FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2020
Contact: Stacie Jensen, Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
651-439-4001; Email Stacie
For the past six weeks, the City of Stillwater, Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, Discover Stillwater Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB), and local businesses have been meeting and collaborating to assist the local businesses and downtown Main Street during this pandemic and beyond. COVID-19 has brought on huge economic challenges within our business community and we know that the wintertime adds additional challenges.
The City of Stillwater has a beautiful historic downtown Main Street, and with more wintertime additions and holiday lights, downtown Stillwater will become more of a year-round destination for tourists and the local community. Due to the pandemic, the City of Stillwater elected not to conduct their local fireworks on the 4th of July and decided to re-direct those funds to start lighting up Main Street. In addition, the City has obtained permission from MNDot to light up the south side of the historic lift bridge (that is a BIG deal!!). Building owners have signed a three-year release for the building lights initiative.
Starting in December, the traditional experiences will continue outdoors including Hometown for the Holidays, carriage rides, carolers, Winterfest and the lighting of the Main Street Christmas Tree. Some new outside experiences being considered: A Fat Tire Rally, a downtown ice-skating rink, Fire & Ice Hot Air Balloons, Ice Cream Social, European Market, a mini Ice Castle with a maze inside, outdoor firepits, hockey and boot hockey games and more. You can find a full event calendar at Discover Stillwater.
In true Stillwater community fashion, some local businesses have donated funds to light up the new Chestnut Plaza area and the Pedestrian Plaza. There has also been a GoFundMe Page set up for others to donate to this collaborative campaign, Wintertime in Stillwater.
“This has been a long time coming,” stated Mayor Kozlowski. “We are more than excited to do what we can during this pandemic to help our business community and provide some experiences and beauty to our town in the Wintertime,” Kozlowski said.
This has been a positive opportunity to see partners of local government, organizations, and businesses come together for the greater good of our community. Visit greaterstillwaterchamber.com and DiscoverStillwater.com/events for ongoing details! All CDC and DHS requirements will be followed around COVID-19.