Racine & Me: Downtown mid-year review and more!

Racine & Me: Downtown mid-year review and more!

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Racine is booming with new businesses in the downtown area. Kelly Kruse, the executive director of Downtown Racine Corporation, joined us in the studio to discuss the details of her "Downtown Mid-Year Review."

Kruse says 25 new businesses have opened this year and they've held 15 events, bringing over 7,500 people to downtown. Kruse says they also received a 2022 National Main Street Accreditation and 30 businesses have received the $10,000 WEDC Bounceback grant.

Kruse also spoke about Bend & Brew. It's a chance to enjoy free yoga followed by a free beer, coffee or mimosa Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

The event is back for its fifth year and the sessions are led by Yoga Roots Racine. Those sessions will be at:

  • Wednesday, 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
  • Saturday, 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

After every session, participants will receive a certificate to use towards a free coffee or beer at participating businesses.

Free coffee locations:

  • Red Onion Cafe – 555 Main Street
  • Divino Gelato Cafe Racine – 245 Main Street
  • Reefpoint Brew House – 2 Christopher Columbus Cswy.

Free beer locations:

  • Marci’s on Main – 236 Main Street
  • Reefpoint Brew House – 2 Christopher Columbus Cswy.
  • Dewey’s Restaurant & Sports Bar – 600 Main Street
  • The Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery – 231 Main Street
  • Pub On Wisconsin – 525 Wisconsin Avenue
  • Joey’s Yardarm – 920 Erie Street
  • Inmoxicated – 329 Main Street

Free mimosa location:

  • The Maple Table – 520 Main Street

Sessions will be led with people of all ages and skill levels in mind. Registration is not required, but plan on coming 5-10 minutes prior to the start time to sign in.

People can leave Bend & Brew to head to the Racine Harbor Market! That's happening on Aug. 25 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Monument Square.

The Racine Harbor Market is a shopping destination with a diverse array of vendors selling the freshest of local produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, artisan creations and prepared food.

Kruse says Racine County-based vendors were recruited and make up a significant portion of the participating vendors.

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