November 29, 2018

Main Street Complete Streets Construction Project

  • Replace aging water, electrical, and concrete infrastructure.
  • Increase pedestrian walkability, safety and accessibility.
  • Increase lighting within the corridor.
  • Slow down traffic with roundabouts and a road diet.
  • Widen sidewalks and increase connectivity between districts.
  • Install modern features like wifi and wireless sound system.
  • Create a destination for locals and tourists.
This project is currently in design and plans can be found at HQ at 119 W. Main.  The project is tentatively scheduled to begin in Spring 2019 and estimated to last 7-10 months.

The Electrical Department's construction in the alleyways has been rescheduled for next spring.

If you have an idea for an improvement in the downtown area, please submit your idea to HQ!  We welcome all ideas, large and small, and all comments and feedback.

2018 Construction Season Update:

  • Water service tie-ins continues along W. Broadway between Auburn and Miller and on S. Behrend. Contractor will contact each business prior to any water shut off.  Night work is schedule for main line tie-in at Lake and Broadway.
  • Water line installation continues along W. Broadway between Schwartz Ave. and Lake St.
  • NEW waterline installation along San Juan Boulevard from Butler east to Hutton.

Should you have any questions regarding this project, road closures, or street restrictions, please do not hesitate to call Public Works Dept at 505-599-1308 or visit http://www.fmtn.org/633/Projects-and-Construction for all the latest on road projects.

Jazz Jam CC Dec 2018

Weekly Happenings:

  • Wednesdays: Jazz Jam is held in the Civic Center Lobby from 7pm-9pm.  Enjoy free refreshments.  Sponsored by the San Juan Jazz Society, Civic Center, Kopy-Rite Printing & Graphics, Studio 116 and Downtown Farmington: A MainStreet Project.  

Upcoming Events:

  • Christmas Parade: "A Magical Christmas" TODAY - Thursday, November 29th, 2018, 5:45pm to 7pm.  Road Closure will be from Wall Ave to Schwartz Ave and be approximately 4pm to 7:30pm and picked up after last float.  Voted a Jolt Worthy event!
  • 2018 Festival of Trees: Civic Center, November 29 through December 2nd. Now in its 16th year, Festival of Trees has been a beloved holiday tradition across the Four Corners. We offer several special activities throughout the 4-day festival in addition to just exploring the dozens of handcrafted trees, wreaths and centerpieces that are available to win through the raffle. Tickets for the raffle are only $.50 each and there's no general admission fee to the festival. All proceeds benefit the local programming of Presbyterian Medical Services. Voted a Jolt Worthy event.
  • Miracle on Main Street: Civic Center, Sunday, December 2nd, 2:00pm to 6:30pm. Celebrate the magic of Christmas at this holiday event. There will be live entertainment, free crafts and games for the kids, family bingo, picture ops in a giant life-sized snow globe, craft fair, food vendors, pet adoptions, a chance to meet Santa, the lighting of the giant tree at 5:30pm and more! Voted a Jolt Worthy event.
  • Chevel Watch Party:  Civic Center, Monday, December 3rd, 6pm - 9pm.  Join us Monday Night to watch Chevel Shepherd compete in the top 10 finalists on The Voice. Let's rally around our Farmington girl and vote her through to the top 4!
  • Reindeer Romp & North Pole Stroll: Orchard Park, Saturday, December 15th, 2018, from 4pm to 6pm.  This is a short road closure from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, or as soon as the runners are clear of the beginning of the course.  Closure is on Main Street from Wall to Locke and on Orchard from Arrington to Main.
Chevel Shepherd Photo
Chevel Shepherd

Do you have an event you want to tell the 4 Corners about?

Submit your event to our Convention & Visitor Bureau calendar: 

Did you know? Memberships to the FCVB start at $50/year.  This is a great way to get your business listed on one of the top performing websites in our community.

Downtown Stakeholders Public Meeting: Crime Watch

NEW Public Meeting: Downtown Business Watch with Farmington Police Department.  Wednesday evening, December 5th, 6pm-7pm at HQ at 119 W. Main.  FPD will present:

  • the latest in crime trends in the downtown area
  • counterfeiting and what to do if you suspect a counterfeit bill
  • and business crime watch

Small Business Saturday:

Thanks to all that participated in Small Business Saturday.  Many downtown businesses have reported an increase in their holiday sales, others have reportedly doubled or nearly doubled their sales, and some even sold out of product!  Let's keep up the momentum.  If you have a story to share about Small Business Saturday or Shop Small, please contact Michael Bulloch.  

Remember to continue with the Shop Small Passport program.   Any questions on how this program works, please contact Michael Bulloch.

On National News......

In its ninth year, Small Business Saturday made its biggest splash yet. On Nov. 24, an estimated 104 million American consumers supported local retailers and restaurants, spending $17.8 billion on Small Business Saturday 2018, according to American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The record-breaking results show that this year’s holiday shopping season is off to a good start for small businesses and Main Streets across the country.

