The last 2 days I was working on the Norristown Business Association's first meeting of the year, so no Diary entries. But today, since the NBA did a public presentation yesterday, I can tell you the events planned for 2015. These are only NBA events--they'll be lots of others, too, by other organizations. Norristown's going to be an active place this year.
Within the next 2 weeks, the NBA will open a Visitor Welcome Center downtown. Jus' Java has agreed to let us have a little space for a brochure rack, which will include attraction info (Elmwood Park Zoo, Five Saints Distilling, etc.), take-out menus from local restaurants, business brochures, self-guiding walking tours, and event information. In addition, a TV screen will display a slide show of ads from businesses and event planners, plus interest photos of Norristown's architecture, arts and other amenities. The suggestion was made at the meeting to put a similar TV screen in the jurors room at the courthouse. We're going to look into it. When pricing and guidelines for the ads are posted online somewhere, I'll pass on the link.
in April will be NBA's Walking Taste Tours. Last year we did one tour,
which was well attended, but seemed to be too many restaurants, too much
walking, took too much time and was more food than people could handle.
So this year, we're doing smaller, shorter tours, and combining them
with walking tours of Norristown's architecture. The first tour is
tentatively scheduled for April 11.
Sometime in midsummer, we hope to have a
barbecue/festival at Logan Square. This would be late afternoon/evening
and feature our North End restaurants.
If you haven't been to Riverfest, come for the food, music, games, and
free boat rides.
The NBA hopes to make Small Business Saturday
(November 28th) more of an event this year, and as always, to encourage
everyone to support our small businesses all year around.
we'll wind up the year with another Light Up The Dark Contest,
encouraging our businesses to go all out with holiday light displays all
The Business Association will need volunteers for these events, even if you can only spare a half hour. If you're interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us which event(s) you want to help out with.
Also, drop us a line if you want to be a participating
restaurant/vendor for any of the events, or want to place an ad on the
Welcome Center TV.