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What’s Up Downtown information exchange to be held Tuesday

Alton Main Street’s quarterly information exchange, called “What’s Up Downtown,” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Jacoby Arts Center, located at 627 E. Broadway in Alton.

The public is invited to learn the latest news regarding developments in Alton’s historic downtown district, including updates from new and existing businesses, news on real estate transactions and details of upcoming events and projects presented by Alton Main Street.

The evening’s featured speakers will be:

– Nick Darr from WBGZ Radio, filling attendees in about the station’s plans for a new format at 94.3FM featuring music from the 1960s and 1970s.

– Vicky Delaney announcing an expansion at River Bend Yoga, which will soon be offering yoga teacher certification classes.

– Caleb Lewis from Moon Drops + Wellness, sharing details on his new business featuring a variety of CBD products, locally-made goods and more at 223 Market St.

– Barbie Brynildsen, sharing information about the new boutique hotel rooms available at WOW on Broadway.

– Jason Hereen, announcing a newly formed 501c3, Alton Pride, as well as details on the new Alton Pride Fall Festival to be held at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater on Saturday, Oct. 3.

“We encourage everyone to stay connected with what’s happening in the district by joining us at this casual forum that is open to the public,” said Main Street Executive Director Sara McGibany. “Attendees will be brought up to date by Alton Main Street, city officials, the Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau and other stakeholders. After our featured speakers, we open the floor to anyone who has news to share about what’s happening with their business or organization. Attendees will also enjoy complimentary refreshments and networking with other downtown enthusiasts.”

For more on the efforts, contact McGibany, at (618) 463-1016 or email For full details of the organization’s beautification projects, special events, networking activities, investment opportunities and more, visit

PHOTO: Sara McGibany speaks at a previous What’s Up Downtown meeting in Alton. File


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