If you haven’t been down Liberty Street in quite a while, you probably did’nt know about the new boutique that has opened at 101 Liberty Street. If you click on the ‘source’ link above you will see that they have been in business since 1982. Until recently they were located in the Town of Newburgh, but have since relocated to the City of Newburgh on Liberty Street. They hope to bring their strong customer base to down town Newburgh.
They carry dance apparel, costume rentals, and restaurant/service apparel. They are also the headquarters for Outsider Magazine, which is the area’s independent free music and tattoo lifestyle magazine. They accept submissions from local artists so check them out. They sell music by local bands and sell their own brand of clothing. Just another place to plunk down some of your 3/50 dollars. Think about it, a few months ago this store front was empty. If you don’t want to see it that way, stop by.
Caffé Macchiato and The Downing Film Center have a special on Thursdays. You can enjoy lunch and a 2:00 Thursday matinée for $15.00. Not bad when that could probably just get you a movie and a box of crackers anywhere else. Another great thing is that they are walking distance from each other. Just another way to support local businesses in downtown Newburgh as mentioned in the 3/50 program. Click for a look at more food in Newburgh and Newburgh Restaurants.
Want to know what’s behind the curtain? We do too! It’s the Fairweather Café, part of Terrace Lounge and Bar. Owner, Mary Ann, will preview the Café starting this Saturday from 12:00-3:30pm. It will only be open as the name implies-during “fair weather.” Sunday they will be open 12:00-4:00pm.
Also, check them out on:
Tuesday nights for live Jazz 7:30-9:30pm with Bugalu Smith Wednesday nights for Karaoke 10-pm-2am
Terrace Bar & Lounge81 Liberty Street
For more great events that are going on in the City of Newburgh, check out city of Newburgh Arts Calendar, presented by Newburgh Art Supply who this Sunday, July 26th will celebrate their first year anniversary! They have been doing so well that they plan to expand in the up and coming months. Liberty Street’s retail market is starting to take shape. This is a great place to spend your welcomed dollars as part of the 3/50 Project. Only you can keep great shops like these alive that transform communities. Click for a look at more food in Newburgh and Newburgh Restaurants.
Another great job by Polonia Architectural Restoration (even if it was a few years ago). This store front was contributing to the abandoned look that used to be a lot more prevalent in Newburgh. But, after the storefront was fixed up, a new business could move in that would be a positive impact on the neighborhood. What store filled the empty spot? Broadway Farm, which opened up in 2005. They sell fresh produce which is helpful to people who don’t own a car. There’s a nice little story about the store in Newburgh’s scrapbook. This is a great example of a place to spend your $50 a month for The 3/50 Project.
So I just came across this organization/project and absolutely LOVE it! It is called The 3/50 Project. The idea of this project is to save local businesses that we all love and depend in our neighborhoods. Pick 3 local businesses that you don’t want to see disappear, and spend $50 a month between the 3 stores. Get to know the owners. It is about channeling revenue into local businesses and boosting your local economy. They mention that for every $100 spent locally, $68 returns back to the community through taxes, payroll, and other ways a.k.a. jobs in your own community. This is not referring to chains or franchises, but the local mom and pop shops that give character to the communities we all love and we don’t want to see disappear.
First thing first, how can the local shops in Newburgh take advantage of this project? The first thing they can do is sign up. Choose the business description that matches yours and sign up. You will be kept up to date on everything that is going on with The 3/50 Project. Then you can take it a step further and list their free banner on your website, and they will list your business as a supporter on their website. So far only Eric Jarmann & Co is a listed supporter in Newburgh so, he is on the cool list. There are so many more businesses that should look in to this idea especially the ones with websites. It hurts none to add their banner to your website. And Newburgh could easily have 20 supporters under it’s name. Let’s see who else we can add to the list!
Next up, how can businesses let the public or their customers in on this idea so that it’s not just an idea but an actual plan that creates RESULTS? The 3/50 Project has a lot of great free advertising available on their website. “Like what?” you might say.
Hand out the free flyers to your customers. Don’t just stick it in a bag, but hand it to them and thank them for coming to a locally owned business.
Use the banners that they offer for your website so visitors know you are a part of the project
Free window clings (I guess with suction cups to hang in your window) are available for registered participants. What are you waiting for? Hurry up and register! Click here to order.
Download and print the countertop sign and place it in your store
Download and print the window banner
Buy some of the bumper stickers or magnets that go in to supporting the website since they don’t charge for use of any of their advertising
Add them to your LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook
Now some of you may think that all this publicity is unnecessary. That maybe it would feel like a bombardment to put up so much signage in your store with flyers, banners, and signs. But the truth is to many “regular people” the advantages of buying locally still hasn’t lit the little light bulb above their heads yet. Everyone is ecstatic when a new business opens up in the downtown area and everyone comes out for the ribbon cutting. But if the neighborhood doesn’t continue to make frequent visits the shops won’t be able to keep their doors open and they’ll soon shut down as has been seen, and might be seen again in the very near future.
This seems to be an excellent idea that all local businesses should take an interest into participating. It’s free, all you need is a computer to register, a printer to print the signs, and a mouth to let everyone you know in on this wonderful idea to save the bricks and mortar of Newburgh.
Later I’ll blog about different ways to spend your $50 a month in Newburgh.