Changing the Face of Downtowns

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Downtowns, Meet Kickstarter

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013

Leave it to the folks at Downtown Rochester, MI to do it again. After being hit with a budget cut to a major downtown holiday event, they went to Kickstarter to try to find the...

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Stall to Store

Innovation: The Plant, Back of the Yards-Chicago

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012

CHICAGO- There is an amazing story growing on the edge of the Old Union Stockyards, in the shadow of a soon-to-open Walmart Express, at the old Peer Meat Packing Plant. The first...

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Story Telling

Dig Down in the Deep Delta

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012

The world has come to know a very special place called the Mississippi Delta, a place that inspired the Blues, shapes southern cuisine, and is still intimately connected with the...

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Modern Retail

Google Field Trip comes to iOS

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013

Google has just launched the iOS version of the Field Trip App that has been available for Android phones since September. Field Trip is intended to be Google’s take on a City...

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Community Brand Planner Wanted

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Brand Planner Arnett Muldrow & Associates, a nationally known Community Branding firm based in Greenville, SC is seeking a highly motivated designer to help expanded our branding efforts. Candidate must possess a strong skill level with Adobe Creative Suite, with a special focus in Illustrator and InDesign, good taste for color and typeface selection, an eye...

Downtowns, Meet Kickstarter

Downtowns, Meet Kickstarter

Oct 18, 2013

Leave it to the folks at Downtown Rochester, MI to do it again. After being hit with a budget cut to a major downtown holiday event, they went to Kickstarter to try to find the funding to fill the gap. This is how to use technology to work for our communities!!! Read more here From Kickstarter: A Miracle on Fourth Street Since 2006, The Big, Bright Light Show...

THIS is Why Merchants are So Angry, Grumpy, and Irritable.

THIS is Why Merchants are So Angry, Grumpy, and Irritable.

May 29, 2013

Let’s do a little bit of Main Street Math. Follow with me. This should be fun. The average downtown retail space in America is about 2000 sq. ft. The average downtown rent in America is about $16.40 per sq. ft. That means that the normal downtown retailer is paying about $32,800 a year in rent. So, with out standard market up of 50%, the retailer needs to...

Tupelo, Mississippi Does it Again

Great job capturing an amazing downtown!!!

Google Field Trip comes to iOS

Google Field Trip comes to iOS

Mar 8, 2013

Google has just launched the iOS version of the Field Trip App that has been available for Android phones since September. Field Trip is intended to be Google’s take on a City Guide, or exploration app. This ever evolving guidebook app informs you when you are near cool stuff. Events and business can set off push notifications directly to your phone when...

Innovation: The Plant, Back of the Yards-Chicago

Innovation: The Plant, Back of the Yards-Chicago

Oct 17, 2012

CHICAGO- There is an amazing story growing on the edge of the Old Union Stockyards, in the shadow of a soon-to-open Walmart Express, at the old Peer Meat Packing Plant. The first thing you notice from 47th Avenue is the old PEER sign, which after a slight modification, now reads bEER. But once you you turn the corner, and drive past Walmart, you are greeted by...

Hip to Be Square

Hip to Be Square

Sep 28, 2012

Technology can help downtown businesses bridge the economies of scale gap. A lot of time is spent talking about the plight of small business owners. Main Street organizations strategize about ways to recruit and retain businesses in their districts. They throw festivals, run retail promotions, and market – all in the name of helping the small business...

Food Trucks Drive Local Dining

Food Trucks Drive Local Dining

Sep 24, 2012

We all know that restaurants drive downtown revitalization. But with a median startup cost of $225,000 and average startup cost of over $470,000, getting a new restaurant downtown takes some serious effort mixed with a good dose of crazy. But what about this new food truck trend? Food trucks are not just for big cities anymore. From New York to Portland, these...