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  • Notes from Town Square: Five new year's resolutions for small business

    JENNIE MELVIN, Green River Main Street and URA Administrator|Jan 3, 2018

    It’s a new year and that means it’s time to set some goals to help 2018 be a successful year! The Green River URA/Main Street Agency will be doing just that in the coming weeks with a strategic planning session. We’ve been working on a transformation strategy action plan and it is nearly complete. We are anxious to finalize our plan and get to work. Here are a few suggestions to consider for your small business to help set the course for this year: Make a Plan Putting a business plan in place is the first step in creating a successful busin...

  • Notes from Town Square: The Lucky Cactus downtown

    Jennie Melvin, Main Street and URA Administrator|Dec 6, 2017

    Have you seen the Lucky Cactus Tattoo shop on Main Street? They opened just a few months ago and are very excited to be in Green River. The shop is owned by Chace Young, Regina Khisamova and Colby Moss. It conveys a welcoming environment and has three private rooms for each artist. Young said it was important for them to be able to offer a sense of privacy for their customers. Young graduated from Rock Springs High School. He participated in advanced art classes and continued to develop his skills outside of the classroom. He started tattooing...

  • Notes from Town Square: Shopping small on Small Business Saturday

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street Administrator|Nov 8, 2017

    It’s November so you know what that means! The holidays are coming up quickly and shopping is on our minds. Green River URA/Main Street would like to remind everyone to shop small and support our local businesses. Small Business Saturday is Nov. 25 and is the perfect opportunity to find those special gifts for our loved ones. Why should we shop and spend money locally? Helps to stimulate the local economy When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned stores, about 70 cents of every dollar stays local. Only 40 c...

  • Notes from Town Square: Planning a safe Halloween

    Jennie Melvin, URA Main Street Administrator|Oct 25, 2017

    Halloween is coming and the Green River URA/Main Street Agency wants to share some tips to ensure a fun and safe experience for everyone. These recommendations are from the American Academy of Pediatrics: *Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. *Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility. *Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup...

  • Notes from Town Square: Fall activities

    Jennie Melvin, URA, Main Street Administrator|Sep 13, 2017

    The Green River URA/Main Street Agency finished up an exciting Farmers’ Market season Sept. 13. We were excited to bring back past and new vendors and best of all, it didn’t even rain every Wednesday like it has been known to do. The vendors really enjoy Green River’s Farmers Market and we all appreciate the support of the community for this important summer event and we are already looking forward to next year. We have some fun activities as we head into this fall. The first Saturday in October, the Green River URA/Main Street Agency will host...

  • Notes from Town Square: Main Street receives accreditation

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Jul 26, 2017

    Green River URA/Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street America Community for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by Main Street America. Receiving national accreditation is a prestigious achievement and the city is very proud to be one of the 828 communities across the nation that has been recognized as a Main Street community for the year 2017. The board and I are pleased to have received accreditation again this year for our 12th straight year. Our organization’s performance is a...

  • Notes from town square: Enjoying fun in the sun

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Jul 5, 2017

    The Green River URA/Main Street Agency is excited about this summer. We kicked it off with a Movie in the Park. This event was hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department in the past and had to be cut due to budget restrictions, but we are thankful that we were able to bring it back as a free event for the public. Movies in the Park will be at Centennial Park on the second Friday of every month, through September. Be watching our Facebook page for the movie titles. We also hosted our first summer-time Downtown Rhythms and Rhymes. Many local...

  • Placemaking in Green River

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Jun 14, 2017

    Last month, Project for Public Spaces and the National Main Street Center, Inc., conducted training for communities statewide, “Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities” in Douglas. “Cultivating Place” is a series of intensive trainings designed to strengthen and expand Main Street’s capacity for implementing placemaking strategies and public space improvements. Wyoming was selected for this specialized placemaking training because of our unique challenges and innovative ways Main Street’s are beginning to create spaces where people want...

  • Notes from Town Square: The American Legion in GR

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Mar 8, 2017

    Have you ever wondered exactly who are the American Legion and what do they do? I spoke to Tom Niemiec, Adjutant of the American Legion Tom Whitmore Post 28 in Green River to get some insight. Tom told me that the American Legion has always been around in Green River, but in 2014 they revitalized a building at 38 North Center Street in downtown Green River. Their goal was to re-energize their presence and impact in the community. They were able to remodel the building using money raised by donations, raffles and other activities. They also rece...

