You've no doubt noticed the amount of façade work that downtown property owners have completed this year. There are over 15 properties that have had some extent of work completed on the fronts of their buildings - some minor, some major. It's made a big difference in downtown's appearance!
This year, we also took the holiday decorations to a new level bringing lights and new wreaths all throughout downtown.
The big news though is the continued private investment in downtown. With multiple, new property owners (and more on the way) downtown will be transforming right before our eyes in the next few years.
Already this year, the Gift Garden expanded and moved to their new location on Main Street, Bringing You Vermont will soon be moving and expanding, as well. DiBuono Handmade Pasta Co. will be filling their previous location.
Berkshire Sign Company studio is under renovation (as well as the entire building) and getting ready to open in the spring, and major renovations are being completed for the spring opening of the 421 Tap House on Main Street.
The Department of Motor Vehicles just relocated to their larger location on Main Street, and the old Bingo Hall will be the new home of Summit Church, whose members have been bringing enjoyable family activities to Downtown for many years.
Serenity Rising recently opened on the 2nd floor above Shaffe's Men's Clothing, in addition to the amazing Bennington Armory shop on Main Street.
All that activity, and that's just the visible part. Behind the scenes, there's much more, especially the Greenberg property redevelopment plans that are moving steadily forward.
Oldcastle Theatre Company will begin playing movies at their location on Main Street. Not only did they bring back live, equity theater to downtown a few years ago, they're now bringing back a movie theater to Main Street. We haven't had one since the Harte Theater burned in the early 80's. Those entertainment options, along with the Vermont Arts Exchange expanding performance venue on Main Street, are bringing an exciting night life back to Main Street.
Plans are also moving quickly forward on the development of the Park at 336. The historic streetscape of downtown is already well maintained, but with the addition of the Park at 336, and then the redevelopment of Merchants Park, downtown will provide even more locations for residents and visitors to relax and enjoy our community.
As things continue to progress into the future, we need to take time to congratulate a few long-time, successful business owners. Nancy Woltman and George Krawczyk, both pillars in the downtown community, will be focusing on being property owners in downtown and closing their shops to enjoy a little bit of semi-retirement. Success stories that we all strive to achieve. They've both earned it!
Thank you and congratulations to both of you.
and then there are the events and activities...
St. Patrick's Day Parade is just weeks away!
It may seem a little early to be talking about the Green, but not when you have to organize a group, plan your float, and get registered to participate in the St. Patrick's Day Parade!
March 12th will be here before you know it, and it's the best way to promote your group, organization, or company.
Call 802-442-5758 for more information on how to participate.
Celebrating the 32nd year of this annual rite of summer! Click on the above logo to learn more or to download a vendor application.
St. Patrick's Parade
Oldcastle Theatre Company
Vermont Green-Up Day
Library Book Sale
Mayfest Craft Festival
Bennington Bike Nite
Benn. Arts Weekend
Rock, Rattle, and Drum
Battle Day Parade
Veterans Day Parade
VAE Music Series
South Street Café
The Arcade at Knapp's
2018 Downtown Events