What's Up Downtown?

Here’s five top reasons why you should get it downtown:

 WHAT’S SPENT HERE STAYS HERE. Get it in Downtown Calais and more of your money is reinvested in the local economy instead of corporate offices in distant cities. Shop at a national chain and very little of your money stays local. Buy online and your local economy rarely gets a dime.    

 WE KNOW OUR STUFF. Downtown Calais business owners are passionate about what we do. We sell what you want—not what corporate headquarters tell us you should buy. We spend time in our shops and restaurants, making sure our customers are well cared for.   

LOCAL BUSINESSES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS. Just like you, we care about our community and the people who live here. That’s why Downtown Calais businesses give back in a big way, supporting nonprofits, sports teams, schools and other organizations that make our community great.    

 IT’S THE GREEN THING TO DO. Our walkable downtown means less driving for you and more energy saved. Small businesses tend to be greener by nature, engaging in eco-friendly practices and shopping local for goods and services. We want to preserve our city and our earth.     

THERE’S ONLY ONE DOWNTOWN Calais. With our one-of-a-kind specialty shops and restaurants, Downtown Calais stands out in a sea of “clone towns.” We have a personality all our own…friendly, vibrant, eclectic and thriving. With your help, we’ll keep it that way.   

The Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) is working hard on upcoming efforts and events. Here’s how you can help us with our goals. Bangor Savings Bank is awarding a total of 68 grants to organizations on its 2014 Community Matters More program along with 20 write-in recipients. An organization can receive $1,000 or $5,000. CDRC is hoping you will help us with a write-in vote. So go to the Bangor Savings Bank website: communitymatters@bangorfoundation.org and use the ballot or stop by the local branch office for a ballot.

 CDRC is a 501C3 not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible. Our address is: CDRC, c/o The Bank of Maine, 344 Main St., Calais, ME 04619. Like us (Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition) on Facebook.