Downtown Digest February 2019

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Become a 2019 DFI Member Today
Calendar of 2019 DFI Public Board Meetings
Next meeting:  Thursday, March 14   8:00 am 
Memorial Building | Ablondi Room 150 Concord Street
In the News
Brian Li receives the Downtown Hero Award for his wide-ranging community work at December's Downtown Celebration. Thank you for the video, Access Framingham!


Catch-up on so many great community-building scenes at the 2nd Annual Downtown Celebration
MEET THE DFI TEAM 
Access Framingham interviews Robert Mitchell, DFI's Business Development Manager, and Mike Croci, DFI's Events and Promotions Manager.


 
  • Annual Note from the Director
  • DFI Mission
  • 2019 Projects and Policy Goals
  • 2018 Needs Assesssment
  • 2018 Measureable Outcomes
Storefront Holiday Contest Winners
  • People's Choice Award - presented by Mayor Spicer
    • Atlantis Dental
  • Best Overall Design - presented by Mayor Spicer
    • JR & D Services
  • Cutest Storefront Award - Judge Herb Chasan, Director of Hoops and Homework
    • Alliance Jiu Jitsu Framingham
  • Most Creative Storefront Award - Judge Don Cavicchi, Owner of Cav Audio & Video Design
    • Pantaneira Fashion (photo left)
  • Most Traditional Storefront Award - Judge David Blais, Director of Daniel's Table
    • Pueblito Paisa
DFI’s Business Development Manager, Robert Mitchell, surveyed 40 random businesses across several industries in the Central Business District to investigate how the City’s adjusted operating hours impacted local business revenues.  

Specifically, did the shifting City Hall hours affect patronage levels by City workers at downtown businesses?
Kelsi Gunarathne assumed the role as the DFI Cultural Projects Manager in January. 

Kelsi graduates this May from Framingham State University with a B.A. in economics with a minor in business.

Read more about all of Kelsi's accomplishments! 
MutualOne's Checking for Charity Program supported DFI's Business Development Manager, Robert Mitchell.

Learn more about Robert's multi-faceted skill set and accomplishments!
Meet the Spring Interns
Philip Emeka, center, will earn his Associate Degree in Engineering Design with a CAD Certificate from MassBay Community College this December.
Philip works with DFI and the DPW to review sidewalk features in support of a sidewalk usage ordinance for cafe tables and displays.


Quinton Lang joins DFI as the Spring Public Health Intern.

Quinton will earn his B.A. in criminology and psychology this May from Framingham State University.

In his first 6 days, he collected the necessary data to support a 37-page grant proposal!
 
Gabe Trevor joins DFI in a joint internship with Sudbury Valley Trustees.
As the Spring Community Outreach Intern, Gabe will assess public green spaces and develop use and access recommendations. Gabe earns his Master of Community Development and Planning from Clark University this May.
Ivini Barbosa and Camila Espinosa Coronel join Gabe as green space interns this Spring (more photos to come)!
Get your tickets today to ride the Shamrock Party Shuttle!
SCENES & EVENTS
Fidol Itsukwi (first row, long-sleeved shirt) led an African Dance Workshop at CoreFit (50 Hollis Street, 3rd Floor) on February 8.
Discovering Hidden Gems visited Sofa Cafe on Friday, January 25 to enjoy the Open Mic Night hosted by Centre Music House.
Roman Vynnytskyi, owner of Golden Circle at 22 Union Avenue, donates earrings to the King of Hearts Dance at King Elementary School!
Fabiano Aguilar, owner of Power Mobile at 37 Hollis Street, smiles before his new, bright facade.  DFI helped facilitate the City's Sign and Facade Subsidy Program with Fabiano and the property owner.
Boston's Ball in the House performed before a sold-out crowd at Amazing Things Arts Center (160 Hollis Street) on January 12.
BB Live Productions will host a Valentine's Dinner Romance at Tropical Cafe (85 Hollis Street) on Thursday, February 14.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council will host a "Community Listening Session: MetroCommon 2050 Open House Expo" on Thursday, February 28 from 3 PM – 8 PM in Nevins Hall of the Memorial Building (150 Concord St).
MAPA Translations and Language Solutions will host an International Women's Day Celebration on Friday, March 8 from 11:45 AM – 2:15 PM at Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co (81 Morton Street).
Parking Tips
  • Best choice: parking lot accessed from 14 Frederick Street is for local customers
  • Park and Howard streets have more available on-street spaces after 5 pm
  • The MWRTA lot has more available spaces after 5 pm (paid parking)
  • Access the Hollis Court lot from 52 Boris Way or 432 Waverly Street (paid parking)
Become a member today!
MAJOR IMPACT SPONSORS

Foundation for MetroWest




Harvey Eisenberg Trust in Memory of Deborah Blumer



MutualOne Charitable Foundation Checking for Charity
LEADING DFI EVENT SPONSORS
 
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. 
Boston Eventos creates powerful moments that define brands and inspires people. Boston Eventos brings your magnificent event dreams to reality with amazing staging, branded barriers, LED lighting, and mor
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. 

