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AUGUST HAS ARRIVED!

It's hard to believe how fast July flew by! We hope you continue to enjoy the rest of the Summer!

Important Mercantile Center Garage Updates

JULY AT MERCANTILE CENTER

Cheeseburgers in Paradise!

Tenants of 100 and 120 Front Street, Mercantile Center enjoyed a Jimmy Buffett themed lunch, "Cheeseburgers in Paradise"! With the sun shining, Jimmy Buffett outfits everywhere, and WXLO 100.1 The Pike on the scene, it definitely felt like 5 O’clock somewhere on the Plaza.
 
Thank you to all of our contestants who participated in the chance to win Jimmy Buffett concert tickets and other Margaritaville prizes. Although there could be only one winner for the concert tickets, we hope all prizes were enjoyed, and we look forward to more fun events on the Plaza.

Woo Challenge Raced Through the Plaza!

On July 28, Telegram and Gazette hosted their 3rd annual downtown urban obstacle course race called the Woo Challenge. Now in the third year of this 5K race, which starts and ends on the Worcester Common, the route was slightly altered for runners to go through the Mercantile Center Plaza!
Between 9am and 1pm, approximately 400-500 runners raced from Mercantile Street and onto the Plaza to hit a couple of obstacles before heading out on Commercial Street to go back into the Common. The race was run every 20 minutes in heats of 50, ensuring an ongoing use of the plaza for the full 4 hours! 

New Lobby Wall Art!

We hope you are all enjoying the new lobby wall art designed by Karen Reid, in the first and second floor lobbies at 100 Front Street.
Karen Reid studied at the Art Institute of Boston, the South Shore Art Center, the Fuller Museum in Brockton, the Danforth Museum in Framingham, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she earned her diploma in Fine Arts. She has studied many forms including drawing, painting, ceramics, monoprint and encaustics. Presently, her drawing and painting employ oil paint, watercolor, wax and charcoal. Her work has been exhibited throughout New England.
 
Currently, Reid works out of her studio in Oxford, MA, where she also lives, and teaches painting and expressive art classes. When she’s not teaching or creating art, she is spending time with her two daughters and two cats.

Worcester Youth Leadership Institute: Mercantile Center Panel

The Worcester Youth Leadership Institute (WYLI) offers students a seven-week learning experience and exposure to a variety of businesses, Worcester landmarks, and mentors. The Institute is part of a broader effort led by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, to develop and mentor Worcester's future leaders.

"The goal is simple - expose high school students to the myriad of businesses, leaders, mentors, and possibilities available in their own communities," said Timothy Murray, president and CEO, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Click HERE for more information on the WYLI.

Castle Rock at Mercantile Center

Back in late November, some of you may have noticed that the main lobby at Mercantile Center was closed and the use of the first-floor elevators were shut down for the entire day.
Well, go check out “Castle Rock” today, and you might just recognize a certain lobby in Stephen King and J.J. Abrams' new Hulu Original Series, which premiered last week.
Back in November, Bill Skarsgard, best known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the Hollywood blockbuster “It,” set up shop in the 100 Front Street lobby. The scene features a young Shawshank Prisoner (played by Skarsgard) removing a cat from his leather tote and, enticed by a laser pointer, proceeding to walk across the table.

Lobby Display Screen Updates!

New vertical display screens have been installed in the lobby on the 1st and 2nd floors of 100 Front Street!

The display screens will be used for building notices including upcoming events, tenant offerings, our weekly STUDIO schedule, and more!

Displays will also feature the opportunity for tenants to provide notices of events or meetings that they would like to be posted!

More information to come. Take the time to check out what our new displays have to offer!

FOOD NEWS

We hope you are enjoying Fooda in The Vault. More exciting food options to come this Summer from our new, local partners:
Rice Violet
Wraps and Bowls
Basil and Spice


Click on the above restaurants to view more information!

More Food News . . . Don't Miss Our August Food Trucks!


REMINDER: We have relocated the food trucks to the Mercantile Street end of the Plaza!

Please keep an eye out for updates to the August food truck schedule on our elevator captivate screens and new lobby display screens!

TENANT NEWS & EVENTS!

Happy Anniversary to Webster Five!

Webster Five is a strong independent community bank that provides financial solutions that meet the needs of the customers and communities they serve--and service that exceeds their expectations. In recognition of Webster Five's 150th anniversary and commitment to community caring, they have been "Celebrating Different" all year long with a series of events, in-branch promotions and the first ever "Difference Maker" Awards.

Click below for more information on Webster Five!

Ice Cream on the Plaza!

Tuesday, August 14th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Mercantile Center invites tenants of 100 and 120 Front Street to join us for free ice cream, summer games and music on the Plaza!
On Tuesday August 14th come visit the Fidelity Bank Frosty Flyer Ice Cream Truck on the plaza at Mercantile Center and enjoy ice cream on us! If you can't make it, The Frosty Flyer will be returning to the Mercantile Center Plaza again on Tuesday, August 28!

