August 18 Downtown E-News

The Downtowners’

City Center Newsletter

August 18, 2011

What You Will Find…

□ Day of Caring Downtown

□ Street Fair Sept 16-17

□ Downtown Updates

□ Downtown Conference Nov 8-9

□ Upcoming Events

□ Association News

Day of Caring Downtown

Volunteers help spruce up the City Center…

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead.

This Wednesday a group of over 30 volunteers along with DBA staff were in Downtown Bismarck helping with United Way’s Day of Caring.  Trimming trees, pulling weeds, collecting garbage, mulching beds, and did I mention pulling weeds?  Each year, theUnited Waysigns up countless volunteers to assist the community with projects.  This year we collected more than 42 bags of trash and garden waste!  Thank you toUnited Wayand all the volunteers and supporters.  Including lunch donations from The Blarney Stone, Patisserie on Fourth, Peacock Alley, and The Toasted Frog.  Along with equipment funds and donations by Runnings and Widmer Roel PC.

Looking good Downtown!

38th Annual Downtowners’ Street Fair

Voted Best Fair 2011, Sept 16-17…

Bismarck’s longest running outdoor fair is back!  The Downtowners’ Street Fair will set up shop before the start of fall on Sept 16-17.  180 Food, Arts, and Crafters will be lining the streets of Downtown Bismarck and offering up your favorites and some new things to experience!  The Downtowners’ Street Fair was recently voted “Best Festival” in the Bismarck Tribune’s Reader’s Choice Awards, thanks everyone who voted!  Stop by the information booth on the corner of 4th and Broadway to get a map of all the vendors and say hi to our sponsors and volunteers. If you’d like to be a sponsor of Street Fair and support this long running fundraiser, please contact the Downtowners office.

Friday Sept 16: 10am-8pm

Saturday Sept 17: 9am-6pm

Visit and click on the Street Fair tab for more information, see you Downtown!

Downtown Updates

-A parking ramp tie in for Dr. Rick Becker’s $3.1 million Renaissance Zone project is moving forward.  Jim Christianson, Vice Chair of the Bismarck Parking Authority, briefed the City Commission about the construction plans and agreement between the Parking Authority and Dr. Becker.  The building will have a skywalk to the north over the alley connecting to the Parkade.

-The Broadway Centre Renaissance Zone project has begun construction in West Downtown.  The project is located on the corner of Mandan St andBroadway Ave, construction is slated to be finished in two years.  The structure will have office/retail, restaurant, and condos.

-The Renaissance Zone Authority has canceled their meeting for August.

-Anyone interested in spaces for purchase or lease downtown can check out our website’s Real Estate Section.

Downtowners’ To Host Statewide Conference

The Bismarck Downtowners will be hosting a statewide conference focused on  Downtown topics including redevelopment programs, tax efficiencies, trends, planning, and cohesive design.  The conference will be November 8-9 inBismarck.  Anyone interested in Downtown topics are welcome to attend. Stay tuned to our website and newsletters for the latest information.

Upcoming events

What’s Shakin Downtown…

Aug 18

Urban Harvest- Final Week

4th and Broadway

Sept 1

1st Thursdays: Alive After 5!


Sept 8-11

United Tribes

International Powwow

Sept 10

Bis-Man Symphony Orchestra

Season Opener- Belle Mehus

Sept 16-17

38th Annual Downtowners’

Street Fair

Sept 24-25


Buckstop Junction

Downtowners’ Association News

Organization and member news …

The Downtowners welcome three new members:

Hey Ocean and Amish Country Furnishings!

Amish Country Furnishings opened Aug 16, corner of 4th andMain.  Stop by and check it out!

Dacotah Speedway named member Bismarck Cancer Center’s Foundation as the beneficiary of their Drive to Survive Cancer benefit. Purchase a Drive to Survive T-Shirt and get in to the races FREE on Aug 19!  Contact the BCC at 222-6100 or Ken Hoff at 391-6211.

Congrats to board member and DBA member James and Janell Devine of J2 Studio Architecture + Design on winning the Chamber’s Small Business Award.  Members Gate City Bank and Starion Financial were also award winners!  Well done!


Please send all member business news and events to:  Check the Downtown Business Association’s websites for updated news and events or

Please forward this on to people interested in Downtown news!

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