DNDA Merchant Meeting

NEWTON, N.C. (May 3, 2016) —Following the success of its first merchant meeting last week, the Downtown Newton Development Association is excited to announce its next merchant meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at Carolina Vines.

The May 26 meeting will focus on the Foothills Folk Art Festival and ways merchants can get involved before, during and after the festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 1. The workshop is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP to Shannon Johnson, Main Street Program manager, at Carolina Vines is located at 19 North College Ave., Newton.DNDA merchant meeting

The first merchant meeting on April 28 featured Buzz Bizzell, a nationally-noted expert in downtown signage programs and creator of Newton’s wayfinding signs. Bizzell gave examples of low-cost, high-impact facade improvements and displayed updated renderings of five different Downtown Newton businesses. According to Bizzell, engaging the public with signage requires three components: originality, making a promise, and being clear about what you offer.

Blue Moon Tavern hosted the first meeting and provided breakfast for attendees.

The DNDA hopes monthly merchant meetings will help improve communication between business owners. Each meeting will be held in a different venue and will give business owners the opportunity to discuss topics of interest to their businesses. For more information, please contact Shannon Johnson at 828-695-4360 or