This afternoon, the South End Advocacy League held its monthly business meeting. Those individuals present shared information regarding some of the upcoming activity slated for the District. This included some of the retail events such as Element’s sidewalk sale, as well as the National Water Color Society’s meeting occurring at Ambleside Gallery next month. Additionally, Andy Zimmerman of AZ Development shared some of the changes soon to occur around the Lewis Street area; mentioning the positive movement of a music venue in the back suite of the 120 E Lewis building, as well as the arrival of a new building mural. Across Elm, the progress on The House of Taps continues to move closer to completion, and we should all be able to enjoy the venue soon. While a definitive date was not reported on the Sweet Basil’s Bistro, the understanding at this time is an anticipated opening early to mid summer.
The meeting then turned back to planning for the signature fall festival event that is being designed to showcase the District. While it is in a preliminary stage, the hope of the group is to create a notable event that will highlight the energy of this community. Continued out-reach to businesses and individuals in the South End is expected over the next several weeks to measure the community’s interest in supporting the festival. We will keep you up to date as it continues to be shaped.