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Main Street Happenings Spring 2017!

The Latest News in Downtown:

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted a real news article, but it’s because we’ve had lots to do with many things going on in Downtown Three Rivers!  From a brewery opening to a new restaurant project, from a fast-approaching cleanup day to a new First Fridays events series and an innovative, new approach to putting our city on the map, there’s plenty to be excited about as we start the second quarter of 2017. Here are some of the highlights:

  • KELSEY BLOCK BREWERY! On Saturday, March 18, the Kelsey Block Brewing Company opened to the public for the first time! We were excited to be there, and you can check the Downtown Three Rivers Facebook page for a short video. The beer is fantastic, the building is nicely renovated, and owner Jerry Barkley is pleased to offer a selection of great homemade snacks. Stay tuned; he’ll be offering a more complete menu for your dining enjoyment once he’s had the place open for a few months. Current hours are Fri-Sat-Sun, 4-10. Come down and check the place out!
  • ROOSTER’S WING SHACK: At its March board meeting, the DDA/Main Street awarded Sean Reus a $20,000 grant for rehabilitation of the former Paisano’s property, and we are excited about the changes. Newly-uncovered and refinished hardwood floors, tables made from recycled bowling alley and black pipe, corrugated metal trim, and new lighting will give the place a trendy, new feel, while new kitchen and tap equipment, a new bar (back near where it was when Paisano’s opened), and an expanded set of taps will allow for a better focus on quality, with Michigan-brewed selections. Fewer pool tables and a brighter space mean a more family-friendly atmosphere. Best of all, look for a wide selection of flavored wings and many other items. We’ll be excited to see afternoon and evening dining options return to the block – expect an opening in late spring!
  • LANDMARK TAPHOUSE: The project to renovate the former Pub 21 property into a trendy tap house and restaurant continues to move forward. Notice a theme yet? We’re on our way to being able to claim Three Rivers as a destination for micro brew aficionados and people seeking to try new experiences in local eateries. This project is being funded from a variety of sources, so there are a lot of details to be ironed out before work is permitted to start, but funders, contractors, and the property owners recently met to begin the first steps of moving toward construction. DDA, the city, MEDC, and others are all at the table, and the Russells have shown steadfast commitment to moving forward. This is a big project, and we anticipate great things. We’ll keep you posted as they develop!
  • CLEANUP DAY: Our annual cleanup day is approaching! Join in the fun as we spruce up downtown Three Rivers and get ready for summer with flower planting, painting, trimming, and many other tasks. Spend a spring day outside with your fellow citizens helping take pride in our great city! Stay tuned for more details – the event takes place on Saturday, May 13 – and email threeriversdda@gmail.com if you’d like to be involved!
  • FIRST FRIDAYS! Our downtown merchants and our Promotions Committee have decided to undertake a First Fridays downtown events series! With the brewery open now, the Wing Shack open soon, and an exciting list of entertainment and events to be revealed, we expect these to be great fun! The first, kickoff Friday will be June 2 from 5 to 8 pm, and will be an Ice Cream Social; each Friday will have its own unique theme and activities. Keep an eye on the Downtown Three Rivers Facebook page and trdda.net for the latest!
  • VOLUNTEER PICNIC: Coinciding with our inaugural First Friday on June 2, we’ll also host a volunteer appreciation picnic in Scidmore Park. We’ll grill hotdogs, and you may choose to bring an optional potluck item as we pay tribute to the many hardworking volunteers who keep our program rolling forward. We’ll adjourn to the Ice Cream Social afterwards – email threeriversdda@gmail.com to RSVP!
  • MOVING TOWARD COHESION: In February, national and state Main Street staff joined our board, staff, and supporters to identify next strategies for moving forward. With our events, our grant programs, and other activities, we’ve achieved some great progress – more businesses and prospective business owners are taking a serious look at our downtown. The goal of this meeting was to identify a way to move us to the next level of achievement. After looking at our best assets and strengths – our history museums, the Carnegie and the Riv, HarmonyFest and other events, the Artists’ Guild, our artisan merchants, and the rivers and parks – it became obvious that we have the beginnings of an arts, culture, and entertainment district here. Now, we’re having some initial conversations with those organizations and businesses to look at ways to put our strengths together, add more acitivites, and highlight what we already do well, so that in a few years, Three Rivers might be able to attract visitation on the basis of the unique and great things we have to offer!   …our coming restaurants should help, too. We’ll look to further showing off our outdoor opportunities – rivers and trails – further down the road as the related infrastructure falls into place.
  • GOLDEN FINCH FRAME: Many of you have been watching the Golden Finch Frame and Gallery in anticipation of their move. In keeping with our new arts-related theme, owner Nancy Boyce has decided to keep the store in its current location at Main and Portage. We’re glad she’ll be staying here in downtown, and that her store will be an important part of setting our identity going forward!

