Monday, August 30, 2010

Downtown This Week 8/30/2010 - 9/06/2010

The 2010 Lowell Summer Music Series continues this weekend with performances by Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (Friday) & Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (Saturday) at Boardinghouse Park in downtown Lowell. Experience incredible live music under the stars every Friday and Saturday evening until September 11, 2010! For more information visit:

In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Retail & Restaurant News 

Centro Restaurant and Bar, 24 Market Street:  Three year anniversary party! September, 8 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  Live Music,

Complimentary champagne and appetizers, 10% off all food and the best certificate giveaways.  For more information visit

Lowell Beer Works, 203 Cabot Street: Join us on the patio for live music in our intimate open air setting.  Upcoming Artists Include:  Brian Weeks; Saturday September 4th  and The Flip, Friday September 10th  For more information visit Beer Works is a great place for your Business or Personal Party - with private space available for groups of 20 plus!  For details please contact us at 978-937-2337 or
Sports & Events 
Lowell Farmers Market:  Locally grown produce is better tasting, better for you, better for our local economy and better for our global environment!  Open every Friday from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM through October 22nd at JFK Plaza, Lowell City Hall Live cooking demonstrations at 4:30 PM.  For more information contact Community Teamwork, Inc. (978) 459-0551. 
The Lowell Spinners will wrap their season up with a BANG, as the September 2 game and 2010 season will conclude with a post-game Diamond Dig  and post-game Fireworks! Don't miss your last chance to see the Spinners in 2010!!.  For more information and tickets visit  
Pollard  Memorial Library:   Upcoming childrens events.  Mother Goose on the Loose!  Tuesday, September 14, 10:30 AM, Drop-In Storytimes! Wednesday, September 15,10:30 AM, Lego Club!  Saturday, September 18, 9:30 AM, UNscary Halloween Celebration!  Wednesday, October 27, 10:30 AM, Family Concert!  Tuesday, November 9, 10:30 AM.   For more information, visit  
Outdoor  Screening of "No Impact Man".  See the award-winning documentary No Impact Man which chronicles the highly publicized story of Colin Beavan and Michelle Conlin who embarked on a controversial year-long "No Impact Project" to reduce their carbon footprint to zero by completely giving up their Manhattan lifestyle. " Tuesday, September 14, 6:30 PM: Meet-n-greet, 7PM: Film screening.  OUTDOORS at the Market Mills Courtyard, 246 Market Street (next to the National Park Visitor Center).  Free admission.  More Information:
Museum & Gallery News 

Lowell Open Studios 2010 - Saturday & Sunday, September 25 & 26, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. - featuring more than 140 artists who live and work in Lowell: fiber artists, painters, multi-media artists, sculptors, potters, jewelers, filmmakers, photographers, and more.  For more information visit

American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street: High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture, August 14 - January 2.  This exhibit gives a rare and fascinating glimpse into the personal world of style of Betsy Bloomingdale, one of America's most celebrated socialites and fashion icons.  For more information visit
The Loading Dock Gallery: What I Do & Where I Do It, The Loading Dock Gallery Members Show.  Thursday, September 2 - Sunday, September 26. Artists Reception: Friday, September 10 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM..  For more information visit 
Brush Art Gallery & Studio
, 256 Market Street:  Art Quilts Lowell, August 10 - September 11.   F
or more information please visit
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street: Linda Maletz: French Landscapes, August 4 to September 4.  For more information visit  

Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue: First Saturday of every month, Noon to 5:00 PM (September 4). Western Avenue Studios opens its doors to the public. Come browse the latest works by our artists.  For more information visit
New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street: Contemporary Broderie Perse: An Elegant Revival, July 15 - October 17.  
For more information visit
Got Tickets? 

