Rawlins Main Street
What's Up Downtown?
- Holidays in Rawlins
This holiday season will be a busy one for downtown Rawlins. Shop Local, Win Big starts on November 28th and runs until December 18th. In this program when you shop at participating businesses and bring your receipts in to Artistry in Glass on the specified days you are entered to win $250 in Santa Bucks. Thursdays After Dark will take place December 4th, 11th and 18th this year. Participating downtown businesses will be open until 8pm for your shopping needs on those days. Many of our downtown merchants will be decorating there storefronts this year for a storefront decorating contest. Stop by the downtown and see who you think should win! Winners will be announced at WinterFest. WinterFest will take place on Saturday, December 13th. There will be fun activities and events all throughout town on that day. Some businesses will have sales, giveaways and many other festive activities going on in their stores. The Chamber of Commerce Starlight Parade will also be held the evening of December 13th at 5pm. Following the parade will be a performance of scenes from "The Nutcracker" at Rawlins High School (tickets can be purchased in advance from Cedar Street Studios). Stop by our events page and see a full list of businesses participating in our holiday programs (2014 list will be posted before events begin on November 28th). Also, check out our 7 Whys in 7 Weeks on our holiday page which talks about shopping local this season and has supporting statistics as to why everyone should shop local for the holidays. Click on the link for more details http://www.rawlinsmainstreet.org/holidays.htm.
- 2015 GAMSA Semi-Finalists!!!
Every year, the National Main Street Center awards communities throughout the country with the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA). It is given to those exemplifying the use of the Main Street Approach to revitalize their traditional downtowns and/or neighborhood business districts. In 2014 Rawlins DDA/Main Street was awarded the "One to Watch" Award, which recognizes exceptional communities working on innovative projects and that are poised on the cusp of major transformation. For the 2015 year, Rawlins DDA/Main Street has just been announced as one of the 10 semi-finalists for the top award, The Great American Main Street Award. We look forward to hearing the results at the National Main Street Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in March of 2015.
- Facade Easement Program
The City of Rawlins and Rawlins DDA/ Main Street have created a unique and creative program to rehabilitate the commercial facades (storefronts) in downtown Rawlins. The program will be funded through state grants, federal grants and by partnering with the business owners. In order to participate the business has to meet certain requirements and be within the historic district. We are currently wrapping up the environmental review process that is required for use of federal funds. The next step is a 15 day public comment period. Interested parties my comment on any significant changes to, or impact on the historic value of the district and buildings. You can stop by City Hall for specific information on the environmental review. Please contact the Rawlins DDA/ Main Street with any questions or concerns in regard to this Program.