Downtown area associations join annual challenge to encourage people to visit Ann Arbor in January
ANN ARBOR – Downtown area associations have joined an annual campaign to encourage visitors to continue shopping and dining in the city throughout the month of January. Typically a slow time of year for business, the pandemic has only exacerbated the lack of customers at local establishments. The Main Street Area Association, State Street District, Kerrytown District Association, and South University Area Association have partnered with the getDowntown Program for “Conquer the Cold - Pandemic Edition.”The annual challenge by getDowntown -- in partnership with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide), the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority and the City of Ann Arbor -- is designed to encourage and educate commuters to use alternative modes of transportation during the cold winter months. Many restaurants will be participating in the Comfort Food Challenge, and users can get prizes for dining outdoors, ordering curbside and shopping downtown. “The Downtown Districts are excited to be partnering with GetDowntown for Conquer the Cold this year,” Sandra Andrade, executive director of the Main Street Area Association said in a statement.
Downtown Ann Arbor area associations launch ‘Show Your Love A2’ campaign to support businesses
In order to bolster support for local eateries and merchants, the Kerrytown District, Main Street Ann Arbor, the State Street District, and the South University Area Association launched on Wednesday the “Show Your Love A2” campaign. “We want to keep the nostalgic charm of Ann Arbor thriving. Help us preserve the personality and spirit of Ann Arbor by showing your love to the community. Please shop, eat, and drink (in) downtown Ann Arbor.”ShowYourLoveA2 is also holding a photo contest. To enter, follow the campaign on Instagram at @ShowYourLoveA2 and share a photo of what you love downtown with the hashtag #ShowYourLoveA2.
Four ways to support artists when there is no Ann Arbor Art Fair
ANN ARBOR Its art fair season but with the cancellation of this years Ann Arbor Art Fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its difficult to connect with artists. Here are four ways to support artists and the Ann Arbor Art Fair:Connect with artistsConnect directly with artists by browsing the Art Fair artist directories. Browse through beautiful works of art from the State Street District Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair's 2021... Posted by Ann Arbor Art Fair on Thursday, July 9, 2020Donate or sponsor an art fairThe Ann Arbor Art Fair is actually made up of four separate and independently juried nonprofit fairs. Buy an Art Fair T-shirtThe Ann Arbor Art Fair has its own limited edition T-shirt commemorating the 2020 cancellation. Various restaurants, shops and galleries in Ann Arbor, as well as the Ann Arbor Art Center, sell art made by local artists.
Kindlefest, Moonlight and Midnight Madness set for Dec. 6 in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR - The biggest holiday night of year will take place on Dec. 6. Kerrytown's Kindlefest, Main Street's Midnight Madness and State Street's Moonlight Madness will welcome in the holiday season through the wee hours of the night. Moonlight MadnessWhen: 6 p.m. to MidnightState Street District also hosts its own event on the same night featuring specials from its businesses. State Street District will be updating the event's Facebook page with more participating retailers as the event approaches. Midnight MadnessWhen: 7:30 p.m. to midnightSimilar to Moonlight Madness, this is the Main Street Area Association's shopping-centered event of the evening.
Behind the scenes at Ann Arbor Art Fair setup day
ANN ARBOR - What does it take to set up the largest juried art fair in the country? Meredith Bruckner went to find out as the streets closed in Ann Arbor Wednesday morning ahead of the 60th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair. Watch her interview with Frances Todoro-Hargreaves, the executive director of the State Street District and the fair that's home to some of the most iconic locations in Ann Arbor. Like what you're reading? All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Spray, get sprayed by fire truck in downtown Ann Arbor Thursday
ANN ARBOR - The Fourth of July is about to get even cooler in downtown Ann Arbor. After the annual Jaycees 4th of July Parade, head over to Maynard between East Liberty and East William streets between noon and 4 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind spray park experience. The Ann Arbor Fire Department -- in partnership with the State Street District -- will be bringing some trucks and equipment for some family-friendly fun. According to the city, the free event will include the chance to:Spray a real fire hoseSee fire apparatus and equipment on displayMeet some of your local firefighters"The Ann Arbor Fire Department is excited to partner with the State Street District to offer this free family event," Ann Arbor Fire Chief Mike Kennedy said in a statement. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.