 

Three Rivers people once flocked to downtown for its arts and entertainment. The Riviera is still with us as a great place to spend time, and with a new brewery and more restaurants coming soon, we expect Downtown to thrive again!
Our downtown is filled with creative people, like Misty Vosters of Yummy Creations by Misty. Would you believe that this camera is a cake?
The Carnegie Center for the Arts and the Three Rivers Artists’ Guild bring our community’s talent together. TR Artists’ Guild photo.
The new Kelsey Block Brewing Company has been open since mid-March, and it’s a beautiful space. We think you’ll agree–and we think the beer is great, too!
We’re a factory town, so we’ve always been good at making things. This Chevy may well contain Three Rivers parts – but we also make art in many other forms!
From HarmonyFest to Elvis-impersonator shows at the Riviera Theater, live entertainment brings people to our downtown!
IMPORTANT DATES for SPRING and SUMMER:

4/12/17: DDA BUDGET HEARING – 8:30 am at 57 North Main Street; we’ll be reviewing the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018
4/22/17: TRACF SPLASH EVENT – Three Rivers Area Community Foundation will hold its casino night fundraiser at A Place in Time on Saturday evening, and our DDA/Main Street will be there to help celebrate their successes.
5/13/17: COMMUNITY CLEANUP DAY – all day Saturday in downtown TR
6/2/17: FIRST FRIDAYS KICKOFF ICE CREAM SOCIAL: The first of our First Fridays downtown events series will be an ice cream social in downtown Three Rivers, to be held the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm.
6/2/17: VOLUNTEER PICNIC: As part of our inaugural First Friday, we’ll host a volunteer appreciation potluck picnic in Scidmore Park.
7/7/17: FIRST FRIDAY
8/4/17: FIRST FRIDAY – SASS IN THE CITY!
9/3/17: HARMONY FEST
9/8/17: TR SCHOOL PRIDE! In lieu of a regular First Friday, our downtown merchants will celebrate our city’s school pride in honor of Homecoming on the second Friday of September.
FALL ’17: Stay tuned for the fall when our program will host its first annual signature fundraising event, our First Fridays will continue, and Christmas Around Town festivities will start in late November!

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Three Rivers DDA/Main Street

ATTN: David Vago
57 N. Main St.

Three Rivers, MI 49093

BUDGET HEARING NOTICE: April 12, 2017

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

OF THE

CITY OF THREE RIVERS, MICHIGAN

 

NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING

 

Notice is hereby given that the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Three Rivers will conduct a public hearing on the proposed 2017/2018 budget of said Downtown Development Authority at the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce/Downtown Development Authority conference room, 57 North Main Street, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. and that a copy of said budget is available for inspection at City Hall, 333 West Michigan Avenue.

 

Any interested person may attend and participate or submit written comments to the City Clerk at the address above.

 

American with Disabilities (ADA) Notice:

 

The City will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at the meeting/hearing upon seven (7) day notice to the City of Three Rivers.  Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the City of Three Rivers at the above address.

 

 

The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing, including a possible adjustment of the Tax Increment Finance capture to the full legal allotment of two mills.

 

 

Melissa Bliss, City Clerk

269.273.1632

David Vago, Executive Director

Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority

269.535.5145

Notice of Special Meeting: March 24, 2017

 DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

OF THE CITY OF THREE RIVERS, MICHIGAN

 

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING:

The Downtown Development Authority of the City of Three Rivers will conduct a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors on Friday, March 24, 2017, at 3:15 pm at the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce conference room, 57 North Main Street, in Three Rivers. The purpose will be to discuss preparations for a budget hearing for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 for said Downtown Development Authority, to take place at a subsequent date.

Any interested person may attend and participate or submit written comments to the address above.

 

American with Disabilities (ADA) Notice: The City will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at the meeting/hearing upon one (1) day notice to the City of Three Rivers.  Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the DDA at 57 North Main St., Three Rivers, MI 49093, (269) 535-5145, or email threeriversdda@gmail.com.

 

Submitted by:

David Vago

Executive Director

Downtown Development Authority

CHRISTMAS AROUND TOWN 2016 Almost Here!

CHRISTMAS AROUND TOWN 2016

SCHEDULE of EVENTS:

Three Rivers DDA is pleased to announce the lineup for this year’s Christmas Around Town, on Thanksgiving Weekend, in Downtown Three Rivers! We are happy to bring back some of your favorite events for another year, and introduce some new activities as well! Don’t miss our first-ever Breakfast with Santa fundraiser on Sunday the 27th, or our great new holiday Main Street Strolls on Fridays in December!

