Sept 29 Downtown Bismarck News

Paint the Town Pink

A collaboration between members it always something to celebrate!  Member the Bismarck Cancer Center is once again hosting Paint the Town Pink with numerous Downtown businesses.  The event encourages people to shop at these participating businesses Saturday Oct 8, with a portion of the proceeds raised that day going to the Bismarck Cancer Center.  There will also be an after party at member Broadway Grill & Tavern from 4-6pm with silent auction items, appetizers, and fellowship.  Vivian the Pink Fire Truck will also be parked Downtown and shoppers can read and write messages of hope on the bus!  For more information on the event and participating businesses, visit
Or find the event on Facebook!
For an indepth look, check out this great Pain the Town Pink Video: 

Street Fair Thank You!

The 43rd Annual Downtowners Street Fair was a great success, thank you to all our sponsors and supporters for being a part of the longstanding annual Downtowners and Bismarck-community event!  A big huge gigantic THANK YOU to our dozens of volunteers, supportive businesses, hardworking vendors, talented Buskers, and of course our great Sponsors & Supporters: American Bank CenterJacobsen Music,Dakota Fence, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Townsquare Media- Bismarck/MandanKFYR-TVBNC National Bank [Official]HealthSource of Bismarck SouthSanford Health, Brady Martz, First Western Bank & Trust,Bismarck-Mandan YPStarion FinancialElectronic CommunicationsCaffe Aroma BismarckBismarck ND City GovernmentKokkeler’s JewelryServe YESCoca-Cola Bottling Company High CountryMike Swenson, & Bismarck Parking Authority.

ND Downtown Conference Oct 18-19

The Downtowners of Bismarck created the ND Downtown Coalition and Annual ND Downtown Conference in 2010.  The Bismarck Downtowners hosted the event the first 5 years, and now the show is going on the road!  The Fargo Downtown Community Partnership is the 2016 host for the conference Oct 18-19 in Downtown Fargo, and they’ve got a great line-up of Downtown practitioners and sessions on Downtown+Community Partnerships!  We encourage you to register for the conference to connect with and learn from Downtown folks across the state and country.
Registration and agenda here:

Association News

Members Bartlett & West and Ubl Design group, are currently working in partnership with the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District and the Burleigh County Parks Board, to develop an updated master plan for the Missouri Valley Complex. The purpose of this plan is to review current uses and activities that occur within the complex, analyze possible improvements that could benefit long-term use of the facility, and propose an updated master plan that is aligned with the needs of our community. The next community meeting is on October 11 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. If you would like to learn more information about this master planning process, please visit the project website at:

Member Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse, the American Cancer Society and the Bismarck Cancer Foundation announce the sixth annual, “Bucks for Bras” Benefit Event on Wednesday, October 19 at Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse. The “Bucks for Bras” Benefit Auction highlights the talents of area artists through the glamorization of the brassiere. The bras are donated, while attendees have the opportunity to bid on these on-of-kind wearable pieces, as well as other non-wearable works of art at the event. Through the generous hearts of local community artists, members, and businesses, “Bucks for Bras” donated more than $45,185 to the American Cancer Society and the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation last year and supported those in our area fighting cancer. For more information on this event please visit:

Main Ave Road Diet member survey was conducted Aug 15- Sept 1, thank you to all our members who participated.  Overall we received thoughtful comments, suggestions, responses and support. Each form will have the business names removed, and the compiled results will be shared with the Bismarck City Commission as they assess the demonstration project at an upcoming meeting.  This survey was for Downtowners Association members, however the general public can give comments to the City of Bismarck directly.

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Downtown News

The Preservation of North Dakota is hosting a candle-lit historic walking tour of Bismarck’s National Register Cathedral Historic District on Saturday, October 22 from 5pm-8pm. This walk will take you through a select group of historic houses, starting at the Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site with light refreshments and entertainment. Bismarck’s Cathedral Area Historic District, encompasses 83 contributing historic homes built from 1905 to 1949. For more information please visit:

The Starving Rooster restaurant, opening in Downtown Bismarck, has started construction on their Main Ave location (500 block).  First opened in Downtown Minot, this second restaurant will be located next to Terra Nomad.