December 22 Downtown E-News

The Downtowners’

City Center Newsletter 

December 22, 2011

What You Will Find…

□ Thank You Downtowners

□ Year in Pics, Mixer Success!

□ Downtown Updates

□ Upcoming Events

□ Association News


Thank You for Another Great Year

Dawn, Kate, and the Board…

2011 has been one for the books for Downtown Bismarck.  Dawn, myself (Kate), and our board of directors would like to thank each and everyone one of you, our 165 member organizations.  This year our membership has increased by 15%, our specialty retail and restaurants have increased, and our business community has grown.

Each of our members bring something unique to this growing neighborhood.  But the one thing we all have in common is our energy for Downtown Bismarck and the anticipation of momentous things to come.  Downtown is for our whole community to enjoy, be proud of, and be responsible for.  It’s the piece of the city that connects everyone.

Being a non-profit and member/volunteer organization, we could not accomplish all we have in 2011 and in the future without your support, input, investment, and solidarity.  While I was putting together a year-end collage of photos from activities of the past year (see below) I was amazed what this one year has brought to our city center.

We thank you for being a steward of Downtown Bismarck and wish nothing but success in all your endeavors for 2012.  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

Downtown Bismarck 2011 Year in Pictures

So many great and positive things have happened in Downtown Bismarck this year.  Here are just a few of them! Thanks for a great year!


Starion Downtowners’ Holiday Mixer a Success!

Thank you to Melissa, Katie and everyone at Starion Financial for hosting an awesome Holiday Mixer for our members.  Prizes were drawn, refreshments were plenty, and the company was great!  Thanks!

Downtown Updates

-Snowflake lights and banners are up, please take caution if you are in a delivery truck.  If you accidentally hit one, please report it to our office or the city and we can get it taken care of.  Thanks!

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

-The Renaissance Zone Authority had a special meeting to discuss goals, objectives, and feedback about Downtown Development inBismarck.  The feedback from property and business owners was positive regarding the programs used and what’s been accomplished thus far. Goals looking forward will be to grow the market rate residential opportunities, increase retail and commercial spaces, add a new percentage of jobs, as well as other infrastructure needs.

-Dr. Rick Becker’s project is starting demolition on the 500 block ofMain Ave.

Winners: Holiday Window Downtown Decorating Contest!

Our panel of judges had a very hard time choosing the top three windows this year, so we expanded the winners section!  Here are their award winners. Dawn will be contacting them!

And the Winners are…

1st. Brady Martz & Associates

2nd. Dog Day Studio

3rd. Capital Trophy


Honorable Mentions:

Zimmerman’s Furniture

Glance Spa & Salon

Borrowed Bucks

Dakota Media Access


Upcoming Events

What’s Shakin’ Downtown


Sertoma Christmas in the Park

Sertoma Park 6-10 Nightly


December 31

New Year’s Eve Gala

Radisson Hotel

December 31

Zoo Year’s Eve Walk/Run

Dakota Zoo

December 31

New Year’s Eve Celebration


Celebrate Downtown!


Downtowners’ Association News

Organization and member news …

Welcome to Our Newest Members!

Find all of their information on our website!

 Todaymade, Mojo 107.5, Spaces, Inc.

2012 Downtowners Membership Renewals will be sent out in January, be on the look out for yours!

The 39th Annual Downtowners Street Fair vendor applications will also be sent out in January.  Those would participated in last years Street Fair will receive 2012 applications. If you’d like one, please email

Teen Cupcake Decorating and Book Discussion @Bismarck Public Library Monday, January 16, 2-4 pm, Bismarck Public Library Meeting Room B.  Join teens ages 14+ and have fun decorating cupcakes.  Class will be taught by a local cake decorating expert.  Afterwards creations will be enjoyed and teens will discuss the book The Maze Runner by James Dashner.  Space is limited, so call 355-1487 to save a spot for yourself and a friend.   Enjoy your day off from school at the library!  Presented by the Teen Services Department.

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!