With this year’s activity on the books, Small Business Saturday spending has now topped $100 billion, American Express and NFIB report. Over the years, Small Business Saturday and the work of independent businesses that promote it have led more and more Americans to recognize the holiday and understand the importance of shopping small. What’s more, Small Business Saturday now transcends the brick-and-mortar marketplace. While millions of Americans headed to Main Street to shop and support small businesses in store, American Express and NFIB also report that 41 percent of consumers shopped online to celebrate Small Business Saturday this year.

Just as shoppers have expanded their Small Business Saturday celebrations to new platforms, small businesses are doing the same. This year, independently owned retailers offered in-store and online opportunities for their customers to engage.

Independent We Stand - Re-Building America One Main Street at a Time

Source: www.independentwestand.org

Here are Stories on how others celebrated Small Business Saturday...

Giving Back

Metzger’s Hardware in Los Alamos, New Mexico, kicked off the holiday shopping season by giving back. The locally owned hardware store donated 5 percent of its Small Business Saturday sales to the United Way of Northern New Mexico. Metzger’s celebrates the community all year round, and Small Business Saturday was no exception.

Shopping Little Boxes

In Portland, Oregon, some 200 independent retailers joined forces for the Shop Little Boxes campaign. Throughout the weekend, shoppers received discounts and raffle tickets for purchases made at the participating retailers. The stores also created a mobile app to give shoppers information about participating businesses and allow them to register their raffle ticket numbers.

Celebrating on Island Time

Thanks to locally owned paint and home retailer Paint Fair, Small Business Saturday has made its way to the Bahamas. On Grand Bahama, Paint Fair celebrated with a storewide sale, freshly baked goods, hourly giveaways and more. The celebration attracted the attention of shoppers in store, online and in the local news media.

Shouting Out Small Businesses

Taking part of its celebration on to social media, A. Dodson’s in Norfolk, Virginia, let employees shout out their favorite small businesses in short videos ahead of Small Business Saturday. On the day itself, the locally owned retailer kicked off a new social media campaign called Saturdays are for Small Business. The #SAFSB campaign will extend A. Dodson’s celebration beyond its store and beyond the holiday shopping season.

Giving Ladies a Night Out

McDaniel’s Do it Center in Snohomish, Washington, hosted a Girls’ Night Out after a day of Small Business Saturday celebration. The event featured crafting demos for paint, garden, and hardware projects, as well as free gift-wrapping services and over 30 raffles. As a member of the Snohomish community for more than 40 years, McDaniel’s Do it Center turned Small Business Saturday into an opportunity to build new relationships with customers.

A successful Small Business Saturday means more prosperity and reinvestment for local economies across the country. The creative ways that independent retailers celebrated the occasion not only engaged their customers, but also paved the way to a stronger community.

Dumpsters in the Downtown Area:

Many of our dumpsters have been fitted with locking castors to prevent them for rolling out of place or being easily pushed into traffic.  If you have a need for locking castors please let us know at HQ.  Additionally, many dumpsters have been fitted with locking lids and it's important to keep these lids closed and locked, this is a great way to add some security, prevent illegal dumping, and also decrease the litter in the alleyways.  Call the customer service number on your bill to add this option.  As the weather turns cold, people seek shelter in the dumpsters.  Please report any issues and contact WM for solutions.  Lastly, please check inside and around your dumpster regularly and keep dumpster lids closed and locked on non-service days. Thank you.

Dumpster Warning 2018

Stakeholder meetings: 

Next meeting on Monday, December 10th, at 10am.*  Topics vary.  This is an informal meeting among downtown business owners to discussion issues or concerns.

Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency meetings:

The last MRA meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, 4pm.* 

Capacity Builders Mural
Capacity Builders Mural

Art in the Alley

There are four new or in-progress mural installations in the downtown area.  Can you find them all?

Jamie Fairchild recently completed her mural behind Brown's Shoe Fit.

A new mural is in progress behind Capacity Builders (see left).

Volunteer Opportunities:

Opportunities to volunteer are available.  This is a way to help out along side your fellow downtown neighbor.  Contact Michael for more information. 

  • Next work day is at Downtown Junkers will be in December.  We will be clearing out the vacant space for the new pocket park.
  • Help out artists with upcoming mural installations.

Our Goal:

The purpose of this newsletter is to be transparent and open about our plans for this large-scale infrastructure investment with the downtown stakeholders.  We recognize the potential for economic growth that could result from a project of this magnitude, but also the challenges that come.  Additional details on any of the above referenced items are on file at HQ at 119 W. Main or on our website. Feedback is always welcome and participation is always encouraged!

Michael Bulloch

Contact Us:

Michael Bulloch
Downtown Coordinator & Executive Director for MainStreet Program and Arts & Cultural District

119 W. Main Street
505-599-8442 office
505-716-6057 cell

Sherry M. Roach
Project Coordinator
119 W. Main Street
505-599-8443 office
505-427-1512 cell

Sherry Roach
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