The Eastlake Merchants Association had its monthly meeting Tuesday after work. While attendance wasn’t as big as some of their meetings, the business owners who were there did discuss several interesting topics, including the possibility of an Eastlake art and/or pub crawl event.
The merchants group has been talking about the possibility of some sort of event involving businesses in the neighborhood almost since its first meeting in January of last year. One of the observations made at that first meeting was that Eastlake’s business district runs for a long distance, all the way from the University Bridge in the north to Zymogenetics in the south. It’s a long way to walk and there are places where gaps in the storefronts can make it difficult to motivate people to keep moving to the next group of businesses. Plus, traffic on the street can be intimidating and parking a challenge.
In addition to events to help tie the business district together, the merchants association has also discussed banners and door decals to help customers make the connection.
At Tuesday’s meeting at Kristos Eastlake, Dominic Wood from Kristos suggested creating an Eastlake pub crawl and art walk event this summer. Kristos has teamed up with Artifakt Signature Gallery to do art evenings at the restaurant. The next event is Saturday when artists Ryan Henry Ward, Jeremy Gregory and 179 will be exhibiting. There will also be drink specials and DJs providing music.
The group kicked around ideas, including possibly staging a neighborhood-wide event in August. How might it work? they asked. Maybe participants could be given a card that would be stamped at each restaurant and business they visited. Get enough stamps and you’d be entered in a drawing. Maybe have art at each stop. Maybe restaurants could offer a special drink or food item for purchase. Include all businesses, not just restaurants.
Nothing was settled but lots of ideas were considered.
I said I’d post about the possibility of an art/pub crawl here and ask two questions:
- If you own an Eastlake business, would you participate in such an event? (And if you did participate, what would you be willing to do?)
- If you live in Eastlake (or just like to visit), would you participate in an art/pub crawl?
Post your answers in the comments with this post. Ask questions and offer your opinions. If you’d be willing to help make this event happen, post that also.