Kristi Stokes is the president of the Greater Downtown Council in Duluth. Contact her at 727-8549.
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Grandma's Marathon is always a great kickoff to the summer season in our community and especially in our downtown. We're thrilled to host thousands of runners and spectators while showing off our central business district. It's a nice boost to the local economy and an event that everyone embraces.
My 10-year-old son declared it was time for him to clean out his closet last week. He retreated to his room, turned on some fun music and wasn't heard from for about an hour. That's when he came out, gave a status report that he was making some great progress and headed back to his room for more spring cleaning.
Parking. Downtown. Together, those two words tend to bring out many emotions from customers, visitors, residents and employees. Sometimes they are thrilled that they were able to find an open parking spot right in front of their favorite store.
We recently celebrated the successes of downtown Duluth during the Greater Downtown Council's 31st Annual Dinner Meeting. And the gathering also provided us an opportunity to share some of the priorities put forth by the GDC board of directors for 2016.
As we roll into a new year, it's exciting to think about the great opportunities ahead for Duluth. It's also a time to look back at the success we have seen over the past year. At the Greater Downtown Council, it's an ideal time for us to celebrate successes and share upcoming priorities for our downtown during our 31st Annual Dinner Meeting. Please plan to join us at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the DECC Harborside Ballroom for this annual event. It is our pleasure to have Duluth's incoming mayor, Emily Larson, serve as our featured speaker.
I'm hearing great things from downtown Duluth retailers as we start the "shopping day countdown" until Christmas. The vibe was incredibly positive in our downtown last weekend as we celebrated Small Business Saturday. There were shoppers packing the stores and enjoying refreshments while they browsed for those perfect gifts. The streets were filled with people carrying packages and strolling to their next destination.
We are just weeks away from jumping into the excitement of the holiday shopping season. It's really hard to believe, especially when Duluth enjoyed higher temperatures and September weather earlier this week. Here in Downtown Duluth, we are proud to help the community celebrate a holiday tradition that has spanned for decades. And last year, we enjoyed a new twist to this tradition. The Christmas City of the North parade returns to Superior Street on Friday, Nov.
Downtown Duluth boasts a wide array of restaurant offerings, so it's no surprise that they attract visitors and residents alike to our central urban core. And now, our favorite foodie frenzy is returning next month as many of our restaurants team up for the fall edition of Eat Downtown-Duluth Restaurant Week. "Flavors of Fall" will be coming to some of your favorite restaurants Nov. 8-14.
There has been significant public dialogue during the past year regarding the future vision of Downtown Duluth's Superior Street. There is no question about the fact that the aging utilities under the street must be addressed and corrected. And there is no question about the fact that this provides us an opportunity to redesign the street. At the earliest, the first phase of this project could begin in 2017. A question still remains, however, about how that redesign of the street will look. It's an important part of the process for all entities to share their thoughts, visions and ideas.