by Mayor Tammy

I’d like to personally invite you to check out Downtown Meridian – for a good cause! As you might know, this past weekend the intersection of Pine and Main was closed for paving. The road construction project and this road closure has had a real impact on our downtown businesses – and we want to show them some love! So this weekend, Friday through Sunday (August 17-19), join us for a CASH MOB! A Cash Mob is an organized effort to show local businesses support from the community. We want to let our businesses know we support them. You can join in during your work day on Friday, bring the family down on Saturday or check it out after church on Sunday.  Grab a bite to eat downtown or attend a live music event in the evening, stop by for family fun at the Meridian Library’s UnBound, shop at one of the local boutiques for home goods, clothes, flowers and more! You can also get a wellness check or even a haircut at one of the salons. There are all kinds of businesses in Downtown Meridian and more and more are hosting weekly events for the community - from game nights, to craft classes and live music. The Meridian Press has a weekly section highlighting these events and we even have some posted to our Community Calendar.

While the intersection at Pine and Main is open now, the entire Pine Avenue construction project is expected to last another month. The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) says completion of the project is set for mid-September. This improved entry corridor will be wonderful for our downtown area! The full rebuild includes widening of Pine Avenue from Main to Locust Grove to three full lanes with more connected sidewalks all the way to Meridian Road. It’s a welcome addition but has no doubt been a missed portion of road during construction.

The Cash Mob is one way we hope to let our local businesses in the heart of city know they are appreciated by their community. I look forward to seeing you downtown for this weekend’s Cash Mob and I’m sure you will find a new favorite place to visit in Meridian!

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