News from the Downtown Alliance
April 16, 2020
A note from the president

Friends,

I hope you are all faring as well as possible. Suffice it to say that I miss seeing your faces in person. Earlier this week I was proud to have an opinion piece published in the Star Tribune, co-authored by my friend and colleague B Kyle. We are urging our state and federal lawmakers to build needed infrastructure to jump-start our economic recovery. Projects like the Kellogg/3rd Street bridge and Ramsey County’s Riversedge development will not only put people to work and inject money into our community in the short-term, but they will also result in private investment for generations to come.

We’ve also been advocating that our elected leaders change the laws so that local restaurants can sell wine and beer to add revenue during this public health emergency. I’m happy to see that will likely become a reality – thanks to all involved in that effort. Speaking of local restaurants… check out the awesome Small Business Bingo game we put together. Special kudos to our own Emma Burns for that!

Finally, there are a number of assistance programs out there for businesses and individuals. I encourage you to check out the Ramsey County Means Business site as a great clearinghouse of information. Let's all work together to maximize the resources coming into our downtown – find out which programs are a fit for you and apply. Don’t forget that Mayor Carter’s Bridge Fund is accepting applications through 5:00 p.m. Sunday (no need to wait til the last minute – apply now!). 

Please continue to reach out with your stories and suggestions.
 
Stay safe and be well,
 
Joe Spencer
President
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Shop small, support local, get entered to win!
Announcing: Downtown Saint Paul small business bingo!

The rules are simple - shop small, support our local restaurants, breweries and retail shops, and be entered to win a $100 gift card to your favorite downtown spot!

Complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal BINGO by spending $25 or more at downtown businesses.

by May 31, 2020. Receipts can be dated back to March 12, 2020. Don't forget - call directly for takeout or delivery whenever possible and always tip your delivery drivers!

Visit stpdowntown.org/supportlocal to the full details for each business as well as the dozens of options you can use for your free space.

Good luck!
Click for a larger, downloadable version of the bingo card.
Good news from around (down)town
We want to hear about all the great things that are still happening downtown despite, or perhaps in reaction to, the hard headlines that surround us. Whether you want to thank someone or just share a positive story about your experiences being downtown right now, please send us an email. We will continue to share these stories and photos as we receive them.
In partnership with Morrissey Hospitality Companies, Inc., The Saint Paul Hotel, Visit Saint Paul and US Foods, the Saint Paul River Centre rolled out Feeding the Front Line this week. The complimentary meal program for first responders and front line health care heroes began service at Saint Paul RiverCentre this Wednesday, April 15 and will run through Monday, May 4. Meals will be offered to these individuals seven days a week with pick-up from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Interested participants can place an order each day by texting 612-900-5145 with their name, employer and the number of needed meals. Please allow 2 hours from the time the order is placed for it to be processed and ready for pick-up.

Lowertown residents have created a Facebook group called Lowertown Mask Makers, dedicated to coordinating neighborhood needs for face masks with volunteers sewing masks.

They are making cotton fabric masks, per the patterns established by the CDC, to provide alternative face masks for local clinics, volunteers on the front lines working with high risk individuals and for our neighbors, by request. If you're interested in volunteering to make masks, supplies can be provided by the group and we'd encourage you to connect with the group.
Union Depot's free weekly yoga classes have gone digital! Roll out your mat at home and follow along during their virtual yoga class with Studio 9-to-5.

Every scheduled class over the next few weeks will be livestreamed so you don’t miss a beat. You can use your phone or laptop to follow along.

Parks and trails open around downtown
With the warmer weather we're predicted to get this weekend, now is a great time to safely get outside for some fresh air on one of the many trails and parks we have near downtown.

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary - Located just east of downtown, the park features hiking trails, 450 million-year-old limestone and sandstone bluffs, spring-fed wetlands, excellent bird watching opportunities, rich Native American history, and beautiful views of the downtown skyline and Mississippi River. 

Harriet Island Regional Park - Trek across the Wabasha Street bridge to check out Harriet Island and the surrounding trails, or head down at the bridge's half way point and stop at Raspberry Island first.

Irvine Park - Tucked just below downtown, Irvine Park is surrounded by some of the oldest houses in Saint Paul. Wander through the neighborhood or enjoy a spring day in the famous gazebo.

Be sure to observe 6 feet of distance between you and others at all times while outside enjoying the parks.

Have questions?