Slow Food Phoenix works with local groups to promote sustainable eating and food culture

Slow Food Phoenix, a United States chapter of the organization Slow Food International, has been working to educate Phoenicians about the origins of their food and the culture behind it with local events ranging from potlucks to bread-making classes.

http://downtowndevil.com/2013/11/13/50692/slow-food-phoenix-works-with-local-groups-to-promote-sustainable-eating-and-food-culture/

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CWS: Council to consider downtown improvement district

The Conway City Council will vote on creating a Central Business Improvement District at its Tuesday night meeting.

If approved, taxes would be levied on downtown property owners to provide what Conway Downtown Partnership director Kim Williams called “a stable funding base for further revitalization downtown.”

http://thecabin.net/news/local/2013-11-09#.UscENNJDuTM

Downtown Los Banos merchants forming association

 

LOS BANOS — Downtown merchants are forming their own association to give voice to businesses in the heart of the city.

Focusing on events and projects that benefit the downtown area will be the aim of the Los Banos Downtown Association, said Donna Mendes, president of the association.

“We’re just in the process of forming our organization,” she said. Mendes has owned and operated for 14 years Positive Changes, a fitness studio in the downtown area.

http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2013/11/08/3320690/downtown-los-banos-merchants-forming.html

RDU: Downtown Raleigh businesses launch gift card

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Downtown Raleigh Alliance launched a gift card program Wednesday that allows shoppers to buy gift cards from $10 to $500 for stores in the downtown area.

The prepaid card that is accepted at participating businesses ranging from retail to dining and includes 86 downtown businesses.

The gift card is intended to promote downtown as a shopping destination in Raleigh. Downtown was once the heart of the commercial center before shopping centers in outlying areas began to pull retailers away from downtown.

http://www.wncn.com/story/23831886/downtown-raleigh-businesses-launch-gift-card

Lake Zurich pushing forward with downtown plans

Lake Zurich officials say they are wasting no time implementing a plan aimed at revitalizing the long-stagnant downtown area.

Unveiled last month, the six-point action plan hopes to implement what Village Manager Jason Slowinski called “immediate and cost-effective” measures to spur development in the downtown area.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/lake_zurich/ct-tl-lake-zurich-board-1104-20131105,0,6415185.story

ABE: More than 50 Easton businesses to accept newly launched Downtown Gift Card

Christmas shopping may be getting easier for some folks.

The Easton Main Street Initiative today announced the official start of its Downtown Gift Card program, as well as the holiday marketing slogan “Give thoughtlessly: Simple, Local, Mindful.”

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/index.ssf/2013/11/easton_main_street_initiative_8.html