Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) collaborates with Brown student organization, Artbeat, to unveil first Pop-up Window Art Exhibition at 271 Thayer Street (former City Sports location) December 2 at 2:00 PM during the Thayer Holiday Stroll.
Lead by Mandi Cai, Brown student and student organization, Artbeat with mentor, TSDMA Executive Director, Donna Personeus, Artbeat, secured two local artists to contribute to the first of many Thayer Street Pop-Up Window Art Exhibitions. The unveiling the exhibition “In Transition” is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. at 271 Thayer Street (formerly City Sports) during the Thayer Street Holiday Stroll.
“In Transition” is an exhibition about Providence’s street art scene and its movement through different spaces.. All art can be seen as ephemeral in nature, on display for a period of time and then stored away somewhere private only to be appreciated by a select few. Street art permeates the vacant buildings, piles of rubble, and lonely brick walls to convey a message of its own. The art is not confined to space, instead embracing the space that it finds itself in. The spray paint’s lifespan is at the mercy of the wrecking ball, but the sheer irony that its beauty comes from eventually being destroyed is what makes street art hauntingly beautiful.
The exhibition features two local artists, Linda Handel, digital photographer, and Providence artist Nick Guilbert. The window gallery exhibition will be unveiled on December 2nd and stay up until the empty building begins its transition into another business, or until January 31, 2016.
Thayer Street Merchant Association sponsors 2015 Thayer Street Holiday Stroll Dec 2nd from 10 am to 10 pm. Many Thayer businesses will be offering various discounts on food and retail all day on Wednesday, December 2nd.
2:00 pm: Exhibition Opening of our Pop-Up Art Exhibition at 271 Thayer Street at 2:00 pm.
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Olde Towne Carolers, Santa & his elves will be strolling around Thayer
Free parking on Thayer Street all day and 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Brown parking lot (corner of Brook Street & Bowen Street).
Special Holiday Stroll discounts to be offered on 12.2.15:
Kabob & Curry 20% off food that night
Kartabar -10% off the bill
Andrea’s – 10% off your bill
Paragon 10 % off bill
Flatbread – 10% off your bill and free gingerbread man decorating for the kids.
La Creperie will offer a free hot beverage with any food purchase – They have coffee, tea and hot chocolate available.
Allegra Printing offered to discount any printing needs for that night
Pie in the Sky offering 20% off all purchases $20.00 and over
Berks Shoes 15% off full and sale pricing
Facing Thayer will extend their hours and offer 10% off on retail products and when a $100 gift cert is purchased you will only pay $90.00
Spectrum-India will do 30% off all full priced merchandise.
Brown Bookstore will offer 15% off all trade books and campus shop merchandise.
Second Time Around 20% off purchase for the night.
FROYO – 10 % OFF
Sneaker Junkies - 15% off your entire purchase
Salon Persia will be offering $5 off a men's haircut and $10 off a woman's cut and style.
Au Bon Pain - 3 free mini cookies with the purchase of a full sized sandwich or fully sized salad.
Persia Hair Salon - $5 off a men's haircut and $10 off a woman's cut and style
The Bike Repair Station funded by the Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) officially opens for public use after Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony November 9th officially opened the new Bike Repair Station in the Thayer Street District to the public. Located on the side of the Brown University Bookstore on Olive Street, corner of Olive and Thayer, the Bike Repair Station includes specialized bicycle repair tools and an air pump. The Bike Repair Station is the newest improvement to the District funded by the TSDMA. Legend Bicycle shop located on Brooke Street has entered into a maintenance sponsorship agreement with the TSDMA to assure the station will be repaired and tools replaced if necessary.
The idea of installing a bike repair station on Thayer started more than 20 months during a meeting between TSDMA Executive Director, Donna Personeus and Eric Weiss of City of Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission & East Coast Greenway Alliance, when Mr. Weiss shared his wish list for Thayer which included a bicycle repair station. The TSDMA relied on the expertise of both Mr. Weiss and Mr. Madden, owner of Legend Bicycle in the selection of the ideal repair station that would both serve the needs of neighborhood recreational bike riders and avid area cyclists. Brown University was instrumental in providing a secure location that would allow the station to be open to cyclists year round as well as protected by video surveillance. “The Bike Repair Station is a great example of teamwork and how positive improvements can happen when people and organization come together to support their community” stated TSDMA Executive Director, Donna Personeus.
Photo: (left to right: Jack Madden, owner Legend Bicycle; Eric Weiss, City of Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission & East Coast Greenway Alliance; Al Dahlberg, TSDMA Director & Brown University.
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The Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) was established by Thayer Street property owners and granted status to operate as a ‘Business Improvement District’ by the City of Providence Code of Ordinances and in accordance with RI General Law 45-59-14(b) in January 2006. The District is comprised of the area bounded by Bowen Street, Brook Street, Waterman Street and the rear lot line of parcels that face the western side of Thayer Street. Over the years since our establishment, the district has undertaken the installation of new sidewalks, stamped crosswalks, trash cans, lighting, trees, recycling programs, daily sidewalk cleaning, trash and graffiti removal. In 2013, the City of Providence’s Department of Planning & Development worked with a consultant team and members of the TSDMA to prepare a plan for the future of the District. The Final Thayer Street Planning Study is now available online. TSDMA is governed by a Board of Directors made up of District property owners, merchants and representatives of Brown University. Day to day operations are overseen by our TSDMA Executive Director.