What a year!
Here are our Top 10 Moments from 2018.
#1. This fall, National Main Street picked Laramie as one of five featured communitiesmodeling the success of the Main Street model. It was an absolute honor to be chosen and a joy to brag about the community we love!
#2. We opened the doors to the all-new Big Hollow Food Co-Op thanks to the shared vision and support of our partners at the Wyoming Business Council and The City of Laramie!
#3. We exceeded our Giving Tuesday goal and raised over $2,500 in one day thanks to all of you!
#4. We kicked off 2018 by merging with the Downtown Laramie Business Association, adopting a full-calendar of your favorite events and allowing us to cheer for Laramie with more resources, volunteers and opportunities to connect on the streets!
#5. Working with the Laramie Public Art Coalition (LPAC), we completed Gill Street, the collaborative fish mural seen from 1st Street including unique fish from 20+ local artists!
#6. We added two new high-capacity bike racks to the streets of downtown. Spot these beauties, designed by local artist Meg Thompson and installed by our friends at The City of Laramie, in front of Coal Creek Coffee and Pedal House!
#7. We moved! The LMSA offices moved from Grand Ave. to our new location at 115 Ivinson Ave. We are nestled between The Chocolate Cellar and Sweet Pickles, and are loving all the new sites and sounds of this block; the oldest part of the commercial district.
#8. You may have noticed something new at The Wyo Theater. We changed the sign! Have an idea of what you'd like the marquee to say for the new year? Send us your ideas!
#9. Speaking of moving and all-new, we expanded the Downtown Laramie Farmer's Market! Moving the location allowed us to welcome all-new vendors, activate the adjacent green space and plug in new placemaking and community projects like The Toy Library and the Story Booth!
#10. In 2018 we set our sights on supporting you. We continued hosting Coffee + Conversations, a peer-to-peer gathering for business and property owners to expand and grow their businesses, and continued to work to create opportunities for coaching and support that helps your business thrive!
[Bonus #11: Main Street staff celebrated big in 2018, from dancing on the streets to sharing our success stories among our economic development peers throughout Laramie, across Wyoming and beyond. WEDA took us to Evanston and Main Street America to Kansas City. Our Small Business Saturday caught the attention of the Business Council and Livability said we were one of the Top 100 places to live. Nothing feels better than representing our organization and the community we love!]
A big thank you to the businesses, property owners, volunteers, donors and downtown lovers for making our 2018 one for the books!
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Thank you to our
2018 Laramie Main Street Champions:
Ivinson Memorial Hospital
Anong’s Thai Cuisine
The Mortgage Source
The Chocolate Cellar
Big Dipper Ice Cream
Works of Wyoming
Spic and Span Laundromat
Dodd’s Shoe Co.
CPA Group of Laramie
Behavior Science Investigations
Mountain Valley Bridal
Bent and Rusty
Gallery West/Frame Plant
Atmosphere Mountain Works
Albany County Tourism
Mountain Valley Property
Bart’s Flea Market
Back of the Wagon Antiques
Corthell and King
Coal Creek Coffee
Coal Creek TAP
Ruby’s on Grand
Altitude Chophouse and Brewery
Sweet Melissa’s Vegetarian Café
Star Awards and Promos
The Local Crowd
Carly Ann Carruthers