Brewpub or taproom: check. Bakery: check. What’s next?
Grinnell Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rachel Kinnick reports in her latest email newsletter that for the past year, she and her staff have been busy making those and other items on the Grinnell Downtown Plan a reality.
Sunrise Bakery on the corner of 5th and Main is a direct result of feedback received during meetings when participants listed a bakery as one of the top new businesses they would like to see in downtown Grinnell. Kinnick says that along with the taproom, which opened across Main Street earlier this fall, it’s exciting to see some of the ideas taking shape. Kinnick is anxious to continue work in the coming months to establish more of the programs that were part of the downtown plan, and develop more of the opportunities mentioned by many of community members.
Those include…gathering spaces to create a downtown market ambience, destination events especially in Central Park, a signage program to make the public more aware of businesses, and hospitality training for business owners and their employees.