Something’s Cooking Visits The Angry Egg

WFSB’s Something’s Cooking visited The Angry Egg, one of our own Downtown Restaurants! And, why not? Owners Steve & Liz Hall are active supporters of the Downtown community. You will find The Angry Egg represented at all of the Downtown events and promotions. Their Facebook page features not only their own restaurant but support for other Downtown businesses as well.  In fact, they have recently partnered with the nearby Labyrinth Brewery, 21 Oak, Karin’s Doughnuts, and Manchester Adult and Continuing Education in a variety of ways. We are proud to have The Angry Egg on Main Street!

Oh, and they serve DELICIOUS food that will cure your HANGRY!

CLICK HERE to watch their television interview on WFSB!

Manchester Welcomes New Downtown Specialist

Butterfly Stroll: A Call to Artists

You are invited to celebrate spring with a butterfly sculpture or art piece in the medium of your choosing. The District will be selecting 15-20 artists to create beautiful art pieces to be displayed on Main Street on Saturday, 5/22 from 10am to 4pm. This installation will be a part of other special events taking place Downtown that day. Join us in celebrating the resilience and strength of our Downtown businesses as we leave winter behind and flutter into a brighter future!




  • Art Pieces should celebrate spring and tie into our butterfly theme in some way. All art must be family-friendly and appropriate for public viewing.
  • Any medium may be used
  • Pieces should be of significant size to create a visual impact on Main Street, but not so large as to impede pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks
  • Artists are responsible for installation and removal on 5/22
    • Installation must take place on 5/22 between 6am and 9:30am
    • Removal must take place between 4pm and 10pm that same day
    • Artists may choose to stay with their piece if desired
  • Installation Options for 3 Dimensional Pieces
    • Free standing / structure provided by artist
    • Attached to channel stakes on portable stanchions (sign posts) provided by the District
    • Attached to channel stakes installed in planters/ grassy areas (provided by the District)
  • 2 Dimensional Pieces
    • Will be displayed in storefront windows of Downtown businesses
    • Easel should be provided artist
  • You are welcome to list your artwork for sale. The District will list available artwork and contact information on our website. We will not coordinate any purchases or payments directly.
  • Artists will be featured in promotional materials and news articles. Please be sure to fill out the registration form accurately and completely to ensure that we have the correct information.

Please complete the online registration form (CLICK HERE) by March 12th. Artist approvals will be processed as registrations are received. We will be limiting the number of pieces accepted.

Downtown Manchester Shows Signs of Spring!

There may still be snow on the ground, but Downtown Manchester’s Main Street is showing signs of spring! The Downtown banners have replaced the holiday decorations along Main Street. These colorful banners welcome visitors Downtown and add some cheer to the landscape. Soon the snow will melt and the beautiful flower planters will return as well. We look forward to the days when outdoor diners will enjoy these beautiful decorations at our many Downtown sidewalk cafes, and shoppers will stroll along the sidewalks.

These decorations are made possible by the generous support of our business sponsors:

Anne Miller Real Estate, LLC., Bistro on Main, Cheney Mortgage, Diana, Conti & Tunila, LLP, Diane M. Sauer, Attorney at Law, ECHN, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Highland Park Market, Igdalsky & Co. CPA’s, Imagine Main Street, Little Theatre of Manchester, MACC Charities, Manchester Elks Lodge 1893, Manchester Ophthalmology, Manchester Road Race,  MARC Inc. of Manchester, Manchester Community College, O’Brien Law, Silk City Coffee, Total Pay Inc.


Stacey Zackin of Downtown’s WORK_SPACE was Featured in the Journal Inquirer

Downtown Manchester is home to WORK_SPACE, a unique combination of co-working, meeting space, and an art gallery. It is so much more than even those three things! We are thankful to Stacey Zackin who consistently works to provide creative and meaningful resources at WORK_SPACE. She brings enthusiasm, expertise and life to the Downtown community.

Stacey was recently interviewed and featured in the J.I. CLICK HERE to read the article!

WORK_SPACE on Main Street is home to 3 art galleries, 6 media-equipped meeting spaces, 12 private offices and spacious co-working areas.

To learn more about WORK_SPACE CLICK HERE to visit the website or find them on Facebook and Instagram @workspacemanch.

Board of Commissioners Consider Amendment to ByLaws

The Downtown Manchester Special Services District will consider an amendment to its bylaws at its regular monthly commission meeting on Wed., Feb. 10, at 8am via Zoom. A copy of the proposed amended bylaws may be viewed during regular business hours in the office of the Town Clerk, 41 Center St., Manchester, CT or in the office of the Downtown Manchester Special Services District, 983 Main ST., Suite 10, Manchester, CT. Email with questions.

2020 Annual Report – A Year in Review

Each year our Annual Report looks back at our accomplishments and ahead to our future goals. Take a few minutes to read our Annual Report and see what is happening in the District!



Open Call for Marketing Ideas

Do you love our Downtown? Are you a business owner in the District? Whatever your reason for loving Downtown Manchester, you are invited to our upcoming meeting!

We want to hear your thoughts and ideas regarding Downtown events and marketing programs. We welcome your help in putting these ideas into action!

Please email Joy Press, Downtown Manager, at for access to the Zoom meeting.

Downtown Manchester Special Services District
Marketing Meeting
Wednesday, 1/27/21, 9 am on Zoom

Love Local – Curb Local

Main Street Curbside Pickup Spots

Downtown Manchester is excited to launch Love Local –Curb Local! The Downtown District has designated 15 Curbside Pickup Spots on Main Street. These spots can now be utilized for low-contact shopping and dining at any participating downtown business! When you place an order for food or products, ask the business if they participate in curbside pickup! It is as easy as 1,2,3 1) Place your order 2) Park in a Curbside Pickup Spot and call the business to let them know you have arrived 3) Stay in the car and wait for your order to be delivered to you! Not all businesses are able to offer curbside service, be sure to ask when placing your order.

Shop, Dine & Win!

What’s better than low-contact pickup? A chance to win! Now through February 20th, every Curbside Pickup order that you place will earn you an entry into a drawing for a $100 gift card!

  1. Place a Call Ahead/ Online Pickup order at a participating business.
  2. Receive a Curb Local card with your receipt.
  3. After 2/20 send a photo of all your cards to

That’s it! Each card in your photo will equal one entry into the prize drawing for a $100 gift card to the Downtown Business of your choice! As you collect your Curb Local cards, be sure to pay attention to the letters! Try to collect 5 cards to spell “LOCAL.” The first 4 people to spell LOCAL and email the photo to will automatically win a $50 gift card! (Please save your receipts as these will be requested to confirm your 5 purchases.) Pick up your Curb Local cards at these participating businesses: (Click to visit their website!)

The Firestone | Art Studio & Cafe

Manchester Cheesecake Company

Silk City Coffee

Bistro on Main

Teriyaki Box

ACCRA Mall USA 860-432-2473

Sukhothai Restaurant

John Boyle Decorating

21 Oak

Frame Dimensions

Lucky TAGO


Mexico Lindo Restaurant

Salon 292

Creative Notions

Market on Main



Check back regularly as we add additional participating businesses!

Downtown Manchester Special Services District Special Meeting

The DMSSD has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, December 15th at 8am on Zoom. The primary purpose of this meeting will be to discuss ways that the District can support businesses by accomodating curbside pickup. All constituents are invited to attend to share their perspective and to learn more. Please email to receive the link for this Zoom meeting.