Milk District Update: Partnership, community help the Milk District thrive

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At the Milk District Main Street’s “State of the Milk” annual meeting on July 31, the message was clear: Everything we do, we do together as a community and for the benefit of the neighborhood.

Gathered at the Plaza Live, 200 business owners, neighbors, workers and visitors learned about past accomplishments and upcoming developments in the Main Street District. From member businesses, the volunteer board and committee members to loyal patrons who give the Milk District its unique charm and strength, we celebrated the collective spirit.

With so many moving parts, it’s essential to work together. As the Milk District Main Street’s sole employee, my primary focus is strengthening businesses who are based in the neighborhood. Businesses, however, don’t exist in a silo.

I also work with the Milk District Neighborhood Association, which represents the residents of the district. Headed by president Nicole Dupre, the neighborhood association works with people living in the area to make it a better place to live.

The neighborhood works to create community through events and improvements and serves as a collective voice for the residents. From parking and pedestrian safety to promoting community spirit and special events, we work together to tackle issues important to both the neighbors and businesses.

Join the Milk District Main Street, the neighborhood association and community parnters to celebrate National Night Out with a block party Oct. 1 on Graham Avenue between Robinson and Jefferson.

National Night Out began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime-prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Come out and meet your neighbors and get involved.

Milk District businesses are also joining forces for the Milky Way Neighborhood Crawl. After a successful debut earlier this year, the Milky Way will return this month as a quarterly event. Join your neighbors to explore the ins and outs of neighborhood businesses. Unlock the secrets of drink samples at area bars, restaurants, barbers and stores — plus a few surprises, as you make your way through the Milk District at your own pace.


National Night Out Block Party
Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | FREE

Meet us at the intersection of East Jefferson and North Graham

The Milky Way, sponsored by Sportstown Billiards
Friday, Sept. 20 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (make sure you start by 9:30 p.m.) | $10 per person / no charge for dogs.

Start at Barley and Vine Biergarten, 2406 E Washington St.

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