Local businesses are feeling the pinch of COVID-19. Business and community non-profits are also being hit, but some of those non-profits are working with local businesses to come up with new ideas.
Main Street Murfreesboro says, "With the daily changes in mandates and recommendations to not gather and stay home, our small businesses are being hit hard."
The non profit that helps to keep historical places alive while helping to bring customers into the downtown area around or near the local square - came up with a list of ways you can help a downtown business:
• Write a review for a local store
• Watch an exercise video on line from a downtown fitness group
• Buy a gift card for later
• Go on a walk downtown
• Sign up for a mailing list
• Buy tickets for a future arts performance
• Get curbside delivery or take out for dinner
• Choose a grocery store downtown
• Spring cleaning - set aside items to donate to GreenHouse Ministries
• Research history of Murfreesboro and learn about Oaklands Mansion
• Buy a membership at Discovery Center for this summer
• Write a post on social media about your favorite store & tag them
• Drive around to all the murals downtown and take pictures
• Create an outside scavenger hunt downtown to learn new landmarks
• Purchase those graduation and teacher appreciation gifts now - curbside pickup is offered now!
Events in Downtown Murfreesboro Area are still being planned while others are still scheduled to be "ON" in the future.
Student JazzFest May 2
The Student JazzFest scheduled for May 2, 2020 on the square is planned to begin at 10:00AM with over 20 middle and high school jazz bands set to perform. The finale performance by the 129th Army Guardians of Swing will take place around 8:00 PM.
The JazzFest Committee is monitoring all recommendations and mandates concerning COVID-19 and cancelations of large gatherings. The Main Street organization said in an email, "We are prepared to cancel the May 2 event and focus on our October 3 JazzFest this fall if we have to."
Main Street Saturday Market Kick-Off set for June 6
The Saturday Market is set to open on the historic downtown square June 6, 2020. Vendors are already registering for their spots and making plans for a summer of Locally Grown Fun every Saturday from 8:00 AM- Noon.
The Saturday Market is a finalist in the "Light Up Local" Firefly Best Event Award. This award is presented to a local organization that puts on an amazing event that gives back to or creates an opportunity for community. Main Street reports, "Look for a few changes this summer at the Market with more family friendly activities for the kids to enjoy, local arts, and new vendors!"