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DOWNTOWN DIGEST - OCTOBER 2017
spurring growth in our urban core

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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