The Frosty Flyer is active all summer long providing free pick-me-ups at local community events, nonprofit organizations, and Fidelity branch locations. Last year, the Frosty Flyer visited over 50 community events and handed out more than 12,000 ice cream bars!
On August 14, Mercantile Center will also have FREE novelty ice cream provided by Zack's Ice Cream!
 
Be sure to RSVP to your office manager to ensure a ticket is waiting for you!
This event is for tenants of the property only, please.
 

MORE ACTION COMING TO THE PLAZA!

Plaza Tuesday's (Featuring WXLO)

WXLO will be joining us on the Plaza on Tuesdays in August to play music, share giveaways and have fun! Bring your lunch out anytime between 11:30am-1:30pm and join us in the festivities!

Live Music Wednesdays!

For the month of August, Mercantile Center will be featuring live music performances from 11:30am - 2:00pm.

Featured Artist: Mike Mendez

Mike Melendez is a full time local musician playing an average of 200 shows per year over a good portion on Massachusetts. Mike tries to have a little bit for everyone to enjoy when he plays, mixing covers and originals spanning blues/classic rock/reggae/90's/pop.

STUDIO NEWS

Classes Are Subject to be Added on a Regular Basis.
All Class Availabilities for the STUDIO are Updated Monthly!
Continue to check the above Portal for newly added classes and weekly availabilities! 

August Studio Offerings


Lunchtime Strength & Fitness (Now introducing Kettle balls!)
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

AVAILABLE NOW
Capacity of 20 Spots Available for Each Class! 
YOGA 
Tuesdays: 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wednesdays: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
 
Both Tuesday and Wednesday Yoga classes are catered to all skill levels. Bring your own mats, towels and water bottles for some Yoga Fun!
 
AVAILABLE NOW
Capacity of 30 Spots Available for Each Class! 
 
If you are unable to attend a class you registered for, please use the cancellation link found in your confirmation email received upon registering.
SIGN UP FOR ALL STUDIO CLASSES HERE!
All Studio classes are only available to tenants of the property, please.
Please direct any questions regarding the above Portal to    studio@mercantileworcester.com.

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Worcester Public Library Hosted the Major Taylor World Champion Program!
The Major Taylor Association presented the Major Taylor World Champion at the Worcester Public Library on July 19. The event set out to teach the history of Marshall "Major" Taylor, as well as info on bikes and cycling. Professional cyclist and Special Guest for the program, Daniel Estevez was introduced to discuss his own career and answer questions.

Taylor won the World One Mile Track Cycling Championship in 1899. During his career, he set a number of world records, all while working to overcome racial discrimination.

Taylor moved to Worcester in 1896 after he was banned from bicycle racing in Indiana due to racial prejudice. He was the first African-American cyclist to achieve world champion status, and the second black man to become a world champion in any sport. 

SPORTS

Calling all fans of the Worcester Bravehearts!

The Worcester Bravehearts are currently 30-18 (W-L) and appreciate your support. Grab some friends and family and continue to support our team during the last few games of the season!

Single-game tickets are available HERE!

Fun Facts About Worcester!

First Ever Smiley Face created by Worcester Native!

Harvey Ross Ball was an American commercial artist born and raised in Worcester, MA and recognized as the designer of the popular smiley picture. He attended Worcester South High School and then went on to the Worcester Art Museum School, where he studied fine arts.
In 1963, Ball was employed as a freelance artist, to come up with an image to increase employee morale after the merger of two insurance companies. What he created was almost too simple - a smiley face with one eye bigger than the other. He had succeeded and employee morale was back up!
 
Harvey Ball was paid $45 for his work. Neither Ball nor the insurance company bothered to copyright the creation. In an interview with the Telegram & Gazette, Harvey’s son Charles Ball said his father "never regretted the missed revenue opportunity. He was not a money-driven guy."

Upcoming Area Events

Out To Lunch on the Worcester Common Oval

Returning for its 9th season, the Out to Lunch Concert Series and Farmers' Market brings live bands, outdoor performers, artisans, nonprofits, food, farms and fun! Created by the Worcester Cultural Coalition, the #MakeArtEverywhere campaign encourages you to use your creative license in all situations with no limitations.
 
Please note that the rained out June 28th concert is rescheduled for August 30th. The band is K Fingers and the Explorations Project, a New England based Smooth Jazz/Neo Soul band!

More information HERE!

The Beach Boys @ Indian Ranch

100.1 FM The Pike Beach Party
August 12, 2018 - 2:00pm @
Indian Ranch
200 Gore Road, Webster, MA

Rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges. General Admission is first come first serve and may result in standing room only.

Click HERE for more information!
For a full list of City events this month, click here.

WE VALUE YOUR FEEDBACK!

As valued tenants, we are interested in your feedback regarding the experience you've had at Mercantile Center, as well as any suggestions towards activities and programs you would be interested in seeing at Mercantile Center.

Please feel free to send any suggestions or inquiries to michelle@refranklin.com
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