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.
Welcome to TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank. Visit now to learn about all our personal banking products like accounts, loans, cards & more.
At The Umina Group,  we take our clients’  real estate goals and dreams very seriously.   In fact,  your dreams are our dreams!  We fully believe that everyone should Love Where They Live!
MEET OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS
 
Welcome to Alta Union House, where eye-catching design meets urban vibes. Located in burgeoning downtown Framingham, we'll offer one, two, and three bedroom apartments unlike any other in the area. With sleek, modern interiors and an unparalleled collection of community amenities, Alta Union House will have the home you’ve been searching for.
 We “always dream of things that are better, and think of ways to reach those things.” From the first noise cancelling headphones for consumers to a revolutionary seat suspension system for long-haul drivers, we invite you to experience the first 50 years of innovation of Bose.
Since 1871, Brookline Bank has built a legacy of consistent financial strength, trust, outstanding banking services, and strong customer relationships. Today, we deliver an expanding array of valuable banking and financial services geared to helping individuals and businesses manage their finances. With 25 offices, we make it easy for customers in Greater Boston to access our services in person or via our Mobile, Online and Telephone Banking systems, as well as virtually any ATM worldwide. As a trusted financial resource to our customers, it's our everyday commitment to do more, deliver more, and exceed expectations.
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. 
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company is focused on brewing amazing beer in Framingham, MA. Come visit our brewery, have a pint or grab some cans or growlers to go! Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company supports many events each year and gives generously to charities working to better our area!

The Framingham Source is your best source for Framingham News. Owned and operated by journalist Susan Petroni, the Framingham Source releases news stories on array of topics, including local schools, state and local politics, and community events.

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

Framingham Sub Shop and Pizza is the best place to eat in Framingham. We use the best ingredients to prepare everything fresh - just the way you like it! We are a family owned and operated pizzeria with the goal of providing our customers excellent service and superior quality!

Golden Circle at 22 Union Avenue sells, buys, and trades a variety of goods, including electronics, power tools, jewelry, sound equipment, and more. If your items don’t work, Roman can also provide repair services.

To learn more, stop by and visit Roman today!

MAPA Translations & Language Solutions provides high quality and cost effective translations, interpreter services and multilingual voice overs for public schools, academic institutions, law firms, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, medical personnel, multinational companies, and individuals.
MetroWest Commercial Real Estate company provides you with the highest level of service for your commercial real estate needs. 
At Miranda Bread, experience the artisan tastes of an authentic Brazilian bakery! Our food is always fresh, our staff is always friendly, and our customers are always treated like family. Whether you need a fresh cup of coffee or full catering for a birthday party, Miranda Bread is ready to offer you the finest tastes of Brazil.
n+1 Cyclery is a bicycle shop in Framingham, MA that sells and repairs new and used bicycles and also restores old bikes.
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.
Welcome to Terra Brasilis Restaurant! With a varied menu of pasta, meat, and salads, our success comes from our dishes based on Brazilian food.
 

Sofa Café was established in 2011 in São Paulo, Brazil, from the idea of a forest engineer who could not get through the day without his dose of caffeine. 
SMOC Financial Services (SFS) was established to build upon this mission by providing microloans and technical assistance to low- and moderate-income (LMI) entrepreneurs.
MEET OUR BUSINESS PATRONS
 
MEET OUR BUSINESS CONTRIBUTORS
 
MEET THE FRIENDS OF DFI
 
  • Dave Anderson Head of Talent Acquisition at Genevant Sciences Corp.
  • Jill Bennett Executive Director, Amazing Things Arts Center
  • Adam Blumer and Sarah Guernsey public school teachers
  • Peter Chisholm Director of Government Relations, Framingham State University
  • Colleen Coyne Assistant Professor, Framingham State University
  • Erin Ellsworth
  • Carol Fassino Founder, Fair Trade Caravans
  • Mike Gatlin, Esq.
  • Julie Ginn Director of Career Services, MassBay Community College
  • Dale Hamel Executive Vice President Office of Administration, Finance, and Information Technology, Framingham State University
  • Helen Lemoine Executive Director, Leadership MetroWest
  • Susan Nicholl District Liaison Office of Senate President Karen E. Spilka
  • Anne O’Connell Executive Director, Literacy Unlimited
  • Phil and Valerie Ottaviani Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Barbara Ward Family Promise MetroWest
  • Amy Weader Saxonville Studios
MEET THE FAMILIES OF DFI
 
  • Sal and Amanda Bellone Family
  • Artist Kristen Conant Family
  • Stephanie Deeley and Jim Pillsbury
  • City Councilor Judy Grove and FSU Professor Dr. Thomas Grove
  • Pablo Maia Family
  • Joao Oliveira Family
  • Richard Panza Family
  • Jennifer Pfeiffer Family
  • City Councilor Cheryl Tully Stoll and Ed Stoll
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