Revitalizing downtown

During the Brush Country Christmas event, the promise of a two new venues – the Pleasanton Communty Center and Public Library – will lend so much more to activities for next year’s event.

Mayor Clint Powell was at the Brush Country Christmas to read the annual proclamation.

When asked how he envisioned the downtown area utilized for future events, he said “I see the downtown area as a focal point in our community. The City can use this to spin out growth of the downtown area. I would like to see the area west of Main street develop into a shopping district – antique shops, cafés, retail shops, etc. I think that with the cooperation of the churches and the parking at the community center/ library, we will have sufficient parking to support that shift.”

He went on to offer a broader scope by adding “We have also look at the drain way, which on Google maps is called West Adams Street, and turning it into a greenbelt connecting the school to downtown. This would be a great walking/jogging trail that could have workout stations along the way. There is a great deal of opportunity to develop our downtown area.”

Nest Feathers store owner Cindy Carr and Art on Main owner Ann Salas have started a Downtown Pleasanton Merchants Association and are the recipients of the first grant awarded by the City of Pleasanton’s new process to apply for Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax funds.

These ladies will involve a network of business people to help promote businesses, a cultural district as well as tourism for Pleasanton.

Salas, owner of Art on Main, has already begun the Art Walk which takes place on the third Friday each month. She has featured artists – painting/crafting/ writing/playing/singing to meet and greet along with hors d’ouvres and Sangria. At the last Art Walk, there were organic veggies, scrapbooking and lots more.

“Why do we have to drive to San Antonio to experience these type of events?” said Salas. “I hope to provide venues for authors and artists. I can see workshops and poetry slams being held at the new Community Center and Library,” she continued.

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