a Huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to help us pick up trash along Keith Creek, East State Street, Dahlquist Park, and the tree line behind the old strip mall/Magna shopping center. We had 19 volunteers, who picked up about 30 bags of trash including a laundry basket, a couple small tables and a flower pot. It warms my heart that most of you stayed even though it rained off and on. The new breakfast cookie provided by Mary’s Market Cafe & Bakery was delicious and the fruit provided by Upper Cervical Care Center was a refreshing treat. Thanks Dr Schalow and your team for hosting us this year.
Photos (L-R) Karleene Hagerman, handling registration. Randy T and Dr D with their interesting finds, a happy volunteer, and Tom & Dawn Blomgren clearing the creek of trash. Wish I had gotten photos of all our volunteers, but thank you all from the bottom of my heart! Paula Olson, Executive Director MMR
We had 25 Miracle Mile area businesses participate by giving us either a video and/or photos of their store/business/salon and we featured them one-by-one (posting every 3 – 5 minutes) during our event, which was on Facebook May 15th. There were also fun Rfd Trivia questions for entertainment value.
Miracle Mile purchased gift certificates from each business and created 10 Miracle Mile Shopping Experience packages that attendees of the event could win by Liking, Commenting, and/or Sharing posts. Each package contained 11-12 gift certificates with a value between $175 – $200. Each store post gave shoppers instructions on how to place an order if they saw something they liked. Then Saturday, they could pick up their purchase, CurbSide! We invited a couple food trucks to park on Saturday.
There were over 100 people who were eligible for the prizes. Every person that won had a huge smile on their face and LOVED following along during the event. Each one said they learned about several shops and businesses they didn’t know about. Now those 10 people will tell all their friends! PLUS, they will be back to those 11-12 shops to spend their gift certificates!
Join us on Friday, May 15th from 6p – 8p for an online shopping experience along the Miracle Mile!
Pick up supper curbside, from your favorite Miracle Mile restaurant, and watch from home as we explore Miracle Mile businesses, take virtual shop tours, meet store owners and go shopping (online). Find a list of participating businesses on our Event page.
Join in anytime between 6 – 8pm. Win Miracle Mile Shopping Experience packages throughout the night. Each package contains numerous gift cards from participating businesses. Tune in to our Facebook Event page for details on how.
Saturday: CurbFest Curbside pick-up. Grab lunch at several food trucks along East State Street. Each truck and shop will follow CDC guidelines to safely deliver your purchases to you, curbside. We will also be awarding more more Miracle Mile Shopping Experience packages on Saturday. .
Don’t miss this fun event!
Are you planning on any major purchases or investments to your business in 2020? John Phelps, Executive Director of Rockford Local Development Corp, will be our March speaker. Come learn about various loans available including micro loans and SBA loans. John will also be accompanied by a business banker from Illinois Bank & Trust.
Information on our 16th Annual Neighborhood Clean up day will also be available. The meeting is at Don Carter Lanes, 4007 E State St at 8am in the Veterans Room. Enter through the arcade game room or the far west door. This meeting is open to the public.
Mayor Tom McNamara shared awesome news with us that the city has acquired the property and is now in control of its destiny. They plan to seek a developer or possibly demolish the building to make it more attractive for future development. You can read the full story published in the Rockford Register Star HERE. This is wonderful news for our business district as this property has been a blight and vacant for over 20 years! Thank you to the Mayor and his team for their efforts to make this happen.