  • Notes from Town Square: Rose Floral of Green River

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Feb 1, 2017

    Have you been in to Rose Floral lately? If not, you might be surprised by some of the changes that have taken place. Stacy Bruder and Mike Reed purchased Rose Floral in November of 2016. Since then, they’ve made a number of great modifications to the interior of the building. The space is more open which has made room to showcase their products and show off new inventory. Stacy has been in Green River for over 20 years, while Mike as been here since 2000. They choose to stay in Green River because it is a family-friendly community and a great p...

  • Notes from Town Square: New year's resolutions for small businesses

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street Administrator|Jan 4, 2017

    It’s a new year and that means it’s time to set some goals to help 2017 be a successful year! The Green River URA/Main Street Agency will be doing just that in the coming weeks with some training and a couple of strategic planning sessions. We are beginning 2017 with three new board members and are anxious to set the goals and tasks needed in order to accomplish our mission and we’d encourage you to do the same. Here are a few suggestions to consider for your small business to help set the course for this year: Make a Plan Putting a busin...

  • Notes from Town Square: Thanking a helpful dept.

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Dec 14, 2016

    The holidays are here and in full swing following the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Dec. 1. This was the largest turnout this event has seen in many years and we estimate there were 200 people in attendance, which was remarkable considering it was so cold that evening. Santa stopped by and handed out treats and many s’mores were made, the American Legion Tom Whitmore Post 28 gave out hot chocolate, the Sweetwater County Library handed out books to kids, and Leah Hoblit from the Green River High School put together an amazing choir to sing festive car...

  • Notes from Town Square: Supporting local businesses

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Nov 2, 2016

    Small Business Saturday is held between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and encourages people to do some of their holiday shopping at small, local businesses. In order to support this practice, the Green River Chamber of Commerce and the Green River URA/Main Street Agency have teamed up to provide you with an opportunity to do some holiday shopping locally. We are hosting a Small Business Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Island Pavilion in Green River from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Twenty seven businesses will be available for you to get a head...

  • Notes from Town Square: October in Green River

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Oct 5, 2016

    Can you believe it is already October? Where did September go? The Green River URA/Main Street Agency finished up the Farmers’ Market season Sept. 14. We had a good season and best of all, it didn’t even rain every Wednesday like it did last year! The vendors really enjoy our Farmers’ Market and we sure appreciate the support of the community for this important summer event. We’re already looking forward to next year. October brings the cooler weather and some exciting events. Last weekend, the Green River URA/Main Street Agency hosted the Fir...

  • A new hair, nail salon comes to the city

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Sep 14, 2016

    We’ve got a new business downtown. Pyper Jeans Hair and Nail Salon is a cozy little shop that joined us in June at 551 E. Flaming Gorge Way. Yvette Portillo, shop owner, was raised in Green River and says it is definitely home to her. She feels safe and secure here and thinks it’s a great place to raise a family. Portillo has six children, ranging in age from seven to 33, and they were all brought up here. She said that some of her favorite things about Green River are the wildlife in her backyard, and all the recreational activities that are...

  • Notes from Town Square: a farmers market week in GR

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Aug 3, 2016

    Communities across the country will celebrate their local farmers markets during National Farmers Market Week, which takes place Aug. 7-13. The impact of these farmer-to-consumer transactions is greater than it appears on the surface. Now more than ever, farmers markets serve as anchors across American communities, positively influencing community health and wealth. Markets result in more viable regional economies and local farm businesses, increased access to fresh, nutritious food, and stronger social networks that help keep communities...

  • Notes from Town Square: Main Street's summer plans

    Jennie Melvin, Green River URA and Main Street Administrator|Jul 13, 2016

    The Green River URA/Main Street Agency is excited about this summer. We kicked it off by selling our now famous Green River Cheese Steak Sandwiches at the Festival in the Park during Flaming Gorge Days. They were a big hit. We know because we sold out by 3 p.m. Next year, we’ll be ready to sell even more. Our Farmers Market started July 6 and goes through mid-September. That’s 11 weeks of fresh produce, bread, baked goods and other goodies for your enjoyment. Main Street is selling cheese again. We didn’t sell it for the first half of the Marke...

