rsz downtown storefronts 012Created in 1986 by the City of Dowagiac to address what was then a struggling downtown, the DDA and City of Dowagiac have since transformed our central business district into a showplace of the region. Streetscape improvement projects, coupled with the private investment of property owners, today provides the perfect setting for our growing niche of unique shops, and fine and casual dining.

Due to the close working relationship the DDA enjoys with downtown property owners, it is able to provide services similar to those of a realtor, but free of charge. When a building is available for lease or sale, property owners turn to the DDA to help them market, show and ultimately lease their storefronts.

The DDA program director also assists individuals as they prepare to open their business, easing communications with fellow city offcials, such as the Building Inspector, who issues permits for occupancy, signage and construction.

Property owners and even tenants can take advantage of the Facade Incentive & Architectural Design Services Program. Matching funds are provided up to $2,000 per storefront for either the historic or tasteful renovation of the front facade. To date, 95 percent of the storefronts on Front Street have been renovated using this program.

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  • February 3rd, 2019

    The Baker's Rhapsody Wins Chili Crawl

    Winning Saturday’s Chili Crawl with 98 votes was Jordan Anderson of The Baker’s Rhapsody with his Spicy Southwest Chili, complete with cilantro & lime crème fraiche, and eight different kinds of chili peppers. The Baker’s Rhapsody served more than 550 two-ounce samples during Ice Time. Second place went to Wood Fire at 92, with Wounded Minnow & Round Oak Revisited tied for third.

     
  • February 3rd, 2019

    Reserve Your Ad in the 2019 Dowagiac & Sister Lakes Business & Events Brochure

    Advertising is being sold in the Dowagiac & Sister Lakes Business & Events Brochure, which will be published this spring.  

    The annual publication that was redesigned in 2018, markets the community to day-visitors and also features a list of Chamber members and a quick reference of community events.

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  • February 3rd, 2019

    2019 Motto "Members First"

    When doing business in the community, Chamber President Kim MacGregor of Edward Jones has asked the Board of Directors, staff and now Chamber members to adopt “Members First” as their motto for 2019.

    "I am so excited with our new focus,” MacGregor said. “This is a focus we should have and, honestly, for the most part, have been using. However, by naming it and putting a focus on it, this forces us to look at our members first even for something as simple as ordering a pizza for lunch.”

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