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  1. Yeah, I know. Retail starts are soooo tough right now. This is like the 5th or 6th idea that has died for Wealthy St in the last year or so due to a variety of reasons. Still, there are plenty of opportunities for a creative entrepreneur!
  2. It was going to be something like that, but I heard that it is no longer happening...
  3. I hope the businesses (non-venues) don't keep closing at or before 10 pm for the duration of ArtPrize. I was starving after leaving ActiveSite around 10:30 and NOWHERE was open. I'm almost never one to complain, but I don't get the logic as a business owner. Perhaps they had no clue that so many people would be downtown.
  4. Peninsula Trading Travel Gear opening in the old Blue Ave.
  5. I heard something about a new restaurant that is taking its place called Wildfire...or something like that.
  6. I ran into him at the Artisans Market a couple weeks ago. He created a large painting that he cut up and made into bracelets. Sometime in September (?...I can't seem to find the postcard or website), everybody with a piece of the bracelet is invited to gather to reassemble the painting. Cool concept...
  7. ...and this... http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-r..._matched_a.html
  8. That's nuts...so much art. How am I going to see 700+ in only 17 days? I'm getting very excited for that problem.
  9. Oh...there will be celebrating The article from Saturday makes it seem like there may be some artists without venues, so hopefully you get some buzz for your space soon. ArtPeers is gaining momentum now. Anybody interested in getting involved can swing by the Sparrows tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5 pm for a short meeting.
  10. The bad: Looks like Blue Ave is closing. They were having "final days" sales last weekend. The good: Appears as if a deli/catering business is on its way in to the old candy/ice cream shop.
  11. Because most of the businesses on Wealthy St. are outside of the boundary and have been rejected as venues, I have been working with a group of people in the neighborhood to do a complimentary event--Art Peers. http://artpeers.org/ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grand-Rapids...rs/106769629840 https://twitter.com/artpeers http://www.urbanpharm.com/blog/?p=2440
  12. I talked with a young man the other day who said he and his mom are working on opening a Cuban restaurant in the old laundromat by Jamaican Dave's. He said "the guys from the Wealthy Market" were helping with the cost. We'll see how it turns out...and if it turns out. Either way, mmmmmmmmm...Cuban food. I did see the "for rent" sign down and some work going on inside, so something is going on regardless. The son and mother are long-time residents of Baxter.
  13. Sunday's performance of Noises Off at the Circle Theatre will be a fundraiser for Uptown. Everybody is welcome. Tickets are $25 and available at most Uptown businesses (Wealthy @ Charles, Art of the Table, and Urban Pharm for sure). PM me if you're interested. I hear the show is amazing.
  14. Just throwing this out there... I read somewhere that they are expecting 500,000 - 750,000 people. Assuming that this count is determined by counting 1 day for 1 person as an attendee (so a person attending for all 17 days is technically 17 people), here are some numbers. Per day, a person might spend: $40 on meals/entertainment $20 on consumer goods/souvenirs $60 total spent per day $60 X 500,000 (the lower number) = $30 million Now, say 50% of the visitors will need lodging $50 on lodging/day X 250,000 = $12.5 million That's $42.5 million for businesses. It's also 6% X 42.5million = $2.55 million in sales tax revenue Taking this even further... Say this spending results in profit margins of 10 percent. That's $4.25 million in PROFITS for Grand Rapids businesses. A little further... If stores pay 30k/year for an employee, and profits are reinvested in expansion, $4.25 million has the potential to add 141 jobs. $4 million+ in profits, 100+ jobs, from a $500k PRIVATE investment. Yeah, my numbers may be out of whack, but should be somewhere in the ballpark.
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