develop customer trust and enable you to try on and try out items before you buy — and get real expertise — saving your time and money." 
Reason #15:  "Small businesses shape our community's character! Independent businesses help give your community its distinct personality."
Reason #16:  "STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY! Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain (almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on."
Reason #17:  "STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY! Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain (almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on."
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November Downtown Digest

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In This Issue

  • Upcoming Events
  • Meet our FSU Interns!
  • Virtual Eyes on the Street Program
  • Meet Tim Miller
  • In Gratitude
  • Downtown Ambassaor
  • And more!

October Rewind!

  • Business Activity
  • Facade Improvements
  • Restaurant Week
  • United Way 5K
  • Howard Street Studios
  • Chowder Fest
  • Zombie Crawl
  • Pumpkins in the Park

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Small Business Support Month

The Town of Framingham proclaimed Saturday, November 25th to be Small Business Saturday.  From November 1 - 25, we're providing a daily reason to support the local economy while shining a light on a different downtown business each day.  Follow the buzz on Facebook, Twitter, or the webpageHere's a look at the first two days:
Reason #1 to support our small businesses: "Shopping at small businesses helps keep money within the neighborhood. A series of studies by the research firm Civic Economics found that 48 percent of purchases at local independent businesses go right back into the community, compared to less than 14 percent of sales made at chain stores."
Reason #2 to support our small businesses: "Money spent in the community will go back into it in the form of creating employment opportunities. According to the Small Business Administration, the 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all sales in the U.S. Plus small businesses have provided 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all new jobs since the 1970s."

Upcoming Notable Events

Board Meeting - Tuesday, November 14th
    8 am  Ablondi Room 150 Concord Street

Small Business Saturday -  November 25th  
Voices of MetroWest Presents: Totally 90s  December 1st and 2nd - partial proceeds support Framingham Downtown Renaissance

- Open Studios at Howard Street Studios  Saturday, December 9th

- Holiday Stroll    Friday, December 15th details coming soon

Downtown Artisan Market  Sunday, December 17th at Springdale Beer

- Downtown Celebration at La Cantina!   Monday, December 18th  details coming very soon!

Senator Karen E. Spilka’s 2nd annual SEL forum on January 9, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland

Meet our Fall 2017 Interns

Hailing from Norwood, Mass., John Boulos is a senior at Framingham State University.  John will graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in economics.  John has been named to the Dean's List at FSU. 
Project:  study 7 neighborhoods of South Framingham and research amenities for people, including the housing stock, transportation options, active / green space, arts and entertainment, and grocery shopping.  He will research the business-ready infrastructure, assessing marketing tools and presentation of commercial spaces, tax rates, parking management, and transportation options.  Deliverable:  determine outreach venues to present an info product to potential residents and businesses.
Hailing from Ghana, Kelvin Okyere is finishing his final semester at Framingham State University.  He will graduate this December with a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting.  Kelvin has been a four-year star on FSU's Soccer Team, assisting with both coaching and player recruitment.
Project:  Kelvin has designed a Marketing Survey for the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition.   The survey will gather data on how businesses target clients, the most effective marketing tools, and the largest hurdles to marketing for our small businesses.
Deliverable:  survey data will be used to help small businesses develop effective marketing plans that align with budget and time constraints. 

Avidia Charitable Foundation presents
Virtual Eyes on the Street Program

We've joined forces with Avidia Charitable Foundation to increase the transparency and accountability of our public spaces.  Avidia's contribution ensures we can purchase cameras and store footage, helping to enhance the sense of safety in our densely populated downtown.  These tools are especially vital for residents in the Irving Square Properties, Tribune Apartments, and nearby residents who walk to our shops and ride our trains, thereby de-congesting our roadways and shrinking our carbon footprint.  Furthermore, these cameras align with the mission of MassDOT's Safe Routes to School Program.  We are also deeply grateful to the Bullard Building, LLC, Commercial Property Specialists, and Adonai Ministries for partnering with us and providing infrastructure support, as our cameras are perched in these privately-owned spaces.

Meet new resident Tim Miller!

We first met Tim Miller on our Harvest Walk, one of our quarterly community strolls.  Community strolls are designed to help people make new acquaintances in a comfortable setting while discovering the great walkability between the amenities of downtown Framingham. 


Hailing from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Tim Miller (left) and his wife moved to the Dennison Apartments six months ago.  In this short time, they have become pleasantly well-acquainted with the amenities in our walkable urban core.  


