10 Things To Love About Downtown Worker Appreciation Day
Free coffee, breakfast treats, and so much more. Here are 10 Things To Love About Downtown Worker Appreciation Day:
1. It's this Thursday, May 3rd! Join us anytime between 7:30am and 9:30am at one of three convenient locations: Monument Square, Tommy's Park (by Bard and The Grill Room), and in front of the Portland Museum of Art. Anyone who works downtown is welcome to attend!

2. Not an early bird? No problem! If you can't join us in the morning, swing by the Portland Downtown office anytime between 2pm and 4pm to pick up some goodies. You can find us at 549 Congress Street next to Nosh .

3. Delicious local coffee. Enjoy complimentary coffee thanks to our amazing & generous coffee sponsors - Coffee By Design , Bard Coffee , and Coffee Me Up .

4. Breakfast bites. Treat your taste buds to nibbles from My 3 Sisters Italian Cookies , Foley's Bakery , Big Sky Bread , and The Holy Donut.

5. Free goodies. Visit our "swag table" for fun giveaways (while supplies last). Our friends at Benchmark will be handing out insulated water bottles; Portland Downtown will be giving our frisbees (just in time for the warm weather!); and MEMIC has mints for everyone.

6. Deals & discounts at over 50 local businesses. A free hand-made change purse at Portmanteau ? Two-dollar breakfast sandwiches at Sisters Gourmet Deli ? 50% off at Gorgeous Gelato ? Yes, please. Be sure to grab our coveted Downtown Worker Appreciation Day Coupon Book. It's filled with special deals you won't want to miss!

7. Raffle prizes galore. Drop your business card in a bowl for a chance to win some fabulous prizes donated by Portland Symphony Orchestra , The Fish & Bone , Lisa-Marie's Made in Maine , Artné Spa , Cabot Farmers' Annex , Portland Buy Local , and Portland Downtown . Winners will be drawn and notified Thursday afternoon.

8. Spring flowers. Nothing says "you are appreciated" quite like fresh flowers. Be sure to say 'hi' to our friendly volunteers from Diversified Communications - they'll be handing out beautiful flowers from Harmon's !

9. Lunch on LeRoux! Head over to LeRoux Kitchen (161 Commercial Street) to enjoy free lunch from 12pm-2pm. On the menu: veggie pasta salad (with optional grilled chicken) as well as a surprise sweet treat.

10. Rain or shine. Downtown Worker Appreciation Day will be held rain or shine. Fingers crossed for warm, dry weather - and we'll see you all Thursday! RSVP on Facebook (not required)
Downtown Worker Appreciation Day is proudly brought to you by:
Let's Talk Transit
Be a part of our focus groups on multi-modal transportation

Would you like to help shape the conversation around transit in Portland? Portland Downtown will be hosting two upcoming focus groups, which will inform a multi-modal transportation marketing campaign that we are partnering on with the City of Portland and local transit organizations.

On Friday, May 18th, there will be two opportunities to participate: a 10:00am session and a 12:00pm session. The focus groups will be 90 minutes in duration and will be held at the Portland Downtown office at 549 Congress Street. Refreshments will be provided. The focus groups will include commuters, residents, and transit-users.

If this sounds like something you'd like to be a part of, please  email Casey  for information or to register.
Meet Dustin Kelly
A Q&A with our intern from USM

How did you first hear about Portland Downtown?

I walked by the office several times a day (noticing the sign every time), until one day I finally decided to swing in. Upon my moseying into the organization, I browsed their literature which was informative and catchy. Besides browsing the literature they provide, I was hooked by the radiating vibes.

Why is Portland Downtown's mission meaningful to you?

Following my knowledge of the organization, I quickly learned that this specific non-profit shares the same ideas and morals that I possess. Portland Downtown wants to keep a clean, safe, vibrant, beautiful, welcoming, fun, and all-around sensational place to feel at home. That being said, that's why their mission is meaningful to me.

What does your Service Learning project entail?

The Service Learning Project entails me utilizing the skills/skillset that I have acquired over the past years as a student here at University of Southern Maine . Using those skills, I am required to assist a non-profit in any way the non-profit sees fit. In essence, I need to collaborate with a non-profit organization in the community to assist in documenting its activities and help fulfill its mission.

What have you learned about the organization so far?

I have learned that this organization is so much more than what it seems. Beyond organizing the events in town that everyone loves (the Old Port Festival, Merry Madness, and the Tree Lighting in Monument Square), Portland Downtown is responsible for keeping the streets clean and safe and for keeping our downtown lively and beautiful. Many people - particularly younger groups - may not know that Portland Downtown is behind these efforts. I believe that making the younger audience aware of who Portland Downtown is, is extremely important. This should be a focus for the future.

What are some of your favorite downtown hotspots?

I actually enjoy most all of the Portland Downtown locations!  Slab Novare Res Taco Escobarr , and  State Theatre  just to name a few. There are so many places that I would love to try that I have not yet, and so many that I will continue to visit! They're all really great places to try out!

If you aren't already, be sure to follow Dustin's adventures on Portland Downtown's Instagram . His photos and stories - previewed below - lovingly showcase the very best of downtown!