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Announcing our new initiative to boost downtown's economic recovery


We were excited this week to announce phase two of our plan to spark downtown Saint Paul’s economic recovery: the Let’s Grow campaign, which will bring new life to empty storefronts by hosting local businesses and boosting community engagement in public spaces through events, art installations, and activations, all while continuing to promote downtown Saint Paul and build our safe and clean program.

Plans are underway to host 5-10 businesses in currently empty retail spaces across downtown Saint Paul for six-month stretches of time. Art installations are also going up across downtown as part of this work, including the outdoor office space “Future of Futures” from Amanda Lovelee and Emily Stover at Osborn370, and Girl Friday’s 25-foot installation in the Securian Financial 401 Building. Additional pop-up programming on 7th Place Mall and Wells Fargo Place will be installed in the coming weeks.

A special thank you to our incredible business community, the Knight Foundation and the City for your generous support of this work. You can read more on our plans in the Pioneer Press or watch my conversation with KSTP.

I also want to remind you to check out our next virtual Speaker Series event on August 16 with Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. More details and the link to register can be found below. Plus, there are tons of events coming up, so read on to find something new to do this weekend.

Take care,


Saint Paul Downtown Alliance program plans to bring more small businesses to fill storefronts

The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance has a plan to bring more business to empty storefronts. It's the latest effort to help in the economic recovery of downtown following the pandemic. The Alliance is trying to find 10 small businesses looking for low cost short-term leases in downtown Saint Paul.

Watch to learn more on KSTP

Speaker Series:

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi

Our next virtual Speaker Series event will feature Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who will give an update from his office about public safety trends in and around downtown and the state of the judicial system in Ramsey County,. He will also answer questions from attendees.


Tuesday, August 16, 2-3:30 p.m.


Register here.

Upcoming events around downtown

August 4 - Farmers Market | 7th Place Mall

August 4 - The 370 Sets | Osborn370

August 4 - Riffs Rails & Cocktails | Station 81

August 4 - Lowertown Sounds | Mears Park

August 4 - Cat Video Festival | CHS Field

August 5 - Roller Skating @ Rice | Rice Park

August 5 - Encanto Drive-In | Union Depot

August 5-6 - Vintage at the Ballpark | CHS Field

August 6 - Food Truck Festival | Union Depot

August 7 - Seussical Jr! | 7th Place Mall

August 7 - Ken Takata and Friends | Pedro Park

August 9 - StPL Food Trucks & Music | Landmark Plaza

August 10 - Farmers Market | Securian Financial

August 11 - Farmers Market | 7th Place Mall

August 11 - The 370 Sets | Osborn370

August 11 - Lowertown Sounds | Mears Park

Through August 21 - Holmes and Watson | Park Square Theatre

See more events happening around downtown. 

Are you following the Alliance on Facebook? What about Instagram?

Event season is in full swing! Make sure you're following the Downtown Alliance on social media to stay up to date on all the latest downtown events and news. Plus, we do love giveaways, so you never know when you could end up with tickets, swag or other great downtown prizes. 



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