February 2018 Downtown Digest

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In This Issue

 
  • Superbowl Challenge!
  • Mutual One Checking for Charity 
  • Policy Initiatives & Public Art
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteering
  • Business Support
Winter Rewind
 
  • Entertainment for All
  • Business Updates
  • Minuteman Dart Champions
  • Wicked Local Contest
  • Parking Recommendations
  • Platinum Members

#Truth

Throughout 12 days, 280 people took to Facebook to demonstrate in real time that there is A LOT for everyone to do downtown  - from entertainment to eating to retail shopping!   This campaign put a bug in the ears of more residents and potential business owners.  This social media campaign demonstrates the power of grassroots activism.  We're indebted to our supporters, and we've added awesome new members, too.  You put your money where your heart is, and we've got a ton of great events, policy initiatives, and small business technical support to execute.  It brings us extreme pleasure to demonstrate these hard #facts, and we can see you're still so excited to continue supporting this community and our diverse cultural offerings! 
It's official!  Downtown Framingham, Inc. has been selected as Mutual One's 2018 Checking for CharityMutualOne will donate $10 to Downtown Framingham, Inc. with the opening of each new personal or business checking account.  We're thrilled to receive this unique honor from our long-standing community partner that has committed to supporting our ongoing placemaking and public arts projects along with business-based events.  
Policy Initiatives
Sidewalk Activation
Let's eat outside!  On February 13, we led a mutually enthusiastic meeting with the City's department leaders to create the municipal code and permitting regulations to facilitate sidewalk use by our great local businesses.  From enjoying the sunshine at a cafe table to displaying great wares for sale, we recognize the importance and value of making this goal an immediate reality.  After reviewing comparable examples from across the country, we understand what elements are best suited for our community. 
Next steps:  the cross-cutting working group will help formulate the legal code and identify approved areas for cafe seating or display of wares.  A regulatory flowchart will be created along with templates for all required licenses and permits.  
Public Art!

Kudos to everyone who responded to our January Downtown Digest call for mural renderings.  Murals can be painted or printed, supporting both traditional painting and graphic design.  We'd also like to thank CGI Properties and the MetroWest Community Federal Credit Union for expressing interest in this amazing initiative to create an even more vibrant area.   Renderings are due Friday, February 23rd.  Thanks again to MetroWest Art au Pair for spreading the word throughout the month! 
Please contact us directly for specifics.
IBCs  

Our Downtown Framingham Business Coalition just wrapped its 2018 Marketing survey, exceeding our business response goal!  Now, we double down with Individual Business Consultations (IBCs).  DFI business members and businesses who complete our surveys will be rewarded with an in-depth market analysis and SWOT assessment accompanied by techniques to achieve valuable outcomes, including:
- technology integration
- gauge quality of customer service
- identify employee training opportunities
- define and refine vision and values 

Upcoming Events


> Annual Public Board Meeting - Thursday, March 8th
    8 am  Ablondi Room 150 Concord Street
 
Volunteer Here for our Events

Meet our Project Manager

Shanleigh Reardon is a senior at Framingham State University and is a familiar face in our community, as she interned with us last summer.  In her part-time role, she remains flexible, responding rapidly to dynamic changes in planned design projects, business support, organizational member needs, and literally whatever must get done.  Shanleigh has a bright future ahead of her.  Shanleigh truly cares about the people of the community, and she is excited to ensure their needs are represented and preserved.   Her maturity and initative will ensure her  career is bright and adequately challenging.  

 

Meet our Spring Intern

This January we will welcomed our new intern, Framingham State University student Kayllan Olicio. Kayllan is associate editor of The Gatepost, and she is also a social media stylist and senior sales associate at Gap.
Project:  Fluent in Portuguese, Kayllan exceeded our goal for executing and collecting marketing data from our business community.  Kayllan applies survey responses to conduct market analysis research for individual businesses.  Kayllan initiates our Individual Business Consultation process, an opportunity to provide 5-stage technical assistance to our business members and survey respondents. 
Deliverable:  provide 12 Individual Business Consultations that respond directly to business needs and opportunities in technical integration, employee training, and refining the vision and values for our participants.