Friday, November 25th

  • 6:00 pm – Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Mural Mall featuring caroling by the Three Rivers Aristocats, a Christmas book reading, and a hot cocoa and coffee bar provided by World Fare and Peaceful Rivers  – all Sponsored by Century 21 Arrowhead Real Estate.

Saturday, November 26th – Small Business Saturday!

  • 8:30 am to 3:00 pm: Holiday Open House at Ridgeway Floral
  • 10:00 – 2:00 pm: United Way Cookie Walk – pick up a $10 box at the DDA/Chamber of Commerce office and fill it up by picking up an assortment of holiday cookies, available at each of our participating merchants’ shops
  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and beyond: Our downtown merchants are open for holiday shopping all day long
  • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm: Three Rivers Artists Guild at 52 N. Main
  • 12:00 pm: Santa Claus arrives by fire truck at the Riviera Theatre!
  • 12:00 – 4:00 pm: Visit with Santa Claus at the Riviera Theatre, with free pictures courtesy of Walgreens – Sponsored by Martell Realty and the Three Rivers Area Community Foundation
  • 12:00 – 4:00 pm: Reindeer Petting Zoo at the East Walk Through – Sponsored by the Three Rivers Area Community Foundation
  • 12:00 – 5:00 pm: New Hope Holiday Center at 38 N. Main, featuring Gift Wrapping Station (free wrapping of items purchased from our downtown merchants!) and free toys to children under 5 years of age; also featuring Santa’s Workshop with make and take crafts for kits – Hosted by New Hope Assembly of God, and sponsored by the Three Rivers Area Community Foundation and Horizon Bank.
  • 12:00 – 5:00 pm: Downtown Carriage Rides – Sponsored by Southern Michigan Bank & Trust and Kadant Johnson
  • Our museums, St. Joseph Historical Society and the Silliman House, will be open during much of the event.

Sunday, November 27th

  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Breakfast with Santa at the Three Rivers Community Center – featuring a pancake breakfast with full toppings bar and hot and cold beverages, as well as kids’ craft activities. Best of all, it’s a chance to spend some time getting to know and visit with Santa Claus up close and personally, along with other kids characters: Mickey and Minnie, Elsa, Olaf, and others. Breakfast is $9.95 for adults, $8.95 for children; paid reservations can be made by cash, check, or credit card at City Hall – just print the page at this link (breakfast-flyer-1-sided) for a refrigerator flyer and a reservation form cutout. With sponsorship by the Three Rivers Area Community Foundation.
  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and beyond: Our downtown merchants are open for holiday shopping all day long!
  • 12:00 to 4:00 pm: Holiday Open House at Ridgeway Floral
  • 12:00 to 4:00 pm: Three Rivers Artists Guild at 52 N. Main
  • 1:00 to 4:00 pm: New Hope Holiday Center at 38 N. Main, featuring Gift Wrapping Station (free wrapping of items purchased from our downtown merchants!) and free toys to children under 5 years of age – Hosted by New Hope Assembly of God.
  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm: Character Stroll – Come down, stroll, shop our stores for bargains, and visit – and if you do, you never know what kids and holiday characters you might meet!

MAIN STREET STROLLS:

Our downtown merchants are hosting a series of Friday night Main Street strolls in Downtown Three Rivers – perfect for part of a date night, Christmas and holiday shopping, or just getting out of the house and enjoying our beautiful, historic downtown! Each evening will feature themed activities, the New Hope Holiday Center at 38 N. Main will be open and providing free gift wrapping, hot beverages, and other services, and the merchants will offer free refreshments, snacks, and store specials in keeping with each of these fun, exciting themes:

December 2: Twelve Cocktails of Christmas Stroll

  • Our participating merchants will feature an assortment of holiday cocktails for our 21-and-over participants. Come on down, sample each one, enjoy the other refreshments, and see the great items and experiences our downtown merchants have available for you!

December 9: Ugly Sweaters and Beer Stroll

  • It’s a Christmas Block Party where you can come and show off–or shop for–the worst and best in holiday fashions! Once again, our merchants will feature samples of local and regional brews, snacks, and store specials, but best of all, you can don your ugliest holiday sweater – it’s your best chance to wear it proudly while walking the streets – we promise not to judge!

