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‘What’s Up Downtown’ meeting to focus on #SpendRiverbend


From Illinois Business Journal news services

ALTON – A shop-local campaign will be among topics discussed at Alton Main Street’s quarterly information exchange, called “What’s Up Downtown,” to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway.

The public is invited to learn the latest news regarding development of Alton’s historic downtown district, including updates from new and existing businesses, real estate transactions and special events.

The evening’s featured speakers will be Sasha Bassett and Jackie Duty, who will present information regarding a new campaign, called #SpendRiverbend.

The contest will offer prizes and urge the community to shop local first. A selfie contest will encourage shoppers to take a picture outside of local storefronts and post across social media.

“What’s Up Downtown” is a casual open forum where the public will be brought up to date by Alton Main Street, business and property owners, city officials, the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and other stakeholders.

This meeting will also discuss a new salon in the district, an upcoming entrepreneur camp for kids, the revived “3rd Thursdays” late-night shopping experiences, the Taste of Downtown menu, a fashion show featuring tattooed models and other topics.

The next What’s Up Downtown gathering won’t happen until February 2016.

For more information contact Alton Main Street Executive Director Sara McGibany at (618) 463-1016 or email For details on downtown events visit

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