GRR: Couple wins New Year’s Eve on the town, thanks to their downtown shopping habits

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Zach Pilczuk and his girlfriend, Maria Toranga, are making plans to spend New Year’s Eve on the town thanks to their habit of dining out and shopping in downtown Grand Rapids.

Pilczuk, a speech and language therapist for Spectrum Health, is the first winner ofDowntown Grand Rapids Inc.’s “Give the Gift of Downtown” drawing to promote downtown shopping and entertainment.



MK: 5 comments Muskegon Indoor Winter Market promotes unique goods, business and downtown activity

MUSKEGON, MI – Nestled inside an old bank building downtown, Muskegon-area residents and visitors on Saturday cruised through a small bazaar featuring everything from fresh pastries and coffee to knick-knacks and earthy apparel.

The affair, also known as the Muskegon Indoor Winter Market, began sluggishly as participants celebrated the second round of the relatively new effort created to promote Muskegon’s up-and-coming district.


Adairsville DDA launches new website for downtown businesses

The Adairsville Downtown Development Authority has taken to the web in order to highlight the businesses and attractions around the city’s central square.

Launched at the beginning of November, the website,, is a central site dedicated to promoting the retailers, services, restaurants and entertainment in downtown Adairsville. DDA Chair Susan Gilmore said the site serves as a counterpart to the city’s website, which focuses more on government operations rather than private businesses.


ACY: Main Street Vineland names new executive director

The organization that helps promote Vineland’s downtown business district will have a new executive director as of Wednesday.

Gary Holloway will run Main Street Vineland, the group’s board of directors said Thursday.

Holloway is currently manager of Landis MarketPlace, a position he has held since 2010. Holloway will retain some marketing and business recruitment duties at Landis MarketPlace.


Downtown group is grateful for support

Letter to the Editor

On behalf of Great American Downtown, I want to take this opportunity to thank the Greater Nashua community for its support this past year.

Together, we have worked to promote downtown Nashua through successful partnerships and events. We actively strengthened our ties to the arts community and to downtown and regional businesses.

We began an initiative to raise funds for decorations on Main Street through the Downtown Lighting Committee. This public and private partnership successfully raised money for beautiful enhancements to our Downtown.


Catawba marketing survey has suggestions for downtown

Catawba College students said they “tried to find a story” as they analyzed the marketing research data they collected from people visiting downtown Salisbury on special themed event nights this fall. They presented their findings to a modest audience in Tom Smith Auditorium on campus in early December.

These students, enrolled in Dr. Phillip Frank’s marketing research class through the Ketner School of Business, gathered their research using a customized survey completed by 165 downtown visitors. They collected surveys from Friday Nights Out, beginning Sept. 20 with Kids Night (with special activities set up for children). They continued gathering survey responses on three additional evenings: the Oct. 4 Fall Leaf Festival (which included different music venues set up in the downtown area); the Oct. 11 OctoberTour Night (which featured a Zombie walk and contest); and the Nov. 1 Sip and Shop.


Zaazou: New plan to promote tourism investment in 2014

Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazou said that there is a new plan under consideration, aiming to attract foreign investments to the tourism sector, which will be implemented in the beginning of 2014.
Zaazou explained that Egypt’s strategy to bring in investment would be changed from a ‘sit-and-wait approach’ to ‘go-out-and-get’.
The plan entails the appointment of Dr. Ibrahim Al-Ashmawi as Zaazou’s adviser to work towaards promotion and marketing of investment opportunities in international markets and exhibitions.