As we approach the holidays, you’re likely making more purchases as you seek out the perfect gifts for your loved ones. This is a great time to shop locally! [Read more…]
The Paradise Center for the Arts in Downtown Faribault is presenting “The Miracle on 34th Street – The Musical” with performances from December 6-15. Many of the PCA’s latest shows have sold out so get your tickets early by stopping in at the PCA or by calling them at 507-332-7372. This is sure to be a great experience that you do not want to miss. Add in some awesome shopping and a delicious meal with the show and you have a great evening in Downtown Faribault!
Here is a fun example of why shopping small and local is so important! Our Downtown is filled with small businesses that would love to earn your business. And remember – for every $1 that you spend small and local – about $.55 stays in our community and revolves through other businesses. Just click on the picture!
There are a lot of great events going on in the Faribault Main Street area over the Holiday Season. Please remember to Shop Local – your family, friends & neighbors depend on it. For every $1 you spend at a small, local business approximately $.55 stays in our local community! What goes around comes around!
Events during Hometown Holiday 2013 – Our 30 Day Hometown Holiday Celebration.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 – Window Decorating Contest. Vote and enter for a grand prize drawing.
Saturday, November 30, 2013 – Small Business Saturday. Remember to shop small and shop local!
Monday, December 2, 2013 – Hometown Holiday at Buckham Center. Santa, reindeer, crafts, music and a fire truck.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 – Faribault Main Street Hometown Holiday Celebration. Horse drawn wagon rides / pictures with Santa / Carolers / drinks, treats & sales in stores.
December 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 – “Miracle of 34th Street – The Musical” – Paradise Center for the Arts
Thursday, December 10 – Community Band Holiday Concert – Paradise Center for the Arts
Monday – Friday December 16-21 – Faribault Main Street Last Minute Shopping
Saturday, December 21, 2013 – “At Christmas” – Paradise Center for the Arts
Faribault Main Street is hosting a new festival this year as we have our first ever “Bikes, Bikes & Brews” event. It will be held on Saturday, May 25. We recognize that we have a lot of great biking opportunities in and around Faribault so we encourage you to get on your bike and ride that Saturday morning. It doesn’t matter if you enjoy mountain biking at Riverbend Nature Center, take your road bicycle out on the Sakatah Trail, or if you fire up your motorcycle and take a tour of Southern Minnesota – just get out and ride! The Faribault Flyers Bike Club will be leaving Downtown Faribault for the usual Saturday morning bicycle ride and Dawn Zeman is organizing a “Ride For Life” motorcycle ride, also leaving from Downtown Faribault.
Then from 12:00 – 3:00 pm come to Central Avenue in Downtown Faribault and enjoy live entertainment, some awesome grilled food from Jennie-O, beverages supplied by Schell’s Brewery and craft brew tasting from some the best home brewers around. We will have a prize for the crowd’s favorite homebrewer so if you create a great home brew, get registered and get into the fun!
We are very fortunate to have great partners for the event including Boston’s – The Gourmet Pizza, Schell’s Brewing Company, Jennie-O Turkey Store and the Faribault Daily News.
For craft brew information / registration, give Travis a call at 507-331-3255.
For more information on the Faribault Flers Bike Club and their Saturday morning ride, call 507-334-1518.
For more information on the “Ride For Life”, contact Dawn at 612-532-5426.
Watch for more details to follow.
The Crawl is coming……… Click on the picture above to see this year’s event flyer. Last August we held our first ever Faribault Main Street Mystery Entertainment Crawl and it was a huge success. The next Crawl is on Saturday, May 18th. Who or what acts of entertainment will you enjoy? You will just have to wait and see. Put it on your calendar.
For this Crawl, you will enjoy entertainment at Boxer’s Bar & Grill, the Bachrach Loft / Cheese Cave, and the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, May 6 and will be available at the Faribault Chamber of Commerce, Flair Furniture & Gift Gallery, Eastman Music and The Crafty Maven. Get your tickets early as we will sell out!
The Faribault Main Street crew of volunteers have been busy this year – and they are about to get busier. When Bruce Burkhartzmeyer took the helm as the Board of Directors Chair in January, he brought an ambitious plan that we should have a Main Street representative visit all of our members – an Every Member Visit. So far, I have a list of 162 businesses inside our Main Street boundaries and 18 businesses just outside of our area, so you can see that it is truly an ambitious task. But we’re up to it and the purpose of the visits is three-fold.
First, we want to make sure that everyone is aware of what the Faribault Main Street program does for Downtown Faribault – what we have done, what we plan to do, how we advocate for local businesses and building owners, and how we promote and enhance the downtown area. Every business and building owner within our boundaries is a member of our team – whether they know it or not. And everyone is invited to take part in our efforts to strengthen the very neighborhood that produces their livelihood. We want business owners, managers, employees and building owners to understand that we are all in this together, and as a group, we are much stronger and viable than we are as individuals.
Secondly, we want to learn more about our members. What products and services they offer. What changes have they made recently and what changes are they planning to make in the future. How have they effectively marketed their business and what can we learn from them about what hasn’t worked. What businesses or product lines would complement theirs? And most important, what can Main Street do to assist their efforts at strengthening our area.
The third purpose of the Every Member Visit is to form a grass roots donor support program. We are in our third year as a designated Minnesota Main Street community and our volunteers have worked very hard in establishing a solid base. That base has been built brick by brick and we feel it is a solid foundation on which we can continue to build. We hope to garner enough funds from a donor support program to solidify the program to the point that we can start making tangible investments back into our area. We have taken on the task of making sure flower baskets line our streets in the summer, but we also recognize that we need holiday decorations, we could use new street banners, and we all would benefit from bigger and more effective festivals and advertising promotions. Building owners have the City of Faribault micro-loan program to improve their facades and we would like to offer a complimentary grant program to really give our buildings a shot in the arm. Together, all of these efforts will make our businesses stronger, our property values improve, and all of Downtown Faribault more vibrant.
The Main Street Board conducted an on-line survey at the end of 2012 to gauge the effectiveness of the Main Street Program. Click on the link below to access all the results.
Calling all participants – kids costume parade and chili connoisseurs & chefs!
On Saturday, October 13th downtown Faribault will be filled with kids in their best Halloween costumes as they take part in the kid’s parade that starts at 11:00 a.m. Leading the parade will be a marching band to get the crowd going. Family members are encouraged to make signs supporting the parade participants. Last year we had well over 100 parade participants so let’s see if we can top that this year! No pre-registration is required. Strollers and trikes are welcome but no pets or motorized vehicles please. Get the neighborhood, classroom, day care kids or family together and have a great time at the kids’ costume parade on Central Avenue. We will gather at around 10:30 a.m. in the parking lots of 520 or 533 Central Avenue near Gran Plaza and Katie Brien Photography and the parade will end in the 200 block of Central Avenue. After the parade, families will be able to enjoy more great kid’s activities. Don’t forget your camera as it will be an event to capture in pictures.
Also part of our Fall Festival is the famous Chili Contest. Think you make a great batch of chili? Here’s your chance to show off. Or maybe you just LOVE to eat chili. Here’s your chance to sample about 30 different chili recipes. Vote for your favorite and the winner may have their chili featured at Boston’s restaurant all winter long!
To enter the Chili Contest, stop down and see Marie at The Sweet Spot or you can click 2012 Fall Festival Chili Contest Rules for the Chili Contest rules and entry form.
The Fall Festival is sure to be a great event for the whole family. Come spend some great quality family time in Downtown Faribault.