BY KATIE MATTESON
Happy Birthday to us! You’re holding or viewing Volume 2 Number 12 of Belle City Magazine, marking the completion of our second year of bringing you a monthly dose of positive stories about our community’s great people, places and innovations.
And to celebrate, we’ve decided to take the big leap to glossy paper to upgrade the look and feel of our publication as we continue to grow your hometown magazine.
The past two years have flown by and it’s no wonder as our community blooms before our eyes.
One barometer of a community’s health and wellbeing is its downtown. To quote Downtown Racine Corp.’s tagline: “Downtown Racine is the heart of our community, and a community is only as strong as its core.”
If it seems to you like downtown’s heartbeat is growing stronger, you’re right!
I asked DRC’s Executive Director Kelly Kruse for a list of new activity downtown since the beginning of 2017 and it’s truly impressive.
Already in 2018, 12 new businesses have opened downtown:
Vapemeisters, 420 Main St.
Racine Brewing Company,
303-305 Main St.
Private Stock Tattoo (second location), 240 Main St.,
Culture Bar, 433 Main St.
Beauty Blvd. – Skin & Lash Bar, 422 Main St., Suite 204
Thrifty Treasures, 215 6th St.
Lux, 512 Monument Square Dr.
Mrs. Betty’s Kitchen, 327 Main St.
Legacy on Main, 242 Main St.
OS Projects, 601 6th St.
Starship Records, 614 6th St.
Pub on Wisconsin, 525
In 2017, there were 20 new arrivals:
The Nash, 522 6th St.
Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts, 306 Main St.
Main Hub, 1300 N. Main St.
The Rush, 321 Main St.
Focus on Community, 410 College Ave.
CRB Insurance, 500 Wisconsin Ave.
Nest Playspace, LLC, 505 6th St.
Shield Protective Services, 500 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 200
Gloria’s Cakes, 516 College Ave.
Deskins Realty, 211 9th St.
Rustic Soul, 316 6th St.
Little Glass Bird, 232 Main St.
Focus 21 Studios, 345 Main St.
Standard of Excellence Education & Training Center, 245 Main St.
Not Your Parents Gaming Lounge, 410 Main St.
Racine Creative Center, 440 Main St., Suite 100
Butcher & Barrel Gastropub, 300 6th St.
Lost Soul Studio, 611 6th St.
407 Main St.
Active Body Fitness,
500 Wisconsin Ave.,
There were also 10 businesses that moved to new digs during 2017 and 2018:
Racine Arts Council, 409 6th St.
Cosmic Corner, 335 Main St.
Red Moon, 334 Main St.
Nailed It, 333 Main St.
Main Credentials, 309 Main St.
Designs Touch, 210 6th St., Suite 401
SheaBroJae’s, 330 Main St.
Halpin Personnel, Inc., 500 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 202
The Brick House (formerly Envi Ultra Lounge)
Eye Openerz, 337 Main St.
There’s certainly a lot to celebrate and more to come! #AskMeWhyI♥Racine