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Downtown Milford, Inc. Newsletter
November 2010

Calendar of Events
Share the Famous Dolce Pumpkin
Roll with Friends & Family this Thanksgiving

Taking orders until Nov. 20th at 3:00 p.m.
Call 302-422-5760


2010 Holiday Auction
& Tastes of Milford

Thursday, November 18, 2010
For more information call
(302) 422-3344


Special Holiday Show
Opening Reception

Friday, November 26, 2010
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
For more information
www.mispillionarts.org



Black Friday in
Downtown Milford
Friday, November 26, 2010
Come shop local at Blooming Boutique, Dolce, EcoChic, Good News Natual Foods, Lou's Bootery, Minorbird, Riverside Antique, and much more!

Blooming Boutique's
Troll Bead Trunk Show

November 26 & 27, 2010
42 N. Walnut Street
in downtown Milford
www.bloomingboutique.com



Second Street Players
Seussical - the Musical
Nov. 26, 27; Dec. 3,4 at 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 38; Dec. 5 at 3:00 p.m.
www.secondstreetplayers.com


Santa Comes to
Downtown Milford

Saturday, November 27, 2010
10:30 a.m.

For more information call
(302) 839-1180


5th Annual Holiday Stroll
Hosted by Downtown Milford, Inc.
Friday, December 3, 2010
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
For more information call (302) 839-1180

People's Place 11th Annual
Choral Breakfast

Saturday, December 4, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Milford Senior Center

Holiday Wine & Cheese Tasting
Hosted by Friends of the Milford Police Department
Saturday, December 4, 2010
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

3 Haven Lake Ave. Milford, DE
$25 per person
To purchase tickets
call (302) 422-1086


Tools of the Trade:
Milford Business Workshops

Merchandising Inside and Out Facilitator: Leigh Minor Nagy, Owner of Minorbird
December 7, 2010
700 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Located at: Minorbird, 33 N. Walnut St.
Hosted by: Downtown Milford, Inc. & Milford Chamber of Commerce
http://toolsofthetrademilford.eventbrite.com/


To submit your Downtown Milford
events please e-mail: DMI@downtownmilford.org

Grand Opening Soon...
Riverwalk Center for the Arts
Don't forget to visit Santa's House in Downtown Milford!

Santa will be visiting till Dec. 19th
Santa's Hours:
Fridays: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Sundays: 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.
S. Walnut St. & Mispillion Riverwalk
For more information
Call (302) 839-1180
In the Works...
Be on the lookout for:
More Realtor caravan tours
DMI Junior Volunteer Program

Kevin Reading Named Restaurateur of the Year
Please join us in congratulating Kevin Reading, Chef/Owner, of downtown Milford's Abbott's Grill for being named restaurateur or the Year by the Delaware Restaurant Association. We are proud to have Kevin and the team at Abbott's Grill as a part of our downtown community.
Quick Links
Downtown Milford, Inc. Celebrates
the Past Year of Accomplishments
and Elects New Officers



On Thursday, November 4, 2010 Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) held its annual meeting at Abbott's Grill to celebrate the past year of accomplishments and to elect new Board Members and Officers. To view our past year please click here.

We are proud to announce that DMI's new slate of officers for 2010-2011 are:
President - Irv Ambrose
Vice President - Leigh Nagy
Secretary - Nancy Benson
Treasurer- Dan Marabello

We are also proud to announce the addition of three new Board members: Sarakate Hammer, Dick Carmean, and Gary Emory.

Also, on behalf of the Board of Directors we would like to say thank you to Jay Walls and Scott Angelucci for their dedicated service to DMI as outgoing Board officers.
Downtown Milford, Inc. Is Seeking Volunteers for the Holiday Stroll
Volunteer Promo

