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On the Horizon
  • Upcoming DFI Events
  • Community Events
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Policy Initiatives & Public Art
  • Downtown Framingham Business Coalition
Downtown Updates
  • Legend Award
  • Shamrock Stroll Winners
  • Small Business Updates
  • Parking Recommendations
  • Platinum Members
It's official! Downtown Framingham, Inc. has been selected as Mutual One's 2018 Checking for Charity. MutualOne 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.

Upcoming Events


with Downtown Art Market
Upcoming Community Events

- March 31 Kids Easter Fun Day
- April 4 Phase One Economic Development Plan Community Meeting
- April 5 An Afternoon with Mayor Spicer on Framingham's Economic Future
- April 28 Framingham Earth Day Festival
- May 12 Framingham Family and Community Conference
Arts and Entertainment
> Amazing Things Art Center
> Danny Sullivan's
Sunday Karaoke - Thursday Jam in the Ham
March 31 Rich Greene
9 - 11 pm
> Depot 417
- Saturday Morning Acoustic Sunrise
- Friday Night Guest Soloists
> El Mariachi
Karaoke every Wednesday and Friday night
> Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company
March 30 The Macrotones
7 pm - 9 pm
Pangea Food Truck 5 pm - 9 pm
> Pho Dakao
April 6 The Scott Tarulli Trio
8 pm - 11 pm
April 20 Ron Murphy Band
8 pm - 11 pm
> Sofa Cafe
> Springdale Barrel Room
March 29 Geeks Who Drink Trivia
7 pm - 9 pm
> Taqueria Mexico
Live DJ and Karaoke every Friday and Saturday night
> The 4s Sports Pub
Live music every Friday and Saturday night
> Tropical Cafe
Popular artists every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!
Policies and Projects
> Sidewalk Activation
- Determine pre-approved seating locations with CAD files and detailed photography; determine approved uses for these sidewalk locations. April 2018. Thank you Carlo Vilcapoma Photography for supporting us!
- Work with City Solicitor to finalize legal code. May 2018.
- Amend permits and licenses to implement sidewalk activation. June 2018.
> Public Art
- DFI Public Design Sub-Committee determined finalists for two downtown walls (196 Concord Street and 183 Concord Street). March 2018.
- Received approval for mural renderings from Building
Commissioner. March 2018.
- Submitted mural renderings to property owners for final decision. April 2018.
- Announce mural winners. April 2018.
> Lokerville Lookouts Neighborhood Engagement
- Formulate questionnaire for Lokerville neighborhood with translations in Portuguese and Spanish. March 2018. Thank you MAPA Translations!
- Mail questionnaire and release online survey. April 2018.

- Determine block leaders and share results. June 2018.
- Hold Butterworth Park Block Party on September 8th from 3 pm - 7 pm to support downtown businesses and demonstrate a tight-knit community that welcomes new residents.
Downtown Framingham Business Coalition
Individual Business Consultation - Depot 417
- Completed Depot 417 consultation with the Assistant Manager and General Manger, assessing menu options, entertainment, business hours, and return on assets. We're excited to help deliver tangible results. Thank you to Board Director Tiago Prado, CEO of BRZ Insurance, for advising this business plan.
Individual Business Consultation -
Congress Insurance Agency
- 90 percent complete with the Congress Insurance Agency consultation after meeting with the Owner to assess foot traffic, marketing, and client retention before this cornerstone business moves to its new location. Thank you to Board Director Sumbul Naqvi, owner of Atlantis Dental, for providing a great review of this business plan.
Individual Business Consultation - Sofa Cafe
- 75 percent complete with the Sofa Cafe consultation after meeting with the General Manger to assess entertainment, consumer niche, and product collaborations. We're excited to help deliver tangible results. Thank you to Board Director Tiago Prado, CEO of BRZ Insurance, who will next advise this business plan.
Individual Business Consultation -
RR6 Kitchen & Bar
- 75 percent complete with the RR6 Kitchen and Bar consultation after meeting with the Owner to assess product and service differentiation, marketing, parking, and programming. We're excited to help deliver tangible results. Thank you to Board Director Tiago Prado, CEO of BRZ Insurance, who will next advise this business plan.
Downtown Updates
Board Director Dr. Dale Hamel Receives
Legend Award
On March 15, Board Director Dr. Dale Hamel received the Downtown Framingham, Inc. Legend Award for his commitment to building a prosperous and vibrant downtown. As an Executive Vice President at Framingham State University, he supported the downtown's first large mural and connected DFI to the bountiful resources available at Framingham State University. We're excited to retain Dr. Hamel as an ex-officio board director.
Shamrock Stroll Nets Record Crowd,
Elects Best Venue
More than 60 people participated in our sixth community stroll, the largest stroll crowd to date. The strollers participated in social games and voted for their favorite art pieces and best venue. Check out the winners here!
Downtown Framingham Celebrates
International Women's Day