December 16: Couples Carriage and Wine Stroll

  • We’re bringing back the horse and carriage, and for $10 a person, you can enjoy a romantic, evening ride through our historic Main Street district! Merchants will feature wines that you can sample with other refreshments and store specials, and for every $20 you spend with our downtown merchants, we’ll take $1 off the cost of a carriage ride! Make it a casual date night with a to-go BBQ buffet dinner available for purchase at 52 N. Main (limited seating available there), or dine sit-down  at one of greater Three Rivers’ down-home restaurants – then, come enjoy our holiday ambiance, and get some holiday shopping done!

December 23: Last-Minute Scavenger Hunt Stroll

  • If you are a last-minute kind of shopper, looking for last-minute deals, or just like a fun, lighthearted challenge, come downtown for our last minute scavenger hunt! We’ll have scavenger hunt activities, store specials, and more! Leads into the evening holiday film showing at the Riviera. Stay tuned to our website and the Christmas Around Town Facebook page for details!

For information on any of our 2016 holiday events, call the Three Rivers DDA at (269) 535-5145, or send an email to us at threeriversdda@gmail.com.

Annual Accreditation Visit Next Week…

On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, Three Rivers DDA/Main Street staff, board, committee chairs, and volunteers will take turns meeting with the staff of Michigan Main Street and the National Main Street Center for our Annual Accreditation visit. If you’d like to participate in getting or giving feedback on the program, or if you’d just like to get caught up on the latest news in Three Rivers’ downtown growth, including some of the exciting new businesses we have coming on the horizon, the public portion of the meeting will take place from 12:30 to 2:00 pm at Three Rivers City Hall. We hope to see you there!

As always, let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at threeriversdda@gmail.com.

Harmony Fest This Sunday, September 4th

2016 HarmonyFest!  Coming up fast this Labor Day weekend…

Join us and all of your friends and family in downtown Three Rivers for this exciting, free concert, now in its 23rd year!

We can still use volunteers to help us out with the beer garden, merchandise and information table, and other areas, so drop us a line if you can help out at threeriversdda@gmail.com.

See https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyFest for the latest information!

More about the event:

HarmonyFest is set to take place from 1pm to 10:30pm in the first block of North Main Street. Our fantastic lineup features the following bands:

  • Asamu Johnson & the Associates of the Blues
  • The Crane Wives
  • Los Bandits de Michigan
  • Jake Kershaw Band
  • Jimmy Phillips & the Mortals 2
  • Yolonda Lavender
  • New Jerusalem
  • Kareem Coleman

Businesses and individuals from around the community have stepped forward to help sponsor this event, free to the public, and we are happy to announce that the Fetzer Institute and the Three Rivers Area Community Foundation have allocated $3,000 and $4,000 each toward sponsorship of the event.

As with last year’s event, there will be a beer garden, kid’s zone, and food and crafts vendors, and more! New this year will be an information table staffed by the Three Rivers Police and Fire departments; be sure to stop by and say hello to our public servants.

Bring your lawn chair and join us on Main Street this Labor Day Sunday! 

Upcoming Events for July: Paint the Curb and 2016 Sass in the City!

 

Paint the Curb

Wed., July 13: Paint the Curb

The curbs in downtown Three Rivers are showing signs of their usual wear and tear, and the City has asked the DDA/Main Street and its Design Committee to step up and help beautify them. Come down and join us in the afternoon and evening with your work clothes on, and help put on fresh coats of yellow and blue! We’ll gather afterward for food and drink. Stay tuned for additional details, including exact meeting times and locations, and if you’re interested in participating, feel free to let us know any time!

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Fri., July 15: Sass in the City

The popular, annual Sass in the City event — a ladies night out on Main Street — takes place on the third Friday in July this year. Ladies of all ages are welcome at this free event, where participants can look forward to shopping for deals and bargains at their favorite downtown businesses. As always, there will be live music, goodies, and giveaways. This annual event is organized and sponsored by the Three Rivers Merchant Group. Watch the event’s Facebook page for updates:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1748916118722095/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A3%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

Come see us at the Water Festival!

Come on down to the Water Festival this weekend in Three Rivers! 

As you enjoy the festivities and partake in a little bit of our local heritage, be sure to look for and stop by the DDA/Main Street booth.  You’ll be able to meet our new Executive Director, Dave Vago, and learn about his local family ties, and you will also be able to talk to other representatives of the DDA and Three Rivers HarmonyFest – they can provide you the latest details on what to expect for this year’s upcoming event.

Sign up at our table to earn free giveaways and become informed on the latest happenings in downtown. We’ll be there all day on Friday and Saturday. We look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome David Vago – our new Full Time Executive Director – join us for a Meet n Greet at the Ice Cream Social on June 9th 6 – 8 p.m. or stop by our booth at the upcoming Water Festival!

Notice of Regular Board Meeting- June 10th at 8 a.m. City Hall – rescheduled from June 3rd, 2016

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