News from the Downtown Alliance
July 31, 2020
A note from the president

I'm writing to you today with some great news to share.
Development projects around downtown continue to move forward. The Viking Building and Cleveland Circle are well underway, and just this month The Gallery St. Paul broke ground at Wacouta and 9th streets. Also, a huge congratulations to Health Partners CEO (and Downtown Alliance board member) Andrea Walsh and everyone at Regions Hospital on the grand opening of the 160,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art birth center that opened last week!
Events look different these days, but we're seeing both familiar favorites return in modified ways and new events pop up. Last night was the fourth Lowertown Local community event with a performance from downtown’s own Ken Takata. It has been wonderful to see this concept, which started as a simple idea from neighbors around the park, become a bright spot in the week. These pop-up concerts will continue throughout August. Tomorrow night will be another opportunity to gather in Lowertown for a socially distanced, outdoor music experience. This time it will be Big River Pizza hosting at the Farmers Market.

And… Saints baseball returns next week ! More details on all of these events below.
Finally, I want to thank all of our neighbors, City partners and public safety officials who have been working around the clock to make sure that our downtown is safe and welcoming for all. There is no doubt that these have been a challenging few months, but the level of commitment and collaboration we've seen from our partners has been encouraging.
I hope to see some of you from a safe distance around downtown in the near future.
Mask up and be well,
Joe Spencer
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Upcoming events downtown

As we alluded to last week, for the first time in months we have an "upcoming events section" to share in this newsletter. Local businesses and community partners continue to find ways to re-imagine what events in 2020 can look like. As with all activities these days, masks and social distancing are required.

Big River Pizza concert series - Saturday, August 1 - St. Paul Farmer's Market
Capacity will be capped at 50 for the first of three concerts Big River Pizza is hosting at the farmers market.

Acoustic Sunday Brunch - Sunday, August 2 - Pillbox Tavern
A reservation is encouraged to secure your spot for music and mimosas this Sunday at Pillbox.

Lowertown Local - Weekly on Thursday evenings - Mears Park
The weekly gathering of neighbors for music and conversation is scheduled to continue through August.

Events at CHS Field - ongoing
The Saints have been taking advantage of having one of the best outdoor facilities around this summer. Baseball games will resume August 4, the Pop Up Cafe is open Wednesday - Sunday, and in September the Minnesota Opera will present Opera in the Outfield .
Best of the best in downtown Saint
The annual City Pages "Best of" list came out this week and lots of downtown favorites were among the winners.

Best Theater - Park Square Theatre

Best Chocolate - Legacy Chocolates

Best Hotel - Celeste St. Paul - " A stately hotel with beautifully decorated rooms in a fabulous location doesn’t need a charming backstory. This one’s got one anyway."

Best Skyway Eats - Afro Deli

Best Candy Store - Candyland

Best Bookstore - Subtext Books - "Nestled deep in downtown St. Paul is a gem of a bookstore. ... Its shelves are well-curated, with a breadth of selection that never feels overwhelming and a vibe that encourages browsing, mingling, and getting lost in a good book."

Best Place to Take a Tinder Date - Science Museum of Minnesota

Best Brewery - Barrel Theory Beer Company - "RUSA Today, Thrillist, and Beer Advocate have all counted the St. Paul brewery among the best in the country, but only Twin Citizens have a full read on why they deserve it."

Best Martini - Meritage

Best TV Station - TPT

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