Downtown is the home of a community’s institutional leadership. The appearance of economic health downtown is perceived as a direct reflection of the quality of that institutional leadership. — Don Rypkema
Did you know? Seventy percent of retail spending takes place after 6 p.m. -
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Murray Main Street’s Annual Dinner will look a little different for 2013. Rather than the usual sit down dinner with a speaker and silent auction, the meeting will take place outdoors at the Higgins House. Join us for a casual cook-out atmosphere with spooky stories, beer and delicious food.
What’s better than free ice cream? Probably nothing. The 2013 Ice Cream Festival takes place September 6-7 on Murray’s downtown court square.
Do you close during the parade? -
Small Business Survival asks you to reconsider. Click the headline for more info.
Downtown Murray Virtual Tour -
We are happy to present this virtual tour of downtown Murray and some of its great shops! Just click the headline to view the tour. More stores will be participating so stay tuned. Thank you to ShopMainStreets.com.
Parking. It’s a dirty little word. Meters, no meters. Fewer tickets, more tickets. Parking is a controversial subject and finding consensus will take hard work. There are some things we can do right now, however, which make sense and do not cost a thing.
Save spaces for customers! We know, the spaces out front are convenient, which is exactly why we want them for customers. Maybe your business doesn’t depend on parking, but your neighbors may. More than ever, a downtown business district needs to understand, we all sink or swim together.
How do you assess the value of a downtown space? For retail and food establishments, the lack of a space can mean the loss of a customer. The lifetime value of a customer is thousands of dollars. According to Donovan Rypkema, Place Economics, Inc., the value of a parking space to downtown is between $3,000 and $5,000 per year. This value shows why it is so important to save prime parking spaces for customers.