We are seeking volunteers to share an hour of their time at this year's Holiday Stroll on Friday, December 3rd. Volunteer opportunities include helping with crowd control for the horse drawn carriage rides or street barricades. If you are interested in sharing your time please call (302) 839-1180.
Downtown Milford WBOC Co-op Ads Hit the Airwaves
Downtown Milford, Inc. and a group of our downtown businesses joined together to create a WBOC co-op advertising campaign. The :30 second commercials began airing last week. To view one of the commercials click here.
Architect and Historic Preservation Consultant Tours Downtown Milford
Margaret Westfield, RA of Westfield Architects & Preservation Consultants leads DMI volunteers on an architectural tour of Milford's downtown commercial historic district. The purpose of the tour was to look at architectural features and overall characteristics of numerous existing properties and to consider what types of physical improvements can be made (with reference to paint, signage, color, material, lighting, etc.) to better market the businesses and better compliment existing downtown architecture. Westfield's services were made possible by the State of Delaware Main Street program.

Downtown Milford, Inc. Attends the Kent County Tourism Annual Dinner
On Friday, November 5, 2010 Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) staff, Board Members, and volunteers attended the Kent County Tourism Annual Dinner at the Air Mobility Command Museum. During the 1940s/WWII themed event, organizations and businesses were able to design table centerpieces. DMI is proud to announce that our centerpiece won 1st place! Other centerpieces included designs from downtown Milford's Minorbird and Scott Angelucci.



Main Street 101
From the desk of Lorraine J. Dion, CMSM
Executive Director, Downtown Milford, Incorporated

The National Main Street Program's four-point approach to successful downtown revitalization are organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.

Organization - Getting everyone working towards the same goal by building consensus and cooperation among groups that have an important stake within the community.

Promotion - Selling the downtown district's positive image to residents, shoppers, investors, new businesses and visitors.

Design - Getting the downtown district into top physical shape by capitalizing on our historic buildings and traditional downtown layout.

Economic Restructuring - Finding a new purpose for enterprises in the downtown area by recruiting new businesses to respond to today's market and assisting existing businesses to expand.

Local Business Professionals Learn About Understanding Their Marketing Niche at Tools of the Trade: Milford Business Workshop
Downtown Milford, Incorporated and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford have joined together to offer Tools of the Trade: Milford Business Workshops. On every First Tuesday of the month till March 2010, workshops on various topics will be facilitated by industry professionals at the Delaware Hospice Center.

On Tuesday, November 2, 2010, the Tools of the Trade workshops continued with "Understanding Your Marketing Niche." Workshop facilitator, Rick Ferrell, Principal of Retail Market Answers, LLC, (RMA) worked for 20 years in shopping center development, redevelopment, leasing, management, marketing, and operations and has worked in executive capacities with, The Rouse Company, Compass Retail, Arbor Property Trust and Forest City Ratner Companies.

His company Retail Market Answers, LLC specializes in economic and strategic planning, business development, and implementation services in accordance with "smart growth" principles. Workshop attendees were given tips on everything from identiyfing their target demographic to developing advertising campaigns.

For more information on the Tools of the Trade: Milford Business Workshop Series, please visit http://toolsofthetrademilford.eventbrite.com/.

Holiday Wine & Cheese Tasting
Hosted by the Friends of the Milford Police Department
We are pleased to share the following event.

The Friends of the Milford Police Department will be hosting at Holiday Wine & Cheese tasting on Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The tasting will be held at Sunset Cover (3 Have Lake Avenue Milford, DE).

Tickets are $25 per person and proceeds will go towards the Milford Police Department's Christmas Toy and Food Drive. To purchase tickets please call Lisa Johnson at (302) 422-1086 or the DMI office at (302) 839-1180.

Guests are encouraged to bring wrapped gifts for boys and girls ages 2 - 16.
Merchants Corner
DMI is pleased to share the following opportunities with our Downtown Merchants:

Photo by Leafo Photo
Tools of the Trade: Milford Business Workshops
Hosted by: Downtown Milford, Inc. & the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford


Every First Tuesday of the Month. For workshop details and registration please click here.

Please join us for a series of FREE business workshops on varying topics and facilitated by industry consultants.

Holiday Wine & Cheese Tasing
The Friends of the Milford Police are seeking gift cards/certificates as door prizes for their event that will be benefiting the Milford Police Department's Toy and Food Drive. If you are interested in donating a door prize please contact, Lisa Johnson at 422-1086

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