It was an exciting month in downtown Cartersville. In addition to receiving the Downtown Award of Excellence from the Georgia Downtown Association, the Main Street Committees are in full event season planning mode, and exciting ideas are being formulated through the Design Committee and Department of Community Affairs on additional downtown beautification. Below is a ‘brief’ recap of the month of August.
- Info about First Friday Concert in August 1 issue of Today’s Fax
- Article in August 1 issue of The Daily Tribune News regarding downtown Wi-Fi
- Info about Cartersville Farmer’s Market in August 2 Hometown Headlines
- WBHF Radio interview on August 6
- Article in August 12 issue of Bartow Neighbor regarding the Summer of Love Event
- Photo w/ caption in August 20 issue of Bartow Neighbor about Summer of Love Event
- Article about Downtown Development Program of Year Award in August 26 Hometown Headlines
- Mention in August 26 Today’s Fax about Downtown Development Program of the Year Award
- Article in August 27 issue of The Daily Tribune News about Downtown Development Program of Year Award
- Photo w/ caption in August 27 issue of The Daily Tribune News about Downtown Wi-Fi
- Article about Cartersville Farmer’s Market, First Friday’s in Downtown and Bluegrass Festival in Summer 2014 issue of City of Cartersville newsletter
The postponed August First Friday event (held on Friday, August 15), was a great success! Attendance was our best to date for a First Friday event, estimated at just over 400. Huge thanks to Mellow Mushroom for sponsoring the event!
Our next First Friday is September 5. Sponsored by Cartersville Medical Center, there will be vendors of the Cartersville Farmer’s Market, as well as several artists, set up around downtown. Kid’s activities will be available in Friendship Plaza, as will information about Cartersville Medical Center, and free lemonade courtesy of Chick-Fil-A Cartersville. At 7 PM, the band Rolling Nowhere will perform a free concert.
DOWNTOWN AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
During the Georgia Downtown Awards of Excellence Event held in late August, Cartersville was named the Downtown Development Program of the Year by the Georgia Downtown Association. As the highest honor in the state awarded to downtown programs, this is a great win for the entire community. From a dedicated board of directors, countless city departments and their staff, downtown business and property owners, our elected officials, and many volunteers, this award signifies strong partnerships and great working relationships.
The promotions committee met on Thursday, August 7. The meeting was attended by: Lara Jeanneret, DDA Board/Lara J Designs; Nancy Jackson, DDA Board/Jax Supply; Dan Kramer, It’s About Time Boutique; and Hollie Duncan and Tara Currier. Much information centered on the August and September First Friday events. Discussion also took place about Sample Our City and the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival. The committee also reviewed a proposal from Populace, Inc. for a downtown mobile app listing downtown shopping, dining, attractions and events.
The design committee met on August 5 and was attended by Earline Burke, DDA/Design Chair; Jim Haigler, Haigler Architecture Systems; Trey Gaines; Bartow History Museum; Linda Evans, Booth Museum/Master Gardner; Lisa Stone; Nancy Jackson, DDA/Jax Supply; Carol Key, DAR; and Tara Currier and Hollie Duncan, DDA. Guest Carol Key shared information that the local DAR chapter was working on for National Constitution Week, coming up September 17-23. Various activities will take place downtown, and all downtown businesses are asked to decorate their storefronts in a patriotic theme. DAR will judge the windows on September 11, and winners will receive a framed certificate and ribbon. Linda Evans then shared information about a committee that has been formed to beautify the planters downtown. Updates on progress of the Downtown Design Plan, Fire Station Bay improvements and Art Committee were also shared.
DOWNTOWN DESIGN PLAN:
The DDA board has been working for quite some time with the Department of Community Affairs Design Studio on a downtown design plan. This plan focuses solely on Friendship Plaza/Public Square, Founder’s Oak Parking lot, and North & South Wall Street. From landscaping, to a covered pavilion, proposed color scheme for wayfinding signage and parking, this is a ‘dream big’ plan. It encompasses various ideas and suggestions that could help make downtown even more pedestrian and business friendly in the future. The plan will be used to help formulate additional ideas for downtown improvement, with approval from necessary city departments and council. Carmine Fischetti, manager of the design studio, will be presenting their proposed plan on Tuesday, September 9, at 9 AM in Cartersville City Council Chambers. We invite you to join us, if you’d like, to help us further ‘dream big’ on what might be of downtown Cartersville. Please RSVP by Friday, Sep. 5.
The August Monthly Mixer was held at The City Loft on August 13. Those in attendance included: Dan Kramer, It’s About Time Boutique; Nancy Jackson, Jax Supply/DDA Board; Robert Adams, Cartersville Antique Gallery; Bob Smith and Julie Putz, The City Cellar; Deborah Ballew, Meg Pie; Earline Burke, GMI/DDA Board; Jim Ballew, The Olive Branch/DDA Board; Alison Tucker, Main Street Salon; Meghann Humphreys, Cultural Arts Alliance; Warren Davenport; Darin and Jennifer Capes, Coconuts; Pam Casebolt, Lilly & Jake; Joe Hollingshed, Gilreath Hall; Paul Pugliese, Bartow County Extension Office; and Hollie Duncan and Tara Currier – DDA. Information about upcoming events and activities were shared. Bartow County Extension Agent Paul Pugliese also shared information about potentially beautifying the planters downtown. The next Mixer will be Tuesday, September 9, from 5:30-7:00 PM at Coconuts.
SEPTEMBER DOWNTOWN CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
**Farmer’s Market every Wednesday from 5-8 PM; Saturday from 7AM-Noon in Founder’s Oak Parking Lot**
September 4 – Promotions Committee Meeting at Train Depot at 8:30 AM
September 5 – “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” First Friday event downtown (5-9 PM)
September 6 – Tom Clayton Memorial Car Cruise Presented by Cartersville Shrine Club (4-8 PM)
September 9 – DCA Design Studio Presentation on Downtown Design Plan in Council Chambers at 9 AM
Monthly Mixer at Coconuts from 5:30-7:00 PM (drop in as able)
September 16 – DDA Board Meeting at Train Depot at 8:30 AM