So much is happening in Brattleboro and we are at the center of it!
PROJECTS LED BY THE DBA
DBA always has some creatives initiative in the works. Supporting the downtown flower program, nourishing our community with Everyone Eats!, hosting Gallery Walk, and more is all our pleasure. Click on each entry to learn more about the work that excites us!
Working with the DBA is all about improving downtown vitality beautification, and making connections with fellow community members. We infuse fun and curiosity into our passion for downtown improvement. Check out some of our collaborations like the Handy Stations.
ACHIEVEMENTS & COMPLETED PROJECTS
The DBA wants to support our downtown community! Check out some of our recent achievements and completed projects.
Brattleboro Merchants Facebook Page
Ongoing: DBA is in the digital age! We made DBA services and information more accessible for many people. Now local merchants can digitally ask questions, share ideas and simply talk shop with their peers. This is a big accomplishment since in the past this only happened at a monthly meeting.
May 2020: DBA & New Chapter teamed up to create the Nourishing Artists program. Community members purchased gift certificates anywhere downtown and donors matched the amount spent in gift cards with funds to purchase meals at local restaurants. In 24-hours we funded 300 meals to feed our incredible vibrant artist community and provide much needed economic support for our restaurants and our downtown shops.
October – December 2020: A game of engagement with downtown with each new Brattleship board being distributed at Gallery Walk each month. Remember this vintage game well this time around you are trying to sink your own ships by making purchases downtown. The more ships you sink the better prizes you win!
48-Hour Gift Card Challenge
May 2020: For 48 hours, any gift-cards purchased downtown were matched by incredibly kind anonymous donors. Together we infused over $75,000 into our local economy.
Pay by Card Parking Meters
No more digging in your car for that quarter you know is somewhere! We worked with the town to ensure that new parking meters and kiosks would accept credit cards.
Bike Parking Parklet
Summer 2018: Ride into town! We worked in coalition with BCAT, Human Connections Project and 350 Brattleboro to improve bike accessibility downtown with a bike parklet in front of People’s Bank and VT Artisans.
Parking Garage Signs
October 2020: Ask the River project artists created signs for a downtown Parking Garage, based on information provided by the Connecticut River Conservancy. Each level of the parking garage is designated a different animal of significance to the Abenaki community and to the Connecticut River ecosystem.
When the COVID-19 pandemic first started we realized that large group webinars with local businesses weren’t enough to help them to learn how to manage all the new steps they needed to take to stay in business. There was an overwhelming amount of new processes that businesses had to understand and follow, and new types of decisions to make, and because of this, folks needed one-to-one contact throughout the learning process. We picked up the phone and talked with each business owner, helping them through these processes, with the goal of seeing 80% biz stay open.
Short Term Rental Summit
May 19-20, 2019: Vermont’s first Short-Term Rental Summit was held in Brattleboro. With more than 6,000 Vermont hosts operating short-term rentals, the Summit was an opportunity to learn, be inspired, and connect with other hosts and industry experts. See a little of what it looked like here.
CONTACT US ABOUT A PROJECT
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Here you can find contact info for each project and its current team members.