Month: September 2014

Have Opinions on Evansville? Let Them Be Heard (updated)

I hear all the time from neighbors who have brilliant ideas for the community, but have no idea with whom to share them. This week offers all local residents the chance to speak up for change.

Tonight Mayor Winnecke is hosting a Community Conversation at Fairlawn Elementary, starting at 5:30 p.m. Anyone who has attended one can verify that Mayor Winnecke is always willing to lend an ear to those with ideas for positive growth in Evansville. He plans on sharing his ideas, as well as those of other community leaders. Be sure to check it out!

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Tuesday is the City Core meeting for Evansville VOICE. The event is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Carriage House, which is located at the Reitz Home Museum (another piece of local history that I highly recommend visiting). The VOICE meetings are always interactive and no idea is too small or silly. Every voice spoken is heard and noted. The group is constantly growing and sponsoring local events, such as pop-up shops, scavenger hunts, community gardens and more. Add this one to your calendar!

For more information on either event or anything Evansville related, please contact me. I am happy to help. If I don’t know the answer, I can contact you with someone who can help.

Shop Local – Customer Appreciation Events Edition

Shopping local is key to a thriving community. As a way of saying “Thank you” to their customers, the following local businesses are having customer appreciation days this week.

Cielo Luxury Shoe Boutique – Located at 328 West Jennings Street in Newburgh, this unique store is hosting a Birthday Soiree on Wednesday, September 25 from 5-8 p.m. They are offering door prizes, refreshments and sneak peeks at new designs. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

MaryLena Boutique – Another local favorite of mine will be open later to help Cielo celebrate on Wednesday. MaryLena has clothing & accessories that are classy, yet stylish. Sarah, the owner, will always greet you with a smile and go the extra mile to make sure you are satisfied. Be sure to like their Facebook page to stay up to date on all sales and events.

Evansville ARC – The 60th Anniversary Open House Celebration is on Wednesday. It starts with a proclomation at 10 a.m., followed by refreshments and tours until 11:30. They will then re-open from 4-6 p.m. to welcome evening guests. Help them honor the past and celebrate the new look of ARC.

Thyme in the Kitchen – Venture over to the ever growing, always popular Franklin Street to check out the Fall Fun Shopping Event. The event runs from 4-7 p.m. The event includes appetizers, wine & cocktails, product demonstrations and special in-store discounts. While you’re there, be sure to sign up for your chance to win a “Family to Go” entrée from Culinary Innovation by Chef April Boeke. 

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Why shop local?

  • Small businesses accounted for 65% of all net new jobs over the past 17 years.
  • Small businesses employ 77 million Americans.
  • 89% of consumers agree that independent businesses contribute positively to local economies.
  • Residential neighborhoods served by a successful independent business district gained, on average, 50% more in home values than their citywide markets.
  • Independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales than chain competitors. Independent restaurants return more than two times as much money per dollar of sales than national restaurant chains.