Main Spotlight: Announcing the 2021 Main Street America Designated Communities

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Announcing the 2021 Main Street America Designated Communities and 2020 Reinvestment Statistics

We are proud to announce that 883 Main Street programs across the country have earned Accredited status, Main Street America’s top level of recognition. This elite designation signifies a strong commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization, along with a track record of effectively applying the Main Street Approach™. We also applaud the 337 programs that have been designated as Main Street America Affiliates this year. These programs have created meaningful improvements in their communities and are on the pathway to achieving even more significant economic, physical, and organizational improvements in their downtowns.

Combined, these Accredited and Affiliate communities generated $4.14 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 4,356 net new businesses, generated 14,988 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,488 historic buildings, and clocked 983,702 volunteer hours in 2020. Learn more and celebrate the incredible work of the Main Street movement in this week’s Main Spotlight.


New & Upcoming in Downtown

Winsome Hanger has reopened and is now a men’s boutique!

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They offer men’s formal wear rentals and sales as well as a curated mix of exclusive brands such as Brackish | Feather Bow Ties & Accessories and Brown Dog Hosiery. 

Lora Belle Baby

It’s been a long 6 months, but Lora Belle Baby has reopened! They are now located at 221 S. Main St.


Their new hours are: Monday-Friday- 10-5:30 and Saturday 10-4

7th Annual Buskers’ Bash

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Buskers’ Bash is an annual event that celebrates the best local talent from solo
musicians to fire-tossing jugglers and every other type of street performer in between!

This year we had over 45 busker’s to sign up. This eclectic crew of sidewalk artists, showed up and showed out by performing in front of participating downtown businesses. The night was full of laughter, great music, and fun!

Congratulations to the 7th Annual Busker’s Bash winners!!

Adult

  • 1st – Steppin’ Out Dance Company
  • 2nd – Spotlight Dance Company
  • 3rd – Gavin McDaniel
  • Honorable Mention – Kennedy Tarleton
  • Honorable Mention – Cameron Brown

Youth

  • 1st – Eli Yacinthe
  • 2nd – Kayla Vega
  • 3rd – Larry Kirwin

What a great night of music, laughter and dance! Thank you to all that participated and we look forward to having you back next year! Visit our Facebook page for photos of the winners and the evening!

Thank you to all of the Busker’s, staff and most importantly our volunteers that helped make the night run smoothly!

Wine About Winter, HUGE SUCCESS!!

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Thank you to everyone that attended Wine About Winter 2020! It was a huge success and the best yet!!

We estimate 1,600 people attended Wine About Winter 2020. This included, individuals that purchased tickets, hotel packages, designated drivers, etc.

We hope that you had a wonderful night and you’re looking forward to WAW 2021!

For those that attended, we would love to get your feedback. Please take a moment and fill out the WAW survey

Spring Forward

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 8th at exactly 2 am and ends on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2 am. By moving your clock forward by one hour to 3am, you lose an hour of sleep but gain an hour of daylight in the evening.

According to Dr. Phyllis Zee, Director for sleep medicine at Northwestern University, she states that there are some health effects that could stem from the change. To learn more about the effects and how to transition into the new time change more affectively, click here.


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Downtown Salisbury, Inc. Launches NEW Website

Downtown Salisbury, Inc. (DSI) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of their new website in February 2020. In partnership with City of Salisbury staff, the development and design of the website was completed in-house at no cost.

The website’s development process focused on two primary concerns: mobile-first design and better functionality for residents, visitors and local business/property owners. The new mobile-first design is future forward, taking into account that over 70% of people use their mobile phone to access the internet and those numbers are likely to grow. The updated navigation provides clearly organized content that is easy to access. The public can now add their events to the event calendar for review by DSI staff, and the business listings can be managed directly by the business owners


In addition, DSI’s newsletter articles will be archived on the website and signing up to receive the newsletter emails each month is easy and fast. DSI staff will be constantly updating the website’s content with helpful information, articles, blogs, newsletters, announcements and more.


The website integrated DSI’s new branding with clean, colorful graphics. The main web page features a custom video highlighting downtown Salisbury, which will be updated annually.


We hope you find the new website fresh and modern; we worked hard to make sure it contained valuable information to assist you with your downtown Salisbury, NC needs. 

Downtown Wine Crawl Tickets On Sale Now

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Why not purchase your friend or family member a ticket to Downtown Salisbury’s signature wine tasting event! Wine About Winter takes place throughout downtown in the local bars, restaurants, specialty shops and boutiques.


Tickets include a souvenir wine glass, wine bag, wristband, and a tasting pass. Ticket holders are able to visit participating shops and restaurants to sip and sample a variety of 20+ wines from around Rowan County and beyond.

Friday, February 7, 2020 • 5 to 9 pm

Rowan Public Library to host community job fair Friday

Rowan Public Library will host a free job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, January 17th at 201 W. Fisher St.


It is open to the public and will offer job-seekers the opportunity to network with local employers who are recruiting to fill open positions. No registration is required.Job Fair 2018 is a response to community request.

It is open to the public and will offer job-seekers the opportunity to network with local employers who are recruiting to fill open positions. No registration is required.Job Fair 2018 is a response to community request. .