Minutes to be confirmed at the next meeting.
MAINSTREET WHANGANUI BUSINESS PROMOTIONS MEETING MINUTES
Wednesday August 16th at 5.30pm. Held Stellar Restaurant & Bar
Present: Ross Fallen (Business Promotions Chair), John Anderson (Wanganui Furnishers), Miles Bocket (Re-dress), Tracy Hawker (Country Lane & Fifty Five), Christine Stone (Antique Affair), Robyn Ryder (Kelly’s Shoes), Paula Wade (The Edge Beauty Studio & Top Draw), Tony and Deb Guthrie (Just Looking) and Mike Puklowski (Rummage Store)
Apologies: Andrew Tripe, Rachel Brandon, Helen Craig, Lesley Stead, Lyn Cheyne, Brian Hawker and Wendy Paterson.
In attendance from Mainstreet: Kelly Scarrow and Geoff Follett.
CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES: The minutes of the last meeting were confirmed as a true and correct record.
Presentation from Kiwi TV
- Members have not heard anything further on this.
Representation at Business Promotions meetings by Council and Whanganui and Partners:
Ross advised that Helen Craig has another meeting to attend this evening and that Lyn Cheyne has recently resigned from Whanganui and Partners.
Mediaworks Prize Draw: Mediaworks have teamed up with Mainstreet to offer a month’s worth of free advertising open to Mainstreet members who attend Business Promotions meetings.
- This evening’s draw was won by John Anderson from Wanganui Furnishers.
- Kelly tabled examples of the lights and decorations that Mainstreet will purchase to be added to the current stock and develop into an overall Christmas look within the next five years.
- The new decorations include strip lighting for the Majestic Square stage, lights for the trees at Majestic Square, Icicle fairy lights for a street display over lanterns and garlands for the arches in all four blocks.
- These will be added to Santa’s and shooting stars already in stock.
- Not forgetting the giant Christmas tree at Majestic Square.
- The up lighting of buildings will be part of the town regeneration strategy in the future
The Annual Christmas Parade
- The Christmas parade this year will be held on Saturday December 2nd at 2pm followed by a family friendly after party at Majestic Square.
- Float registrations will go out on September 1st.
- To conform to Councils Christmas Parade contract there will be a stronger emphasis on the Christmas theme and making certain that the arts are reflected.
- Christine asked about having the parade run along block one. Kelly will investigate the possibility.
Late Night Shopping 2017 – decision needed
- At the last meeting Kelly asked members for ideas around Christmas late night shopping. Rachel Brandon emailed her desire to see the late night shopping be held on a Friday rather than the usual Thursday night before Christmas day. Discussion continued.
- All agreed that the late night should be family friendly, with food and entertainment in all four blocks on a Friday evening until 8pm. This was put to a vote passed unanimously
- Also incorporate a retail shop promotion with prize draws. Shopper’s receipts would be gathered and drawn for prizes throughout the evening.
Christmas Promotion for 2018
- A concept for next year would be ironed out and brought to this committee
Festival of Cultures
- Plans are underway for this celebration of cultural food and entertainment. The event will take place at Majestic Square on Saturday 28th of October.
Plans are also being but in place for Caboodle 2018
- To be held on January Saturday 20th from noon to 9pm plus an after party.
- Three blocks will be closed, with entertainment along the avenue and on two stages
- Free and ticketed events.
- Members commented on the Monday Soap Box derby event and how road closures meant a lack of parking in the avenue. It was suggested that Helen Craig be invited to attend the next meeting to talk about parking as a general subject.
Watt Fountain Fanfare
- This event will be held on Thursday September 7th between 5 and 8pm to formally unveil the refurbished Watt Fountain and celebrate its 136 birthday.
- Block 2 will be closed to traffic and a street carnival comprising a light show, food and entertainment between 5 and 8pm.
- Plus a formal unveiling.
Artists Open Studios – Mainframe
- Retailers will be given the opportunity to display local artists involved in the AOS in their shop windows between January 28 and March 27 2018.
Business Promotions meeting frequency
- This item was put to a vote and passed to confirm that the Business Promotions committees will continue to be held every two months.
Whanganui Boutique Shopping Guide
- It was mooted at the last meeting about the possibility of reprinting the Boutique Shopping Guide as there are very few left at the i-site and some information is out of date and there are new branding and website details.
- Whanganui and Partners helped fund this project. Now that Lyn has resigned and Mainstreet is not taking on any new projects until after the strategic review process has been finalised and adopted the reprinting of the Boutique shopping guide will be put on hold
- The Yellow Project which is basically the yellow Paige’s in the old time phone books – but on line has been deferred till 2018.
Miles thought that Mainstreets submission to council that there should be a 30k limit in the CBD was a good idea and added that block 1 should go down to a 15k limit.
John agreed adding that installing traffic calming devices in place to slow traffic right down and the entire block would be pedestrian friendly allowing the food and beverage folk to extend their service areas.
Mike spoke about parking in the CBD suggesting council supply retailers with parking discount tokens for visitors. Discussions continued around parking in the CBD and it was agreed that Helen Craig be invited to speak about this at the next meeting.
Ross said that the Wi-Fi project was ticking along and there would be a report on this at the November meeting.
Paula talked about the problem of pigeon mess and wondered what could be done.
Meeting Closed at 7.10pm.
All members are welcome to the next meeting time and place to be confirmed