Support Team Framingham

Get your own Team Framingham t-shirt!  
You can choose from men's and women's sizes from XS to XXL.   Shirts are bright orange and consistent with BAA colors.  Shirts are $25.00 and proceeds support Team Framingham's Charities.   Email Team Framingham by February 28, 2018 with your order.

Downtown is Hiring!

Business and Community Updates

Show your support for our businesses by voting online for Wicked Local's 2018 Reader Choice Awards!  Voting closes on Sunday, February 25 at 11:59 pm. 

 
In January, Greyhound intercity bus service came to Framingham's MWRTA Intermodal Center, providing trips to Boston and Albany with connections to their network, and intermediate service to Sturbridge, Springfield, Lee, and Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In January, the MWRTA witnessed a 10% growth in parking demand, and a 5-fold increase in the number of daily sell-outs. 
 
Property owner Brian Li recently installed expensive ducting, venting, and motors at the Bullard Building to ensure his restaurant tenants can properly and safely execute their operations.  
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company was recently named the Best New Brewer in Massachusetts by RateBeer Best!  To the left, please admire their new FILTEC Can Fill Detection System!
The Framingham Sub Shop and Pizza continues internal demolition at 193 Concord Street as they prepare to re-open following the fire of December 2016.  This is a success story we're eager to support! 
Point Insurance will soon reclaim its former home at 191 Concord Street.  We'll be on hand for the ribbon-cutting, and the new signage has received high praise!  Thank you CGI Properties for taking care of your tenants!

 
Owners of Anastasia's Oven and Grill are doing so well they claimed ownership of the The Sub-Way Pizza at 510 Union Avenue.  Check out the revamped website for this near-downtown spot across from Bowditch Field. 

 
Springdale Beer believes in equal opportunity education for all!  Check out Part I - Aging Beer to stay ahead of your beer buddies, or use the tidbits to start a wicked fun conversation! 



 
Depot 417 was the perfect spot to host a jam-packed, happening fundraiser recently for Framingham High School.  Depot 417 supports the community, so reach out today to plan your next event!  Also, it's a wonderful spot to display your newest artistic creations!
Vanda's Salon just opened at 53 Hollis Street, taking over from Pente Arte Salon.  Stop by today and say hello to the incredibly friendly entrepreneur Enivanda Oliveira!
A hobby can get you through the work day, as is the case with the Minuteman Dart League.   Hosted locally at Danny Sullivan's in Irving Square, the Tuesday Knights gathered on...Tuesday nights for a relaxing, yet competitive evening.  However, these Central Area Champions were sad to eventually lose to their state rivals.
El Mariachi recently installed several large windows, showering you with light while you indulge in authentic Mexican delicacies.  Stop by to check out all the work they've done since opening in November 2016.
Safeway Locksmith recently opened at 1 Howard Street, demonstrating that a large footprint is not a necessity for success or timely customer service.  Thanks for choosing downtown Framingham!
To serve you better, Taqueria Mexico recently installed a second bar along with a new pool table.  Gather with friends to enjoy this enhanced atmosphere, located just one block from the Framingham MBTA Commuter Rail and MWRTA Intermodal Center.

Entertainment for All

Check out Amazing Things Art Center's wide variety of shows that target the tastes of different age groups and genres.  You're guaranteed to find something you like.  Better yet, become a member and explore the best of live music in downtown Framingham! 
RR6 Kitchen and Bar recently hosted an intense DJ dance party on February 9th,  proving yet another entertainment option in our walkable, urban core!
Save this link to your favorites:  https://www.exhibit-a-brewing.com/events/

Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company works hard to host food trucks, yoga, an art gallery, and musical entertainment each weekend.  
The best part of Friday night is peering into the rocking scene happening inside Pho Dakao as it illuminates Concord Street.  This jazz staple has won over many in our community who love to end their week here with friends and family. 
Tropical Cafe's event production and marketing are stellar, successful examples of vibrant weekend fun.  This crowd is seriously engaged, as this team only contracts the hottest acts!  They also serve delicious food, too!
Danny Sullivan's hosts music Wednesday through Saturday with Sunday karaoke.  If you're looking to unwind, the Mel Shields Acoustic Wednesday may be your perfect fit!

