Changing the Face of Downtowns

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...

Say Cheese

Say Cheese

Sep 21, 2012

Photography can be the elephant in the social media room. It is hard to talk about the importance and power of social media without talking about the importance and power of the images driving the madness. I am in no way an expert on photography. I take a lot pictures. I have a learned a lot in the past year or so, but I have a long long way to go before I might...

Farmers Markets Incubate Grocery Districts

Farmers Markets Incubate Grocery Districts

Sep 21, 2012

Saturday mornings across America, a new tradition is taking hold. Pop-up tents get popped-up, pick-ups get packed up, and the world of Farmers Markets comes to life. We have been pushing the importance of Farmers Markets in downtown revitalization, but it seems like we might have only focused on the short view. What are the next steps? What happens after you...

Dig Down in the Deep Delta

Dig Down in the Deep Delta

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 land. International travelers explore our backroads, and discover the true America that exists between Memphis and New Orleans. The America that shaped new types of music and influenced...

Downtown Lake Orion, Michigan Partners with Brewpub

Downtown Lake Orion, Michigan Partners with Brewpub

Sep 19, 2012

The 51 North Brewery at 51 N. Broadway is a major development on its own, but the fact that it is moving into a massive, historic, downtown building that had no takers for several years makes it an even greater success, says Suzanne Perreault, executive director of the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority. After the micro brewery owner, an accomplished...

Paper is Your Friend

Paper is Your Friend

Sep 19, 2012

I am constantly asked for easy and simple ways to spruce up a tired window display. Outside of rearranging the merchandise and the simple act of vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning the glass, there is one tried and true way to make a statement on the cheap. Paper It is colorful, dynamic, inexpensive, and readily available no matter how remote your location. How can...