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June 28, 2013

Plattsburgh Downtown Association returns

PLATTSBURGH — An enthusiastic group of business people has helped relaunch the Plattsburgh Downtown Association. 

About 20 people attended the revived organization’s second meeting on Thursday morning, held at Champlain Wine Company, and agreed to focus on two initial initiatives: support for the First Weekend events and creation of a map to show what’s available downtown. 



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Colin Read of the Wine Company said downtown offers a different experience than the Route 3 corridor. Shopping downtown seems to be more leisurely and oriented around events and family.

“I think that’s what makes the downtown business owners unique,” he said.

First Weekend can only help support that, Read said. 

‘COME ON IN’

The series, which kicked off in June, features musicians who volunteer to perform outdoors on the first Friday and Saturday of the summer months to help attract visitors to downtown businesses.

The firms are asked, but not required, to offer a 10 percent discount to Friday visitors who return to downtown the following day. 

The next First Weekend is scheduled for July 5 and 6. The series is scheduled to continue with events in August and September.

Tim McCormick, of the tax and accounting firm McCormick and Deon, said people would like to see the First Weekend series extended throughout the city limits.

William Ferris of Big Apple Audio agreed with that concept.

“Anybody who wants to participate, come on in,” he said, adding that it’s only common sense that the downtown will remain the core for those events.

Bob Smith of Nine Platt Hospitality Group said it is important to have a core when starting such initiatives, then allow it to expand outward to its full potential.

DOWNTOWN MAP

Becky Leonard of Under One Roof Video Store said she has identified 20 businesses on Margaret Street between Boynton Avenue and Cornelia Street. She is working to provide those owners with information about First Weekend.

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