Cynthia Christner, owner of Square One, and Sandy Farris, executive director of the Downtown Bryan Association, were both awarded the Mayor’s Downtown Impact Award on Dec. 14 at the 18th Annual Mayor’s Downtown Impact Award ceremony.
The Mayor’s Downtown Impact Award, created in 2000, celebrates progress in the city’s oldest business district, while recognizing those who go above and beyond to contribute to this progress. Every year, there are organizations and individuals whose positive impact on revitalization efforts in Historic Downtown Bryan is simply extraordinary.
Recognized as a cultural district in 2014, Downtown Bryan has seen overwhelming success with First Fridays and other special events while continuing to grow, offering additional amenities for residents and visitors alike.
“We, at the City of Bryan, know that when visitors have a great experience in Downtown Bryan, they will return,” says Mayor Andrew Nelson. “They will return with friends and family.”
This award serves as a way to recognize those who continue to invest time, effort, and resources into making Bryan an even better place to visit and to call home.
Square One Event Center and Loft serves as a premiere, locally owned venue perfect for hosting rehearsal dinners, retirement parties, bridal showers, brunches, and more in Historic Downtown Bryan. This popular event center is located on the ground floor of a quaint building constructed in the 1920s. The cozy loft apartment above the event space features its own private entrance, fully furnished to accommodate you and several guests for the perfect getaway. Valued patrons have described the Square One Event Center as “absolutely beautiful” with a staff that is “so helpful and accommodating.” Guests that have stayed in the Square One loft have been equally as enthused, sharing the loft was “spacious and clean” and “close to the best of Downtown Bryan.” Learn more about this unique event space and loft at www.facebook.com/sq1bryan.
With a mission to create, cultivate, and showcase the commerce, culture, and community of historic downtown, the Downtown Bryan Association works with local business owners to do just that. From hosting monthly First Friday events, seasonal celebrations, the signature Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival, and revitalization of The Queen Theatre, Downtown Bryan has become a favorite for residents, students, and visitors alike. The wide variety of locally owned eateries, boutiques, and live music showcases coupled with a family friendly atmosphere has earned national attention. Recently, Expedia ranked Bryan as one of the top 25 best places for holiday shopping across the United States. People from across the world travel to see this Texas cultural district and experience a piece of why life is better in Bryan. Learn more about Historic Downtown Bryan and the Downtown Bryan Association at www.downtownbryan.com.