Tres Chic Lingerie has moved into a permanent location! After 10 years of being in Downtown Bend, Tres Chic is now at it's permanent home on Bond Street. This new location has over 200 additional square feet. It’s brighter, with a rustic chic boutique charm, a welcoming location, and inviting floor plan.
Tres Chic Lingerie's inventory is growing more on a daily basis. They specialize in bra fittings, weddings and anniversaries, foundations and fun.
Come check out the new Location at 841 NW Bond Street, next to Great Harvest Bread Co. and the Brew Doctor Teahouse.
The store is open everyday.
Q: Does every business in the EID get a FREE online directory listing on the Kiosks?
A: Yes. Every business gets a free online listing that links to their website, as well as a map link that will pop up the GPS feature on the user's smartphone. This business listing can be accessed via the QR code or link on every kiosk facing. You can review your business listing here.
Q: How do the additional printed directory listings work?
A: If a business wants additional exposure, you can purchase (for $50/mo) a printed listing on the kiosks. Listings appear on all 8 facings of all 4 kiosks. A listing includes your business name next to a number and directional coordinates. This number corresponds to the number on the map at your business location. (For example: 1. Cowgirl Cash A7). Listings must be purchased for a minimum of 6 months ($300). If you would like your business listed, it's easy, just reply to this email with the message, "List me, please!"
Q: Why doesn't every business get a free printed listing on the directory kiosks?
A: For a few reasons. First and foremost, we couldn't possibly fit all the businesses printed with corresponding numbers on the map, there are just too many. For example, the building that the DBBA office is in holds 9 businesses alone. It would be impossible to fit 9 numbers on our location on the map. This is true for all of downtown. Second, we can update the online directory in real-time as businesses move or change location. Printed businesses understand that they are making a six-month commitment and know they will be in the same location for that duration. This way we don't end up with outdated information on the directories. Third, we raised funds to purchase these new directories so that we could increase our revenue to pay for much-needed downtown improvements & future development. Click here to see some of our ideas.
Q: How much does a printed directory listing cost?
A: A printed directory listing is $50/month with a six-month commitment. (Must be paid in full, $300)
Q: Are the ads on one kiosk facing or on all the kiosks?
A: When you purchase an ad it appears on one facing of one kiosk.
Q: If you purchase an ad, does it also include a directory listing on every kiosk?
A: Yes, all ads include a printed directory listing on every kiosk facing.
Q: How much do ads cost?
A: Ads cost $223 - $950 per month.
Q: If the size and/or location I want is already sold, can I put my name on a waiting list?
Q: Can I split an ad space with another business?
Q: If I purchase an ad now and wish to continue it when the contract is up, do I get "first dips" before it's sold to another party?
A: Yes. The business with the current ad placement always has the chance to renew before we open it up for sale again.
Q: What will the money raised with the new directory kiosks be used for?
A: We would like to use the funds we raise to further beautify downtown. This could include new benches, trash cans, art installments, and more. Funds are spent at the discretion of the DBBA board of directors. If you are interested in serving on the board, click here. You can take a peek at some of our ideas (dreams!) here.
Q: If I have ideas for how the kiosk could be better, who do I tell?
A: If you have ideas for the kiosks, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be replacing the kiosk inserts every three to six months, so we'll be able to make changes fairly quickly. If you have ideas - please share them with us!
Dear Community Member!
The City of Bend would like to invite you to a community input meeting on residential and business parking districts.
During this meeting we will
Please join us and represent your neighborhood or business community.
Please feel free to pass on this invitation to neighbors and friends. For your convenience a printable invitation is attached to this email.
Date, time and place:
Thursday, February 27, 2020
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Public Works Campus
575 NE 15th Street, Bend, OR 97702
Please RSVP here!
When Mindy Aisling moved to Bend, Oregon she knew that she wanted to be a part of helping the Bend community grow and develop. From day one, she began volunteering and attending meetings to learn about, and give back to, the new community in which she was establishing herself. Now, 5 years later, as the Executive Director of the Downtown Bend Business Association (known as the DBBA or the Downtowners) she is ardently pursuing her passion to leave things better then she found them, and to expand and develop the historic core of the city that is Downtown Bend.
Working closely with building and business owners within the Economic Improvement District (EID), and the DBBA board of directors, Aisling quickly transformed the organization.
"I quickly realized that the DBBA needed to grow and change just like our city was growing and changing," says Aisling with a chuckle, "It wouldn't suffice for us to just to continue to sweep sidewalks and put up banners - we had to build the vision for Downtown's growth, advocate for it, and find a way to pay for it."
Upon being named Executive Director, one of Aisling's first orders of business was to develop a closer relationship with the City of Bend and City Council. She realized that much of their work was interconnected, and that both organizations could increase there efficiency and effectiveness by working together. In addition, it was important to gain a greater understanding of where the City of Bend was in regards to growth development and budget, and where Downtown Bend's development fit into that scope.
"Most people don't realize that it is the DBBA that funds daily cleaning, flower baskets, holiday decorating, web development, marketing, and more in Downtown Bend." says Aisling, "We are the organization that creates the look and feel of Downtown as you know it, and we are the backbone of downtown development. As such, we need to find a way to fund necessary Downtown growth."
In 2018, Aisling directed the most profitable Bend Oktoberfest fundraiser to date, and in 2019, Aisling added additional fundraisers, like the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl, to help the DBBA meet their goals. Because of these fundraising efforts, the DBBA was able to purchase and install 4 Downtown Directory Kiosks. These kiosks will serve to help drive more traffic into Downtown businesses as well as create an additional stream of revenue for the DBBA.
Each kiosk guides the user to an online directory where that user can see a list of downtown businesses, go to each businesses website, or open a GPS map on their smartphone to that businesses location. In addition, the new directory kiosks provide a map of the entire EID, downtown parking locations, and for businesses that desire extra exposure, there is an opportunity to be listed in print on the map with a marker to their corresponding location. Each kiosk also features 4 ads spaces on each side. These ad spaces are open to any business in the Bend community, as long as that businesses doesn't compete directly with a current business in the EID. Ad rates are on the low end for print and display advertising, starting at (for the intro special) only $2.50 per square inch of full-color advertising space.
These kiosks are intended to grow and develop with Downtown Bend. The DBBA will be changing out the inserts every three to six months so that downtown developments and seasonal photos can be updated.
"We are excited to include downtown developments as they happen." says Aisling, "For example, we'll be able to show the new EV Charging stations on the directories as soon as they are installed."
The DBBA is a small nonprofit dedicated to the vitality of Downtown Bend. They are funded through the EID, advertising programs, and fundraising. The new directory kiosks could be the 'seed of change' for future downtown developments. Developing programs that can continue to feed the organization is key to meeting Downtown's needs as our city grows.
Did you know that a small nonprofit called the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA for short) is actively working to build and grow our vibrant downtown core?
Currently the DBBA is responsible for everything you think of as the 'downtown experience'... daily sidewalk cleaning, decorating, snow removal, branding, marketing, community events... and so much more. For a full list of DBBA responsibilities, click here.
The DBBA is earnestly raising funds to beautify our downtown. They recently purchased and installed new directories in the Downtown core. These directories will help downtown guests find the locations and experiences they are looking for as well as providing a stream of revenue to the DBBA to further downtown beautification. The DBBA also provides banners for downtown, and holds several fundraisers throughout the year, including Bend Oktoberfest & The Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl. In addition, the DBBA always gratefully accepts your tax-deductible donations.
What is your dream for our Downtown?
Interactive art? Reclaimed alleys? Trash cans and benches? Parklets? Murals? Covered bike parking? Holiday decorations? What is your dream for Downtown?
The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) and Business for Bend Film hosted a Downtown Business Merchant Meeting at the Tin Pan Theatre this morning, Thursday Feb 6th, 2020. Today’s guest was Melissa King and Aaron Switzer with Lay it Out Events (LIOE). About 35 business owners attended the meeting to learn about changes to Fallfest, Summerfest and the Bite of Bend.
The informal presentation by Aaron Switzer and Q & A session that followed was positive, constructive, and was met with extreme gratitude from local merchants.
The meeting ended with a resounding applause.
