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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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!
On Saturday, October 28th, we participated in the Annual Pumpkins in the Park and Downtown Trick-or-Treating, a collaborative event hosted by the Framingham Department of Parks and Recreation and the Framingham Police Department.  It was another gorgeous Saturday, and our Police successfully maximized participation with our generous downtown businesses.

By the way...

"The Town of Framingham's Community & Economic Development Division has secured more than $2.5 million in funding from state and federal sources over the past five years. The grants have promoted economic development,  helped Framingham preserve open space and historic buildings, and encouraged alternative transportation methods and sustainable projects, among other concerns."  We are deeply inspired by the Choose Framingham's team effort to help fund major capital projects and realize a shared vision for a healthy, vibrant landscape.  Only more great things are to come downtown!

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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

downtown framingham business coalition

excelling faster, together
Downtown Framingham Business Coalition

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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TICKETS

$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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TWO $5 Lyft Credits!  Download here:  

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