Parking

With construction underway at 75 Concord Street, the lot at Howard/Concord streets is no longer available for parking.  While most on-street parking spots along Concord and Hollis streets and Union Avenue are limited to 2 hours, there is unregulated parking along Howard Street and Park Street.  Public lots are available from Boris Court, near Auto Bright.  Some customer parking is available in the Fitts Lot and behind the Bullard Building.  We'll keep you appraised of more locations as they become available. 

Thank you Platinum Members! 

1854 cycling.pngThe 1854 Cycling Company is a premium bicycle and apparel brand inspired by the burning of the US Constitution by abolitionists in protest of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1854. Proceeds from each item will be contributed to programs that will help end cycles of poverty among the formerly incarcerated.


alira health.jpgAlira Health is a global advisory firm providing strategy, execution and innovation services for healthcare and life science companies.

atlantis dental.jpg Atlantis Dental in Framingham, MA provides a wide range of dental treatments. Dr. Sumbul Naqvi focuses on helping patients achieve healthy teeth and gums for life.


Avidia_2_Color_highres.jpg  Avidia Bank is committed to the concept of community banking. We proudly accept and fulfill our responsibilities as a corporate citizen by contributing to the well-being of the people and organizations around us. 


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 At Brookline Bank, we provide a full range of financial     services to individuals and businesses with outstanding   service online, by phone or at any of our convenient branches   in Greater Boston.

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As independent insurance agents, the professionals at BRZ Insurance are ready to help you protect your part of The American Dream. We're eager to show you the benefits you realize when you shop local and work with a local, independent insurance agency.


cropped-BullardBuildingLLC.jpegThe Bullard Building, LLC.  A historic brownstone located at the intersections of Routes 135 Waverly St and 126 Irving St in Downtown Framingham across from the MBTA Station. Lease Space Now. 


fsu logo.png  Framingham State University is a place where inquisitive, career-focused students thrive. New ideas and discoveries are a daily occurrence on campus. 


jacks abby.png  Founded in 2011 by three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler, Jack’s Abby has become a mainstay of the craft brewing scene in the Northeast and nationwide.  Jack’s Abby brews lagers, and only lagers. 


ipl framngham ma.jpg  IPL & Equipment Inc. located in Framingham, Massachusetts has grown since 1998 from a specialty Irrigation Supply business to a wide selection of Power Equipment, Landscape Lighting, and Pond Supplies. 


larue bowers.jpgLaRueBoweRs Photography is unique and YOU. We strive to make sure every photo is one of a kind. I love watching my couples grow - from engagement to family and beyond. It's such a thrill to be able to capture each step of a client's life cycle.


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The MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, located in Framingham, Massachusetts is a not-for-profit business networking, advocacy, community and economic development organization.


mpc and associates.png  Perfecting the art and science of payments. Michael P. Cannon Associates provides specialized multi-disciplinary advisory and consulting services to multiple facets of the payments industry: acquirers, ISOs and the merchant community.


mutual one foundation.jpg  MutualOne Charitable Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the qualify of life in the Bank's market area through its ongoing support of charitable, educational, and civic initiatives that contribute to the overall well-being of the people and communities it serves.


RR6 logo.jpgRR6 Kitchen & Bar is a Family Restaurant offering the wonderful flavors of North, Central and South American cuisine with quality and great pricing. RR6 is best known for its delicious tacos, burritos and soups.
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Springdale is the experimental offshoot of Jack's Abby Brewing. The Barrel Room is where we let the ancient alchemy between beer and oak work its slow magic.


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Together with our 2800 members and 200 volunteers, we conserve and care for over 4300 acres of fields, forests, and farms in the 36 communities surrounding the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers. We maintain more than 55 miles of hiking trails.


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 Xfinity at 100 Concord Street provides cable tv,       internet and voice/phone services in Framingham. You   can sign up for services, pay bills, exchange   equipment and other services at this location. 
 

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