Main Street Manager Update by Linden Main Street Manager Allie Anderson
Cooler weather and autumn foliage aren’t the only exciting things coming to Linden this fall! Our downtown has some big events and projects on the horizon that you’ll want to keep an eye out for as we wind down 2018. First, however, I’d like to highlight a project that is currently wrapping up – the renovations to the exterior of one of our cornerstone businesses in the downtown, Conn Auto Supply. Business owner, Ricky Conn, applied for our Façade Improvement Grant to repair and repaint stucco, uncover original windows that had been boarded or bricked up, and restore the clock that sits at the top corner of the building. If you haven’t already seen it, make sure to drive by in the evening to see the clock lit up! This project was such a great boost for our downtown, bringing new life to the main intersection of our community. We’d like to congratulate Ricky on a job well done and thank the Linden Economic Development Corporations for funding our grant program and allowing us to offer this service to our downtown businesses! I’d also like to say a big thank you to all of our trick-or-treaters who joined us around the square for Trunk-or-Treat and the Lions Club pumpkin carving contest. The weather held out just long enough for us to get in a good hour of Halloween fun! Coming up on November 10th, the Linden Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for our newest downtown boutique – Elegant Etchings & Etcetera. Owner, Laura Littlejohn, has stocked her new shop at 106 W. Houston with etched glass and handmade home décor. The ribbon-cutting will be at 3:00 pm and will kick-off our downtown’s first Second Saturday. Second Saturday is an evening shopping event, during which our downtown stores will stay open for friends and neighbors to enjoy a stroll around the square, perhaps followed by dinner at one of our fantastic downtown restaurants. Main Street is also gearing up for our second Pop-Up Week event, which will be held December 1st through December 8th this year. After the fun that we had last year with all of our shops, we can’t wait to see the mix we get this year and who will take the plunge and become a permanent part of the downtown. See y’all around the square!