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Volunteer Appreciation Event: Ice Cream Social

Please join the Three Rivers DDA/Main Street next Thursday, August 28th at the Farmers Market in Scidmore Park from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. for a Volunteer Appreciation Ice Cream Social.

Volunteer Appreciation Event

“Get A Clue”: Community Welcome Reception set for next Thursday, August 14th

Please join the Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and your local businesses in welcoming our new DDA/Main Street Executive Director, Brian Persky, on Thursday, August 14th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The event is being held at the E.J. Buys Building at 34 N. Main Street:



Stop by participating stores downtown this Thrivin’ Jivin’ Thursday (Aug 14th) to take part in a fun mystery-solving game of ClueTM, spend a little time in our unique shops, listen to live music on the street, meet & greet the new DDA/MI Main Street Manager, Brian Persky from 5-8 PM and grab a bite to eat in the EJ Buys building at 34 N. Main Street.

Whodunnit, with what and where?

Was it Diamond Doug, the fashionista of jewels with an enormous cut diamond with razor sharp edges?

Colonel Lowry, a book lover by heart who has been a mentor for many local youths through his work with TRAM?  Did he forget the golden rule and whack someone with one of his many large blunt bookends?

Mr. & Mrs. Vander Giessen-Reitsma, a young couple who run a pair of non-profits.  As the old saying goes, if something seems too good to be true… Maybe a cup of fair trade coffee tainted with poisonous oleander leaves could keep their record squeaky clean?

Professor Deames, with her intellect on all things Mother Earth? She knows exactly how much the killer bees love her organic honey and despise anyone who tries to consume it.

Miss Kristen, the girl next door that is always current on the latest gossip? Did she know too much & had to wield a heavy paint can to someone’s head to escape?

Dame Danielle, a busy socialite who works in the arts and is said to be passionate to a fault – did she lose her temper and go after someone with a broken bottle of a locally made craft beer?

Countess Kim, a class act with a heart for all things reused? Did those 4″ spiked stiletto heels have another use other than looking fabulous on the window display mannequin?

Or was it Lady Boyce, whose mere presence in a room makes most people sit upright and mind their manners; did she lose her cool with a glasscutter from her framing shop?

Turn in your guesses at the meet & greet, 34 N. Main Street, by 8 PM to enter a drawing for dinner and a movie for two from Up In Smoke BBQ & the Riviera Theatre; while there please say hi to Brian and hear about the exciting new developments in our vision for our Downtown and get “clued in” on the revitalization efforts underway!

Sass in the City Recap


Picture provided by the Three Rivers Merchant Group.

Another successful year of “Sass in the City” took place last Friday, July 11th in historic downtown Three Rivers.  Hundreds of sassy women enjoyed a ladies night out on Main Street last Friday evening shopping for deals and bargains at their favorite downtown businesses, which also included live music, goodies, and giveaways. The annual event is organized and sponsored by the Three Rivers Merchant Group. Here is a list of participating merchants:

Congratulations to Three Rivers resident Michelle Weber, the winner of the “Basket of Downtown” giveaway drawing!

Sass winner

Michelle Weber (photo credit: Three Rivers Merchant Group)

“It was my first time at Sass (in the City) and I had a great time.” -Michelle Weber.

A huge thank you goes out from the downtown community for all those who came out to support local business, and had enjoyed the event! For more information and photo’s about the event, please visit Downtown Three Rivers and the Three Rivers Merchant Group on Facebook!

On behalf of downtown Three Rivers, we thank you for your support.

2014 TR Community Pride Day!

2014 TR Community Pride Day!

SloganOn Saturday, May 10th, 2014 the City of Three Rivers together with the Downtown Development Authority will be hosting our annual Three Rivers Community Pride Day and invite you to partner with us in the tradition of “washing down” our downtown area.

Last year we had just over 100 volunteers! This year’s goal is to have over 150 volunteers all working together for the purpose of bettering our community. Projects will include flower planting, weed pulling, and trash clean-up among many others.

We’ll start with donuts and refreshments at the Carnegie Center at 9:00 a.m. From there, groups will be assigned to specific locations. Most projects will last 2-3 hours, but we appreciate any time that you can give.

“WE ARE TR” t-shirts will also be available for purchase for $10!  We encourage you to come out and show your community pride by wearing your purple. 

If you are interested in volunteering, complete the form below and send to Three Rivers City Hall, 333 W. Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers, MI 49093. If you have any questions, you can email Melissa Bliss at mbliss@threeriversmi.org or call (269) 273-1632.

Thank you for your support!

Volunteer Form

Community Visioning

Community Visioning


Community Celebration and Visioning Session

Three Rivers Michigan Main Street


Join us on Wed. April 2nd at the Riviera Theatre

as we take a moment to celebrate our selection as a

Michigan Main Street Select Level Community!

 You will also have the opportunity to meet the MMS Staff

and share any thoughts you have on how to make Three Rivers an even greater place to Live, Work, and Play!