Merrimack Repertory Theatre: 

The Complete World of Sports (abridged) by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, featuring the Reduced Shakespeare Company , September 9 - October 3.  The "bad boys of abridgement" sprint through the world of sports at record-breaking speed in this brand-new championship comedy.  From the earliest cavemen playing "Neanderthal in the Middle" to your own kid's soccer practice, it'll be a marathon of madness and mayhem as the entire history of world sports explodes in a tour de farce of physical theatre. (Estimated Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes including one 15-minute intermission) For more information visit

The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently The Cast of the Deadliest Catch Live, Featuring Captain Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers, September 11.  Special Event Wednesday September 1, The U.S. Air Force's TOPS IN BLUE (Free admission).  For other shows and tickets please visit


Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell:  Upcoming Shows.  Living Proof with Beth Moore, Friday October 1 at 7:00 PM & Saturday October 2 at 7:00PM, GodsmackFriday, October 8th at 7:30 PM, Riverdance on Ice, Saturday, October 16 at 7:00 PM and Drake, Tuesday October 26 at 7:30 PMFor  more information visit

 Business News
The Young Professionals of Greater Lowell will host their fifth annual leadership forum on Thursday, September 23, 2010. This year's event will feature Mark King (CEO and President, Taylor Made-Adidas Golf) and Milton Ezrati (Partner, Sr. Economist and Market Strategist at Lord, Abbett & Co.). A table of 10 is $500. If you'd like information about sponsorships and tables, please email The on sale date for individual tickets will be determined in the near future.

The City of Lowell is proud to announce an exciting opportunity for businesses, building owners, and residents of Lowell's Downtown Historic District (DLHD) to seek up to $500,000 in combined grant and loan incentives for energy efficiency improvements to their buildings.  The DLHD encompasses much of Lowell's downtown area including the commercial district, millyards, and canal system. The Lowell Historic Board's interactive website makes it easy to check a specific address to see if it is within the Historic District (  Details for the complete Grant Application will be announced in late September.

Christopher Samaras
Downtown Coordinator
Cultural Affairs & Special Events
City of Lowell, 
50 Arcand Drive 
Lowell, MA 01852
t: 978.674-1481
f: 978.446.7089

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Downtown Business News!!

To All,


The Downtown Lowell Business Committee of the Greater Lowell Chamber, in conjunction with the Center City Committee invite all retailers, restaurants, galleries and entertainment venues in downtown Lowell to participate on a new event:  2010 Student Welcome Event.    Please see the details below:


UPromote | 2010 Student Welcome Event


What is it:  The 2010 Student Welcome event is an opportunity to promote the downtown offerings to the new and existing students and faculty of the university and community college


When:  Wednesday September 15th from 5:00 – 7:00


Location:  To be determined


Participation:  Vendors (restaurants, retailers, museums) will receive one six-foot display table to show their wares.  Vendors are encouraged to advertise discount programs, give out samples, and promote their involvement in the U-Card program


Cost to Participate:  The donation of one $10.00 gift card or certificate. The cards will go into a door prize basket.


Marketing Benefit:   All visitors will have an opportunity to register for the door prize.  The information gathered from the door prize raffle will go to the City for Downtown This Week, and will ultimately be shared will all participants for future marketing purposes.


Event Coordinators:  Downtown Lowell Business Committee of the Greater Lowell Chamber


Event Sponsors:  Downtown Lowell Business Committee and Center City Committee


Participation Sign Up:  Space is limited to 20 displays.  Displays should fit into one of the following categories:  Eat, Shop, Play.    Chris Samaras is accepting registrations for the event.  [email:  Phone:  978.758.6861]



If you have any questions about the event, please contact either Chris Samaras using the information above, or contact George Villaras at or 508.451.6399







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Dear Readers,  
Make sure YOUR business stands out!  The City of Lowell is once again offering the Best Retail Practices Program.  In order to apply, you must attend the initial seminar September 14th, from 6-8pm.  This program is only for established businesses in Lowell.  See below for more details.
Best Retail Practices Program

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REE workshop on updating your business and improving your marketing


1-on-1 consultation for qualified stores and restaurants

· Up to $2,500 in matching grants to make recommended improvements


Past participants include:

Athenian Corner

The Club

Eleni's Tailoring

Eggroll Café

Groovy Grub


Van Gogh Gear

Welles Emporium

...and dozens more

 DATE: September 14, 2010

TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

LOCATION: MCC Morse Federal Bldg., 50 Kearney Sq., Lowell

Call Erin Findlen at 978-674-1437 or email to sign up -- today!

We hope to see you there!

Terry Williams
Lowell Small Business Assistance Center
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