News from the Downtown Alliance
June 12, 2020
A note from the president

Friends,

This week we got the very exciting news that Osborn370 signed two new leases - Maurice's from Duluth and Central Logic out of Salt Lake City. We're thrilled to welcome both of these businesses and their employees into downtown in the coming months. Congrats to the entire team at Osborn. I couldn't have said it better than our friend Rich Pakonen, “Saint Paul is a fabulous place to work and it’s a great place for innovative companies looking to attract talent.” You can read more about it below.

As Governor Walz continues to "turn the dials" towards reopening, we are seeing a slow but steady reemergence downtown. We couldn't have asked for better weather as some of our favorite spots have been able to pull out their patio furniture in the past two weeks. We've got additional information about re-openings below. Whether you decide to take advantage of the sunshine this weekend by dining in on a patio or bringing takeout into one our of many parks downtown I would encourage everyone to continue to support our amazing restaurant scene.

Stay safe and be well,
 
Joe Spencer
President
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
News from Around Downtown
New business to move into Osborn370

Earlier this week Utah-based tech company Central Logic Inc. announced it is moving its headquarters into Osborn370. The company currently has approximately 20 employees in the Twin Cities but wants to grow that number by 20-30 more. Since opening less than two years ago, Osborn370 is now more than 85% leased. Central Logic will also be joined in the former Ecolab building by Duluth-based Maurice's, which will be moving a tech center into downtown in the near future.

Restaurants and retail continue to reopen

Governor Walz announced that Minnesota has now entered Phase Three of the Stay Safe Order COVID-19 recovery process. Among other things this includes a loosening of certain restrictions for bars, restaurants and other businesses. Bars and restaurants are allowed to serve indoors or outdoors at 50% of their maximum capacity. As a reminder, reservations are required. Many restaurants in downtown have been able to reopen in the past week and it has been wonderful to see patios begin to populate again.



*Please also remember that as of June 1 face masks are required inside stores and city-owned buildings in Saint Paul.
Jazz Fest to support We Love Saint Paul

Despite not being able to hold their annual festival this month in Mears Park, Twin Cities Jazz Fest has been holding weekly virtual shows. Each week the shows are free but viewers can make a voluntary contribution to support the artists and the future of the festival. For the next two weeks Jazz Fest will be donating all proceeds from the shows to We Love Midway and We Love Saint Paul to support businesses that have been impacted by civil unrest. Virtual concerts take place Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance is asking for your help to clean up our shared downtown community.

We're still looking for volunteers to pick up trash around Mears Park twice each day.

Shifts will occur at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. 

Have questions?