“Lay it Out Event’s staff is here and they accept hugs,” joked Mindy Aisling, Executive Directory of the DBBA, in response to the overwhelming acknowledgement of the positive changes that LIOE had presented.
These changes include:
Questions from the engaged audience included, but were not limited to:
Q: Will you be able change the placement of vendors so that a competing vendor isn't right in front of my store?
Q: Is there a way that we can still get our deliveries during these events?
Q: Can I have my own booth in front of my business?
A: Yes, and we'll give you a discounted rate
Q: Is there a cost for all of the new integration tools your suggesting (scavenger hunts, art of song, full downtown page in the event guide)?
After asking half a dozen questions, one business manager exclaimed, "I can't believe it, you've solved all of the problems we've been having during these festivals. This is amazing."
The final comment of the meeting was from a long-time business owner in Downtown Bend, “I’ve been here for 20 years, and these festivals have always been a burden for my business. I’ve never experienced collaboration like this, and I’m incredibly pleased with this development.”
The Downtown Bend Business Association is a small nonprofit committed to increasing the vitality of Downtown Bend. For a full scope of work, click here.
AT LIBERTY ARTS COLLABORATIVE FEBRUARY CALENDAR
At Liberty Arts Collaborative encourages the exploration of arts and culture without restraint. Please join us for these contemporary arts and cultural offerings at Bend’s cultural hub.
First Friday Art Walk
featuring Rick Silva
Friday, February 7, 5:30pm
Western Fronts: Cascade Siskiyou, Gold Butte, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Bears Ears is an experimental video that reflects the political and ecological threats that face four U.S. National Monuments.
Vicky Falcón Vázquez & Pedro World Citizen
Saturday, February 8
In collaboration with the Latino Community Association, At Liberty presents V. Falcón Vázquez and Pedro World Citizen performing Poetry, Music and Sound with poems from Falcón Vázquez' new book "Tiempo" and new music from Pedro.
Love Your Neighbor: Presented by The Source
Wednesday, February 19, 7pm
Creating an open door to know people of color in your community. Fostering Civility, Creating Community in Central Oregon.
& Artist Talk
February 29, 11am
Eclipsecore screening and Artist Talk
At Liberty Annex
The At Liberty Annex
is a new space within the gallery featuring smaller works, a gallery store and our non-profit partners ScaleHouse and Muse. Starting in 2020 we will be exhibiting contemporary and functional ceramics by Heidi Weiss-Hoffman and narrative wood sculptures by Stan Peterson.
The City of Bend will be presenting on purposed changes to the city streets in the core of the City of Bend on Feb 13th from 5:30 to 6:30pm at Liberty Theatre, 829 NW Wall Street in Downtown Bend.
The Downtown Bend Business Association, the River West Neighborhood Association and the Old Bend Neighborhood Association are co-sponsoring this Open House.
These three associations have been working together closely for the past year on various issues that impacts the core of our city, and all three of their jurisdictions. In addition, representatives from each of these associations served on various committees, including but not limited to, the ODOT Parkway Plan Sounding Board, the Downtown Bend Parking Advisory Committee (DPAC), the Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), and the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
In early January, Bend City Council agreed to send an approximately $180 million transportation bond measure to the May ballot. You can learn more about the City purposed projects here: https://www.bendoregon.gov/city-projects/safe-travel. To learn about how this will impact the Downtown Bend/City Core, please join us for this Open House:
Bend Electric Bikes (BEB) will move to a new location in Downtown Bend. The new shop,located at 869 NW Wall Street, suite 104, will help more people in Central Oregon enjoy the many benefits of biking, now in a more visible and central location. The new location was recently occupied by Crow’s Feet, which moved to Northwest Crossing after being Downtown for several years. Bend Electric Bikes will continue to serve the area as a neighborhood bike shop and introduce electric and cargo bikes for use in work and family life. There are already several Downtown business owners leading the revolution by using electric cargo bikes for business transport, eliminating the large footprint that cargo vans or other automobiles make in the area.
