Main Street Professional Assistance
The Main Street Arkansas design consultant works with local programs to
improve the physical assets of the historic commercial core. Design consultation
includes working with property owners to find the best and often most cost
effective solutions to make the exterior inviting to customers. Often a simple
coat of paint and awning replacement can change the way a block of property
feels. Our services are provided at no-cost to downtown merchants and property
owners. The assistance is broadly offered and includes providing reviews of
streetscapes, signage plans and overall downtown planning, rehabilitation advice
for building facades, written recommendations and resources and drawings of
facades with material colors selected.
Design services also include workshops on storefronts, awnings, signs and
streetscapes. All recommendations are specific for each building and property
owner, or the streetscape’s historic qualities and/or budget parameters.
Services are not limited to historic buildings. Advice is provided for
appropriate infill when dealing with new construction, street furniture, street
lighting, parking and other areas unique to the local community.
Main Street Arkansas small business consultant offers confidential, on-site
advice to independent downtown merchants within the Main Street network. Small
business assistance includes working directly with merchants on issues from
customer service to inventory control techniques. We teach the best small
business practices that keep businesses competitive in the marketplace,
especially during hard economic times.
Main Street Arkansas’s business consulting also includes seminars on how
businesses can compete with big box retailers and stay vital to the local
economy. The seminars are customized to suit the needs in each community, which
may range from the need for merchants to capitalize on their downtowns’ business
clusters, or devising a business recruitment plan for a specific market.
We offer joint-workshops with the Main Street interior design consultant that
teach the long-term benefits of window displays, storefront, and signage. The
increasingly popular workshops are customized to suit the special business and
design needs in each community and take into consideration changes in consumer
The Main Street Arkansas interior design consultant works with property
owners and merchants in the Main Street network on their businesses’ interior
spaces. Working together, we collaborate to design interiors that are foremost
functional, but that are visually stimulating and ensure thriving businesses in
Arkansas’s historic downtowns.
Main Street interior design consultant services assist merchants and property
owners who are in the planning stages of opening a new business or
rehabilitating a historic building to suit their business needs. The service
provides constituents with feasibility studies, which are conceptual planning
drawings essential to the preliminary stages for businesses. Working with
AutoCAD design computer software, floor plans drawings are produced that
encourage the utilization of existing historic architectural elements with the
new functional interior design.
We also teach visual design through a window display workshop titled
“Designing Window Displays that Sell.” This increasingly popular workshop has
been creatively implemented into downtown window displays throughout the state.
Other interior design services include the construction of visual merchandising
displays in retail businesses, which often entails reworking the entire floor
plan. These design services are provided at no-cost to the downtown merchants
and property owners.
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