WELCOME TO THE INAUGURAL EDITION OF THE DOWNTOWN MESQUITE UPDATE
Congratulations! You are one of the first people to be part of another new development for Downtown Mesquite - our inaugural Downtown Mesquite Update!

This newsletter will provide you with information on downtown revitalization advances, including new businesses, events, volunteer activities and more.

Just as importantly, we're going to put the spotlight on businesses and people who have been part of the community for years and will be at the heart of downtown's future.

Help us spread the word about Downtown Mesquite by sharing the Update with your friends.
Farmers, Artisan Market Opens for 2019 Season
The MarketPlace, Downtown Mesquite's own artisan and farmers' market, is open for 2019!

Every second and fourth Saturday, enjoy produce, artisan goods, food and more at this popular open-air market that is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Square, 223 W. Davis, in Downtown Mesquite.

The Marketplace will take 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Plaza, 223 W. Davis, in the heart of downtown. Want more info? Visit their website by clicking here.
We love historic photos of Downtown Mesquite!
Can you guess when and where this photo was taken? Visit our Facebook page to join the conversation about this image as well as many other photos from the history of our downtown! Photo credit: Holley McWhorter Greenhaw Collection/Frank W. Greenhaw Archives, Dallas Public Library, Texas Dallas Division, used by permission
First Lady Abbott to Visit Downtown Mesquite
The First Lady of Texas will celebrate our downtown's designation as a Texas Main Street program area at a ceremony set for Thursday, May 16 at 2 p.m., at Heritage Square, 223 W. Davis.

For 30 years, it has been a tradition for the state's First Lady to honor new Main Street communities with a special ceremony followed by a public reception.

"We are so pleased that the First Lady is traveling to Mesquite to honor our efforts and officially kick off our downtown revitalization program," said Mesquite Downtown Development Advisory Board President Brad Brandt, who added, "our volunteers will be hard at work with City of Mesquite staff to make this a very special chapter in our downtown history."

The public is invited to attend the outdoor ceremony, which will last approximately one-half hour. A reception will follow.

For more information, please click here.
What is the Main Street Program?

Downtown Mesquite has been designated as a Texas Main Street community, but what does that mean?

Main Street is the nation's most successful approach to downtown revitalization. The magic lies in a volunteer-driven approach that encompasses four critical areas of focus - Design, Economic Vitality, Organization and Promotion - that directly address market positions determined through assessment of assets and opportunities. See more at the National Main Street website and the Texas Main Street website.
Downtown Mesquite Businesses Celebrating Landmark Anniversaries

Hometown businesses are the heart and soul of any downtown, and two of our Downtown Mesquite businesses are celebrating decades of serving the community.

Mesquite BBQ is celebrating an amazing 60 years in business as a family owned and operated restaurant. Enjoy one of their legendary dishes at 145 E. Davis St., and take a look at this video profile of the business that was produced as part of the city's Small Business Week celebration in 2018.

If you haven't taken the opportunity to peruse the amazing book and vinyl collection at Paperbacks Plus at 108 E. Davis St., you need to correct that and soon! And while you're there, congratulate this much-loved business on its 45th anniversary!
Downtown Business Profile: Windsor Florist

Our Downtown Update will focus on the people who make our downtown neighborhood great: our merchants, volunteers and friends. First up: Windsor Florist and the business owner, Helen Ethridge:

Q: How long have you been in business?
A: 20 years

Q: Describe your business
A: Florist and gifts

Q: Best-kept secret about your business?
A: Our business was named after the Queen of England!

Q:What is your vision for Downtown Mesquite?
A: To make the downtown area more attractive and attention-getting to our entire community. To offer our residents a reason to visit the downtown area due to dining choices (inside and outside facilities), to host/attract/sponsor family functions and events, to sponsor the arts and music entertainment with local and area artists and musicians, to attract additional businesses that will enhance the walk-in traffic to all businesses in the downtown area.

See Helen and all of the fine folks at Windsor Florist at 201 W. Main in Downtown Mesquite. Visit their Facebook page here .

Want to see your favorite Downtown Mesquite business profiled in the Update? Send your suggestion here
Mesquite Meander Historic Tour Set for May 17, 18
The Ninth Annual Mesquite Meander, an entertaining and informative tour of our community's past, is set for May 17 and 18 at the historic Mesquite Cemetery.

Actors will portray figures from Mesquite history and tell their stories on tours that are scheduled to begin every 10 minutes.

Friday's Meander is set for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday's Meander will run 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit this link .
Barber's Ink Featured in Small Business Week Video
Downtown's own Barber's Ink and its owner, Marcus Brandon, are featured in the City of Mesquite's Small Business Week videos filmed with Mayor Stan Pickett. Marcus and three other local businesses were honored for their participation in the videos at a City Council meeting on Monday, May 6. Visit this link to see Marcus and the mayor in action!
Texas Main Street Training Sessions Begin for Downtown Volunteers
Texas Main Street staff members recently offered in-depth training on design, economic vitality and promotion to Downtown Mesquite advisory board members and volunteers.

These training sessions help volunteers create project strategies that are based on factors determined through analysis of demographics, market gap and more. This is the first of many services the Texas Main Street Program will offer to us in terms of economic development, historic preservation, design and promotion of Downtown Mesquite.

The TMSP staff also conducted a training session for City of Mesquite leadership.
Conceptual rendering
Front Street Station Project Set
to Begin Late Summer 2019
A number of citizen stakeholders have worked hard with City of Mesquite staff to design the first phase of infrastructure improvements for Downtown Mesquite. Click on this link to recent press coverage about Front Street Station.