Wednesday, November 01, 2006

'Tis (Already?) the Season

There are still 54 shopping days in the 2006 Holiday Season, and the BIA is helping downtown merchants get the full benefit of this opportunity.

BIA Maintenance crews are installing Holiday Stars again as part of a partnership with the Downtown Merchants Group. This year, 68 stars are being hung in 41 different locations.

18 of those locations need to have their brackets reinstalled on several light poles. Last year, the City of Tacoma replaced those light poles but didn't reinstall the brackets, and this year will not allocate the time to reinstall them; however, the City is providing the strapping materials and brackets for the BIA's use.

During the next couple of days (while the Stars are being installed), the crew will not be doing any pressure washing and will be spending less time on other elements of fall clean-up such as collection and disposal of leaves.

The BIA will also help support the annual Holiday Tree Lighting right after work on Thursday evening, November 30th. This event celebrates the giving season and commemorates a partnership that has linked downtown Tacoma and Fort Lewis since 1946. Join throngs of well-wishers for the performance of the Army's Brass Quintet inside the newly remodeled lobby of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lighting of the community tree at 6:00 p.m. The event will cap Art at Work Month and coincide with "Live After Five"--a special promotion by downtown merchants.


  1. Anonymous4:04 PM

    So does this mean no Xmas tree at the Plaza? :(

  2. Also, everyone mark your calendar for upcoming November 16th event:

    "Light Up Downtown Tacoma"

    There is going to be a big push on this night to sell out the Three Mo’ Tenors playing at Pantages Theater. (7:30 p.m. order tickets online). Yes, on a Thursday night.

    With the theater renovated and more businesses staying open later, downtown Tacoma is reaching the “tipping point” where it may soon have a substantial nightlife for the first time in 30 years.

    The Winthrop Hotel issue is still up in the air and will be for some time, probably weeks.

    Because it is art walk night, alot of places are going to be open. However, there is going to be wine tasting at Vin Grotto which is bringing in some special selections for the event.

    Come meet some of the prime downtown mover and shakers in the city and alot of the builders and other professionals who get up at 6:00 a.m. Monday mornings and meet at Tullys.

    Vin Grotto at 6:00 p.m. before the event and alot of downtown boosters will be there. Over the Moon Cafe in Opera Alley will be open for this event as well. Those two places look to be the main gathering place for everyone.

    Also, look for some unexpected guests and suprises downtown that night.

    (The event is going to happen regardless of the news coming out on the Winthrop Hotel)