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Meeting Minutes 10/11/16

West End Business Meeting Minutes 10/11

 

Please find following the notes from the West End Business Association’s monthly meeting.

Present: Jonathan Blakeslee, White Heron Tea, Monique Shevlin, Signature Escrow and Title, Campbell Lozuaway-McComsey, STREET, Jeanne Russell, Portsmouth Center for Yoga and the Arts/Music Together, Jesse Ware, Futuro Construction, Steven Zeiler, Zen Software, Pip Clews, Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, Steve Mailhot, Dogland, Joanne Burchuk, Lighthouse Physical Therapy, Charlotte Hubbarb, Sanford Institute for Savings, Todd Hudson, Red Post Realty, Sara Curry, Bikram Yoga.

WESTIVAL FOLLOW UP: Much more smooth this year having professionals making and serving food. Attendance seemed higher. People had a lot of fun. Great community-building event. We heard a lot of people bummed for missing the event. Branding of the event worked really well. Tons of kids came through the drum circle. Yoga pose off was a lot of fun. City permitting went well. City presentation was a big hit. Much thanks to the City of Portsmouth for volunteering police officers for the event.

We made $120 on t-shirt sales. People loved them. We will save the money for insurance for next year.

Suggestions for next year:

  • Flat entry fee?
  • Flight limit in Liar’s Bench to keep people moving through.
  • Vendor meeting beforehand to solidify offerings and matching pricing.
  • Lighting. Once it got dark, no one went to vendors.
  • Bring a counter to count attendance.
  • Better volunteers for bouncy house. One hour time limit.
  • More volunteers in general.
  • Need someone at the trash/compost.
  • At least one more food vendor.
  • Both Plaza 800 and Great Rhythm have offered to host in 2017.
  • Places to sit and eat.
  • PA wasn’t loud enough.

MCINTYRE BUILDING RELOCATION: At the latest City Council meeting, no one was in favor of relocating the building to the Bridge Street lot. Alternative options are unknown.

CROSSWALK UPDATE: Public Works Director Peter Rice, who was initially opposed to the crosswalk has been pleased with the results and the City is extending the testing another 30-days.

PS21 has been working with the City to promote more tactical urbanism projects like ours in the future.

MOST HIPSTER NEIGHBORHOOD: This week, the West End got voted the most hipster neighborhood in the state.

HOLIDAY PLANNING: Seacoast Local would love to help promote holiday shopping and sales in the West End.

This year, we are going to promote the West End Wonderland holiday shopping season on social media. We want to promote all of the great things happening from Thanksgiving through New Years on this end of town. Instead of the holiday passport, we’ll track local business check ins with the hashtag #WestEndWonderland.

Local businesses should send quality 500×500 images with their business information and holiday events to Social Media Coordinator, Devon Boyd. Contact information below.

We would like to host another West End Holiday Tree Lighting at STREET. Please bring ideas to the next meeting on November 8th.

SOCIAL MEDIA PROMOTION: Have events at your business that you want to share? Email them to our Social Media Coordinator, Devon Boyd.

Please join us for our next monthly business networking meeting on

Tuesday, November 8th at 8 am at

White Heron Tea.

No fees. No commitment.
Meet your neighbors. Share a cuppa. Stay connected.

Second Tuesdays at 8 am at White Heron.

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