 Together we can bring all past, current, and new thinking to light as we develop our Master

Plan for the journey as a Michigan Main Street Community

 Public Announcement:  6:15 p.m.

Vision Session:  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

 Celebration to follow – light refreshments provided and Cash Bar!  

Community Vision – Printable Flyer

Baseline Visit 3 Day Agenda

DDA/Main Street Executive Director Employment Posting




Executive Director Employment Posting 

March, 17, 2014 – City of Three Rivers, MI (pop. 7,811) a Nationally Registered Historic Downtown

The Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Program is accepting applications for a full-time Executive Director. The Director will be responsible for coordinating downtown revitalization activities in the City of Three Rivers, a southwestern Michigan community, using the Main Street Four-Point Approach: Design, Promotion, Economic Restructuring and Organization. Applicants should have education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: commercial district management, economics, finance, public relations, marketing, land use planning, business administration, public administration, volunteer or non-profit administration, retailing, architecture, historic preservation or small business development. Bachelor’s degree preferred. The Director must be entrepreneurial, energetic, well-organized and capable of functioning in an independent environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Salary range in the low to mid $30’s, plus benefits.

Equal Opportunity Employer. Complete application package must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, April 11th, 2014. Submit resume, letter of interest, salary requirements, employment history and three references via mail to: Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority, 57 N. Main St, Three Rivers, MI 49093, Attention: Board Chairman or a Microsoft Word document file via email to: threeriversddaboard@gmail.com.

Executive Director Job Description


DDA/Main Street Executive Director Recruitment Timeline

March 14 (Fri) – Board Approval of Job Description, Timeline, and Posting. Position posted locally, statewide, nationally, online and with Michigan Main Street.

April 11th (Fri) – Job applications and resumes due by 5:00 p.m.

April 15 (Tue) – Selection Committee meets to review applications and choose candidates for 1st round interviews.

April 23 & 24 (Wed & Thur) – 1st round interviews conducted by Selection Committee. Narrow the field of candidates down to 2-4. Begin reference and background checks.

April 25 (Fri) – 2nd round interviews conducted by full DDA Board. Final candidate selected. Employment offer extended.

Week of April 28  – Announcement of new Executive Director

May 2 (Fri) – Regularly scheduled DDA Board Meeting

May 12 (Mon) – DDA Executive Director’s first day on the job.

May 18-21 (Sun-Mon) – National Main Street Conference in Detroit



Mark you calendars for 2014 upcoming events!

COMMUNITY PRIDE DAY – May 10th, 2014 (Time TBD)
(washdown day, community wide clean up, annual flower planning, and MORE!)

HERITAGE WALK – September 27th, 2014 (2 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
(tours of historic buildings in the District – “Wine Walk”)

CHRISTMAS AROUND TOWN – November 29th and 30th, 2014
(Visits with Santa, local shopping, holiday activities and MORE!)

CHILL OUT – WINTERFEST – January 24, 2015 (Time TBD)
(Snowmaking Contest and outdoor winter fun)

Chill Out! It’s WINTERFEST!!

Join us on January 25th for an afternoon of winter bliss!


The Main Street DDA will be hosting a chili cook-off, snowman building contest, children’s crafts and activities as well as a snowman fashion show!  Don’t miss out on an afternoon to “Chill Out” in our downtown.

Here’s a look at the afternoon’s activities and locations:

11:30…Team Check-in for Snowman Competition – West Parking Lot

12 PM – 2 PM…Snowman Competition BEGINS!

2 PM – 4 PM…Chili-Cookoff featuring area restaurants – Bella Epoque

2 PM – 4 PM…Children’s crafts and activities – Belle Epoque

3:30 PM – 4 PM…Snowman fashion show (children’s contest, all are welcome to participate) – West Parking Lot

4:30 PM…Chili Winners announced – Belle Epoque

For Snowman making contest rules and team entry form click here.  Email Team Entry Forms to bderuiter@threeriversmi.org or you can submit entry fee and form to the Downtown Development Authority at 333 W. Michigan Ave., Three Rivers, MI 49093.  For more event information contact Brandi DeRuiter at 269.273.1095.

To download a printable schedule of events click here.

Main Street/DDA Design Committee 2014 Meeting Dates

The Three Rivers DDA Design Committee will meet on the following dates at the Chamber Office located at 57 N. Main Street at 9:00 a.m.

January No Meeting

February 5, 2014

March 5, 2014

April 2, 2014

May 7, 2014

June 4, 2014

July 2, 2014

August 6, 2014

September 3, 2014

October 1, 2014

November 5, 2014

December 3, 2014

Any interested person may attend and participate or submit written comments to 333 West Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers, MI 49093.

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Michigan Main Street

Three Rivers is a Select level community in Michigan Main Street, an official affiliate of The National Main Street Center, which is committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

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Phone: (269) 535-5145
Address: 57 N. Main St., Three Rivers, MI 49093