We need a civic theater/movie theater – these would be a reason for people to spend time downtown. A year-round market would also be nice. Marshall has one – why don’t we? South side could use a farmers market. We could also use a “good” sit-down BBQ restaurant. (Full question.)
-It would be great to have an active theater group and movie theater venue downtown. Both have different needs and receive support from different demographics. Movie theaters in general are struggling across the country. The theaters we currently have are working very hard to attract moviegoers. The demand for a downtown theater doesn’t exist today. However, there is a possibility of attracting a boutique move theater at some point in the future, as downtown residential units are developed at high enough density to support a captive downtown audience.
Currently, the What A Do Theater is renovating a space at 200 W. Michigan Ave., and has an office at 2 W. Michigan Ave., Suite 304. Contact information is:
What A Do Theater Co.
90 McCamly St. – PO Box 2503
Battle Creek, MI 49015
Teri Noaeill, Executive Director/Youth Programming – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynda Hensel, Financial Manager/Ticket Reservations – email@example.com
-An independent market association operates the farmers market in downtown Battle Creek. The association currently does not see enough demand for a year-round market, but continues to explore indoor venues and year-round feasibility. Their short-term focus is on growing their current offerings downtown, with an eye toward the future with expanded, and perhaps year-round, programming.
As for the south side, again, the association does not currently see enough demand for a south-side location. There are great facilities downtown to support the market, and their focus is to grow at the current location (Festival Market Square).
-The city’s Small Business Development team is currently working with a prospect interested in establishing a BBQ restaurant downtown. It is early in the development process, but we certainly hope this project will come to fruition.