The owners and staff of BEB are excited to be part of the Brooks Alley neighborhood and the Downtown Bend business community. The staff will bring their friendly, welcoming culture and diverse community of riders to the new location. The shop offers high quality electric urban mobility for everyone and will make a, now bigger, positive impact on the area.
Reasonably priced electric bike rentals will be offered to folks visiting Bend in order to provide a realistic alternative to traveling around our congested roads - a welcomed relief, as expressed by past and frequent visitors. Bend Electric Bikes will continue doing business at the existing location at 223 NW Hill Street in the Old Bend neighborhood until February 3. Opening day Downtown will be February 6. The community is invited to the baby GRAND OPENING and first First Friday Art Walk on February 7 5-9pm. Everyone is welcomed to meet the new neighbors, celebrate and join the BEB community. We shall party!
Courtney Van Fossan, cultural agent of change, a former customer turned employee of BEB says, quote, “Several years ago, I was a customer who needed a supportive community and expert service on my electric cargo bike that carried me and my young children everywhere around town. We relied on our electric cargo bike and our bike shop to keep us moving. Having reliable, low cost, active transportation has made way for my family to enjoy some of our sweetest memories, moving about freely, getting to know our Bend community, up close. Electric, cargo and family biking was a quiet subculture and now, it’s mainstream, full of people we all know and growing quickly. Bend Electric Bikes is the bike shop I need and want in my community and we have a whole bunch of friends who feel the same way. I’m excited for the McCords to see their ‘little bike stand’ evolve into such an active and loved community kind of place.”
About Bend Electric Bikes:
Bend Electric Bikes, now in its 12th year of business, offers sales, service and rental of quality
electric bikes, cargo bikes and and other electric urban mobility modes of transport in Central
Oregon. Owners, Sterling and Kathy McCord, long time Bend residents, have a mission of
getting more people on bikes and to share the many benefits of biking in our daily lives. BEB is
a community hub for those seeking reliable electric bikes to use in everyday life and offers
information, support and community activities to encourage ridership. The staff has long term
personal experience and expertise in all aspects of biking, including many years of the most
extensive professional technical knowledge and service of electric bikes Most importantly, the
shop provides a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere for all people, especially those who are newly
bike curious. Everyone benefits from riding bikes and BEB is committed to helping folks enjoy
them in their everyday lives.
Join the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA), Lay it Out Events (LIOE), and Bend Film on Thursday, February 6th at 8:30am to discuss the 2020 event season in Downtown Bend.
Over 2018 and 2019, the DBBA has been advocating for business concerns around the multi-day street closures and event policies and procedures in Downtown Bend. Currently, LIOE is the only company holding multi-day festivals in the district. As such, they have listened to the concerns of the business community and responded with 14 purposed changes.
These changes are as follows:
1. LIOE to provide a downtown liaison position to address access issues, support joint marketing efforts and work with LIOE staff to provide for and accommodate a business’s ‘day-of’ needs.
2. LIOE to rotate the stage at Bite of Bend and move the main stage for Fall and Summerfest
3. LIOE to, as code allows, redo layouts to move vendors to the center of the street
4. LIOE to require all event and vendor staff to park off-site and outside of the EID
5. LIOE to provide deeper cleaning post-festival
6. LIOE to provide pre and post-festival meetings with the City and the DBBA
7. LIOE to launch a new app featuring downtown retailer discounts, free to DBBA members for the first year
8. LIOE to design scavenger hunts on this app to drive traffic
9. LIOE to offer stage time, free of charge, to the DBBA and community groups
10. LIOE to conduct surveys at select events and share data with retailers
11. LIOE to facilitate ‘Art of the Song’ workshops (scheduling festival performers to play at local businesses within the EID pre and post-festival.
12. LIOE to work with downtown businesses on sidewalk sale promotions
13. LIOE to provide an after-festival party promotion
14. LIOE to provide dedicated media for Downtown lit – full-page guide ads, separate social media, posters, and logistical support.
Join us for coffee and pastries, provided by Looney Bean Cafe, some fun Bend Film previews and hear all about how the 2020 event season in Downtown Bend is going to be the most successful one yet!
This meeting is open to the public. Please join us at the Tin Pan Theatre, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley in Downtown Bend. (Click here for a map to this location)