* Photo taken at Springdale Beer, featuring the Framingham Contemporary Artists Group Gallery
Background and life's purpose:
Tim is a full-time research faculty member at Boston Children's Hospital, where he has worked for six years.  Prior to Framingham, Tim lived in Jamaica Plain for four years.  After his wife was accepted into a PhD program at UMass Medical School in Worcester, they moved to the Baseball Factory Apartments near the Natick Center MBTA Station.   They were not huge fans of this apartment, though.  Because his wife had to transfer trains at the Framingham MBTA Station enroute to Worcester, they found a new home at the Dennison Apartments this past March, where they both walk to the train in Framingham each morning. 

Public Transportation is the way to go
"Living close to the train is nice.  I can work on the train, and there is no wasted time.  My wife and I are big into public transportation.  I don't like driving very much.  Driving is stressful, and the last thing you want to do at the end of the day is drive.  It's nice to catch the train and relax on the way home," said Tim.

And there's plenty to enjoy here...
"Downtown Framingham really has a lot to do.  My wife and I usually go out about twice a week.  We love Thai food and Mexican food, and we really enjoy Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company, Jack's Abby, and Springdale Beer,"  Tim stated.   

Grocery Run!
"It took a few months before I went to A.J. Seabra.  I discovered it has tons of stuff that you would find in a full-size grocery store.  However, it takes a long time to cross Route 135.  People really treat it like a highway and not a downtown street.  The timing of the lights means that it might take a while to cross, which can be annoying when you're holding your groceries," Tim explained.

Goal - Farm Pond
An avid runner, Tim has discovered a likely unconventional method to running along Farm Pond.  He hopes that an official running path from downtown west into Farm Pond is created over time, especially when navigating around the railroad tracks. 

Adapt & Overcome for a Good Night's Sleep

"The MBTA train whistle is pretty loud, and we live on the north side of a brick building.  Even though the whistle starts sounding at 5 am, my wife and I listen to white noise all night.  This technique really works, and we sleep like babies," Tim said.  

 

In Gratitude

Many talk about supporting the community and its businesses.  However, Erin Hayes, CEO/Producer at MEDIABOSS, and Ian Barrett, Creative Director at MEDIABOSS, have poured consistent sweat equity into the cohesion of downtown Framingham, and they have supported the multi-faceted missions of the Framingham Downtown Renaissance.  They are literally everywhere and have donated thousands of dollars of production value into the 6 Mile Moment, downtown's annual cornerstone celebration of the Boston Marathon.  MEDIA BOSS live streams the event across the globe complete with interviews, staging, a DJ, and a photographer.  Without hesitation, they also volunteer time to help our downtown reach its new, deserved potential all while raising two small children.  So, what is this sweat equity, exactly?
  These ACTIONS are well above and beyond the participation of any ordinary board director, and the Framingham Downtown Renaissance has been positively enriched by the support of this award-winning team!  Did you know that MEDIA BOSS was recently awarded SEVEN Telly Awards for Excellence this year?  Thank you, Ian and Erin, for leading by example!

Downtown Ambassador
Nicole Siswick

"I've lived in Framingham since 2011. My husband, Zac, and I have two kids, an 8 year old son, Asher, and 4 year old daughter, Isla.

My favorite spots in downtown Framingham are SOFA CAFE, Jack's Abby, and Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company, along with the main branch of our Framingham Public Library. We like to take all of our out-of-town friends to the breweries when they visit us. I love SOFA CAFE's modern and sleek, yet welcoming vibe (and they have great coffee, of course). We are big readers in my family and rarely leave the library with less than 20 books in our bag. 

As a fairly recent Southside resident (we moved from our starter home in Nobscot to a new home in a neighborhood off of Fountain Street last December), I've been traveling through downtown frequently and really appreciate the traffic flow improvements made in front of the Town Hall with the removal of the rotary, and I look forward to even more improvements that are in the works!"


Nicole is founder of the Framingham Family Network

Downtown is Hiring!

Business Updates

Downtown businesses are invited to join the private Facebook group for the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition.   The platform provides translation resources and creates an efficient means to quickly share feedback on parking, potential collaborations, shared marketing, waste management, and business improvement ideas.

 
Depot 417 is offering free coffee to commuters!  Stop outside the diner to check it out, and make that chilly wait a much warmer, more pleasant experience!