  • Notes from Town Square: Sweetwater Trophies and Gifts

    Jennie Melvin, Green River Main Street|Jun 15, 2016

    Have you been to Sweetwater Trophies and Gifts in downtown Green River on Flaming Gorge Way? Did you know that in addition to providing custom trophies and awards they also offer UPS services, custom framing, and have an extensive gift shop with many unique items? They even sell some items from local artisans on consignment which gives you a chance to find distinctive gifts and home décor and supports our local art community. Mike Frink has lived in Green River for about 41 years and has owned Sweetwater Trophies & Gifts for 14 years. Mike...

  • Notes from Town Square: The county museum in GR

    Jennie Melvin, URA,Main Street Agency|May 4, 2016

    When is the last time you visited the great little museum we have right in the heart of our downtown? Well, if it’s been a while, I suggest that you check it out because they’ve recently expanded their gift shop and have some terrific new items like charming children’s books, toys, unique gift cards, jewelry and much more. The Sweetwater County Historical Museum was established in 1967 and was housed in the basement of the Sweetwater County Courthouse until 2001, when it moved into the historic post office downtown. The Post office build...

  • Notes from Town Square: Baked goods at Daily Knead

    Jennie Melvin, Green River Main Street, URA|Apr 6, 2016

    Are you in the market for some baked goods? Try our local bakery, The Daily Knead, located downtown on Flaming Gorge Way. Loanda Slaton opened her bakery about 5 and a half years ago to start a college fund for her two sons. She and her son, Aaron, do all the baking themselves and everything they sell is homemade. Loanda said that she decided to start a bakery because she loves baking for other people. She really enjoys watching people’s expressions as they take a bite of one of her goodies and seeing the look of joy that comes over their f...

  • Notes from Town Square: The Green River Merc.

    Jennie Melvin, URA,Main Street Agency|Mar 2, 2016

    The Green River Mercantile is rich in history and has been home to many businesses; it was even a mortuary at one time. Currently it houses the Southwestern Beauty Academy, Up, Up and Away Flowers and Balloons, and Tolly’s Coffee Shop. Susan Hehr is the owner and she gave me some background. Susan’s grandfather built the store himself in 1905 where it began as a department store. Susan worked there with her mother until her mother passed away, at which time Susan took over the management of the business with the help of her family. After Sus...

  • Notes from Town Square: Business resolutions

    Jennie Melvin, URA, Main Street Agency|Jan 6, 2016

    It’s a new year and that means it’s time to set the goals that will make 2016 a success. The Green River URA/Main Street Agency will be doing just that in a few short days during our Strategic Planning session. We will be setting our goals and mapping out the steps to accomplish our mission. We encourage you to do the same. Here are a few suggestions to consider for your small business to help set a positive course for this year: Make a Plan Putting a business plan in place is the first step in creating a successful business. Business own...

  • Notes from Town Square: Planning with the URA

    Jennie Melvin, URA, Main Street Agency|Dec 16, 2015

    As 2015 comes to a close, we begin looking ahead to next year and all that we’d like to accomplish. The Green River Urban Renewal/Main Street Agency will have their strategic planning session in January to set the goals of the organization. One thing we know we will be working on in 2016, is developing an Urban Renewal Plan for the Central Business District in downtown Green River. The city has been awarded a Business Ready Community Planning Grant from the Wyoming Business Council for the purpose of completing this plan. Why do we need a...

  • Notes from Town Square: Small business Saturday

    Jennie Melvin, URA, Main Street Agency|Nov 18, 2015

    Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28, falling between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage people to support small, local businesses. So why shop local? Because spending money locally: Stimulates the local economy When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned stores, about 70 cents of every dollar stays local. Only 40 cents of every dollar spent stays local when shopping at a big box store. Preserves community character The unique character of our local community is defined in large part by the businesses that...

  • Notes from town square: National Farmers Market Week

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Aug 5, 2015

    This week is National Farmers Market Week. On June 10, the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture declared Aug. 2-8, National Farmers Market Week. The U. S. Department of Agriculture recognizes the myriad benefits of farmers markets for producers and consumers and is committed to support the continued success of farmers markets through grants, technical assistance and more. Farmers markets are important outlets for agricultural producers nationwide, providing them with increased opportunities to meet consumer demand for a...

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