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Workshops offer guidance to improve storefronts

The Beaverton Downtown Association and the city’s Main Street Program are presenting three upcoming workshops designed to educate participants on how to revitalize the appearance of their businesses in order to make them more attractive to patrons.

Called “Three Keys to Success,” the workshops will be held at the Beaverton History Center, 12412 S.W. Broadway St., on Sept. 12, Oct. 3 and Oct. 17. Refreshments will be served at 5:45 p.m. with the workshops immediately following from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Among the topics covered is the city’s Downtown Storefront Improvement Program, which provides matching grants and design help to improve downtown storefronts.

“Downtown business owners may not know that the city’s Storefront Improvement Program exists, but should take advantage of it,” said Nick Cortese, owner of Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant, a past participant in the program. “It was a pretty easy process, and it’s a great opportunity. The program definitely helped improve the facade of our building, and business has picked up since.”

Here is the schedule for the workshop series:

  • Key 1: Outstanding Storefronts — Thursday, Sept. 12. Presented by Brian Emerick, Emerick Architects PC, and Brian McCarter, ZGF Architects LLP

  • Key 2: Successful Signage — Thursday, Oct. 3. Presented by Ted Lundin, Lundin Cole Architects, PCA, and Andrea Nelson, city of Beaverton Community and Economic Development Department

  • Key 3: Eye-Catching Window Displays — Thursday, Oct. 17. Presented by Linda Cahan, Cahan & Company.
  • “Being ‘open for business’ means providing our local companies the tools and support they need to succeed,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “These seminars enable people to come together, share best practices and help each other improve their businesses.”

    For more information, contact Claudia McCarter at 503-312-4336.



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