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Ventura again extends small business program closing downtown Main Street to cars

The Ventura City Council has again extended a program in which five blocks of downtown Main Street are closed to motor traffic to allow small businesses hammered by COVID-19 restrictions to expand their operations outside.

Watch: Ventura launches ‘Main Street Moves’ initiative



The Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion Program, also known as “Main Street Moves,” launched June 16 for 30 days and was initially extended by the council until Sept. 15. The latest extension is until Feb. 15, or until the county’s coronavirus pandemic emergency health order expires, whichever comes first.


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Under the program developed by Downtown Ventura Partners, the business association for downtown merchants, Main Street from the San Buenaventura Mission to Fir Street is only open to pedestrians and cyclists.

Also closed under the program to motor traffic is one block of South California Street between Main and Santa Clara streets.


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Downtown Raleigh business reopens, thrives during pandemic shutdown with digital sales :: WRAL.com

— Like so many businesses in downtown Raleigh, the Zen Succulent had to close its doors to consider all that’s going on in 2020.

On Friday, Adela Li, the lead shopkeep, welcomed customers into The Zen Succulent for the first time in months.

“It was COVID,” she said. “That was originally the reason why we closed our shops.”

She said they took a week or two to think about what to do next, and how they should move forward.

Then, the two-year old Raleigh location was also damaged during downtown protests.

“It’s like one of those mad scrambles of like, well, now you have to reevaluate how you run everything and like how you communicate to people,” she said.

The store turned to its online presence to help save the store.

At first, their e-commerce website traffic was very low.

“We had been

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Free fitness classes in downtown Flint aim to improve community health

FLINT, MI — Harambee Wellness is making an effort to make fitness accessible, affordable and fun in downtown Flint.

Personal trainer and fitness instructor Marquita Adams teaches free outdoor workouts from 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays in Brush Park in downtown Flint.

The workout series, Get Fit in Flint, is run by Adams’ business Harambee Wellness with sponsorship from the What’s Up Downtown Project.

Adams was hosting virtual workouts on Zoom because, for a period of time, gyms were closed due to Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus orders. But Adams always had an interest in using the space where the “FLINT” letters are located in Brush Park. The circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic pushed her to make the move.

“We’re able to offer these classes free to the community and that was the best part because I want to make fitness accessible,” Adams said.

The fitness instructor added accessibility, time and cost are

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Intruder arrested twice at same downtown Santa Cruz business

SANTA CRUZ — Police took a Santa Cruz man into custody Tuesday morning for the second time at the same location in a week, a downtown business owner said.

Santa Cruz police officers deploy nonlethal sponge weapons as they respond to an intruder in a River Street business Tuesday. (Shmuel Thaler — Santa Cruz Sentinel) 

Ron Cash, owner of Ron Cash Automotive Service on River Street, told the Sentinel that he observed the familiar face and left, locking the man in behind the business’ chainlink fence, then called police.

Responding officers, including a K-9 team, surrounded the property shortly before 10 a.m. carrying nonlethal weapons that deployed sponge rounds. After entering the automotive yard, they yelled to the man, later identified as Joshua McDonald, 38, inside the building to lie down on the floor with his hands behind his back. McDonald complied and officers pulled him out and handcuffed him

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Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles sets up new ‘Bazaar’ format, teams up with local artists, vendors during COVID-19 pandemic

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) — When you think of Grand Central Market, you probably think about food. But the coronavirus pandemic is changing the items now being sold there. Business owners are taking advantage of a new “Bazaar” format by teaming up with local artists and vendors who hope a little creativity can turn things around.

Ugonna Onyekwe lost his job once COVID-19 struck. He and his wife took the hit as an opportunity and started “Lil,” designing for a hip, young crowd.

“You know a few of the food vendors have shut down since COVID, and that kind of opened up the space because there wasn’t really retailers here before,” said Onyekwe.

San Fernando’s Magaly’s Tamales continues to give community access to fresh produce

The L.A. County Health Department’s shutdown of indoor dining changed the way Grand Central Market operated. The market helped some legacy vendors pivot to take-out.

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Commission to consider church’s request to locate in downtown building

Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune
Published 2:17 p.m. MT Sept. 13, 2020


If the distance requirement for liquor establishments and churches in the core business district is amended in city code, Calvary Chapel of Cascade County could locate in the Penington Place Building on Central Avenue without posing a threat to future downtown development, according to the city. (Photo: Karl Puckett)

The Great Falls City Commission will vote on a permit for Calvary Chapel to set up business in the downtown Penington Place building, 427 Central Ave., a request that’s prompted a move to scrap a rule requiring 600 feet of distance between taverns and churches.

When Calvary Chapel applied for a conditional use permit for locating the worship facility in the building, members of the downtown community voiced concerns that it would stop businesses in the future from seeking new liquor licenses within 600 feet of the church.

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