On Main Street l Connecting people and solving problems | Columnists


People today frequently ask me, what precisely do you do all working day? While no two days on my job have ever been the exact, each individual day has the similar plans: solve complications, connect people, make my downtown the finest it can be, make tips and aspiration massive. Every single at the time in awhile all these factors roll into one enjoyment job and that’s accurately what transpired this month.

Lots of of you know that downtown businessman Chase Palmes, owner of St. Johns Tavern procured the building next to the tavern on Citrus Avenue. In the earlier couple months, Palmes and his group have begun to restore and redevelop this residence. Aspect of this restoration involves replacing the windows on the front of the creating.

For a short time period of time among the old glass removal and new glass installation they had to hang plywood exactly where the home windows are.

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There is amazing restoration do the job remaining completed powering this plywood facade but the ordinary man or woman passing by would not know this, the plywood gave the impression of a boarded up storefront.

Then I started off seeing some issues and opinions on social media, people were being anxious that the tavern next door was closed.

That exact same working day I was downtown assembly with some company entrepreneurs and even though sitting down at the gentle at Citrus Avenue and U.S. 19, I recognized the brightly painted home windows of Anchored Souls, in that instantaneous a lightbulb went off in my head. I straight away popped into the Tavern to converse to Palmes.

“Hey Chase, I have got an plan … what if we check with the town if we can paint on the plywood?

Jamie Reeves, operator of Anchored Souls throughout the street, is a tremendous talented artist. She paints her windows all the time. I guess she could come up with a thing non permanent to put there to enable men and women know this is a get the job done in development not an deserted building.”

Promptly he beloved the idea and a couple of text messages later swapping make contact with details, he was connected with her and a prepare began to form. We were being involved portray on plywood may possibly have been perceived as graffiti so we ran the programs by way of the town preparing department.

About a 7 days from my very first notion and discussion with Palmes, Reeves was bringing her artistic flair to the wood. As the town was wrapping up the Pet Parade on St. Patrick’s Day, Reeves was wrapping up this impromptu artwork undertaking.

Was this a game altering job for our downtown? Nope. On the other hand, it did connect men and women, solve a issue, beautify my metropolis and convey yet another just one of my “crazy” tips to lifetime. Checking all those containers, that is a sound gain for our Primary Avenue plan.

Reeves’ work of artwork will not be up eternally, but if you want a prospect to see it in particular person you should appear to Initially Friday this 7 days.

We have Having Anderson as our stay enjoyment whose direct singer is Garrett Manning. Longtime Chronicle viewers will try to remember his father, Garry Manning, was the publisher back in the 1980s. We will also have regional vendors set up in Town Sq..

See you downtown, it will not be the identical without you!

Meredith Linley is executive director of Crystal River Most important Road. Email her at [email protected].

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