|Main St USA, Newmarket!... during filming of Regression|
|Movie filmed on Main|
To Newmarket's credit they've already done a study and produced a detailed town / downtown action plan that pretty much mirrors what I've mentioned thus far, but in the end, leaves no conduit that leads to those changes.
The 72 page 2013 released action plan mentions 4 main pillars people fell into for going to the downtown core which included,
|Unionville converted fire hall|
Notably still missing on Main in 2015 - arts and culture, a mentioned desired space taker according to the action plan, not to mention people don't list it tops as a destination to actually SHOP!
Recently I had a good look at the Town of Unionville's set up, attending on a Thursday evening where the patios, shops and street were packed with people. Of course they have a different dynamic than, say, Main St Newmarket, with Unionville having a much wider road and sidewalks areas to work with allowing for more patio frontage, and adorning both sides of the street in stretches.
|Use mural art to spruce and add culture|
After the concert, and presumably before, people would swarm through town along Main, parking, often strategically taking people along it as well increasing the ease and opportunity for business to occur. Live bands or piped music could be heard starting up in some pubs and establishments alongside the murmur of chatter from the abundance of patios and street walkers.The restaurants, shops and patios were bustling with people, but, like any Main St, they too had a few gaps yet to be filled.
|Orillia Main St|
So what types of establishments do we need? According to the plan and one of it's committee members, Nancy Bernard, not " too many restaurants", as Unionville apparently had too many in 2012, but they still have many more with patios than we do now, and on both sides of the road, which we do not!
|Ladies and gentlemen..The Beatles!Unionville Main St. Gazebo stage|
|Made in Newmarket - new patios on Main|
|Another new Main St Newmarket restaurant|
But once they arrive on Main, and they get beyond the beauty and the restaurants, we want to turn that leisurely stroll into higher numbers of strolls and ultimately sales, by adding more interesting shops / attractions.
|Main St Unionville on a Thursday|
The tennis club seems to me the best spot for new parking and logical being its located adjacent to existing parking. Moving the club to , say , the property on Davis Drive already a community centre already, that the town spoke about selling, would allow for a move without having to change the official development plan for the area. No variance would then need be applied for resulting in the quickest route to new parking.
|Newmarket specialty stores at Main|
Still, if one's honest, one can say we are lacking somewhat on Main regardless and do have some gaps to fill but with what?
|Cool style shops in Newmarket's Main St and various services|
Ultimately Newmarket's clock tower will need something doing to appease the parties involved, including the towns folk, and keeping part will certainly have to be in the design mix.
|Made to move out in Newmarket|
|Canada Day Newmarket 2015 Video|
Orillia even has an entire store dedicated to music and art mostly from the Beatles era called AlleyCats as well as a guitar / music store! Mind you they have had a Beatles festival going there for the past 8 years competing with semi-nearby Collingwood and their Elvis fest.
A Beatles Festival would fit the definition of bringing a diversity of people across all nationalities, as the Beatles were a world-wide phenomenon, not to mention the British roots, from whence Newmarket got her name. They would also cover many marketing demographics including all age groups and Main st lends itself naturally to the era. Hmmm..Beatle Mainia! Lol.
In addition to an increase in events on Main, my wish list may include;
A Music Store and place to develop talent / lessons / workshops would definitely suit both the needs of the street to add character, but also functionally, and is one of the directives sought out tenant types.
Old and Rare Records store....alongside our famous comic books author on Main a records shop with retro and nostalgic trade-ables would also be cool. Some may not know this but we had one for a short time and it was beginning to look good when they had to leave.
|Condo Convert to be in Hamilton|
|Newmarket could use this|
Visual Arts Centre - including photography and film / video
Aboriginal themed shop - Art, crafts sales, native drumming / circles / workshops
Antiques - convince someone to relocate to the Main S
Grocery Store - once condos are built nearby in the future it could be sustained.
|Hamilton - Rock-T's|
A converted fire hall works in Unionville.
True Cyber Cafe - offering free connection for patrons and chat spaces. Make it Cool and unique w music.
Shishi Bar - popular, cultural - maybe too early in Newmarket for this.
Transform an existing business to include an Asian style karaoke / sushi / dim sum bar
Cool Retro or Collectibles
Goodwill re-use / sale type store
Condo's / low rise apartments convert
|For sale... one town clock and 4 store units!|
|Capture an era using old cars as part of your street events|