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Mercantile Center
April Newsletter

Building Updates and Notices

Hello Tenants and Friends of Mercantile Center,

Wow, what a month it has been. As per the Governor's orders, many of you may be reading this from home. We hope you are all doing well and are comfortable in your new individual work spaces. Like you, we've been following the news, heeding the guidance of health and municipal organizations, and keeping our space during this pandemic. Needless to say, we eagerly look forward to normalcy once again, and seeing you all soon.

As a tenant of Mercantile Center, nothing is more important to us than your health and safety. We applaud you for your continued cooperation and being proactive during this time. All of us together can play a role in largely reducing the spread of the virus, and ultimately, a quick return back to our normal daily routines.
As the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains a concern, we continue to take the appropriate steps and extra precautions to protect our employees, tenants and the community. Please know, we continue to be proactive and diligent in increased cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces in common areas throughout the building, including the STUDIO (see below notice). Our Management Team will continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure we’re acting on the latest advice, guidance and information from the CDC, Mass. Department of Health and the City of Worcester.

As with any challenge faced, we will continue to be strong, move forward and support each other as best we can. We ask everyone still working at the building to please practice social distancing and wash/sanitize their hands frequently. 

Lastly, we would like to remind you of the following notices, and we thank you again for your continued efforts during this time.
To further ensure the safety and well-being of the essential businesses continuing to operate at Mercantile Center, no workout classes will be held until further notice. Thank you!

Please also know, we have done a cleaning inside the STUDIO space, and will do another before classes start up again.
Due to the current risks associated with the widespread Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, a decision was made by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (T2T) to postpone all T2T events until after May 31, 2020. Therefore, the Mercantile Center T2T Worcester Stair Climb, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 3rd, is postponed. 
A new date will be determined and announced.

As further information becomes available, updates will be shared directly to those registered.  You can view the official statement from Tunnel to Towers Foundation Chairman & CEO, Frank Siller, HERE and at the official website:

Please direct all inquiries regarding the Worcester Tower Climb to


Area News & Events

Mercantile Center's 100 Front Street office tower was recently recognized as having one of the highest occupancy rates in downtown Worcester. This news comes amid a general increase in the occupancy of office buildings since it was last recorded in 2011, when the downtown district's occupancy numbers were declining.

Read more about it HERE!

Worcester Railers' "Skate to Success" Program

The Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC), in addition to several other local companies, sponsors the Worcester Railers’ “Skate to Success” program. The program offers every 4th grade Worcester Public School student the opportunity to skate for free. The students are able to use skates and helmets free of charge and are also provided with a free lunch and tee shirt.  

Pictured here from early last month are WBDC President Craig Blais (right) and Chip Norton (left), President of Franklin Really Advisors LLC, management agency for Mercantile Center.

The program is in its third year, and offers many students their first exposure to a full indoor skating rink, and their first opportunity to skate.

Stay safe in April: Tips provided by WHO

Keep Productivity Up!

As many of us continue getting used to working from home, here's a look into what we're doing to stay productive, and connected, while taking care of ourselves and each other.

1. Setting up our space! As we adjust to our new (temporary) normal, here are some steps we'd recommend: Move a chair, pick a window, find a door to close behind you, and stack your laptop to a level you enjoy. Whether you sit or stand, email or Skype, your space and ability to work within it is step one. Have a new office mate like a child or spouse? All the better.

2. Routine. We're creatures of habit, right? So while a change of pace might seem nice, it's also a big adjustment. We've encouraged each other to develop a new routine and try our best to stick to it. Get up in the morning, get ready for your day as you normally would -- maybe throw on a suit or dress -- and get to work!

3. Communicate, and then communicate some more! Email works, but so does the phone. it has been tough not being able to hold a meeting or talk to a teammate in person, but we're trying to keep this same spirit alive by scheduling video conferences, phone calls and keeping our chats open so we can quickly and proactively maintain our teamwork.

Haven't tried the free service ZOOM? Check it out here!

4. Move your body. Exercise is good for your brain and keeping your mind clear during this crazy time (and in general!). And while gyms and workout classes might be temporarily closing their doors, it's a great time to go for a run, or to try a streaming service.

Don't know which to choose? We're here to help! Both Obé and Centr offer free trials for "at home" fitness classes!

5. Try something new! Brainstorm! At a time like this, it can be tempting to keep a constant eye on the news. What are the updates? What's going on? But we find it helpful to limit news intake to certain times of the day. Mix in other things. Perhaps follow a new blog page or learn a new skill. Now could be a good time to get creative. MASTERCLASS, Duolingo, and Food Network (Bobby Flay gets where we're going with this!) are just a few outlets from where we can all draw inspiration!

Whatever you do, keep on keeping busy! We hope that all of us can come out of this situation a little bit better.

Stay safe and healthy!

- Mercantile Center Management

Remember, April is...

April is Autism Awareness Month, a time to promote a better understanding of autism and to bring people together to offer better support for those living on the autism spectrum and their families. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) “refers to a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by repetitive and characteristic patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication and interaction.”

The Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week in 1972, which evolved into National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM).

The Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest leading grassroots autism organization, celebrates National Autism Awareness Month in April 2020 with the its new “Celebrate Differences” campaign. Designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism, #CelebrateDifferences focuses on providing information and resources for  communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life.

CLICK HERE to find out how you can get involved and #CelebrateDifferences!

We Would Like To Thank Our Local Healthcare Workers During This Time

Please Be Mindful...

Mercantile Center is a smoke-free, e-cigarette-free, and vapor-free property.

We thank you for continuing to be considerate of our exterior "No Smoking" signs and building-wide policy.

We Value Your Feedback!

As valued tenants, we are interested in your feedback as well as any suggestions towards activities and programs that you would be interested in seeing at Mercantile Center.

Please feel free to send any suggestions or inquiries to
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