Downtown Digest April 2017 Volume 1: Issue 1

Framingham Downtown Renaissance April 2017
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warm hearts ~ open minds ~ hard work ~ prosperity

Update from the Executive Director 

Hello, I'm Courtney Thraen, and I'm excited to take the helm at the Framingham Downtown Renaissance from the talented Holli Andrews, who created a sustainable foundation for our non-profit organization. Out dynamic downtown is the perfect setting for demonstrating a healthy, walkable area that underscores the social economy.

Background - Hailing from a small town in Illinois, I moved to Massachusetts in 2008 when I took a teaching position with the U.S. Navy at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA). Prior to MMA, I traveled around the world on two deployments as Navigator on the USS MOMSEN (DDG 92).  I appreciated the Commonwealth's international draw that produced so many exciting innovations.  I instantly knew Massachusetts would be my home.  

Why Framingham? -  After living in Plymouth, Weymouth, and Quincy, I chose Framingham because it was robust with both civic and commercial activity.  I appreciated Framingham's environmentally friendly policies, Complete Streets initiative, and transit-oriented development (TOD) strategy.  As I complete my Master of City Planning degree at Boston University, I have witnessed the critical foundation for planning and infrastructure elements take place downtown.

Strategy - Phase I is relationship-building with both business owners and building owners.  Capacity building includes support for beautification and sign and facade improvements, cross-collaborations, and workforce training through the new Downtown Framingham Business Coalition.  Phase II is outreach and engagement within the TOD zone, at major corporations, and in the greater Boston area through "downtown ambassadors".  

After five months of daily walks, I have been showered with support from business and building owners alike. Patrons from across New England come for our great breweries and often discover other restaurants and fun shops.  It's impossible to not be personally inspired by the hopes and dreams of our business owners as they spearhead the great revival of downtown Framingham.  I seek to build upon their unabashed courage by promoting an area where people can stand by their convictions while striving toward both personal and professional goals. Thank you for continuing to stand tall with the small-business momentum in our walkable, colorful urban core!


6 Mile Moment
Monday, April 17th | 10 am - 2 pm
Marathon celebration at intersection of State Routes 126 and 135
Restaurant Week
April 17 - 23
No tickets & no fuss  - just great food at wonderful prices!
Taste of Downtown Framingham
Sunday, April 23rd, 3 - 7 pm  
Springdale Barrel Room, 102 Clinton St
The owners of Jack's Abby sprouted this great idea to support the downtown's robust restaurant industry.  Buy your tickets today for this eclectic sampler from our wonderful restaurants!  
Mural Mile Road Race and 200 Meter Kids Dash
(Art Week Boston Event)

Saturday, May 6th  
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

9:00 am 438 Franklin Street (1 mile race)
9:30 am 42 Franklin Street (200 meter dash)

This unique one mile race and 200 meter kids dash in downtown Framingham gives you a positive sensory experience that demonstrates the intersection of art and wellness. Race proceeds go to the Rich and Chris Chesmore Scholarship, which supports high school runners as they advance into college.  This is an official Art Week Boston event that features live music, interactive painting, and a chance to get your #muralmoment photo. Register and/or become a sponsor today!
Taste of Downtown Framingham April 23rd
Mural Mile Road Race & Kids Dash
Saturday, May 6th 9:00 am


Recent Openings &
Upcoming Celebrations

- Miranda Bread - 470 Waverly Street - Opened March 6th

- Danny Sullivan's - 102 Irving Street - Grand Opening March 17th

- CORE Fitness - 84 Concord Street - 2 Year Open House - April 1st

- El Pikante Foods - 40 Union Avenue - Opened April 5th, Grand Opening TBA

- Atos Boutique - 100 Concord Street - Party Saturday, April 15th



- Sofa Cafe - 181 Concord Street - Grand Opening April 10th

- MetroWest Pharmacy - 214 Union Avenue -  Grand Opening April 12th

- Sabor de Casa - 40 Hollis Street - TBA

- Metrowest Healthcare Academy - 100 Concord Street - TBA

- BRZ Insurance - 107 Concord Street - TBA 

- Martial Arts / Jiu Jitsu Studio  -  16 Concord Street - TBA

- Ice Cream Shop ~ 20 Union Avenue - TBA

- Delhi Hut - 16 Irving Street - Re-opening TBA


** Subject to change and not all inclusive!

- Jazz Show and Jams -
Amazing Things Art Center - 160 Hollis Street

- Whaddaya Know Team Trivia - 7:30 pm -
Deluxe Depot Diner - 417 Waverly Street
- Dart League - Danny Sullivan's - 102 Irving Street
- Entertainment - Amazing Things Art Center - 160 Hollis Street

- Jam in the Ham -
Danny Sullivan's - 102 Irving Street
- Entertainment -  Amazing Things Art Center - 160 Hollis Street

- Live music - Amazing Things Art Center -
160 Hollis Street
- Live music - Taqueria Mexico - 8 pm -  40 Concord Street
- Live Jazz - Pho Dakao - 8 pm  101 Concord Street
- Live music - Danny Sullivan's - 102 Irving Street
- Live music - Tropical Cafe - 85 Hollis Street
- Open Mic - Deluxe Depot Diner - 417 Waverly Street
- Live music - El Mariachi's - 358 Waverly Street
- Live music - The 4's Sports Pub - 666 Waverly Street

-  Deluxe Depot Diner -
Acoustic Sunrise (morning), Karaoke (night) - 417 Waverly Street
-  Food Trucks - Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company - 12 - 5 pm - 81 Morton Street 
-  Live music - Danny Sullivan's - 102 Irving Street
-  Live music - Tropical Cafe - 85 Hollis Street
-  Live music - Amazing Things Art Center - 160 Hollis Street
-  Entertainment - Mi Cocina Restaurant - 18 Irving Street
-  Live music - The 4's Sports Pub - 666 Waverly Street
-  Live music - El Mariachi's - 358 Waverly Street

-  Live Mariachi Band - Taqueria Mexico - 12 - 5 pm - 40 Concord Street
-  Entertainment - Amazing Things Art Center - 160 Hollis Street
-  Entertainment - Mi Cocina Restaurant - 18 Irving Street


- Atlantis Dental - 118 Concord Street - Full Time Dental Assistant
- Deluxe Depot Diner - 417 Waverly Street

- Pho Dakao - 101 Concord Street 

- Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company - 81 Morton Street

- Jack's Abby - 100 Clinton Street

- El Mariachi - 358 Waverly Street - drivers wanted

- NORTHEAST LOGISTICS SYSTEMS, LLC - 59 Fountain Street - Systems Administrator

- Sofa Cafe - 181 Concord Street

- A-Affordable Insurance - 114 Concord Street 




  • Historical / architectural tour guide training
  • Grassroots outreach in TOD Zone
  • Construction in Downtown Common and MBTA Lot
  • Urban gardening projects along Waverly Street
  • Streetscape improvements to Waverly Street and Hollis Court Parking Lot
  • Parklet adjacent to Amazing Things Art Center
  • Renovated apartments above Pho Dakao
  • Cycling advocacy and promotion in partnership with Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company, 1854 Cycling Company, and N+1 cyclery




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