Downtown Framingham was the best place to celebrate International Women's Day. Our businesses are run by so many driven and resourceful women from around the globe, which only enhances our area's vibrancy!
Taste of MetroWest
Downtown Framingham, Inc. was thrilled to attend the Taste of MetroWest, organized by the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce. We're so proud of our area that we wore a costume, demonstrating our business-ready infrastructure, people-ready amenities, and our numerous business-based events. We love bringing even more restaurants to our growing area!
Forest Jubilee presented by the
Sudbury Valley Trustees
Downtown Framingham, Inc. was honored to accept an invitation to the Forest Jubilee that supports the Sudbury Valley Trustees. We partner closely with SVT to enhance our open spaces and bring attention to viable opportunites for green space enhancement, including the Pratt Street Garden.
> New Businesses
Alliance Jiu Jitsu Framingham

Owner Samuel Almeida welcomes all to his great new Jiu-Jitsu studio. His offerings are vast, including women's self-defense training, anti-bullying training, and family-oriented classes. Please stop by to see the heavy investments that produced a great studio!
Sbruzzi Bakery

Stop by Sbruzzi Bakery to enjoy the great internal enhancements in this cozy bakery. Located at 63 Hollis Street, it's a great place to go before or after work. It's open late enough to grab dessert before catching a concert at Tropical Cafe or Amazing Things Art Center, too!
> Business Enhancements
Bella Woodwork and Cabinetry

Owner Herlei de Moura is excited for everyone to see the hefty investments he has made through his savvy business model to enhance his floor space, as witnessed in these sparkling new upgrades. His early success has enabled future growth, the hallmark of a dynamic small business.
Arcade Facade

VTT Management in connection with its business tenants has improved the signage support facade on the historical Arcade Building. These changes enhance the built environment in our urban core.
> Employment Opportunities
- Alira Health (internships)
-
Depot 417
> Parking (click photos for Google Maps)
Platinum Members

The 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 is a global advisory firm providing strategy, execution and innovation services for healthcare and life science companies.
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 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.
Brookline Bank provides 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.
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.
The Bullard Building, LLC. is 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.

We're a new restaurant in a historic building serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Enjoy delicious comfort food or relax with a drink after your train ride.

Dulce D Leche cafe in Framingham specializes in Argentinian gelato and sorbetto. You will find incredible gourmet food to include fine chocolate, pastries, sandwiches and cakes.
Framingham State University is a place where inquisitive, career-focused students thrive. New ideas and discoveries are a daily occurrence on campus.
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 & 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.

LaRueBoweRs 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.

The MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, located in Framingham, Massachusetts is a not-for-profit business networking, advocacy, community and economic development organization.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
We make business simple. Trustfulness, efficiency, and a personal approach drives our work. We act toward our client's objectives, focusing on producing the best possible results.
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.

Thank you Platinum Citizen Members!

Kathryn Anbinder

Bob Berman

SaRah LaRue BoweRs

Adam Blumer and Sarah Guernsey

James Bossange

Hendler Family

Jim Kelly

Naqvi Family

O'Connell Family

Randolph Family

Christopher Slammer

Richard Tizard

Darlene Umina

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