Sada Stewart Troutman assumes Downtown Development role

Sada Stewart Troutman

Sada Stewart Troutman will assume the role of Downtown Salisbury, Inc. (DSI)/Downtown Development Director, following a comprehensive candidate search. Her first day in the new role is Monday, Nov. 29.

As director, Stewart Troutman will lead the three-person Downtown Development team, who manages initiatives to improve, preserve, and enhance the overall appearance and economic vitality of Downtown Salisbury. The team operates as a City of Salisbury department with a direct relationship with DSI and its board of directors as part of the semi-public/private partnership with the Main Street program.

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Downtown Salisbury, Inc and the Empire Redevelopment Task Force Announce Winner of Bid For Empire Hotel Block

Downtown Salisbury, Inc. (DSI) and the Empire Redevelopment Task Force (ERTF) have unanimously voted to move forward with a boutique hotel concept with residential and commercial mixed-use for the redevelopment of the former Empire Hotel, awarding the development bid to Charlotte-based developer, Brett Krueger, and his affiliate, Howard Kosofsky.

The Empire Redevelopment Task Force launched its Request for Proposal (RFP) in September 2020. Over the past year, the Task Force has engaged in an extensive and thorough evaluation process in its efforts to select a developer and project design that is the most economically-viable option for Downtown Salisbury. The Task Force released its evaluation timeline for public review. See Enclosure.

Krueger has over 25 years of experience in construction, residential, and commercial development. He served as VP of Operations for MRK Investments where he conceptualized and led the development of nationally recognized boutique hotels to include The Ivey’s Hotel in uptown Charlotte and The Windsor Hotel in Asheville.

Krueger intends for the luxury boutique hotel to be decorated with historic items original to Salisbury, to include a blend of boutique and antique design where the past meets modern convenience. He plans to solicit the public for assistance with the acquisition of “all things Salisbury from past, current, to future.”

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City of Salisbury begins downtown road construction

SALISBURY, N.C. (Friday, July 23, 2021) — City of Salisbury will begin nightly road construction, Monday, July 26, in downtown Salisbury in preparation for the Main Street resurfacing project in the fall. The project is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete.

Crews will saw cut and dig a 30-inch trench in order to place traffic signal conduit (pipe that house wiring) at various downtown intersections along Main and Innes Streets. The work will be done at night to minimize the disruption to downtown businesses during work hours, and allow a better flow of daytime traffic. Residents who live in the downtown area will experience some overnight construction noise.

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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!

Downtown Salisbury, Inc. Announces Empire Hotel Redevelopment Request for Proposals

Historic Photo of Empire Hotel

Downtown Salisbury, Inc. (DSI) has released a request for proposals (RFP) to qualified developers to purchase and redevelop the historic Empire Hotel located in downtown Salisbury. The newly-established Empire Hotel Redevelopment Task Force will be responsible for reviewing the proposals received electronically by the deadline of 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2.

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COVID-19, City Operations and Event Update

As you know, the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) is a rising concern and has been declared a pandemic. This topic was discussed during the NC Main Street Conference this week as this unfortunate news broke. Downtown Salisbury, Inc. staff have spoken to other business owners and Main Street managers across the State and would like to share some of the strategies below that encourage healthy customers to shop in-store and on-line with their local small business owning friends and neighbors during this difficult period. 

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

  • This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the City and Downtown Salisbury, Inc. will continue to monitor and provide updated information to as it becomes available.
  • While COVID-19 is a serious public health threat, the current immediate health risk to the general public in North Carolina is considered low at this time.
  • COVID-19 is most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact (including shaking hands) or through touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands. 

Business Owners: Tips for Increasing Sales

  • Continue promoting the value of supporting locally owned businesses.
  • Encourage customers to buy gift cards for use at a later date.
  • Add online gift card sales to your website.
  • Consider offering delivery services –
    • Restaurants, if people aren’t coming to you to eat, go to them (wait staff becomes delivery drivers)
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Important Event and City Updates

Ring in Spring

In light of recent announcements regarding COVID-19 and large gatherings, Downtown Salisbury, Inc. has decided to CANCEL the Ring in Spring event that was scheduled for Saturday April, 4th from 11am – 2pm. 

Stakeholders Meeting

An update on the April Stakeholders meeting will be sent out within the next two weeks.

COVID-19 Cancellations, Postponements and Closingsfor City of Salisbury

As part of the City of Salisbury’s response to COVID-19, there will be closings and cancellations. At this time all city facilities and offices are open, but some events and meetings will not be held. Please refer to this link for a list and check back for updates at salisburync.gov/closings

For community closings, refer to the Salisbury Post.

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