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‘What’s Up Downtown’ information exchange to be held Tuesday



Kathleen McKeever recently opened Frost Bakery at 4 E. Broadway after spending three years as a vendor at the Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market.

ALTON – Alton Main Street’s quarterly information exchange, called “What’s Up Downtown,” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. 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 include:

– Abbey Ontis, who has expanded and relocated Wish & Wear Dress Rental, and will soon reside above the shop at 11 E. Broadway with her family.

– Kathleen McKeever, who recently opened Frost Bakery, graduating to a brick and mortar location at 4 E. Broadway after three years as a vendor at the Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market.

– Doug Moore from The Underground on Broadway, who will be adding a coffeehouse to their music venue starting on Nov. 25. The establishment, located at 630 E. Broadway, will offer free wifi and serve locally-roasted Bunkhouse Joe coffee.

– Christine Favilla, sharing developments on a commercial kitchen at Grassroots Grocery, which will be available for food entrepreneurs to rent in early 2017 at 415 Ridge St. The expansion is partially-funded by a $5,000 cash prize from a business plan competition presented by SIUE’s Small Business Development Center.

– Details on upcoming events presented by Alton Main Street, such as the Taste of Downtown in Argosy Casino’s Music Hall, the Community Tree Lighting at Lincoln-Douglas Square, and the Green Gift Bazaar on Small Business Saturday at the YWCA of Alton.

“What’s Up Downtown” is a casual open forum where the community 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. Attendees will also enjoy complimentary refreshments from Princivalli’s and Frost Bakery, and the opportunity to network with other downtown enthusiasts. Dates for the 2017 “What’s Up Downtown” series are: Feb. 7, May 9, Aug. 8, and Nov. 14.

For more information contact Executive Director, Sara McGibany, (618) 463-1016 or email For full details of Downtown events, networking activities, investment opportunities and more, visit

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