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Interested in installing bike racks in front of your business? Uptown will pay up to half of the cost of the rack when you place an order with us for the “Uptown Green” upside down U rack (pictured below).

The racks cost approximately $200 for one “U.” Uptown will pay for 50% of the cost of the rack and shipping. There are limited funds available, so this will be first come, first served. Please contact Jessa Dutton at (616) 301-3929 by Friday, August 15th if you are interested. Racks come with hardware to install; installation costs and any associated right-of-way encroachment fees are the responsibility of the individual business.

Uptown is in the initial stages of planning an event centered around restaurants during ArtPrize to draw people from Downtown.

The event will run from September 23rd to October 7th. We are asking restaurants to participate by offering an “Uptown Special” during this time. It could be something already on the menu or a new and creative dish made exclusively for these two weeks. Restaurants will need to provide the name of the dish and price. Uptown will be purchasing advertising and marketing materials for the event to promote YOUR restaurant during the event.

This will be a very simple event this year with hopes to grow it over the next few years.

Please contact Jessa Dutton at (616) 301-3929 if you are interested in participating! A participation form will be available soon and sent to all Uptown restaurants.

The Eastown Community Association is partnering with Eastown Ministries this season to collect and distribute items to boys and girls in Eastown that are in need.  If you are a business in Eastown and would be willing to be a drop off point, please let Courtney Burrows know by contacting her at 616-710-9372.  If you are willing to donate toys, please have them at the ECA Office before December 17, 2013.  Thanks!

Donations Needed:
- Family movie/popcorn
- Gift cards
- Markers/crayons
- Children’s books

- Diapers/wipes
- Bottles
- Onesies

Boys (Ages 5-17):
- Socks/underwear
- Slippers
- Sweatshirts
- Boots

Girls (Ages 5-17):
- Colorful socks/underwear
- Clothing
- Tank tops for under clothes
- Leggings for warmth
- Slippers
- Boots

Older Youth:
- Bus passes: single/10-ride
- Shampoo/conditioner appropriate for African American hair
- Body spray/perfume
- Feminine hygiene products

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As many of you may have seen, the Hub Lot in Eastown has received a makeover thanks to the City of Grand Rapids, The Black Cats, Billy’s/Mulligans and also the hard work of a few people.  The EBA and ECA had to come up with 10% of the project cost and we’re still a little short so Lyndi of Billy’s and Mulligans is stepping up again to hold a fundraiser.  The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 23 at 7pm at Billy’s Lounge and will consist of $3 pints of Sam Adams Winter Lager and an ugly sweater contest!  More information can be found on the Facebook Event Page.

Also, if you want to help spread the word by letting people know and also changing your facebook profile image to the image above, that would be awesome!

Congratulations to the Cakabakery for winning the award for Outstanding New Business at the 24th annual Neighborhood Business Awards this past Thursday!  Congrats to all the Neighborhood Business Awards Winners!

It’s that time of year again!  Come join us in Eastown on December 5, from 4-10pm for a special night in Eastown and throughout Uptown.  Just some of the activities and participants planned:

Terra GR - Hot apple cider and fresh doughnuts on the patio. Food and beverage specials inside and 10% off entire bill with receipt from another Uptown business dated 12/5/13.
Sydney’s Boutique - Holiday food/desserts and a Christmas ornament with purchase.
ACK All City Kicks - Live music, refreshments, and discount prices on selected items.
Foot Outfitters - Drawing for free pair of Birkenstocks, food and drink, meet a Birkenstock rep! Free socks with purchase of regular priced shoes. Free Birk gift with Birkenstock purchase.
Eastown Antiques - Food, drink, music, FUN!
Smitty’s - Sample Michigan crafted New Holland Liquors including their Beer Barreled Bourbon. Guests can also warm up with a free cup of local coffee made by Ferris Coffee while they check out our Michigan Made Craft Beer Specials.
Eastown Business Association - Hot Cider and Cocoa, Santa and more at the Hub Lot.

For more information, check out the facebook event page: