May 5 Downtown E-News

The Downtowners’
City Center Newsletter

May 5, 2011
What You Will Find…
□ The Summer of Ribfest
□ Downtown Updates
□ Upcoming Events
□ DBA Association News/Mixer Photos

Ribfest (and Summer) On Its Way!
Rip Roarin Ribfest in Just 6 Weeks…
Thoughts from your Assistant Director: Kate Herzog

It’s hard to believe summer is just around the corner when blizzard still means snow instead of ice cream. June 16 is just a few weeks away, and our organization is getting ready for our big summer fundraiser, the 4th Annual Downtowners Rip-Roarin’ Ribfest! Bands have been booked, tents have been rented, and the smell of BBQ is getting oh so close! Ribfest is an event for the whole family, including Inflatable Games. Stay tuned to the newsletters for a special announcement about new fun activities for the kids (and adults)! We also have a beer tent, great vendor booths, and much more!
Want to party like a Rockstar? Join the Downtowners under the fantastic Cloverdale VIP Tent! Get all your ribs, some drinks, fixins, and SWAG in the exclusive tent. Anyone can be a Ribfest VIP, buy your VIP Tickets online at! Or get a table for all your hard working employees!
In the final weeks leading up to Ribfest, the Downtowners will be busy promoting our fundraiser. Recently, the Downtowners had a display booth at the Chamber’s Spring Mixer. It was great to see so many people ready for Ribfest.
This fundraiser keeps your staff in the office working hard for our downtown and you, our members. I personally invite you all to come to the show, get BBQ sauce all over your face, and have a Rip Roarin time!
For more information visit:

Downtown updates
Cowan Building, New Stores, etc….

-One project was approved by the City Commission at the April 26 Meeting. Loran Galpin’s submitted application to renovate the Cowan Building on 4th and Broadway. The project application stated a cost of over a million dollars to renovate the building with retail, commercial, and residential in the form of apartments. Galpin has not yet acquired the building.
-The last of the car dealership structure in West Downtown has come down. The site will be the future home of a mixed use structure with housing.
-The steel is going up at the new UND Family Medicine Facility on 7th and Rosser Ave.
-Paper has gone up in a few retail windows Downtown, and the paper will soon be coming down. A couple of establishments are set to open in about a month. Check the newsletters for all the info!
-Anyone interested in spaces for purchase or lease downtown can check out our website’s Real Estate Section.
-With the continued growth downtown, we’d like to remind everyone how to use the 3 public Parking Ramps. Visit for the how-to’s, rates, and usage.

Upcoming events
What’s Shakin?

May 5
1st Thursdays: Alive After 5!
Downtown Bismarck

May 5
Cinco de Mayo Specials!
Downtown Bismarck

May 5
Young Professionals Network
Annual Meeting
Westside, Mandan

May 13
Band Night Parade

May 12-15, 18-22
Dakota Stage Presents:
“Forever Plaid”

May 14-15
Central Dakota Children’s Choir
Spring Concert
Belle Mehus Auditorium

May 20-21
Northern Plains Dance
“Snow White”
Belle Mehus Auditorium

Downtowners’ Association News
Organization and member news …

□ The Downtown Business Association would like to welcome our newest member! Caffé Aroma. You can find all of their information on our website
□ The Downtowner’s booth at the Chamber’s Spring Mixer was a great success! We couldn’t have done it with the help and support of Member:
J2 Studio Architecture+ Design. Thank you James, Janell, and Blake!
□ The next 1st Thursdays Downtown- Alive After 5 (after tonight’s Cinco edition) will be June 2 from 5pm-8pm. Please come out and support our Downtown Businesses!
□ Street Fair Applications are still being accepted. Visit the event page of our website to download your application! The 38th Annual Downtowners Street Fair is Sept 16-17, 2011.
□ The Walking Maps have been finished; we will be making our way around to all the businesses that participated and delivering the new maps! Special thanks to Luke Graner for his beautiful work.
□ Membership Renewal Notices were mailed out in late December. Please contact the Downtowners’ office if you haven’t received your renewal notice or if you have run out of spaces on your membership plaque for your 2011 tag.

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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