Discover Easton Director’s Report

Ross Benincasa
Discover Easton Executive Director

May 2019- Welcome to our first edition of The Briefcase, a one-stop email for Easton businesses and Discover Easton members that will feature a monthly member spotlight, upcoming business-friendly events, recent Easton news, and available marketing discounts for our members. This is an opportunity for us to share the good things happening with our business community while consolidating our current offers for members and other interested businesses.

The spring has been great so far at Discover Easton. We’re happy to announce that we have recently received accreditation from the National Main Street Center. This sought-after recognition not only affirms what the organization is currently doing, but also sets us on the right path for the future, as we look to continue to market Easton’s downtown while taking on new efforts like expanded recruiting for downtown and increasing our benefits for members.

We also recently submitted an application to the state to create Talbot County’s first Arts & Entertainment District. Approved by the Town of Easton and the County, the Easton Arts District will encompass over 100 acres in and outside of Easton’s downtown area and will provide tax and marketing incentives to arts-related enterprises and qualified-residing artists in the area upon the State’s approval.

We’re also happy to introduce our new partnership with the Talbot Chamber and What’s Up Media as we host weekly luncheons, open and free for all Easton businesses, the first three Tuesdays of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Washington Street Pub. These networking lunches will feature an expert speaker on a variety of business topics and will provide our businessowners with a space to network, ask questions, and meet others from the Easton community. These lunches begin Tuesday, May 7.

Finally, and most importantly, we are happy to welcome in a variety of new businesses into Easton this season, as well as to extend our congratulations to those that are celebrating anniversaries, including Linda Laramy at Crackerjacks Toys & Games, where she’s been serving Easton families for 40 years. Several new businesses have opened recently in our Main Street area, including Chesapeake Blooms (22 N. Harrison St.), Taste (206 N. Washington), and The Lab (26 Creamery Ln). We’re also excited to welcome new businesses coming downtown soon, including Justamere Trading Post, Storm & Daughters Ice Cream, Portals Comics & Games, and Bonheur Ice Cream and Pie, to name a few.

Our growing community certainly isn’t restricted to downtown, and we’re happy to see continued investment in multiple areas of Easton. If you currently own a business in Easton or are interested in starting one, please reach out. We’d love to sit down and see how we can help grow your business and make Easton a better place.