 
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company was named Manufacturer of the Year in the Seventh Middlesex District by the Legislative Manufacturers Caucus.  State Representatives Jeff Roy and Jack Patrick Lewis presented this well-deserved award, a fitting present after their first anniversary!
Thiago Dias, a former board director, recently opened Tax Advisor at 173 Concord Street.  He's ready to help you de-stress and feel confident about filing taxes! 

We're ready to host his grand opening and ribbon cutting on Small Business Saturday, November 25th!
Mega Realty's continued success, employment growth, and high demand helped them double their footprint, opening an adjacent space at 18 Union Avenue.  As you can see, they are very ready for this season of thanks!

 
Anastasia's Oven and Grill recently installed four eye-catching LCD screens, showering you with tons of options, including their specialty pizzas.  You can also order online or use Grub Hub!

 
Springdale Beer just updated its child policy, which is welcome news for the families in our area!

Read the entire policy here.

 
L/R Construction has been a downtown success story more than twenty years in the making.   Principal Louis Laskey exceeded the needs of local artists by completing necessary renovations of his upstairs spaces to create eight beautiful artist studios at 162 Howard Street.
Stop by the Open Studios at Howard Street Studios from 12 pm - 5 pm on December 9th!
You can wake up and serve Sofa Cafe coffee right in the comfort of your own home.  Their local roastery creates this magical coffee product, and we can assure that you don't know what you're missing!
The Pressed'O Juice Bar is coming soon to 158 Union Avenue!  Getting your morning boost at this new, healthy amenity just got a lot more fun!

Facade Improvements

VTT Management dedicated the summer of 2017 to the Wilsonia Building, located at 42 Union Avenue.  The nearly 25,000 square foot building received new red paint along all trim and decorative cornice moulding.  Built in 1900, the mixed-use property has ground-level commercial space for Panza Shoes, Brandolini Shoe Clinic, PTI Insurance, and Framingham Optical Co.  Upstairs, the Wilsonia Apartments feature high ceilings, hardwood floors, off-street parking, and access to Verizon FiOS.
The Tribune Apartments rehabilitation project was recently awarded a Community Development Achievement Award from the National Community Development Association.  The historic building, home to Framingham's first newspaper,  is undergoing an extensive $4.5 million rehabilitation with the creation of four new accessible units. 

October Rewind!

This month the Downtown Common was freed of its construction fencing and once again made available for free enjoyment during this warm fall!  We're grateful to all Town departments that cooperatively worked hard on this project throughout the summer.  We're eager to reiterate that this Common is a vital piece of open space in our central business district.
On Saturday, October 7th, we headed north to the First Annual Framingham Community Festival and Farm Celebration.  We happily engaged with the community and received expert tips on bringing a sister bee farm to South Framingham. 
On Saturday, October 14th, we helped support the United Way 5K Run-Walk.  Hundreds of runners gathered in South Framingham, and we were excited to grow new, meaningful relationships with our fellow community partners. 
From Monday, October 16th through Sunday, October 22nd, we hosted Restaurant Week in downtown Framingham.  We also promoted our music, yoga, trivia, and art galleries.  We were excited to present an array of specials and fun discounts, and we are deeply grateful to Lyft for sponsoring the week-long event!
On Saturday, October 21st, we participated in the 8th Annual Chowder Fest, hosted by the Middlesex Lodge A.F. & A.M.  It was a gorgeous Saturday in the beautiful Gallagher Park.  We were pleased to see so many people eager to sample so many fun varieties of chowder, including vegan chowder!
On Wednesday, October 25th, we received a special tour of the Howard Street Studios.  We admired the gleaming floors and newly completed renovations to the major building systems.  Additionally, we met great artists in the midst of creating phenomenal masterpieces.  The Open Studios is Saturday, December 9th from 12 pm to 5 pm at 162 Howard Street.
On Thursday, October 26th, the Framingham Department of Public Works hosted a community engagement meeting to collect feedback following the summer's impressive improvements to Waverly and Hollis Streets.  The community gathered at St. Tarcisius Church and learned more about future plans to make downtown even more efficient and safe for all modes of travel.
On Friday, October 27th, we tagged along for the Zombie Crawl, which featured Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company, DEPOT 417, and Springdale Beer.  The community arrived in a vast array of creative costumes, and everyone reveled in the exciting Halloween energy.  Thank you to Springdale Beer for spearheading this fun evening!  Thank you to Nick Paganella for featuring the event on Access Framingham!