Downtown Meet and Greet: All Things Downtown

Sharky’s Pub and Grub restaurant, 16 N. National, with below “before” photos on the left and “after” photos on the right. Submitted photos.
The next meeting to converse on all things downtown is Oct. 6 at Sharky’s Pub and Grub, 16 N. National Avenue.
The Fort Scott Downtown Quarterly Meet and Greet was started on January 11, 2011, by the Chamber of Commerce.
“These informal, quarterly meetings are hosted by the Chamber for downtown business owners, representatives and community members to network and share ideas on events, promotions and anything related to downtown,” Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lindsay Madison said.
Those who are downtown business owners or building owners are invited, along with anyone with an interest in downtown Fort Scott, Madison said.
The group meets the first Tuesday of each quarter in the year: January, April, July, October from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., unless otherwise announced.  The event is hosted by different downtown locations.
“The Oct. 6 meeting will be hosted by Sharky’s Pub and Grub for everyone to see their recent renovation,” Madison said.
Lindsay Madison. Submitted photo.
Madison listed the following as on the agenda for the Oct. 6 meeting:
  • “We are reviewing plans for the Halloween and Christmas Parades, decisions have not been made yet.
  • The Holiday Open House will be held Thursday, November 12th from 5-8 pm where stores are open with drawings, refreshments, and great finds for holiday gifts and decor.
  • The Chamber and CVB have designed a Mystery Mug Drawing Shopping Card where visitors pick up a discount card at the Chamber or other participating location and spend at least $5 in four locations and return the card for a monthly drawing for a Fort Scott mug with a mystery gift inside.  We have always had a discount card for visiting groups, but are looking to more widely provide these discount cards to visitors to encourage shopping in our local businesses.
  • New businessess downtown in the last quarter are Hound Nutrition, G-N-R Healthy Living, E3 Ranch Store.
  • Downtown has been blessed to have a great amount of private investment injected over the last couple of years to preserve and renovate multiple historic properties.  Yes, there are still opportunities for improvement, but significant progress is being made.”

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