This past week, it was decided by the City of Richmond to table the position of Main Street Coordinator. The loss of this position could spell the end of the Downtown Richmond Association, which had previously been led by Rose Rex. The DRA had overseen multiple efforts to revitalize and invigorate main street in Richmond, such as the farmer’s market and Jammin’ on Main Festival.
However, with this recent void, local business owners have made an effort to step up and take matters into their own hands. Another group, the Downtown Richmond Merchant’s Guild, organized by Cafe Meeples owner Ron Flickinger, could now fill in the gaps to take control to bring people to main street.
Owner/Operator of The Kitchen, Devon Rosenblatt, sat down with WBON-TV’s Marisa Hempel to explain his intentions of taking over the Merchant’s Guild, and to bring proposals to the city in order to gain funding for this group. According to Rosenblatt, the DRA may no longer operate, so a program needs to be implemented or else the businesses in downtown will suffer as a result. Some of the ideas he brought to the table would be a “Grub Crawl” in which businesses can provide discounts over the course of a week when customers show they shop downtown. He also elaborated that he has plans to work with Rose Rex to bring Jammin’ on Main music festival back, in order to get people downtown.
Now that the changes have already been made at City Hall, it is yet to be seen if Rosenblatt or another group will step up to the plate and take the place of Rose Rex and her 5 years of dutiful service to the city of Richmond as Main Street Coordinator.